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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

Rep. Zeldin Hosts Roundtable Meeting in Riverhead with Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Officials

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Discussion on efforts to combat MS-13 and other gang violence, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and human trafficking.

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Congressman Lee Zeldin at a roundtable discussion on efforts to combat MS-13 and gang violence.

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Riverhead, NY - Sept. 18, 2018 - On Monday, September 17, 2018, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) was joined by House Committee on Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) and local, state and federal law enforcement officials, as well as the immigrant parents of Justin Llivicura who was murdered by MS-13, for a roundtable discussion on efforts to combat MS-13 and other gang violence, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and human trafficking. Congressman Zeldin also invited the Long Island Farm Bureau to attend to discuss reforms necessary to our nation’s guest worker program.
 
Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary Bob Goodlatte said, “The problem we have with gangs and drugs is probably the most significant challenge law enforcement has and, perhaps with the opioid crisis today, the most significant danger to our citizens. According to federal authorities, these gangs have advanced beyond their traditional role as local retail drug distributors and become more organized, adaptable, deliberate and influential in large scale drug trafficking. Gangs like MS-13 have gained greater control over drug distribution outside urban centers in suburban and rural areas.”
 
Suffolk County Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante said, “Since 2016, the department’s multifaceted approach has resulted in approximately 400 arrests of MS-13 gang members.  We have estimated that 600 MS-13 gang members and associates live in the county at this time and have been active over the last several years. MS-13 sustains themselves by constantly recruiting new members, particularly minors. MS-13 members recruit children in communities in Suffolk County through the UAC [Unaccompanied Alien Children] program. While the vast majority of these children live law-abiding lives, many of them are vulnerable to gang recruitment - they’re young, alone and adjusting to a new country, culture, language and seeking a sense of belonging. The current vetting and screening system of sponsors is in dire need of improvement. It is vital that the federal government place UACs in our communities after proper screening of sponsors, followed by measures ensuring proper guardian compliance; oversight is critical.”
 
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Angel Melendez said, “This year, in 2018, we’ve been able to arrest 20 human traffickers and more importantly rescue approximately 48 victims, victims of these transnational criminal organizations. The most recent one was last month when we were able to rescue a 15-year-old girl who was being trafficked by MS-13 here in Suffolk County. She was raped multiple times and was being held captive and exploited sexually. Working with our office in Virginia we were able to locate the victim and rescue her.”
 
The mother of 16-year-old Justin Llivicura who was murdered by MS-13 said through a translator, “Thank you for the cooperation of all of the authorities. I thank you all. I came to this country at 19 years old. I made my family here. My son was a humble boy and he never had a problem with anyone, and it hurts me a lot to have lost my son and thank you very much for remembering the name of my son.”
 
Robert Carpenter of the Long Island Farm Bureau said, “The most important part of any farm operation is a steady, reliable workforce. Farmers can’t feed our nation by themselves. It takes many hands and many hours of work. A reliable and steady workforce requires many different aspects since operations are unique and growing practices vary and are not easily replicated farm to farm. It has been my experience that the farmer workers on our farms are good, honest people who care about the farm and work hard. They want to provide for their families just like anyone else. In some instances, since their families are many miles away, workers want to be able to come here, do a good job and work hard and return home to see their loved ones in the off season. Many other industries and businesses throughout the United States, the restaurant and hospitality industry, construction, the small businesses on Main Street that need a good workforce rely on immigrants and the good people that come here. We ask for your help in crafting laws that provide farmers and businesses with a steady reliable workforce, not a program that’s based on government agency viewpoint, but a program that will truly help our farmers and businesses, one that will be adoptable to the needs of our different commodities without putting the additional burden on our operations with more regulation, time and effort or stipulations that could hurt business profitability. Let us remember that small businesses are the backbone of America.”