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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 310 miles south of New York City NY or about 360 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 36.3N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 45 mph - Movement North or 10 degrees at 8 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay located off the North Carolina and Virginia coast will move northward along the coast towards the area Friday and will make landfall near the New York City area Friday night. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions Friday into Friday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Flash 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 and canals may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience 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. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. Elsewhere across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, little to no impact is anticipated. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide Friday afternoon into Friday Night.

D’Amaro Secures New Sewer Funding; Monies Will Be Used for Design Report

Legislator D'Amaro has secured $2 million in funding for new sewer systems in Suffolk County.

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July 31, 2013 - North Babylon - In his ongoing commitment to bring sewers to the underserved communities of Babylon at minimal cost to homeowners, Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) successfully secured $2 million in Suffolk County’s recently approved Capital Budget and Program to finance a design report for the six most critical sub-areas, as identified in the initial sewer feasibility study. 
“In late spring, I met with Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Gilbert Anderson to discuss how to move forward now that the feasibility study was complete,” D’Amaro said. “We determined that the timing was right for DPW to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to complete an engineering report for the most critical locations within the study area. Accordingly, with the assistance of my fellow Babylon Legislators, I successfully lobbied my colleagues to include $2 million in the 2014-2016 Capital Program that was unanimously approved by the full legislature and subsequently signed into law by County Executive Steve Bellone.” 
Completed in 2012, the initial Sewer Feasibility Study identified Three Tiers for possible sewer expansion within the hamlets of Deer Park, North Babylon, Wyandanch, Wheatley Heights, West Babylon and West Islip. The Tiers prioritized 29 sub-areas within these hamlets, using various criteria to rank the communities that would derive the most immediate benefit from sewers. Criteria included depth to groundwater ratios, with shallow areas receiving a higher priority, parcel density, with smaller more tightly packed parcels receiving a higher priority, proximity to streams and wetlands and economic revitalization opportunities, all of which are considered central to sewer expansion. 
According to D’Amaro, under the scope of this new RFP, engineers will be tasked with issuing a design report that will detail the exact costs to homeowners residing within the top six sub-areas should sewers eventually be constructed. The engineering design report will also make these areas essentially ‘shovel ready’ for construction while at the same time providing County officials with a clear game plan that we can utilize to secure the necessary sewer installation funding from outside sources. Once the in-depth analysis of the first six sub-areas is complete, the Legislature can re-evaluate and determine the costs to analyze additional priority areas. 
“As I have repeatedly said in the past, and still maintain, although sewers are vital from both an environmental and economic development stand point, expansion costs cannot be placed exclusively on the backs of our already overburdened homeowners and taxpayers,” he said. “Accurate identification of the costs involved is critical and no decisions concerning actual sewer construction will be made without community support. We have made tremendous progress with the study so far and I am looking forward to seeing the next step in the process come to fruition.”
Contact: Karen Klafter
Tel: (631) 854-4433 & Energy 
Fax: (631) 854-4415