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DEC - January Deer Season To Open In Suffolk County



DEC Managed Land Entries Due Dec. 3

The 2019 firearms deer season in Suffolk County will begin Sunday, Jan. 6, and continue through Jan. 31, including weekends, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

DEC regulations require that lands eligible for firearms deer hunting must be at least 10 acres in size, and hunters must possess a valid big game hunting license, a signed landowner’s endorsement, and a town permit where required (towns of Southampton, Islip, and Smithtown). Deer may be taken only by:

  • Shotgun, using a single ball or slug; or
  • Muzzleloading rifle or pistol, shooting a single projectile having a minimum bore of 0.44 inches.

Shotgun barrels may be rifled, and telescopic sights may be used. Crossbows are not a legal hunting instrument in Suffolk County. Hunters should check with local towns and villages to determine any local restrictions or discharge ordinances prior to going afield.

Hunters that wish to hunt on state-managed lands in Suffolk County will be able to take advantage of the expanded special firearms deer season, as well the extended archery season. The following state-managed properties will be open for shotgun deer hunting:

  • Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area;
  • Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve;
  • Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest;
  • Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area;
  • David Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area;  
  • Otis Pike Preserve;
  • East Hampton Cooperative Area (opens Jan. 7, weekdays only); and
  • Noyac Cooperative Hunting Area (opens Jan. 7, weekdays only).

To hunt for deer on DEC-managed lands during the firearms season, hunters must enter a drawing. Entries must be received at NYSDEC-Deer Drawing, PO Box 659, Ridge, NY 11961-0659, by 4:45 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Entries can also be hand-delivered to the Ridge Hunter Check Station by this date. There are no applications for this drawing. To enter, hunters must send a No. 10 (4 1/8” x 9 ½”) envelope that contains a self-addressed, stamped, No. 10 or No. 9 return envelope. The hunter must write his/her back tag number on the back of the return envelope. Entries submitted envelopes other than No. 10 envelopes, or including other than No. 10 or No. 9 return envelopes, will be rejected.

Hunters may only send one entry. Individuals that send more than one entry will have all of his or her entries removed from the drawing. Each member of a two-hunter party may send one entry.

Drawing entrants will receive a notice telling them when to appear at the Ridge Hunter Check Station to make a reservation to hunt on DEC-managed lands. Reservations will be made Dec. 17-20, 2018. 

Additional shotgun deer hunting opportunities may be available to Suffolk County residents. Please contact Suffolk County Department of Parks at 631.854.4949 for additional information on opportunities within Suffolk County Parks. 

The regular (bow hunting) season for deer in Suffolk County will also continue through January 31. Hunters that want to archery hunt on state-managed lands during the extended season can hunt at Brookhaven State Park Cooperative Hunting Area, Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest, Carman’s River Pine Barrens State Forest, East Bartlett Conservation Area, Ridge Conservation Area, Wildwood State Park Cooperative Hunting Area, and DEC tidal wetlands currently open to archery hunting. All hunters are required to have a DEC-Managed Lands Access Permit to hunt on these properties. 

DEC Encourages Hunter Safety

While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. Every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable, and DEC encourages hunters to use common sense this season and remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunter Education Course.

Firearms Safety:

  1. Point your gun in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  3. Be sure of your target and beyond.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

DEC also encourages all hunters to wear blaze orange or blaze pink to make themselves more visible to other hunters. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

When hunting in tree stands, use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, hunters should never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded firearm.

The DEC would like to remind hunters that the legal hours for big game hunting across the state run from official sunrise to sunset. It is the responsibility of hunters to know when those times are in their locations. Consult the DEC hunting guide, use the DEC wildlife app or search weather data on the internet to find the official sunrise and sunset times for your area. Not only is it unsafe but it is illegal to hunt deer and bear in the dark.



DEC Seeks To Protect LI Sound By Purchasing 6.8 Acre Conscience Bay Property


DEC Announces Acquisition of 6.8-Acre Conscience Bay Watershed Property

Property expands Conscience Bay-Little Bay State Tidal Wetland, will help preserve water quality in Long Island Sound

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an acquisition of open space that will provide greater protection to the Long Island Sound by establishing an additional buffer area that will filter out contaminants, provide wildlife habitat, and increase the region’s resilience to coastal storms. The 6.8-acre parcel, located at the corner of North and Dyke Roads in Setauket, will be added to the Conscience Bay-Little Bay State Tidal Wetland, effectively doubling the size of the marsh and upland portion of the State property. The acquisition was announced at an event today to unveil a plaque at the head of the trail in appreciation of the Besunder family’s contribution to Long Island’s environment.

“DEC and the greater environmental community of Long Island are excited to expand the Conscience Bay-Little Bay State Tidal Wetland and thankful for the grant from the Long Island Sound Study that makes this purchase possible,” DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher said. “Protecting this property from development will increase the resiliency of the Setauket area by protecting its salt marsh and mud flats from development pressures that would compromise their ability to help buffer the area from future storm events.”

