Official Site of the West Sayville Civic Association

                                                           "  Preserve and Prosper"   

           
                                               

      The West Sayville Civic Association  (W.S.C.A.),  a grass roots, not for profit organization, was founded in 2002 as a vehicle to prevent  the razing of a local waterfront landmark. The 19th century Bluepoints Oyster plant was in contract to be sold to a residential developer who had plans to construct a large scale condominium complex. After mounting a large scale opposition to the project, the W.S.C.A. was successful in preventing the destruction of Bluepoints and since that time  have worked closely with  Suffolk County in preserving in excess of fifteen acres of environmentally sensitive land in West Sayville.  The W.S.C.A. has worked closely with the Town of Islip in planning for the implementation of a local waterfront management plan to tackle the problem of non-point source pollution in the Great South Bay. 
     The W.S.C.A. maintains a close relationship with Sayville High School having funded student research to monitor the health of the Great South Bay and this year securing a grant to help create a self perpetuating native plantings  greenhouse to be managed by students.  As well, the W.S.C.A. awards  a $500.00 scholarship to a high school senior who best reflects the ideals of  the organization. 
      General meetings are usually held on  the first Thursday of the month, except September when  it's on the second Thursday.  No meetings are held in July and August.  Please check this site for any upates on the date , time and location of the meetings.
        To keep our members updated on the latest news, the W.S.C.A. publishes the West Sayville Signal, a four page quarterly newsletter which is mailed to all residents of West Sayville. The most current issue of the Signal can be downloaded as an attachment from the third page of this site.


     W.S.C.A. annual membership dues are $25.00 per household and membership is open to residents of West Sayville and Sayville. For information about joining, call  589-4033 or email us at westsca@gmail.com. Applications forms can also be found on the last page of the West Sayville Signal. All checks should be made out to the W.S.C.A. and mailed to:
   
                             West Sayville Civic Association
                             P.O. Box 118
                             West Sayville,NY 11796 
 


2009 Officers: President: Brendan McCurdy
                      Vice President: Fred Seitz
                      Treasurer: Harry Berg
                      Recording Secretary: Tom Casey
                      Corresponding Secretary and Signal Editor: Maura
                      McCurdy


A newly formed Sayville civic group, SCOOP, is currently fighting zoning changes to prevent  the construction of a large scale, 100,000 square foot assisted living facility on Lakeland Avenue.  We have invited the group to attend our next general meeting.

Location, Location, Location - Sayville Residents Oppose the Proposed Location of an Assisted Living Facility
sayville.com - news - 2/22/2010
Ginnie Moore
 

On the evening of Thursday, February 18, 2010, scores of Sayville residents and business owners spoke up and prevailed at a public hearing before the Town of Islip Planning Board at Town Hall on the proposed construction of an Assisted Living facility on Lakeland Avenue. Let me be clear at the outset, the residents and business owners are NOT against an Assisted Living facility in Sayville. The residents and business owners, in attendance, however, are against the construction of the facility in the proposed location – the east side of Lakeland Avenue, 300 feet north of Manton Street.

After the presentation by the Engel Burman Group and their architect, many Sayville residents, the Chief of Sayville’s Community Ambulance Company and other environmentally informed men and women delivered impassioned, poignant and location-specific speeches against the construction of this type of building at Lakeland and Johnson Avenues. The Planning Board unanimously voted, 7-0, a ‘motion to reserve’, in order to gather more information regarding this matter. 

The applicant, The Engel Burman Group (www.engelburman.com), was not granted a request to change the zone of the property from Business 1, Residence B, and General Service C District to all General Service C District, along with a modification of deed covenants and restrictions. The people of Sayville won Round 1.

The Engel Burman Group wants to build another Bristal Assisted Living facility (approx. 140 beds) near the intersection of Lakeland Avenue and Johnson Avenue. Currently, woodlands, a private home, Eastern Coach Restoration, Ossie’s Auto Repair, and an out of use Adult Home exist on the property in question. The Engel Burman Group will need to petition for and receive numerous residential rezoning changes, changes that will adversely effect the already abysmal traffic situation on Lakeland Avenue. Add to that the negative impact these zoning changes will have on the hundreds of homeowners whose property abut and surround the site. 

The proposed zoning changes are significant insofar as the property would be rezoned to all General Service C District, a change that flies in the face of the predominantly residential character and charm of Sayville; the reason many families have chosen to live here generation after generation. 

Again, I want to stress that the voices heard at the recent Planning Board meeting opposed the location not the project. In doing background for this article, I spent time on the Engel Burman Group website and read this excerpt on their About Us page: 

“…The advantage you’ll experience in working with The Engel Burman Group is our ability to carry projects to completion. We get them zoned. We get them approved. We get them entitled, planned, and constructed. In truth, there isn’t a property challenge yet that we haven’t overcome…”

The Engel Burman Group asserts it can ‘overcome’ every ‘property challenge’. Sayville Citizens Oppose Overdevelopment Plan (SCOOP, www.sayvillecoop.com), has their work cut out for them as they begin to challenge and best this opponent. A clear and concentrated plan of action is called for, anything less seems pointless.


Proposed Bristol Site Views
 

Proposed Bristol Site Views
  

Proposed Bristol Site Views

Proposed Bristol Site Views


The author, Ginnie Moore, lives in Sayville and loves it almost as much as she loves her luggage. Ginnie can be contacted at: ginniemoore@verizon.net, and she would love to hear from you, really.
 










Congratulations to the Bayport Civic Association for their victory in preventing the construction of a cellular tower at Camp Edy. Unfortunately any arguments they used in their opposition will not apply to us since the West Sayville Fire Department a "firematic" district.  Why commercial telecommunications companies are allowed  allowed to co-locate on municipal property continues to allude us. How those funds are utilized may be worth investigating


West Sayville Fire Department

WSCA has just learned that  the West Sayville Fire Department has been granted permission by the Islip Department of Zoning to erect a 120 foot cellular communications tower behind the old firehouse.  Because the fire district claims that they need the tower for safety purposes, they were able to bypass any restrictions they might have encountered from the town. Unfortunately, the federal telecommunications  act of 1998  protects the wireless communication  conglomerates and will not allow the adverse health effects of cell tower radiation to be used as a reason for denying an application.  Regardless, research done outside the United States in the last ten years has conclusively found that exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is harmful.

To name a few dangers:

Adult and childhood leukemia  

Brain cancer

Infertility/low sperm count

Altered immune function

Neurological and developmental impairment.


Check out the following websites and find out see  for yourself!

 http://www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/care/Frankel,MD.ppt

www.iaff.org/hs/facts/CellTowerFinal.as 

                     http://arts.envirolink.org/arts_and_activism/BlakeLevitt.html


                                                                 Cell Tower in our future


Congratulations to the Bayport Civic Association for their victory in preventing the construction of a cellular tower at Camp Edy. Unfortunately any arguments they used in their opposition will not apply to us since the West Sayville Fire Department a "firematic" district.  Why commercial telecommunications companies are allowed  allowed to co-locate on municipal property continues to allude us. How those funds are utilized may be worth investigating.


                   



































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