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The Manor Park Civic Association has been serving the community since 1983. The Association was formed over concerns that the Town of Brookhaven intended to expand the operations at Brookhaven Muncipal Airport and was already in the process of seeking to condemn homes in Manor Park for expansion of the airport. Ultimately, the Town was successful in taking only three homes to provide a buffer zone for the Airport. These buffer zones have been a source of concern for the residents of the area who must be constantly aware of activity at the Airport in order to ensure that the peaceful and small nature of the Airport is not destroyed by inappropriate development.

Oddly enough, this has been a recurring battle for the residents of Manor Park for the almost 25 years, as the Town seeks to ever increase its revenues from activity at the Airport at the expense of the quality of life of nearby residents.

Additionally, the Manor Park Civic Association is a strong and steadfast proponent of preserving the entire Mastic Woods. The 254 acre Mastic Woods surrounds Manor Park and has been the target of relentless development pressure and abandonment by elected officials for many years.

The Mastic Woods is home to the headwaters of the embattled Forge River and the residents of Manor Park were among the first to call for its preservation and restoration. President MaryAnn Johnston even filed a successful Article 78 to stop the Town from permitting a massive PRC to be built with a Sewage Treatment Plant at the headwaters of the Forge River, or as the Town proposed cesspool systems for the project located at none other than the Town owned Calabro Airport.

The Mastic Woods is second on the critical preservation list of the Long Island's Last Stand group and is now the subject of a Planning Steps Resolution by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning. The efforts of the Manor Park Civic Association were critical to convincing the developer to sell the Mastic Woods for open space preservation.

Manor Park continues to be an advocate for our residents and aims to preserve and enhance their quality of life now and for the future.

Library Vote
Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

LIBRARY VOTE

 

Tuesday April 4, 2017

9 am - 9 pm

 

407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley

 

Open to registered voters in the William Floyd School District

 

After spending more than $1 million on its original plan to construct a new $40 M building at the former Links golf course, the Library has abandoned that site.  Unfortunately, the Library Board now proposes to build at a more remote location at the Links.

 

 Tax rates for the MMS Community Library are currently double the rates paid by our neighbors in Center Moriches and Longwood, which have both rebuilt their facilities in the last few years.  If approved by the voter, the cost of the proposed new library would increase current rates by 70%.  Our rates would be triple those paid in Longwood and Center Moriches. 

 

 The taxpayers' initial $1 million investment has been squandered because the Library failed to do its homework. We need to hear how the Library will reduce its excessive tax burden before moving forward with new building plans.

 

 The April 4th vote is for a Trustee position with a 5 year term.  There are two candidates for the position.

 

 

Wendy Gross, the incumbent

Ray Keenan, president Manor Park Civic Association

Supported the $40 million dollar new building at the Links

Wants the Library to remain centrally located in the community

 

Voter registration at the Library March 28, 2017 9 am - 9 pm

 

Registration not required if you have voted

in a school district or general election in the last 4 years

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
Solar Farm
Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, March 05, 2017

                                                                   March 4, 2017

Planning Board of the Town of Brookhaven

One Independence Hill

Farmingville, NY 11738

 

Attn.: Vincent Pascale, Chairman

 

Re: Middle Island Solar Farm (Decision Calendar #12 (3/6/2017))

Dear Mr. Pascale:

I write concerning the proposed Middle Island Solar Farm, which is on the decision calendar for your March 6, 2017 meeting

First, in reviewing Appendix A, I noticed that our letter to you dated November 21, 2016 has been omitted.  A second copy of that letter is attached.

Second, I must correct inaccuracies in the letter found at pages 7-8 of Appendix A.  To be clear, members of the Manor Park Civic Association never approved of this proposal.  Not one resident expressed support for this project to the Civic Association, other than the author of the letter.  We were, in fact, forced to issue the attached August 7, 2015 letter to correct misrepresentations by the letter writer. 

As the civic association representing the areas surrounding the proposed solar farm, we urge you to reject this application under current Town code. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

RAYMOND G. KEENAN

MPCA President

 

 

 
Library Board
Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, March 05, 2017

COMMENTS TO MMS COMMUNITY LIBRARY BOARD at 2/27/2017 meeting:

 

This Board appears unaware of its proper role and duties.  

In the past year, I've seen no public debate of any issue by Board members. 

Not one member of the board voted "no" on any matter in that time

 

Decisions are made outside public meetings in violation of the Open Meetings law. 

