The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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FSA Congratulates Kings Park on County and State Grants

Congratulations to our neighbors in Kings Park on being awarded more than $20 million in state and county grants to fund a long awaited sewer system and revitalization plan. The Fort Salonga Association is a proud supporter of the Kings Park Civic Association’s efforts along with the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce’s hard work organizing the community effort that resulted in these grants. We wish them the very best as the plans move forward.

FSA Director Scott Paisley, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and FSA Vice President Will Safer

Learn more about the grants and the plans from coverage of today’s press conference hosted by County Executive Steve Bellone.

The FSA’s Scott Paisley, Joe Stolfi, and Will Safer attended the press conference to hear Bellone, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, KP Chamber of Commerce President Tony Tanzi, HP Civic Association Vice President Linda Henninger, and other speakers.

Bellone noted how important the local civics are to the health of the towns, and mentioned the FSA and San Remo civic specifically, in addition to the Kings Park Civic, which was a driving force behind the effort to secure the investment from the county and the state.

FSA directors Joe Stolfi and Scott Paisley with KP Chamber of Commerce President Tony Tanzi

Joe and Scott congratulated Tanzi on his efforts, and Scott and Will had the opportunity to talk with Bellone, who spoke glowingly of Kings Park and Fort Salonga, how our towns are situated in such a lovely area with so much to offer residents. He also spoke of our proximity to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Stony Brook University, and how we are linked to Long Island’s science, engineering, and business future.

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Annual Meeting & Election Jan. 31, 7-8:30 p.m., Fort Salonga Elementary School Cafeteria

The Fort Salonga Association annual meeting and election is Jan. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Fort Salonga Elementary School cafeteria, 39 Sunken Meadow Rd.

The guest speaker will be Police Officer Angela Ferrara.

The election process, candidate statements, and ballots will be mailed to all Fort Salonga households in advance of the election.

Questions? Please email info@fortsalonga.org.

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Annual Meeting Postponed

Dear Neighbors,

The Fort Salonga Association’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, is being postponed. There will be no meeting at the elementary school on Dec. 6. The new meeting date will be announced shortly.

Since our association’s founding in 1946 our officers and directors have always tried to represent the interests of our community at large. We have never been a single issue organization, representing only the few. We are now trying to navigate the very difficult issues surrounding the Indian Hills Country Club with the FSPOA (Fort Salonga Property Owners Association), not to be confused with the FSA. The FSPOA is against the zoning change and the Northwind Group’s plans for development.

Early this week, the FSA board voted to support the zoning change but not the specific plan put forward by the club owner. This has obviously left the FSPOA leadership and its supporters feeling that we are not representing their interests.

Separately, three members of the FSPOA are seeking to be considered for FSA board positions in our upcoming election. We determined that their initial independent nominations did not meet our requirements, which means their names would not have appeared on the ballot.

At the FSPOA’s own community meeting earlier this week, by way of email, and in the local press, FSPOA supporters have expressed extreme displeasure with our board’s decisions. The three independent candidates for the election maintain that their nominations are valid, and that our by-laws require a different interpretation.

Postponing the Annual Meeting and Election
In at least the last 40 years, this is the only time the FSA has had to prepare for a possibly contested election. While our by-laws allow for independent nominations, and provide a process for a contested election, this is essentially a new process for us. As a result, the FSA board has decided we must postpone our annual meeting and election for 45 to 60 days so we can process an open and fair election. We are in communication with the FSPOA leadership and the three independent candidates.

Soon we will announce the new date for the community meeting and election, will publish a complete ballot with all incumbent and the three independent candidate names, and instructions for how Fort Salonga Association members can vote.

Fort Salonga Faces Many Challenges
We believe it is important to show that we are an organization that represents the whole Fort Salonga community, whether you live in Town of Huntington or Town of Smithtown, near the VA or the industrial area, or by Indian Hills. Despite our hamlet occupying a small space on the map, we contend with a broad range of issues and opportunities.

The Indian Hills plan has understandably generated a great deal of interest by our residents. The builder has met numerous times with the FSA, members of the club, and those who live nearby. While some concerns have been mitigated the site plan and environmental concerns still require the community’s careful review. The FSA board was not unanimous in its decision to support the zoning change, but a majority did vote in favor of this decision. You can see a copy of the letter sent on behalf of the board to Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone on the FSA website at www.fortsalonga.org. In the letter to Supervisor Petrone the FSA states that the ultimate configuration of development, including size, type, and quantity of homes is yet to be determined. Also the SEQRA analysis could impact the final plan. All of these factors will be considered by FSA.

The rezoning does not compromise our one acre zoning. Any homes, cluster or single family, will not exceed the one acre yield of the property. The purpose of the cluster zoning law is to preserve open space.

We’ve had residents come to our monthly meetings throughout the year to voice their opinions, and the entire board has read every message sent to info@fortsalonga.org. What we’ve learned is for many people this is not a simple issue. We’ve heard from people who are concerned for the environment and are against the Northwind plan, and from people who are concerned for the environment and are in favor of the Northwind plan. We’ve also heard from people who support one view or another but tell us they are afraid of retaliation from neighbors if they make their opinions known. We hope that feeling will change but it will take good effort on everyone’s part.

There are challenges and opportunities ahead. In the coming year the FSA looks forward to working with all the residents, including the leadership and members of the FSPOA, on solutions that make Fort Salonga the very best community it can be for all of us.

Yours truly,
Frank Capaccio
President
Fort Salonga Association

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Letter to TOH on FSA Vote in Favor of IHCC Zoning Change

Here is a copy of the letter sent by Fort Salonga Association Frank Capaccio to Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone announcing the FSA’s vote in favor of cluster zoning for the Indian Hills Country Club:

Dear Supervisor Petrone,

The proposal to rezone the Indian Hills golf course has generated a great deal of controversy in our community. Recognizing the significance of this decision to the future of Fort Salonga our association has reviewed the application considering all the implications. We have met repeatedly with residents and the builder and also solicited input from the community at large. After careful consideration it is the considered opinion of the majority of our board of directors to support the rezoning application. This is supported by the majority of our 2,500 residents based on the emails we have received over the past several months. Read More

About the Association

 

About the Fort Salonga Association

The Fort Salonga Association brings together members of the community to enjoy all the hamlet has to offer. It monitors and engages with local government, advocating on community members’ behalf and offering counsel on issues that impact residents.

The Association hosts an annual spring brunch, a spring egg hunt, caroling in December, and more. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter for all households in the hamlet, and provides news and other community updates through this web site.

Who joins the Fort Salonga Association?
Everyone who lives in Fort Salonga is invited to join. Each spring the Association promotes its annual paid membership, which is $15 per household. Households don’t need to join to receive the quarterly newsletter but know that your annual dues payment helps the Association promote the community and advocate on its behalf to help preserve our way of life.

How do I know I’m in Fort Salonga?
Fort Salonga is bounded by portions of Bellrose Avenue, Pulaski Road, and Old Northport Road to the south, the Sunken Meadow Parkway to the east, the Long Island Sound to the north, and approximately along Norwood Avenue to the west. Fort Salonga is split by Bread & Cheese Hollow Road, and to the west the hamlet sits in the Town of Huntington, and to the east it sits in the Town of Smithtown.