East End Notebook: Farm Blasted by Neighbor; Cop Honored

Also this week, the DEC announced it will explain its decision to stop cleaning up a toxic plume and feedback is sought on the homeless sex offender issue, again.


International Manhunt Is on for Suspect in Nun's Death

Federal authorities are in the midst of an international manhunt for the suspected driver in the July 9, 2012, hit-and-run death of Sister Jacqueline Walsh, according to Newsday, which cites a law enforcement source in a report Monday.

Newsday reports that the suspect, Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, is believed to have fled the country. The 30-year-old was known to frequent Water Mill and Riverhead, and authorities say he was behind the wheel of his employer's SUV when it fatally struck Sister Jackie, who was on a walk on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill. Sister Jackie, a 59-year-old pastoral associate at St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset, was staying at a retreat house with fellow members of the Sisters of Mercy.


Ace Detective Tina Giles Gets Top Honors

Tina Giles, a detective with the East Hampton Town Police Department, is being lauded for cracking one of the town's biggest sex abuse cases.

After a victim came forward in April claiming rape, Fidel Castro-Brito was arrested for the crime. But Giles had a feeling there was more to the case. "Her instincts took over and she knew there was more to it," Chief Ed Ecker said. "It was fantastic police work."

In late November, a Suffolk County grand injury handed down a 70-count felony indictment related to criminal sex acts against three young victims.

"It was a pretty a chilling case," Ecker said. "Even in the DA's office, or with detectives who have been doing this for a long time, no one had ever seen anything like this before," he said.


DEC to Inform Public on Speonk Plume Decision

A decision by the state Department of Environmental Conservation not to further remediate a toxic plume that runs a few miles under homes and businesses in Speonk will be vetted before the public, according to Aphrodite Montalvo, a spokeswoman for the DEC.

The meeting comes at the request of both the Group for the East End and Assemblyman Fred Thiele after they got wind of the decision, which is based on a report submitted to the DEC.

Montalvo explained that after reading the report, the DEC "determined that no one was drinking the contaminated groundwater and there were no residences impacted by vapor intrusion such that a mitigation system is needed."

The DEC was also not able to ever identify the original source of the plume, she said.


Public Input Sought on Homeless Sex Offender Trailers

When Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone missed a Jan. 1 deadline to shutter two controversial homeless sex offender trailers in Riverside and Westhampton, County Legislator Jay Schneiderman vowed to host a community meeting to let residents' voices be heard.

To that end, Schneiderman has announced an East End Community Meeting seeking public comment on the county's homeless sex offender trailer program. The meeting will be held on Jan. 30. at 7 p.m. at the Riverhead County Center, in the Maxine Postal Legislative Auditorium.


 a vegetable farm that has locations in Cutchogue and now on Middle Road in Calverton, from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council toward more machinery and equipment to expand its vegetable processing and packaging line at the Calverton location. The farm is one of two dozen projects across the First State Senate District to receive grant funding, but some readers questioned the grant after Patch published the story of the awards last month. 

Paulette Satur is a member of the economic advisory council, and for years now, the farm has been the subject of neighborhood conflict, located close to residential houses on the other side of the street on Alvah’s Lane in Cutchogue. Though a dispute which made it to the courts involving dust, diesel pollution and noise created by the loading and unloading of large refrigerated trucks on Alvah's Lane has simmered down — the trucks have been relocated to the Calverton facility — another neighbor is now fighting to get a diesel generator removed or relocated.

