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Vol. 14, No. 39

January 11, 2018


What’s inside

New town administration requests state audit A3

Proposed Greenlawn adult home in limbo A3 Cuomo gives State of the State address A8 Blue Devils girls hoops extend winning streak A11

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Greeting Grayson head on New supervisor, superintendent of highways take a proactive approach to tackling storm cleanup — A4 Photo by Alex Petroski


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TOWN Call for audit of town’s financials draws criticism BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

A request by Huntington’s new town board to have the state comptroller review the town’s finances was met with criticism. Huntington Town Board voted 4-1 at its Jan. 3 meeting to go forward with a request to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (D) to conduct a review and audit of the town’s finances, policies and procedures. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (D) was the sole vote against the measure. “I just think this is a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money,” he said. “I think it’s a shot at the prior administration that had healthy financials and won a number of awards each year for the records we keep and our finances.” In December, the Town of Huntington received its 17th consecutive certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The nonprofit professional association serving nearly 18,000 government financial professionals across North America, had reviewed the town’s comprehensive financial report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016. Councilman Eugene Cook (R), who sponsored the audit resolution, denied that it was a strike against former Supervisor Frank Petrone (D) and his practices, but rather a way to provide for a fresh start. “Any business owner knows if they are buying a new business and going into a new

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Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said he agreed with Councilman Eugene Cook about sending a letter to the state comptroller to review the town’s finances. business, they want to check all the records,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” Cuthbertson suggested given the lengthy time and funds it would require for the state to audit the town, the new administration and town officials would be better served by studying the town’s yearly internal audits performed by an outside contractor. Cook sponsored a similar resolution in 2012 calling for state review, but it failed to gain the board’s approval. Petrone

then offered a revised resolution that was approved, and ultimately resulted in a 2013 audit conducted by the state comptroller. The 2013 audit report, which reviewed the town’s finances from Jan. 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, found issues with the town’s ability to track overtime hours and paid leave for town employees adequately. “We found that the town may have higher payroll costs than necessary because town officials did not monitor and control

these costs,” states the 2013 audit’s summary findings. The state comptroller’s office also found the town was awarding contracts to attorneys without going through the standard bidding process and then paid without providing detailed invoices in some cases. Recommendations were made and discussed between state and Huntington officials on corrective actions to be made. “While serving as an affirmation of the policies that have helped Huntington maintain its AAA bond rating, we also appreciate the audit’s insight on how to make Huntington’s government operate even more efficiently,” Petrone had said in his response to the 2013 audit. “We will consider changes to implement the recommendations we have not already put into place.” Councilwoman Joan Cergol (D), who worked for the town prior to 2013 and was sworn in to sit on the town board this month, voted in favor of requesting the state comptroller’s office perform an audit, though she said the measure was not necessary. “I welcome an audit, but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” the councilwoman said. “If there is one, I think it will prove we run a tight ship.” Supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R) said the resolution merely sends a letter to the state comptroller’s office to review the town’s financials “if they feel it is necessary,” to indicate the town would be both willing and cooperative in the process.

Town holds off on making decision on K.I.D.S. Plus home BY SARA-MEGAN WALSH SARA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM A Northport advocate and Cuba Hill Road residents will have additional time to reach an understanding over a proposed Greenlawn adult home. Huntington Town Board voted to unanimously Jan. 3 to extend the time to make a decision on whether K.I.D.S. Plus Inc. should receive a special use permit to operate an adult home off Cuba Hill Road for those with physical and developmental disabilities age 21 and over. Dozens of residents have spoken up with concerns about the proposed 6,000 squarefoot building since the town’s Oct. 17 public hearing, citing concerns about traffic, landscaping, overall size of the home and density of group homes in the area. “The homes tend not to be very large; the properties are large, that’s why we like to live there,” said Taylor McLam in October, a Cuba Hill Road homeowner who said his residence is approximately 1,200 square feet by comparison. “Seven times the size of my house seems a little much.” Cuba Hill resident John Wilson presented the town with a petition signed by approximately 30 residents at their Jan. 3 meeting. “One of the conditions is it shouldn’t change the character of the neighborhood,” he said. “This neighborhood is a section of Cuba Hill Road between Manor and Little Plains Road, that isn’t very built up. The houses are generally on more than an acre.” K.I.D.S. Plus founder Tammie Murphy

Topel, a Northport resident, said she has hosted two community meetings since October 2017 to hear and address the Greenlawn residents’ concerns, in addition to oneon-one meetings. Based on their feedback, Murphy Topel said she’s made revisions to her proposed building plans. “We want to know what’s going on in the community, we want to be good neighbors,” she said. “We don’t want to be adversarial in any way.” One of the most cited issues, according to Murphy Topel, was the appearance of the originally planned 26-foot-wide driveway for vehicles. After speaking with Huntington officials, changes have been made to narrow that to 20 feet, the width of a standard two-car garage, according to Murphy Topel. She said significant work has been put into the landscaping of the outside of the building, sharing an artistic rendering showing a variety of indigenous trees planted postconstruction to help obscure view of the building from Cuba Hill Road and its neighbors. The outdoor lighting will feature gooseneck barn lamps to direct the light downward instead of out, according to Murphy Topel, with some subtle ground lighting along the driveway. Murphy Topel hopes to share these new renderings and changes with concerned Greenlawn residents at a community meeting set for Jan. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harborfields Public Library. She said she has invited all town board members, town planning officials and any residents. One thing she won’t consider is downsiz-

Conceptual rendering from K.I.D.S. Plus

A conceptual sketch of the interior layout of K.I.D.S. Plus’ proposed 6,000-square-foot home for individuals with physical and development disabilities in Greenlawn. ing the 6,000-square-foot size of the home featuring suites for eight individuals, she said, which is all one level. “These are people with disabilities looking at this as a forever home,” Murphy Topel said. “We are looking into the future when there will be ambulatory issues. We don’t want them to be navigating stairs.” Even the K.I.D.S. Plus founder had to admit though, the parcel she purchased on Cuba Hill Road is less than ideal for con-

structing the home, due to its hilly nature, the amount of grading and retaining walls that will be required. “By designation in the [town] code, we have to have a two-acre piece of property and in the town of Huntington, there’s not a whole lot of two-acre pieces of property that are affordable,” Murphy Topel said. “If someone else can find me a two-acre piece of property for $400,000, I would take it, flip this land and build elsewhere.”


