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Locals' Frustration Grows as Un-Plowed Roads Linger

Brookhaven officials have not responded to requests for comment regarding streets that have not yet been plowed.

As news broke Monday that Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine is away on vacation as residents cope with the blizzard's aftermath, Three Village Patch readers reported more than 70 streets in town untouched by plows.

"This situation has gone from mere incompetence to outright negligence," commenter Shawn Nuzzo said.

Public school officials in Three Village were forced to cancel school a second day, with a school spokeswoman saying the dangerous roads were the reason why school officials made that decision.

"What I can not understand is there are streets in our area that are so clean you can see the blacktop, then there are streets with 30 inches of snow that have not been touched!" commenter JA said.

Commenter Deborah in the neighborhood of Old Field South said: "This is disgraceful. There are no excuses anymore for this."

Commenter Joseph, who lives on Caroline Avenue, said: "It is the smallest street and every surrounding street is done... did they just somehow forget this road?"

Brookhaven Town officials have not responded to multiple requests for comment regarding streets that have not yet been plowed as of Monday evening. On Sunday, Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, who lives in the Three Village area, wrote a scathing open letter to Romaine and acting highway superintendent Michael Murphy.

"Understanding that this nearly 30 inches snow fall is perhaps the worst in record – there still appears to be a complete and systematic breakdown in the ability of the Town Highway Department to respond to this crisis. ... We need to fully assess all town, county, state, and maybe national ability – as well as private means – to clear these local town roadways," Fiore-Rosenfeld wrote in the letter.

He warned that emergency responders were going to have a difficult time reaching people who needed help, and he was right. Fire chiefs from both the Setauket Fire Department and the Stony Brook Fire Department acknowledged their crews had trouble reaching those in need during urgent calls for help.

Two areas that appeared to have fewer problems with plows were the villages of Poquott and Old Field, both of which had to establish private contracts after the town ended its policy of plowing snow for the villages last year.

"The Town no longer provides snow removal or salt/sanding for any Brookhaven Village. We’re all on our own," said Poquott Mayor Barbara Donovan. "Considering the amount of snow we received, our contractors did a great job."

Old Field Mayor Michael Levine echoed her sentiments. "Our village did fine, thanks to our snow removal contractor, Joe LaRosa.  He was incredibly on top of things, and our residents were extremely satisfied with the way the main roads in the village were cleared," he said.

Late Monday evening, some commenters on the Three Village Patch Facebook page reported that plows had started to come through at last. But one commenter reported that a payloader plowing snow without any lights reportedly destroyed a cable junction box that took out services to that block's residents in East Setauket.

"This is truly pathetic...one local storeowner said it best... 'it's like we are living in a third world country!'" commenter Reality Check said.

Has your block been plowed yet? How do you feel about the situation in your part of Brookhaven Town? Keep the discussion going by logging into Patch and commenting here.

Laura February 12, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Have the roads in 3 vil been plowed yet?
Stephanie Mitchell February 12, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Had Enuf- I did not miss your point. I take exception to it. I have worked private and public. There are situations where we have very good representation. Folks who work hard. My personal experience is what I have shared. I stand by what I have said.
Dennis February 12, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It says closed for the holiday not Lincoln's birthday but it is his birthday so I guess that's the reason. Called the town contact center and they said secretarial staff is not in today but all plows are out.
Arona Kessler February 12, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Sergio, the reference is to Moe the bartender on the Simpsons, not the Three Stooges.
Sergio Cagasort February 12, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Hi Arona, sorry never watched the Simpsons much, I'm a Three stooges guy....yes I'm giving away my age!!! No offense to the three stooges but it seems to me that the town contracted the Three Stooges snow removal services..LOW BID!!!!
Jeffrey Feuer February 12, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Is this true
Michele February 12, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Worse was seeing the plow go by twice on our cross street while ignoring our street (Brook Drive, SB) and hearing from people that hoofed it to 25a by the train station who said they saw multiple plows going by with the plows RAISED while we waited and waited. We ended up shoveling our own street Monday afternoon with the help of 3 neighbors who joined us. There was no response from the Town, no way to get a message through, online requests apparently ignored, no answer at news 12. I finally contacted Newsday. After we finished hours of shoveling, a plow miraculously appeared late in the afternoon, slammed down the street for one run doing a only single lane and re-blocking our driveway with balls of frozen snow and ice 3 feet high. This was not the first time our street has been overlooked in a snow storm. I read that plow drivers refused to do any streets other than those they were assigned; even if those streets were cleared, they ran over them again and again. So who is doing the assigning? Why one street in our neighborhood but not another?
Had Enuf! February 12, 2013 at 08:18 PM
as I have posted many times, If I ran my business the way government runs, I would not be in business any longer. High taxes do not equate to superior services. Your taxes are paying for the freeloaders and rich pension and healthcare benefits for public employees. Get out of NY before it is too late.
Ellen February 13, 2013 at 01:21 AM
They will never own up to their incompetence . They blame it on too much snow, didn't get proper equipment , stranded cars blocking roads and Brookhaven being so large blah blah blah. Well town didn't grow overnight so you're well aware of the number of streets to be plowed , you knew the blizzard was coming, you should have had the equipment in place and many streets that didn't have abandoned cars were not plowed and what's the excuse for no salt or sand? Bottom line they want the paycheck but don't want to work for it
Concerned mother of 3 February 13, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Friends of mine shoveled Night Heron in Stony Brook themselves too. Three physicians I know who were on call this weekend actually walked all the way to 25A from as far as north of Christian Ave. to get someone to pick them up so they could round on patients and operate at St. Charles. Now that's dedication to our community!
joan nugent February 13, 2013 at 08:00 PM
What is the big surprise? Never been good before, not good now and never will be if we don't change our politicians. They laugh at us all the way to Jamaica.
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