Letter: Health Department to Provide Information on Middle School Issues

State Sen. John Flanagan writes to the community about the Northport Middle School.

For many parents and students of the Northport-East Northport School District, the last few months have been a time of uncertainty, concern and, yes, fear.  

The ongoing situation at the Northport Middle School (NMS) has been at the forefront of the minds of many residents and they deserve to have access to all the important information about the environmental concerns at the school.

 To help ensure that community members have access to needed information, I recently sent a letter to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS), the lead agency in the NMS environmental matter, asking for complete transparency as they gather information and work with the school district on a remediation plan.

SCDHS Commissioner James Tomarken quickly provided a response to our letter and we thank him for his diligence in this matter.  In the letter, he assured my office that the County would provide us with regular updates regarding the situation, which we will then share with the public since transparency will allow those most affected to know the facts.  Both letters are currently available for our residents to view on my website (flanagan.nysenate.gov).

To help ensure that the community has access to the information they deserve, the SCDHS has appointed a contact person who will be available to speak directly to our residents as this matter progresses:
Amy Juchatz, MPH
Environmental Toxicologist
Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Should anyone in the community have any questions or concerns about the environmental issues at NMS, we encourage them to contact SCDHS at the number or email provided.

We thank Commissioner Tomarken for his willingness to work with our residents and are hopeful that this will help ease concerns of the community.

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