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Blizzard Response Hot Topic At Meet the Candidates Night

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Supervisor Ed Romaine and Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro at the Port Jefferson-Terryville Civic Association ‘Meet The Candidates ‘ forum Wednesday night pledged not repeat the town's heavily-criticized performance after last year's blizzard if granted a new term by local voters. 

In February, areas of Long Island, including Port Jefferson Station, Miller Place, Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai, all saw an unprecedented amount of snow. Romaine had taken a vacation that week and in his absence there was some mishandling that led to people being snowed into their homes for days. In a question and answer portion of the meeting, Romaine said a lot has been done to prevent what happened during last year’s blizzard.

“I have been working closely with Dan Losquadro on making sure the proper machines are in place…it's really about communication. We are also working on a new GIS system (geographic information system) to help keep track of our vehicles,” said Romaine.

The new GIS system is designed to capture, store, manipulate, and analyze a variety of information in real-time, sending it back to Losquardo’s office giving him all the necessary information to make informed decisions.

Although Losquardo wasn’t in office at the time of the blizzard, he said that he is working with Romaine on upgrading the technology system to allow for not only snow conditions but for anything road related such as construction, traffic, and accident monitoring.

“You know the cameras they have put up on the corners of streets, in major intersections? I am working on a contract to see if we could gain access to those and use them to monitor all roadway conditions in real time,” said Losquardo.

Losquardo didn’t comment on when this system would be fully integrated, but after the meeting said it’s only the beginning. “I would love for Brookhaven’s website to have a picture of the town and allow residents to search their local area and see what’s going on, what routes they should take, and schedule their day on the road. It’s great technology, we are working on it.”

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Earl October 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM
This is comedy! "We are also working on a new GIS system (geographic information system) to help keep track of our vehicles,” said Romaine." They are working on it? What have they been doing for the last 9 months? A solution should be in place already! “You know the cameras they have put up on the corners of streets, in major intersections? I am working on a contract to see if we could gain access to those and use them to monitor all roadway conditions in real time,” said Losquardo." And what does he propose to do? Open a trap door in the street to eliminate the congestion? I wonder if anyone asked about the ridiculous project under way at 112 and 347, and in addition why this was not coordinated with the project from 2 years ago.
D.O'N October 24, 2013 at 06:02 PM
The town already has a vehicle tracking system in place. No one looks at it. Solution: spend more money for a new system no one will look at. The town has foremen who get paid more than $120,000 a year who are supposed to be giving management real time updates of road conditions. They sit in their offices and watch TV (cable). Solution: Tap into the signal video detection system, which will require upgrades at all intersections and high-speed data connections ($$$). It least then the foremen can watch their areas while enjoying their TV. The town already has two-way radio communication with all the highway vehicles. No one uses it. Solution: Spend $1,000,000 on a new radio system that no one will use. (Losquadro talked this up at another meeting.) “I would love for Brookhaven’s website to have a picture of the town and allow residents to ... schedule their day on the road." I would love for Brookhaven's highway department to clear the roads so I don't have to plan alternative routes, avoiding town maintained roads.
Mels Ditties October 24, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Forget about these "politicians"....Give your vote to Lori Baldasarre!....Lori has worked with & for the town for decades...she knows her way around...knows how to make things happen....and gets the job done!.... You can check out her position on the issues we face today (AND tomorrow) at http://www.lori4highway.com/home
Passionate voter October 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Lori is a politician. She was part of the town just a week when the response was so criticizes. Dan Losquadro brings true leadership and innovation to the highway. Dan and Ed and the town board will finally work in conjunction with one another to update this town and lead us into the future. Cot Dan Losquadro on November 4.
Mels Ditties October 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Pls clarify your sentence "she was part of the town....so criticizes"...doesn't make sense.... Dan & Ed bring the same old..same old to the town...let's shake things up w new blood. .. November 4..Lori is the right choice!

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