TIMES of SMITHTOWN
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August 15, 2019
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DA indicts driver for fatal Lake Avenue hit and run 100 feet from the point of impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. McDermott was employed as a teacher and coach with the Kings Park school district. Clancy allegedly left the scene of the crash. He was apprehended by county police officers at about 12:49 p.m. while traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near exit 69 in Manorville. Clancy’s vehicle was severely damaged with a large hole in its windshield and blood on both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was also missing its front license plate, which was recovered at the scene of the crash. A blood test taken approximately three-anda-half hours after the crash revealed a high level of fentanyl in Clancy’s blood. A search warrant executed on his vehicle resulted in the seizure of a glassine envelope of fentanyl. Clancy was arraigned on the indictment Aug. 7 in front of county Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 10. If convicted of the top count, Clancy faces a maximum sentence of eight and one-third to 25 years in prison. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James Curtin, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau. — compiled by Donna Deedy
New immunization rules poised to affect districts, parents as school year nears BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
With the start of the school year less than a month away, school officials and parents are in the midst of adjusting to stricter state immunization requirements for children that will eliminate exemption from vaccines due to religious beliefs. The new measure, which took effect immediately after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed it into law June 13, comes in the wake of numerous measles cases throughout the country
including cases in Brooklyn and Rockland County. This year, over 1,000 new measles cases have been reported — the highest in 27 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York joins four other states — California, Maine, Mississippi and West Virginia — in eliminating the religious exemption. While school districts have been notifying parents and guardians about the new requirements through posts on their websites CONTINUED ON A6
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Long Island victims call for end to gun violence BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM
Close to 200 people, including activists, survivors, faith leaders and elected officials filled a room at Haypath Park in Old Bethpage, Aug. 7, to call for commonsense gun reform from Washington and to collectively voice “Enough is enough.” The mothers of two Long Island victims were among them. The rally came in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that took 31 lives the previous weekend. “We are upset, heartbroken — and most importantly we are angry,” said Tracy Bacher a leader in Nassau County of Moms Demand Action, an organization founded after the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. “In less than 24 hours our nation experienced two major mass shoot-
ings; this a public health crisis that demands urgent action.” State Sen. Jim Gaughran (D-Northport) said it’s time for the federal government to act on commonsense gun reform. “We are calling for Washington to take action, we have passed a red-flag law in the state we believe it’s going to save lives,” the senator said in an interview. “But if they can pass one in Washington it will save a lot more lives. We need to get guns off the street that are in the wrong hands.” While the federal government has been stagnant in achieving more robust gun reform in recent years, individual states have taken it upon themselves to enact their own measures. New York, in February, became the latest state to adopt a red-flag law, which is intended to prevent individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing
or possessing any kind of firearm. It also allows teachers as well as family members and others to petition the courts for protective orders. Sergio Argueta of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc., a youth advocacy group that focuses on gang and gun violence, said all he and others ask is for the bullets to stop. He began his speech imitating the sounds of gunshots in front of the packed crowd. “‘Pop, pop, pop,’ in day care centers; ‘Pop, pop, pop,’ in synagogues; ‘Pop, pop, pop’ in houses of worship,” said Argueta. “It is not fair that we have kids that walk into school that look like prisons. It is not fair that people that go out to Walmart to prepare their kids to start the new school year die.” Family members of gun violence victims shared their stories. “It is about time that we do something different, we have been here for Sandy [Hook], we have been here for Parkland and nothing changes,” said Rita Kestenbaum of Bellmore, whose daughter Carol was killed by a gunman in 2007 when she was a sophomore at Arizona State University. “Background checks are lovely, red-flag laws are lovely, but if we don’t get semi-automatic weapons banned, then all of this is for nothing.” Shenee Johnson of Queens said gun violence is preventable. Her son, Kedrick, was killed in a shooting at a high school graduation party in 2010. She was in Washington, D.C., at a conference called Gun Sense University when she heard of the shooting in El Paso. “For so many years, I’ve tried to hide my pain and shield my pain from others, but I’m dying inside,” Johnson said. “We can no longer go
Protesters rally for stronger gun legislation in Old Bethpage. Photo by David Luces
on like this, how many times do we have to go through something like this.” Other speakers called for people to fight to end gun violence and the hate that fuels it. “To eradicate hate, we must fight it with love and action,” said David Kilmnick, of the LGBT Network. “We say by coming here together that this is not a normal way of life. This is not the America we know.” Genesis Yanes, a student at Nassau Community College and counselor at S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, was one of many members who brought handmade signs to the rally. The nonprofit works with individuals ages 11 to 21. A hand full of elementary and middle school students were at the rally. “This is something that affects them directly and their communities, we just want to show them that there are people here who are advocating for this change,” Yanes said.
