2022 Annual Meeting Announcement

Dear Crane Neck Resident,

We hope you and your families are doing well.

Please mark your calendar for the annual meeting of the Crane Neck Association to be held on Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. at the Emma Clark Library. We hope to see you there.

We take this opportunity to remind you to pay your annual dues at the earliest opportunity, in case you haven’t paid yet.

The Crane Neck Association Board

2020 Annual Meeting Announcement

Dear members of the Crane Neck Association:

We hope you and your families all are well.

Many of us missed our beach party, Halloween festivities and numerous other get-togethers with our neighbors.  We are hopeful that we will be able to resume these activities in 2021.

As we noted in previous emails, we were unable to hold our Annual Meeting earlier in 2020.  However, the Crane Neck Association Board has been very active during the past year and a half and has accomplished quite a bit in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Crane Neck Association will be holding a virtual annual meeting via Zoom on Saturday, December 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for all owners who are current with their dues.

If you would like to participate in the Zoom Annual Meeting on December 12th, please check your email for the announcement and reply to it. You can also contact any member of the CNA board for the invitation link.

Take care and stay healthy.

Crane Neck Association Board of Directors

2019 Annual Meeting: Saturday, May 4th at 9:00am.

Dear Residents of Crane Neck,

The annual Crane Neck Association meeting will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 9:00am in the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Please make your way to the basement where a large room will be reserved for our meeting. We urge all the residents of Crane Neck to attend as we will be discussing important issues pertaining to our community, including the roads, election of new board members and budget.

We hope to see you there,

The Board of the Crane Neck Association.


Crane Neck Association Annual Meeting – May 2018

Crane Neck Association Annual Meeting

May 5, 2018

The meeting was held at Emma Clark Library and called to order at 9:40 am by CNA
board president Marisela Staller.
• Board members attending: Marisela Staller, James Mammen, Roberta Gordon, and
Lise Sasson.

• Membership attending: Veronica Groth, Karen Wexler, Thomas Dowd, Astrid Wimmer,
Roseanne Cole, Gina Titus, Barbara and Will Gray, Hayley Ogle, Rick Greenberg,
Brian Carmody, Richard Hamburg, Chris Smith, Annette and Arthur Grollman, Mary
Harrington, Lev Ginsburg, Tom Gulbransen, David Douglas, Christine D’Alessandro
others present but not signed in.

President’s Report – Marisela Staller

• Marisela reported the year in review. Shore Road was repaved. Potholes and road
maintenance was performed per usual.

• Dues were raised due to the increased maintenance required.

• Fishing pass requests were down due to the increase in fee. However the fisherman
who have been in good standing for many years were grandfathered in at rate of

• Landscaping contract will change this year to significantly decrease roadside
maintenance to twice per year (late Spring and late Fall), and flax pond flap
maintenance to once per month and on call during storms.

• Due to long overdue need, tree trimming was performed. Expense was approximately
$17,000. $2250 per day was paid over 7 days.

• Beach gate repair was required after a vehicle hit and run.

• Snow removal contract was awarded, again, to Aronica. They have done an
exceptional job.

Roads Report

Emil Moshkovich is Roads chair but was unavailable for meeting.

• The company All-Island paving was awarded contract again for road maintenance
(Pot hole repair) as well as repaving, and will begin in June. There are extensive
repairs to pot holes this year. Until the road is repaved, this condition will continue to
deteriorate and require more expensive patching.

• The re-pavement of road will take place from 3 Crane Neck Road to 12 Crane Neck

• This will cost the total of our budgeted amount of $75,000

• James noted that we have budgeted an extra $6,500 for the extensive pot holes.

• There was a general discussion regarding the possibility of the road berm needing
work vs the problem being the flap and drain into flax pond. There were 2 members
present who had vehicles totaled last year due to flooding of salt water on to Crane
Neck Road. The concern was raised, again, that when the road floods it becomes
impassible. The residents living beyond 28 Crane Neck Road may not be accessible by emergency vehicles when the road floods. This has been a problem for many
years, perhaps created by Superstorm Sandy. One resident suggested FEMA be
• The contract between Stony Brook University and Crane Neck Association to assist
with road repair and maintenance was deemed invalid by Stony Brook University.
Historically, the University had paid 1/3 of our maintenance costs. The board is
currently working with Stony Brook on new contract.

Beach Report – Lise Sasson
• Crane Neck Beach Party is scheduled for July 21, same time schedule as last year.
Invitations to follow in early July.

• Please see addendum 2 for Save the Date Card.

• Beach cleanup is scheduled May 26 from 10 am – 12 pm.

• We have 2 Girl Scout Troops from Stony Brook and East Setauket joining us.

• Signs will be made for clean up.

• Christine D’Alessandro spoke regarding the new flax pond walking path which is
currently under construction. The plans are for a newly (ADA approved) bridge and
walking path, including 5 parking spots and 2 hunter parking spots located at Marine
Lab. It was discussed that the DEC may be required to complete an environmental
impact statement. Please see addendum 3 – Flax Pond Revised Unit Management

• Regarding the ongoing deer/tick problem; Rebecca VanDerBogart and Haley Ogle are
working on a questionnaire to distribute to the community. They will collect data and
get back to us with findings.

• There have been several requests to gain permits for swimming and access to Crane
Neck Beach which, by unanimous agreement of the membership, will be denied.
New Business

• Roberta Gordon discussed the 501c3 status of the Crane Neck Association. We are in
need of legal advice to better clarify our tax situation and other matters.

