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Ramsey – Shepherd mix 5 years old Male/Neutered up to date with shots. Ramsey is a real gentleman, affectionate, likes to play and go for walks.

 

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming. 

 

          

 

 

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Saturday
Jul102010

The End is Near 

 Smithtown - On Thursday, Congressman Tim Bishop and Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio observed the final phase of a long-awaited project to reconstruct Maple Avenue.  Congressman Bishop helped secure approximately $2.5 million in federal funds for the project, which was one of the first he discussed with Supervisor Vecchio upon taking office. 

The Maple Avenue reconstruction began in June, with paving currently taking place, and is scheduled to be complete in approximately 4-6 weeks.  The project has several components.  In addition to repaving over 1 mile of surface, the project also includes improving drainage, replacing corroded pipes, new sidewalks and curbs and measures to protect Miller’s Pond from road runoff, according to Mitchell Crowley, Director, Smithtown Traffic Safety Department.

“This project has been a long time in coming and without Congressman Bishop’s help, it would still be stuck in the bureaucracy,” Supervisor Vecchio said.  “I’m grateful as is the Town Board for the Congressman’s work to obtain funds to reconstruct Maple Avenue.”

 At the request of the Town, Congressman Bishop stepped in at various points with the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation when some of the funds were held up by red tape.  Congressman Bishop and Supervisor Vecchio first discussed the need to reconstruct Maple Avenue shortly after Bishop took office.  Congressman Bishop was able to secure funding for the project in the SAFETEA-LU transportation bill.

 PHOTO CAPTION: Mitchell Crowley, Director, Smithtown Traffic Safety Department discusses road resurfacing with Supervisor Pat Vecchio (center) and Congressman Tim Bishop on Maple Avenue in Smithtown.

Saturday
Jul102010

Phase II of Flooding Plan to Commence this Month

By Erica Jackson

Due to the rising water table, nearly 500 Smithtown home basements were damaged by water this past year. The problem, say officials, is worse than ever before.  That’s why they have taken action to remedy the problem.

Later this month, the Town of Smithtown is set to commence Phase II of a three, possibly four part strategy to lower the local water table by dredging the Nissequogue River.

“This is not going to solve everybody’s basement from flooding,” said Ted Sanford, head of the Town of Smithtown’s engineering department, “but it will decrease the severity and frequency.” He continued, “There still will be some people that will have to pump.”

According to Sanford, basement flooding has long been a problem for numerous residents, but the problem worsened this past winter and spring after Mother Nature whipped up four storms dumping 16 inches of rain and 3 inches of snow melt. That equated to much more H2O than the water table can handle.  The result: major flooding.

After receiving complaints from residents, Federal officials, as well as those from the town, county and state banned together to find funding to lower the water table by dredging four hundred linear feet of the Nissequogue River.

“We want to lower the river by 15 inches, which will bring the river back to the level it was in the 1950s,” said Sanford. 

To accomplish that, he said, 50 years of accumulated sentiment needs to be removed.  

To put that amount into perspective, Sanford said when complete, over 1,000 cubic yards of silt will have been removed. That’s enough sediment to fill more than 50 roll-off trucks.

To date, Sanford said the town, via hired contracting company, Terry Materials and Contracting of Riverhead, has already completed Phase I of the project. That portion of the project included the dredging of 1,200 linear feet of the river as it runs north of Route 347. The cost: $317,000.  

Phase II, however, said Sanford is expected to cost nearly a half-a-million dollars as it will include the dredging of 2,800 feet of the river as it runs south of Route 347.

To fund Phase I and II of the project, Sanford said the town has applied and is expected to receive for funding via Suffolk County’s water protection program.  Funding for that program is realized though the county’s 1/4 percent tax.

The program, explained Sanford funds projects that will improve water quality, which Sanford said the Nissequogue River dredging will do. He said, “by removing the silt we are lowering the water table so cesspools function.”  Also, he said, “We are also restoring the aquatic habitat of the river.”

It is expected, said Sanford, that work will begin on Phase II sometime after July 15 and be completed by a Department of Environmental Conservation deadline of October 1.  However, before work can commence, the town first needs to obtain a Department of Environmental Conservation permit to do the work.

That permit will be forthcoming, said Aphrodite Montalvo, spokeswoman for the DEC.  “We don’t anticipate there will be any problems with the permit,” she said.

Since dredging alone will not settle the entire flooding issue, Phase III will tackle the drainage piping that goes into the stream.  Using a $1.5 million matching grant obtained by Congressman Tim Bishop, town highway department workers will install a new piping system.   The current piping system, said Sanford was put in place in the 1960s and has long since rotted.  

“The money will go a lot further, if we use our own labor,” said Sanford, who noted that the town’s matching portion of the grant will be about $300,000.

