Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. 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. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * 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. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * 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. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,03:00 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

ECOs Arrests Lead To Felony Charges Against Horseshoe Crabbers

Press Releases

Baymen Busted with More Than 1,000 Horseshoe Crabs in a Single Night.

Patchogue, NY - July 11th, 2013 - Three Patchogue men are facing criminal charges after a nighttime surveillance effort by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) found these individuals had illegally harvested nearly 1,500 horseshoe crabs in the course of one night.

"Across the entire eastern seaboard, there is growing concern about the impact declining horseshoe crab populations can have on migratory birds such as the red knot," Regional Director Peter A. Scully said. "Those who violate the law should be aware that DEC's Environmental Conservation Officers are skilled law enforcement professionals who will take swift action to protect the environment and vulnerable wildlife populations."

On June 2, 2013, several DEC ECOs were on a designated horseshoe crab detail on the Great South Bay in the Town of Brookhaven. At approximately 9 p.m., officers observed a white 18-foot 1998 Carolina Skiff with no navigation lights enter Swan River traveling northbound. ECOs initiated a stop of the vessel and identified the operator as Luigi A. Moscardino, 39, of Patchogue, Suffolk County. Numerous horseshoe crabs were noted on the boat and Moscardino was unable to produce a commercial horseshoe crabbing license. A total of 333 horseshoe crabs were removed from the vessel. Moscardino was allowed to keep 5 crabs as per the recreational limit, resulting in a total of 328 illegal horseshoe crabs harvested on the boat.

As Moscardino docked his boat and was being processed, another vessel just off-shore with no navigation lights was spotted by ECOs using night-vision binoculars. Two subjects, later identified as David J. Hartmann Jr., 33, of East Patchogue and Paul E. Sharkey II, 32, of Patchogue, were observed on the dark green 24-foot 1976 Angler as it cautiously made its way around the entrance of the river. ECOs proceeded to stop this vessel, and once again noted numerous horseshoe crabs on the vessel. Hartmann possessed a valid DEC commercial fishing permit for harvesting horseshoe crabs, and a valid Foodfish & Crustacea Dealer/Shipper permit. Hartmann did not have any 2013 DEC commercial fishing permits.

COs then proceeded to count and remove the horseshoe crabs from the second vessel. After nearly two hours of counting and four truckloads of crabs, a total of 1,107 horseshoe crabs were removed from the vessel. Hartmann was allowed to keep 5 crabs as per the recreational limit, and Sharkey kept 30 crabs as per the allowable commercial limit, resulting in 1,072 illegal horseshoe crabs seized.

The horseshoe crabs were trucked to several nearby sites and released back into the waters of the Great South Bay.

As of July 9, 2013, each bayman arrested was brought up on the following charges:

Paul E. Sharkey II -

  • Possession of over limit horseshoe crabs - E Felony - up to 4 years in prison, and/or up to $5,000 fine and up to $107,200 fine ($100 per Horseshoe Crab)
  • Failure to display navigation lights - Violation - up to $100 fine
  • Operating an improperly numbered vessel - Violation - up to $150 fine and/or 15 days imprisonment

David J. Hartmann Jr. -

  • Possession of over limit horseshoe crabs - E Felony - up to 4 years in prison, and/or up to $5,000 fine and up to $107,200 fine ($100 per HSC)
  • Possess commercial limit of horseshoe crabs w/o permit - Violation - up to $250 fine and/or 15 days imprisonment

Luigi A. Moscardino -

  • Possession of over limit horseshoe crabs - Misdemeanor - up to 1 year in prison, and/or up to $5,000 fine and up to $32,800 fine ($100 per HSC)
  • Possession commercial limit of horseshoe crabs w/o permit - Violation - up to $250 fine and/or 15 days imprisonment
  • Failure to display navigation lights - Violation - up to $100 fine

A recreational limit of five horseshoe crabs per day may be taken, but the crabs may not be offered for sale and must be for the harvester's own personal use. The commercial limit is 30 horseshoe crabs per day.

Before harvesting horseshoe crabs, individuals should be sure to contact the DEC Bureau of Marine Resources for current information on open seasons, permits and harvest regulations.

Additional information on horseshoe crabs is also available on the DEC's website.

Individuals spotting illegal activities are encouraged to call DEC's Environmental Conservation Officers at (631) 444-0250 during business hours, and 1-877-457-5680 or 1-800-TIPP-DEC at all other times to report suspected illegal activities.

Add your comment...


 

Join Our Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for a free weekly newsletter covering things to do, hottest local headlines, and everything Long Island! Read more here or enter your email to signup.

   
     Newsletter Archive
Advertisement
Advertise With Us
 
Open Feedback Dialog