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County Suffolk unveils ambitious plan aimed at combating nitrogen pollution BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County is planning to transition away from the reliance on cesspools and septic systems. It has developed the Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan, which will invest $4 billion to combat nitrogen pollution over more than 50 years. The sets a blueprint for the county to replace hundreds of thousands of old and inadequate septic systems. The plan sets a goal to eliminate 253,000 cesspools and septic systems by replacing them with new nitrogen reducing systems or by connecting them to existing sewers. “Scientists have warned that continued reliance on primitive wastewater disposal systems is a mounting threat to both our environment and our economy,” said Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk health commissioner. “Now, for the first time, there is a long-term plan to diminish nitrogen pollution and put Suffolk County on a path to cleaner, healthier water resources.” According to Suffolk health officials, approximately 74 percent of the county remains unsewered, so individual residences and businesses rely on antiquated onsite wastewater disposal systems. Studies show that about 70 percent of the nitrogen input to local bays comes from approximately 360,000 cesspools and septic systems. The plan highlights more than 190 individual watershed areas in Suffolk County and establishes goals and recommendations for
Above, Suffolk County demonstrates new denitrifying septic systems installed in a county resident’s home; below, a map detailing the phases of the proposed project. Images from Suffolk County
reducing nitrogen inputs into each area. If those goals are met, health officials said it will begin to reverse the decline in water quality within 10 years and bring it back to a more pristine condition. To get that process started, officials said the county will use more than $500 million in already allocated grant sources toward the replacement of 10,000 cesspools and septic systems and expand connections to sewer systems over the next four years as part of the first phase of the plan.
“This plan represents the first meaningful strategy to address legacy septic nitrogen pollution since countywide sewering objectives were abandoned some four decades ago,” Walter Dawydiak, director of Environmental Quality for Suffolk County, said. “In those four decades, we learned a great deal about how toxic excess nitrogen is to the ecosystem. However, we consistently failed to solve the single largest environmental health problems of our generation. Finally, we have a response plan that will restore our ecosystems and
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protect our drinking water.” In the second phase of the plan, which would begin 2024, the county will eliminate more than 177,000 cesspools and septic systems near shorelines and high priority areas. It also recommends a requirement that cesspools and septic systems be replaced with new technology when properties change hands, or when those cesspools and septic systems fail. Officials estimate that the requirement could increase the number of cesspools eliminated from 1,000 to more than 5,000 per year. The third phase of the plan tackles all other priority areas during a 15-year period. The fourth and final phase addresses the remaining areas of the county beginning in 2068. Currently, county grants of up to $20,000 are available for residents who qualify and wish to replace their cesspool. There is also an additional state grant of up to $10,000, which can mean a total of up to $30,000. As of July 1, Suffolk County residents who voluntarily decide to replace their cesspools will need to replace them with a system consisting of a septic tank and leaching pool at a minimum, according to previous reporting by TBR News Media. Contractors will need to register the system with the Department of Health Services. The plan will undergo a detailed review by the county’s Council on Environmental Quality and will include an environmental impact statement which is expected sometime this month, according to officials. From there, a 30-day comment period will begin, with two public hearings being scheduled.
