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Brookhaven Officials Utilizing County Resources to Expedite Sandy Recovery

Town officials pleased with communication and help from County.

Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town Officials met in Rocky Point Thursday to speak about improved communication between the towns and County and how country resources are now being utilized to expedite cleanup and get power back after Sandy.

The County has been devoting resources, Department of Public Works equipment and workers, parks employees and more to the towns. Officials were pleased with increased communication with each other and focused on improving communication with LIPA as well.

"It is now is a big consolidated group effort to do the cleanup and get the roadways clear so the electrical crews can come and get power back up," said Councilwoman Jane Bonner.

While Bonner was pleased with the county, she, along with acting Supervisor Kathy Walsh, believe more is needed from LIPA.

"Between all the different levels of government we’ve all been working very well, there seems to be a lack of coordination with LIPA," Bonner said. "The County Executive is going to be working towards that end to get us dedicated resources and better coordination of their efforts combined with ours."

Walsh agreed, and while she too was pleased with how the groups are working together, she hopes to see improvement soon.

"I hate to say it’s going well, it’s not going as fast as we would like it to go, but we’re working together and trying to get to as many homes as possible to get electricity," she said.

County Executive Steve Bellone and the rest of the officials spoke with Martin Amoscato, a Rocky Point resident who had power up until yesterday. Workers were cutting down a tree that had fallen onto wires across from his house, and he was assured that once the tree was taken care of LIPA would be able to restore power to that area.

"I think everybody is working very hard," said Legis. Sarah Anker. "I’ve been working with the community to try to corral special needs. I myself just got power last night. Things like this bring communities together and people shouldn’t be afraid to ask someone to help."

Susan fox November 01, 2012 at 11:51 PM
When will east Setauket get power ?
Susan fox November 01, 2012 at 11:52 PM
When will east Setauket get power
Darlene Attard November 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
When will South Setauket get power?
prof mom November 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I haven't seen a single truck in east Setauket!".
Kdkskxxkk November 02, 2012 at 01:04 PM
No excuse for gas stations running out let those barges through thanks obama
mary ann November 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Are the elections still going to take place?! Think of all the people all over NY who cannot GET to the polling stations to vote! They should try to postpone it. Signed: "outa gas".
Educator November 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Engelbright and other local politicians need to start speaking up for the Setauket area. During Irene we were without power for 6 days. Now with Sandy I can only imagine how long we will be without power. Once power is restored to the area, the residents and local politicians need to look into this issue in depth. We need to seek a long term solution to the frequent and lengthy power outages with every weather event.
mmcc November 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
What is the status of the North Shore Beach? Can we get a report on that?
Christine Sampson (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 05:23 PM
According to Port Jefferson Patch, PJ's residential beaches are OK, and Cedar Beach peninsula was completely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and days later the water has receded but the effects were still evident. At West Meadow Beach, there appears to be some erosion but mostly it's OK, according to our town councilman, who surveyed the area a few days ago. Not sure about residential beaches in Poquott, Old Field and Strong's Neck - can anyone out there share a report about those beaches?
Christine Sampson (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Cedar Beach, however, is "closed until further notice," according to a sign posted at the entrance.
mmcc November 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Thanks for the update about other towns. While someone was taking photos of "politicians in fleece" did they have a chance to checkout Hallock Landing Broadway?

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