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ENB - Region 1 Notices 9/10/2008

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing the application of Philip L. Curcio of Melville, New York to obtain an Off-Bottom Culture Permit, including a Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, which would allow the deployment of shellfish culture gear and the operation of shellfish grow-out activities on public underwater lands approximately 0.40 miles from shore in Noyack Bay, Town of Southampton. The proposed Off-Bottom Culture/Assignment Site is a circular parcel approximately five acres in area, with a radius of 250 feet extending from a center point located at Latitude North 41° 00' 25.8" and Longitude West 72° 19' 29.6". The proposed off-bottom culture activities would involve the deployment of up to 100 shellfish cages each measuring 63" long x 36" wide x 22" high, at a depth of no less than 18 feet from mean low water. The shellfish species to be contained shall be Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). There are no existing Temporary Marine Area Use Assignments within 0.90 miles of the proposed Off-Bottom Culture/Assignment Site. Initial review of the subject application does not identify any adverse or unreasonable effects on the viability, maintenance or use of local marine resources.

Public Comment: The subject application may be reviewed at the address given below, and specific comments on the requested permit, including the proposed Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, or a request to become a party-in-interest if a public hearing is held, must be submitted in writing to the contact person named below no later than October 10, 2008. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) as lead agency has made an initial determination that this action will not have a significant effect on the environment. All correspondence should reference Application No. OBC-A-8-08.

Contact: Wade E. Carden, NYS DEC, Bureau of Marine Resources - Shellfisheries, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733-3400, Phone: (631) 444-0430.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft SEIS and Public Hearing (Amended)

Nassau County - The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Great Neck Estates, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Special Use Permit Application of Ohr Menachem of Great Neck, Inc. A public hearing on the Draft SEIS will be held on October 6, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Village Hall, 4 Atwater Plaza, Great Neck, NY 11021. Public comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted until ten days after the close of the public hearing. The action involves the applicant's request for a special use permit to expand operations at the existing Silverstein Hebrew Academy. Specifically, the applicant is requesting an expansion of the existing kindergarten and pre-school program; an increase in the maximum number of students permitted; an extension of operating days, hours and programs; and implementation of a seven-days-per-week, year-round schedule that includes summer camp. In addition, the applicant is requesting permission for a reversal of traffic flow such that vehicles enter the property via the westernmost access point and depart via the easternmost access point. The project is located at 117 Cuttermill Road in the Incorporated Village of Great Neck Estates, New York.

Contact: A. Thomas Levin, Incorporated Village of Great Neck Estates, Village Hall, 4 Atwater Plaza, Great Neck, NY 11021, Phone: (516) 592-5704.


Notice of Acceptance of Final GEIS

Suffolk County - Suffolk County, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Suffolk County Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay. The Final GEIS will be available for downloading at: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/departments/planning/Environmental%20Analysis.aspx. Hard copies will also be made available for viewing at The Suffolk County Department of Planning, H. Lee Dennison Building - 4th floor, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York. Pursuant to New York's 2004 Leasing Law, the State of New York ceded the underwater lands in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay (seaward of 1,000 feet from the high water mark) to Suffolk County for the purposes of shellfish cultivation. The 2004 Leasing Law requires that the County adopt regulations governing: applications for leases; notices to be given; the form and term of leases; standards for the approval or denial of leases; administration of leases; the transfer or renewal of leases; marking grounds and testing; fees; recording of leases; and other matters as are appropriate to the lease program. The proposed action will support existing aquaculture activities, as well as promote a moderate growth of the industry. Currently, approximately 6,000 acres of underwater land are available for aquaculture activities (comprised of private underwater oyster grants and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Temporary Marine Area Use Assignments). In addition to these underwater lands, the lease program will initially accommodate small growth by allowing for additional lease access on approximately 600 additional acres over the first 10 years of program implementation. The program will be reviewed every five years, and modifications to the program may be made after 10 years based on environmental and/or socio-economic conditions. The project is located in Peconic Bay (Great Peconic Bay, Flanders Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Southold Bay and Shelter Island Sound) and western Gardiners Bay in the Towns of Southampton, East Hampton, Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island, New York.

Contact: DeWitt S. Davies, Suffolk County Department of Planning , P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY 11788, Phone: (631) 853-4865.


Suffolk County - The Town Board of the Town of Southampton, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed East Quogue Study Area. Copies of all SEQR documents including a map of study area are available on the Town's website: http://www.town.southampton.ny.us or at the Town Clerk's office: c/o Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

The action involves a generic analysis of potential land uses and impact thresholds within a 4,182 acre study area to facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of all land use proposals to include the assessment of cumulative impacts, a consideration of alternatives, and presentation of mitigation measures in order to support sound planning, zoning, public policy and investment in the hamlet of East Quogue. The project is located throughout the Hamlet of East Quogue in the Town of Southampton, New York.

Contact: Jefferson Murphree, Town of Southampton, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968, Phone: (631) 702-1801, E-mail: jmurphree@Southamptontownny.gov.


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