Phase III will be designed this winter, and installed sometime in 2011, said Sanford.

In the meantime, the town is looking into obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to help homeowners fill-in their basements in severe flooding cases.  Currently, homeowners have access to small business administration loans, however, they would need to qualify and many do not.  

Additionally, the town’s assessor’s office is offering tax deductions to residents who can no longer utilize their basements due to flooding.  Sanford said, residents can file with the assessor's office though a tax grievance process.

To do its part, the county is looking to dredge Miller’s Pond on Maple Avenue, which will also help in lowering the water table.  

According to Legislator John Kennedy of Smithtown, who has been at the forefront of the issue, holding informational meetings for concerned residents, the county is exploring funding options for the project.  

While Millers Pond is a 110-year-old man-made body of water, Legislator Kennedy said it is part of the Nissequogue Waterway, which is the only river on Long Island that flows in a northerly direction.  

“We can’t say we will ever eliminate the flooding problem,” said Kennedy, but if we do routine maintenance, we will substantially improve the flooding and our ground water quality.”

Saturday
Jul102010

Dear Christopher

July 9, 2010

Christopher Nixon Cox
180 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787 

Dear Christopher,

I understand you will be the grand marshal for a parade in Cheektowaga NY on July 18.  Please note that Cheektowaga is 450 miles away from the First Congressional District.  For your convenience, I have attached a map.

Best,
-George Demos

Thursday
Jul082010

Chris Cox's Letter to Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh, Chairman
Suffolk County Conservative Party
PO Box 379
East Islip, NY  11730

Dear Ed:

I have received a copy of your letter of July 6, now dated July 7 when hand-delivered today, and I am pleased to know there is much on which we, as conservatives, agree.

Traditionally, the Republican and Conservative Parties have worked together here in Suffolk County to elect officeholders who stand for a series of principles and common ideals that we both endorse.  This year should be no different because once again we have been offered the opportunity to come together and finally defeat an entrenched liberal incumbent, Congressman Tim Bishop. (Your words, my emphasis.)

The reason I’m running in the district, where my family has resided for more than 120 years, is precisely because this year is different.

Political professionals and pundits in New York and Washington agree that Tim Bishop is vulnerable and can be defeated if the right candidate mounts a strong, well financed race.  As I’m sure you would agree, we must make certain that your candidate against Tim Bishop is afforded every possible advantage; however, what is absolutely required for success, is that your nominee shares Conservative and Republican support.  (Again, your words, changing ‘our’ to ‘your’.)

While we agree that having the same candidate on the Republican and Conservative lines is important, I’m sure you’ll agree that having the right candidate is even more important.

That’s why I believe that Conservative voters should have the opportunity to choose a real conservative in your Party’s September 14th Primary election.

That’s why an equally impressive array of national figures such as Dr. Henry Kissinger, and local organizations such as the East End’s premier Tea Party group, the Suffolk County 9-12 Project, have wholeheartedly rejected your candidate and endorsed my candidacy.

After my grass-roots victories in the Republican and Conservative primaries, I look forward to working with you on our shared goal of defeating the liberal incumbent Democrat.

Sincerely,
Christopher Cox

Wednesday
Jul072010

Jay Townsend In Opposition To Mosque

Cornwall – - Jay Townsend, the Republican and endorsed Conservative candidate for US Senate against Chuck Schumer, today released a copy of his letter to Senator Schumer asking that the Senator join him in opposition to the construction of a Mosque and Islamic Center overlooking Ground Zero. (Text Below)

July 6, 2010
Hon Charles E Schumer
757 Third Avenue
Suite 17-02
New York, New York 10017
Sent via fax to 212-486-7693

Dear Senator Schumer:

During the last few months you have held press conferences/issued press releases on a variety of topics, including the dangers of using sunscreen, how face book handles its data, airplane baggage fees and a letter you penned to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke about bank fees.

Yet you have been strangely silent on a matter that is of deep concern to many New Yorkers; the proposed construction of an Islamic Center and Mosque near ground zero. A recent poll shows that New York City voters, by an almost 2- to-1 ratio, oppose the plan by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative.

I side with the families of the victims, and the thousands of those who risked their lives to save them, who find the construction of the Mosque at Ground Zero highly insensitive. I have asked Imam Rauf to reconsider his plans out of respect for the victims and those who lost loved ones. (Text of letter to Imam Rauf)

The issue, Senator, is not one of religious freedom; it is one of timing and sensitivity to the memory of those lost, and to the families and friends who still vividly recall the horrors of that day in the most personal and tragic way.

Yesterday, New York’s Governor and gubernatorial candidates made clear their position on construction of the Mosque. I side with those who oppose construction of the Mosque and ask that you join me in asking Imam Rauf to cease with his plans.

Sincerely,

Jay Townsend, Candidate

United States Senate