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Vol. 30, No. 50

November 9, 2017


What’s inside Port Jeff implements app to let parents track buses A3 Field lights in bond previewed at Sayville football field A4 New York lawmakers oppose House tax plan A7 Citizen group glad Renaissance CEO is stepping down A8

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The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with all custom, classic and modified car, truck and motorcycle clubs to help families in need Nov. 12. The annual event will host cars and motorcycles at Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE program. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving food drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $3,400 for turkeys and 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food, along with more than $25,000 worth of toys. Admission is free, and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be

awarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. Santa Claus will be making his first appearance of the season at noon. The event is rain or shine. For further information, call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517. INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the town program, visit www. or call 631-451-8026.

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Parents in Port Jeff district can now track school bus via mobile app By Alex Petroski Parents of Port Jefferson School District students can rejoice. With the implementation of a new smartphone application for parents in the district called Here Comes the Bus, those waiting to meet their kids when they’re dropped off by the school bus in the afternoon, or waiting to be picked up by the bus in the morning, can now do so within the comfort of their own homes, instead of on a cold street corner. The service was kicked off Nov. 1 for high school and middle school bus routes, with availability for parents of elementary students to come at

a later date, according to the district. Users of the app can see the location of their child’s bus both before and after school, confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both, and also can sign up to receive a push notification or email message when the bus is near their stop, has been substituted, or when the district has important information to relay. “You will have the information you need to send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers,” the district said in an email that went out to parents last week. “What’s more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your children haven’t missed the bus.” The GPS-tracking technology is currently only available for regular inbound and outbound buses at the beginning and end of the school day at the present time. The Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded and used for free through Apple’s app store or on Google Play. Before use, the app requires that parents verify they are a parent of a student in the Port Jeff district by entering their student’s school identification number, and a five-digit code provided by the district to ensure buses can’t be tracked by anyone other than parents or the district. “My kids ride a bus that is sometimes late as it drops the middle school and high school after school activities participants off first,” said Brenda Eimers Batter, a par-

File photo above; image on left from Here Comes the Bus app

Port Jefferson allows parents to track the location of school buses thanks to the implementation of mobile app Here Comes the Bus. left, an image from the Apple version of the app. ent in the district, in a Facebook message. “It would be nice to be able to track when they are coming around the bend so I don’t have to stand outside in the rain or cold.” Another parent who used the service Nov. 6 gave it rave reviews. “Love it!!” Laura Dunbar Zimmerman said. “My kids walk to the corner for the bus. On rainy/frigid days three to five minutes waiting makes a big difference. Today the bus was later than usual but we could see where it was and knew to walk out later.” Kathleen Brennan, president of the Port Jeff board of education, said during a phone

interview the board was first made aware of the technology through the bus company. “We thought it would be a benefit for parents and caregivers of students to be able to know when the bus is getting to the neighborhood, and if the bus is delayed they’d be aware of it also,” she said. “I think it’s a great safety feature and a great time saver.” The application is available in English, Spanish and French. Those with questions about Here Comes the Bus for Port Jeff district can call 631-791-4261 or visit



Village Port Jeff school district community gets sneak peak at potential Scraggy lights Members of the Port Jefferson School District community headed south for a little enlightening Nov. 1. If the district’s $30 million bond referendum passes following a Dec. 5 vote, stadium lights will be installed on the athletic fields at Scraggy Hill Road to allow sports teams to spread out practice times. To ease residents concerns about the lighting, the district held a South Shore meeting Nov. 1 at Sayville’s Greeley Avenue football field to show homeowners in the vicinity of the Scraggy Hill fields lights similar to those in the proposal. The district selected a brand and model similar to what is used by Sayville Union Free School District. They would be installed for $1.6 million if the full 20-plus item bond passes. Manufactured by Musco Sports Lighting, the football stadium lighting is billed as targeted beams meant to have little glare outside of the area designated for illumination, according to district administrators. Ryan Walker, a resident near the Scraggy Hill fields and an employee in the district, has been outspoken about this particular line item in the greater bond proposal during meetings and again voiced his concern at the Nov. 1 meeting. “Based on the shadows I see, I would be on my deck with my deck lit up, and that concerns me,” Walker said, adding his con-

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taken from a drone, the varsity football field is illuminated by Musco sports lighting fixtures, the same brand as would be installed in Port Jeff should its $30M bond referendum pass. cerns with the inclusion of the lights in the proposal will “absolutely” be the largest deciding factor in how he votes. “I came down here thinking that somehow there’d be a miracle that what they explained would be true, but just being here sort of confirms my suspicions that there will be ambient light coming over, and even more than I thought,

especially when the foliage is down.” Walker said the presence of trees between his property and the fields, which district Assistant Superintendent Sean Leister estimated are between 70 and 100 feet tall, do not put his mind at ease having seen the Sayville field fully illuminated. “I sit in my kitchen and I watch sports,

because most of the tree foliage isn’t dense enough, and then as soon as the tree foliage is down I have a complete view of [the fields],” he said. He said the brightness of the lights concerns him, though he said the financial impact of the bond as a whole and the potential for traffic issues during night hours on the dark streets surrounding Scraggy Hill Road also need to be taken into consideration by voters. “We are all about the school, we love the school,” Walker said. “It’s just disheartening to us as a neighborhood because we are residential. [The area that surrounds the Sayville football field] is not a residential place. We are right up to the [Scraggy] fields. We think the school has other solutions that they’re not willing to negotiate with the neighborhood about. It was all or nothing, and they said they’d listen to us, which I’m sure they did, but listening and actually talking and negotiating are two different things.” District Superintendent Paul Casciano said he is in a unique position, knowing about stadium lighting firsthand because he lives in the vicinity of Stony Brook University’s soccer fields. “Initially, yeah I had some concerns, but you know what, they’re not an issue and they stay on until 11:30 every night,” he said. “You think it’s going to be a big issue and then you realize … kids cheering — never a big issue for me; 8:30 is not very late.”

LIGHTS continued on page A5


By Alex Petroski


Lights continued from page A4 Casciano pointed to a policy drafted by the board of education in recent weeks that would be implemented should the bond pass and would prohibit the lights from staying on past 8:30 p.m. as evidence the district is listening to concerns from the community. He reiterated the inclusion of the lights in the bond is for safety reasons, because currently, to accommodate varsity, junior varsity and middle school practices for boys and girls teams throughout the district, more practice time options are needed. At previous meetings, Casciano and other administrators have said the district’s current practice logjam has created dangerous situations for teams trying to utilize adjoining fields around the district at the same time. Sayville’s field is surrounded by a Long Island Rail Road station on its north side, a parking lot and a few homes near its southeastern corner, an education center on its south side and a few homes across Greeley Avenue to the west. Casciano, Leister and district director of facilities Fred Koelbel said they each would be more disturbed by train station-related noise than the lights if they lived near the field. Koelbel added the lights at Sayville are competition-level brightness, and the one’s in Port Jeff would be a duller version because they’d only be needed for practices. Carl Saieva, a Port Jeff resident who does not live near the Scraggy Hill fields, also attended the Sayville meeting and is leaning toward voting “No.” When asked how he would feel if he lived in a house overlooking the field’s west side, he said: “I would be pissed.”

Photos by Alex Petroski

Views of the lights on the football field and the surrounding area in the Sayville school district in the early evening Nov. 1.

