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Home Improvement Assistance Available for Homeowners with Physical Disabilities

Home Improvement Assistance In celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, New Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board remind residents with disabilities of the Town’s Home Improvement Assistance Program. The program allows eligible individuals to make essential home improvements by providing them with grant monies and interest free loans for necessary home repairs.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Federal funds allow the Town of Oyster Bay to offer assistance to eligible residents in making improvements to their home. On this anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we remind residents with physical disabilities of the Town’s home modification program which can help accommodate your disability through loans for projects such as wheelchair ramps, stair glides, the widening of doorways, and bathroom modifications.”

 

The program is made possible through a Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which the Town has been proudly administering since the program’s inception. In recent years, the Town has dedicated nearly $500,000 annually in CDBG funds to the Home Assistance Program. Administered by the Town’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, eligible improvements include wheelchair ramps, stair glides, widening of doorways, and bathroom modifications to make their homes more accessible. Additionally, funds are available for replacement of windows, doors, roofs, as well as electrical and hot water systems. The program is also open to income-eligible senior citizens residing in the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

Councilman Thomas P. Hand added, “I’m proud to be part of an administration that puts our residents first, and looks for all avenues in which to assist them. Estimates indicate the Home Improvement Assistance program will help nearly 40 households this year and that means dozens of residents will be more comfortable in their own homes, living their lives to the fullest!”

 

For more information on the Town’s Home Improvement Assistance Program, please contact the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs at (516) 624-6177 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com. The Department of Intergovernmental Affairs is located at Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road in Massapequa.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Signs Order to Make Our Waters Safer This Holiday

Oyster Bay Harbor speed limitHelping to make our waters safer this July 4th holiday, Supervisor Joseph Saladino recently signed his first Executive Order at the Theodore Roosevelt Marina. The order restricts the speed limit for boaters and personal watercraft operators in all of Oyster Bay Harbor to not exceed 5 mph on Tuesday, July 4, from 6 p.m. until midnight. The Town’s Bay Constable Division, together with the Nassau County Police Marine Bureau, as well as the shared services of several outstanding agencies, will work in cooperation to help keep our waters safe this holiday.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Introduces Oyster Bay Town’s 2017 Summer Program

A message from Supervisor Saladnio

 

Town of Oyster Bay summer guideDear Friends and Neighbors,

 

Welcome to this year’s Town of Oyster Bay’s summer guide, filled with new and exciting opportunities for our residents to enjoy.

 

Whether you like swimming in one of our pools, visiting our magnificent beaches, playing golf at our championship course in Woodbury or ice skating at our indoor facility in Bethpage, there is something for everyone. I am particularly excited about our new concession services at Tobay Beach, Tappen Beach and at the Town Golf Course. Residents are sure to appreciate the many diverse food offerings, specials, unique events and the upgraded services they will discover.

 

Two of the Town’s most popular summer programs, the “Music Under the Stars” concert series and our “Movies by Moonlight” events, are also listed inside. On “Family Fun Saturdays,” join us at 6PM for pre-show activities that will include inflatables, games, food trucks and more! Best of all, these events are free!

 

While there are many exciting activities for outdoor enthusiasts, summer in the Town of Oyster Bay also provides plenty of opportunities to slow things down. If you like kicking back on the shore, leisurely walks in the park, biking, boating, enjoying a picnic or just going fishing, we’ve got you covered. I hope to see you out and about this summer, appreciating all the great things that make our Town so special.

 

Sincerely,

Joseph Saladino

 

View the summer brochure.

 

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TOB Announces PSEG Line Work Information

The Town of Oyster Bay has been requested by PSEG to issue permits for the relocation of lines underground to better serve the residents of the Town. This work is being done in an effort to prevent outages during storms by avoiding tree limbs or debris from effecting PSEG lines. The Town wants residents to have as much advance notice as possible and prior to permits being approved, is posting information on its website detailing where permits were sought and where work is to be done. Impacted residents should have also received correspondence from PSEG. Go here to view the full report on the locations that will be scheduled to have upgrading to PSEG to better protect residents during storm emergencies.

 

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Call for Nominations: Oyster Bay’s Veterans Volunteer Awards

Nominations are currently being sought for the Town of Oyster Bay’s Veterans Volunteer Awards, which will take place prior to the Town’s Annual “Salute to America” on Tuesday, July 11th, at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino.

 

“If you know of a veteran who deserves special recognition for their continuing advocacy or exemplary community service, or an individual who has staunchly supported veterans, please submit a completed nomination form to the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services no later than June 20, 2017,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Forms are available by calling the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services at (516) 797-7925 or downloaded on the homepage of the Town’s Website at www.oysterbaytown.com.”

