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Weigh in on Massapequa and the Environment

The Town of Oyster Bay has announced a new green initiative. How environmentally friendly is Massapequa.

We learned this week that the Town of Oyster Bay has unveiled a new initiative designed to be more environmenally friendly.

The town has a new compressed natrual gas fueling station at the Department of Public works in Syosset. Officials say it will cut the town's petroleum usage by about 264,000 a year and reduce greenhouse gases by 27 percent.

It got us thinking about the environment in Massapequa. With a location on the coast and two preserves in the area, we'd like to know if you consider Massapequa strong on environmental issues.

Take our poll below and weigh in with your comments.

Massapequa Mom July 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The only green aspect of our community is the preserve. Mosquito spraying, no farmers markets, no environmental centers or programming, and a general lack concern on the part schools, politicians, and citizens make this area devoid of anything positive on the environmental front.
Concerned Long Islander July 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I agree. Our schools can be and should me doing more concerning the environment. Not only should we be teaching our kids how to be environmental preserving, but we should implement conservation procedures all around. I realize this would be extremely difficult, inl light of the fact that I witness wreckless behavior on the part of the parents. I live near a school and I witness school buses that are half full, while dozens upon dozens of cars drop off and pick up students...without even carpooling! Worse is when they pick up the kids, they get to the school at least a half hour early (to get a good spot) and then leave their cars running all the time--in the winter for heat and in the spring and fall with the windows up and the air conditioner going (heaven forbid they should think of rolling down the windows and catching a wonderful breeze!). I've given up on this 30-40 year old generation--most are the most selfish, self-consumed, greedy generation I've ever witnessed! Our taxes go for buses the parents refuse to let "little Johnny" ride in. As a community, we should be encouraging environmental consciousness.
the baby July 30, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I have to agree with all of the comments, especially "Concerned". Having grown up here and returned recently after 30 years in Manhattan, I am shocked at how much traffic there is on many of the roads including the once quiet side streets. Most of the residents here own not 1, not 2, but 3 or more SUV's. Really? Does the terrain on Merrick Road warrant such a monster. Don't tell me that it's safer for the kids. Please.
Joe July 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Are you kidding me. With the underground TOXIC PLUM looming in our future we will be NYS next LOVE CANAL. Our very existence is being threatened by local poisoned well water. But don't worry, TOBAY made another park on top of the old toxic site in Farmingdale just as they did in Bethpage. Be calm, all is well it looks nice and green. And since being environmentally friendly begins at home where we teach our children. Try with the proper permits making your home more efficient and environmentally friendly and watch the county, town, & school sharks circle your home with blood in their eyes. They can't wait for you to make improvements. More improvements equal more taxes. Their motto; Go after the homeowner who announces his intended improvements, and tries to do the right thing by lessening the carbon imprint / environmental impact of his home energy usage. After all its an improvement and increases the value of the property! And finally; Have no fear in TOBAY there is a plan. Make all of the lower township into one big parkland since their will not be enough clean public water for us to drink here in the Massapequas.
Jon, Massapequa July 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
This is suburbia, where most residents dump chemicals into the soil to have a perfect lawn, waste energy with leaf-blowers instead of raking, and use gas or electric mowers for the relatively small lawns around their houses (or they pay immigrant workers to do all this for them). Massapequa (and most of Long Island) is about as environmentally friendly as the Grumman plant which created the trichloroethylene plume ....
Joe August 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Please don't lump anyone in the Massapequa's with Grumman or the politicians who represented us since 1995 when the plume was first reported on. "Newsday Reports" Contamination was discovered in water supplies in 1995. The carcinogens trichloroethylene -- known as TCE -- and polychlorinated biphenyls -- known as PCBs -- have been found in the soil and groundwater. Chromium, cadmium and volatile organic compounds also have been identified. The $61.5 million state plan calls for the installation of at least one well to extract and treat groundwater, and the excavation of 45,000 cubic yards of shallow soil and 25,000 cubic yards of deeper soil at the site and nearby residential yards. The plume's "migration impacts our water supply and threatens further contamination of Long Island's sole source aquifer, drinking water supplies and the Great South Bay," Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) wrote to the DEC earlier this month, saying the toxins threaten 33 public drinking supply wells in Massapequa, Bethpage and South Farmingdale, as well as those owned by Long Island American Water, a private supplier.
Jon, Massapequa August 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Joe, I am 'lumping' together those who practice those bad suburban habits I previously listed. So, if you don't do any of those you're excluded ... However, if a lawn crew of underpaid central-Americans visits your home with leaf blowers, consider yourself lumped!
Joe August 14, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Dear Jon, It's very obvious you have issues with lawn care & under payed lawn crews. Is it the power equipment & chemicals or the underpaid immigrants that you are most concerned with? It's about public health concerns! If you think that your neighbors have caused/added to the toxic plume contact the DEC, report your suspicions & organize protests at gas stations and cell towers. I personally have bison grazing on our lawn now that I have a market for the animals & fertilizer created as LI has diversified. The paramount issue looming in our area is the toxic plume lurking beneath our soil threatening our precious aquifers & our health. Unless your on a solar powered computer network you are lumped in with the rest of us. The fine residents of TOBAY had nothing to do with the catastrophe caused by the Grumman Corp. Since you like to cast blame; Where were the rep's in gv'mt who were elected to be our watchdogs since 1995? We can push mowers, compost clippings and leaves. But why have lawns at all? Lets go back to being the Hempstead Plains. Lets pass laws prohibiting power equipment & cars. Bring back horses, plows & victory gardens! Lets go back to having a town crier, no computers or cell phones. If your underpaid, QUIT! Unless you want to be lumped in with the rest of us who raise families,coach youths, care for our houses, work & keep community hospitals open & caring for underemployed, quote Bob Matherson of OBI (rip): "GET OUT OF NY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE". TTYS
Jon, Massapequa August 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Hi Joe, I think you and I have more in common than these posts reveal ... I'm not really into 'casting blame', and while I agree with you that the most pressing issue is the plume, I think that more of us suburbanites need to look at how we can reduce our negative environmental impact. I had no idea anyone had bison in Massapequa!
Joe August 15, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Jon, April 1st every spring, opening day trout season, I stood with hundreds of other young boys & men along the sides of the Massapequa Reservoir and fished. If you were lucky enough to catch a trout you were the man! The catch was brought home and prepared by mom. Same goes for the flounders caught off the Massapequa Dock and Alhambra Beach. Its all polluted now. I feel your pain! Yes you are right when you say most homes in our town can reduce their environmental impact by making changes & less chemicals. A number of years ago I had LILCO do an energy audit. They concluded I would save over $450.00 in electric if I installed central a/c. Result $750.00 assessment increase & $600 taxes for a/c unit alone as result. 3 yrs ago we brought our home into the 21 Century with many green energy improvements. No footprint change. Result 25% increase in assessment. In a phone conversation, NC Dept of Assessment told me that I made my home more valuable. If you install an alarm system you pay monthly permit fees. Alarm w/cameras are like having onsite security that will tip the police and F.D if something is wrong. Your protecting yourself & helping the over burdened PD & FD. So why do we pay a fee/tax? I am aware of tax abatement's & state incentives. A real incentive would be lower taxes. When the toxic plume finally does cause our drinking water to be contaminated, TOBAY's answer will be make all the Massapequas one giant park & fight over the name! N.C. & TOBAY are BROKEN!

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