TOWN New highway superintendent tested by blizzard By SArA-MegAn WALSH

Winter storm Grayson arrived early Jan. 4 and pounded Huntington area to the tune of more than 15 inches of snow. The storm was officially categorized as a blizzard by the New York office of the National Weather Service, with sustained winds or frequent gusts greater than 35 mph, “considerable” falling and blowing snow, visibility of less than a quarter of a mile and more than three hours of duration. Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci (R) declared a snow emergency effective 12:01 a.m. Jan. 4, an action that was echoed by Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine (R), Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). “This storm was actually worse than predicted for us,” Bellone said during a briefing Jan. 5. “We saw up to 16 inches of snow in certain parts of the county. This was, as we discussed, a very difficult and challenging storm because of all the conditions — high rate of snowfall, very rapid rate and high winds. It made it very difficult. I want to thank all of those who heeded our calls to stay off the roads yesterday. There were far too many people on the roads. The result was hundreds of motorists ended up stranded.” Based on unofficial observations taken Jan. 4 and 5, the highest snowfall total reported by the public to the NWS was in Commack and nearby Smithtown where 15 inches of snow fell during the storm. Suffolk County appeared to take the brunt

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A town employee, Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Councilwoman Joan Cergol and Superintendent of Highways Kevin Orelli discuss the status of snow cleanup Jan. 4. of Grayson’s wrath according to the NWS data, not only in actual snowfall but also as the home to the highest wind gusts in the state during the storm, with gusts exceeding 50 mph recorded in Eatons Neck. Despite the substantial snowfall totals, the town’s proactive messages and public outreach during the storm helped Huntington Village businesses weather the storm, according to Brian Yudewitz, executive director of Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. “There was a feeling both the supervisor’s office and the highway department were on top of things and prepared,” Yudewitz said. “It’s common that the chamber will get an earful, but in this particular storm — no.” Yudewitz said he was actually in a Huntington restaurant sitting with Lupinacci when both

he and the business owner received robocalls informing them of the impending storm and suggested actions to help the town cleanup. “The advanced robocalls were very well received,” Yudewitz said. The town’s preparation for Grayson started well in advance, according to town spokesman A.J. Carter, with the highway department ordering an additional 3,000 pounds of salt and an additional 2,000 pounds of sand to ensure stockpiles were full. Kevin Orelli (D), the town’s newly swornin superintendent of highways, estimated there were approximately 130 town employees using 100 pieces of highway department equipment, such as plows and sanders, alongside 150 outside contractors cleaning up the more than 800 miles of roadway.

“It was much better than I expected, the guys were very professional and outdid themselves with the storm,” Orelli said. “I made an impression when I first came in that I wanted everybody to work until the job was done. We didn’t have a time to start or stop working.” On Jan. 7, the town put out an advisory to all residents asking not to park in Huntington Village from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Jan. 8, as the town picked up and removed snow from the village. Trucks dumped the excess snow into the parking lot of Mill Dam Park in Huntington, according to Orelli, where it will gradually melt. The highway superintendent had crews on standby Monday to address any incoming calls from residents for “touchups.” PSEG Long Island reported 97 percent of the 21,700 of its customers who lost power as a result of the storm had their service restored by 9 p.m. Jan. 5. “Our goal, always, is to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” a spokesperson for the utility said in a press release. “We ask our customers for a fair amount of patience and to know we will be there just as soon as it is safe.” The storm came in the midst of a recordsetting stretch of below freezing temperatures, according to the NWS. A streak of 13 straight days with a maximum temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit measured at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip was snapped Jan. 9. The 13-day duration was the second longest period of below freezing temperatures reported at the airport since 1963. Additional reporting contributed by Alex Petroski

Cergol proud for opportunity to serve Huntington By SArA-MegAn WALSH Huntington’s newest councilwoman hasn’t run a campaign for election yet, but her face is familiar to many of the town’s residents. Joan Cergol, a registered Democrat and longtime town employee, was appointed to take the seat vacated by now Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland (D) at the Dec. 13 town board meeting. The former director of the Huntington Community Development Agency said she accepted the seat as she saw the opportunity to continue serving the community she loves. She was thrown into the proverbial fire quickly during winter storm Grayson. “I learned that snow is huge,” she said. “It’s a town service and it’s important. People need you to help them through it.” A lifelong Huntington resident, Cergol’s parents moved to Huntington in 1961 where her father opened his own medical practice while her mother was a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. “My father was all about service to his country, service to his community,” she said, noting he was a former president of the Old Huntington Green Association, which was committed to preserving open space in the heart of Huntington village. Cergol graduated from Huntington High School in 1979 before starting college at

Loyola University in Chicago. She transferred to LIU Post where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in broadcast. One of her first internships was as a news writer for Huntington Cable, a predecessor to Cablevision. “What I learned at that internship is that it really wasn’t for me,” Cergol said. “I realized I was favoring the public relations experiences that I had.” That internship is where she met her husband, Greg, who currently works as WNBC-TV’s NewsChannel 4 Long Island reporter. They married and purchased a home in Huntington, where they raised two daughters together. Cergol transitioned to public relations when she was hired by Epic 5 Marketing, before moving into the public sector as a public information officer for Glen Cove City Schools. She went on to work in marketing for a Nassau County law firm before eventually starting her own public relations consulting firm. It was there that the newest councilwoman said she caught the attention of former Supervisor Frank Petrone (D) who invited her to his office for a meeting. “I thought to myself, ‘There is not a chance I wanted to work with government,’” Cergol recalled. “But I am going to meet with this man as he’s the supervisor of our town and chief executive, and I’m going to respect that.” Petrone offered her a job on his admin-

istrative staff in January 2002, and Cergol accepted after learning of the former supervisor’s goals aimed to improve quality of life such as affordable housing and Huntington Station revitalization, she said. “It touched a nerve in me,” she said. “I suddenly found myself in a position where I was using all my skills. I realized I was helping to solve community problems and bring about new projects.” Cergol worked for Petrone through January 2013, when she was appointed as the director of HCDA. She said she loved that the position allowed her to help some of the most vulnerable people, but found herself more and more often tied to her desk. “I missed being in the community,” Cergol said. She had screened with Huntington’s Democratic Committee about running for office, but turned down moving forward with a campaign as it would have required her to step down as HCDA’s appointed director. “As an appointee, you serve at the pleasure of the elected body and I have never taken that for granted since the day I walked in,” Cergol said. “This was the first time in 16 years I’ve worked for the town that there was suddenly a change in administration.” By accepting Berland’s vacated seat as a town council member through November 2018, Cergol said she was ensured a position where she could continue to serve.