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A 28-year-old woman from Port Jefferson Station was being arrested while at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson for an outstanding bench warrant at about midnight Nov. 2 when police discovered she also possessed two medications without valid prescriptions, according to police. She was arrested and charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Driving on drugs

Near a home on Montrose Drive in Port Jefferson Station, a 28-year-old man from Medford driving a 2017 Honda collided with a utility pole at about 11 p.m. Nov. 2, according to police. Upon investigation of the incident, police discovered he had been driving while under the influence of drugs, police said. He was arrested and charged with first-degree operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. 149500

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At Portside Bar & Grill on East Main Street in Port Jefferson Oct. 31 at about 11 p.m., a 23-year-old man from East Islip punched another man in the face causing injuries that required treatment at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, according to police. He was arrested and charged with thirddegree assault.

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A 31-year-old man from Mount Sinai entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Nov. 4 at about 5 p.m. and stole a wallet containing cash and credit cards, according to police. Later that night, his mother reported to police that he took her vehicle without permission, police said. Following an investigation, he was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for possessing the credit cards, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Menace to society

At a home on Pearl Road in Rocky Point Nov. 5, a 65-year-old man from Rocky Point struck another man in the arm with a bat, causing a fracture, and later pointed a shotgun at the man, according to police. He was arrested and charged with assault and menacing.

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At the 6th Precinct on Middle Country Road in Selden Nov. 4 at about 9 p.m., a 35-yearold man from Medford possessed the drug MDMA, according to police. He was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug.

Shoplifters stopped

On five separate occasions between March 13 and Nov. 3, a 27-year-old woman from Holbrook stole items including clothing, baby formula and medication for infants from Kmart in Farmingville and Walmart in Middle Island, according to police. She was arrested Nov. 3 in Middle Island and charged with five counts of petit larceny, and possession of a hypodermic instrument, which was discovered during the process of her arrest, police said. A 22-yearold woman from Holbrook was also involved in the Nov. 3 petit larceny and one of the other incidents and possessed marijuana upon her arrest, police said. She was charged with two counts of petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Home shopping

At a home on Oxhead Road in Stony Brook, someone stole four boxes delivered to the home at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, according to police.

Lock it up

A license, credit cards and cash were stolen from within an unlocked vehicle on Alden Drive in Port Jefferson Nov. 6 at about 1:30 p.m., according to police.

Smashing Saturn

The rear driver’s side window of a 1997 Saturn was broken at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 while it was parked on Barnwell Lane in Stony Brook, according to police.

Lost way

Jewelry was stolen from a home on Emily Way in Port Jefferson Station at about noon Sept. 1, according to police. A police report was filed Nov. 5.

Re-Pita offender

At Pita House on South Jersey Avenue in Setauket Nov. 4 at about 6 p.m., a 47-yearold man from Shoreham took a cardboard display rack filled with food and exited without paying, according to police. He was arrested Nov. 4 and charged with petit larceny.

Read a book

Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing working papers and a library card while it was parked on Cymer Street in Port Jefferson Station Nov. 2 at about 6 p.m., according to police.


Two tires on a 2006 BMW were slashed while it was parked outside a home on Toledo Avenue in Miller Place Nov. 1 at about 9 p.m., according to police. — Compiled by Alex petroski



House tax bill criticized by NY lawmakers on both sides of aisle By Alex Petroski Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives took a major step toward fulfilling a lynchpin campaign promise that is seemingly decades old. The House Ways and Means committee released the framework of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nov. 2, a major piece of legislation touted by President Donald Trump (R) as a cut to income taxes for “hardworking, middle-income Americans,” though it would negatively affect New Yorkers if signed into law, according to lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle. The highlights of the bill, which would require passage by the House and Senate and the president’s signature before becoming law, include a consolidation from seven individual income tax brackets down to four; the elimination of the deduction for state and local income taxes, a provision that in the past through federal tax returns gave a portion of tax dollars back to individuals in higher income tax states like New York; and a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. “I am a ‘No’ to this bill in its current form,” 1st Congressional District U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said in a statement. “We need to fix this state and local tax [SALT] deduction issue. Adding back in the property tax deduction up to $10,000 is progress, but not

enough progress. If I’m not fighting for New Yorkers, I can’t expect anyone else from another state to do it for me.” U.S. Rep. for the 2nd District, Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), was even more critical of the bill than Zeldin. “The goal of tax reform is to help hardworking Americans make more money so they can live the American Dream,” Suozzi said in a statement. “The American people expect us to find a bipartisan solution to tax reform that helps create good paying middle-class jobs. This plan doesn’t achieve that goal. I won’t support it.” Other New York lawmakers from the Democratic Party voiced harsh opposition to the bill in its current form. New York’s U.S. senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Chuck Schumer (DNew York) each said via Twitter they viewed the bill as a tax break for corporations that would have a negative impact on middleclass citizens. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the bill a “tax increase plan.” “The tax reform plan, they call a tax cut plan,” Cuomo said in a statement. “It has a diabolical dimension, which is the elimination of the deductibility of state and local taxes … what makes it an even more gross injustice is, the state of New York contributes more to the federal government than any other state. New York contributes more to Washington than any other state. We’re the No. 1 donor state. We give $48 billion

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the tax Cuts and Jobs Act would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to four; eliminate deductions for state and local income taxes; and would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. more than we get back. Why you would want to take more from New York is a gross, gross injustice.” Duncan MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the New York State Association of Realtors said in a statement the bill would harm many New York homeowners. “It will lessen the value of the property tax deduction and it cuts a host of other key housing-related tax incentives,” he said. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in the 1980s and dedicated to educating the public on issues with signifi-

cant fiscal policy impact, estimated the bill would result in a $1.5 trillion increase to the national deficit. Mark Snyder of Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, a Hauppauge-based personal financial planning and management firm, called the bill a “torpedo aimed at the wallets of Long Islanders” in an email. He also pointed to the elimination of the SALT deduction as clear evidence the bill would harm New Yorkers. “As a representative from New York, I’d kick this bill to the curb,” he said when asked what he would do if he were tasked with voting on the bill.

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Town Mercer stepping down doesn’t appease local activists The end of a co-CEO’s reign won’t stop an activist group from demonstrating outside of his hedge fund’s East Setauket office, especially after members heard a local university school of medicine may be renamed to include the company name. Robert Mercer, of Renaissance Technologies, announced in a Nov. 2 letter to investors that he will be stepping down as coCEO and resigning from the firm’s board of directors as of Jan. 1. In the letter, he stated he would remain a member of the technical staff and be involved in research work. For nearly two years, the North Country Peace Group, a local peace and social justice organization, has often held

demonstrations in front of the entrance of Renaissance Technologies. Most recently, the group held an August rally protesting the alleged contributions of millions of dollars to alt-right causes by Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, and the pair’s alignment with the ultraconservative online media company Breitbart News. “We were shocked [when we heard the news], because we immediately thought look what we’ve accomplished,” said Bill McNulty, a member of the North County Peace Group. He said the sense of accomplishment was short-lived after news reports of companies pulling their investments from the hedge fund, and he said he believes this was the determining factor for Mercer stepping down and not the group’s demonstrations.


