Christmas Tree Lighting Controversy

Some community groups and members decided to decorate the tree located on a piece of Village property that had recently been 'dismantled' There were post holes, pieces of metal sticking up out of the ground and other potential dangers that required cleaning up.  The Village Board was never aware of the Tree lighting plan until the day before it was to occur.  Questions arose as to the safety and liability concerns as well as whether any formal request was submitted by said groups.  The Mayor advised one or more groups or group members that the decorating could not go on as planned and proceeded to have the property cleared in anticipation of a formal request that would include proof of insurance. (As is done with ANY lawful public gathering/fair/celebration on Village property).   

Yet somehow these facts have been distorted on social media and in email blasts that seem to indicate that the Village Board is trying to stop the Mayor, the many community groups and even the local newspaper from enjoying holiday festivities on Main Street.   Mayor Miller as chief officer of the Village discussed this thoroughly with his Board and Attorney and everyone is supportive and awaiting the formal request and proof of insurance from whatever group is hosting the event.

Any discussion or statements to the contrary are categorically FALSE.


Amnesty Night

The Board has decided by resolution #1101147-18D-59 to offer residents two (2) Court Amnesty Nights on November 28, 2017 and December 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you come to court one of those nights, you may be offered reduced court fines. The Court has indicated that this amnesty shall only apply to existing judgments for unpaid fines.  All payments must be paid with cash or check.

If you do not pay your outstanding judgement(s) on one of these court amnesty nights, your case shall be forwarded to the State, County, or Town for collection as the Village will be dissolved effective midnight December 31, 2017.


The last day to pay Village Taxes is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  No payments will be accepted beginning November 1, 2017.  All outstanding Village Taxes will then be payable through the Town of Brookhaven.


October 24, 2017

A letter to residents:

In order to make the dissolution transition as smooth as possible we are working in tandem with the Town of Brookhaven to process your building projects and files.

The closed Village Building Department records have been taken by the Town of Brookhaven. All building related FOILS can be filled out on the Town form: httpsz/

All open building files remain at Village Hall and we will be accepting new building applications until October 31, 2017. As of November 1, 2017 the Town will be taking over all duties of the Building Department.

Robert A. Miller Jr. Mayor




Passing of Village Employee Derek Buffa

We are deeply saddened that our newest DPW employee, Derek Buffa, lost his life in a car crash in Medford on Monday.  He was only 23 years old.

Although only employed for a short time, Derek was an excellent employee and had a bright future ahead of him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The funeral arrangements for Derek Buffa are as follows:

Wake Arrangements: Thursday (8/17) and Friday (8/18)  2-4pm and 6-10pm both days at Moloney-Sinnicksons Funeral Home, 203 Main Street (Montauk Highway), Center Moriches

Funeral: Saturday (8/19) 9:30am at St. Judes Roman Catholic Church, 89 Overlook Drive, Mastic Beach

Paving Project

Dear Resident:

This year's Roadway Improvement Program is now underway and I am pleased to inform

you that  *See Below* is scheduled for improvement on or

about Thursday; July 20, 2017 , weather permitting.

This work will take approximately 1 - 2 weeks to complete.

In order to accomplish this project as efficiently as possible, we need your help and

1.     During working hours (Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.),
your street will be open, but at times access may be limited.

2.      Please do not leave any vehicles parked in the roadway during working hours.

If possible, park on the nearest cross street not under improvement, a
minimum of 100 feet from the comer.

3.      Please adjust your plans for deliveries and other daily functions.

4.      During non-working hours, you will have unlimited access to your street.

5.      Please avoid having water flow from lawn sprinklers, car washing, etc., into
the street from your property during working hours.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

Roads being milled and paved:

Madison Street from Mastic Road to Village Border

Wavecrest Drive from Mastic Beach Road to Mastic Road

Riverside Avenue from Madison Street to Biltmore Drive

Neighborhood Road from Oakwood Drive to Clearview Drive


The 2017-18 Village property tax bills have been mailed as of May 31, 2017.

Pursuant to New York State law, Village taxes are due and payable between June 1, 2017, and July 1, 2017, inclusive, without penalty.  Payments may be made by mail, online (by check or credit card) and in person at Village Hall, 369 Neighborhood Road, Mastic Beach, New York  11951 (between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday except for holidays).

Effective July 2, 2017, penalties and fees for unpaid taxes are 5% during the month of July 2017 and 1% for each month thereafter.

All Village taxes and fees unpaid as of October 1, 2017, will be transmitted to the Town of Brookhaven Assessor's Office for collection on the 2017-18 Brookhaven Town tax bill with potential, additional penalties, fines and interest added.


