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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 4 am to 8 am EST Friday... * locations...vulnerable coastal locales along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departure...3 to 3 1/2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves will result in beach erosion and flooding with minor damage possible to dune structures during the times of high tide. * Timing...around the times of high tide tonight. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.2/ 9.7 1.9/ 2.3 3.0/ 3.5 2-3 minor Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.6/10.1 1.7/ 2.2 3.1/ 3.6 2-3 minor New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 8.6/ 9.1 1.9/ 2.3 3.0/ 3.5 2-3 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/06 am 9.8/10.3 2.0/ 2.5 3.2/ 3.7 2-3 minor Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/04 am 5.4/ 5.9 1.4/ 1.9 2.7/ 3.2 0 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.5/10.0 2.2/ 2.7 3.4/ 3.9 3-5 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.8/10.3 1.9/ 2.3 3.2/ 3.7 3-5 minor , "Wind Advisory" ...Wind Advisory in effect from 9 PM this evening to 6 am EST Friday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 9 PM this evening to 6 am EST Friday. * Winds...northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Timing...late this evening and overnight. * Impacts...strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph, or gusts of 46 to 57 mph, are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, in open areas, and on elevated roads and bridges. Use extra caution. , "Special Statement" Wintry weather will continue this evening across the entire tri- state area. Snowfall rates of up to 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible during this time over portions of northeastern Long Island and all areas north of New York City with the visibility reduced below a quarter of a mile. For the rest of Long Island, New York City and adjacent areas of northeast New Jersey, snowfall rates will be lighter with sleet eventually mixing in. A changeover to rain is expected across the South Shore of Long Island, and possibly along the shorelines of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Regardless of the precipitation type, temperatures are hovering around freezing or below, so Road conditions will be hazardous. Additional impacts include downed tree limbs from heavy wet snow, and wind gusts will be increasing to 35-45 mph which may contribute further to this. 538 PM EST Thu Nov 15 2018 Wintry weather will continue this evening across the entire tri- state area. Snowfall rates of up to 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible during this time over portions of northeastern Long Island and all areas north of New York City with the visibility reduced below a quarter of a mile. For the rest of Long Island, New York City and adjacent areas of northeast New Jersey, snowfall rates will be lighter with sleet eventually mixing in. A changeover to rain is expected across the South Shore of Long Island, and possibly along the shorelines of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Regardless of the precipitation type, temperatures are hovering around freezing or below, so Road conditions will be hazardous. Additional impacts include downed tree limbs from heavy wet snow, and wind gusts will be increasing to 35-45 mph which may contribute further to this. -- Thursday Nov.15 18,07:34 PM

Lupinacci Greenlights Dog Rescues from Overcrowded Municipal Shelters

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This was the second time this year that the Town of Huntington pulled dogs from the Babylon shelter.

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King, an adoptable pit bull.

Photo by: Town of Huntington

East Northport, NY - August 22, 2018 - When alerted to the high adoption (and vacancy) rate at the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter early in his term as new Town Supervisor, Chad A. Lupinacci enthusiastically agreed with shelter management that the Town should begin to rescue dogs from overcrowded municipal shelters in neighboring towns.
 
On July 31, the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter pulled three beautiful pit bulls from the Babylon Animal Shelter: “Tristan,” “Marble,” and “King.” This was the second time this year that the Town of Huntington pulled dogs from the Babylon shelter, the first time was in June, when the Town pulled the first three dogs.
 
“These are great, adoptable dogs, they’ve just had a rough time,” said Supervisor Lupinacci. “There are several measures the Huntington Animal Shelter has implemented to increase adoption rates over the past several years that have created a situation where we can now save more dogs’ lives and help get them ready for and find their forever homes.”
 
The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter has such a high adoption rate, it often has several vacancies in its 80 kennels, which prompted Animal Shelter Supervisor Jerry Mosca to suggest to new Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci that the Town start a rescue program, taking dogs from overcrowded shelters in neighboring towns to help those towns avoid euthanizing dogs simple due to a lack of kennel space.
 
