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a tale of 2 budgets

The following are summaries of the main features of the 2012 Tentative Budgets for Brookhaven & Riverhead: Supervisor Lesko's Tentative Budget claims to freeze taxes in the General Whole Town &Part Town Funds, Highway Whole Town Funds, & Street Lighting Districts, & cuts 1.32% in Special Refuse Funds. This budget complies with the 2% Sate tax capand cut spending by $2.7 million. In Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter's proposes a $51.6 million budget which would raise the tax rate 2.36% over the 3 town budget lines. The budget presented is within the legal 2 % tax cap. Pension plan contributions were exempted from the 2% cap. Budgets must be finalized by November 20.

posted: 10/1/2011

bnl- 1st national lab named aps historic site

The American Physical Society( an international organization representing physicists around the world) has named Brookhaven National Laboratory an APS Historic Site. APS President Barry Barish presented a plaque on 9/23 as part of a celebration recapping Brookhaven's outstanding contributions in the field of physics.

posted: 9/26/2011

focus groups on wading river development

Two focus group meetings will be held as part of the Wading River Route 25A corridor study that BFJ Planning Associates is doing for the town. The meetings are designed to produce findings which will be presented to the public at a public hearing. The first meeting will be held in Wading River on 10/13 with representatives from businesses . The second meeting will be held for civic associations and civic leaders on 10/24. The findings of these focus groups will be presented at a public hearing in the future.

posted: 9/22/2011

mistake in civic meeting notice


posted: 9/17/2011

woodhull house makes national register of historic places

The oldest house in Wading River, the Josiah Woodhull House on North Country Road was listed on August 24, 2011 on the National Register of Historic Places. " Listing on the National Register recognizes the importance of these properties to the history of our country and provides them with a measure of protection. Properties owned by municipalities and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for state historic preservation matching grants." The Josiah Woodhull House is owned by the Town of Brookhaven.

posted: 9/15/2011

unofficial primary results

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections these are the unofficial Primary Election results. In Brookhaven's Republican Primary for Council Member, 2nd Town District incumbent Jane Bonner defeated her opponent Raymond Negron 1,194 to 466. In the Riverhead Democratic Primary for Town Supervisor Phil Cardinale defeated Gregory Fischer 500 to 123. In the election to select 2 council members Mathew VanGlad and Marlando Williams were selected. Ruth Pollack came in third. The votes were : Van Glad 374, Williams 369 and 313 for Ruth Pollack. Final official results will be certified within 3 weeks.

posted: 9/14/2011

fire at shoreham plant

On 9/13 there was a fire at the National Grid peak load generator nearest the deactivated Shoreham Nuclear Reactor structure. The 40 megawatt National Grid generator dates back to the 1970's . The fire was caused by a leak of lubricating oil. The Wading River Fire Department extinguished the fire with the assistance of a crash-truck from Gabreski Airport.

posted: 9/14/2011

fema approves disaster aid for suffolk

Suffolk homeowners, renters and small businesses are eligible for federal disaster assistance. All residents who suffered losses during Hurricane Irene should call FEMA's registration # -1-800-621-3362, operating from 7:00am to 10:00pm daily. You can also register online at Disaster Assistance.gov.

posted: 9/2/2011

lipa to use epcal for staging area for repair work

The Town of Riverhead has offered LIPA the use of EPCAL as a staging area for repair work connected with restoring power . Supervisor Walter stated that he had offered the use of EPCAL as a staging area before the storm but LIPA was not interested. According to Walter LIPA has reconsidered and now wants to use EPCAL for a staging area. The town has called a special town board meeting on 9/1 at 10:00am to ratify the agreement with LIPA for the use of EPCAL.

posted: 8/31/2011

mandatory evacuations underway in riverhead town

Residents of low-lying areas near water & residents who lived in unstrapped mobile homes are being evacuated according to Supervisor Sean Walter & Police Chief David Hegermiller. About 250 homes are being asked to evacuate. Homeowners will be notified by phone. The areas subject to the mandatory evacuation are most of South Jamesport, areas in Riverhead and Jamesport close to the Peconic river, the north end of Edwards Avenue in Calverton & Creek Road in Wading River. Evacuees can go to the Riverhead High School, which is an emergency Red Cross shelter.

posted: 8/27/2011



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