After nearly two decades of continued conflict, local veterans of recent wars will soon receive the recognition they have earned on those foreign battle-fronts back here on the home-front. Through a partnership my office has forged with American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts located in Setauket, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, and the Long Island State Veterans Home, we have made substantial progress in our plan to update four existing local war memorials. These updates are designed to commemorate the sacrifices made by the most recent generations of America’s service members of the Cold War, the Gulf Wars and the Global War on Terror.
Our partners and I expect the updates to memorials located in Stony Brook Village, on the Setauket Village Green, at the Setauket Veterans Memorial Park and along the Port Jefferson harbor front to cost approximately $30,000 and be funded through donations and sponsorships from the community. We are counting on our residents and small business owners to help meet this goal quickly so we can begin work in the early spring. Once the fundraising goal has been met, we will contract with a local stonemason to update the monuments, hopefully in time to unveil them this coming Memorial Day, certainly the ideal time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
If you would like to make a contribution, donations are being accepted through (and payable to) the Veterans Memorial Fund, PO Box 986, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 or can be hand delivered to the following service post locations:
Suffolk County established a Single Use Plastic Reduction Task Force in 2018 through legislation I sponsored. As the Task Force’s Chairwoman, my first goal was to encourage Suffolk eateries to go straw-less through a countywide initiative intended to reduce single-use plastic waste originating from these establishments. Dubbed “Strawless Suffolk,” organizers work in coordination with the Surfrider foundation’s “Strawless Summer” campaign to convince restaurants throughout the County to pledge to stop using plastic straws. To date, nearly 100 restaurants have agreed to stop using straws completely; provide biodegradable straws made from paper or bamboo upon request; or provide reusable straws made of stainless steel or glass.