Northforker64 January 12, 2013 at 03:48 PM
We are only asking them to conform to the site plan that they submitted to the town and to relocate a diesel generator that fills the air we breathe and our homes with toxic diesel exhaust on a daily basis. Supervisor Russell and the Town have been advised of the health effects of a family member and still do nothing.
scott russell January 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Jim. I have been trying to have this issue addressed for years. Several years ago I went to see the owners and urged them to come in for site plan. I believe most of the neighbors concerns could be mitigated if the operators simply followed a good land use plan. They then complained to Tom Wickham who was then a councilman and at the next work session he proceeded to paint me as a bully (please research the Suffolk Times archive). Since then we have issued tickets to the forklift operators only to have them not enforced by the District Attorney's office and we have violated them with operating without site plan. The attorney representing them has contacted our planning department and has assured compliance. I have been battling this issue for a long time now. In fact my interest in resolving this predates your move back into you moms house across the street which is when you got involved.
Jeff Rogers January 12, 2013 at 06:52 PM
more nimbys crying about noise
Phil January 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
^^^^^ And another troll with nothing intelligent to say.
John January 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Mr. Russell, with all due respect, It's hard to believe a municipality does not hold some kind of sway over a non compliant property owner. Why would a DA not enforce a legally written summons? Why would the planning department be willing to sit on a promise from the property owner for so long without some kind of action or line in the sand? The inaction to enforce and penalize what the property has already been cited for is what confuses me.
Northforker64 January 13, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Not noise... 1000 gallons of diesel a week into our homes and a chiller with a decibel rating of 170dbs...
Northforker64 January 13, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Its states on Satur Farm Web site at the bottom that they purchase from outside the region..... SATUR FARMS MISSION AND STATEMENT ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY . We are committed to sustainable farming, not only in relation to our fields and the safe production of our vegetables, but also ensuring our employees continuing and livable wages. and prevents toxic runoff, deters erosion from wind and rain, and makes beautiful 'green manure' that is tilled down to enrich the soil and its microbiological activity. Organically- approved sprays are used whenever possible. Our concern for the environment continues with our packaging materials, which are 100% recyclable when achievable. A farm is sustainable only when it is profitable. To create continual revenues and to offer year-round employment to our team, we began farming in Florida in the winter months. Additionally, we represent our neighbors' farm products during our growing season; occassionally we might source from other growers beyond our region. Sourcing is done only to ensure the sustainability and viability of the farm. The company's social responsibilities continue beyond our fence line, as we donate to food rescue organizations and are involved in local fundraisers for farm organizations and other socially responsible causes.
Northforker64 January 13, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I saw the site plan and the Barn would be placed away from our homes which would have moved the chiller and diesel generator away from our homes. For 9 years we have lost spring, summer and fall being forced to close our windows. I have not been able to paint my house in years because I get sick from the toxic fumes, I have not been able have any gatherings because the last time we did, we had to move the get together of 50 ppl to another location as they got sick from the Satur generator. Bill Faulk with the county spoke with the town and advised what site plan violations there are...
Steve Braverman January 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM
So, Mr. Russell, instead of being fined into compliance by the Town of Southold, Satur has instead received a bundle of money from the state to continue business as usual? That doesn't make sense. Surely the town must have a way to force Satan, er Satur farms into compliance.
scott russell January 14, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I wish it were that easy. The Agricultural and Markets laws of this state make it very difficult to get compliance with local zoning codes. Remember that this operation is part of an "agricultural district" and, as such, is entited to certain protections of Ag and Markets laws. It may not seem fair and it may not seem right but it is the law of this state. While the Ag and Markets laws serve good purposes, some use them to simply be bad neighbors. On the issue of the grant, I agree with the sentiment of some who believe that this appears to be a conflict of interest. In government when things simply "look bad", they are bad. However, that money is for investment in the facility that operator leases in Calverton. That, in theroy, will move much of the operation to that industrial park and reduce impacts on Cutchogue residents. That is at least to some extent, a silver lining here.
Northforker64 January 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM
No food has come out of the north fork in months. So how is it that Satur is the only farm on the north fork in operation? First of all if it is coming from only Florida it still should not be allowed to be processed through a farm in Cutchogue 6 month out of the year. All week 30 trucks a day, diesel generator cranking out tractor trailers from a NJ Coop delivering produce and nobody sees anything wrong with this? How is this no more than a Distribution Center. Keep an eye out on the NY Post they found it strange that not much is actually natural. Did you know that they had 3 FDA Recalls this year.... well when you have produce from to many places mixing that's what happens.


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