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“I don’t feel he’s really stepping down,” said Myrna Gordon, a member of the activist group. “In his statement, he said he was still going to be involved with Renaissance, that he would still be doing work there. The only thing that was changed was the word co-CEO. He’s still there. So, we feel that he’s still entrenched in the company.” Members of North Country Peace Group were alerted to an Oct. 2 Stony Brook Council meeting where it was proposed to rename the Stony Brook School of Medicine to the Renaissance School of Medicine. The council serves as an advisory body to the campus and Stony Brook University’s president and senior officers. In the webcast of the meeting available on SBU’s website, council chairman Kevin Law said a resolution regarding the renaming was approved electronically a few weeks prior and needed to be ratified by the council members at the Oct. 2 meeting. Dexter Bailey, senior vice president for advancement and executive director of the Stony Brook Foundation, said during a presentation Oct. 2 the reason for the renaming was due to the generosity of 111 of the 300 Renaissance employees over the last few decades. The university received its first donation of $750 from one of the firm’s employees in 1982, and through the years Renaissance employees have donated $508 million to the university. In 2011, Renaissance Technologies founder and former CEO Jim Simons and his wife Marilyn donated a historic $150 million. “These are individuals who have graduated from the top schools around the world — a lot of Ivy League grads — and to be able to have them adopt Stony Brook as one of their philanthropic priorities has really been a pleasure,” Bailey said. He said many of the donors like to keep their contributions private, and the university looked for something that the employees could reflect on and take pride in. “We feel that naming the school of medicine will not only recognize the 35 years of history, but it actually sets the stage for future giving.” Bailey said. During voting for the resolution, only one council member, Karen Wishnia, who represents the graduate student body, opposed the proposal. Wishnia said in a phone interview after the meeting, that even though she recognizes the generosity of the Renaissance employees and Simons, she “couldn’t in good conscience vote yes for this” largely because of the association with Mercer. The next step for the resolution is for the university to obtain approval from the State University of New York chancellor and board of trustees. McNulty and Gordon said members of the North County Peace Group strongly believe a state school of medicine doesn’t need to be renamed after a company, even if its employees are generous. They said the group has struggled in the past with how to separate the employees of Renaissance from the CEO. “It puts the employees in a strange spot,” McNulty said, adding it’s understandable how those making good salaries with the company may be reluctant to admit Renaissance may be involved in negative activities. “We have had people come out of the company’s office who have been supportive of the information that we’ve imparted, and we’ve had others who have given us the [middle] finger.” The two said the North Country Peace Group plans to continue demonstrations in front of Renaissance and educate the community about the renaming of the medical school. Gordon said when she watched the video of the Stony Brook Council meeting she was surprised there was no discussion after the vote was taken, and she wonders why the university hasn’t been more transparent about the proposal that involves a state school of medicine paid for by taxpayers. “I would be pleased and honored to have the Stony Brook School of Medicine right up there in the forefront, and once big money corporations start buying landmarks, arenas, stadiums, you’re dealing with a whole other type of situation,” Gordon said. “We should be proud that it’s the State University of New York at Stony Brook. We should be proud that it’s the Stony Brook medical center.” A Renaissance representative did not respond to requests for comments by press time.


Town Businessman, Comsewogue district employee distribute donated coats By Alex Petroski Residents in the Port Jefferson Station area and beyond need not be left out in the cold this winter. A somewhat spontaneous winter coat drive sprung up in Port Jefferson Station last week thanks to the efforts of a pair of old friends: a business owner in Nassau County and an employee in the Comsewogue School District. David Jacobson, founding executive director of Collector Car Showcase in Oyster Bay started Layers of Love NY with his longtime friend John Worobey, who provides technology support at Comsewogue, working in the district for 17 years. The organization, which is referred to on its website as a movement, was the byproduct of a brief conversation between the friends earlier this year. “I went into a classroom last year and there was a child hanging a coat out the window in the middle of the winter,” Worobey recalled during the Oct. 28 coat drive in the Comsewogue High School cafeteria. “I asked the teacher ‘what’s going on? Why is he hanging a coat out the window?’ She said that a lot of the kids in the class didn’t have coats and people donated coats, and his happened to smell like cigarettes. So he was hanging it out the window to air out.” Worobey said when he told Jacobson

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A coat drive at Comsewogue High school resulted in about 50 coats being distributed to needy people in the Port Jefferson station area. about what he had observed his friend was equally taken aback. “During a casual conversation he said to me some kids come to school with no coats on in the middle of the winter,” Jacobson said. “I was like ‘that’s not okay.’” Jacobson said they decided they would host a coat drive later in the year and began collecting coats through a variety of

avenues. He said they placed Layers of Love NY collection boxes at car dealerships around Long Island; and at The Hoffman Center in Muttontown, a museum named after Maximilian Hoffman, an Austrianborn racecar driver and importer of luxury automobiles in the 1950s; among other locations. On Oct. 1 the museum hosted an event called Driven to America, at which

the organization collected even more coats. Jacobson said he heard stories from people showing up to the event who had purchased as many as 10 brand new coats to contribute for the drive. By the time the event began at Comsewogue, about 250 coats were laid out across the cafeteria tables available for anyone who walked in to look through and pick the perfect fit. “Whatever we give away today we’re happy,” Jacobson said. The event resulted in the distribution of about 50 coats, with families with multiple children arriving throughout the morning to bundle up ahead of winter. The co-founders of the event each indicated they planned to learn from the 2017 incarnation of their vision and use the information to improve it in years to come. “It’s a stepping stone, something we’re going to build upon,” Jacobson said. Worobey said he thought Comsewogue was the perfect location for a coat drive like this because of the community’s inherent nature of giving. “That makes you feel good,” Worobey said, waving to a group that had just collected several coats and were heading on their way. Jacobson said the organization will begin collecting coats for a 2018 drive next July. Anyone interested in learning more about Layers of Love NY should visit www.

Port Jefferson Lions Club

Food Basket Sponsorship December 2017 Dear Friends and Supporters: This year the club will deliver baskets of food to families in need in our area on Dec. 9th. The need is greater than ever. We hope to help over 200 families as we did last year. We get requests from schools, churches, soup kitchens, shelters and other sources. More families are experiencing financial hardships. One delivery of groceries each year around the holidays doesn’t seem like much but it is so appreciated by those who really need it. Please help out! Send your donation of $50 per family to our Lions Club post office box as shown below. The Port Jeff Lions Club is a 503C organization so your donation is tax deductible. We will assemble the deliveries at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School in Port Jeff on Dec. 8th and deliver them on the 9th. We could use more volunteers those days. May I contact you by email next year? Send your email address to me at Thank you for caring. THIS AD IS PAID FOR BY LIONS CLUB MEMBERS

