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What Do You Want To Know About the Proposed Mount Sinai Mosque?

Additional hearing for proposed mosque set for Feb. 11.

In one week, the Brookhaven Town Planning Board will revisit a proposal to convert an existing barn to a place of worship at 515 Mt. Sinai-Coram Road and will have the proposal up for discussion and questioning at the Planning Board Meeting Feb. 11.

The meeting comes over a month after the community came out to ask questions and voice both concerns and support for the proposed mosque. While traffic and parking issues were the chief concerns of those in attendance, some raised other questions such as what would be practiced and taught in the mosque, which would include classrooms as well, and if the property would become tax exempt, among others.

After the discussion, the planning board tabled a decision and set up another hearing on the project for this upcoming meeting so community members could come and get any other questions they may have answered. The proposal is set No.10 on the agenda under site plans. The meeting is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Patch wants to know, what are the questions, if any, you have regarding the proposed mosque? Ask them in the comments section below.

Anna February 06, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Sorry Captain Howard Hawrey, but can you refresh my memory, what does the building of a religious institution have to do with 9/11? If you have homeland security issues, sorry to hear that, but we all do. I have issues sending my children to school because I don't know if some crazy person will barge in shooting at every man, woman and child in sight. If a mosque doesn't belong in Mt. Sinai or "anywhere else" than neither does a temple or a church. Would you be fine with that, or are you just opposed to mosques?
Anna February 06, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Please refrain from ignorant comments, if you choose to continue to do so then at least be brave enough to display your full name...... K :)
Anna February 06, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Timothy McVeigh, Adam Lanza, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, James Holmes - shall I go on? Not in my backyard - Christians do it on purpose...is that about right? STOP YOUR IGNORANCE
Tom February 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
As I said we have some nuts also but our religion doesn't teach us to kill christians. You know I'm right so be honest with yourself Dad.
Tom February 06, 2013 at 07:42 PM
That's another issue. Try this one on. A doctor treating you injecting you with a mild germ that will make you sick and not let you have children to wipe out the white race as they teach. In years to come your wiped out. Can it happen, you bet. I guess people would feel the same as me if they lost someone close to them on 9/11
Anna February 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Why are you turning the building of this mosque into an issue about 9/11? Most everyone has lost a loved on on that horrible day. Please gain some perspective and allow yourself and those deceased from the tragic events of that day to rest in peace. Instead of spreading hatred, if you want peace, then preach it. Forget about calling Muslims terrorists and proponents of violence and hate, look at what your doing. Today your speaking words of hate and spreading your anger, what will you do about it tomorrow? Acts of violence? Where does it end and who is going to end it? If your so peaceful and calm, then show it. Why the anger?
Tom February 06, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hey Anna, put it in your back yard. What's your address?
Donna Roberts February 06, 2013 at 08:06 PM
@Tom: Huh?? Please cite an authentic source for your ridiculous drivel. Actually, what Islam teaches is this: The Prophet Muhammad said: {O people! Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one. An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i.e. white tinged with red) person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a red person,3 except in piety.} It's interesting how thousands and thousands of "white people" convert to Islam every year and somehow they manage to survive their murderous co-religionists who are hell-bent on eliminating them.
Anna February 06, 2013 at 08:27 PM
@Tom.... love your humor and more importantly I'm glad you have some. Btw- it is in my backyard :)
JF February 06, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I could care less what institution it is, even if was Starbucks. If the proper rules and regulations are laid out and no assumptions are made, then that is fine. However, don't think they will have impunity against the law, and they must follow neighbors' wishes as to parking, loudness, and times, etc...
Tom February 06, 2013 at 09:58 PM
It is in my back yard and it's not the place for it.
JF February 06, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Your backyard? You mean on another land plot opposite yours. Which would also mean that your streets do not directly connect. What is your reasoning why you don't want it? I'm not for it either, but I have real reasoning and logic behind my stance, not racist fundamentals.
ARCH STANTON February 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I AGREE.
Danh Tran Cong February 07, 2013 at 08:37 AM
I don't seem to understand, was that, there was no issue when they wanted to build on the old Davis Peach Farm. Was there no issue of traffic congestion and issue with the school population and tax increase to the town of Brookhaven.. You people in objection to a Mosque in your community, yes, you people, do not want a mosque because it's not a relegion of your faith, period. I do not hear objection to a little league ball field and the parking and traffic congestion it causes. The only objection to Mosque in your community is it will be a gathering place for people of another faith in your face..
Donna Roberts February 07, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Thank you, Danh. You have summed things up nicely. People who don't like Others find it not PC any more to say so in public so they have to bring up canards like traffic and parking to mask their prejudice. What would they say to Muslims who might object to THEIR projects? Methinks it would not be pretty.
Candace Gonzalez-Donin February 07, 2013 at 07:14 PM
This is for all of you who seem to think EVERYONE against this proposed development of this property is RACIST! Is racism alive and well in America? YES Do many people fear the motives of Muslims? YES HOWEVER.....You are out of line to say that people who live near this property are against its' development for these reasons. IN FACT there were MAJOR concerns when the Villages, and the Hamlet went up....there were even lawsuits against the town for allowing the Hamlet to develop (from the Mt. Sinai Civic Assoc.)....There are CURRENTLY MANY inquiries (going back 2 years) to the town of Brookhaven regarding the traffic on that road from residents who have been wanting a traffic study done due to the excessive speed, accidents, dangerous curves, no passing shoulders and no stop signs to slow down the traffic. This road has not changed in FORTY years....and the amount of cars on it obviously has INCREASED...wouldn't you say? So before YOU start ASSUMING what peoples motives are, I suggest you just take a deep breath and SHUT UP! As far as Mr. Shea is concerned....there are MANY things that he has NOT disclosed.....and I highly DOUBT that reading bigoted comments on this thread is going to make any difference to anyone because there are REAL ISSUES at hand!