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Councilwoman Joan Cergol will serve on the town board until Dec. 31.

“The voters who placed me on this town board in five successive elections deserve to have someone whose qualifications, focus and accomplishments are coordinated with mine, who is dedicated to serving public interest over any political or individual pressures, who will continue to represent them on this board,” Berland said when presenting Cergol on Dec. 13. The new councilwoman is appointed to serve through Dec. 31, as an election will be held in November to decide who will serve the remaining year of Berland’s term through Dec. 31, 2019. Cergol said she plans to run.


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Centerport teen missing Suffolk County Police 2nd Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a Centerport teen who went missing in December 2017. Zina Mullady, 19, was last seen at her home, located on Wainer Court, Dec. 29. She is white, 5-feet 1-inch tall and approximately 100 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing a pink sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a black and pink coat. Detectives do not believe foul play is involved in Mullady’s disappearance. Anyone with information about Mullady’s location is asked to call the 2nd Squad at 631854-8252 or call 911. — SARA-MEGAN WALSH

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Zina Mullady, 19, of Centerport, has been missing since Dec. 29.

POLICE BLOTTER Incidents and arrests Dec. 31 – Jan. 4 Hit and run

LEGALS Notice of formation of West 360 Marketing, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 10/20/17. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 4 Carto Circle, Deer Park, NY 11729. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

(SSNY) on June 8, 2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: 15 Brompton LLC, 6 Kelsey Ave., Huntington Station, NY 11746. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity.

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Notice of formation of ROYALTY LASH BAR, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of New York SSNY on Dec 4, 2017. Office located in Suffolk. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy any process served against the LLC 315 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington NY, 11746. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION, 888 Pondview LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 1, 2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: 888 Pondview LLC, 6 Kelsey Ave., Huntington Station, NY 11746. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity.

Notice of formation of Fitness 4Ever, LLC. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 20th 2017. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC: 8 Woodedge Drive, Dix Hills, NY 11746 Purpose: Any lawful purpose

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Notice of formation of Penny & Cooper, LLC. Arts of org. Filed with Secretary of State of New York(SSNY) on 10/24/17. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC : 154 Main St, Northport, NY, 11768. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of TUMINO CONSULTING LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/3/17. Office Location: Suffolk County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC C/O LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC., 1967 WEHRLE DRIVESUITE 1 #086, BUFFALO, N.Y. 14221. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION, 14 Marion LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on Sept 8, 2017. Office location: Suffolk Coun-

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With a suspended license, a 54-year-old man from Huntington Station drove his 2014 Ford pickup truck west on East 9th Street in Huntington Station Jan. 2 at around 5:50 p.m., according to police. He was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Inter-locked up

According to police, a 28-year-old man from Huntington Station was driving a 2013 Mercedes south on Deer Park Avenue in Huntington Station with a suspended license and without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, at around 1:25 p.m. Jan. 1. He was arrested and charged with thirddegree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Macy’s five-finger discount

At around 4 p.m. Dec. 31, police said a 29-year-old man from the Bronx allegedly stole assorted clothing from Macy’s at Walt Whitman Mall in South Huntington. He was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Porch picking on Pickwick

On Jan. 3, at around 2:15 p.m., an unknown person stole a coat and a video game console off the front porch of a home on Pickwick Drive in Huntington, police said. The incident was reported Jan. 4.

A 27-year-old woman from Coram allegedly kicked and damaged the front door of a home on Spruce Place in Huntington Station at around 2:10 p.m. Dec. 30, and eventually wound up inside, where she remained for some time, according to police. She was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and seconddegree criminal trespassing.


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ty. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: 14 Marion LLC, 6 Kelsey Ave., Huntington Station, NY 11746. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity.

Police said, at around 7 p.m. Jan. 2, a 36-year-old man from Melville was driving a 1995 Mercury on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Route 110 in Melville when he allegedly collided with a 2017 BMW, causing damage, and fled the scene without stopping to exchange insurance information. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

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Car break-in

Police said an unknown person broke into a 2009 Chevrolet parked in the driveway of a home on Fort Salonga Road in Northport Dec. 30 at around 4 p.m., and stole cash from inside it. The incident was reported Jan. 2

New gadgets

At Best Buy on Jericho Turnpike in East Northport, between Dec. 1 at around 10 p.m. and Dec. 22 at around 12 p.m., a 31-yearold man from Stony Brook allegedly stole a phone and assorted electronics, police said. He was arrested and charged with thirddegree grand larceny.

Drug bust on Penny Drive

While on Penny Drive in Huntington Station, at around 12:10 p.m. Jan. 3, a 25-year-old man from Huntington Station was found to be carrying cocaine, according to police. He resisted arrest when he was being apprehended by officers, police said. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession and unlawful use of a controlled substance.

Shopping for sweats

Assorted sweatshirts and sweatpants were stolen from Macy’s at Walt Whitman Mall in South Huntington Jan. 2 at around 6:55 p.m., according to police.

Broken glass

The front glass window of Express Convenience Stop on New York Avenue in Huntington Station was smashed by an unknown person who was involved in a fight outside the building at around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, according to police.

Stealing at school

Between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, an unknown person stole assorted property from a gym bag and an Apple Watch from Vanderbilt Elementary School on Deer Park Road in Dix Hills, police said. The incident was reported Jan. 3.

Booze burglar

An unknown person stole red wine from BottleBargains on Fort Salonga Road in Northport at around 5 p.m. Dec. 20, according to police. The incident was reported Jan. 2.

Jewelry home heist

An unknown person stole jewelry from a home on La Rue Drive in Huntington at around 10 a.m. Dec. 27, police said. The incident was reported Jan. 1.

Household essentials

A KitchenAid mixer and a vacuum were stolen from TJ Maxx on Jericho Turnpike in Commack at around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 1, according to police. — Compiled by Kevin Redding



Photo from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, displays the new county law banning the updating or instillation of primitive cesspools and the technology associated with them, as he’s surrounded by local leaders and environmental group organizers during a press conference.