The Board failed to adopt a FOIL policy that was required 40 years ago. 

The Board adjourns to executive session for impermissible purposes.

 

Work is routinely performed and paid for without valid contracts.  

The Board approves inappropriate expenditures without question.

 

You spent over $1M on a site that couldn't be built on.  The public received no benefit from this expense - that is the definition of "waste."  The proposed site was not moved, as you claim, for the sake of our newest residents at Colony Preserve but because Holiday would have prevailed in its threatened lawsuit.

 

Contracts were signed for the Links site before the Envision meetings began. 

The priority you've offered most often for the proposed move to the Links is to increase employee parking.  That focus is symptomatic of a larger concern. 

 

Board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Library, not for their own private or professional gain.  

We have raised these issues in the past year and have seen no change. 

I know you have access to competent counsel.

 

Training on fiscal oversight, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities is needed so Board members fully understand their role and duties.

 

Ray Keenan 

 

 

 

 
Meeting Notice
Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, January 22, 2017

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Mastic Fire Dept.

Mastic Road

 

 

We will be joining the Mastic Park Civic for an update of the MMS Community Library's plan to construct a $40 million dollar new library in Mastic Beach.  After spending more than $1 million on its original plan to construct a new building on a lake at the former Links golf course, the Library announced that it has abandoned that site.  Unfortunately, the Library is now proposing to build at a more remote location south of the William Floyd high school football field.

 

Tax rates for the MMS Community Library are currently double the rates paid by our neighbors in Center Moriches and Longwood, which have both rebuilt their facilities in the last few years.  If approved by the voters, the cost of the proposed new library would increase current rates by 70 %.  Our rates would be triple those paid in Longwood and Center Moriches.

 

We already pay more library services than for Town taxes, including the highway budget, and more than we pay for fire and ambulance services combined.  We need to hear how the Library will reduce its excessive tax burden before moving forward with any new building plans. 

 

Officials from the William Floyd school district will also be on hand to discuss budget issues. 

 

******Middle Island Solar Farm - Kudos to all our neighbors who have fought to preserve this environmentally significant parcel at the head of the Forge River.  There have been no decisions as yet on the pending applications before the Zoning Board and Planning Boards. 

 
Library Update
Written by Webmaster   
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

COMMUNITY MEETING

UPDATE of LIBRARY BUILDING PLANS

Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

William Floyd High School

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

 

After spending more than $1 million on its original plan to construct a new building on a lake at the former Links golf course, the Library will announce at tonight's meeting that it is abandoning that site.  This may seem like great news to anyone concerned with the estimated $40 million price tag and the unsuitable location. 

 

Unfortunately, the Library has not learned its lesson and will instead propose to build at a more remote location at the Links.  Contracts have already been approved with architects to design a second building.  Environmental studies and other related work will also have to be re-done.  

 

The taxpayers' initial $1 million investment has been squandered because the Library failed to do its homework.  It appears they are intent on repeating past mistakes.

 

We have learned that there are a number of other less costly options that were not considered.  In fact, Longwood Library completely rebuilt their facility and added 15,000 square feet at half the cost of the original proposal. 

 

The tax impact of the plan is estimated to be a 70% increase over current rates. Removing our Library to an isolated park located behind a gated housing development makes little sense. Whether or not you believe library renovations are needed, this plan does our community a disservice at a very high cost.

 

 

 
MEETING NOTICE
Written by Webmaster   
Monday, March 30, 2015

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

SPECIAL TOPIC:

Airport Sewer Treatment Plant

 

This meeting is open to residents of this community only

As you may know, construction of a sewer treatment plant (STP) has been proposed for the Airport located in our community.  The STP would serve the Montauk Highway business corridor and part of the residential area near the Forge River.  There are no plans to extend the proposed sewer district to this community.

The STP and leaching fields would be constructed on over 25 acres of land on the Sunrise Service Road.  Two large wooded parcels on either side of the Mastic Fire Department substation are to be cleared for the project.  Homes are located directly across the street from the STP along Maple Avenue, on the west side of the Airport. 

The STP will discharge 1.5 million gallons of treated fluids into the ground each day.  There are plans to extend the sewer district further south on the Mastic peninsula.  There is even a proposal to pipe sewage from Center Moriches to the Airport STP when sewers are installed there.