“When Supervisor Lupinacci started his term, I presented this idea to him and he was in complete agreement with me that this was not only a great idea but a moral responsibility on our part to help out,” said Mosca. “We never have more than 15-20 dogs in-house at the most and we often have as few as 6-8 dogs, so we have plenty of room to take in dogs from other municipalities dealing with overcrowding.”
 
Mosca said the Town’s shelter employees visited the Babylon shelter, which was filled to capacity, to test and assess suitable candidates for Huntington’s adoption program. They determined the three dogs chosen were “wonderful” candidates and had “great adoption potential.” The dogs would start in the Huntington Animal Shelter’s training programs the next day, with the goal of having them responsibly adopted as soon as possible, allowing shelter employees to return to the Babylon shelter (and others) and repeat the process.
 
Once the dogs arrived at the Huntington Animal Shelter, they were put through a very intense assessment process so employees would be able to see every personality trait each dog possessed. The dogs were then worked into the shelter’s training programs and dog socialization play groups, so they were completely ready to find their forever homes when they were put up for adoption.
 
Dogs are given time to settle in and become comfortable with Town staff to ensure they are adoptable. On August 10, ten days after the Babylon rescue, the Huntington Animal Shelter posted photos of Tristan, Marble and King on their Facebook page, which launched in late 2015, to let the public know they were ready for adoption.
 
While the Town’s Animal Shelter is not the only shelter micro-chipping all adoptions and holding spay-neuter events, under Mosca’s direction, the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter has implemented initiatives that have helped drive permanent adoptions up and kept its kennels open for new adoptees.
 
Starting as the interim shelter supervisor in 2010, Mosca began the practice of requiring all employees, including animal control officers, to start walking the dogs in their care. Until then, many of the dogs would sit in their kennels most of the day.
 
Soon after becoming the permanent shelter supervisor in 2013, Mosca started a series of initiatives, starting with the move to a digital shelter management system in 2014, a recommendation of Michael Costa, a part-time shelter employee who became full-time and effectively serves as Mosca’s right hand.
 
The benefit of a digital record system meant better tracking of repeat offenders, owner records, veterinary and vaccine records. The results were quicker actions, more effective enforcement, and soon after implementation, “bad” dog owners no longer owned dogs.
 
In addition to the shelter’s Facebook page launch in 2015, the Town contracted with Aimee Sadler of Dogs Playing for Life to provide a three-day training seminar regarding dog play style and identifying animal aggression. Sadler is a nationally recognized trainer specializing in behavioral problems. This action led to the largest adjustment to the Town’s live release rate. Shelter employees were able to more correctly identify true animal aggression (versus simple posturing behavior) and learned how to work with unwanted behaviors, increasing adoptions by at least 10%. The adoption rate grew from approximately 85% to 95%.
 
The Town implemented a dog socialization program in 2015. Animals that sit in kennels need to get out and play, so Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) taught the staff how to run the socialization program, which includes regimented playgroups, outings, training sessions and more. Results showed dogs were happier, less stressed out and easier to adopt, reducing length of stay from approximately eight months to two months.
 
In 2016, the Huntington Animal Shelter added dog agility training. Putting shelter dogs through agility courses helps some of the more intelligent dogs decompress, as these dogs are often more nervous in a shelter setting. All physically suitable dogs are put through the agility course, as shelter staff found that dogs were better able to focus on behavior training after being put to task through agility training. This also helped reduce the amount of time staff needed to spend with a dog before it was truly prepared for adoption.
 
The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter is located at 106 Deposit Road in East Northport. Shelter hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. The shelter can be reached at (631) 754-8722 or animalshelter@huntingtonny.gov. The public can report lost or found animals on the shelter’s page on the Town’s website: http://www.huntingtonny.gov/animal-shelter.