Law bans feeding of waterfowl, pigeons
The Bayville Village Board has approved a law prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl and pigeons at local parks to help protect the quality of surrounding waterways.
The board voted Dec. 9, and the law is already in effect after the New York secretary of state's office was notified.
Mayor Douglas Watson said adopting the ordinance was a recommendation of state officials who administer a storm-water mitigation program, because it will help the village comply with its permit and federal regulations set in the 1971 Clean Water Act.
"If people feed waterfowl, they don't leave the area, and then they leave feces that can contaminate the water," he said. "We're not chasing away the geese and ducks that are there now, but we don't want any more because we have to reduce the pathogens in the waterways."
Violators of the ordinance could be fined up to $250 and face up to 10 days in jail. "But we're not looking to give summonses for this," Watson said. He said it's more of an education tool: "It will make people think about it before they do it."
Bayville joins Nassau County, Suffolk County, the towns of Oyster Bay, Huntington, Brookhaven, Southampton and Riverhead, and the Village of Massapequa Park in approving feeding bans. Hempstead Town officials are working on one.
Survey to aid area's
natural disaster plan
Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone is asking town residents to complete an online survey that will help Suffolk County, its municipalities and two tribal nations update a natural disaster five-year plan.
The plan aims to identify, prevent and reduce losses from disasters like superstorm Sandy. Huntington is part of the multijurisdictional effort, in which a planning committee is focusing on addressing natural disasters that may occur in Suffolk County and developing strategies to mitigate losses, according to a statement from the town.
An important part of the planning process is gauging how much residents already know about natural disaster issues. The survey has 21 questions, which should take less than 15 minutes to answer. The committee intends to use the information to help coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in a future storm, according to the statement.
"Everyone can and needs to participate in planning to mitigate the effects of the next big storm," Petrone said in the statement. "Completing this survey only takes a few minutes, but its results should provide an invaluable guide for the committee in deciding what type of measures they need to undertake to help residents prepare and to lessen damages."
Residents can take the survey by going to survey monkey.com/s/V3RLXZ5, or by clicking the link at the bottom of the town's home page, huntingtonny.gov. Residents can also obtain more information about disaster planning and the mitigation planning process by going to apps.suffolkcountyny.gov/
Museum event set
to honor Mandela
The African American Museum of Nassau County will hold a public memorial service this month for the late Nelson Mandela.
The museum will host the ceremony Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. in honor of Mandela, the former South African president, anti-apartheid revolutionary and global icon. The service, which will be open to the public, will be held at the museum, on 110 N. Franklin St. in Hempstead Village.
A traditional African ceremony will be conducted by members of Egbe Imo Oye Ogbon. Participants include the Gloria Eve dancers and drummers, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Adelphi University Chapter, organizers said.
Mandela, revered for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, died Dec. 5 at age 95. He became South Africa's first black president after spending 27 years in prison in his efforts to fight for equality against the white-minority government.
For more information contact museum manager Joysetta Pearse at 516-572-0730.