Bellone takes step toward protecting LI’s water New law closes loophole to permanently ban replacement of old, primitive cesspool technology to reduce nitrogen levels in water BY DESIRÉE KEEGAN DESIREE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

when a requirement for the addition of a septic tank was added, but the county sanitary code did not require that homeowners add a Repairing old cesspools is now a thing of septic tank when replacing an existing cessthe past in Suffolk County. pool, making it legal to install a new cesspool As part of an ongoing effort to improve to replace an existing one. By now closing water quality on Long Island, Suffolk County this loophole, it will advance the water qualExecutive Steve Bellone (D) ity efforts undertaken by the signed into law a ban on county and set the stage for installing new cesspools, the evolution away from the ending the practice of use of nonperforming cessgrandfathering inadequate pools and septic systems to sanitary system fixes with the the use of new, state-of-thenow-primitive technology. art technologies that reduce “It marks another historic nitrogen in residential wastestep forward in our ongoing water by up to 70 percent, effort to reverse decades of according to Bellone. nitrogen pollution that has “With this action, I would degraded water quality in like to say that we, as a counour lakes, bays and harbors, ty, have adopted the policies and it is a step that is long necessary to adequately adoverdue,” Bellone said. “It is dress our region’s nitrogen fairly unusual for the local pollution problems, but in governments, environmental reality, this gets us closer to groups and the region’s largwhere we should have been est builders group to agree on in the decades following the importance of tightening 1973,” said county Legislaup outdated regulations to tor Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), protect water quality, but that a co-sponsor of the Article 6 is exactly what happened in revisions and chairwoman this instance. This inclusive, of the Suffolk County Legiscollaborative approach is lature’s Environment, Plan— Steve Bellone ning and Agriculture Commaking a huge difference in our efforts to reduce decades mittee. “I look forward to of nitrogen pollution.” continuing the process of fiCesspools have been identified as pri- nally bringing Suffolk County’s sanitary code mary sources of nitrogen pollution that into the 21st century.” have degraded water quality throughout In addition to banning the installation of Suffolk County, contributing to harmful al- new cesspools, the law approved by the Sufgae blooms, beach closures and fish kills. folk County Legislature Dec. 5 requires the The use of cesspools in new construction wastewater industry to provide data regarding has been banned in the county since 1973, system replacement and pumping activities to

‘This inclusive, collaborative approach is making a huge difference in our efforts to reduce decades of nitrogen pollution.’

the Department of Health Services beginning July 1, 2018. It also mandates permits for replacement of existing systems effective July 1, 2019, and requires business properties with grandfathered nonconforming wastewater flows to install nitrogen-reducing advanced systems if making significant changes to the use of the property. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, joined forces with other environmental group leaders in thanking the county for what was a necessary step in eliminating nitrogen from groundwater. “We can no longer allow inadequately treated sewage to mix with our sole source of drinking water,” she said. “Modernizing our health codes is a commonsense action that is critically needed for water protection.” Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, said he was overjoyed by the “huge step,” ending pollution by what he called Suffolk’s No. 1 threat to clean water. “Now, we’re not just complaining,” he said. “We’re doing something about it.” For the past three years, Suffolk’s Legislature has instituted a pilot program to test the new technologies, using a lottery system to select homeowners willing to have a donated system installed to demonstrate system performance. Under the pilot program, a total of 14 different technologies have been installed at 39 homes throughout the county. Four have been provisionally approved for use after demonstrating six months of acceptable operating data. As part of continued efforts, a voluntary Septic Improvement Program, the first of its kind in the state, was launched in July 2017 to provide grants and low-interest financing to make the replacement of cesspools and septic systems with new innovative/alternative technologies affordable for homeowners who choose to upgrade their systems. Over the first five months, nearly 850 homeowners have registered for the program, 228

Video: Cesspool ban signed into law

have completed applications and 160 have been awarded grants and are moving toward installation of the new systems. Suffolk County was the first in the state to apply for funding from New York State’s newly created $75 million Septic System Replacement Fund and will use the funding to expand its efforts to see the new technologies installed throughout the county. The changes are the first in what is expected to be a series of updates to the county sanitary code over the next several years as county officials consider whether to put in place policies that require new nitrogenreducing systems in new construction projects, require installation of the new systems when a cesspool or septic system fails and needs to be replaced, or upon sale of a property. For now, all parties involved are on the same page moving forward, including both a working group comprised of county legislators, town planners and engineers with members of environmental organizations, as well as the Long Island Builders Institute. “There is more work to do,” said Kevin McDonald, conservation finance and policy director for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “But passage of this bill means less nitrogen pollution in our water, and more resilient, healthy bays and people for generations to come.”



Cuomo delivers State of the State address BY SABRINA PETROSKI Although chatter is starting to pick up that he might be a candidate for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020, for now Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is still in a New York state of mind. On Jan. 3 Cuomo gave his State of the State address, in which he explained his agenda for the coming year. He began by touting some quality of life issues in New York state that are improving. “Crime is down statewide, we have a cleaner environment, we have a fairer criminal justice system, we have more high school graduates who are attending colleges,” Cuomo said. “We have preserved more land than ever before, enacted a more progressive tax code, and launched the most ambitious building program in the country.” Cuomo split the problems he believes the state is facing and his speech into three sections: the challenges of old discrimination and sexism within society, safety threats and the new federal and economic challenges “we have never experienced before.” He referred to the challenges he plans to address in the coming year as “a three front war.” First, Cuomo pitched a reform on how the state deals with sexual assault and harassment claims in the workplace for employees paid by tax dollars. “Policies should be binding on all state

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pointed to workplace sexual misconduct and overall public safety as areas to watch. employees in all authorities, in all agencies and on local governments,” he said. His suggested reforms would include a uniform code of sexual harassment policies, a contraceptive care act, and a governmentwide anonymous whistleblower process so victims feel safer stepping forward. “No taxpayers funds should be used to pay for any public official’s sexual harassment or misconduct,” Cuomo said. He also said the New York State pension

fund should only be invested in companies the comptroller determines have adequate female and minority representation in management and on the board of directors while showing effective corporate leadership. “Our lady justice is still not color blind and her scales are still not balanced,” he said. The governor spoke of a redevelopment plan for the major transportation hubs throughout the state, an initiative spearheaded in the hopes of improving safety and mobility. These places will be equipped with more and better trained police personnel and more state-of-the-art surveillance systems, according to Cuomo. A large transportation hub Cuomo said he is focusing on is Penn Station. He said he has created a plan to restructure and rebuild Penn Station to improve operations, aesthetics and security. He is also proposing a plan to rebuild the major train stations that connect the Long Island Rail Road to Penn Station. He also said he has plans to remove traditional toll booths, and replace them with electric toll structures as a way of reducing congestion along main highways and bridges, a movement that is already underway. Lastly, Cuomo said he will continue to invest in and improve public education. He plans to expand 3- and 4-year-old prekindergarten, also after-school and computer science programs. He vowed to make sure more state school aid is being dedicated to poorer districts, and

to make sure the local education districts are distributing more money from received grants to poorer schools. “Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, and neither does trickle-down education funding,” Cuomo said. On Jan. 5, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) provided a response to Cuomo’s State of the State address, expressing similar hopes for the coming year. He said the urgency of creating a more affordable New York, as well as protecting those who live here should be a priority of lawmakers for 2018. “Our self-imposed 2 percent spending cap has already saved our state $41 billion,” Flanagan said. “It’s time for the governor and Assembly Democrats to join with us in making that spending cap permanent. Doing so will help to ensure a balanced, fiscally responsible budget that protects taxpayers this year, and every year.” He echoed the governor’s message on public safety. “Senate Republicans know that if you, your family and your community aren’t safe and secure, nothing else matters,” Flanagan said. Many of the policies Cuomo spoke of in his address are already starting to be put into effect. “This is the year we make New York great again,” Cuomo said.

