May 27th E-newsletter from Legislator Kara Hahn
Suffolk Begins Phased Reopening
The Long Island region has met the metrics developed by New York State to prevent a potential resurgence of COVID-19 infections and today began Phase One of its reopening of our local economy. Reopening will occur in four phases and at least two weeks will separate each phase to allow for appropriate monitoring and analysis of the impacts the change has on infection and hospitalization rates.
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
- Restaurants / Food Services
- Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
For more information on the phased reopening, please visit:
The Suffolk County Parks Department has announced that Campgrounds will officially open for all those with existing reservations beginning Monday, June 1st. Additionally, the reservation system is now accepting NEW camping reservations for stays on and after June 15th. Please note:
- Reservation window has been extended to 180 days.
- Camping units must be self-contained. No tent camping.
- There will be no walk-up reservations at this time but you can make reservations 24 hours in advance for the first day of camping.
Visit the Parks Department’s Camping page for further guidelines related to camping at Suffolk County Parks: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Things-To-Do/Camping
What Do You Think?
The Suffolk County Legislature will be in session next week and while its auditorium remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still several ways for you to participate in the upcoming meetings remotely.
To weigh in on resolutions and issues being considered by legislators during committee meetings June 1st - 4th and the general meeting on June 9th, testimony may be submitted by:
Recording Testimony Over the Phone
A new initiative, parties can now call (631) 853-3685 and leave a three-minute message about topics of concern and specific resolutions being considered by lawmakers. Residents should include their names as well as whether they are speaking about a specific resolution or addressing a specific committee.
Sending Testimony By Email
Comments may be submitted in writing by emailing Clerk.Legislature@suffolkcountyny.gov.
Sending Testimony by Regular Mail
Comments may be mailed to the attention of the Clerk’s Office at the Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787.
Testifying at a Public Hearing via Zoom
You can testify at a public hearing scheduled for the June 9th General Meeting through Zoom. Sign up to receive the meeting invitation by filling out the online form at www.scnylegislature.us/publichearing.
All meetings will be livestreamed at www.scnylegislature.us.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Continues Online Programing
Though CCE’s in-person workshops and programs are still on pause, it would like to invite you to join one of its digital program meetings this week! More information on these and other programs it offers can be found at http://ccesuffolk.org.
Virtual Baby Café
Thursdays through June 25th
The BFREE team is excited to host a virtual Baby Cafés to provide breastfeeding support to pregnant and new mothers (and their families) during this challenging time. There will be Spanish translation from a representative from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County available from 10-11am.
Click here for more information and to register.
Raising Backyard Chickens Webinar
Friday May 29th, 3 - 4:30PM
Thinking about raising chickens? Join us to learn all you need to know and ask our 4-H Animal Science Educator any questions you may have. Topics will include basic terminology, town regulations, and egg laying. We will also provide information on choosing breeds, deciding between chicks versus hens, chick care, and maintaining chicken health. We’ll then go over daily responsibilities, hen housing, hen nutrition, seasonal care, and hen health concerns. We will wrap up the presentation with common chicken questions, and be available to answer any other questions that you might have. Click here for more information and to register.
Health and Wellness Chats - Aging Well: Wellness for Seniors
Friday May 29th
9:00am-9:30am & 10:00am-10:30am (Spanish)
Join SNAP-Ed for a thirty-minute zoom session on popular health and wellness topics presented at two times in both English and Spanish. Click here for more information
Family Fridays with SNAP-Ed
Fridays through July 31, 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Every week a SNAP-ED educator will bring you a 15min educational family event. These will range from kid friendly recipes to family stretching routines to story time and more. Click here for more information.
Native Plants in Your Garden - ONLINE
Monday, June 1, 7 - 8PM OR
Tuesday, June 2, 7 - 8PM
Native plants are the best choices for Long Island gardeners. Not only are they vigorous and attractive, but native plants support our pollinators. Discover the increasing array of handsome native plants that can you can incorporate in your landscape. Click here for more information on Monday’s Class or Tuesday’s.
Ticks on Parade - Free Virtual Workshop with the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Tuesday, June 2, 7 - 8PM
Join Dr Tamson Yeh from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in this virtual Zoom workshop to learn about types of ticks on LI, how to protect yourself from ticks and deal with ticks in the landscape. Open to all, registration is required. Click here for more information.
The Magic of Compost - ONLINE
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 2 - 3PM OR
Thursday, June 4, 1 - 2PM
Compost is a residential win-win for increasing soil health and for reducing the volume of waste headed to a municipal landfill. Learn 4 different types of composting methods in this workshop, including outside and indoor composting, aerobic and anaerobic techniques, worm and lasagna approaches. Click here for more information on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s Class.
Residents who have questions related Suffolk County government and/or the coronavirus should visit the County’s website: www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov or call Suffolk 3-1-1 (631-853-6311 if outside the county) to be directly connected to a live operator who can direct your call to the appropriate place.