Suffolk’s New Styrofoam & Plastic Ban 462

This Tuesday, April 9th,  Suffolk County lawmakers passed three bills at the Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead. These bills ban the use of single-use plastic straws, cups, containers, beverage stirrers and other plastic and Styrofoam items used by food service establishments.

Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) sponsored the bills, she chairs the legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee as well as its Single-Use Plastic Reduction Task Force. “This is sweeping legislation to begin weeding out single-use plastics,” said Hahn.

When proposing the bills Hahn cited data from the World Ocean Conservancy stating that eight (8) million metric tons of plastics enter the oceans every year which adds to the One hundred and fifty (150) million metric tons that already circulate through our oceans.  Hahn said the impacts have been “devastating to marine life and ocean ecosystems.” She continued to state that “Ingested plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtles species. The impacts of plastic and, in particular, polystyrene are also a tangible threat to human health.”

Under the first bill, straws and stirrers would need to be biodegradable and will be made available by-request-only in sit-down restaurants and self-service beverage stations. This bill makes accommodations for the disabled whose medical conditions make it necessary for them to use of plastic straws, for these individual’s plastic straws would be available on request.

A separate bill bans restaurants from using Styrofoam takeout containers and packaging “peanuts”. The polystyrene ban exempts items used to store uncooked eggs, raw meat, pork, fish, seafood and poultry.

The third bill will ban the sale of single-use plastics at county parks and beaches, including plastic utensils, plates and cups. prohibiting the county’s park and beach concessionaires from using single-use cups, plates, utensils or beverage straws made from non-biodegradable substances. These measures will  go into effect when current park vendor contracts are up and new contracts are negotiated.

The three bills passed the Legislature without an opposing vote.  The changes affecting food establishments and retailers will begin January 1, 2020 to allow businesses time to adjust ordering and use existing inventory.






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Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 93

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:


Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 631-451-6950.


Town Partners with Long Island Housing Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing 145

 On August 27th, Brookhaven Town, working in conjunction with the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), conducted a lottery at Brookhaven Town Hall to select 20 applicants who will be provided with an opportunity to purchase new, affordable condominiums at Country Pointe Meadows in Yaphank. These homes are offered for sale to eligible households that earn 80 percent or less of the area median income and will feature two bedrooms and one bath.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said, “I want to thank the Long Island Housing Partnership and Beechwood Yaphank LLC for working with the us to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Brookhaven Town code ensures all housing developments must have at least 10 percent of its units dedicated to providing workforce or affordable housing, and this makes it easier for hard working families to remain on Long Island.”

Pictured left to right are LIHP President and CEO Peter Elkowitz; LIHP Senior Vice President James Britz; Supervisor Edward P. Romaine; Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Housing and Human Services Alison Karppi and LIHP Executive Assistant Linda Mathews.



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