The proposal to build at the Airport has not changed since Ed Hennessy’s old Montauk Highway sewer plan was revived.  The Airport was the only site seriously considered.  In fact, three separate locations in the Manor Park area were studied although we have never been included in the plan. 

The STP offers no benefit to this area.  The proposed location on one of our busiest roads will have a negative impact on the entire community.  It will result in the loss of property values, especially for our neighbors close to the site. 

We invite you to join us to discuss this proposal and its effect on our area.  Unlike those pushing this plan, we welcome your feedback and involvement in developing a response from the entire community.  All voices will be heard and all options are open for consideration. 

Please share this information with your neighbors.

Reminder – MMS Library Annual Budget Vote – April 7, 2015. 

Reminder - DUES FOR 2015 are still $20 per household.  Please help us continue to protect your community.  Pay dues at the meeting or mail to MPCA, P.O. Box 504, Moriches, NY 11955. 

 

 
January 14, 2015 Meeting
Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, January 08, 2015

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

UPDATES:

Moriches-Middle Island Road developments;

7th Precinct presentation;

MMS Community Library rebuilding

 

Please join us at our Winter meeting for the latest developments and discussion of several issues of concern, including:

 

In addition to the proposed solar farm, there is a new plan to develop the industrial site on the corner of Moriches-Middle Island road and North Street.  The plan is to construct a garage with office space for Payless Cesspools.  No change of zone is required, but setback variances will be required.  The developer will present his plan and be available for questions.   

 

An officer from the 7th Precincts community outreach program is scheduled to give a presentation concerning policing and crime in our area.  For those who cannot attend the monthly precinct meetings, this is your opportunity to find out what is going on in our community.

 

As many of you know, the Library on William Floyd Parkway is in need of expansion and/or refurbishment.  The Library Board has scheduled 3 public meetings to receive community feedback regarding possible relocation and construction.  A member of the library administrative staff will attend our meeting to discuss what occurred at the first meeting and provide an overview of the issues. 

 

Reminder - DUES FOR 2015 are still $20 per household.  Please help us continue to protect your community.  Pay dues at the meeting or mail to MPCA, P.O. Box 504, Moriches, NY 11955. 

 

 
July 9, 2014 Meeting Notice
Written by Webmaster   
Friday, July 04, 2014


MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)


UPDATES: Solar Farm Proposal; Airport (Mis)Management;

LIRR Cleanup – East Yaphank; Airport Tree Clearing

Please join us at our Summer meeting for the latest developments and discussion of several issues of concern, including:

The owners of a 100 acre parcel fronting on Moriches-Middle Island Road have proposed constructing a solar farm on the wooded property.  Town Supervisor Ed Romaine introduced a resolution prohibiting tree clearings for the purposes of building a solar farm.  Both proposals were on the agenda for the Town Board’s June 25th meeting.  A special thanks to our neighbors in the Cranford Boulevard area and others who have been vocal in expressing their concerns regarding this solar farm proposal. 

Unfortunately, the shuffling of management at the Town Airport early this year has not been a change for the better.  In addition to continuing problems with a few pilots who ignore the safety of local residents by flying low over our homes, the operators of the skydiving operation have been given free rein at the Town facility.  We have heard reports of unacceptable behavior by skydive employees and/or patrons, including beer parties on the tarmac and a topless female motorcycle rider.  By the way, the chair of the Airport Advisory Committee, Councilperson Panico, hasn’t held a meeting in two years. 

 

The LIRR illegally dumped contaminated materials, including lead, asbestos and known carcinogens, alongside the tracks in an area just off River Road near the Carmans River in East Yaphank.  The DEC has now approved the MTA’s proposed solution to cap the multi-acre site with concrete instead of removing the contaminated materials.  We opposed that short-sighted solution, along with Supervisor Ed Romaine.

Dan Panico’s tree clearing plan at the Airport includes removal of all trees in certain residential areas and construction of a ring-road around the perimeter of the entire airport requiring the removal of forty additional acres of trees.  The plan is undergoing required environmental study, a step the Town omitted when Panico pushed this plan in 2010 and 2011.  We have a better idea – save the taxpayers money and kill this unnecessary threat to our homes.

Reminder - DUES FOR 2014 are still $20 per household.  Please help us continue to protect your community.  Pay dues at the meeting or mail to MPCA, P.O. Box 504, Moriches, NY 11955. 


 


Last Updated ( Friday, July 04, 2014 )
 
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