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and letters sent in the mail, the new law remains to be a decisive topic. Advocates of the religious exemption say that eliminating it violates their freedom of religion rights. South Setauket and Setauket parents Dayna Whaley and Trisha Vasquez, respectively, both ardent anti-vaccine advocates, both said they had a religious exemption for their children but say they and others are now considering homeschooling or even moving out of the state. “God made us in his image and didn’t make us
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It advised them that every student entering or attending public school must be immunized against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal disease and meningococcal disease. Other school districts have also had to quickly deal with the law over the summer. Marianne Cartisano, superintendent of the Miller Place School District, said the number of exemptions in the district was estimated at 60 students, but the number has been reduced over the past several weeks. “Miller Place School District remains committed to ensuring a safe school environment for all of our students, while understanding parents have the right to choose if and when they immunize their children,” the superintendent said in an email. “We are responsible for implementing the new state immunization regulations exactly as they are written.” The Miller Place super added the district has no option but to comply. “We have no authority to deviate from these regulations and must adhere to the guidance provided to our district from the Department of Health and or Office of Children and Family Services,” she said. “During this time of potential transition, we look forward to supporting students and families throughout the vaccination and enrollment processes.” The New York law requires that parents and guardians provide proof of their child’s immunization within 14 days after the first day of school. Also, within 30 days of the first day of school, parents or guardians must show that they scheduled appointments for follow-up doses for their children. Some required immunizations include those against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox). Until June 30, 2020, a child can attend school if they receive the first age-appropriate dose in each immunization series within 14 days from the first day of school attendance and can show within 30 days that they have scheduled ageappropriate appointments for required followup doses, according to NYS Department of Health officials. By June 30, 2020, all students attending school should be fully up-to-date with their required immunizations. One option Whaley and others have looked at is seeking a medical exemption from state, but she said it is extremely difficult to obtain one as an individual has to fit a certain medical profile. “Even if we wanted a medical exemption, try finding a doctor that will write one for you or even allow you in their practice,” the South Setauket resident said. Anti-vaccine proponents are a small but growing group of advocates who argue against vaccination. The group often relies on scientifically disputed pieces of information. The vast majority of the scientific and medical communities have rejected their arguments. Beyond the scientific arguments, the Setauket
parents took issue with the law going into effect immediately. “You look at the plastic bag ban — you have until 2020 to adjust to that, but our children are thrown out of school immediately and we are scrambling to figure out what to do here,” Whaley said. Both parents say they are weighing potential co-op and home-schooling options for their children. They said moving would introduce its own host of difficulties. Dr. Sharon Nachman, division chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, said she is glad to have this level of protection for all children in Suffolk County. “Just as seat belts protect all kids, even those that don’t like them or feel they are too confining, vaccines will now protect all of our children,” the division chief said. “There is abundant data that shows that when we vaccinate all kids, we not only protect them, but also their parents and grandparents. The vaccine law is not specific to measles and includes all vaccines appropriate for school-aged children.” According to a report by the New York Health Foundation, 26,217 students statewide, had religious exemptions from vaccinations during the 2017-18 school year. Nachman said with the implementation of the new requirements, she and her colleagues have seen an increase in both questions about vaccinations, about the numbers of children who are getting their initial vaccines as well as those who are getting up to date with their vaccines. “Community protection is a real event,” Nachman said. “As we have seen with the recent measles outbreaks, the only way to combat these outbreaks is by protecting all the children in our community.” Nachman said the Pediatric Infectious Diseases division at Stony Brook often discusses the scientific data with families who have questions, but those who come in with their minds made up about the risks and benefits of vaccines, especially those who are against them, will rarely agree with the need to vaccinate.
