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.
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
paving of Pinetree Court and Mare Lane. Concrete work has
been done on Wayne and
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
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.”