 

Nominations are being accepted in three different recognitions, a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Volunteer of the Year Award and the Non-Veteran (Friend of Veterans) Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that “Salute to America,” a patriotic evening of top flight musical talent and fireworks, is a thank you to all of our veterans and active military for protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day as Americans.

 

“The program stands as an important reminder that their sacrifices are remembered and greatly appreciated,” Supervisor Saladino said. “It also provides the ideal backdrop to recognize veterans and individuals who continue to actively serve in the community and advocate for issues and concerns relative to veterans. I hope you will consider submitting a nomination of an individual who deserves special recognition for their continued exemplary efforts in the veteran community.”

 

Click here for the 2017 Veterans Volunteer Award Nomination Form.

 

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Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino to Host Hearing on Remediation of Grumman Navy Plume

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino has announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, together with state and local organizations, will host an educational hearing regarding cleanup efforts of the Grumman Navy Plume, Wednesday, May 24, at Bethpage High School beginning at 7 p.m.

 

“After 13 years of working to get New York State and our Governors on board with cleaning up the contamination in our groundwater, we are finally getting close to making this a reality,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am appreciative to be working with the residents, the Bethpage Water District, and the leaders of the Bethpage community in an effort to fully remediate and finally clean up the contamination of the Grumman Navy Plume.”

 

Supervisor Saladino has made the remediation of the plume his highest priority since becoming a Member of the New York State Assembly in 2004. Among his vast initiatives include the New York State law which he wrote and had passed in 2014, together with Senator Kemp Hannon in the State Senate, which mandated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation create an in-depth report which proves that hydraulic containment will work effectively on the plume and lays out the design of how to best accomplish that goal. “Now is the time to keep New York State moving toward building the infrastructure to stop the plume and remove harmful chemicals like TCE, PCE, solvents and the 1-4 dioxane that have all been found in high concentrations in our aquifer system,” Supervisor Saladino explained.

 

The Supervisor noted that he will join forces with Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker, Laura Schaefer, and James Kennedy, as well as the Bethpage Water District and Bethpage School District, in keeping residents informed and to build a coalition of effective leaders in continuing to guide the DEC toward full hydraulic containment and remediation.

 

“We will continue working together with the residents, the Bethpage Water District and important community groups like the Bethpage School District and our civic associations to create the highest levels of collaboration, cooperation and communication,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Our residents’ support is essential in this effort. Working together, we can convince the State that we need to once and for all stop the migration of this plume and remove all contaminants.”

 

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Reclaim NY: Town of Oyster Bay a Leader in Online Transparency and Accessibility

The Town of Oyster Bay has further established the transparency reforms promised by Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. Proof of this is the fact that Reclaim NY, a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to government reform and accountability has named the Town a leader in online transparency and accessibility, as part of their new initiative aimed at evaluating and increasing online transparency from local governments, called the New York State Transparency Project. At a press conference held by Reclaim NY and the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town received a grade of nearly 80% overall, which is almost quadruple the score the Town received before Supervisor Saladino took office and began to run the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

“When I took office, I promised to regain the faith and trust of our residents by ushering in a new era in the Town of Oyster Bay, one with the highest ethical standards, and complete transparency,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “When Reclaim NY approached the Town about this transparency initiative, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to show how serious the Town is about creating the most ethically operating Town in the state of New York. Upon hearing about the Transparency Project, I invited Reclaim NY in and radically changed the way the Town operates. As a result, the Town has become the standard bearer, as the Town was not only the first to submit to an evaluation by Reclaim NY, but also the first to make the changes necessary to earn the distinction of being a leader in transparency, to better help open the doors of Town government to our residents.”

 

With their online project, Reclaim NY’s goal is to ultimately evaluate each local municipality in New York State on their online accessibility in different categories such as municipal transparency, fiscal transparency, access to information, and contracts, amongst others.

 

As a result of the partnership with Reclaim NY, Supervisor Saladino has drastically changed the way the Town does business, especially when it comes to online transparency and accessibility. After meeting with Reclaim, at the Supervisor’s direction, the Town began implementing new practices to further increase online transparency and accessibility, including posting the rules for contract bidding, instructions for submitting a request for proposals (RFP) along with a list of current RFPs, and overhauling a section of the website which details the Town’s newly restructured ethics guidelines, practices, and reporting, along with other measures.

 

Supervisor Saladino points towards the Town’s unprecedented recent open work session that was held in response to a RFP for the operation of food and beverage concessions at Town parks and beaches as the perfect example of opening the doors of Town government to everyone, ensuring and proving that the Town is operating in complete transparency. During this work session, which was open to the public and livestreamed through the Town’s website for all residents, the Town heard over 18 hours of proposals from each organization who responded to the Town’s RFP.