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Mae Nicosia from Smithtown celebrates her 100th birthday. Photo by David Luces
Smithtown woman turns 100 BY DAVID LUCES DLUCES@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Mae Nicosia, age 100, knows the secret to old age: “Being happy, and having a closeknit family.” Nicosia, a Smithtown resident, was born on July 23, 1919, in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She was the youngest of seven children and had three brothers and three sisters. The centenarian said she had a wonderful, loving Italian family and they were always together. It was in Flatbush, where Nicosia met her husband Tom. “They met at a place called Oscar’s bar, this was after the war — he was in the Army,” Jackie Pickle, Nicosia’s only child said. “Two years later, they got married.” From there, Nicosia and her husband moved to Bellmore during the late 1940s and would reside there for the next 40-plus years. The couple were married for 54 years and her husband passed away at age 84. Nicosia said she remembers well the good old days, when she would take her nieces and nephews to the movie theater. The going rate for a ticket back then cost 10 to 15 cents. Nicosia worked at the Rosemary Kennedy School in East Meadow as a teacher’s aide for
many years. After their time in Bellmore, the couple moved to Florida, where they lived for more than 10 years. Nicosia currently lives at Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care. During the month of July, her family and friends threw four parties to celebrate the milestone occasion. Early in the month, we had family from the West Coast come, 13 of them,” Pickle said. “That was the first party of many.” For the second party, Pickle said, 25 people came from the Salvation Army in East Northport, where Nicosia frequently attended events. “She used to go there once a week,” the daughter said. “They all came, sang and played guitars.” On the day of her actual birthday, July 23, the whole nursing home held a party for Nicosia and served cake to more than 100 people. A final party on that weekend was attended by family and friends. “She enjoyed her month of parties,” Pickle said. “It was nice for the family to be together. She’s had a nice happy life.” Pickle said that her mother at 100 years old still lights up a room with her smile and personality.
Smithtown’s senior residents can contact the Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department to take advantage of a series of household assistance programs available. The maintenance and repair services provided allow for seniors to save money and maintain independence longer, while utilizing these minor home chore repair services. “This is an outstanding service for residents. The team of trained professionals are friendly and trusted employees who absolutely love helping our senior community,” said Supervisor Ed Wehrheim (R). “If you are looking after a parent or you yourself have a few chores around the house you need taken care of, I would encourage you to call the Senior Center and schedule a service call.” The Residential Repair Program and Senior Citizen Home Maintenance Program (SCHMP) provide household assistance for tasks that do not require the skills of a licensed craftsman. The Town of Smithtown employs a crew of experienced maintenance personnel who can provide a variety of minor home repair services to senior citizens. Services provided include a range of safety measures, such as installing smoke detectors, door and window locks, but also include electrical work (replacing light switches or fuses), plumbing (replacing faucets or repairing toilet tanks) and carpentry (installing shelves and handrails). Town of Smithtown residents are eligible for the Residential Repair Program if they are homeowners or renters aged 60 and over. There are no labor fees for this program; however clients must provide or pay for the materials
required per job. Funding for this program is provided by the New York State Office for the Aging, the Suffolk County Office for the Aging and the Town of Smithtown. For the SCHMP service, residents must provide proof of ownership of their home and be aged 62 and over. This is an income eligible program requiring a brief in-home assessment. There is no cost to the homeowner for this program. Funding for this program is provided by a federal grant from U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Town of Smithtown. From April 2018 to July 2019, more than 180 clients were serviced for minor SCHMP repairs and more than 1,500 clients were serviced for residential repair issues. Residents can call the Senior Center for further information regarding this and other senior programs at 631-360-7616. Jobs will be serviced in the order they are received; however jobs requesting installation of safety equipment will be given first priority.
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Doris M. LaTurno (Beaumont), 83, died in Naples, Florida, Feb. 20. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Peter LaTurno. She grew up in a large family of 10 sisters and three brothers. She lived in Suffolk County until relocating with her husband to Florida in 2016. Doris is survived by her sons Walter Chad Beaumont and Gary Roy Beaumont; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her and her husband’s remains will be put to rest at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.
