Levy rejects plan to buy flooded house

Full story: Newsday 12
In what a Lake Ronkonkoma homeowner called her family's ongoing nightmare, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has vetoed a resolution passed unanimously by the legislature to purchase the family's flooded ... Full Story
Joyce Foxwell

Wetumpka, AL

#1 Apr 12, 2007
Oh my God! Once again people want the government to bail them out! Kudos to Steve Levy, who seems to be the only one with a clear sense of how to represent the taxpayer. This is a rental home used for income....why should we, the taxpayers, help supplement anyone's income?
Good for you, Steve!!!
Boots

AOL

#2 Apr 12, 2007
The responsibility belongs to the Town that allowed the homes to be built at this location, not the County. Let the town bear the costs for its mistake.
W Jenkins

Middle Island, NY

#3 Apr 12, 2007
The people that own that home should not be looking for suffolk county to bail them out .They should be going after smithtown township and planing board of smithtown for letting any one build on wetlands that has been in debate as far back 1955 or longer .
I live on Dune Road

Dover, NJ

#4 Apr 12, 2007
And I love you idiot taxpayers saving your money to not bail these poor people out of trouble so that you can build and rebuild my private 7 million dollar home whenever there's a hurricane. And don't forget to rebuild my street, and reimburse the utility companies when they replace everything damaged. And the Army Corp of Engineers. And the companies that bring the tons of dirt after mother nature washes it away. Yep, screw the poor bastards from Ronkonkoma. Thanks Levy, you little douchebag.
Diane Youngs

Paterson, NJ

#5 Apr 13, 2007
I also live by the Lake on Eastview Rd in the town of Islip,I have spoken to Public Works Road Maintance wrote letters to Steve Levy.These people just don't care because the don't have to pump water everyday 24/7 my electric bill is so high it is going to be shut off if I dont pay.Don't tell me it is Mother Nature my neighbor has lived here for over 50years and never had a problem since now.Why don't they check other towns to make sure they are not bumping water into the Lake
so they dont get flooded,is it because maybe there houses are worth more than the people on the Lake something must be done,my next contact is going to be the Gov.and then Albany the town just drives down the block says nothing can be done that is crazy,I pay high taxes for my houses and to lives with these type of conditions is nuts,Instead of Steve Levy worrying about putting up a dog run so they can run free with other pet owners,he should get his act together and help the people on the Lake and let people w/dogs let them run free in there own back yards.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#6 Apr 13, 2007
Diane Youngs wrote:
I also live by the Lake on Eastview Rd in the town of Islip,I have spoken to Public Works Road Maintance wrote letters to Steve Levy.These people just don't care because the don't have to pump water everyday 24/7 my electric bill is so high it is going to be shut off if I dont pay.Don't tell me it is Mother Nature my neighbor has lived here for over 50years and never had a problem since now.Why don't they check other towns to make sure they are not bumping water into the Lake
so they dont get flooded,is it because maybe there houses are worth more than the people on the Lake something must be done,my next contact is going to be the Gov.and then Albany the town just drives down the block says nothing can be done that is crazy,I pay high taxes for my houses and to lives with these type of conditions is nuts,Instead of Steve Levy worrying about putting up a dog run so they can run free with other pet owners,he should get his act together and help the people on the Lake and let people w/dogs let them run free in there own back yards.
How many other neighbors in your area are having the issue? I just visited my parents this evening and the flood is getting worse by the minute....we have 2 pumps going 24 hours a day and cannot keep up with it. My entire neighborhood is drowning and we are not even near the lake!

I am trying to establish the locations that the flood is penatrating so the Town Engineers can try to put the puzzle together. We know its ground water and a high water table, granted....but there are many other things going on as well.

Did you read in Newsday that the Town of Smithtown is dumping in Ronkonkoma or about the historical site in Blydenburgh Park, Miller's Pond or Mills Pond; they made a man made dam there to protect a historical site and Smithtown residents were infuriated as they feel it was a direct correlation to their flooding issues they never had. Check out the internet there is alot of information to be found!

Keep me posted with your current situation...
Joe Lopez

Uniondale, NY

#7 Apr 23, 2007
There is something terribly wrong in Ronkonkoma. I fear that this is way beyond what was caused by "Mother Nature" and something fishy (no pun) is going on. Perhaps some developer has been "allowed", knowingly or not, to interfere with a place the lake is naturally supposed to drain?(Oh no! Corruption in Suffolk County? Never!) This stinks for the homeowners. The Bavarian Inn is now half IN the lake!! I hope whoever is responsible suffers even MORE that the poor homeowners.
Soulofpoets

Spring Valley, NY

#8 Feb 7, 2008
Hey Diane It's Shawn , sorry I'v been so distant needed time to think ,got promotion -Management realy means ( Babby Sitting ) I'm the ,Installation Foreman , In Field Superviser , And the Manager of the A/C department . It's good ,But damn like 20 more hours a week ,,,Call me On My Cell 8e1-e4l3....& tell Steven '" I still Love him " lol
Talk to you soon ..S.Mac

“Small gov't.Low taxes, Freedom”

Since: Mar 07

Ronkonkoma

#9 Mar 3, 2008
I agree that The County should not buy the home but SMITHTOWN should.

It is their poor planning and dumping into the Ronkonkoma bog that caused the flooding. SMithtown should also pay dearly to the owner of The Bavarian Inn whose lakeside business was ruined by their idiocy.
LIer

Tenafly, NJ

#10 Mar 18, 2008
The Town of Smithtown has declared itself a separate
entity as to many areas of code enforcement(housing included). The county can only make suggestions and Smithtown does not have to listen. I know this because it was told to me directly concerning a different housing matter in the town of Smithtown. So the way I see it, if that's the stance they take then it's their responsibility for allowing the construction in the first place. Unfortunately for those who live there...they're finding out what kind of town they live in the hard way.

“Small gov't.Low taxes, Freedom”

Since: Mar 07

Ronkonkoma

#11 Mar 18, 2008
LIer wrote:
The Town of Smithtown has declared itself a separate
entity as to many areas of code enforcement(housing included). The county can only make suggestions and Smithtown does not have to listen. I know this because it was told to me directly concerning a different housing matter in the town of Smithtown. So the way I see it, if that's the stance they take then it's their responsibility for allowing the construction in the first place. Unfortunately for those who live there...they're finding out what kind of town they live in the hard way.
LOL so you're saying that Smithtown has ceceded from the County of Suffolk?

Uh, yeah , but uh, NO, the County has every right to tell Smithtown what they can and can't do. All it would take is a little witholding of County sales tax to the Township and Levy can force the town to rectify the problem they caused.
LIer

Tenafly, NJ

#12 Mar 19, 2008
well I can tell you that without giving the details(it's a confidence I cannot break), there was a housing/landlord issue w/ code violations. Even the LI fair housing bureau was involved. Mr. Levy was contacted on behalf of some tenants and it was discovered that apparently in instances involving building code, the county has no jurisdiction over the town of Smithtown because they have their own department covering that. Or something to that effect. Check it out....call the county

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