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FYI - Cablevision Customers Entitled To Part Of Class Action Settlement

Readers of Smithtown Matters might be interested in this information.

Cablevision Settles Class Action – Subscribers Entitled to Benefits

Cablevision, one of Long Island’s largest providers of cable television service, has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs claimed that certain business practices of the cable service provider resulted in subscribers paying higher prices for Cablevision’s cable TV set-top boxes.

Subject to certain exceptions, the Settlement Class includes all persons in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York who subscribed to Cablevision’s video services and paid a monthly fee to Cablevision to lease a Set-Top Box at any time from April 30, 2004 to March 9, 2016.

The Settlement offers credits for services (ranging between $50-$140 in value) or a one-time bill credit (ranging between $20-$40) to Cablevision’s Current Subscribers. Former Subscribers can get a one-time cash payment (ranging between $20-$40) and other benefits. The final settlement is still subject to approval by a Judge Madeline C. Arleo of the United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey in the case of Marchese v Cablevision Systems Corp. Although a settlement fairness hearing is not scheduled to take place until September 12, 2016, consumers can start filing their claims now using a special website at www.cableboxsettlement.com. The deadline for filing a claim is September 23, 2016.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that Cablevision violated federal and state laws by requiring its cable TV subscribers to rent a set-top box from Cablevision in order to receive certain video services. Plaintiffs claimed that these practices resulted in subscribers paying higher prices for Cablevision’s cable TV set-top boxes. Cablevision denied the claims and allegations in this lawsuit.  The settlement does not mean that any law was broken or that Cablevision did anything wrong, but both sides in the case believe that this settlement is in everyone’s best interest. Individual subscribers who believe that their interests are not best-served by the settlement do have the right to opt out and pursue their individual claims, but there are strict deadlines to do this, and generally, the amount at stake on an individual basis often does not usually make such litigation worthwhile.

Plaintiffs in the litigation have been represented by Taus, Cebulash & Landau, LLP of New York City. Cablevision has been represented by Ropes & Gray, LLP of Washington, D.C.


David M. Ardam, P.C.

Attorney at Law

Commack, NY 11725-1730



Letter To Editor - DOT Plans LIE Welcome Center But What About Truckers

Regarding the article last week titled

DOT plans LIE welcome center,

I find it disgraceful that between Governor Andrew Cuomo, our local politicians and our community that they are taking a small rest stop east of exit 51 and turning it into a rest area for 135 cars only ! The current parking area is often overflowing with tractor trailers. That sentence alone should tell you theres a need for rest spot for the trucks drivers that bring goods onto Long Island. But no, let’s turn it into a welcome center to create safe travel for all ( no trucks welcome ! ) and also support the economic growth of L.I. . Last I checked if a driver in a car needed food and or rest , they could pull off any exit and find what they needed. A truck driver and I mean a tractor trailer who is not doubt from out of state and delivering goods, needs a spot to rest because his driving time is legally up, has no place to go. Trucking companies and their drivers find it very difficult to pick up and deliver on L.I now. I can’t wait to see what happens when you take away the small area they have now to rest. I know this, for my husband is a long haul truck driver and tells me how L.I is the only place that doesn’t have any rest areas for these drivers that work long hours. The officials and our community should be ashamed of themselves. I would rather have a truck stop with hard working drivers resting in my backyard than a welcome center that will have Suffolk County Police patrolling the area for security concerns. What a waste of money. 

Candace Steck Warren



Letter To The Editor - Trump Articulates Republican Abortion Position

Hillary should force the Republicans to own their anti-abortion position

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be condemning Trump for his assertion that women who get abortions should be punished; she should be defending him.  It is one of the few times Mr. Trump has told the truth and it has the Republican party aghast.  The Republicans insist that abortion should be illegal. The next logical step as Trump pointed out is that the criminals (women) should be punished.  It is disingenuous in the extreme for the Republican party to then turn around and claim that women are innocent victims in all this. That is merely a perpetuation of their core belief that women are too childlike and muddle-headed to make considered, premeditated decisions about their own health. Hillary shouldn’t let them get away with this.  Punishing women is the next logical and obvious outcome in the Republican push to criminalize abortion and the Republicans should be compelled to own their position with all its implications in full view of the voters.

Eric Stubbs, Saint James 


Letter To The Editor - Congress Needs To Get Their Heads Out Of The Sand

Congressman Zelden recently wrote an Op-Ed Piece suggesting that a bill he  authored, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, H.R. 4314, “would screen for infectious diseases abroad in order to contain and prevent any potential outbreaks. The bill also helps quarantine the virus…”  Unfortunately this is little more than political maneuver to suggest that congress is serously addressing the threat.  Unfortunately it does not.

Vector borne illnesses kill about one hundred million people a year worlwide – roughly the equivalent of a little less than 1/3 of the U.S. poplulation.  While tropical diseases are major players in this, they are not limited to the tropics (Lyme Disease for example).  Vector control, immunization and public health measures to prevent spread are world-wide efforts, yet the death toll remains high.  Travel restrictions and screening travelers are part of this effort to contain the spread. What is not being addressed is root cause of the threat of Zika, Malaria and other diseases to the “temperate climate” countries like the US, is the spread of the geograpy of the tropical zones.  With global warming the moquito popluations carrying these disease populate a larger area of the globe.  

If the leadership of congress would collectively get their heads out of the sand, accept the scientific evidence on global warming and begin to address global warming, then perhaps they can actually do something  more than provide sound bites for campaign ads.

Thomas Biancaniello, MD

Thomas Biancaniello MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Pediatrics Columbia University Medical Center, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine, Stony Brook University. 

(Thomas Biancaniello is the spouse of the editor of Smithtown Matters)


Letter To Editor -Thank You Councilman McCarthy And Robert Murphy

Here is the latest update on the situation on my driveway. After the last time when Councilman McCarthy stepped in and put me in touch with Robert Murphy from the highway department I am proud to say that I have a new apron, sidewalk, and part on my driveway.

Mr. Murphy actually stopped by my house today and stated that they were going to redo the strip in front of the driveway because he wants to have a little bit more of a lip to make sure no water gets in. He stated this will be done either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

I can tell you that I have nothing but respect for Mr. Murphy and Mr. McCarthy for the way that they handled this situation. Speaking with the previous leadership at the highway department was nothing but useless but these gentleman have got the job done. I thank them very much. 

Peter Connerton