Mega Laundromats

Protecting and improving the Quality of lives for the constituents of Council District 4 is a charge that Connie Kepert takes very seriously.

One issue that was brought to Ms. Kepert’s attention early in her term of office was the negative impact that 24 hour Mega-Laundromats had on residential communities. Connie immediately went to work investigating and researching these facilities and their impacts.Through meetings with the Department of Environmental Conservation, and Suffolk County Health Department, Councilwoman Kepert discovered that these Mega Laundromats pose substantial environmental impacts.  From monitoring wells placed around these mega facilities Suffolk County Health Department have found several plumes of MBAS, (detergent),forming agents, DEET, and traces of pharmaceuticals.

In response Councilwoman Kepert drafted a resolution that requires that proposed mega Laundromats must receive a special permit from the Town Board.  Laundromats that hold 50 or more double load machines, have 5000 square feet of interior space, and generate 30,000 gallons of waste water per day are deemed mega Laundromats.  Due to Ms. Kepert’s efforts these mega Laundromats must now be located a minimum of one hundred feet(100') from the building to the property lines on a parcel size of at least 65,000 square feet; provide a minimum of one hundred seventy-five foot (175') natural and undisturbed buffer from any freshwater and/or tidal wetlands and a minimum of one hundred fifty feet (150') buffer from the property line of the nearest residence or parcel zoned for residential use.

         Brookhaven Child Protection Act Passes with 7-0 Vote

Foley applauds Kepert’s Legislation as one of the first of its kind in the United States

Farmingville NY:

Councilwoman Kepert’s proposed Child Protection Act was heard during a public hearing and eventually was approved by a rare 7-0 vote. The new law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within a quarter mile from a school, park, or playground; the previous code was 1000 feet. This change brings the Town Of Brookhaven in conformance with the Suffolk County Ordinance. 

The new law also cuts in half the time a sex offender has to re-locate when he is found to be living in a restricted area from 90 days to 45 days. In addition Mr. Kepert’s legislation also holds the landlords who rent to sex offenders in restricted areas responsible as well with fines from not less than $250, up to $2,500.  Each week the violation continues constitutes a separate offense.   “These code changes are a very important step to take for the protection of all of the children of Brookhaven, particularly those areas that have been over saturated with sex offenders.  Addtionally, the code changes are accompanied by state of the art tracking tools which the Town Of Brookhaven will use to enforce the new stricter ordinance.” said Connie Kepert.

The tool that will eventually be used to track the whereabouts of sex offenders starts with the development of a multilayered database, which will integrate locations of public playgrounds, schools (public, private, and parochial), and daycare centers, with the sex offender registry to create a multilayered database. This database will then be imported into the town’s GIS to develop mapping layers which will show the location of schools, parks and playgrounds, and registered sex offenders. “By using the town’s Geographic Information System we will have the ability to create geozones around every park, playground, school, and day-care center.  When we find that a registered sex-offender has moved into one of our geozones, we will take immediate action to have them removed,” said Connie Kepert.

Kepert went on to say “When this electronic mapping is complete we will post it on the town’s website so all the residents and their children will have access to it”.