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April 24, 2012 Minutes
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Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association

April 24, 2012

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Meeting was called to order at 7:05PM by President Ed Garboski.

· Pledge of Allegiance

· Minutes of March 27, 2012 were read

· Treasurer’s Report not read

· Ed Garboski introduced the following guests:

Senator Kenneth LaValle

Senator LaValle is looking to increase jobs at Stony Brook University; looking at NYS Income taxes, reduction in state income taxes; increase aid to schools by 4% ($805M plus $200M from the grant program to be re-tooled to go to schools).

The senator authored a bill to oversee LIPA and the rates; LIPA Management, rates, operations will be an 18 month process the first time, assessed every three years after that; wants public hearings.

Senator was involved in planning and design of Rte. 112, with no impact on businesses, kept on schedule by state.

Audience questions:

–The senator touched on: sessions, starts January – he lives in PJV takes the Monday am ferry, four hour trip for him. He went on to explain the Majority Conference Chair – caucus to formulate policy, decisions on how they will vote. 32 are needed to carry a vote. This year and last years’ budget was passed on time. GOP and Democrats need to come together and stop fighting.

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Concern with the Dream Act dealing with higher education of illegal immigrants, and the fact that it covers them up to the age of 35? This would cost the state $62M for those in country illegally, this is just a proposal he doesn’t believe that majority of the senate will support it, NYC senators are arguing for it. Senator LaValle’s position to help low income/middle income first

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Cable requests photo id, yet no id required to vote. This is a big area for potential voter fraud and nothing is being done to rectify the situation. LaValle agrees, does not believe senate and assembly will pass id law as they believe it is anti-immigrant.

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Concern regarding balancing budget, school district is being balanced on the backs of the kids. Senator’s #1 priority is education. The 2% cap was enacted because most constituents major concern is about school taxes; he makes no apologies for turning some things down in order to increase to aid to schools. Localities are not working together to save money; community has to decide what is good enough for them – class sizes, school closings. The community can do it without jeopardizing children’s education.

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Community is getting older, taxes are killing us can Albany mandate consolidations? The senator is not a proponent of state mandates, but easiest way would be for PJS/ Mt. Sinai/ PJ to come together regarding lunch, transportation, and advance placement. He is a strong advocate for good education.

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Problems of community: job loss, increase in health care costs, school cuts with nothing on the illegal issue– what is the senator doing about these? Dream ACT is federal; Arizona made their own immigration decisions; congress can make decisions

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Path of citizenship for illegal’s? With NYC nothing will happen

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Taxes should be by income not property- we are property poor. Senate passed circuit IT214, admitted this was a mistake as it included renters and NYC gobbled up all the money. Senator has a bill to present for 70 and older can make decision STAR or freeze taxes; the state will make up the difference. First time homebuyer to get 5 year tax break.

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PJS closed Terryville School, rented to BOCES – it is now in worse shape than before –debate best in local level within community. Decision for voters, shame for community to get to tension and conflict.

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Comment made that the Senator is an asset to the our community

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Doesn’t state give money with strings attached? How can local level do this – we need someone to spearhead, control cable rate, losing channels paying more – who is helping is? Senator agrees cable does polls receive good response, but he realizes they are out of control with fees. Cable was state set rates, now locally – Senator has no power on this.

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Lehman Brothers collapse – not one person ever called on the carpet for this – when will attorney general do something? Senator had no answer

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Homeless issue – this is a big problem since state hospital closed – can the state do anything to get something open to help these people? Senator will look into this

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Audience member told story of how her house was robbed. She has vacant lots on both sides of her house; she is a new resident, robbed less than one month ago. The homeless live across the street and next door. Was told to come to CA meeting. What can the senator do to help? LaValle told member to call his office to get police inspector on the case. Laurie interjected dept. of SS and Steven Fiore-Rosenfeld working with CA. We need to have Suffolk PD to go to hotspots

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Property values/jobs/greenway. Senator said that within 12 months $450m construction at Stony Brook – there will be 2 towers: children’s hospital and clinical research, joint patient care with research. There will be construction jobs and then jobs in buildings.