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Sini seals the deal, incumbents win back seats County sheriff candidates in dead heat By Desirée Keegan In a landslide victory, Suffolk County will have a new district attorney, and with that a new chief of police. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini (D) defeated Ray Perini (R) with 62.08 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 general election. Perini, who came up with 106,773 votes, ran a contentious campaign against Sini, who campaigned as a reformer hoping to restore reliability to the office. “Together we have ushered in a new era of criminal justice in Suffolk County, an era of integrity, fairness and doing the right thing,” Sini told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Hauppauge. “We are going to return the office to the honorable institution it once was.” With Sini’s victory, he will leave his post at the start of 2018, and Suffolk County ExToulon said he believes he will maintain ecutive Steve Bellone (D) will appoint a new his advantage. police commissioner. “I feel very confident,” he said from the “I will immediately begin to assemble a top-notch transition team consisting of local IBEW Local 25 building in Hauppauge. “I feel and federal officials,” Sini continued. “This incredibly overwhelmed with the support considering I have only been team will conduct a thorough in this race for five-and-a-half top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top weeks, and the people of Sufassessment of the office and folk County recognize they we will do whatever it takes to want someone with experiensure the Suffolk County Disence, and I feel confident that trict Attorney’s office works for when the absentee ballots are the people. Under my admincounted I will be sheriff of istration, the office will work Suffolk County.” for the people and not politics. Zacarese said he knew it For far too long this office has was down to the wire, and been used as a tool for those couldn’t wait to see the results who are politically connected. once the 15,000 absentee balThat ends today.” The race for the new sherlots are counted. iff in town was too close to call “For anybody here who at the end of election night, knows me, you know I don’t — Larry Zacarese do anything the easy way, so with Democrat Errol Toulon, a former New York City depwhat else did you expect?” he uty corrections commissioner, said. “This is far from over. holding a slim lead over Republican Larry We’re going to get to work starting tomorrow.” Zacarese, an assistant police chief at Stony Incumbents swept Suffolk County and Brook University. The last update from the Brookhaven Town in TBR News Media’s Suffolk County Board of Election’s unofficial coverage area on election night. results showed Toulon had 141,006 votes to In the most contested legislative race Zacarese’s 139,652. on the North Shore, incumbent 6th District Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) edged out Rocky Point resident and local business owner Gary Pollakusky to secure her fourth term. After winning by 17 votes in the 2015 election, Anker finished the evening with 10,985 (54.93 percent) votes to Pollakusky’s 9,004 (45.03 percent). “We had such an amazing victory, and this shows you all the hard work that I do, that my office does,” Anker said. “This is what we do — we are public servants. We work for the people. The people make a decision to vote and it’s a victory for everyone. There are so many initiatives and projects that I started and I want to continue with.” Pollakusky thanked the members of his team for their hard work in putting together what he called a “great campaign.” “Blood sweat and tears,” he said went into his preparation for election night. “Really, we ran a great race.”

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Clockwise from top left; Diane and ed romaine celebrate the Brookhaven Town supervisor’s reelection; suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim sini talks to supporters after learning about his landslide win for district attorney; and voters anxiously and nervously watch results come in. In the 5th District, Kara Hahn (D- lican James Canale’s 39.66 percent. “I am just extremely humbled and Setauket) is looking forward to continuing her environmental work. She came through honored to have been given this amazing with 63.39 percent of the vote, defeating opportunity,” Canale said. “I may have lost, challenger Ed Flood, who finished with but you can not keep me down. I will be back and I will be better than ever.” 36.56 percent of the vote. Bonner, representing the 2nd District, “I love our community, and I work hard every day to make a difference and to help said she was happy with her win. She pulled people,” Hahn said. “I’m just thrilled to be away with 63.54 percent of the vote to Coram resident and software developer able to continue to do that.” Returnee Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) Mike Goodman’s 36.43 percent. In the town’s 3rd Council District, claimed her second term in office at the Councilman Kevin LaValle helm of the 12th District with (R-Selden) lauded what he an overwhelming 67.40 percent called “amazing results” (65.53 of the vote to challenger Kevin percent of the votes). Hyms’ 32.55 percent. “Well I guess the word is out Brookhaven Town Super— good Republican government visor Ed Romaine (R) was in is back in Brookhaven,” LaValle a race that nearly doubled in said. “I look back at this town turnout total from the last time board — this is a great team he ran. With 61.9 percent of the we have here with supervisor vote, the longtime politician Romaine, highway superintensecured his seventh and eighth dent [Dan] Losquadro — this is year as the head of the town. “Thank you to all of the — Sarah Anker a team that’s going to get the job done and has gotten the job done voters in Brookhaven,” he said for the residents of Brookhaven.” from Stereo Garden LI in PaLosquadro (R) maintained his highway tchogue. “Thank you for the overwhelming mandate for myself and all those who ran superintendent title, securing 60.32 perwith us. We got the message. We’re going cent of the votes to Democratic challenger to keep on making sure that taxes stay low, Anthony Portesy’s 39.65 percent. Donna we’re going to keep on moving Brookhaven Lent (I) will remain town clerk with a forward, we’re going to keep on doing the 57.26 to 42.7 percent win over Democrat Cindy Morris. right thing.” Lent said of the results, “when you run Councilwomen Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station) and Jane Bonner (C- on your record and you run on your integrity you always win.” Rocky Point) also secured their seats. Kyle Barr, Rita J. Egan, Alex Petroski and Cartright, representing the 1st District, won with 60.3 percent of the vote to Repub- Kevin Redding contributed reporting.

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Tesla center begins building base for lab space CEO of Stony Brook health care efficiency company sees future benefits of constructing an incubator, science education space at Wardenclyffe By Kevin Redding The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe aims to be a major hub of exploration and innovation on Long Island, not only preserving Nikola Tesla’s legacy but actively helping to inspire the inventors of tomorrow. It is now another step closer to that thanks to the generosity of a local entrepreneur greatly inspired by the Serbian-American scientist. During a celebration of the nonprofit’s long-term vision for its Shoreham site last month at the The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook, it was announced that Eugene Sayan, the founder and CEO of Stony Brook-based health care efficiency company Softheon Inc., will donate $1 million in support of the future museum, business incubator for scientific research and student-geared education facility. With the donation, the center currently has $5 million of a $20 million capital campaign goal set up in March of this year. The funding will allow the center to begin phase one of its construction projects on the grounds of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory. The starting plan is to turn two abandoned buildings on the property into visitor and exhibition spaces for science education programs by next year, and renovate the historic, Stanford White-designed laboratory. Maintenance of the buildings and staff is also part of the overall budget. “It’s truly amazing,” said Marc Alessi, the science center’s executive director, a driving force behind the center’s plans. “There’s certainly worldwide interest in this place, but Eugene’s donation is validation that there’s also an interest from local innovators in making sure this gets launched.” Sayan, an Eastern European immigrant himself whose innovative company “strives to create simple solutions to complex problems,” has, unsurprisingly, always felt a strong connection to Tesla and looked to him as a source of inspiration while building his business. When he was made aware of Wardenclyffe during a meeting with the center’s national chair of fundraising Joe

image above from Marc Alessi; photo on left from Linkedin; photo below by Kevin Redding

eugene Sayan, CeO of Stony Brook-based Softheon inc., on left, made a $1 million donation to help with plans to renovate the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, seen in a rendering above. Below, Marc Alessi, executive director of the science center, in front of the facility. Campolo and learned of the plan to build something more than just a museum in Tesla’s name, he quickly involved himself in the effort. In the wake of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s $1 million donation to the center in 2014, Sayan wanted to be the first entrepreneur in the local area to make a significant contribution, while inspiring others to follow his lead. “It’s an honor to support the Tesla Science Center and its celebration of the important work of Nikola Tesla,” Sayan said in a statement. “His work and innovation have made an impact on my life, and I’m very happy that Softheon is supporting such an important initiative on Long Island.” Tesla Science Center President Jane Alcorn said Sayan’s benefaction, and others like it, will serve to successfully energize the legacy and impact of the inventor of alternating current electricity. “Mr. Sayan is giving us support when we need it most,” Alcorn said. “We hope others will see the good that this can bring and consider giving a gift of this nature as well. Not everybody has the capacity to do something like this but when people who do have that ability act in a forward-thinking way like this, it benefits all of us. This contribution will make a real difference.” The center’s board members estimate the entirety of their planned facility will be available to the public by 2022. Upon completion of the project, they said, not only will it include a museum and an immersive science center — including a STEM education program for students, TED Talk-style lectures and workshops for emerging scientists and entrepreneurs and traveling exhibits — it will house a Makerspace program offering lab rooms

and classes in areas ranging from 3-D printing to synthetic fabrication and robotics. Incubator programs will also be set up to connect startup businesses from around the world to the site. If a company meets the center’s criteria, with Tesla-oriented focuses like electrical or mechanical engineering, its owners can apply for crowdsourcing and mentorships. Plans are also in place to work with the Department of Education to implement Tesla into the K-12 science curriculums of surrounding school districts. Alessi added that because the closest major regional science center, the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, is a hike for North Shore residents, he hopes the science center will provide a similar experience for them. “Having a capability as a science center helps with sustainability,” he said. “People

will keep coming back for family memberships, our new exhibits, to send their kids to robotics and coding classes. We eventually want to be the go-to source.” He said it’s important the center become a place that would make its namesake proud. “If Nikola Tesla walked onto this site after it’s opened and all we had was a museum dedicated to what he was doing 100 years ago, he would be ticked off,” Alessi said. “Just having a static museum here isn’t enough. On-site innovation really honors what Tesla was doing. [Tesla] was a futurist, he saw where things would go, and that’s what can inspire the Teslas of today and tomorrow. If you bring an 8-year-old child here who gets hands-on science experience, we’re going to inspire a future scientist. We want to help people see the value of science.”