• Cary Staller offered to draft a letter of dues responsibility to be sent to real estate
brokers upon closing of any real deeded property with rights to Crane Neck Beach.

• Astrid Wimmer informed the group that the pipes to the grate at the Flax Pond drain
flap have been fixed.

• Christine Smith offered to look into the requirements and costs of having a natural gas
line installed to the end of Crane Neck Road.

• Roberta Gordon made a motion to change terms of Crane Neck Association Board
members from 3 years to 5 years. Christine D’Alessandro – second. Vote was 13 yes,
1 no. Motion passed.

• Cary Staller made a motion for a $5,000 special assessment to repave all roads in
Crane Neck. Veronica Groth second. 3 Yes, 12 No. Motion denied. There was further
discussion about how to improve the roads.

• Rebecca VanDerBogart made a motion to elect Hayley Ogle and Christine
D’Alessandro and the re-elect Roberta Gordin, Emil Moshkovich, and Lise Sasson to
the board. Marisela Staller and James Mammen will continue in advisory positions.

Meeting adjourned 11:30 am.

2018 Annual Meeting: Saturday, May 5th at 9:30am.

Dear Residents of Crane Neck,

The annual Crane Neck Association meeting will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 9:30am in the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Please make your way to the basement where a large room will be reserved for our meeting. We urge all the residents of Crane Neck to attend as we will be discussing important issues pertaining to our community, including the roads, election of new board members and budget.

We hope to see you there,

The Board of the Crane Neck Association.


Crane Neck Association Annual Meeting

Crane Neck Association

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

Dear Fellow Crane Neck Resident,

The spring/summer season is a very busy time of year in Crane Neck as nature begins to explode and we all are coming out of hibernation to enjoy varied outdoor activities and all that the Crane Neck community has to offer.

It is also the time of the Annual Membership Meeting of the Crane Neck Association, and this year’s meeting is scheduled for Saturday Morning, April 29th at 9 AM at the Keeper’s Cottage at the Old Field Lighthouse. All members of the Crane Neck Association are invited to attend to review the activities of the association for the past year and to provide input into the association’s plans for the coming year and beyond. This meeting is a good opportunity for members to reconnect with their neighbors after the past months of winter inactivity.

The CNA Board over the past year has continued to focus on its responsibilities in accordance with the bylaws of the association. The CNA has continued to maintain the roads of the community, maintain the Crane Neck Beach and promote the sense of neighborhood in the Crane Neck community. This is accomplished by a group of volunteer Board Members, and I am grateful for the service to the community they have provided during the past year. Two board members have fulfilled their commitments this year and will be leaving the board as of this annual meeting. Deepti Gupta has been indispensable in carrying out her duties as secretary of the Board and her position will be difficult to replace. As called for in the by laws of the association, I will also be “retiring” from the board and I again thank the board members for all the support they have provided.

The past year has been especially active for the association and the annual meeting is an opportunity for the board to discuss its initiatives with membership.

Among those important initiatives are:

1) Maintaining the roads of the community, keeping them safe from snow ice and debris. One of the major initiatives of the board has been the establishment of a proactive program to resurface the roads of the community, a program that necessitated the implementation of a special assessment to membership in the past year. The status of the annual membership dues and the possibility of an additional assessment will be discussed at the meeting..

2) Investigating a solution to the continued unauthorized use of the Crane Neck Beach, a situation that threatened the safety of membership who used the beach as well as the environment being overwhelmed by trash and debris from uninvited guests. The solution to this issue has previously been forwarded and will be discussed at the meeting.

3) Considering a proposal to revise the calculation of dues to be based partially upon assessed valuation of property rather than the flat rate procedure. This proposal has been previously forwarded by Treasurer James Mammen and is available on the association’s website and will be discussed at the meeting.

4) The annual beach cleanup, coordinated by Marisela Staller and Lise Sasson, is undertaken every year to get the beach ready for spring and summer enjoyment. A date and time for this years cleanup will be announced soon.

The board will welcome inclusion of additional agenda topics as time permits. In that regard, please forward to me any relevant topics for inclusion in the agenda.

Lastly, as mentioned above, two board members (Deepti and myself) are required to step down as board members per the bylaws of the association. In addition, a number of vacancies exist due to family relocations etc. and that creates the need for additional volunteer board members. I would request that you consider volunteering for these important positions. I assure you that participation will only take up a minimal amount of your personal time. If you can volunteer, I request that you provide your name to any of the current board members whose email addresses are provided at the bottom of this letter.

I hope to see you at the meeting on the 29th . Thanks to the Old Field Village Board, we have been able to secure the Cottage for our meeting, but I must advise that space there is limited so please be aware of this when making plans to attend.

Thank you again for your continued support of the community of Crane Neck and I look forward to seeing you on the 29th.

Very Truly Yours,

Thomas Dowd  – President

Deepti Gupta – Secretary

James Mammen – Treasurer 

Joseph Mitchell – Roads Commissioner

Marisela Staller – Beach Co Chairperson

Emil Moshkovich – Co Secretary and Webmaster

Lise Sasson – Beach Co Chairperson

Crane Neck Association Assessment Meeting – Tuesday, October 4th 7:30PM

Dear Crane Neck Residents,

There will be a Crane Neck Association meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30PM in the Community Room at the Emma Clark Library. The meeting is called to discuss the proposed plans for road maintenance. Please find the referenced letter below:



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