Brookhaven Town Awarded $988,401 in NY State Grants for Environmental Projects 159

Brookhaven Town Awarded $988,401 in NY State Grants for Environmental Projects

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine announced today that the Town of Brookhaven will receive $988,401 in New York State Regional Economic Development Council Awards for three projects to improve the environment.  The grants were announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

  • Brookhaven will receive $375,000 to remove abandoned homes and antiquated infrastructure from tidal wetlands in Mastic Beach to re-establish wetland systems and natural floodplains in the area, which is vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal storms.
  • Brookhaven Town will receive $313,401 to construct a permeable reactive barrier at the Davis Park Marina on Fire Island to remove nitrogen from the groundwater before it enters surface waters. The project will reduce nitrogen entering Long Island coastal waters, which can lead to eutrophication, hypoxia, marine harmful algal blooms and marine life mortality.
  • Brookhaven Town also received a $300,000 grant to purchase a vacuum truck to be used as part of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. Use of the truck will improve water quality by removing sediment and other pollutants that would otherwise enter waterbodies via the storm sewer system.

Supervisor Romaine said, “Our bays, beaches and waterways are environmentally fragile and important to our local economy. We must do everything we can to protect and preserve them for future generations. Thanks to the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, these grant awards will help us move forward on three projects that will improve water quality.”

Councilman Dan Panico said, “I have been working closely with our Law Department to clean up abandoned houses throughout Mastic Beach and this grant will go a long way to continue that effort. This is a win-win for the residents and the environment.”

Councilman Neil Foley said, “Davis Park is one of Brookhaven Town’s busiest summer destinations and we must do whatever we can to protect it. This grant will help maintain the environmental integrity of the barrier island and assure that it will be enjoyed by future generations for many years to come.”

Brookhaven Highway Department Superintendent Daniel Losquadro said, “This grant will enable us to purchase a second vacuum truck to better equip crews with the cleaning and maintenance of the massive volume of storm drains across Brookhaven Town.”

Press Release provided by Town of Brookhaven
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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles


Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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