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Joseph Peter LaTurno, 91, died in Naples, Florida, Dec. 27, 2017. Born in Mineola, he attended Hempstead High School. In the spring of 1944, when he was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Navy and served on LST 537/755 in the South Pacific until the spring of 1946. Between 1946 and 1950, he worked at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., in Bethpage. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he returned to active duty and was assigned to the USS LSMR-527 as a radio operator. Following a one-year tour he returned to Grumman where he retired after 40 years. For the next 25 or so years, he and his wife Doris enjoyed traveling and their lovely home in Lake Grove. They relocated to Florida in July 2016. Their remains will be put to rest at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Town Rose Messina Rose Messina of Hauppauge died on Aug. 10 at the age of 97. She was one of six children and is survived by two sisters Nellie and Lena, ages 93 and 94; six children, Linda D’Amico, Frank, Christopher, Mickey, Diane Cazzetta and Ramona Bisono; 21 grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren with three more on the way. Born in Retsof and raised in Huntington, Messina attended Huntington High School. At 4 feet 9 inches, she was nicknamed “the peanut.” She was a four-year varsity letter winner in field hockey, basketball and softball and four-time outstanding female athlete at Huntington in grades 9 thru 12. Messina played semi-pro baseball, while working for Grumman during World War II. She gave up a baseball contract to marry Dominick Messina in 1946. She joined the Red Cross to help in the war effort in the 1940s. The family lived in Huntington and moved to Hauppauge in 1960. Messina was a class mother to every one of her six children for over 20 years and an active lifetime columbiette member for 75 years. She was one of the original founders of the “Hauppauge Sideliners Club” and member for over 25 years, and also a member of the St. Thomas More church “Young at Heart” organization for over 30 years. She was a team mom, seamstress and cook for every sport her six children played from little league, football, wrestling, baseball, field hockey, eaglettes, cheerleading, volleyball, track, to dance and theater plays in the school.
As a seamstress, she made many of the costumes for the school’s musicals and plays, costumes that her children and grandchildren performed in. Messina started cooking for the Hauppauge wrestling team in 1969 and continued organizing dinners for many sport teams which evolved into an end-of-the-year awards banquet, a tradition still enjoyed by sport teams in Hauppauge today. Messina was inducted into the Hauppauge Hall of Fame in 2011 as an honorary member and in 2018 with her entire family. Messina’s lifelong dream was to become a physical education teacher, which was fulfilled by seeing five of her children become teachers, two physical education, industrial arts and biology teachers and one an engineer. Her compassion, beside for her entire family, was for the Hauppauge wrestling team. She spent 40 years supporting the team. Services were held at Moloney’s Hauppauge Funeral Home on Aug. 12 and 13 and a funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More R.C. Church in Hauppauge on Aug. 14. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that tax-deductible donations be made to the Rose Messina scholarship foundation. Please make checks payable to: The Hauppauge Wrestling Club, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and include “The Rose Messina scholarship foundation” in the memo. All money collected will be distributed to a Hauppauge wrestler and/ or student in the upcoming years.
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New SBU interim prez says he’s ready to take on the role A Q&A with Michael Bernstein Michael Bernstein, the new interim president of Stony Brook University, came by TBR News Media’s ofﬁce for an exclusive interview where he spoke on his new role, challenges the school faces and his thoughts on the future. Here is what he had to say.
Is there any chance you will stay in this role permanently?
This past January, I talked through with [previous SBU President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr.] about concluding my tenure as provost [at the university]. My partner Patty and I have made plans to go to San Diego, where we’ve had a home for 20-plus years. It’s been a prime directive to get back to San Diego. Things changed, when Sam announced he would be leaving, and he asked if I’d be willing to serve in the interim [president] role if the chancellor of SUNY, Kristina Johnson, asked me to do so. I remember at that meeting, I was like, “I need to talk to Patty and then I’ll talk to you again.” Patty and I talked it through and here we are. I am delighted to be in this role. As for the longer-term future, we have open minds and will take it one day at a time. Let’s see if I like the job and more importantly let’s see if the job likes me and we’ll go from there.
So you don’t see yourself as a placeholder?
No, I am the interim president. My goal, my hope and my intention is to do the job — that’s what the chancellor expects from me and I think that’s what all our colleagues on campus expect of me. I’m going to do my best. It’s true when you are serving in an interim role, you have to balance the reality of the role with the tasks that have to be done. There are some things an interim president might not be able to do. Some lifts might be too heavy. I’m here to serve the campus the best I can.
What do you see as your biggest challenges? Challenges are also opportunities. We want to maintain the trajectory that Sam established in his decade-long tenure [as president]. Our student success metrics have been improving in the past 10 years. Graduation rates have gone up and we want to keep that momentum.
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Right now, our six-year rate is at the high mid-60th percentile. Roughly 62, 63 percent of our students have their degrees in hand within six years of their initial matriculation. The goal is to get that number up into the 70th percentile and that’s doable. It will take work, resources and determination. The quality of our students keeps going up. We are doing a much better job in advising, tutoring, counseling and making sure they have a clear path to graduation.