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2% tax cap – how can budgets come over this? This is not gospel, but a district need 60% to override

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Are there any other industries Suffolk County is trying to attract other BML and Stony Brook? Senator said small tech, farming, Stony Brook research and development park to attract more companies.

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Laurie Green response to Senator LaValle: Dr. Rella is receptive, comes to CA 2X this year, once last year. It is good for this district that he is also a resident of the community, good for the school district.

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Audience member said that is all well and good, but the problem is that the taxes are still going up, county slaying off 350 workers. How are county workers going to pay these taxes? Laurie suggested attending meeting and writing letters to Dr. Rella.

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Ed Garboski spoke – reported 4 new members last month, CA has a lot to be proud of; working together, attending Town meetings. Going forward we must all stand united, increase membership. When he first came to CA, there were only 20 people in the room, which has doubled in the past 3.5 years without a membership drive. His vision is to always have a greater good for the community, but needs help and ideas from CA members .

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Appointed Officers:

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Parliamentarian – Joan Nickeson

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Sgt. at Arms – Howard Aron

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Traffic and Safety – Frank Gibbons

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Beautification – Joan Nickeson

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Membership – Diane Lenihan

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Requesting members give e-mail addresses as the CA is going paperless.

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Joan Nickeson spoke on the beautification committee efforts – April 21 was then start of the formal cleanup campaign. Anyone who wants to participate can call the Town for registration through the end of this week. Great job was done at Norwood and Woodhull corner.

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Question was asked about the School Drive Park sign – it is incorrect as School Street. Steven Fiore-Rosenfeld said his office will work on this.

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Ed Garboski called for an amendment to the bylaws: Executive board meeting minutes to be taken and read at general meeting. This was held in abeyance until vote at next month’s meeting.

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Laurie Green announced COPE will be at May meeting; illegal rentals and theft – there are forms for complaints about illegal rentals, requires a paper trail to bring to court. In 2008 hamlet study began housing committee, taking pictures of suspicious houses, all were addressed but this is a slow legal process. All forms will be looked at.

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Discussion on house at Jayne Blvd. – 11 people overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. The house was partitioned off into separate apartments and one single room. If you see something say something –contact the Town or CA.

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Announcements: request to donate $100 to historical society – carried.

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Received letter Rocky Point Veterans Affairs to donate for wounded warrior bronze German shepherd statue –vote was carried to donate $75 for a brick from the CA.

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Thank you to Steven Fiore-Rosenfeld and resident for helping with great American cleanup

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Carman River Protection Plan discussed at Town meeting, 05/30 at 6pm and 06/02 at 1pm.

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Jim Tsunis spoke about the TD Bank being built at the Hi-Lite diner property. Residents angry all the trees have been cut down. Jim insists it will be the nicest corner in town. Will consider ideas other than an office building at the site. There was a question about the sign on corner – Joan Nickeson said it will be a welcome sign. Jim Tsunis is donating the sign. Bank design was never discussed with CA, but already has permits. Joan and Jim to get together to discuss sign and landscaping.

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Crossing guard at JFK MS was denied, crosswalk will be repainted

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Ed Garboski announced that the last three months were very busy and the minutes had not been read, they are posted on the website. Requested a motion to accept as read – motion carried.

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McDonalds has flags up to road – can this be addressed?

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There was a suggestion for members to attend ABCO meeting

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Ed Garboski - Executive Board members met with consultant concerning Thomas Dodge and 84 Lumber properties. Ed believes that’s starting at the wrong end of town, should start at the station. Stony Brook adding 800-900 new jobs, should build housing for professional workforce – renditions were passed around for the fun 4 all property. We need a plan, talk to Lesko/Stony Brook. Are there grants available for HUB study – plan must include pushing the homeless out. We need to work in conjunction with the Village need to jump on what we’re going to do with these properties, mix of retail and living areas. Motion carried to talk with mark Lesko –we do not want high density low income housing.

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Next Meeting – May 22, 2012 at Comsewogue Library 7:00PM. Meetings are held 4th Tuesday of each Month.

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Meeting Officially adjourned at 9:30PM

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