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Kelly and donna and McCauley, on left, held the third annual Butterfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser at Applebee’s in Miller Place, which residents attended, like Miller Place resident Joan Lowry, below on right, to help raise awareness and money. donna McCauley, above, also auctioned off prizes to raise more funds.

Annual breakfast raises awareness for rare disease By Kevin Redding

“I can sit in the corner and rock and be sad, or I can get up and do what I need to do,” said McCauley, 49, who lives in constant pain and A mother-daughter duo from Rocky Point must wrap her wounds in bandages each day raised thousands of dollars last weekend to in order to prevent infections. She is currently help those with epidermolysis bullosa — a in a clinical trial for a new treatment drug by rare and painful skin disease that hits close Amicus Therapeutics that helps mend her to home. wounds. “Things like this fundraiser give me Donna McCauley, who was born with hope that people become more aware, and the genetic condition that causes the skin more money is raised. Each day they are getto blister and tear at the slightest friction, ting closer to finding a treatment and a cure.” and her daughter Kelly, a former Girl Scout, Although McCauley has been the face of raised $4,000 during the 3rd Annual But- the event since it started in 2015, the Rocky terfly Breakfast for a Cure fundraiser Nov. Point resident who referred to herself as a pro4 at Applebee’s in Miller Place. More than fessional volunteer and remains a coordinator 100 locals gathered at the restaurant to eat with local Girl Scout troops, pointed to her pancakes, take part in a Chidaughter as the real driving nese auction with huge prizes force behind the fundraiser. for adults and kids and learn “One of the things that about “EB,” which is largely strikes me the most is that Kelconsidered “the worst disease ly has a sense of empathy and you’ve never heard of” and afcompassion that I don’t think fects one in 20,000 births in you can teach,” McCauley the United States. said. “I’m so proud of her iniAll proceeds are going totiative to make other people ward Debra of America, a New more aware of disabilities. York City-based nonprofit that She has always been the perprovides assistance and supson who includes the one that port to families with children included.” — Donna McCauley isn’tKelly born with the disease through McCauley, 19, a curfunding research for a cure rent student at Dominican and treatment initiatives. College in Orangeburg, New York, started As a teenager, Donna McCauley, whose advocating for EB support as a sophomore parents were told she was going to die young at Rocky Point High School by selling bracefrom this “genetic anomaly,” made a con- lets decorated with butterflies to peers and scious choice not to let EB — which turns administrators and ended up raising $500 run-of-the-mill activities like getting out of for Debra. This prompted her to want to step bed, taking clothes on and off and shower- things up a notch, and she soon went door to ing into daily struggles — define her life. In- door to local businesses in search of a venue stead, she strived to be a role model for other for her own bigger and better fundraiser. “butterfly children,” a term given to young McCauley’s daughter said growing up and people with the disease, as their skin is said witnessing her mom’s perseverance encourto be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. aged her to get involved in the first place. She became involved with Debra when she “I saw just how strong she was and how was 16, which opened her eyes to a communi- much it took for her just to wake up every ty of others like her, and made sure to get her day,” she said. “She’s definitely the strongest license, go to college and pursue jobs, vowing woman I know. This disease is so much on a “not to be afraid to live” despite her condition. person. You wake up and you hurt no mat-

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ter what. But she still gets up, she goes to church, she volunteers, she works as a religion teacher — she does all these things even though she’s always in some sort of pain.” McCauley’s determination to live a normal life has served as a foundation for her younger brother, Bob Newfield, a Setauket resident who was also born with EB. “It’s tough — what would take most people 15 minutes to get ready for work in the morning takes me an hour,” Newfield said. “But there are other things in life that are tough too, so you just have to deal with the cards you’re given. It’s such a rare disease and doesn’t get the funds it needs.” His wife, Marianne, explained how it’s been to observe the disease firsthand. “His mind wants to go, go, go, but his body holds him back at times — but those with it are the strongest people I know,” she said. “They don’t really let anything get them down. Bob puts on a happy face every day even though his feet kill him; many days are hard.”

Residents that donated to the cause by purchasing raffle tickets ranged from those living with the disease to others who had never heard of it before. Bonnie Harris, who grew up in Port Jefferson, said she and a majority of her family have the condition. “The disease itself doesn’t get better when you get older, but you get better as you get older,” Harris said. “You’re not as clumsy when you’re falling and you’re able to take care of it better. My mom, who had it, always said, ‘You can do anything you want to do — you just have to work harder than everybody else.’” Miller Place resident Joan Lowry heard of the fundraiser through St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church in Sound Beach, a parish where McCauley is extremely active. “There are too many people who fall in the cracks and need the help,” Lowry said, “and that’s the reason I’m here.” If you wish to make a contribution, visit


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On Oct. 20, approximately 300 people attended the Town of Brookhaven’s Fourth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration hosted by Brookhaven’s Hispanic Advisory Board. During the celebration of Hispanic culture, 81 high school seniors from 14 school districts throughout Brookhaven were honored for achieving a grade point average of 95 or higher. Also honored during the celebration was Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho for his dedication to finding alternative solutions for at risk and troubled youth in our community. In 2013, Supervisor Ed Romaine (R) established the first Hispanic Advisory Board


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SportS ‘He picked up the game somewhat late for someone who’s got to this ability level. Just between how hard he works and the instruction he’s given, it’s just really hard to explain. Year to year he’s made huge jumps in his game.’ — Chuck Ruoff

Photo at left from Port Jefferson athletics; all other photos by Jim Ferchland

clockwise from left, Shane deVincenzo with his Suffolk county championship trophy; deVincenzo sets up his next stroke; deVincezo keeps his eyes on the prize; and swings away during the first day of the county tournament and state qualifier meet.

Shane DeVincenzo nabs first Suffolk County crown By Jim Ferchland For Shane DeVincezo, the mental game of golf has always been his focus. The Port Jefferson junior came into the Nov. 3 Suffolk County championship hoping to place in the Top 9, as is his goal every season, and after finishing with a 2-under-par 69, on the first day of the tournament Nov. 2, he knew he was in a good place to keep pushing toward his target position. “I thought, if I try to go out there and win, the Top 9 will just automatically happen,” he said. “If I try to go for Top 9 and just worry about that and not push for the lead, I think I’ve got a good chance. I thought, with the position I’m in right now, there’s no doubt I can make states.” DeVincenzo followed up his day one performance with an even-par 71 to capture the county title with a 36-hole total of 140, good for 2-under-par at Manorville’s Rock Hill Golf and Country Club.

