Crane Neck Association News – Spring 2022     

The days are getting longer and warmer with every sunset and a sense of renewal surrounds us.

It’s a perfect time to share some news and updates!  Your Crane Neck Association Board of Directors has been working diligently to handle important matters on behalf of our community.  This newsletter will provide some highlights.

Meet the Crane Neck Board:

The Crane Neck Association Board is composed of Crane Neck residents who volunteer to keep our neighborhood running. As a Board, our biggest responsibility is to maintain the roads in Crane Neck. We also look after our local beach and arrange social gatherings.  We meet once a month and serve one-year terms.  There is a 5-year term limit, but after a one-year break, directors are eligible to serve again. If you are interested in joining the Board please contact us, we’d love to have you join our ranks! Check out our website:

Board of Directors

Cary Staller, President

Emil Moshkovich, Vice President

James Mammen, Treasurer

Suzanne Gulbransen, Secretary & Beach

Roads: Our 2021 paving project was successfully completed.  Two major sections of Crane Neck Road and the majority of Laurel Lane were paved. Additionally, several potholes were filled.  The roadsides along Crane Neck Road were mowed to keep vegetation from growing into the roadways.  Crane Neck Association also is responsible for plowing and salting our roads.

Trees & Branches: As you (or your landscaping/tree service team) do your spring clean-up, we ask that you survey and remove roadside trees/limbs that have fallen or are in poor shape or sloping on an angle towards the road.  High winds can take down large trees, blocking roads and causing personal injury and/or damage to passing cars. 

REMINDER: If you live on Holly Lane, Childs Lane, Woodcock Lane, Elvira’s Path, Shore Drive, or Laurel Lane, your property extends to the centerline of the road, and you are responsible for all roadside trees on your property. We ask that you clear at least 3 feet on the side of the road adjacent to your property to allow safer visibility for drivers and a place for pedestrians to step off the road.  Please be proactive to ensure the safety of all your friends and neighbors!  Also, note residents are responsible to clear 3 feet around fire hydrants when snow accumulates.

Drainage Pipe Gate Valve: The original drainage pipe was installed in the 1920s by Eversley Childs to allow rainwater to drain from Crane Neck Road into Flax Pond.  The pipe had a flapper valve to keep water from the pond from flowing into Crane Neck Road.  In the mid-1990s, Cary Staller obtained a permit for the pipe from the DEC and installed a new pipe, and reconstructed the berm.  A few years ago, with the permission of the DEC, we installed a gate valve on the roadside of the pipe to keep seawater from flowing into Crane Neck Road during severe storm events.  Opening and closing the gate valve during severe storms and extreme lunar high tides is a manual process that has been attended to by a small group of Crane Neck Board Members and residents.  Board member Emil Moshkovich developed a computer program to forecast when the gate valve needs to be closed.  We are looking for volunteers to sign-up to receive email notifications of upcoming events when the gate valve needs to be closed. The group of volunteers will rotate being “on-call” to handle the closing of the gate valve to help our community.  Please contact the Crane Neck Association email to sign-up to be part of this initiative.

Crane Neck Beach:  Our beautiful beach was cleaned up on October, 17 by twenty-six volunteers! Buckets and bags were supplied and all types of debris were collected and properly disposed of. 

SAVE THE DATE: Our next beach Clean-up will be on Saturday, May 14 at 11am – 2pm.

(Rain date: Sunday, May 15.)  All are welcome!

Crane Neck was the place to be on Halloween!

Professor Dumbledore, (aka our own Cary Staller), led 45 children and 30 parents through Crane Neck on Sunday, October 31.  The group walked through Crane Neck, stopping to get treats along the way. Special thank you to Christine & Ron D’Alessandro for the warm welcome at their home located midway through the trek on Childs Lane. Refreshments were generously offered on their lovely outside deck which was enjoyed by all!

Good News…Lenny was found!

New residents Jon and Lauren Bowen and their six children reached out for help to find their lost dog and our community responded! Their toy poodle “Lenny” got out of their home and was lost. Many people took part in the search and spread the word.  Signs were posted and social media engagement.  Lenny had quite the adventure making his way to Crane Neck Point and was reported: “watching the sunset” when he was finally safely found.

Who to call given various situations/issues:

Medical Emergency or Fire:  Call Setauket Fire/EMS at 631.941.4441. Please make sure your house number is prominently displayed.

Police Emergency help: Call 911

Village Code Enforcement Officers :

  • Non-emergencies call 631.941.9412.
  • If Officers are not on-duty, please leave a message. 
  • For more urgent matters call 631.514.4351 (Cell Phone) to contact an on-duty Officer who is on patrol.

Our Village of Old Field Code Enforcement Officers are responsible for handling Village operations and code compliance, for example removing nuisances, checking properties, and solving problems specific to our Village, such as site alteration, construction, parking, or other activities that require permits pursuant to the Village of Old Field regulatory code.  They are employed by the Village and are ready to support the quality of life we all enjoy in the Village.

Village of Old Field:  The Village Clerk and Treasurer are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10am-3pm at 631.941.9412 for permit information, Village Meeting Schedule, etc.

The newly elected Village Board is Tom Pirro, Mayor; Tom Gulbransen, Deputy Mayor; Rebecca Van Der Bogart, Trustee; Bill Schaefer, Trustee; and Morgan Morrison, Trustee. If you need assistance after business hours, you can visit the Village website:

Specific questions to the Crane Neck Board of Directors:

Mark Your Calendars: Crane Neck Association Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, June 25, 2022

Where: Emma Clark Library Basement Community Room

Time: 9am -11am

Come see your neighbors (and meet the new ones) and get more updates and news. We look forward to seeing you all then!

Summer Fun

Thank you so much to everyone who came down to the beach today to make 2013’s Crane Neck BBQ such a huge success!

Beach BBQ, 2013The weather was perfect, the food and drink plentiful,

The grillmaster at workand best of all there were no jellyfish. Though it did seem that a visiting fisherman had left a baby sand shark on the beach for us to admire.

The unexpected guestA good time was had by all, even Crane Neck’s newest resident, little Christopher David, who celebrated being one and a half weeks old by coming to his first beach party.

Baby ChristopherHave a wonderful summer, everyone!

Fall Get-Together!

Update: The date for this was changed to the 27th of October, and it was lovely! Thank you Hasty & Gail for a fun party.

Since our summer beach party was a bust, we’ve decided to hold a fall cocktail party at Hasty & Gail Habicht’s house.  It will be on Saturday, November the 10th, from 5-7pm. Please RSVP to the Ways & Means co chairs (Renee LaSala and Mary Reilly) and everyone attending should bring an appetizer to share.