NY launches drug take-back program for pharmacies BY KEVIN REDDING KEVIN@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM With the recent launch of the first statewide pharmaceutical take-back initiative, New York residents are encouraged to be more careful, and environmentally friendly, when it comes to getting rid of their old and unwanted medications. On Dec. 28, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that 80 retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities across the state will be the first to participate in its $2 million pilot pharmaceutical take-back program, and encouraged more to get on board. This program allows residents to safely dispose any unused and potentially harmful pills into a drop box at these locations beginning in April, when the boxes are slated for installation. Once collected, the drugs will be weighed, tracked and incinerated. The free, volunteer public service, funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund, is modeled after a successful safe disposal program started at King Kullen in 2014 — which, in the past three years, has safely disposed more than 7,600 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs — and aims to improve the region’s drinking water, which has become increasingly contaminated by people flushing medications down the toilet and pouring them down the sink. Flushed pharmaceutical drugs have been found in state lakes, rivers and streams, negatively affecting the waterways and the wildlife that inhabit them.

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A demonstration is done at the King Kullen in Patchogue, showing how to use the drug take-back drop box. Roughly 40 percent of groundwater samples have trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs, with the most common being antibiotics and anticonvulsants, according to Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Prescription drugs should come from our pharmacists — not from our faucets,” said Esposito, whose Farmingdale-based organization founded the King Kullen program and lobbied the state to provide funding in its budget in 2016 for the DEC to create the pilot program. “Pharmaceutical drugs are considered an ‘emerging contaminant’ in our drinking water and the flushing of unwanted drugs is one contributor to this growing problem. Safe disposal programs [like this] are critical in combating this health risk. The goal really is to pro-

vide people with an easy, safe and convenient option to dispose of their drugs. We can get ahead of this problem now rather than wait until it becomes a bigger problem later.” The pilot program is currently open and is accepting applications, according to the DEC website, which also outlines that the $2 million will be used to cover the full cost of purchasing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-compliant medication drop boxes, as well as the cost of pickup, transport and destruction of collected waste pharmaceuticals for a two-year period. Esposito said the program also serves to prevent accidental exposure or intentional misuse of prescription drugs. “This is a service that all pharmacies should be providing their customers,” she said. “Not

only does it protect the environment, it will keep drugs out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.” While there aren’t many participants so far in Suffolk — among six volunteers are Huntington’s Country Village Chemists, St. James Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center and Stony Brook Student Health Services — many local pharmacy owners said they were interested in enrolling, while others have already been offering something similar. At Heritage Chemists Pharmacy & Boutique in Mount Sinai, owner Frank Bosio said he offered a take-back box for more than two years, but funding ended. “It was a great program and the community loved it,” said Bosio with interest in enrolling in the new pilot program. “I definitely want to get on board with this.” Manager of Echo Pharmacy in Miller Place, Beth Mango, said her store has a disposal box system in place that complies with Drug Enforcement Administration requirements. “We had a lot of customers asking us what they could do with their old medications,” Mango said. “We wanted to do something for the community. We’re trying to save our Earth for our children and for future generations — this is one way we know is safe.” Esposito made clear that most disposal systems outside of the launched program aren’t authorized by the DEC or other agencies, and hopes the list for this particular effort will grow. Retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities can enroll to participate in the pilot pharmaceutical take-back program on the DEC’s website at


SCHOOL NEWS Northport High School

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Saving the environment, one bag at a time Northport High School’s environment team was invited to the Suffolk County Legislature on Dec. 18 to highlight the extensive work they have done in collecting data regarding plastic bag usage. Northport High School was one of seven local schools that contributed to this project.

Students previously worked with other members of the community to conduct surveys concerning consumer shopping habits in advance of Suffolk’s 5-cent per bag implementation, beginning on Jan. 1. These surveys demonstrated widespread use of single-use plastic bags in grocery

stores, pharmacies and convenience stores throughout Suffolk County and are believed to be the most comprehensive in the nation to document shoppers’ habits. More than 11,000 individuals were surveyed outside the aforementioned establishments, and 71 percent of those individuals

COMMUNITY NEWS Celebrating 102 years Work hard, avoid junk food and marry your best friend. Those are Lillian Menendez’s secrets to a long and happy life. Menendez celebrated her 102nd birthday Dec. 28, joined by her granddaughter, Andrea Lilli, and her friends at Apex Rehabilitation and Healthcare in South Huntington. Born in Puerto Rico, Menendez emigrated to New York with her family when she was 2 years old. She grew up in New York and New Jersey before settling in upper Manhattan, where the couple raised their son and a daughter. Her husband, Albert, worked in the textile industry while his wife was a homemaker. After retirement, the couple moved to Tampa, Florida. After her husband passed away in 1989, Menendez moved to Deer Park to be near her daugh-

ter, Anita, and two grandchildren. Menendez cited eating well and being surrounded by a loving family as keys to her longevity. “I eat all my vegetables. I don’t eat junk food,” she said, and her favorite dish,“rice and beans.” She spoke fondly of her late husband, noting that throughout their more than 50 years of marriage, they never held a grudge. “I married a very nice man,” Menendez said. “Everything was great about him.” Throughout their lives, her children and grandchildren were the beneficiaries of her hand-crocheted bedspreads, afghans and clothing. Known as an accomplished cook and baker, Menendez specialized in rice and beans and other dishes that harkened to her Puerto Rican heritage. “My brother and I would fight

over how many pieces of her pot roast we each got to eat,” recalled Lilli, who remembers standing on a stool to help her grandmother in the kitchen. Menendez moved into Apex about five years ago, when she could no longer live on her own. While she often uses a wheelchair, she is in good physical health and her mind is sharp. She still reads the newspaper to “keep up on what’s going on in the world,” and she even danced a bit at her birthday party. “She loves to watch television, and up until recently she was a big fan of ‘Survivor,’” her granddaughter said. “We used to talk about who we wanted to win.” At 102 years old, Lillian epitomizes a survivor. Her family looks forward to many more years with their beloved matriarch.