Additionally, as required by New York State law, the Board of Trustees in April 2017 was required to adopt a full year’s budget for the new fiscal year that commenced on June 1, 2017.  The law does not permit the proration of Village tax bills.  Accordingly, any and all unencumbered funds that may be available after the Village’s dissolution date (December 31, 2017) will be used to reduce the Village’s debt (most notably to pay off scheduled bond principal and interest payments resulting from the purchase several years ago of the Village Hall building and to settle pending litigation against the Village).  Unencumbered funds are those that may be available after all outstanding bills received after January 1, 2018, for expenses the Village incurred on or before December 31, 2017, are paid.

Dated:  May 31, 2017

Revised: June 2, 2017

Building Hours as of May 15, 2017

Effective Monday May 15, 2017

All Building and Rental Permit applications (including renewals) shall be filed in person, on a first come, first serve basis, during the following scheduled hours:

(Except for Holidays)

Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays

From 9:15 am to 11:15 am

Wednesday Nights

4:30 pm to 7:00 pm



Wednesday Night Building Hours

Please note:

Wednesday night building hours have been canceled until further notice.  The building hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  No appointment needed.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Suffolk County Police Announce "Operation Shield"

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees on April 18, 2017, Inspector Gerard McCarthy and COPE Officer Michael Casper announced a new Police-Department initiative known as "Operation Shield".

This program enables residents and business owners to register their contact information concerning security cameras located on their premises.  In the event there is criminal activity in the general vicinity of the residents' and/or business owners' security cameras, the police will contact the camera owners and request to review the footage in question.  

By working together, police representatives are hopeful this initiative will yield additional information to help solve crimes.

Anyone wishing to register their contact information for their security cameras may do so by signing up using the link below:

Questions about this initiative may be directed to the Suffolk County Police Department, Seventh Precinct at 631.852.8700.

Mayor Miller: "Operation Rolling Thunder" Rolls into Day 3

Mayor Miller reports that "Operation Rolling Thunder" is in its third and likely final full day of operation with multiple crews working throughout the Village.

The weather has cooperated for the crews from K. Dymond Industries, Inc. of Medford, NY, and they are on target to finish up the Village Board's emergency-pothole repair initiative. Trustee Fred Krage continues oversight of this project.

Pictured is a crew addressing emergency-pothole repairs on Park Drive in Mastic Beach.

Mayor Miller: Day 2 of "Operation Rolling Thunder" Update

Mayor Robert A. Miller reports that midway through Day 2 of "Operation Rolling Thunder", emergency-pothole repairs are progressing at a strong pace.

By the end of today, repairs will have been completed on the Village's main thoroughfares (Neighborhood, Mastic Beach, Mastic, Wavecrest and Riverside) in addition to work on side streets in the Parkview/John's Neck area. Repair work is commencing in the Park/Riviera area as well.

Weather permitting, the balance of the repairs is expected to be completed by late afternoon TOMORROW. It is possible a small number of potholes may require an additional day to complete and this will be known once an assessment is completed tomorrow afternoon.

Mayor Miller: Day One of "Operation Rolling Thunder" Update

The first day of pothole repairs concluded with work done on and near portions of Neighborhood Road and Wavecrest Drive.

Mayor Miller noted multiple repair crews, under the oversight of Trustee Fred Krage, will be back in the Village tomorrow (weather permitting).

 Trustee Fred Krage observes pothole repairs near Village Hall on Neighborhood Road.

Trustee Fred Krage observes pothole repairs near Village Hall on Neighborhood Road.

Mayor Miller Announces "Operation Rolling Thunder" Begins During Week Two of New Administration

Mayor Robert Miller announces "Operation Rolling Thunder" Begins During Week Two of New Administration!

This morning, multiple crews began a massive pothole-repair initiative that will take place over the next several days (weather permitting). K. Dymond Industries, Inc. of Medford, NY is undertaking pothole-repair for the Village on an emergency basis. Trustee Fred Krage was designated by Mayor Miller to oversee this project on behalf of the Board of Trustees.


The Village of Mastic Beach has been made aware of an email/political ad which FALSELY claims that $27,000 was spent by the Board of Trustees to file a frivolous lawsuit against Christopher Anderson, a current trustee and candidate for Mayor.

This patently false claim is not only a desperate lie, it is libelous, and Mr. Anderson is well aware that only a portion of these monies were expended in the action to remove him from the Board (as a result of his continued violations of law and his fiduciary duties).  In fact, Mr. Anderson himself approved this expenditure in the roll call vote of the Board.  The fact that he defaulted in the lawsuit and failed to defend himself or deny the charges is more than telling. 


Please be advised that, due to extremely inclement weather and for the safety of all concerned, Quickway Sanitation will be cancelling collection service for Tuesday March 14, 2017 and will resume Tuesday's service on Friday March 17, 2017.

