Assemblyman Graf Offers Update on Plowing Situation

Reader's feed back with long list of unplowed streets on Sachem Patch Facebook page.

State Assemblyman Al Graf responded to rising criticism from the Sachem community that the town is not doing enough to get the local streets plowed.

Responding to a post we put on our Facebook page, Graf stated:

This is to let everyone know that a list of more than two hundred streets to be plowed has been sent to the towns from my office. I also toured my district to see what the towns are facing. Please understand that the towns have all hands on deck trying to dig us out from under this blizzard. I personally witnessed the town's management in payloaders clearing streets. The slush and ice can also take a toll on town equipment, We will be forwarding further updates to the towns as we get them. I understand that this can be frustrating. However, I ask that everyone be patient. The highway department will be working night and day to clean up our towns. If you are stuck in your house, look around you, be thankful for your family. Also be thankful for your family, friends and neighbors who have reached out to check on you. In times of stress little miracles appear by the small gestures of loved ones and friends who show us they care, and we should be thankful.

Are recent as an hour ago, residents dropped street names onto our Facebook page, including:

  • Long Street, Lake Grove
  • Hettys Path, Farmingville
  • Norma Boulevard, Holbrook
  • Sutton Place, Holbrook
  • Windham Lane, Holbrook
  • Neill Drive Cul de Sac, Farmingville
  • Concord Drive, Holtsville
  • Buckingham Drive, Holbrook
  • Glen Summer Road, Holbrook
  • Fallen Leaf Road, Holbrook
  • Greenbrier Avenue, Farmingville
  • Wiggins Street, Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Silva Street, Holbrook
  • Honeysuckle Lane, Holtsville
  • Blue Point Road, Holtsville
  • Vautrin Avenue, Holtsville

One Facebook commenter noted that it might be easier to list which streets actually have been plowed.

In addition, Lily Bedell wrote to Patch about the lack of plows in the five corners section of Lake Grove/Lake Ronkonkoma.

"It must be addressed ASAP," she writes. "No more excuses, people need to go to work and the sick and elderly need assistance. Nobody can get in or out and the snow can't be removed by hand. This is becoming a dangerous situation. We pay taxes and have been polite and patient. This new way of handling the highways is not working."



Russ February 10, 2013 at 09:22 PM
When this is finally over, HEADS MUST ROLL!!!! I've lived in Holtsville 33 yrs & have NEVER NEVER seen things this bad and we've had worse snowfalls than this Nemo. Trust me!! Its really simple. Epic Fail by State, County, & Towns!!! Inexcuseable!!! If they could handle it yrs ago , WHY NOT NOW?? I know for a fact Brookhaven Highway Dept has been downsized to almost nothing, equipment & personel. All to save taxpayer $$$. Now we're paying the consequences.
cathie vacanti February 10, 2013 at 09:47 PM
This is so bad.....streets are horrible and unsafe...
Kerri jacobs February 10, 2013 at 09:58 PM
This is insane!!!! Live on Somers ct n we r stranded!!! If there is n emergency we can not get out!!! Please come Somers ct farmingville
Steve February 10, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I agree with with Russ I have lived in Farmingville for 22 years and never seen such a lack of effort from the highway dept They should have ask for help from other municipalities(Oyster Bay, town of Hempstead, or Babylon just to name and few if they could not do the job. I can't wait for election day
Jamie February 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Where is the Brookhaven town supervisor??? I have not heard from him in all of this???
dr February 11, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Royal o as k crush has not Seen a plow yet
dr February 11, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Royal oak ct
nicole florczak February 11, 2013 at 08:30 AM
If they are downsizing to save us money why do my taxes keep going up every year..trailblazer ct holbrook still no plow
Edward Reynolds February 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
The end of the article about being thankful should be used in a sermon, not to explain why the streets are not plowed. Answer the people's questions, "WHERE ARE THE PLOWS"? Where is supervisor Romaine? Taxpayers are not getting the services we pay for. Politicians stop giving excuses and do what you are elected to do. Remember you can be voted out by the same peolpe who elected you.
Michael Martin February 11, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Please share this and spread it on your face book walls. This person needs to be held accountable and lose his job and if he is there because he gets votes, lets remember not to vote for him in November. Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways (631) 451-9200 Michael V. Murphy Deputy Superintendent
Jamie February 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I am thankful that I might be fired since I could not get to my job today. WHEN ARE THE PLOWS COMING???? DAY 3????11th Street 3 blocks from the LIE
BONNIEGIRL February 11, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Deerfield Court, Holtsville NO PLOW!
don thornton February 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
John Cosgrove February 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I FINALLY got through to the town of crookhaven, spoke to a loyal soldier who could give me no updates, said it could still be days!!..when asked if the state is helping she said " not that i know of".. This is a discrace..means no school tomorrow because buses cant get through!!!..and its 2013.. They have no ONLINE updating..2013 and we cant get updates online? and get this they have one person answering the phones!!
John Cosgrove February 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
MICHAEL V Murphy..fire him now.. Does this utter incompetence, lack of direction/communication remind you of LIPA during sandy?
Theresa Oakes February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
There is a special election for the Town of Brookhaven Highway Superintendent on March 5 because the highway position is vacant after former Superintendent John Rouse was elected as a Suffolk County Court judge. This could be why the town's department is not operating properly and clearing the streets. Too bad those up for election on March 5 are not directly involved with the clean-up although they do currently hold political positions.
Recall Ed Romaine & Fire Dan Panico February 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
LMAO @ "All to save taxpayer $$$" have your taxes gone done? Mine haven't. The department may have been downsized of equipment and personnel, but any "savings" was spent elsewhere.
James Cacioli February 12, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I plowed for the town for many years and never left streets in the condition that the streets in area are in. The plows come by with the blades up, not doing anything but wasting time. I live in Selden South of Mooney Pond Rd. and it is a mess.
John Train February 12, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Ashland court Holtsville, desparately trying to dig out with snowblowers, Need insulin and can't get out to get it. Plus only food left in house is pasta- a deadly combination. Barretts avenue, Blue Point Road, Furrows Road..NO PLOW. At this point a plow wont work, must be a payloader. HELP I will lose my job, and possibly my toes for the incompetance of others.
Lou February 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM
These idependent contractors that the town hires drive around aimlesly in their crappy pickup trucks looking for an easy street to plow. They are not going to blow a transmission or break a plow for the town.
Brookhaven999 February 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Dear Assemblyman Graf, Update? What update? Thanks for the little homily about what we should be thankful for. You're certainly shovelling against the tide, or haven't you noticed? Perhaps you should consider listening instead of defending and lecturing. Buckley Road is a disgrace, some neighborhoods got plowed well and some still haven't been yet. A number of snow plow drivers displayed incompetence, to put it politely, and should be replaced. The Brookhaven snow management was a disaster, NOT because this was a severe storm, but because you have grown men playing with trucks like little boys in a sandbox, and my taxes are paying them to do it. It's time to clean house, fire poor drivers, and hire good ones. The guys I watched over the weekend appear to be completely untrained.


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