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Shame on you, Dan Panico PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, August 11, 2013

 

SHAME ON YOU, DAN PANICO

 

Airport Tree Clearing

 

 Some of you received the August 2, 2013 letter from 6th Ward councilman Dan Panico regarding his buffer zone elimination project at the airport.  He apparently believes it is appropriate to spend public money now to back away from the plan he has promoted for the last three years.  Or maybe he realized his plan is universally opposed by the community and that Election Day is right around the corner.

 

 The letter fails to mention that Panico’s plan, if adopted, would entirely remove the existing treed buffer zone along several residential streets – a dangerous and unnecessary precedent.  His plan even conflicts with the Town’s own Airport Master Plan, which provides for a minimum 50-foot treed buffer zone in these areas.

 

 No airport in this area of the country has completely removed a residential buffer zone because they realize mature trees provide homes with physical protection from aircraft, in addition to providing a visual and noise screen.  And we are reminded almost weekly that airplanes have accidents around airports.  Yet, Panico seems to believe the safety of our neighbors is somehow less important than that of the recreational pilots using the airport.

 

 There is, of course, no actual conflict between aircraft safety and community safety, as Panico suggests.  In the past, the airport took appropriate action to maintain adequate buffer zones and provide a safe flying environment.  Why not now?

 

 Under Panico’s misguided plan, the safety of the community is sacrificed for an unverified “mandate” from the FAA to bulldoze even more than the 100 acres of trees already removed for this project.  In two lawsuits successfully challenging Panico’s plan, the Town introduced absolutely no proof – none, zero, nil – to back up that claim.

 

 Just as unconvincing as the alleged FAA mandate is the letter’s claim that the perimeter road project is only now in the “exploratory and proposal stages.”  In fact, Panico introduced the perimeter road plan without public notice two years ago at the Town’s August 2011 meeting and then voted to approve it with a majority of the Board. 

 

 That approval was overturned in one of the lawsuits mentioned above.  The only thing “new” this time is that the public is aware of Panico’s plan and has turned out in numbers to oppose it.

 

 Panico’s claim “that NO trees will be removed” for the perimeter road project might be more believable if made by Town Board resolution, not in a selective pre-election mailing.  Or like the Town’s previous promises to replant trees, that claim will be conveniently forgotten after Election Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Brookhaven lawmakers announced Saturday new state grants they say will be key to revitalizing the Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beach communities. As of this date, the sewer district's boundaries have not been established and no election to approve the creation of a new sewer district has been scheduled .. If a new district is approved by the voters the funding will be part of the estimated $30M cost to sewer the Montauk Highway between CR46 and Barnes Road as well as a small residential area along the Forge River...

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New revitalizing grants for three hamlets

Brookhaven lawmakers announced Saturday new state grants they say will be key to revitalizing the Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beachcommunities .

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who helped launch the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project last year with local lawmakers, said during a community forum at William Floyd High School that the three communities would get $2 million in new funding: $1.3 million toward the construction of a sewage treatment plant at Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, $500,000 for a Nitrex nitrogen removal system for the village of Mastic Beach, and $50,000 toward road attraction signs to be placed along Sunrise Highway and the Long Island Expressway, for example.

Three grants of $50,000 each will fund capital improvements for Legion Fields and Bayview Park, both in Mastic Beach, and Airport Field in Shirley.

Lawmakers said there is no sewage treatment plant in the tri-hamlet community, which has meant that many businesses operating with cesspools have been stifled by health codes and must seat fewer customers than preferred.

"It's been hard for a lot of the businesses along main streets," Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.

The construction of a new sewage treatment plant is still a ways off. It requires more funding, said Zeldin, who called the $1.3 million an important first step.

"This community is coming out of the starting gate in regards to obtaining sewer infrastructure," Zeldin said. "It has been talked about for decades but never made a reality." Zeldin said he hopes the sewage treatment plant, in the early design stage, will allow full connectivity for businesses and residents within its reach.

Bob Vecchio, board president of the William Floyd School District, said the plant will attract more commercial businesses, which is particularly important since area development is lacking. Last year, lawmakers issued a report detailing key improvements needed to change the area's reputation as "undesirable." A sewage treatment plant was among the recommendations. Vecchio said the community "has been rebuilding slowly but surely" for several years.

But the new funding has the community poised for a comeback, officials said. "The stars are aligned in a way they haven't been for decades," Zeldin said.

Last Updated ( Saturday, March 02, 2013 )
 
New Executive Board Members Appointed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 04, 2008

The Manor Park Civic Association held a Special Organizational meeting

on  April 25, 2012.

Interim appointments were made to Board positions elections will be held the Fall.

The New Interim Board officers are as follows:

President - Raymond G. Keenan

Vice President - Vacant

Treasurer - Vacant

Recording Secretary - Vacant

SGT @ Arms/Membership Secretary - Vacant

1st Trustee- MaryAnn Johnston, 2nd Trustee Vacant, 3rd Trustee Vacant

Our next meeting is October 10th at 7:30 PM Dowling College Room 201B.  Formal Board elections.   Please lend your voice and assistance to efforts to maintain the civic association as an important voice for the area. 

The geographic area  includes residents of Manor Park and areas adjacent to and west of Calabro Airport and east of Weeks Avenue, due north of Sunrise Highway and south of North Street to Middle Island-Moriches Road.


The association still needs to maintain oversight of activities at Calabro Airport etc.


If you wish to join the Manor Park Civic Association please attend the meeting on May 9th; dues are $20 a year for entire family.

Last Updated ( Monday, January 14, 2013 )
 
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