Asking county executive for
help on Trap and Skeet
THE LONG ISLAND ADVANCE - JAN. 17,
The residents of Yaphank have been
fortunate to end the year 2012 with legal affirmation of
our gripe with Suffolk County over the noise factory
that it allows to operate (aka the Suffolk Trap and
Skeet Range in Southaven Park). On Dec. 3, the Sixth
District Court officially declared that the range is
guilty of violating the Brookhaven Noise Law. This is
the exact law that has been ignored by the prior
county executive (ignoring a law does not make it go
away). Our new County Executive Steve Bellone has
admitted during his election campaign that the range is
disruptive and that the hamlets surrounding the range
have a right to enjoy the same quality of life
as residents in other towns that do not have a shooting
range in their backyard.
Since the Nov. 9, 2011
election victory of Steve Bellone, our community has
been corresponding with and meeting with the Office
of the County Executive.
Extensive factual history has been presented and
alternate land use proposals have been suggested.
Important documentation relating to a very limited
post-closure liability to prepare the land vs. the
touted millions of dollars to clean up the site argument
has been actualized. The largest closing cost,
application of a topsoil layer of the active site, has
been offered by a local business as a no-cost donation
to the county. Bearing this in mind, I have to ask why
it is taking so long to have the county executive take
an official position on this issue, which negatively
affects the daily lives of hundreds of homes and
thousands of residents and park-goers.
The facts are all there; the tools
to right the prior wrongdoings are in front of you.
The time has come to proceed with the closing of the
Suffolk Trap and Skeet Range in Yaphank.