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were using nonrecyclable bags. Next year, these surveys will be taken again, once a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags is implemented. The hope is to analyze the effect of the law on consumer behavior. “It’s inspiring to see how a small group of students can have

a large impact on important matters in our community,” said student Sabrina Kramer. “We are excited to see this law take effect, and we hope to see that people will change their habits for the better, and replace their plastic bags with reusable ones, creating a cleaner future for all of us.”



Dr. Jay Cuti, 76, of Huntington, died Dec. 23. He was the beloved husband of MaryAnn, loving father of Vanessa and Alexandra, dear Babbo of Carter and Giacomo and cherished brother of Marie Martin. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Interment was private. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Robert O. Donnelly

Robert O. Donnelly, 88, of East Northport, died Dec. 24. He was a veteran of the U.S.

Army. He was the beloved husband of Teresa; loving father of Mary Ellen Donnelly (Mark Elmendorf) and Jean (Michael) Treacy; cherished grandfather of Kyle, Kyra, Shannon, Brendan, Erin, Keefe and Miranda; and survived by his brothers Eugene (Arlene) and Martin (Regina). A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

James Hamelman

James Hamelman, 93, of Huntington,

died Dec. 28. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine; devoted father of Eileen (William) Purcell and the late Laura; cherished grandfather of Conner, Tara, and Erin; dear brother of Frances Underhill, Mary Thomas, Barbara Lynch and the late George, Robert and Paul. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station.

William J. Howarth

William J. Howarth, 63, of Huntington Station, died Jan. 6. He was the beloved husband of Madelyn; loving father of William (Janet) Howarth, Christopher Howarth, Robert Forgione, Chelsea (Matthew) Boylan, Kaity Nicholson and Riley Nicholson; cherished grandfather of Kole, Mason, Katie, Connor and Sean; devoted great-grandfather of Holden; caring son of Lucy and the late William Howarth; and dear brother of Debbie Allard and Thomas Howarth. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at

Warren A. Kolbenheyer Sr.


Warren A. Kolbenheyer Sr., 84, of Huntington, died Dec. 22. He was the beloved husband of Eleanor; loving father of Nancy (Michael) Hofer, Warren, Kim (Vincent) Yavorek and Lisa (Michael) Cody; cherished grandfather of Christina, Daniel, Melissa, Marcus, Mary (Anthony), Samantha, Vincent, Amanda, Olivia, Michael and Ava; and dear great-grandfather of Julianna and Christopher.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station.

Betty Lou Minton

Betty Lou Minton, 81, of Huntington, died Dec. 18. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert; loving mother of Robert II (Marianne), Marilyn Kitchen and the late Carol Turner; cherished grandmother of Bobby, Kayce, Rebecca, Sarah and Julianne; dear great-grandmother of Samantha; and devoted sister of David Pechota and Helen Lundell. A funeral service was held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station.

Alice Ann Skinner

Alice Ann Skinner (née McGrath), 82, of Huntington, died Dec. 31. She was the beloved wife of Jack; proud mother of Irene Jensen (John), Joanne Miranda (Sal), James (Mary), John (Pamela), Christine Fermo and Matthew (Catherine); devoted grandmother of Michelle Lempenski (Christopher), Jonathan Jensen (Krista), A.J. Jensen, Ralph Miranda, Liam Skinner, Aidan Skinner, Gavin Skinner and James Fermo; great-grandmother of Ava Jensen and Christopher Lempenski; and dear sister of Peter (Mary), Kevin (the late Jan), Eileen McDonough (Kevin) and Brother Terence McGrath. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport. Interment followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Cold Spring Harbor. Arrangements were entrusted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home of Huntington Station.






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Blue Devils’ 17-0 run helps Huntington to win BY BILL LANDON There were threes all over the place Monday night, and just like the three c’s in Katie Seccafico’s last name, it seemed the senior was calling for them. Seccafico banked three triples on her way to a game-high 13 points in Huntington’s 45-37 League III win over Smithtown East Jan. 8. She had eight assists and four steals to go along with it. “We spent a lot of time preparing for the face guard,” Seccafico said. “We had good communication on defense and that really helped us dropping back, letting everyone know where we are on the court.” The guard scored her first 3-pointer to cap off a 17-0 Blue Devils run to open the first quarter, and added another by the halftime break. Senior Alexandra Heuwetter nailed two of her own to help Huntington to a 26-14 lead. “At first, it’s not what we expected we thought,” Heuwetter said. “We thought they would face guard us, but they didn’t, and that gave us a lot of open shots.” Smithtown East senior point guard Ceili Williams (13 points) also made her presence known, drawing fouls while driving to the basket and going 6-for-7 from the freethrow line. Even with her team making shot after shot to extend the advantage, as Huntington outscored Smithtown East 13-9 in the

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third, sophomore forward Riva Bergman said she was impressed with her team’s defensive effort. “I think we’re ready for any challenge,” she said. “We slowed the tempo, we ran our plays and we were able to knock down shots.” Huntington senior Nicole Leslie, who had not seen action early in the season due to injury, was at full strength in the second half and battled in the paint to lead her team with six points in the third. She finished the game with 12 rebounds. The Bulls had their work cut out for them in the final eight minutes of play, trailing by 16, but refused to go quietly. Freshman Paige Doherty drained a three to make it a 12-point game, and Williams added her own to draw within nine points in regulation, but it was as close as Smithtown East would come. “They’re big, they’re athletic, they’re strong, but I just told them I’m very proud of how they battled back — they didn’t hang their heads and give up at 17-0,” Smithtown East head coach Tom Vulin said. The seniors led the way for the Blue Devils, which moved to 2-2 in the season to be even with Smithtown East, as Leslie and Heuwetter followed close behind Seccafico with 11 points apiece. Huntington head coach Michael Kaplan has enjoyed seeing his team at full strength. “Earlier in the year we had some injuries and sicknesses, so it was hard for us to practice at full strength, but we’re finally healthy,” he said. “We’re a young team considering we only have three seniors, and it helped that we shot well early on, but our three seniors really stepped up today — that really helped us.”


