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Supervisor Romaine and Councilwoman Kepert Oversee House Demolition in Bellport

September 15, 2015

Farmingville, NY – On September 15, Supervisor Ed Romaine (center) and Councilwoman Connie Kepert (left) were on hand during the demolition of a vacant house located 39 Carver Blvd in Bellport. The house, an eyesore in the neighborhood for many years, had a long history of violations dating back to 2004, including building without a permit, illegal apartment, broken windows and property maintenance. It was demolished by the Town in accordance with Chapter 73 of the Town Code which provides a “fast track” to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures. The cost of demolition and debris removal is the responsibility of the property owner. The Town places a lien on the property that is then placed on the tax bill. The County reimburses the Town and they collect the money from the property owner. The Town estimates that there are approximately 2000 vacant houses in Brookhaven. Also pictured is Frank Tassone (right) from the Town’s Department of Waste Management.

Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Houses like this one pose a danger to the community and have a severe impact on property values in the neighborhood. We are averaging about one demolition per week and will continue to remove many more of these eyesores. I commend our Law, Building and Waste Management Departments for working together to help clean up Brookhaven Town.”

"The house at 39 Carver Boulevard in Bellport has been a vacant, dilapidated eyesore for many years, and I am happy to see it finally taken down," stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert. "My office has worked with Town Law, Building, and Waste Management Departments to address numerous complaints of overgrown grass, property maintenance, broken windows, and garbage on this abandoned property throughout the years. I commend the Supervisor and members of the Town Board for working aggressively to remove blighted, structurally unsound homes."

Solarize program offers limited-time discounts to local residents; Next workshop scheduled for Saturday, October 10

Pictured at right are Mike Bailis, Vice President/Executive Solar Designer of SUNation (left) and Councilwoman Connie Kepert (right)

Farmingville, NY – On September 12, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilwoman Connie Kepert attended the Solarize Brookhaven program solar awareness workshop at Brookhaven Town Hall. The event was held to help residents obtain the most cost effective pricing for installing solar on their homes by bringing together groups of potential solar customers with a solar installation company that offers competitive and transparent pricing. The program is funded through a grant awarded to the Town of Brookhaven by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Pictured at left is Supervisor Ed Romaine presenting opening remarks at the workshop.

Brookhaven Town and its partners Suffolk County Community College and Renewable Energy Long Island will hold another solar awareness workshop on Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. More information about Solarize Brookhaven can be found by visiting or by contacting SUNation Solar at 631-750-9454.


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Summary of Middle Island Civic Meeting 8/20/2015


° On July 16, 2015 the Town Board adopted a resolution authorizing an escrow agreement with the owners of the Kmart property.

° The agreement allows the Town to hold the covenants and restricts necessary to effectuate the zoning required for the original commercial plan in escrow and will not take any further steps to effectuate the zoning for six months from the date of the signing of the agreement. This will allow the owners of the property time to submit a new site plan that includes a residential housing component.

° The property owners have agreed to remove the structures on the premises and submit a conceptual site plan to the Town within 120 days of the executed agreement.

° The Town has drafted and completed the agreement. Our Law Department has now requested that the agreement be changed to read “90 days” instead of “120 days” because it has taken the owners so long to sign the agreement.

Old Kogel site-

° Our office was alerted to some site work going on at the old Kogel Lumber site back in mid-June. We sent our Division of Environmental Protection inspectors out to the site to ensure that no violations were taking place. The machinery operators informed the inspector that they were regrading the property to prevent kids from accessing it with their ATVS. The inspector told the operator to stop work until he had obtained the proper permits.

° When we continued to receive complaints, we again sent the inspector out on July 1. Upon re-inspection, the inspector found that the machine operator had obtained and posted the proper permits from the Building Department. The entire site was checked and no evidence of sand mining was found.

° Since this time residents have reported trucks leaving the site at night filled with sand. The DEC will be sending night-time investigators out to see if they are able to identify this activity.

Nelin’s no gas-gas station-

° These three parcels were scheduled to be rezoned from J5 & J2 to J on June 4, 2015. We received an objection letter from the owner on June 1 stating that it would not be economically feasible to buy-out the remaining balance of the existing 13 year Rite-Aid lease and develop the property if we re-zoned the parcels to J6 and requesting that we withdraw the parcels from the hearing to allow them to continue negotiations to replace the existing tenant.

° This Public Hearing is set to be rescheduled for December if the owner does not come in with any new plans.

Island Squire-

° The owner received a notice before order for high grass, littler, and a large fallen tree.

° The fence should have been removed today. The fence was erected in an effort to further board and secure the property when the unstable structure was in jeopardy of collapse. Now that the structure is no longer there, the Town does not have the legal ability to require the fence.

° Our department of Waste Management does not have the legal ability to demolish the old sign or the remaining office building on the property because they have been deemed structurally sound by our engineers.

Overton Preserve-

° This project is to create a pedestrian/bicycle path through the historic David Overton Road trail and was funding through a NYS Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation grant.

° Our parks department has cleared away brush and overgrowth over the existing dirt road and will be putting down RCA beginning tomorrow.

° We are currently waiting on information signs and a kiosk to be delivered and installed and then we will have a ribbon cutting/unveiling ceremony.

Sandy Hills-

° The Board of Zoning Appeals has denied the Long Island Pine Barrens Society’s request to appeal the issuance of all building permits for this project. Ralph Fasano of Concern for Independent Living says the project is  moving forward full speed.

° The Sandy Hills project is a mixed-use residential plan with a main street commercial component along Middle Country Road. This project will provide 132 affordable housing units primarily for veterans.

° The plan creates a pedestrian oriented center at the cross roads of CR 21 and Middle Country Road which will provide pedestrian access to important community facilities, such as the Longwood Public Library, the Middle Island Post Office, and to convenient shopping.

° The Sandy Hills development will also include a state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plant with excess available capacity which will serve as a lynch-pin for the future re-development of the Middle Island area.

° The development is located on 39 acres of land, of which 18 acres will be preserved as open space at no cost to Brookhaven taxpayers. In addition, the project site is located outside of the Carmans River 100 year contributing area.


Both the NYS Senate and Assembly passed legislation in June to allow the New York State DEC to create and enforce regulations for clearing of land debris (vegetative matter, soil and rock trees, stumps, bruch, leaves, and woodchip) in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Our office has written a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to sign this legislation into law.


Rt 21 Longwood MS Speed Zone-

We have reached out to Legislator Calarco’s office and they will be setting up a meeting with DPW to discuss traffic calming measures.

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