There’s still this general anxiety over whether or not the school focuses more on STEM than the humanities and arts. What do you think should be done in those terms?
I’m certainly aware of the sentiments. We do have outstanding departments and units in STEM base ﬁelds. That’s been true probably since the day the school opened. It is not something we would ever ignore or look past. I actually feel the sense that we are overlooking the arts and humanities is sometimes misconstrued. We have some excellent programs — political science is a nationally ranked program, our Hispanic language and literature program is one of the best in the ﬁeld, our music department competes with Julliard for MFA [master of ﬁne arts] students. I’ve just used those programs as an example … could we strengthen other units? Of course, when we have the ability to do so, but that’s in the sciences too.
Is there a chance the theatre arts major will come back?
Sure, there is a chance. There are no plans on the table today. The decision to deactivate the theatre arts major was a tough one made under stressful budgetary circumstances. It is always a relative judgment — do you do this before you do that. I know it is a tough conversation to have with colleagues, especially if they are in the area where you said, “No, we are not going to invest here.” We are simply not the kind of university of
size and resources where we can do everything at once. We have to make some tough choices. I always say to people, “The word’s not ‘never,’ the word is ‘not right now,’ and we’ll have to see what the future brings.”
Is there a way to bridge the gap with commuters and residents so they both feel like they are a part of the campus?
At the moment, we can’t envision a future where we have 100 percent residency for our undergraduates. It just doesn’t seem practical in terms of the site, the amenities and infrastructure. Also, I don’t think it is something the student community wants. We have a signiﬁcant community of students who prefer to be commuters for any number of reasons. We want to make sure we are delivering an outstanding experience for both the resident and commuter students. That’s challenging. We do have a student affairs team that is looking at the issue of commuter students. Thinking of ways of Faculty union UUP holding protests last year over their labor contract making the experience better.
Title IX [regarding sexual harassment, discrimination in education law]?
during a hiring freeze. SBU is still facing several financial challenges, and the university’s hiring freeze is still in place. File photo by Kyle Barr
I think SUNY as a whole and here at the Stony Brook campus is resolutely committed to robust Title IX processes and procedures. We have good leadership at the Title IX ofﬁce. We are constantly trying to make sure we are doing the best we possibly can. How can procedures be improved. One of our biggest concerns is that the information about Title IX processes and procedures is disseminated effectively, so that everyone at the university community is aware. I’m determined ongoing in this role to supply as much support as possible to them and let them know I have my hand on their back; making sure the campus is safe, secure and welcoming to all constituents is job No. 1.
Rumors of the possibility of more shops on campus?
We’ve always been involved in thinking through opportunities for potential partnerships or ways to improve amenities and capacity on campus. I have no concrete contract to pull out and say we are doing this. We are exploring things
all the time. We know we have to build more dorm capacity, which means we have to bring more amenities to campus. If we can ﬁnd partnership to do that, like we did with the hotel, we would explore that. Why wouldn’t we? I don’t know if it will happen but it is something worth exploring.
What is the status of the new MART (Medical and Research Translation) building/Children’s Hospital?
We have been frustrated by delays, but I’m told the latest is end of October for the MART and the beginning of November for the Children’s Hospital.
Has the problem been in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system or foundation? In response to this question, Nicholas Scibetta, vice president for marketing and communications, stepped in: Not foundation. It’s more quality checks and things like that. It’s been our drive on our side — the Stony Brook side — to make sure that everything is exactly where it needs to be.