The Port Jefferson golfer avenged his second-place finish from last year’s tournament in capturing the top spot. In 2016 he lost to East Hampton’s Turner Foster on a one-hole playoff. Foster finished this year’s tournament tied for second. Port Jefferson head coach Chuck Ruoff said he is proud of what his athlete has accomplished. “He wasn’t going to let last year define him,” Ruoff said. “I know that in his heart last year gave him a lot of motivation. For two days he just went out and played his best.” DeVincenzo overcame a rocky front nine in the first round by his standards, shooting one over to start his tournament. He rallied after that and finished three under on the back nine for the best score of the day. “I felt I did really good,” DeVincenzo said on his performance on that back nine. “I wouldn’t say it was really a bad front nine — the front nine is a lot harder here and you just gotta get through it. On the back nine, my putter got rolling and I made a lot of good putts which saved me. Three under par is pretty good.” He said there was something familiar about the Manorville course that he thought gave him an advantage. “These greens are kind of like Port Jeff,” DeVincenzo said. “They’re just a little more sloped, but distance-wise and yardage-wise, they’re practically the same. Playing at Port Jeff definitely helps playing at Rock Hill.” Ruoff has been by DeVincenzo’s side since he starting golfing in eighth grade, and said he’s in awe of the 16-year-old’s abilities. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Ruoff said of DeVincenzo’s talent. “He picked up the game somewhat late for someone who’s got to this ability level. Just between how hard he works and the instruction he’s given, it’s just really hard to explain. Year to year he’s made huge jumps in his game.”

Although DeVincenzo also trains at Port Jefferson Country Club under head professional Bill Mackedon, he said he looks at Ruoff like his best friend, adding that his coach makes the game a lot easier. “We bond very well — I really like him as a coach,” he said. “Ever since I started in eighth grade, he’s been there as a supporter. Even when I’m struggling he’s there to help me. I have him to back me up and he helps me boost up my confidence.” DeVincenzo golfed in a foursome Nov. 3 along with Pierson’s Henry Brooks, EastportSouth Manor’s Andrea Ternavasio and Sayville’s Sean Haselton. DeVincenzo has played with his Sayville opponent before. “Me and Shane have been playing together for a long time,” Haselton said. “He got hot with the putter today and that’s what did it for him. I feel we feed off each other — he makes a good putt, then I make a good putt. We both played really solid. It’s fun to play with people playing well.” Haselton finished the first day with a 73, one over par, and ended day two tied for second with Foster and Harborfields’ Pat Healy. In the team competition, he helped Sayville win its first county title since 2013 with an 813, ahead of Harborfields (826) and Smithtown West (831). DeVincenzo, the second-place trio, Huntington’s Tyler Gerbavsits (148), Sayville’s Brendan Smith (152) and Smithtown West’s John Pawlowski (153) all qualified to compete in the state tournament, along with Connetquot’s Kyle Zere and Huntington’s Matt Giamo, who finished tied for eighth at 154. They earned the final two spots by besting Harborfields’ Andre Chi in a one-hole playoff. Pierson’s Brooks also said he enjoyed playing alongside top competitors, saying he was fascinated seeing DeVincenzo play for the first time. “He played great today,” Brooks said of

DeVincenzo. “He was hitting every drive straight — drilling long putts. He was really dialed in.” Even before DeVincenzo’s performance at Rock Hill, Ruoff said his athlete is the greatest player he’s ever coached. “Without a doubt in my mind he is,” Ruoff said. “There have been some great players that we’ve had the privilege of seeing at Ward Melville, who is our closest competitor, through the years. As far as Port Jeff goes, he’s been the best player I’ve been around by far.” Ruoff said he sees DeVincenzo finishing Top 5 in the state. “I feel that anything can happen on a given day in a round of golf, but he’s certainly right at the top,” Ruoff said of DeVincenzo. “Every year he has slightly exceeded his high expectations, and I have high expectations for him. He’s just blessed with a lot of talent.”


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S E R V IC E S Cleaning COME HOME TO A CLEAN HOUSE! Attention to detail is our priority. Excellent References. Serving the Three Village Area. Call Jacquie or Joyce 347-840-0890.

Decks DECKS ONLY BUILDERS & DESIGNERS Of Outdoor Living By Northern Construction of LI. Decks, Patios/Hardscapes, Pergolas, Outdoor Kitchens and Lighting. Since 1995. Lic/Ins. 3rd Party Financing Available.105 Broadway Greenlawn, 631-651-8478.

Electricians ANTHEM ELECTRIC Quality Light & Power since 2004. Master Electrician. Commercial, Industrial, Residential. Port Jefferson. Please call 631-291-8754 FARRELL ELECTRIC Serving Suffolk for over 40 years All types electrical work, service changes, landscape lighting, automatic standby generators. 631-928-0684 GREENLITE ELECTRIC, INC. Repairs, installations, motor controls, PV systems. Piotr Dziadula, Master Electrician. Lic. #4694-ME/Ins. 631-331-3449

Fences SMITHPOINT FENCE. Vinyl Fence Sale! Wood, PVC, Chain Link Stockade. Free estimates. Commercial/Residential 70 Jayne Blvd., PJS Lic.37690-H/Ins. 631-743-9797

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Gardening/Design/ Architecture DOWN THE GARDEN PATH *Garden Rooms *Focal Point Gardens. Designed and Maintained JUST FOR YOU. Create a “splash” of color w/perennials or Patio Pots. Marsha, 631-689-8140 or cell# 516-314-1489

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Handyman Services HANDYMAN SERVICES “No job too big or small” Very Neat. Kitchens, baths, roofing, windows, decks, brick work, siding, etc. Free estimates. Over 30 yrs experience. Old World Restoration, Inc. Old World Craftsmanship. Lic/Ins. #41083-H. 631-872-8711 JOHN’S A-1 HANDYMAN SERVICE *Crown moldings* Wainscoting/raised panels. Kitchen/Bathroom Specialist. Painting, windows, finished basements, ceramic tile. All types repairs. Dependable craftsmanship. Reasonable rates. Lic/Ins. #19136-H. 631-744-0976 c.631 697-3518

Housesitting Services FINE SANDING & REFINISHING Wood Floor Installations Craig Aliperti, Wood Floors LLC. All work done by owner. 25 years experience. Lic.#47595-H/Insured. 631-875-5856

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ALL PHASES OF HOME IMPROVEMENT From attic to your basement, no job too big or too small, RCJ Construction commercial/residential, lic/ins 631-580-4518.

