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Letter To Editor - Time To Ticket Speeders On Main St. Smithtown

To Smithtown Matters,

The other day I got out of my car on Main Street in Smithtown in front of Teachers Federal Credit Union.  Three cars and a truck sped by me I am sure going 40 MPH or more based on my perception on how fast they were going and the vacuum sensation I felt as the truck went by.  It immediately brought to mind the three pedestrians struck by autos in Smithtown recently as well as the aging flower memorial on the corner of Elm and Main marking the site of a fatality.

Why do drivers go so fast despite the posted 30 MPH limit?  If there is no enforcement, regardless of what the penalty might be, there is no deterrence.  In the almost 30 years I have lived in Smithtown, I have never seen anyone ticketed on Main St.  On the other hand, I repeatedly see drivers getting tickets on practically deserted side streets for “rolling stop sign violations”.  I am sure that keeps revenue flowing but doubt it provides much safety compared to what ticketing speeders and wrong lane turns on Main Street might accomplish.

Put the police on Main Street and regularly ticket speeders and shortly the word will spread, “speed in Smithtown and it will cost you money and points on your license”.  If this can be done in by Head of the Harbor and Nissequogue, it can be done on Main Street.

Concerned citizen.


Letter To Editor - Thank You Smithtown Water Authority


Coldest Day of the Year Smithtown Water Authority Brought Science to My Door

During the Polar Vortex, a water main broke on the edge of my St. Nicholas Avenue driveway last Thursday.

As the temperature hovered in single digits; the wind chills plummeted.  It drove Smithtown to below zero temps.   

While sipping freshly made hot cappuccino, my own brew,  I peered out the front window of my formal dining room.   I noticed a puddle growing on the edge of my semi-circular driveway.  It caught my attention as I thought to myself – it’s far too cold for two parts Hydrogen and one-part Oxygen to be in a liquid form.  My aging and weary brain registered that the puddle should theoretically or scientifically be ice.   I immediately rang the Engineer husband as I didn’t want to disturb the twenty-seven year old Engineer son who specializes in liquids.   His clock registers three hours behind ours as resides in Hermosa Beach California with his beautiful new bride. 

The husband of thirty-three years had me descend the cold basement stairs to check our sprinkler system gage and house water gage to see if there was activity.  There was none – therefore our hypothesis was that the leak was coming from a town pipe juxtaposed to our property.

One call on the Smart Phone to the Smithtown Water Department and their Supervisor Raymond E. Martinbianco and his team were on the scene.  

They did not accept offers of hot cocoa or coffee but went to work and stayed in the freezing cold for hours until the situation was mitigated.  After decades of living with Bill Nye the Science guy and Son – I had a great interest in the engineering components of the job.  

The engineering feat played out as a roaring fire filled my wood burning stove and warmed the first floor of my modest home to a balmy 74 degrees.  I watched the men as they worked tirelessly in the unusually frigid weather.   In between the minutia of daily chores, I watched the job play out including observing the small crane that lowered a seemingly heavy rectangular part into the newly dug frozen ground.  

Quantitatively, it was quite an impressive feat to witness.  I was and continue to be very thankful for the fast action of The Smithtown Water Department.  

A contention for most Long Island taxpayers is the high cost of taxation.  After twenty-five years in the news business, I know it’s genesis and growth rise from hundreds of micro-governments and municipalities that punctuate both counties.  However, this Smithtown taxpayer is all good with her taxes – because I believe Smithtown is so incredibly well run.  

A terribly efficient series of systems work throughout our bucolic town – from Town Hall to our beaches and marinas to our snow-covered roadways trickling down to the Water Department.  I say we get a great bang for our buck – this aging Disco Queen rallies a big shout out and thank you to the Smithtown Water Department.  

I am not grateful because they fixed a problem adjacent to my home.  I am grateful because they quickly acted to solve a problem that had serious and dangerous potential.  I live in one of the highest points in Kings Park at the top of the Nissequogue River Valley (at the top of San Remo).  It was the coldest day of the year and Sir Isacc Newtons Theories of Motion, which are the basis for modern physics, were at play.       

When water arrives outside my home – it goes downhill – turns the corners and heads down St. Johnsland Road.   That spring of water had the potential to create ice.   It was a dangerous situation that was mitigated and culminated in a few hours on the coldest day of the year.  Thank you Mr. Supervisor, thank you Zach Rogienski, Matt Lush and Mike Iaia.  Efficiency isn’t deemed a Science but outside our humble home on the coldest day of the year – it transcended the vast and behemoth world of Science.  

