the South Yaphank Civic Association  was founded by Johan McConnell in 2004 and has, in a relatively short period of time, addressed much of the area's concerns and has established itself as a professional, articulate and factual organization earning the respect and admiration of many in local and county government as well as of other civic and community organizations.

OUR mission  is to provide residents of Yaphank and Brookhaven hamlets with a forum to address issues of concern to our community. 
We advocate for residents’ input in all decisions affecting our community, to ensure the safety of our neighborhood, to enhance area property values as well as to encourage positive and strategic development of the area where appropriate and beneficial.

Our goal is to help to promote and preserve the historic community of Yaphank.
We work to
provide timely communication of important information and facts between community members, other civic organizations or agencies and the elected and appointed decision makers of Brookhaven Township and Suffolk County.

 

SYCA
South Yaphank
Civic Association
P.O. Box 375
Yaphank, NY 11980
syca01@gmail.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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FIVE MORE YEARS OF NOISE HELL!

 

Despite a hope that Suffolk’s lawmakers would apply good judgment, common sense and fairness to an issue that has clearly spun out of control, the contract for Hunter Sports to operate the Suffolk County Trap and Skeet range has been renewed for another five years.  To renew a contract burdened with unresolved legal issues is reckless, irresponsible and a slap in the face to a long suffering community as well as to the taxpayers of Suffolk County, but sadly, we’ve learned to expect this sort of thing from our so-called lawmakers.

In January of 2006 the Suffolk County Trap and Skeet range was reopened (after a five-year closure and amid much controversy), with the award of a contract to Hunter Sports to operate the facility. 
This contract stipulated that Hunter Sports
“…comply with all Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances in the performance of this [their] Agreement…” and of course no such effort was ever made.  In fact, shortly after reopening, when the Town of Brookhaven began citing Hunter Sports for noise violations (as they clearly said they would), Hunter Sports initiated a civil action challenging the very law they knew existed and vowed to abide by in writing.

The legal issues have since dragged on for nearly ten years, having yet to be resolved.

An odd duality has always existed regarding the range in that the Suffolk County government which ought to be looking out for the rights and quality of life of all Suffolk County residents can so stubbornly fight to defend something that marginalizes the very same rights and quality of life of other (apparently lesser in the government's view), Suffolk County residents living near their shooting range. 

Do we not deserve the same consideration as other County residents?  And if so, then why are we being treated as if we are unwanted stepchildren?

The two thousand or so people who regularly endure the noise generated by the range deal with it all the time because we live here in Suffolk, unlike many of the range’s patrons who - after spending several hours denying us the right to quietly enjoy our property – get to go home and quietly enjoy theirs, all with the blessing of the same government that’s supposed to be looking out for all of its constituents no matter where they live.
In fact, during his first campaign for office Steve Bellone stood before our community on May 10, 2011 and told us that:
“Quality of life issues should not happen…people have a right to live in quiet enjoyment of their property.” 

Was he referring to ALL people living in Suffolk or just those who don’t live near its shooting range?

Considering the serious impacts of the range on our community’s quality of life, the ongoing costs of litigation being incurred by Suffolk County taxpayers as well as the costs of any future violations if the court continues to rule in favor of the Town of Brookhaven (as it has consistently done since 2006), the option to renew this contract SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EXERCISED until such time as ALL of the legal issues regarding the present and future operation of the shooting range have been adjudicated and final decisions have been rendered.

But that would have required courage, integrity and a sense of fairness on the part of our so-called leaders and it’s obvious that they do not possess such qualities.

That’s a sad thing for our community but sadder still for Suffolk County itself.

 

FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL DOCUMENTATION
OF THE SHOOTING RANGE CASE PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW

To View The Range's New Lease Agreement (.pdf) CLICK HERE
To View A List Of Court Appearances For This Case CLICK HERE
To View A List Of Legal Motions For This Case CLICK HERE
To View A Document Search For This Case CLICK HERE
To Access E-Courts For This Case (off-site) CLICK HERE
 
 

 

BROOKHAVEN Town Board
General Meeting
Thursday February 4th, 5:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium

 
BROOKHAVEN Town Board
General Meeting
Thursday February 25th, 5:00 pm
Brookhaven Town Hall Auditorium
 
 

Brookhaven officials start planning for town landfill shutdown

Updated June 22, 2015 9:02 PM
By CARL MACGOWAN

Brookhaven officials have begun planning for the eventual shutdown of the town's landfill -- the largest and one of the last municipal dumps on Long Island.

Town officials have said they believe the 192-acre landfill at 350 Horseblock Rd. in Brookhaven hamlet may close as soon as 10 years from now, when it is expected to reach its capacity. Previous estimates suggested the facility would remain open for at least 12 years.  Closing the sprawling landfill, which can be seen from Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville, more than 7 miles away, could cause a steep tax hike, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said. Landfill fees generate more than $52 million in annual revenue, $30 million of...

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Carmans River seeing higher water temps due to Yaphank dams, advocates say

Updated December 28, 2015 11:16 PM
By Emily C. Dooley  

Colonial-era dams in Yaphank are causing higher water temperatures in parts of the Carmans River and should be removed or opened, environmental advocates say.

The groups Defend H2O and Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition say the dams create thermal pollution by artificially spreading out the water and slowing it down, allowing it to collect heat. Restoring the flow would reduce temperatures, halt the spread of invasive species and return natural fish passage routes to the river, reducing the need for costly dredging and other treatments, they say.   “It’s essentially being a giant solar collector,” said Doug Swesty, a member of Sea-Run, a nonprofit regional group founded to...

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PHONE NUMBERS FOR
TOWN AND COUNTY
AGENCIES AND SERVICES

 
 

Brookhaven Code Enforcement
451-6161

ODOR COMPLAINT HOTLINE
631-444-0380



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