Anti-Matinecock Court Group Gears Up for Legal Battle [Poll]

Says "contingency plans" in place should Suffolk Dept. of Health grant variance for on-site sewage treatment plant.

Stop Matinecock Court is gearing up for a legal battle should Suffolk County Department of Health grant a variance for a sewage treatment plant on the proposed in East Northport, now 30 years in the making.

The citizen group vowed to sue both the Suffolk County Department of Health and/or Housing Help, the nonprofit organization behind the project, at a rally in Greenlawn on Thursday should the Suffolk DoH grant a variance for of the proposed on-site sewage treatment plant to a nearby LIPA substation.

"We have contingency plans in place in the event that the variance is approved and also we're going to assume that Housing Help is going to sue the county if the variance is denied," said Chris Triolo, founder of Stop Matinecock Court, who added that the group is speaking to sources for pro bono legal counsel and financial support, and is looking to the Greater Huntington Civic Association for guidance.

"I'm sure I speak on behalf of the community when I say that they don't want a sewage treatment plant next to three schools. As far as rules, [Housing Help] is really asking for a forgiveness, not a variance. If the County approves this they are opening up the door for many, many more situations like this down the road, which we feel would be a nightmare for not only the County, but the State."

Triolo cited health concerns, traffic, and financial and infrastructure burdens among his top reasons to oppose the project, though the group said at the Greenlawn meeting that it is theoretically in favor of a scaled down version. If Housing Help can't get the variance, they will have to redesign the whole project with potentially 50 fewer units, said Triolo.

Suffolk DoH is expected to decide on the variance within the next few months.

Do you support legal action against Housing Help and/or Suffolk DoH should a variance on the sewage treatment plant be granted? Take our poll or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Chris Triolo March 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
For the record, our group does not support fewer units. Our mission is very clear, we want to STOP this entire project. www.stopmc.com www.facebook.com/stopmc
Ranger Sewer March 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Keep your eyes open for what problems I see for ENPT if this project goes thru. My comment was too long. Ranger Sewer
Kristen Erichsen Lucano March 29, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Scamp March 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM
What does HH say about the increase of children this development would bring to our school district? I would think that the district would need to re-zone the elementary schools and middle schools to accommodate all the new children - what's the cost of that? how will take affect our taxes? What about the lack of full day kindergarten in our district - I would think that the families in this new development will not have the luxury of being stay-at-home-moms/dads. the school board does not seem to support full-day K. What about the increased busing the district will need to provide, cost of that?
Scamp March 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM
This was a plan put into the works over 30 years ago. In 30 years the community has changed. I'm sure a lot of people have moved, passed away, ect who were in support of not in support 30 years ago. Shouldn't there be a re-vote, new surveys of the community done about this project? I was a child 30 years ago, I'm an tax paying adult now, are my rights being violated - I never had a say or vote in this 30 years ago?
Ranger Sewer March 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Do you want a Sewer treatment Plant BUILT next to a School? Bring back Tiny, He was one of East Northport's FIRST environmentalists.
vanessa segur March 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Please don't let this go through!
Erica Romano March 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The fact that this project is still going on after all of this time is disgraceful. Our community does not need this development, does not want this development and cannot handle all of the repercussions from a plan that was instituted 30 years ago. There should be a statute of limitations in place, where after a certain lapse in time if a project is still in discussion, it should be cancelled and brought up again for future approval. This is wrong on so many levels, there is not enough room to print it all!
Frank Gallo August 25, 2012 at 03:27 AM
You ever try the traffic out on Elwood and Paulski road ? The impact of at least another 144 cars at this intersection is not plausable during rush hours. You need to know and live in the area before you can comment. That goes for everybody. The overcrowding in the schools will step down the quality of education. Ok, put additions on the schools and hire more teachers. Now our taxes go higher to a more unaffordable rate. Now maybe we need more buses to shuttle these kids to the Fifth Avenue Schools. Oh yeah, there are those pesky 144 additional cars on the road to inhibit the buses from getting to their destination on time.


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