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Councilman Coschignano Announces First Homeowners Cleanup for 2017

The first of eight Oyster Bay Town Homeowners Cleanup Program dates and the first of four Paper Shredding Programs dates for 2017 will take place on Saturday, April 29, according to Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano.


“Start the warm weather off strong with some spring cleaning and take any clutter from your home, garage, or storage shed along with any trash to be recycled before the trash piles up,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Residents within the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal District looking to clear up any clutter in their homes can take advantage of the Homeowners Cleanup by taking unwanted, non-hazardous trash or paper to the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 101 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, Old Bethpage, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Councilman noted that proof of district residency must be shown. Additionally, if you plan to bring any campers, boats or boat trailers, proof of ownership must be provided and signed over to the Town. The boats must be drained of all oil, gas and other fluids, and all batteries must be removed.


Bushes, tree limbs, fence posts and similar items will be accepted as is and need not be broken into smaller pieces. Used tires, large metal items in excess of four feet, clean fill, clean broken concrete, and boats and boat trailers will also be accepted. Passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks and small trailers are admitted to the program. Six-wheel or larger vehicles are not permitted.


Councilman Coschignano noted that the next Homeowners Cleanup Date will be Saturday, May 13 and the next Paper Shredding date will be Saturday, June 24. For more information, residents can call 677-5943 or visit the Town’s website at


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Councilman Coschignano Announces Registration for Men’s Softball Night League

Registration is currently underway for the Town of Oyster Bay’s Spring Men’s Softball Night League hosted by the Town’s Department of Parks, according to Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano. “As we head closer towards the end of winter, we also head closer to warmer weather and another fun filled spring softball season just waiting to happen,” Councilman Coschignano said. “The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to continue the Men’s Softball Night League each year to promote teamwork as well as a great game of softball.”


According to Councilman Coschignano, the Town of Oyster Bay’s Men’s Softball Night League offers players a competitive atmosphere as well as exceptional conditions for the sport. “This well managed Men’s Softball Night League provides players with the opportunity to play on fields that many consider to be among the finest in the country,” Councilman Coschignano said. “From the friendly competition in each game to the ideal facilities, these night-time softball games have a lot to offer.”


Councilman Coschignano also noted that games will begin in April 2017 and will be held at either Theodore Roosevelt Park, located on West Avenue in Oyster Bay, John J. Burns Park, located at 4990 Merrick Road in Massapequa, Ellsworth Allen Park located at 45 Motor Avenue in Farmingdale or Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park located at 175 Washington Avenue in Plainview.


The Men’s Softball Night League will feature 10 regular season games (2 games per night once a week). The fee for registration is $650 per team plus an umpire fee of $830 per team, making the total registration fee $1480. Two separate checks are required for payment. Registration is currently ongoing but will close on Friday, March 31.


Teams interested in more information or looking to receive a registration packet, please contact Donna or Jackie in the Parks Department Recreation Division at (516) 797-4125, ext. 1 or 4 or visit the Town’s website


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Councilman Coschignano Announces Children’s Magical Music & More Events for January

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Children’s Magical Music & More program kicks off the 2017 schedule this January with “World of Wonder” which will feature stories and magic from around the world brought to life by a truly unique theatre artist and will be held at the Hicksville Public Library, located at 169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville on Saturday, January 14. The performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. and is free to all Town residents, Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano announced. Residents can also view the other performances scheduled throughout the year by clicking here.


“World of Wonder uses acting, mime, story writing and magic to create a world teeming with imagination and character,” Councilman Coschignano stated. “The Town’s Children’s Magical Music & More program provides free entertainment to families and children around the Town of Oyster Bay. World of Wonder is the first of many Children’s Magical Music & More performances scheduled to perform throughout the year.”


Councilman Coschignano went on to say that the Town will host a second Children’s Magical Music & More performance in January with “Steve Petra & Petra Puppets.” Ventriloquist Steve Petra and his hilarious puppets will perform “The Wacky Friends Show,” a puppet show that will be fun for the whole family. This performance will take place on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the Locust Valley Library located at 170 Buckram Road in Locust Valley.


The Children’s Magical Music & More series is sponsored by the Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA) Division of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services. For further information call 797-7900 or visit the Town’s website


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Councilman Coschignano Reminds Residents September is ‘Free Adoption Month’ at Town Animal Shelter

The Town of Oyster Bay is hosting its annual “Free Adoption Month” which runs through the end of September at the Town Animal Shelter located at 150 Miller Place in Syosset, according to Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano.


For the remainder of September, the Town will put aside the usual adoption fee of $80 for dogs and $84 for cats. The standard $10 spay/neuter license fee still applies. For seniors, the license fee is $5. Adopted dogs will receive both a rabies and a 5-in-1 shot, while cats will receive a rabies and a 3-in-1 shot at no charge. Both dogs and cats will receive free microchipping.


