Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and most of northeast New Jersey. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...18 below to 23 below due to temperatures as low as 1 below...and winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. Maloit , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 356 PM EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,07:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Bellone, Spencer Unveil Streamlined Health Permit Review Process

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Streamlining will reduce permit approval times and expedite the approval process.

Hauppauge, NY - June 9, 2014 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator Doc Spencer and members of the Department of Health, the Department of Economic Development and Planning, and the Office of Performance Management announces a new streamlined health permit review process to reduce permit approval times and expedite the approval process. Suffolk County collaborated with building industry leaders to conduct a coordinated review process to determine what specific areas of the permit process needed the most improvement.
 
“Our goal is to ensure safe, responsible and quality building practices while at the same time make certain the permit approval process is as efficient and timely as possible,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “These new modifications and enhancements will encourage and strengthen positive economic development by putting in place a more efficient and manageable permit process.”  
 
The session, which took place on Thursday, June 5th in William T. Rogers auditorium was kicked off by Legislator Spencer. “Numerous times I’ve been approached by individuals who are navigating the health permit process and are left frustrated over to the length of times it takes for an approval,” said Legislator Spencer. “To help address this issue we’ve worked to form a public/private partnership with Long Island Builders Institute and The Association for a Better Long Island. I’m confident this new and improved process will boost our local economy while protecting our environment.”
 
The training seminar drew over 150 participants. Attendants, eager to learn the new system, spanned a wide spectrum of professionals including: businesses, engineers, environmentalists, land-use professionals and local village and town leaders.
 
“The ability to properly expedite these applications is the most important oversight aspect of Suffolk County Government,” stated Mitch Pally, CEO of Long Island Builders Institute. “It will benefit our economy and environment if applicants can get it done right the first time. We are very pleased to participate with the County in moving to reform the health permit process.”
 
The revamped process, as presented by Thomas Melito, Suffolk County Deputy County Executive and Walter J. Hilbert, Suffolk County Principal Pubic Health Engineer Chief, will focus on guiding applicants to submit higher quality applications as the first line of defense against the system’s perennial backlog; the number one cause of the lengthy process.
 
An analysis of the process revealed that 1% of the total time, from submission of application to approval, is spent on reviewing the technical aspects of the application; the balance of the time is spent on an iterative process of awaiting, reviewing and evaluating additional information from the applicant. This process can delay approvals by months.
 
The new process, to kickoff on July 1st, 2014, will address numerous long term and short term activities which will include, but are not limited to:
  • simplifying communications,
  • modification of resubmittal process for incomplete applications,
  • establishment of on-going working group for design professionals,
  • establishment of an outcome based performance management system for shared use by design professionals and county staff
  • implementation of complaint system for discovered waste and abuse involving licensed professionals. 
Desmond Ryan, Executive Director of Association for a Better Long Island pointed out, “Long Island makes up 2% of the US economy. The ability to move these projects forward will have far reaching impacts on our local economy.”

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