Photos by Bill Landon

Katie Seccafico, above, shoots during Huntington’s win over Smithtown East Jan. 8. Nicole Lesllie, above left, scores a field goal. Alexandra Huewetter, below left, scores on a layup.

Northport High School

Cheery holiday season

Northport High School’s varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams collected children’s books to donate to Huntington Hospital this holiday season. The teams expressed concern for those spending the holidays in the hospital and wanted to help spread some cheer.

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Students organized and wrapped all 93 books they collected, and went to the hospital personally to give them out to the children. “We hope we put smiles on children’s faces this holiday season,” Northport cheerleading head coach Danielle Milazzo said.


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Helping an elderly or disabled neighbor this winter can be as easy as helping shovel snow.

Helping others through 2018 As we forge ahead into 2018, there are a few charitable lessons from the holidays that we should carry with us through the year, especially this winter. December is the single largest month of the year for giving, according to the 2016 Charitable Giving Report published by Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. Based on information from thousands of nonprofits, the report found December is when more than 20 percent of all donations are made. It’s called the Season of Giving or The Most Wonderful Time of the Year in no small part because it’s when people are most likely to open their pockets or donate time to help others. There are good Samaritans who have taken caring for others to heart. North Shore residents stopped to check in on an elderly or disabled neighbor during winter storm Grayson or even offered to help shovel out walkways and driveways. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) worked with one such individual, identified only as Ken from Ronkonkoma, who helped first responders dig out two motorists stranded on the side of the Long Island Expressway. Last week, PSEG reported more than 16,500 of its customers lost power during the snowstorm. While more than 76 percent had it restored by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, according to PSEG, those individuals with electric heat were temporarily left in the cold. Keeping the giving alive year-round can help make the cold, dreary winter brighter for less fortunate and needy families. It doesn’t cost anything but a few minutes to check in on neighbors to a make sure he or she is warm and OK. Better yet, lend a hand to help shovel a walkway or snow blow a path so he or she can safely get in and out of a home in case of an emergency. Families struggling to make ends meet can get assistance in paying for electricity or home heating fuel. Suffolk County’s Home Energy Assistance Program started accepting applications Jan. 2 at 631-853-8820 for families in need of one-time assistance. The nonprofit United Way has opened applications for its Project Warmth, a program that offers a one-time grant for families struggling to pay heating bills. Project Warmth can be contacted by its 211 hotline or by calling 888-774-7633 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Search through closets for gently used or new winter jackets, scarves, hats or gloves that can be donated to one of the many collection drives currently underway for residents in need of warm clothing. The Town of Brookhaven’s Youth Bureau is collecting donations starting Jan. 12 at town hall, the highway department and senior and recreation centers. Long Island Cares in Hauppauge also accepts donated coats. Many Salvation Army locations even accept appliance donations, like space heaters. Just because the giving season is over does not mean that some of our neighbors are any less in need of assistance. Taking a few minutes to check in on others or point them to a service that offers assistance can help everyone get 2018 off to a positive start.

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Aggressive militarism has long been a hallmark of American foreign policy; in fact, it is one of a handful of issues that always seems to have bipartisan support. However, Trump’s style of conducting his foreign policy via unhinged tweets should have us all worried. His recent spat with North Korea over the size of his nuclear button must be a wake-up call for everyone, regardless of party. Now is the time for responsible leaders in both houses of Congress to step up and reassert their role in foreign affairs and the military. Congress must move to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed after Sept. 11, 2001, which gives the president a blank check to wage war anywhere and any time. Additionally, and even more pressing, Congress must pass Senate Bill 200 and House Bill 669, which would require that presidents get congressional approval before launching a nuclear strike. Of those who represent the people of Long Island in Congress, only U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) has co-sponsored this legislation. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the leader of

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Bills have been brought forward in an effort to limit President Trump’s ability to utilize nuclear weapons. the Senate Democrats and the socalled resistance has not come out in support of this legislation. None of Long Island’s four members of the House of Representatives has co-sponsored H.R. 669, including the two Democrats, U.S. Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). There are lots of areas in which

Democratic voters want their party to stand up to Trump, but none are as important and potentially dangerous as the use of nuclear weapons. Where are Suozzi, Rice, and Schumer on this?

Ron Widelec Commack

No more speed cameras on Long Island Incoming Nassau County Executive Laura Curran (D) is considering bringing back the speed camera program in order to plug a $30 million county deficit. Curran is looking into taxpayer pockets when she should be looking at county expenditures. Like the rest of New York state, Nassau County has a spending problem, not a revenue problem; and the speed cameras are nothing more than a shakedown of drivers in Nassau County. The original county speed cameras were rolled out in more than 50 Nassau school zones in September and October 2014, just a few months after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a law authorizing them on Long Island. They were expected to bring in $30 million in revenue for the county annually, but in just four months of operation, they produced 400,000 tickets and issued over $32 million in fines. County legislators, who ap-

proved the speed cameras unanimously, were quickly inundated with complaints from residents who were outraged about receiving $80 tickets in the mail. From the beginning, this program reeked of a scam that had little to do with safety. Signs were not properly placed, fines were given from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and locations were chosen far from child crossings. Many residents got multiple fines before being aware of the cameras, and some complained that they couldn’t pay their grocery bills because of the fines they had to pay. Due to public opposition, the Legislature was forced to end the program in December 2014. Local governments need to do better and not treat their citizens like an ATM. New leadership is needed and in the upcoming gubernatorial election, New Yorkers have a better option. As governor, I would end unfunded state mandates that take up 70

percent or more of taxes raised in many counties. These mandates give us high property taxes, stifle innovation, and cause counties and towns to resort to policingfor-profit schemes like the Nassau County speed cameras. Fines and fees are a regressive tax that hit the poor hardest. I will reprioritize enforcement away from these matters to more critical concerns, while also allowing counties and towns to find innovative solutions that are not mandated by Albany. If counties see value in mandated programs, they will still do it, but will be able to find the best way for their community. Some methods may fail, but there will also be successes that others can now copy. Albany cannot possibly know what works in every county and town in New York. It is time to let New Yorkers fix New York.

