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STATEWIDE/State invites public to climate change meeting in city to air worries, proposals

Officials working on a state plan to confront climate change will meet in Manhattan Thursday to discuss their preliminary recommendations and hear residents' concerns.

Up for discussion are ways the state can limit greenhouse gas emissions and proposed strategies to protect public health and the environment from increased flooding and other shifts that scientists expect to accompany the rise in global temperatures. The New York State Climate Action Council, made up of 15 state agency heads, is supposed to complete a draft plan by Nov. 1.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the New York State Public Service Commission, 90 Church St. Anyone planning to attend is asked to preregister by e-mailing climatechange@gw.dec.state. ny.us, with "July 8 Preregistration" in the subject line. More information on the plan is available at nyclimatechange.us.

- JENNIFER SMITH


COMMACK/Greenlawn well out of service; residents asked to conserve water

Greenlawn Water District officials are asking residents to conserve water because one district well - where a sampling found E. coli bacteria last week - has been taken out of service.

District Superintendent Robert Santoriello said that the well, No. 16, at Wicks and Larkfield Roads in Commack, will remain off-limits until the source of the contamination can be found. E. coli was never found in the distribution system.

He called on residents to conserve water as much as possible, especially during the heat wave, because of "lost capacity. Water sprinklers use the most, so we would ask people not to water as much." He said the advisory does not apply to "running the kitchen sink or taking a shower."

A "boil water" alert, issued Thursday after E. coli was detected in a sample taken from the well, was lifted Sunday.

"There are so many variables of how it [the bacteria] got there," Santoriello said. "It takes time to figure out what happened."

- DEBORAH S. MORRIS


EAST END/Influx of passengers creates delays on Montauk LIRR branch

The Long Island Rail Road could not absorb the crowds seeking to return home from the Hamptons Monday, and westbound trains on the Montauk branch experienced delays of up to 90 minutes, the railroad said.

Even with three additional trains dedicated to the route - standard for the final day of a summer weekend - the system could not keep up with the size of the crowds. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said "heavy loading" - lots of people and lots of baggage - was to blame.

Arena said a train meant to carry 1,400 passengers left Montauk at 1:23 p.m. with 700 people aboard. Five stops later, it reached Hampton Bays at 3:23 p.m., 55 minutes late. When it left the next stop, Westhampton, Arena said 1,500 were aboard, many standing.

- WILL VAN SANT

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