“The Town’s Animal Shelter is a haven for healthy and happy animals looking for someone to take them to a loving home,” Councilman Coschignano said. “I encourage anyone looking for a new pet to visit our high-tech shelter and select amongst the wide variety of dogs and cats we have available. Our shelter staff will be happy to assist you in finding a new friend and pet appropriate for your family’s lifestyle.”


The Animal Shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To see photos of some of the animals available for adoption, or to link to the shelter’s Facebook page, visit the Town’s website, Call 677-5784 for more information.


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Councilman Coschignano Announces Registration Open for Annual Bluefish Tournament

If hours of fishing followed by a tailgate party with hot dogs, beverages, snacks, raffles, awards and prizes sounds like a perfect day to you, then you’ll want to sign up for the 31st Annual Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, September 18, at Theodore Roosevel Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, according to Councilman Chris J. Coschignano.


“The Town’s Bluefish Tournament is a great all-day sporting event with wonderful prizes and great camaraderie,” Councilman Coschignano said, adding that the tournament runs from 4:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “The entrance fee for the tournament, which is open to anglers of all ages, is $30 for Town residents and $40 for non-residents. Registration is limited to the first 350 boats, so sign up early.”


Councilman Coschignano went on to say that additional rules for the tournament, which is sponsored by the Town’s Department of Parks and Oyster Bay Marine Supply, are contained in the registration form, which is available at all Town facilities and at Oyster Bay Marine Supply, 294 South Street, Oyster Bay. Councilman Coschignano noted that all contestants must be pre-registered. All those who register before September 11 will receive a tournament T-shirt. All contestants will automatically be entered in a special raffle, with great prizes including Solstice inflatable boats and Mercury outboards, rods, reels, ice chests, water skis, restaurant certificates and much more.


Councilman Coschignano continued on to say that along with plaques, winners of first through 10th places will receive gift certificates in the following amounts: first place – $2,000; second place – $1,000; third place – $750; fourth place – $600; fifth and sixth places – $500; seventh and eighth places – $400; ninth and 10th places – $300. Winners of 11th and 12th places will receive a $200 gift certificate and 13th, 14th and 15th place winners will each received a $100 gift certificate. Raffle winners must be present to receive their prizes, which will be presented at the tailgate party scheduled for 3:00 p.m.


Councilman Coschignano indicated that the co-sponsors of this year’s Bluefish Tournament include: US Pay Group, Bowne AE&T Group, Wall’s Wharf, Greg Van Dyke Building, BMW of Oyster Bay, Mill Max Corporation, Sagamore Collision, Zorn’s Chicken and Ribs, Duffy’s Bait and Tackle, Compass Rose, Solstice Inflatables, and North Shore Fire Equipment.


“Fishing is indeed a sport for all ages that offers everything one would want for a day of fun … the tranquility of being out in the water, the adrenaline rush of feeling that first big tug on your fishing line and, in the case of our tournament, the spirit of competition,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Add to that the possibility of winning impressive prizes and you have the Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament. Even if you don’t beat the tournament record of 19.05 pounds, for a fishing enthusiast, it will surely be the perfect Sunday.”


For further information, contact the Parks Department, Recreation Division, at 797-4125.


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Councilman Coschignano Invites Residents to Send Photos For Consideration for Town Publications

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano invites residents to send in their photos to be considered for use in future Town publications.


“The Town accepts photos all year, and summer presents a great opportunity to take some great pictures throughout our beautiful Town,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Photos can depict people, places, community events and scenery.”


The Councilman went on to say that photos must be taken within the confines of the Town of Oyster Bay. Digital submissions are preferred, but professionally developed photos, not inkjet printouts, may also be submitted. E-mailed photos, preferably in a jpeg format, should be sent to the Town’s Public Information Office at Printed photographs should be mailed to Oyster Bay Town Hall, Attention Public Information Office, Calendar Photo Submissions, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay NY 11771.


Residents should make sure their name, address, phone number and photo description accompany the photograph. Do not write in ink on the back of the picture. The photographer is responsible for correct information for photos, as well as notifying subjects that their picture may appear in a Town of Oyster Bay calendar or other Town material. You may be asked to supply a waiver if your photo is selected.


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Councilman Coschignano Initiates Pool Discount for Firefighters and Police Auxiliary

Discount Thanks Selfless Volunteers for Their Dedicated Service to the Community


Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano has paved the way for the Town’s volunteer firefighters and police auxiliary members to receive a special discount at Town of Oyster Bay Pools. The initiative was approved unanimously by the Oyster Bay Town Board at the July 12th Town Board Meeting. “The discounts, which will apply to daily admissions, as well as individual and family memberships, are the Town of Oyster Bay’s way of thanking the dedicated volunteers who help keep us safe,” Councilman Coschignano said. “We are indebted to them for the service they provide each and every day and are proud to offer this discount as reminder to them of our appreciation.”