They apologize in advance for any inconvenience.


Dear Village Citizens,

To prepare for the upcoming winter storm, wind and snow event, residents are encouraged to move all vehicles from the roadway Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 12:01 a.m. until further notice. Parked cars are an obstacle for the snow plows and cause excessive snow and ice to be left on the roadways. Code-enforcement will not be issuing tickets for vehicles parked on lawns until after the snow has cleared. 

Also, for everyone’s safety and to help avoid an accident, please stay back, at least, two hundred (200) feet if following a snow plow. Snow plows make frequent stops and are often required to back-up on roadways.

When shoveling snow from driveways, please shovel the excess onto lawns and not onto the street. Shoveling excess snow onto the street can create dangerous and slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians.

Be sure to charge cell phones and have a backup plan to go to a friend/family member's home or a warming station in case of a lack of electricity and/or heat.  If your power goes out, please call PSEGLI  at 1-800-490-0075 or if possible, report outages on the PSEGLI website

We ask that citizens stay home if at all possible during the storm.  In the case of an emergency, please contact 911.

For complete weather updates, please go to


Maura Spery 

Mayor of Mastic Beach


The Division of Local Government Services would like to make you aware of cybercriminal activities that we have become aware of in New York State. Please pass this on to pertinent departmental professionals and community/business leaders in your area. This email contains information on particular scams and how to report your concerns if you feel you have been targeted.


Scammers Renew Scheme Targeting Payroll and HR Professionals 
Cybercriminals posing as company executives are emailing payroll and HR professionals to request lists of employees and their personal information. This time, the scammers are expanding their reach to other industries, including school districts, tribal organizations, and nonprofits. 

These emails may appear legitimate because they contain the name of the company’s chief executive officer. However, if you receive such an email, don’t include any payroll data, such as W-2 forms and Social Security numbers, in a response.

The Tax Department is aware of at least 37 businesses with New York employees that have fallen for this scam and believes more than 5,000 Social Security numbers may have been compromised. The Tax Department is in contact with those businesses and is working with them to protect their employees.

If you’re an employer that has been a victim of this scam and, in response, released any payroll data, such as W-2 information and Social Security numbers, see Guidance for employers affected by a W-2 phishing scam for instructions.

Spear-Phishing Scheme Targeting Practitioners 
This scheme is present throughout the tax practitioner community. It’s committed by scammers who represent themselves as or They’re contacting practitioners after they’ve identified which IRS-authorized e-file provider, or Electronic Return Originator, the practitioner uses to transmit returns.

The caller, falsely claiming to work on behalf of the ERO, suggests the need to reinstall or correct problems with the practitioner’s software. The caller asks the practitioner to connect to their website and provide the passcode and access to the practitioner's computer. If the practitioner complies, the scam artist can steal sensitive client information to commit fraud.

An ERO is an e-file provider authorized by the IRS to submit tax returns for processing. 

Cybercriminals Pose as Clients to Solicit Services from Tax Professionals
In a nationwide phishing scheme, scammers are targeting tax professionals to obtain their preparer information and prepare fraudulent returns. These scammers typically send tax professionals two emails: in the first, a “client” requests tax preparation assistance; in the second, scammers provide a link or attach a PDF that contains a link that allows them to steal the tax preparer’s email address and password.

If you receive a suspicious email, such as one from an unknown sender, don’t select any links or open any attachments contained in the email. This is the scammer’s entry into your computer, exposing you to malware. This could allow the cybercriminal to capture sensitive information without you even knowing that you’ve been compromised.

Phishing Email with the Subject Line “Mails on Hold!” Targets Tax Professionals
Some tax professionals have received emails that appear to be from the IRS or the IRS e-Services team with the subject line “Mails on Hold!” These emails may include references to IRS personnel or PTINs, but they aren’t from the IRS.

If you receive an email with this subject line, don’t select any links or open any attachments contained in these emails. Again, this could provide access into your computer, exposing you to malware and leaving private information vulnerable. 

Protecting Yourself and Your Clients
Tax professionals must protect their clients’ personal information by only providing it to trusted sources such as the IRS and the NYS Tax Department. This includes shredding documents containing private data before discarding, and filing a client’s tax return early to reduce the timeframe an identity thief would have to claim a fraudulent tax refund using their information. 

The NYS Tax Department and the IRS will never make threats over the phone and will never request personal or financial information by email.

Report It
If you’ve been contacted by a scammer posing as an IRS agent, you must contact the IRS. Learn how to report the incident here

If you’ve been contacted by a con artist claiming to be from the New York State Tax Department, visit the Tax Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage to learn how to report it. The Tax Department promptly reviews each complaint and takes corrective action when appropriate.