'Unsafe' Bellport home
torn down by town
Town officials said they tore down an unsafe and dilapidated Bellport house earlier this month on Station Road.
The house was deemed unsafe and demolished on Jan. 13 in accordance with Chapter 73 of Town Code, which provides a “fast track” to get rid of unsafe structures.
Brookhaven made tearing down vacant houses one of its top priorities last year and demolished 31 homes, five of which were undertaken by the property owner at the urging of the town, officials said Wednesday.
“We will continue to do what is necessary to clean up blighted properties in the Bellport area and in communities across Brookhaven Town,” said newly elected Town Councilman Michael Loguercio in one of his first acts as a board member.
In 2013, the town created a vacant building registry requiring owners of vacant properties to register with the town by providing contact information of the person responsible for maintaining the property.
Failure to register within 30 days of vacancy could mean fines of up to $15,000.
— DEON J. HAMPTON
for residents through Facebook
The Town of Hempstead has moved to enhance and modernize communication with residents while increasing government’s accessibility by launching its Facebook page, town supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced Tuesday,
“Hempstead Town will continue to enhance communication with neighbors,” Santino said in a news release. “We’re excited to engage with residents on Facebook to make government more accessible. Partnering with this social media leader to provide rapidly responsive and effective municipal information online will help neighbors for years to come.”
Town spokesman Michael Deery said the town Facebook page will be used to drive awareness of municipal initiatives, services and programs as well as assist neighbors by seeking resolution of reported concerns. Town officials cited social media has a key means to to help encourage dialogue and expand accessibility with town officials.
But Felix Procacci of Franklin Square, a frequent town critic and former Democratic challenger for the supervisor’s seat, said Wednesday that he posted to the town’s Facebook page a YouTube link of his video of the town’s Jan. 12 public meeting and it was “taken down ... two times [and] they now don’t allow comments.”
Town spokesman Deery said “his link was removed. He asked the town to do live videos of its public meetings, and we told him the town would take that under advisement. The town, however, does not have the manpower or time to review extensive videos for accuracy or editing.”
The Hempstead Town Facebook page can be found by going to Facebook.com and “liking” Town of Hempstead or click the Facebook link on the town’s website, toh.li.
— SID CASSESE
Food donation drive
before Super Bowl
Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) and Island Harvest are again joining forces and leading the way for a food donation drive on the Saturday before the Super Bowl at participating Super Stop and Shop stores.
Stern said past food drives held around the Super Bowl as families go to the market to shop for their own parties had “tremendous success.”
“So often there are holiday food drives that center around Thanksgiving, Christmastime and New Year’s,” Stern said. “But we have neighbors in our community that unfortunately experience hunger year round.”
He said in previous years thousands of pounds in donations have been collected. Suggested items include canned soups, meat, vegetables, fruit, tuna, sauces, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, beans, rice, baby food, diapers and personal hygiene items.
Mineola-based Island Harvest is a hunger relief organization.
“It’s an opportunity to remind everyone to enjoy themselves but there are so many neighbors who need our assistance,” Stern said. “So what is an enjoyable time for many of us is also a time to remember our neighbors and help in any way we can.”
Participating Super Stop & Shop locations are at 3126 Jericho Tpke. in East Northport and 1100 Jericho Tpke. in Dix Hills
For more information contact Mary Young in Stern’s office at email@example.com or Island Harvest at 516-294-8528 or islandharvest.org.— DEBORAH S. MORRIS
State funding to be used
for widening intersection
State funding is to be used to widen an intersection in Plandome Manor to alleviate congestion that has snarled fire trucks returning from emergency calls.
The $250,000 in state funds will be used to improve safety within the village’s “Triangle” where Plandome Road, North Plandome Road, and Stonytown Road meet. The village would widen the turn from North Plandome Road onto Plandome Road.
Village officials say the tight turn creates problems for fire trucks returning from calls when they are heading south on North Plandome Road.
Officials said the move would benefit large commercial trucks and that several vehicles have collided with a retaining wall that has forced the village to make emergency repairs to the damage. Officials also said that widening the road would lessen the traffic backup for motorists who turn onto Stonytown Road from North Plandome Road.
The funds will also repave Circle Drive, following a water main replacement project.
“Through these two projects, the Village of Pandome Manor will enhance safety, ease traffic congestion, and improve the overall quality of life for local residents,” State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) said in a statement.
— SCOTT EIDLER