Pool discounts are as follows:


TOB Community Pools

Resident Family Membership- $130

Resident Individual Membership- $65

Non-Resident Family Membership- $160

Non-Resident Individual Membership- $85

Daily Admission- $5


Tappen Beach & Marina

Resident Individual- $65

Non Resident Individual- $130

Resident Family- $130

Non Resident Family- $260

Daily Fee Resident- $6

Daily Fee Non Resident- $12


“A typical resident family pool membership is $200, so $130 represents a nice, but well-deserved discount,” Councilman Coschignano said. “These selfless individuals are an important line of defense in an emergency. They are elite group and respond anytime of the day or night. They also spend countless hours training and refining their skills. They respond to fires, medical emergencies and assist in any number of other public safety endeavors.”


The Town of Oyster Bay is protected by 18 volunteer fire departments and fire companies, which provide by fire and EMS protection. Auxiliary police officers assist with special events, directing traffic and helping reduce criminal activity by being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police department.


Councilman Coschignano said he hopes that discounts to Town pools, beaches, skating rinks and golf courses will not only serve as a thank you, but perhaps as a recruitment incentive. “These vital agencies are always seeking to replenish their ranks with new members,” he said. “To inquire about becoming a volunteer, contact your local department or Police Auxiliary. It could be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.”


Interested individuals can obtain more information about the volunteer fire service by calling 1-800-FIRELINE. A volunteer will contact you. Those seeking to join the Nassau County Auxiliary Police can call (516) 573-7521. “I hope you will strongly consider becoming a volunteer police officer or firefighter,” Councilman Coschignano said. “It’s a win-win situation for yourself and your community.”


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July 21: ‘Shootout For Soldiers’ 24 Hour Lacrosse Game Benefit

Two day contest in support of US Troops slated for Massapequa’s Field of Dreams on July 21, 22


For the third consecutive year, the Town of Oyster Bay will host the “Shootout for Soldiers” 24-Hour Lacrosse Game Benefit at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Field of Dreams, located on Old Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. This year’s round-the-clock event will begin on the morning of July 21 at 9 am and continue non-stop for 24 hours until July 22 at 9 am. The event is held annually for the benefit of American Military personnel, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano. In addition, the Long Island Air Force Association will conduct a special ceremony at 5 pm to honor Vietnam veterans and present them with medals that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conflict.


“I’m proud that the Field of Dreams, one of our outstanding Town fields, has again been selected as the venue for this highly regarded event,” Councilman Coschignano said. “This is a terrific game that gives lacrosse players a chance to enjoy a sport they love in a unique way while also helping to support those who have served our Nation.”


The event raises money for organizations that support United States Veterans as well as those currently in the U.S. Armed Forces. The beneficiaries of this year’s event include the Semper Fi Fund, the Ranger Lead the Way Fund, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund. Last year, about $115,000 was raised in support of organizations that benefit veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, bringing the total raised for the first two years of the event to about $200,000.


The event is broken down into 24 continuous 1-hour sessions. Registered players and teams will be given jerseys and placed on either the Stars team or the Stripes team and matched against a team of similar ability. The score is cumulative resulting in unique scores for a lacrosse game with totals reaching into the hundreds. During the first two years, the outcome of the games was not decided until the very end. Last year, the Stars defended their title with a victory of 282-274. In the first event, the Stars defeated the Stripes 214-210.


Participants will include boys and girls, men and women, seniors, youth, high school and college players with each group taking the field for one hour. Teams that accommodate players with special needs are also scheduled to play. Among the highlighted matchups is a contest of teams of U.S. veterans beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 pm, players from the Plainedge community will take the field in a session that honors fallen NYPD Detective Brian Moore. A matchup between the NYPD and the FDNY is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. In total, 96 teams will take the field during the lacrosse marathon.


Councilman Coschignano said he is already looking forward to the game and is inviting all to come and be a part of the festivities. “This is a great event. It is fun for the players, fun for the fans and it benefits several important causes,” the Councilman said. “Lacrosse has become quite popular on Long Island. It’s terrific that lacrosse players and fans can be a part of this very unique event.”


Harry Jacobs, Chairman of the Shootout for Soldiers Committee, said this event has been a big success since it came to Long Island two years ago. He expressed his appreciation to all those who helped make it possible “I would like to give special thanks to all those involved in the planning of this event, especially the Town of Oyster Bay,” Jacobs said. “This event is a great way to bring awareness that our veterans need help. They were selfless in servicing our Nation and protecting all of us, and this is a small way of thanking them for all they have done.”