Maureen Ledden Rossi 


Letter To Editor - SC Marine Revitalization Advisory Council Working For Residents

Dear Editor, 

On January 16, the first meeting of the Suffolk County Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council for the 2019 year will convene. 

The Legislation creating the Council, which I sponsored and which was adopted last year, is intended to establish a relationship that will allow government and private industry to work with local communities to attract good paying jobs to the region and encourage the growth of the marine sector of the local economy.

With 980 miles of shoreline and more than 300 bodies of water, the marine industry is critical to Suffolk County’s economy and it is my priority to ensure that government remains dedicated to maintaining the support the industry needs to thrive.

The $1.579 billion economic impact of the marine industry, the 7,000 plus people in marine-related jobs, and our marine workforce development are essential to Suffolk County becoming an attractive location for new business. Our investment in recreational boating and fishing, which are at the heart of regional tourism, must continue to play a major role if we are to maintain our place as a tourist and vacation destination.

We will be holding two public hearings, the first on February 6 at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building on Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, and the second on February 7, at the Evans K. Griffing Building, 300 Center Drive in Riverhead. Both hearings will begin at 5 p.m.

The meeting is open to marine industry stakeholders, such as marina owners and operators, fishermen and baymen, and residents in areas in need of dredging as well as members of the community.

Improving market conditions and opportunities in Suffolk County are key components of a healthy economy and I am excited about the work of our Marine Industry Revitalization Advisory Council and the future of our great County. 

DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer



Letter To Editor - In Support Of Tom Donohue For St. James Fire Commissioner


Dear Editor,  
There is an important election for St. James Fire Commissioner next Tuesday, December 11th.  There are many good reasons St. James residents should consider voting for Tom Donohue.
Besides his 30 years of service in many leadership positions in the St. James Fire Department, perhaps the most important reason to vote for Tom Donohue is that he is his own person. He is independent and not afraid to speak up to correct things that are wrong. He is an intelligent business professional who speaks honestly and and has productive ideas on how to solve the current problems in the Fire District.  Tom wants to heal the current divisions in the Fire Department and move forward in a positive direction.
In addition to being a 9/11 first responder himself, Tom Donohue organized our St. James 9/11 Memorial and remains its Chairman to this day. Tom Donohue chaired the Fire District’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee and brought together community leaders to successfully oppose the sale of our Main Firehouse on Route 25 A.  I was honored to sit with Tom and other St. James on this impactful committee. As a result, all our residents are safer now that the Main Firehouse will remain open for years to come. 
In addition, Tom Donohue spoke out against the whopping 19.8% Fire District property tax increase imposed by the current Commissioners last year.   Thankfully, Tom  is running to replace one of the Commissioners who voted for that unwarranted tax increase.
Finally, in addition to his fire service, Tom Donohue is a tireless volunteer for various community groups. He is an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 7 in St. James, a youth soccer coach and a member of Celebrate St. James. He recently wielded a mean drill setting up the stage props for their successful performance of “99 Minutes to Broadway” at Nesaquake Middle School! 
Tom Donohue deserves your vote for Fire Commissioner next Tuesday. Please take the time to vote between 3pm and 9pm at the Jefferson Avenue Fire Substation. Thank you.
Troy Rosasco
St. James



Letter To Editor - Thank You To Residents In 2nd NYS Senate District

Dear Editor:

     Thank you to the residents of the 2nd Senate District for once again providing me with the opportunity to represent them in the New York State Senate.  It has been my distinct honor to serve the community since 2002 and I am humbled to be able to return to the State Capital to protect our way of life.

     As I stated during the past months, regardless of any election outcome, the Senate Republican Conference will continue to be a strong and important voice in Albany.  That includes standing up for hardworking taxpayers, advancing policies that help businesses create new jobs and new opportunities, and working every day to keep our families secure and safe.

     With the election behind us, now is the time for all of us in government to put politics aside to work for the betterment of all who live and work in New York State.  While no one should doubt that we stand ready to push back when the need arises to protect our region and our state, we are committed to working with all parties to find common ground when it exists.

     As we move forward with the work ahead of us, I welcome everyone’s input on matters that are important to all of our residents.  As my office prepares for the upcoming year, we invite those we represent to contact our office by calling 631-361-2154 or sending us an e-mail at to share any thoughts they may have.

     Thank you again for providing me with the opportunity to continue serving you in the New York State Senate and I look forward to hearing from you.


John Flanagan

New York State Senate