The property was purchased by Arline and Harvey Besunder in 1991 with the intent to develop the land. Along with his children, Alison and Eric, and in memory of his wife Arline, the Besunder Family honored a long-standing family value of land preservation and conservation by selling this unique parcel to the State for conservation in order to preserve its natural beauty.

The 52-acre Conscience Bay-Little Bay State Tidal Wetland property was purchased by DEC in the late 1970s from multiple property owners. State land in the area consists of underwater lands popular both with kayakers and local waterfowl hunters. Acquisition of key parcels in the Conscience Bay Watershed is a conservation priority in several State and Local Open Space Plans.

The new acquisition includes extensive waterfront along Conscience Bay, a walking trail, a unique freshwater wetland, a red cedar forest, an osprey nest, and nearly pristine mudflats and shellfish beds.

DEC’s purchase of this property follows a 2015 purchase of a 1.12-acre parcel, which added the first upland area to the existing 52-acre Tidal Wetlands property.

New York State Assemblyman Steven Englebright said, “The goal of protecting the chemistry and ecological integrity of the Setauket Harbor is greatly advanced by this land purchase at the core of this complex estuary. Governor Cuomo deserves our appreciation for enabling the DEC to make such wise use of Environmental Protection Fund resources that were placed into the State budget. Additional congratulations and thanks go to the Besunder Family and the Stewardship Initiative of the Long Island Sound Study.”

Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “The Conscience Bay Watershed is one of the most environmentally significant wildlife habitats in Brookhaven Town, and with this acquisition more of it will be protected for future generations. I commend the DEC for taking action to conserve this sensitive wetland and thank the Besunder family for their dedication to land preservation.”

Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright said, “The Town of Brookhaven strongly advocates for preservation of land especially when such efforts help to support coastal resilience and prevent development of sensitive ecological wetland sites within the Town. Thank you to the Besunder family for their role in allowing this parcel to be conserved.”

Additional DEC Purchases in Conscience Bay Watershed Area - Patriots Hollow

A nearby parcel of 28.3 acres along Route 25A in East Setauket, was purchased in 2010. At the time, the property was the largest privately owned undeveloped lot in the Conscience Bay Watershed Area, and later became Patriots Hollow State Forest. In March 2017, an additional 17 acres was added to this property. Patriots Hollow provides protection to Conscience Bay by preventing runoff from roads and related contaminants from entering the bay, which has one of the most restricted tidal flows of any of the North Shore’s major bays.

Funding for the Patriots Hollow purchase was also provided by a Long Island Sound Study Grant and through a settlement with Northville Industries over a spill at the company’s East Setauket terminal in the late 1980s.

The Long Island Sound Study initiated the Long Island Sound Futures Fund in 2005 through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Office and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Through 2014, the program has invested $13 million in 306 projects in communities surrounding the Sound. The Long Island Sound Study was created in 1985 by the EPA and the states of New York and Connecticut. This bi-state partnership includes federal and state agencies, user groups, concerned organizations and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound.



Seven-Time Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller At SB's Women's Health Day


Commack, NY (October 29, 2018) – Seven-time Olympic medalist and cancer survivor Shannon Miller was the featured speaker at Women’s Health Day, an event designed to share the latest information, research and thinking about topics that concern women most, hosted on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Stony Brook Medicine Advanced Specialty Care, located at 500 Commack Road, Commack, NY. 

As a member of the “Magnificent Seven” US Olympics gymnastics team that won the first-ever US Gold Medal in the sport in 1996, Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history, with seven Olympic medals (including two gold medals) and nine World Championship medals (five gold medals). She is the only female athlete inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame - twice. 

Ms. Miller encouraged participants to take control of their own health and present specific ways to move toward a healthy lifestyle. In her talk, entitled “Competing with Cancer,” Ms. Miller shared her own cancer battle, life lessons and how those lessons learned through sport has helped her in every aspect of life. 

The community event also featured Stony Brook healthcare professionals providing information at exhibit tables on topics including breast cancer, fall prevention, healthy eating, imaging, vascular health, vein care and weight-loss options. 

Photo attached. Pictured (l. to r.): Patricia Farrelly, MD, Breast and Oncologic Surgeon, Stony Brook Medicine; Shannon Miller; Megan Paulus, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Fellowship-Trained Foot and Ankle Specialist, Stony Brook Medicine.  Credit: Jeanne Neville.

About Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care

Advanced Specialty Care in Commack is Stony Brook Medicine’s multispecialty center with more than 30 medical specialties, including primary care physicians, pediatricians, cardiologists, dermatologists, gynecologists, obstetricians, ophthalmologists, urologists, and surgeons. On-site imaging services include x-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, bone densitometry, CTs and MRIs. To learn more visit commack.stonybrookmedicine.edu.


