Presidents Letter - Annual Meeting
December 13, 2022
Good evening to all – welcome to the Fort Salonga Association annual meeting.
Fort Salonga in recent years has started to undergo a facelift – one that people who live here never asked for. In most cases the Fort Salonga Association has been involved, with some of these endeavors there has not been a necessity because the developer has actually worked in order to keep within the building code – without the need for a bunch of variances. And then there are others where we have been active in the process and where we got the wool pulled over our eyes. Prime example – the new 7-Eleven.
One item that has been in the news are fires resulting from lithium-ion batteries. New York City has reported over 230 fires this year, resulting only from batteries for E-bikes. Now multiply the battery numbers by hundreds and you have a proposed battery storage facility on Pulaski Rd., across from Richters Orchard, a few hundred feet from homes, only feet away from the Iroquois natural gas pipeline, backing up to the LIRR tracks. This is asking for real trouble, and Fort Salonga should not be the victim of this potential catastrophe, plus the homes just up the hill in East Northport.
In the same area, there will be built a 90,000 sq. ft. self-storage facility and a rail spur running behind homes in order to take out ash from the COVANTA rubbish facility. On Fort Salonga Rd. at Bread and Cheese a developer is planning on building a medical office building, diagonally across from the Shell station. It is our belief that this will be ripe for numerous traffic accidents.
For those who remember, the Fort Salonga Association, along with some very angry residents was successful in stopping a 50-bed drug rehab center, huge success for all Fort Salonga, and was only successful because people like yourselves spoke up to make a difference.
Owl Hill, which is a 27-acre property on Sunken Meadow Rd. at Meadow Glen Rd. has been a real thorn in our side, with the current property owner wanting to build a group of homes, requesting numerous variances and with some homes overlooking the backyards of existing neighbors. Suffolk County has their eye on this property, potentially buying the acreage with the mansion. We understand the County will be making an offer to purchase this property in the immediate future.
2022 brought back several things that had been cancelled due to COVID. Earlier this year we had the return of the Spring Egg Hunt, where we had a huge turn-out and the kids had a blast. On Saturday I am told that we will be honored a visit by a guy in a big red suit and white beard, visiting us at the IGA Plaza around 3pm. And a long-cherished event, the Spring Brunch will be returning to the Indian Hills country Club in several months. Keep your eyes peeled for details, both on the Fort Salonga website and in your email inbox.
So, as you can see the Fort Salonga Association has been busy trying to protect our community. We can’t stop progress, but we can try to stop wrong progress. At the bottom of the email sent on Sunday we ask for your help by becoming a member of the board of directors. If that is something you might be interested in, please email us at email@example.com. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
As an alternative, if you want to help but don’t want to make a firm commitment, possibly you can help your community by writing emails or making phone calls. There is always a need for extra voices to bring our values to those who make the final decisions, whether town, county or state, and dedicating 5 minutes of time at a time would help. As the saying goes, many voices accomplish a lot.
Now I would like to introduce Legislature Rob Trotta. Rob, who with his family have been a long time Fort Salonga residents and has been a huge supporter of the Fort Salonga Association. With redistricting he now covers the Smithtown side of our community. I am sure he will address some of the topics I’ve covered, and possibly something else I may have forgotten.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you, whether to help or just give us a pat on the back. That said, here is Leg. Rob Trotta.