The year of 2012 has come to an end, but there are a few issues and ongoing stories to keep an eye on as we move into 2013:
* Heavy Traffic - Heavy traffic on several of Commack's main roadway is becoming an increasing concern mentioned by residents, local parents and drivers. Commack Community Association has brought a petition to the Town of Huntington to restrict truck traffic on Townline Road while others are taking similar steps with local intersections along Veterans Motor Parkway. What actions will officials take? Are you concerned about local traffic and seeking changes? What changes would you like to see?
* Commack School District's Budget - Commack School District faced difficult decisions when putting together the 2012-13 school budget, cutting dozens of teachers and school clubs. How will the second year of the tax cap impact Commack School District? What difficult decisions will school board members and the community face this upcoming March - May?
* Marion Carll Farm Lawsuit - One issue that may play a role in the Commack School District's budget is the ongoing Marion Carll Farm Lawsuit, in which Marion Carll's heirs have sued the school district for possession of the historic farm. Four residents have filed a motion to intervene, which the district is also fighting against. What will be the cost of these lawsuits and will it have an impact on the district's budget? Who will get possession of Marion Carll Farm?
* Industrial Zoning - In another corner of Commack, residents are locked in a battle with local business owners who are looking to continue heavy industrial businesses in the so-called Kings Park industrial zone. Residents complain of affecting their everyday life. Where homeowners and business owners collide, Smithtown Town officials have been placed in the middle and a controversial Lawrence Road Study suggests the industrial zone be drastically expanded. What decision will Smithtown officials make?
* Proposed Hess Gas Station - A lawsuit has delayed plans to build a Hess gas station on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road. Smithtown Town officials approved the controversial plans, that residents complained would increase traffic on a deadly intersection. Will a Hess station be built or a will a blighted building continue to stand?
* Blighted Properties - The former Shell station at the site of the proposed Hess station residents argue should be considered one of Commack's blighted buildings. Smithtown officials have promised to crack down on blighted building, holding recent hearings on Smithtown properties. Will Smithtown officials take action in 2013?
* Recovery from Sandy - Superstorm Sandy hit Long Islanders hard this October, slamming the region and forcing many local businesses to close for days on end. Restaurants suffered tremendous loss of business will be fighting for months to recover. Smithtown officials warn the how much will taxpayers have to cover and pay for it yet to be determined.