Applications For Suffolk County Leaders In Training Accepting Applications


Students Must Submit Applications by January 5, 2019

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the Suffolk County Leaders in Training Program for undergraduate and graduate students seeking internship opportunities in county government is now accepting applications for its spring session, which runs from the week of January 22 until May. 

The program offers real world experience for students interested in gaining professional public sector experience and a true understanding of the mechanics outside of the classroom. Students must submit applications no later than January 5, 2019. 

An internship with the Suffolk County Government is the perfect way to supplement classroom education with firsthand, invaluable experience,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Interns will be able to immerse themselves into the inner workings of government and work closely with the teams in our many departments.”

This program will provide students with an opportunity to interact with Suffolk County’s residents and key community groups, including exposure to the inner workings of County departments and agencies.  Over the course of an internship, interns will have the opportunity to liaise with staff on key initiatives and projects to enhance the Suffolk community. Students interested in this program should be detail-orientated professionals, with strong time management and communication skills.

The Suffolk County Leaders in Training Program is a selective program that selects and places candidates within multiple agencies or departments within Suffolk County government.  Interns are required to work a minimum 15 hours per week, must be 18 years or older and currently enrolled in college or university. All internships within the program are unpaid.

Students of all areas of study who reside in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to apply please visit here.



Preserving The History Of LI David Lion Gardiner Foundation Awards $2.2 Million


Hampton Bays, NY (November 15, 2018) – The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation today announced it has awarded $2.2 million in private grants to fund projects that will explore and preserve the history of Long Island and the New York City Region, bringing its yearly grant awards to $5.3 million, a record for the Foundation. 

The Gardiner Foundation was established in 1987 to support the study of New York State history, inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York history. 

“We are carrying on the tradition begun by Robert David Lion Gardiner of supporting organizations making a significant contribution to understanding our communities and their origins,” said Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. “These groups – whether colleges and universities or local non-profits – are each dedicated to ensuring history is a living, evolving educational process, helping us appreciate how these lessons from the identity of whom we are today.” 

Among the awards is a nearly $300,000 grant to The Lt. Michael Murphy Navy Seal Museum to support Phase I of the construction of an institution in Suffolk County, NY.  The Museum is dedicated to the memory of Murphy, 29, who died trying to save fellow soldiers during a gunfight with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and preserving the history and honor of the United States Navy Seals. 

The other recipients and grant amounts are:  

·       The Greater Hudson Heritage Network, to assist the conservation of art and artifacts to historic non-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties ($150,000 over three years);

·       The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., for the creation of an interactive exhibit using touchsrcreen monitors that focuses on the technology and dynamics orginal Fresnel Lens built in 1826 ($10,700); 

·       The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, for the creation and staging of “The Courageous Women of the Revoluntionary War,” recounting the actions of women who played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation ($18,000);

·       The Museum Association of New York for its work in advocating and supporting the cultural community across New York State ($10,000); 

·       The Caroline Church of Brookhaven, for the ongoing restoration of its 1887 carriage shed for hosting eductaional groups ($10.900); 

·       The Research Foundation of the City of New York, to suppot four fellowships that will help to update its hstrical archives and offer public programs and workshops on Long Island ($249,566 over three and a half years); 

·       The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for increased school programs in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island and growth of its teachers seminars through 2020 ($500,000 over two years); 

·       Long Island University, for the cataloguing and digitizing of Robert Moses Archives, including his private notes, memos and other unpublished documents, which has the potential to significantly change the historical understanding of his motivation in his work ($695,071 over three years). 

“These projects are important and historically significant,” said Joseph R. Attonito, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. “History teaches important lessons about our past and thus informs our future. These impactful projects are noteworthy in impacting regional historic growth, and we look forward to their work being completed.”

Earlier this year The Gardiner Foundation awarded grants to 23 other institutions, including:

·       Babylon Beautification Society

·       Preserve Long Island 

·       Sagtikos Manor Historical Society

·       Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Research

·       New York University

·       Oysterponds Historical Society

·       St. Joseph’s College

·       Cradle of Aviation

·       Long Island Museum

·       Long Island University

·       Walt Whitman Birthplace

·       Long Island Traditions

·       New-York Historical Society

·       Jamesport Meeting House

·       Celebrate St. James

·       Humanities New York

·       Garden City Historical Society

·       Cutchogue New Suffolk Historical Society

·       University of Rochester

·       Webb Institute


For more information on the work of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, visit https://www.rdlgfoundation.org/index.php. 

About the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation


The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, NY. The Gardiner family and their descendants have owned Gardiner’s Island since 1639, obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York history. For more information, please visit www.rdlgfoundation.org.