Mels Ditties February 07, 2013 at 08:16 PM
IN FACT there were MAJOR concerns when the Villages, and the Hamlet went up....there were even lawsuits against the town for allowing the Hamlet to develop (from the Mt. Sinai Civic Assoc.).. Absolutely!...The original plans for the peach farm were for FAR GREATER density that exists there today...Years of fighting with the town and the builders..Lawsuits...thousands of hours of volunteer work...fundraisers...Those developments did not just move in and build overnight!.. Oh and if you enjoy/utilize the beautiful park that now sits on the wedge, know that without the efforts of many many many that would have been a Home Depot!!!
Paul Kersey February 07, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Dave, the muslims are objecting to and protesting against the 21st-century, non-muslim population every day of the week.
lara buscatelli February 08, 2013 at 01:18 AM
That's what we have on Terryville Rd.
patrick mahon February 08, 2013 at 08:24 PM
except that catholic churches don't teach impressionable youth that it is ok to kill those of other religions or those that disagree with you!
patrick mahon February 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it! Islam does not tolerate disagreement with its teachings; case in point: there are no democratic muslim states in the world. Further in a non security related issue, mosque's have no intention of following oning laws, local ordinance etc; REJECT IT!!!
Anna February 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Terrorists are just that, terrorists. People who want to inflict terror, harm, hate and evil onto others. They use their "religion" as a blanket, manipulating it to what they feel fit. Terrorists may say they are Muslims, but they are from it. Islam teaches peace, terrorists teach terror. Christian terrorists teach terror, Jewish terrorists teach terror, Irish terrorists teach terror, American terrorists teach terror. these terrorists(Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu) have no religion- they use it to justify their means. They have no logic, their minds are skewed, warped, they are pure evil. These people can't have any religion- they have no God, no faith and no soul. Islam does not equal terrorism just as any other religion does not.
Donna Roberts February 09, 2013 at 01:29 AM
B.S. If they had to intention of following local laws, why would they go through the process doing exactly that? And if they don't follow laws, it's not like they can get away from it. The municipality has the authority over them just like any other building/entity/organization. REJECT YOUR INSANE PREJUDICE!!!
Donna Roberts February 09, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Neither does Islam, Patrick. The burden of proof that ISLAM teaches that is on you. Misguided individuals might, but not Islam.
Jeff February 09, 2013 at 04:26 AM
I live around the corner on Plymouth Ave and dread the traffic nightmares that this would create. There are plenty of business space on 25A
Mt Sinai Mama February 13, 2013 at 04:32 AM
If the residents would like to have a traffic study completed they are welcome to pay for it. Traffic studies were completed when The Hamlet and Pulte were built. Paid for by each organization. Much of what the planning board will decide will refer back to these studies. These are hugely involved and expensive studies they are not done because a few residents think they want one.
Candace Gonzalez-Donin February 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Mt. Sinai Mama, you'll be interested to know that the town IS performing a traffic study......mmmhmmmmm... ;)
Mt Sinai Mama February 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Hmmm thats funny because I have been at every meeting and been in touch with Councilwoman Bonner's office and as of late last week there was no traffic study being done. A traffic review, yes. Which would entail review of the prior traffic studies as well as new development, condition of road etc. I will believe it when I see it, and if so what a waste of tax monies. It seems that many people believe that a letter from our assemblyman to the planning board will make big differences. The board is an independent board and a letter from an actively campaigning politician will do little to sway their decision. Especially when a relative of his is representing The Hamlet. If it is decided against or prohibitive terms are placed upon the applicant I assure you there will be a suit. A suit that will be won by the applicant and waste the taxpayers a huge sum of money.
Sidney February 28, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I live in Sound Beach, next to St.Louis D This is a residential area, but I live next to a church with a school and a huge house and offices, I am not christian, as most people who live in this area, over 80% of the people worshiping or attending functions here are from MOUNT SINAI or MILLER PLACE! So why do we have to put up with the racket from 7 am???? I have had to call the cops just to get out of my own drive way, the cars are backed up, and the HERE comes the bride blaring 3 or 4 times a week from some LIMO, is torture! The traffic here is HORRIBLE, and terrible for people who don't follow this church! Surveys have been done stating the church and grounds are to BIG, but what do they do BUILD some more! I and a large number of people who live here DO NOT WANT THIS CHURCH HERE! If you can stop the Mosque for traffic safety, we in Sound Beach can do the same with St. Louis. A church should be where its followers live. NOT IN A RESIDENTIAL QUIET Neighborhood. St. Louis should be on 25A with the rest of the BUSINESSes! In fact I hope Mount Sinai leads the way that all houses of Worship should be on Main Roads and only in business areas, this way no one has to worry about TRAFFIC or NOISE! Next we get rid of SAINT LOUIS D!!!!!
Tom February 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I used to live in Miller Place Park and now in Mt. Sinai. I agree with you Sidmey 100%. Use the old Drive Inn/Golf Range property in Rocky Point. It enters and exits on 25A. I don't like the Mt. Sinai spot because it's too secluded and on a road that joins several communities. Remember when there was a church where Maxium Music is now across from the Diner in Mt. Sinai. There was no problem there, Why? Because it was in a non residential area.

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