Larry Sharpe Libertarian Party candidate for New York Governor, 2018

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That was the freezing week that was


n the dark of night, it silently slithered toward the back of the car, spray painting the windows with a sheen of opaque white. It made its way around the car, finding the seam in the doors and filling it with surprisingly strong epoxy. It glided down to the ground and sucked some of the warm air out of the tires. The car was trapped on the driveway with no way to fight off this unwelcome intrudIf its alarm By Daniel Dunaief er. could have gone off, it would have warned us. But, no, that alarm only goes off early in the morning on the weekends, when someone opens the door with the key instead of deactivating the alarm system

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with a button, annoying the neighbors and embarrassing our kids and us in equal measure. It slid under the hood. It paused over the heart of the machine, looking for places to extend its icy fingers into the exposed engine, snickering with delight at the opportunity to turn 3,000 pounds of metal into a frozen couch. It reached into the battery and deactivated the power. On my way to the car, it issued a warning, or was it a challenge, when it wrapped its icy fingers around my neck. I tried to ignore it and stick with my routine. When I turned the key, however, the car coughed weakly. “Come on,” I pleaded, as the cold scraped its icicle hands against my exposed calf. I tried again. The third time was not the charm, either. After getting a jump start, I decided to outsmart the wretched cold. I cleared space in the garage, hauling all the heavy items parked there into the basement. The garage

door and the walls of the house would offer greater protection. No, I wasn’t giving the car a blanket and pillow and setting it up with reruns of “Knight Rider,” but I was protecting the family car. The next day, I went through the basement into the garage, put the key in the ignition and beamed broadly as the internal combustion engine roared to life. Ha! I foiled the frigid air. I told the kids to climb in the car, which warmed up rapidly as a reward for keeping it in the garage, and drove triumphantly to school. The cold wouldn’t undermine my day, I thought, as I maneuvered through the responsibilities of the day. When I returned home, I found that the cold had recruited my garage door to its unworthy cause. I didn’t look carefully enough when I had pulled away from the house. The garage door, fooled by a small piece of snow in the corner of the floor, thought it had hit something and

reopened, where it stayed all day. I pulled the car in, closed the garage and waited for the door to close. When the metal door reached the ground, it reopened. I played a short game with the door, pushing the button just after it started to open again so that the cold air had only a small opening. “I win,” I announced as I entered the warm house. When I turned on the water in my bathroom the next morning, I realized I had lost. The combination of the cold from the open garage from the day before and the small crack at the bottom of the door was enough to enable the cold to lay its frozen hands on my pipes. Several hours later, the plumber, who was busier than a foraging ant during a Fourth of July picnic, shivered in the garage and proclaimed the small opening under the door as the culprit. This cold snap, which finally left the area earlier this week, won this battle.

Dogs, shopping bags and international students


ere are a couple of things to think about in this new year. First, it is the Chinese Year of the Dog. Each year is related to a zodiac animal within a 12-year cycle, and the Dog is in the 11th position, after the Rooster and before the Pig. Other Dog years include births in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and so on. You get the pattern. If you are a Dog, you are undoubtedly loyal, honest, kind, amiable and sincere, although you’re By Leah S. Dunaief probably not all that good at communications. As a result, sometimes you are perceived as stubborn. However, you make up for that by always being ready to help others. Enough of that and on to the latest law for Suffolk County. As you

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have probably experienced by now, wherever you might be shopping and inclined to make a purchase, you will have to add 5 cents to the total if you want a bag. Two bags: 10 cents. Again, you get the pattern. That means if you are shopping in a supermarket or a hardware store or Macy’s, you will need to pay for each bag. We have, however, been trained for such a situation by Costco. For years, those who shop in their warehouse-like stores have carried purchases out to their cars in shopping carts and then loaded the contents into their trunks, one item at a time. Costco has never provided bags, although it has been known to offer boxes when available. The smart ones among us carry cloth bags into the store in advance so we can load cars more efficiently at the end, and I suppose that is what the rest of us will learn to do if we don’t buy the bags. Although the charge is only a nickel, it is irksome because the nickels don’t go toward funding an environmental cause but revert to the store.

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So expect to see people crossing parking lots with the items they have just purchased in their hands. While the perennially curious among us will be fascinated to check out what people buy, the instinct to bag a purchase to prove it was paid for rather than whipped off the shelf and out the door will make some of us uneasy. Best to invest in some large and solid cloth bags, which are what they bring to stores in Europe and elsewhere. And by the way, this should be a great help for our local waterways and wildlife since so many plastic bags have caused harm. So BYOB, or “bring your own bag,” and know that you are helping a fish. On to another topic to consider in 2018. Private schools and universities are going to take a beating from the loss of international students. Total tuition from those students, who generally pay more, will decline as a result of more restrictive immigration policies for those wishing to come to study here. Visa applications are being more carefully scrutinized and foreign students are finding it



harder to stay in the United States after graduation. There had been a huge increase in foreign students here, supplying $39 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy last year, but now schools in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and other Englishspeaking countries are attracting some of those dollars. The decline in new students nationwide was some 7 percent just this past fall. That means colleges will have to cut offerings and American-educated grad students who may want to settle here will be lost to the nation. It also means colleges will not be able to help low-income students as much with tuition aid. Diversity is also affected. Enrollment is already falling from China and India, the two biggest sources of students from abroad. Of course this is not only a national issue but also a local one: Stony Brook University is here. Long Island has numerous schools, and with fewer students less money will be spent locally. Meanwhile enjoy the weather. Let’s celebrate the thaw.



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A. Obesity is defined as excessive fat accumulation in the body that presents a risk to heath. It is measured in terms of Body Mass Index, or BMI, which is a calculated ratio of your weight and height. Anyone with a BMI over 30 is considered obese. Obesity contributes to several other health problems including diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, arthritis, reflux, infertility, as well as cancer. It is a multifactorial disease that is caused by a combination of genetics, environment, eating and exercise habits, and how your body processes food.

A. There are several approaches to weight loss. This includes medications, surgery, and other non-invasive procedures such as the weight loss balloons. The most common surgical options are the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Why should obesity be treated? A. Obesity is a national epidemic, causing higher medical costs and a lower quality of life. It is also linked to shorter life expectancy. Studies have shown that diet and exercise alone are often not effective in the long term for weight loss. Surgery is the only proven method for long term weight control in morbidly obese patients. Surgery even leads to improvement or complete resolution of obesity related comorbidities including diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Depending on the type of surgery, patients may lose up to 60-80% of their excess weight loss on average.


A. Any patient with a BMI over 40 or BMI over 35 with a comorbid condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or obstructive sleep apnea may qualify for surgery. You will be required to get several medical clearances, tests, bloodwork, and procedures prior to your surgery. You may also be required to go through a supervised medical weight loss program. Patients interested in weight loss are encouraged to obtain a consultation in order to individualize their care and treatment needs. If you would like more information and are interested in making an appointment, please call (631) 870-3444.

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