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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Collaboration Pays Off Big for Nassau County Schools

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In efforts to save Long Island taxpayers money, since 2006 Nassau County school officials have been planning the Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative, a collaborative effort among Nassau County, Nassau BOCES, Nassau County school ...

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 In efforts to save Long Island taxpayers money, since 2006 Nassau County school officials have been planning the Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative, a collaborative effort among Nassau County, Nassau BOCES, Nassau County school districts and public agencies to reduce costs by sharing non-instructional support services. So far, the initiative has saved $9.5 million with more substantial savings expected.

To undergird their efforts, in January 2009, Nassau BOCES, Nassau County, and more than 35 school districts submitted an application to the New York State Department of State for a 21st Century Demonstration Grant Program. A $1 million grant was awarded to them in July 2009; and in the fall of that same year, the project began in earnest.

The initiative, guided by a Steering Committee, involves pursuing the implementation of four cost-cutting shared service opportunities, each headed by a subcommittee:  cooperative purchasing, information technology and telecommunications (ITT), internal audit and out-of-district transportation.

The cooperative purchasing subcommittee is working to leverage the collective buying power of Nassau School Districts, BOCES, the county and other municipalities in order to maximize savings through large quantity purchasing. Twenty-five school districts and BOCES have already participated, and estimated savings for the first year were $400,000.

In hopes of establishing “NassauNet”, a fully-integrated countywide IT communications network, the information technology and telecommunications (ITT) subcommittee is seeking bids for the purchase of cell phone services and data plans and is working to expand its reach to other municipalities. Nassau BOCES is currently working with 16 school districts to consolidate their telephone and Internet networks. Additional districts will be added annually until all 56 are on a single consolidated network.

It is estimated that the cellular initiative will yield annual savings of $160,000, and initial “NassauNet” savings of $60,000 are expected. Fiber conversion is likely to yield $50,000 per year, and the group predicts savings of $240,000 through the elimination of unnecessary phone lines.

Through the collective purchase of auditing services and increased cooperation among auditors, the internal audit committee estimates savings of $53,000 and reports that participating school districts have already saved approximately 30 percent.

 The group is also working to develop a countywide out-of-district transportation consortium that will promote more efficient routing and reduce costs. So far, 28 school districts have participated in the first bid, and a bid for the 2011-12 school year was recently completed. Savings for the first year were $200,000.

Other shared service initiatives include a natural gas bid, with expected savings of $2.5 million, that BOCES, the county and 6 school districts have participated in and a bid for ordinary fuel. Under review are shared fuel facilities, school supplies/textbook purchase/distribution and emergency equipment.

Developers of the initiative are also working to remove legal and regulatory barriers to cooperation between Nassau BOCES, school districts and municipalities; seeking the participation of additional school districts and public agencies and developing formats for public interaction. They hope the initiative will serve as a prototype for similar multi-jurisdictional collaborations in New York state and nationally.

 

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