forms committee to implement Carmans
Newsday, November 14,
By DEON J. HAMPTON
The Brookhaven Town board has
formally formed a Carmans River
Conservation and Management Plan
performance committee to oversee the
protection strategy for the 10-mile
While the measure passed 6-0 on
Tuesday, Democratic Councilman Steve
Fiore-Rosenfeld abstained from
voting, arguing for more civic
leaders on the committee.
"I think we might want to add some
voices," Fiore-Rosenfeld told the
board shortly before the vote.
But town Supervisor Edward P.
Romaine, Republican, argued the
committee, consisting of nearly 20
people and agencies, had enough
representation from local leaders.
The committee is to include
representatives from the New York
State Department of Environmental
Conservation, the Central Pine
Barrens Commission, federal agencies
and civic groups interested in
protecting the river.
"We want to keep the committee a
reasonable size," Romaine responded.
"The problem is with any committee,
it can lose its focus."
Romaine added that civic groups or
citizens are welcome to committee
meetings, but Rosenfeld shot back
that "to exclude potential voices
[from the committee] it may not have
as strong an impact."
The committee will be charged with
helping the town implement the
landmark environmental plan, which
coalesced after years of often
volatile debate. It would meet at
least quarterly and issue progress
reports to the board.
The Carmans plan, adopted last
month, called for the formation of a
performance committee to assess the
effectiveness of the plan.
The town board developed the plan to
conserve the Carmans River
watershed. It would do so by buying
land along the waterway and imposing
tougher zoning along the estuary.
The board enacted the sweeping,
200-page blueprint by a 6-0 vote.