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NWSFO BROOKHAVEN, NY
OFFICE LOCATION: NWSFO Brookhaven is located on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY just off William Floyd Parkway. The parkway runs the width of Long Island from north to south and intersects the areas major roadways. From the Sunrise Highway and Long Island Expressway, head north on the parkway to reach the office.
OFFICE ACTIVITY: The office is currently staffed with over two dozen employees and is collocated with the New York City Area WSR-88D. NWSFO OKX's County Warning and Forecast Area (CWFA) covers three states (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and consists of 15 counties and the five boroughs of New York City. NWSFO OKX issues aviation, public and marine forecasts. The diverse geography of OKX's CWFA makes weather forecasting a challenge. Two NWR consoles driving four transmitters are operated by the OKX staff. The Central Park Weather Observation (one the most widely used observation in the world) is disseminated from NWSFO OKX. A dedicated line from the Central Park ASOS to the OKX office allows for continuous monitoring. A significant collaborative research effort is underway between the NWSFO staff and the scientist that work for Brookhaven Labs.
TRANSIENT AND PERMANENT LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS: The Brookhaven facility is somewhat isolated, but has direct road access to Long Islands many varied hotels and motels--ranging from budget to luxury price range--within a half-hour to 45 minute drive. Also under an hours drive are many distinct communities with housing at every income level including waterfront, lakefront, rural, urban, and suburban living. More than three million people representing many diverse cultures live on Long Island.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: A car is essential for anyone working at the Brookhaven office. Mass transportation opportunities are limited and rail service requires a 15 minute ride to the station. Parking for NWS employees and visitors is available without charge. A drive of a little more than an hour accesses Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports with service to anywhere in the nation and the world. Islip McArthur Airport serving many destinations is located within a half-hours drive. Because of the regions high population and limited mass transit opportunities, major and local roadways can become congested during the rush hours.
EATING FACILITIES: Because of the offices relatively isolated location, eating facilities are limited except for the laboratorys cafeteria which offers a wide variety of selections. A 20-30 minute drive however, opens up endless dining possibilities.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: The Brookhaven office itself is located on the laboratorys sprawling woodland campus in Eastern Long Island which is a community within itself. NWS employees have "Visiting Scientist" status and can utilize the labs many facilities including tennis courts, fields, indoor pool, gym, etc. and can take part in many organized recreational activities. Outside of the lab, Long Island boasts an incredible variety of communities ranging from densely populated suburbs to rural farming areas. Local newspapers are loaded with community-based opportunities for all ages that are too numerous to mention. One of the regions chief attributes is its access to marine and inland waters including ocean beaches, bays, rivers, and streams and all related activities such as fishing, boating, diving, etc. There are wooded parks and recreational areas and establishments ranging from Splish Splash Water Park to the Okeanos Marine Mammal Zoo and regional shopping malls to the largest outlet centers in the nation. Eastern Long Island also boasts a popular wine region and many communities have downtown areas with specialty stores, antique shops, museums, etc. New York City is approximately an hour-and-a-half drive or a train ride averaging about an hour-and-a-half.
EDUCATION: Long Island's many communities have their own school districts with a wide range of educational facilities. Residents with school-age children many times base their permanent living decisions on school district choices. Research in this area is recommended before settling in a community. Colleges include three campuses of Suffolk Community College, State University at Stony Brook, Dowling College with its new National Aviation Center, and St. Joseph's. Travel less than an hour away will access many other opportunities for higher education.
ECONOMY: For many years, Long Island's economy was dominated by manufacturing, an industry that was defined by defense work with the Grumman Corp. and many other related companies leading the way. With the end of the Cold War and decreased military spending, the region's economy has diversified into service industries, retailing, and a newly emerging high-tech segment led by industry giant Computer Associates which tap into the area's well-educated work force. Yet, the region has slowly realized the economic recovery experienced in other parts of the nation.
TAX INFORMATION: The region has the unfortunate burden of being one of the highest taxed in the country. The New York State Income tax is among the highest and the local sales tax currently stands at 8.25 percent. Long Island's millions of residents generally accept the higher taxes as the price for the region's high standard of living and diverse recreational opportunities.