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Nicholson, Caroline

March 27, 2000


Caroline Nicholson, c/o Massapequa Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Park Avenue, Massapequa, New York 11762, ("Applicant") has applied to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department") for a tidal wetlands permit to construct a sixty (60) feet by one hundred and twenty five (125) feet two story building for use as a funeral home at the southeast corner of Whitewood Blvd. and Merrick Road in the Village of Massapequa Park, Nassau County. (DEC application # 1-2824-01645/00001).

The Department's Region 1 Staff ("Staff") had a Notice of Complete Application published on September 22, 1999 and is evaluating the application and the comments received. Subsequently, Staff has determined that a legislative hearing is necessary due to the significant degree of public interest.

PUBLIC HEARING: A legislative hearing to receive your comments on the application will be held on May 4, 2000 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the MASSAPEQUA PARK VILLAGE HALL, 151 Front Street, Massapequa Park 11762. This location is reasonably accessible to persons with a mobility impairment. All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies which may be affected by the project are invited to comment on the applications. The time available for your oral statement may be restricted to ensure that all persons will have an opportunity to be heard. The Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") recommends that lengthy comments be submitted in writing at the hearing or at the Region 1 address or the Albany address indicated below. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written comments. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons that are parties or witnesses pursuant to SAPA, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ within a reasonable time prior to the hearing.

The applications are processed and this proceeding is conducted according to the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") Article 3 (General Functions), Article 8 (Environmental Quality Review, "SEQR"), Article 25 (Tidal Wetlands) and Article 70 (Uniform Procedures); and also Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York ("6 NYCRR"), Part 617, Part 621 and Part 661 et seq. Staff has determined that this action is not subject to SEQR.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: All filed documents, the application and other papers are available for inspection at the Department's Region 1 Office, Building 40 SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356 Attn: Mark Carrara, Deputy Permit Administrator, telephone 631-444-0374 and at the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, Room 423, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233, telephone 518-457-3468.

Daniel E. Louis
Chief Administrative Law Judge

March 27, 2000
Albany, New York

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