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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory now in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 11 feet. * Visibility...1 nm or less this morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,03:00 PM

Referendums on the 2013 Ballot Directly Affect Development Rights on Long Island

Proposition 7 will decide developmental rights issues in Suffolk County.

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Six referendums that affect New York State are on the ballot tomorrow. Long Islanders will be directly affected by Proposition 7. Prop. 7 will be the deciding fate in a bevy of developmental rights issues in Suffolk county.

If passed by voters Proposition 7 will allow Suffolk to transfer development rights to municipal fire districts, ambulance districts, police districts, and library districts. The only way to do this currently is by purchasing development rights. Suffolk County is only able to use the thousands of developmental rights it has now because of the Drinking Water Protection Program.

The Drinking Water Protection Program gave Suffolk County the rights to property such as environmentally sensitive land, farmland, hamlet parks, recreational parks, and historical parks.

Voters will also decide the fate of on an East Quogue homeowner’s land. In 2004 the owner placed a portion of his pool, deck, patio, and stairs on a piece of land that was supposed to be preserved. The November 5th vote will decide if he is able to keep them on the property. In return for voting yes, the homeowner will donate a larger piece of land on the property for preservation.

The biggest referendum in New York will be the vote to amend the state constitution and allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos in the state. If the vote goes through then the Catskills region upstate will add two new casinos in hopes that the area will be revived and become a prominent vacation spot as it was years ago. Those for the casino development say they will add jobs, increase aid to schools, and lower local property taxes.

Other referendums include increasing the retirement age for judges from 70 to 89, a proposal for NYCO Minerals to give away 1,500 acres of land, end a century-old dispute over private and public land in the Adirondack Park, extend an amendment involving municipalities to exclude cost to finance sewer systems by 10 years, and give disabled veterans additional civil service credit after they had been appointed to a civil service position.

[Source: Board of Elections, Newsday]