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Letters to the Editor
Child Victims Act Democrats try to paint president as ‘a racist’ takes effect On Wednesday, Aug. 14, New York’s Child Victims Act took effect. Under the law, people have one year to file a civil suit related to childhood sexual abuse, regardless of when they say the molestation occurred. After that, victims will be able to file a case any time before they reach 55 years of age. For a criminal case, victims can now file a complaint up until they turn 23 years old. It’s unclear exactly how many people will come forward to file charges from past abuse or how many people and organizations will be impacted by the temporary removal of the statute of limitations on cases. But, the new law promises a legal remedy for past abuse that aims to institute more sensitivity toward victims, while holding perpetrators accountable. The website www.BishopAccountability.org lists 68 documented offenses by priests in the diocese of Rockville Centre, which includes Catholic churches on Long Island’s North Shore. One victim came forward and shared his story in the pages of our publication on Feb. 21, 2018, which is still available online at http://tbrnewsmedia.com/diocesecompensation-program-help-clergy-victims/. But, whether it’s been in church groups, schools, Scouts or other organizations or perhaps in a family settings, children have been in situations where they were vulnerable. Offenses typically occur, experts say, in scenarios where adults are entrusted with the care of children without the supervision of parents. Part of the solution to address childhood sexual abuse going forward will be through prevention. This means adults, organizations, parents and children have certain responsibilities. If you see red flag behavior, such as an adult ignoring boundaries and exhibiting secretive behavior with a child, this is a warning sign, and adults should respond with confronting the individual. Circumstances can be nuanced, so trust your instincts, say something and remove the child from the situation and otherwise respond appropriately. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is a confidential resource available 24/7 that offers crisis intervention, support services and information on social services. Counselors there can help you decide what to do next. The telephone number is 800-4224453 or 800-4-A-Child. The website is www.childhelp.org/hotline. If victims need legal help, they can reach out to the Suffolk County Bar Association for a referral to a qualified attorney who can evaluate their case. Its website is www.scba.org and the telephone number is 631-234-5577. With an estimated one in five people becoming victims of childhood sexual assault by the time they’re 18 years old, according to The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a new era of accountability may be at hand. Take the time to familiarize yourself with what predatory activity looks like. Talk with your children and learn about ageappropriate lessons on body safety. Good resources on these topics include www.nyspcc.org/resources/. With the window open, people should feel comfortable coming forward. We all need to give them support when they do.
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It has become increasingly fashionable for Democrats, still smarting over the shocking (to them) defeat of Hillary Clinton (D) by Donald Trump (R), to leave no stone unturned in their unquenchable desire to overturn the will of the American electorate by any means that may occur to them. Unfortunately for them, their options do not include attacking the actual record of accomplishments of the president, because this record is virtually unassailable. Almost since the very day of President Trump’s inauguration, we have been breathlessly told by every liberal Democrat toady in captivity to wait for the release of the Mueller Report, which would surely lead to the end of Trump. Now that the report has been released, and we have marveled at the eloquent verbal summary from Robert Mueller himself — and the president has been charged with nothing, and the report
has begun its journey into the obscure dustbin of history — the Democrats have need for a new weapon. To the surprise of no one, they have been able to find a suitable cudgel, and it is to try to paint the president as “a racist.” A good example is the recent situation regarding the disaster known as Baltimore. When President Trump accurately categorized Baltimore as “a rodent infested mess” in which “no human being would want to live,” he was roundly attacked by Democrats for his “racist” remarks. The attacks were led by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D), who has represented Baltimore for more than 23 years. Interestingly, all of Baltimore’s mayors for the last 52 years have also been Democrats, which goes a long way toward explaining why an excess of rodents is one of the least of Baltimore’s problems. Baltimore has the highest
murder rate of any large city in the United States, including Chicago and Detroit. The Baltimore school system has an abysmal record of academic scholastic proficiency; in 2017, one-third of Baltimore’s high schools actually had zero students who were proficient in math. Needless to say, Democrat politicians have no interest in solving or even discussing these problems, because it is they who have caused them, and they are blessed with constituents who continue to re-elect them. And, of course, Baltimore is not unique in this regard, with Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and many other cities wallowing in similar dire straits. Why bother to actually address problems, when it is much less trouble, and much more effective, to call President Trump “a racist” and blame the whole mess on him? George Altemose Setauket
Newspapers have become too biased
I think it is time to respond to your publisher who, over the years, I have admired because I always felt that her vision was to relay a newsworthy journal that was factual and unbiased. In her personal invitation in her Aug. 8 column for the Sept. 24 Second Annual Cooks, Books and Corks she has delivered a twofold message. While I think her invitation is for a wonderful event and I praise her for her attempt to make her newspaper more successful, I must take her to task for her explanation and her excuses for why print journalism is on the decline. I quote her: “Once upon a time the publisher brought together talented reporters and editors with an articulate sales staff, and together editorial and advertising were presented to the reader in an attractive format that informed and enriched the community.” That statement is so far from the truth and the reality of journalism today that is so biased and left leaning so as to coin the new phase called “fake news.” In our extremely polarized nation today, by not reporting the news, but by distorting it, print journalism has lost at least 50 percent of its readership.