More information about the event is available online at or by contacting Harry Jacobs at or at (516) 315-3002.


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Councilman Coschignano Announces Registration Underway for Summer Hockey School

The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center is currently offering registration for the Town’s Summer Hockey School program, developed by The Rinx Hockey School at the Town’s Ice Skating Center, located at 1001 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano. Hockey enthusiasts can sign up for any number of weekly sessions from one week to all eight weeks of the program.


“For 22 years, The Rinx has provided quality Hockey Camps and Clinics,” Councilman Coschignano said. “We are pleased to offer the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay that same quality Hockey experience with all the FUN that comes from playing this great sport.”


Councilman Coschignano commented on the schedule for the hockey school. “The program will begin on June 27 through August 19, will include a full day of on-ice and off-ice training run by trained hockey professionals. Throughout the week, participants will receive 15 to 20 hours of on-ice training and 6 to 8 hours of off-ice training. The program will be broken down into two levels, intermediate and advanced. The intermediate skills program is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. for ages 5 through 12. The intermediate program will include 15 hours of on-ice training per week and over 8 hours of training per week off the rink. The advanced session is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is geared for travel players ages 6 through 14. The advanced session includes 20 hours of on-ice training and 6 hours of training per week off the ice. Both skill programs focus on shooting, passing, agility drills and field sports. There will be a recreational swim session and lunch is included every day.


“The Summer Hockey School sessions will be challenging, but will result in newly developed skills for our young hockey players,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Each class will be filled with useful tips and techniques to fully develop each student’s hockey playing abilities.”


“The Rinx Summer Hockey School not only offers a fun way to spend the summer, but the perfect opportunity to fine tune hockey skills,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Town of Oyster Bay residents receive a 10% discount on any of the training weeks.” Early arrival and late pick up will also be available.


Anyone interested in fees, registering for the program or looking to find out more information on the Rinx Hockey School should go to or call (516) 797-4126 and ask for Ed Chandla.


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Councilman Coschignano Initiates Amnesty Program Aimed to Assist Residents in Need of Building Permits

Innovative 6 Month Program will Ensure Safety and Allow Residents to Avoid Future Penalties


The Town of Oyster Bay is launching an innovative new amnesty initiative designed to allow residents to obtain the necessary permits required on building improvements previously done to their homes, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano, who is the Town Board’s liaison to the Town’s Department of Planning and Development.


“Beginning July 1st through December 31st, Town of Oyster Bay residents will be afforded an amnesty period to secure these permits, without having to incur stringent penalties,” Councilman Chris J. Coschignano said. “During the six month window, residents with these existing improvements will be able to simply follow the normal application and inspection procedure. The standard fees will cover the entire process. All residential homeowners are eligible, including landlords of residential rental properties.”


Councilman Coschignano went on to state that this program will be implemented this summer following a public hearing at a future Town Board meeting to amend the Town’s local laws to put this amnesty program into effect. The public hearing is currently scheduled for the June 7th meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board, which will take place at Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, in Oyster Bay at 10:00 am.


“This amnesty program addresses both public safety concerns and homeowner convenience. The Town requires building permits on home improvements because the work needs to be done in accordance to standards and codes,” Councilman Coschignano said. “These standards ensure that construction on your home meets workmanship and safety requirements.”


Construction work, such as the installation of a deck, swimming pool or other alteration or addition that is not inspected properly can raise serious questions with respect to structural integrity. In addition, faulty plumbing or electrical work can lead to many other problems that can put lives at risk. “The building permit process is not the time to cut corners,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Quality workmanship that meets legal building codes is a wise investment, creates peace of mind and ultimately saves time and money down the road. This will be especially important when a resident needs to sell or refinance their home and they do not have the proper approvals.”


Councilman Coschignano noted that occasionally residents find after the fact that certain improvements were required on work done to their homes. “These homeowners are often reticent about acquiring the necessary legal permits,” Councilman Coschignano said. “This program is a unique opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.”


The program shall also provide the same amnesty period for expired building permits, which can be renewed for $150. “This nominal fee will enable homeowners to complete the process and obtain a certificate of occupancy or completion,” Councilman Coschignano said. “It will also apply to open residential building permits.”


To begin the process for a building permit, residents can call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Planning and Development’s Building Division at 516-624-6200, where you will be directed through the process. “Residents are also invited to visit the department during business hours for more information or to pick up permit applications,” Councilman Coschignano said. “The Town will also be sponsoring a series of future building department seminars to help owners navigate the process.” Once the seminars are scheduled residents can refer to the Town’s website for times and locations.


“Securing your necessary building permits today will make the future plans you have for your home easy and trouble free,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Best of all you will have the peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and up to code.”


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