 

The Town Board and Supervisor Saladino then deliberated and chose the winning bidders publicly so that everyone would know why they were chosen, in complete openness. The result of this process is that the Town will now receive five times the rent they received under the former vendor. Additionally, no taxpayer monies will be used to update the rented facilities. The vendors have committed millions of dollars to rebuild the facilities they are renting.

 

“This unprecedented change in the administration of Town operations adds to the proof of a new way of doing business in the Town of Oyster Bay. A new way which establishes the lead in transparency, ethics, and good government,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Now, through their Transparency Project, Reclaim NY recognizes this new, unprecedented, and wholly different operation of Town government.”

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay has shown it is serious about turning the page on years of controversy by being the first to adopt the vast majority of our comprehensive online transparency practices,” said Brandon Muir, Reclaim New York Executive Director. “Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and the entire town staff, have helped Oyster Bay take a huge step toward a new era of open government by empowering citizens to call for change, and hold officials accountable.”

 

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‘Battle At Bethpage’ Lacrosse Event: Sunday, May 7

Battle at BethpageThe Town of Oyster Bay will host the Battle at Bethpage, a college lacrosse celebration, at Bethpage High School on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m., according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino. The event will feature two outstanding teams, the Duke University “Blue Devils” squaring off against the Boston University “Terriers.”

 

“Lacrosse on Long Island is incredibly popular, and here in the Town of Oyster Bay, we are proud to partner with the Bethpage Educational Foundation and the Bethpage School District and bring to our facilities this high level collegiate lacrosse contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The two featured colleges are known for their academic and athletic excellence. This is sure to be a hard-fought game between collegiate powers, and I believe that seeing these premiere teams in action may inspire the Town’s young lacrosse players to further their education through athletics.”

 

General admission tickets to the Battle of Bethpage will be available on game day at the field with proceeds going to the Bethpage Educational Foundation, Inc. Donation for adults will be $10 and Children 12 and under will be $5. Attendees are also being asked to bring two cans of food to help support Island Harvest as part of the “LAX Fights Hungers” initiative.

 

Supervisor Saladino said he is already looking forward to the game. “The event is set to be a great experience for the players and fans are sure to have fun rooting for their teams,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I expect those in attendance will appreciate the opportunity to see these outstanding college teams compete locally. It also is a tremendous source of pride that these high level teams will compete at our local facilities, which are among the finest in the Nation. I hope to see everyone at the game.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Wants Your Photos!

Residents Invited to be Featured on Town’s Social Media Pages

 

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino invites residents to share their favorite photos as they ‘Play in Oyster Bay’ this spring and summer.

 

“Our beautiful Town has so many photo opportunities, and I am asking our residents to submit their favorite shots to be featured on the Town’s Facebook pages, as well as in Town publications and facilities,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We open this opportunity to all Town residents, designed to capture recreation and leisure at the Town’s many parks and recreational facilities, or scenic beauty anywhere in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that Town residents have a multitude of recreational facilities at their disposal, including the best parks, world class beaches, a championship golf course, a state-of-the-art ice skating center, pools, marinas and community centers. “There are so many wonderful photo opportunities,” he said. “Fishing, boating, swimming, baseball, skating, picnics, tennis, walking, biking and jogging are just some of the activities that provide great photo subject matter.”

 

In addition to being highlighted on our Town Facebook pages or other publications, submissions will be considered for display at Town facilities, including the Town’s Parks Department at Town Hall South in Massapequa.

 

Residents may send their favorite photos to photos@oysterbay-ny.gov or visit the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OysterBayTown, to make a submission. There is no limit in how many photos can be submitted.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces TOB ‘Battle of the Bands’ Competition

Selected Bands Will Perform on August 5th at the Town’s Music Under Stars Concert Series

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, through the Cultural & Performing Arts Division of the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services, will be conducting a “Battle of the Bands” competition to showcase some of the Town’s young musical talent.

 

Supervisor Saladino, himself a musician and member of an accomplished local band, said that selected bands will be given an incredible opportunity to compete live at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa.

 

“If you’re under 21 years of age and at least one member of your band lives in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are eligible to compete in this exciting contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The Town of Oyster Bay’s “Battle of the Bands” provides an awesome opportunity for rising musical stars to experience playing before a large audience and garner exposure for their band.”

 

To be part of the contest, interested bands simply need to record their best original song and a cover song and e-mail it to Sharon Betz of the Town’s Cultural and Performing Arts Division at sbetz@oysterbay-ny.gov. They can also be mailed to: The Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community & Youth Services, Attn: Cultural & Performing Arts Division, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, New York 11758.

 

“Please include with your submission a brief biography of your band and a list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, ages and instruments,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am sure that this will be the catalyst for a truly great experience for each and every participant of our contest.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that all submissions for the “Battle of the Bands” contest must be received by May 31, 2017 to be considered. For further information, please contact the Cultural & Performing Arts Division office at (516) 797-7925.

 

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