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Just as one example, personally, I am against the possession of assault weapons in the hands of people not involved in war. Yet I do not believe we should disband our Second Amendment, which allows for our right to keep and bear arms. The press today uses its power to overwhelmingly paint our president as a racist who is responsible for the gun violence in America today. Have you read in one newspaper how the Ohio shooter was an ardent supporter of Elizabeth Warren? Have you read in one newspa-
per that the Florida school shooter was a supporter of Bernie Sanders? On and on it goes. The press today is incredibly biased and the American people are on to their antics and no longer wish to get distorted news. I wish the publisher huge success in her Sept. 24 event and I hope she takes my comments to heart and begins to re-establish the honest and forthright journalism associated with her past history. Robert J. Parmegiani Setauket
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Looking for an alternative to the Big Mac and plastic straw
ow do you compete with the Big Mac and plastic straw? That’s the dilemma facing the Democratic Party. You see, beyond squaring off against the tweets and the sideshows, the Democrats are hoping to win the hearts and minds of voters against a billionaire president who endorses products and ideas that carry broad appeal for his base and for some voters on D. None the fence. of the above People don’t BY DANIEL DUNAIEF want to be told how to live their lives. They don’t want a government to say, “Hey, red meat isn’t good for you. Stop eating it and focus
on the foods that will keep you healthy and be good for the Earth.” They also don’t want to give up something, like a plastic straw, that has been a part of their lives forever. Now, there are plenty of solid arguments for reducing red meat and for cutting back on plastic straws. Those straws, among many other forms of plastic, are killing marine life. Plastics are so prevalent in marine waters that whales are dying of starvation because they have more than 80 pounds of plastic in their stomachs. But that’s not what some voters think or care about. That dead whale probably didn’t eat the plastic straw that the voter used. And, even if it did, the plastic straw is only one of many other plastics that the mammal ate. Besides, it was probably a plastic straw that someone in China threw into the ocean or that an illegal immigrant used and discarded. I recycle my plastics, so why shouldn’t I use them as often as I’d like? The problem for Democrats is simpler than that, though. It’s really a question of the
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present versus the future. As we are currently constructed, we, the American people, aren’t accustomed to sacriﬁce. It’s not considered a modern virtue by a president who says what he thinks and does what he likes. We want what we want when we want it. We are the culture of instant gratiﬁcation. Someone says something awful about us, we want to hit back. It’s why some people adore the president. He is the ultimate counterpuncher, he says what he thinks and he always wants the last word. Misspelling that word is irrelevant and, in its own way, it appeals to some people because proper spelling seems so elitist. It’s also why he can roll back environmental laws designed to protect endangered species. Sure, long term, we might lose a few snakes, birds or trees, but we will also be able to make more money from the land, create more jobs and live for the present. The great, big, beautiful tax cut helped boost the stock market. Why? Companies used that extra money to buy back their stock.
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That didn’t do much to help the economy or create jobs. It didn’t enhance the companies’ revenues or encourage corporations to take risks to fund important research or pursue innovative ideas. It was a for-the-present gift to companies which boosted their current bottom lines. Conspiracy theories ﬁt into the mold of a present focus. Until irrefutable facts come to the public’s attention, these theories — including some about how or even whether disgraced ﬁnancier Jeffrey Epstein died — burn like a bonﬁre, without requiring a discussion or even a preparation for an unknown future. Looking past the present to the future that will affect our children and grandchildren is difﬁcult. Besides, instead of worrying about what the world will look like in 20, 30 or 50 years’ time, we can sit down with the younger generation, pull up a chair, and eat a Big Mac and drink a sugar-ﬁlled soda through a plastic straw. Democrats need to create a picture that makes whatever changes they seek understandable, worthwhile and palatable.
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