THE CCA March 18,2023 meeting at the Smithtown Public library featured two guest speakers from the Suffolk County Water Authority. A detailed explanation was given about the testing procedures for our drinking water. A guest  SCWA chemist explained that they test for over 400 chemical compounds. These are residual compounds that have seeped through the soil into the aquifer used to draw our drinking water. They include fertilizers, medicines that were flushed away years ago, and dry cleaning fluids dumped down sewer grates or sinks.   Long Island’s drinking water contains harmful contaminants such as ; 1,4-dioxane, which is a synthetic industrial chemical. PFOS, the key ingredient in Scotchgard, a fabric protector made by 3M, and numerous stain repellents; and PFOA  is used in carpeting, upholstery, apparel, floor wax, textiles, fire fighting foam and sealants.  

Suffolk County  water authority will install a huge carbon filter to remove these contaminants. They monitor the water flowing into the filters and the levels of contaminants in the water exiting the filter. If the filter is full, it must be changed or the water will pick up the contaminates in the exchange. The filters are very expensive and so a twenty dollar surcharge was added to your water bill. Lime is added to the water to modify the PH. Chlorine is added to the water to keep it free of bacteria.

"SCWA has partnered with the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute (LIGRI) at SUNY Stony Brook to study groundwater hydrology and chemistry and the impacts that certain practices have on our groundwater quality and quantity. The focus of this scientific research is Long Island's aquifer system, and the goal is to utilize the results in practical applications to resolve groundwater-related problems."  



 Fall   2022 Meeting News ; 

Huntington Side  Road Paving ;  Upcoming 2023 paving projects  include the following Commack roads; Lynhaven Place ;Grandhaven Drive; Weldon Road Wiltshire Drive; John Place; Rachel Avenue ; Dwight Circle  and Lucille Lane

Commack Community Association announces completion of the new  Commack rd. sidewalk near the Hamlet.
According to Jim Deutsch (Smithtown Highway Department), concrete repair and
paving of Pinetree Court and Mare Lane. Concrete work has been done on Wayne and
Wyoming,

 A discussion about  proper cataloging and storage for all the farm house antiques took place.  It was confirmed that a former school board member had removed items from the house and these items are now stored at the Cedar rd. school but  have not been inventoried.

 Meeting with 4th Precinct Inspector attended by Bob Semprini and Debbie Virga
 Dave Lawler to discuss the teenage bicycle packs that are disturbing the community by blocking traffic.     A meeting with  Supervisor  Werheim covered topics included kids bicycle packs. President Bob offered  a warm thanks to  the town for the stunning flower pots on Jericho Tpke .                  
 
At the request of President Bob Semprini NY State DOT  has scheduled a clean-up
 of the cement islands across from the Commack Motor INN and BJ’s . September 2022

 A new section of sidewalk  on Commack rd. that was approved 3 years ago by Suffolk County is being installed along the Hamlet property north side of Commack Road between the Commack library and Daly road. This makes our Commack community much safer because one does not  have to cross to the south side of Commack road. This is a project of CCA President Bob Semprini who followed up with Suffolk County DPW for 3 years to make this improvement happen. We  also thank Suffolk County DPW!!!!


Triangular grass area adjacent to Athenian Greek and Bank of America.
The CCA President has  been trying for a year to find out who is responsible for taking care of the above listed  property. Finally, Public Safety found that it’s a private owner in Florida who will be contacted  about a maintenance program for the land.

A grateful thank you to Neighborhood Watch organizer and  Captain, Jay Donegon of Commack. He  made the necessary calls to the Suffolk County  Water Authority to prioritize clean up  of the water station  frontage  on Walter Court. It was  trimmed ,swept and garbage was removed. 

 The  Heartland Project
Ground has not been  broken according to the Islip planning dept. for the 9000 unit apartment complex off of Commack rd. 

 Four Towns civic association represented residents from 4 Townships; Islip, Babylon, Huntington and Smithtown, because  they all  surround the Pilgrim  state property.  In March, 2017 the Heartland  project was  approved by the Suffolk County planning  board. Then the  Islip Town Board ,which controls  local zoning of the  former Pilgrim Psych center property, finalized their approval. The full proposal is to build 9100 apartments , 26,000 square feet of office space and 560,000 square feet of retail space on the  land .  Currently  construction  has been approved for 3500 apartments to be built  between Crooked Hill rd and Commack rd.

All across New York state,  state managed  hospitals were closed and the land put up for sale under the guidance of Governor Pataki. The  basis  for selling them was to  recover enough  cash to fully pay off the New York state bonds that were used to fund and maintain the buildings.  Initially, the Islip Town  zoning  required  one house per acre for  this land, but this was  modified  on behalf of the  9000 unit development.


 HOWEVER  THE PROJECT NEEDS A SEWER CONNECTION OR A SEWER PROCESSING PLANT.  The Developer requested a reduced fee for the sewerage disposal  from the Public works committee of our Suffolk County legislature.Developer,  Jerry Wolkoff, filed a lawsuit in Riverhead Supreme Court arguing that the Suffolk County  Public Works legislative committee  was not required  to hold public  hearings and the Public works Commissioner  could make his own decision about  Heartland hooking up to the sewer plant at  a lower cost than town residents pay..  The suit says the public works commissioner has the power to negotiate the agreement that “he deems appropriate,” and argues that county agencies should proceed with negotiations for a hookup that “is not subject to the review or approval of the county legislature.”