SETAUKET LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stone Driveways/Walkways, Walls/Stairs/Patios/Masonry, Brickwork/Repairs Land Clearing/Drainage,Grading/Excavating. Plantings/Mulch, Rain Gardens Steve Antos, 631-689-6082 Serving Three Villages

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THREE VILLAGE HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Ceramic Tile, Hardwood floors, Windows/Doors, Interior Finish trim, Interior/Exterior Painting, Composite Decking, Wood Shingles. Serving the community for 30 years. Rich Beresford, 631-689-3169 SUPER HANDYMAN DTA CONTRACTING WE CAN FIX OR BUILD ANYTHING. Kitchens/Baths, Tile Flooring, Doors, Windows/Moulding, Painting; Interior/Exterior, All credit cards accepted. Senior discount. daveofalltrades 631-745-9230 Lic#-37878-H/Ins

Home Repairs/ Construction LONG HILL CARPENTRY 40 years experience All phases of home improvement. Old & Historic Restorations. Lic.#H22336/Ins. 631-751-1764

Masonry ALL SUFFOLK PAVING & MASONRY Asphalt Paving, Cambridge Paving Stone, Belgium Block Supplied & fitted. All types of drainage work. Free written estimates. Lic#47247-H/Ins. 631-764-9098/631-365-6353 Carl Bongiorno Landscape/Mason Contractor All phases Masonry Work: Stone Walls, Patios, Poolscapes. All phases of Landscaping Design. Theme Gardens. Residential & Commercial. Lic/Ins. 631-928-2110

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper ALL PRO PAINTING Interior/Exterior. PowerWashing, Staining, Wallpaper Removal. Free estimates. Lic/Ins #19604HI. 631-696-8150, Nick COUNTY-WIDE PAINTING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR Painting/Staining. Quality workmanship. Living/Serving 3 Village Area Over 25 Years. Lic#37153-H. 631-751-8280

Painting/Spackling/ Wallpaper BOB’S PAINTING SERVICE 25 Years Experience Interior/Exterior Painting, Spackling, Staining, Wallpaper Removal, Power washing. Free Estimates. Lic/Ins. #17981. 631-744-8859 COUNTRYSIDE PAINTING A Company built on recommendations interior/exterior power washing, expert painting and staining, all work owner operated, serving The Three Villages for 23 years, neat professional service, senior discount, affordable pricing, 631-698-3770. LaROTONDA PAINTING & DESIGN Interior/exterior, sheetrock repairs, taping/spackling, wallpaper removal, Faux, decorative finishings. Free estimates. Lic.#53278-H/Ins. Ross LaRotonda 631-689-5998 WORTH PAINTING “PAINTING WITH PRIDE” Interiors/exteriors. Faux finishes, power-washing, wallpaper removal, sheetrock tape/spackling, carpentry/trimwork. Lead paint certified. References. Free estimates. Lic./Ins. SINCE 1989 Ryan Southworth, 631-331-5556

Power Washing EXTERIOR CLEANING SPECIALISTS Roof cleaning, pressure washing/softwashing, deck restorations, gutter maintenance. Squeaky Clean Property Solutions 631-387-2156 POWER WASH AND APPLY APPOXY to your garage floor before the winter. Durable with a great finish, $500. Driveway sealing also available. 25 years experience. Call 631-742-7838.

Tree Work ARBOR-VISTA TREE CARE Complete Tree care service devoted to the care of trees. Maintenance pruning, waterview work, sun-trimming, elevating, pool areas, storm thinning, large tree removal, stump grinding. Wood chips. Lic#18902HI. Free estimates. 631-246-5377


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Window Cleaning SUNLITE WINDOW WASHING Residential. Interior/Exterior. “Done the old fashioned way.” Also powerwashing/gutters. Reasonable rates. 30 years in business. Lic.#27955-H/Ins. 631-281-1910

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A motorist died at St. Charles Hospital after being rescued from a submerged car in Port Jefferson Harbor Oct. 30.

It’s time for real action at PJ marina boat ramp A problem with quite a few seemingly simple and inexpensive solutions exists in Port Jefferson, and rather than working together to solve it, various levels of government are kicking the can down the road, pointing fingers and letting people die. The boat launch at the Brookhaven Town-owned Port Jefferson Marina, which sits in the heart of Port Jefferson Village beyond the intersection of a New York State and PJ Village road is a public health problem. Drivers heading north on Barnum Avenue are crossing over Route 25A, entering the marina lot and winding up on the boat ramp either intentionally or without realizing it — the distinction is irrelevant. This year alone, two men in their 60s drove into the water via the ramp, and in each case frantic rescue efforts ensued to pull the victims from their sinking vehicles. In April, good Samaritans on the scene succeeded. When it happened again last week, first responders couldn’t save the driver in time. While we understand a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in 2011 that a 2005 incident in which a driver also died after plunging into the water via the boat ramp was not the fault of the town or village — the codefendants in the lawsuit by the executrix of the driver’s estate — that doesn’t mean complete inaction is acceptable. To be clear, we’re not blaming the town or village for the death of William Whalen Oct. 30. But the town’s idea that several “Do Not Enter” signs are enough and should completely absolve them of any culpability is extremely disheartening. Village Mayor Margot Garant has been vocal about the problem, at least since the April incident, and has been in touch with the State Department of Transportation, but the village’s “not our property” excuse is also disheartening. State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) has been in power for decades and thus was around when Richard Levin died crossing the state road and submerging his vehicle in 2005. In response to last week’s occurrence, LaValle met with leadership of the DOT to discuss what his spokesperson called a “horrible incident” in an email. Wasn’t the 2005 incident horrible enough to warrant action? Garant has said the state has agreed to turn the traffic signals into strictly left and right arrows so motorists know they can’t go straight at the intersection. It is inexcusable that even with virtually every possible municipality having some sort of stake in improving safety at a clearly troublesome intersection the best solution that can be reached 12 years after a death resulting in a lawsuit is right and left arrows and Do Not Enter signs. We have a few suggestions. Put your collective dollars together and invest in a retractable or closable gate. Install strips to puncture driver’s tires should they head down the ramp. Put a permanent barrier in the middle of the wide-open ramp entrance that leaves a single vessel width on either side. Purchase a sign with a clear warning that if a driver proceeds across 25A they might end up in the water. Blinking lights could even be added to the sign for perfect visibility at night, when most of these incidents seem to occur. We don’t care any longer whose responsibility the ramp technically falls under. Do something now or prepare to share culpability when, not if, this happens again.

What happened to the deficit hawks? Were they magically transformed into chickens at the sight of a multitrillion dollar tax cut for big business and the very rich? It sure looks that way with the Trump tax cut. The Trump tax cut blows a $1.5-trillion hole in the budget, yet not a peep is heard from Paul Ryan and his merry band of deficit foes. For years every dollar spent to improve the lives of the American public was met with howls of agony about the deficit. Dark threats were issued against Social Security and Medicare. Looks like now we can forget about fixing our infrastructure. This is not your Reagan tax cut benefiting the middle class. This is a massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class. It’s a multitrillion dollar giveaway to corporations and the wealthy funded by eliminating middle class tax breaks. First up is the elimination of the state and local tax deduction and capping the property tax deduction at $10,000. For many taxpayers on Long Island the much ballyhooed

increase in the standard deduction will be swamped by this. Next, the personal exemption, currently $4,050 per household member, has been eliminated entirely. Do you have significant medical expenses? Tough luck, it’s no longer deductible. Moving expenses? Tough. Student loans? No deduction. Alimony? Forget about it. Ah, yes, but there’s a new $300 tax credit for dependents over 17 such as an aged parent. But Houdini-like, it disappears after 5 years. Strangely enough the gigantic tax cuts for big business and the very rich stick around permanently. Remember Trump’s promise to eliminate the carried interest tax loophole, which benefits billionaire hedge fund and private equity managers? Nowhere to be found. But lest the very wealthy feel forgotten, the estate tax exemption, which currently affects only the few thousand families who are in the top 0.2 percent, is doubled immediately and the tax is eliminated entirely after 6 years. This alone will cost the government $269 billion over 10 years. But

it’s sure good news for Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka. This massive shift of the tax burden onto the middle class is justified by claiming big business will use its newfound wealth to increase wages and salaries. Last time I checked, Wall Street celebrates every time wages are reduced or workers laid off. It celebrates even more when a corporation announces a dividend increase or a stock buyback. That’s where the money will go. It’s easier to believe in the tooth fairy than to believe big business is going to shower its middle class workers with pay increases because of tax cut induced generosity. If the Trump tax cut passes, no doubt in two or three years Congress, like some latter-day Rip Van Winkle, will wake up one day and ask: Where did these shocking deficits come from? And you can bet that they will zero in on a simple solution: Cut back or eliminate entirely those very expensive middle class “entitlements,” like Social Security and Medicare.

