Sunday, May 6, 2012

FW: please distribute widely.

Kathleen Scheibel is president of the Brookhaven Village Association.

From: Kathleen Scheibel []
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 1:10 PM
Subject: Fwd: please distribute widely.

Dear Friends,

By now you have heard that Mark Lesko, Brookhaven Town Supervisor, and a majority of the Town Council intend to enlarge the capacity and lifetime of the Brookhaven Landfill. For over a year now the Brookhaven Community Coalition (BCC), which was started just over a year ago as the STS (Stop the Sludge), has been working diligently to put the brakes on the landfill and Great Gardens, or, Long Island Compost. 
As a member of the Landfill Liaison Committee, which was formed last year to meet with Supervisor Lesko in order to keep informed of plans involving the landfill, and to bring community input to the Town, I was surprised and appalled by the very sudden announcement about a month ago of the Town's intentions.

Since hearing this news the BCC and LLC have been meeting regularly to brainstorm ways to keep this disaster from happening. All of you live in this area, and all of you are well aware of the negative impacts we have had to suffer on behalf of everyone who "benefits" from the landfill.  Our private wells became contaminated by the landfill "plume", and we are now forced to drink city water. The smells are often overwhelming and our neighborhoods are festooned with plastic bags and other refuse that blows from trucks or the landfill itself.The fact is, landfilling is an outmoded form of garbage disposal, and the LLC has come up with alternate ideas that we have been trying to get the Town to listen to, in hopes of closing the landfill forever as soon as it can be done.

We are not blind to the financial benefit to the Town of this facility, and our plan is to work with the Town to find a solution that will be satisfactory to all. But the first thing we need to do is to show the Supervisor and the Town council that we are serious. And so, I am inviting--no, I am BEGGING you to read the CCE memo below, and to join your friends and neighbors at Town Hall on Tuesday evening. If you can not come, please find a friend or neighbor to come in your place. You will not be required to speak, unless you want to, but your presence will make a big impact, and can make all the difference in the world when the Town Board sees us out in full force on Tuesday. 

Pass it on, and see you there! Together we CAN make a difference!


Kathleen Scheibel,
BVA President
BCC Executive Board
LLC member
From: CCE Member Communication []
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 4:10 PM
To: CCE Members and Friends
Subject: Brookhaven Landfill to Expand?
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Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Event Alert
Public Hearing on Brookhaven Landfill
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Don't just complain at home – tell your town officials how much you love the smell of the landfill!
Tired of being dumped on? Tired of smelling garbage? Sick of blowing ash? Speak out! Speak up! Join the Brookhaven Community Coalition in opposition to another landfill expansion.
Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko shocked everyone by proposing an expansion of the town's biggest monster – the landfill. This proposal comes only mere months after the Supervisor agreed to work with community members on a plan to take the needed steps to close the landfill. For decades, the surrounding community has been plagued with dust, odors, and litter emanating from the ever-growing dump. The community has been promised several times that the end of life was near, yet the closure date is continually being pushed back. Enough is enough! If everyone in the town benefits from the revenue the landfill generates, why doesn't everyone share the burden?
All community members are needed to join us at the Brookhaven Town Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 8. We need a closure plan, not another expansion.
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 5:00pm
Where: Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY
BCC members, stakeholders, and affected residents are all encouraged to attend.
Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you there!
Your Friends at CCE
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