David Friedman St. James

You don’t need a costume to be nice My account of this experience was prompted by Daniel Dunaief’s column “Wouldn’t-it-be-nice costume ideas for Halloween,” Oct. 26, 2017. While on the checkout line at our local supermarket Oct. 28, I commented on the vibrancy and freshness of the beautiful flowers in the cart in front of me. The purchaser agreed, and we exchanged a few words before checking out. I went to the parking lot to put away my purchases when I was

approached by the person I had encountered in the store. She was carrying one of the containers of flowers. She said, “ I want you to have these.” I was surprised and bewildered. I encouraged her to keep them, but she insisted she wanted me to have them. She asked my name. I told her it was Barbara. She said she was on her way to visit her mother and her mother’s name was also Barbara. I thanked her and she went on her way.

This act of random kindness united me with this stranger. My mood was elated. I smiled all of the way home. I carefully watered the plant and placed it in the hall to greet others. This kind gesture came from the heart and heightened my appreciation of my community and the people within. Every day presents an opportunity to be nice and you don’t even need a costume.

Barbara Wecker Setauket

Inexpensive solution to ramp issue While changing the traffic light on Barnum Avenue to left and right facing arrows would be helpful in keeping cars from going straight into the water at the Brookhaven Town boat

launch in the Port Jefferson Marina, more should be done. Why not put up motion-activated flashing Do Not Enter signs similar to the ones on Caroline Avenue alerting drivers to the

speed tables on that road? It would be a simple and inexpensive solution that might prevent further loss of life.

Robert J. Nicols Port Jefferson

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opinion Seeking help from the Force in our daily lives


our phone is across the room. You want it to come to you and you put out your hand. Nothing happens. You scrunch your face and flex the muscles in your outstretched fingers, but, still, nothing happens. Someday the iPhone C (for 100) or iPhone M (1,000) may fly through the air when you reach for it (avoiding people’s heads along the way). And, someday, we may figure out how to use By Daniel Dunaief the energy field described in such detail in the Star Wars franchise. Yes, just as the new iPhone X (a mere 10) arrives at Apple stores, Star Wars is revving its intergalactic engines, bringing an aging Luke Sky-

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walker and his rebel friends back, yet again, to battle with evil. At the heart of the franchise is the Force, which would be a convenient skill to have when we can’t find the remote control or our phones. So, what is this Force and do we only acknowledge it in the movies? Thousands of years ago, long before Darth Vader, when primitive people struggled through a drought and needed rain, they prayed, they did rain dances or they carved images of rain in the walls so that future archeologists and artists could analyze and appreciate them years later. I’m not minimizing or trivializing religion or a belief in any deity. I am suggesting, however, that the Force and the battle between good and evil and the free-flowing energy that is a part of this mythology come into play in our daily lives. As we prepare to walk out the door, our shoelace snaps. We don’t have time to take the lace out of the

shoe and put another one in. We’re also not completely sure if we have other laces handy. We demand to know “Why now?” from the lace. We might even get annoyed and say, “No, no, no, come on! I can’t be late.” To whom are we talking? Are we personifying the shoelaces so we can complain? By expressing our frustration to the shoelace, perhaps we are externalizing our anger. But, maybe the dark side is challenging us in a moment of weakness, encouraging us to get angry, to take off our shoes, open the door and throw them deep into woods? We get into our car and turn the key. It doesn’t start. We hold our breath. “Please, please, please, you can do it,” we beg and try again. From whom are we asking for help? Are we seeking assistance from a deity who might be nearby or everywhere? Are we speaking to the inanimate engine, hoping that Bessie, like Herbie

the Love Bug, will come to life, rev her engine and shift back and forth from one tire to the other in a happy car dance? Maybe we promise Bessie a refreshing oil change if we can just get to work today. Or are we talking to a Force that makes things go our way, the way we hope a Force encourages our loved ones to answer the phone while we’re waiting for them or our favorite team to succeed in the moment? We may hope many of the objects we talk to, apart from our electronic friends Siri and Alexa, will respond to our needs, the way earlier people hoped that their efforts affected the weather. Movies may come and go from the big screen, but we live through our own nonintergalactic battles, escaping from the shadows of our fathers, perhaps, or finding our own destinies. As we do, we may turn to some version of the Force, or something like it, for help in a pinch.

Hey, pay attention! Why are we planning to cut taxes?


o we need tax cuts? Lots of people agree that our current tax rules are outdated, cumbersome and unfair. On the other hand, there will never be total unanimity on how the tax code should read because one person’s tax cut is another’s tax increase, and for sure no one wants to lose whatever benefits they already have. So the prospect of changes is only palatable as a campaign promise if there would be an overall greater that By Leah S. Dunaief good everyone recognizes. Such a benefit was proposed during the 2016 campaign as a way to recharge the slow economy. And the conversation has continued from there. But hold on. The circumstances have changed. Our economy is no longer sluggish. In fact, it seems to

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have taken off. And, unusually, the economies around the globe appear to have also done so, almost in unison. This rare good news bodes well for the United States and others around the world. So, back to my original question: Why do we need a tax cut? If the answer is, for political reasons, that stinks. Just because politicians promised to cut taxes, a regular pledge to get votes, is not good enough to shake the ground on which we live. If the answer is to reallocate wealth, that has never been the role of our capitalist democracy. If the answer is to make more equal the lives of the haves and the havenots going forward, then simply raise the taxes on the haves in proportion to how much they have benefited from our same capitalist society. And finally, if the answer is to raise revenue in order to reduce our unprecedented national debt, then raise taxes across the board proportionately on everyone who enjoys the services provided by life in these United States. Sometimes one can get too close to a problem and not see the bigger

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picture. There is a saying that goes: Are we doing things right—or are we doing the right things? To check on whether we are doing things right, we have to engage in the details, the nitty-gritty of the process. In the case of tax reform, we have to hammer out every line to the greater satisfaction of all concerned. But to decide if we are on the right track, that is, if we are doing the right things, we have to stand back and examine the whole picture. Has the situation changed, perhaps rectified itself, or do we still have to help matters along? I suggest the latter and I’ll explain why. Businesses, which will reap three-quarters of the tax proposals over the next 10 years as currently presented, are already, for the most part, doing just fine. That is why the stock market keeps hitting new highs. The prices of the stocks are earnings driven, and the companies we can publicly track via the markets are showing record profits. Why do they need more stimulus? To expand and create more jobs, which is a political mantra? More likely



companies will reinvest the additional profits in job-saving equipment, which is the way trends are already leaning. If the government wants to create more jobs, it should help create more businesses, which it could do by offering tax breaks to start-up companies. But that doesn’t require broad tax overhaul. That would just take one change. Mr. President, pick up the pen. Furthermore, to encourage companies to add more workers, offer incentives specifically pegged toward those additional salaries, not tax breaks that can simply result in higher profits in the misguided hope of higher tax revenues. The initial tax proposals include eliminating deductions for large medical expenses; student loan interest; alimony; tax preparation costs; moving to a new job expenses; casualty, disaster and theft losses; and qualified adoption fees, according to CNBC. Are those the changes we want for our society? What ultimate goal can we all get behind, and do we get there with tax cuts?






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