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Saladino, Imbroto & Altadonna Announce Strengthened Law to Combat ‘Zombie’ Homes

Town Bans Use of Plywood on Residential Windows and Doors; Require $25,000 Escrow to Ensure Property Maintenance

 

In continuing their pledge to protect and preserve our quality of life in the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto and the Town Board unanimously approved a new law to combat ‘zombie’ homes. The new local law strengthens the Town’s authority to: fine property owners and lending institutions in violation of Town Code; recoup costs associated with Town maintenance of vacant properties; and ban the use of plywood in covering residential windows and doors.

 

 

In continuing their pledge to protect and preserve our quality of life in the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto and the Town Board unanimously approved a new law to combat ‘zombie’ homes earlier this month. The new local law strengthens the Town’s authority to: fine property owners and lending institutions in violation of Town Code; recoup costs associated with Town maintenance of vacant properties; and ban the use of plywood in covering residential windows and doors. Together with members of the local Breezy Point Civic Association in Massapequa, the Supervisor announced the new law, with Town Quality of Life co-chairs Councilman Louis Imbroto and Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. They were also joined by Town Councilman Joseph Muscarella and Councilman Thomas P. Hand.

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay strengthened the law to address quality of life concerns caused by dilapidated and vacant homes in our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Together with residents and civic associations, we are taking back our neighborhoods by cracking down on code violations and holding absentee landlords and lending institutions accountable. We are also removing eyesores in our neighborhoods by banning the use of plywood on windows and doors.”

 

The new Town Code expands on the definitions of what constitutes an abandoned or vacant building, and also requires that any boarding placed on homes be completed with impact-resistant polycarbonate material, in lieu of typically-utilized plywood, to help avoid a community eyesore. The new Code further strengthens the Town’s ability to address adverse conditions often brought on by ‘zombie’ homes, by establishing a mandated trust account to which the foreclosing entity must deposit $25,000 to cover any potential costs the Town could incur from maintaining the property.

 

Councilman Imbroto, Co-Chairman of the Town of Oyster Bay Quality of Life Task Force, stated, “This updated Town Code strengthens the ability of our Code Enforcement Bureau to achieve compliance from property-owners and lending institutions by providing inspectors with more authority to investigate, identify and rectify quality of life concerns caused by vacant and abandoned properties which cause eyesores in our neighborhoods. This is a win-win for our community.”

 

Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr., Co-Chairman of the Town of Oyster Bay Quality of Life Task Force, further stated, “We are proud to work with citizens and civic associations to identify both residential and commercial properties that are impacting the quality of our communities. Together, we are taking back our neighborhoods by addressing code violations and cleaning up dilapidated and abandoned properties.”

 

The new Town Code was advanced by the Quality of Life Task Force to assist its efforts, which focus on code enforcement for concerns such as illegal housing, zombie homes, noise, landscaping, and parking, among other issues.

 

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Next Meeting: Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Hicksville DRI Local Planning Committee Meeting #5

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl Street

Hicksville, NY

 

Hicksville Public Workshop #3

Thursday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl Street

Hicksville, NY

 

Go here to view the New York State page for the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Initative.

 

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Saladino, Hand Announce Lifeguard Employment Opportunities at Town Pools & Beaches

Apply Now for Summer Positions

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Thomas P. Hand announced today that the Town is accepting applications from qualified, certified individuals interested in working at Town pools and/or beaches this upcoming summer season.

 

“We invite responsible and experienced lifeguards who are up to the challenge of protecting our residents while working at one of our beautiful pools or beaches to apply now for this summer season,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Town lifeguards provide an invaluable service and have helped save countless lives.”

 

Town lifeguards are hired for the summer season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Positions are available at all Town pools and beaches.

 

“There are many benefits to working as a lifeguard at one of our beautiful summer facilities,” Councilman Hand said. “Having a summer job as a lifeguard helps shape confidence and self-esteem while learning the importance of teamwork and building leadership skills!”

 

Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years old, possess a current Lifeguard Certification and a current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Qualified applicants may apply in person at the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department Human Resources Office, located in Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY. For more information, please contact the Parks Department at (516) 797-4167.

 

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Saladino, Johnson Announce Free February Senior Citizen Yoga Classes

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson announced that the Town will host new, free yoga classes for senior citizens on Thursdays during the month of February at the Town’s Glen Head Community Center, located at 200 Glen Head Road, in Glen Head.

 

“The Town’s Senior Division of our Department of Community and Youth Services offers our residents many great activities, spread out at various Town facilities throughout the year,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I invite our senior residents to participate in this new yoga class for seniors, as staying active is one of the most important things our senior community can do to keep healthy.”

 

The free yoga class for seniors will be held on Thursdays in February at the Glen Head Community Center, beginning February 1st, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on the Senior Yoga Class or other senior citizen programs, please call the Division of Senior Citizens Services at (516) 797-7939.

 

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Saladino: Town Now Hiring Part-Time Sanitation Workers

Residents Invited To Apply for New Employment Opportunities

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced today that the Town is seeking 40 part-time sanitation workers to assist with and help streamline single stream recycling operations.

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to announce 40 new job opportunities for residents seeking part-time sanitation work,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The Town’s new single stream recycling program, launched in late-October, has already proven to be a resounding success, easing the burden of sorting garbage, allowing the Town to be more environmentally-friendly, and generating significant revenue for taxpayers. ”

 

Part-time sanitation employees will earn $15 an hour, working side-by-side with the Town’s full-time sanitation workers during their normal routes and work hours. The Town is seeking individuals who can work during regularly scheduled pick-up days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) and hours of operation (scheduled 10 hour work days, with task completion).

 

For more information regarding a part-time sanitation position, please call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Public Works at (516) 797-5124 and an application will be mailed to interested individuals.

 

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Saladino, Town Board Approve Inspector General to Further Enhance Transparency, Integrity & Ethics

Town of Oyster Bay is Now Accepting Resumes

 

Building on earlier initiatives to enhance transparency and ethics, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board today approved a local law to create an Office of Inspector General to oversee all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes. In October 2017, the Town Board took the historic action of being the first local municipality to approve funding for such an office.

 

“To restore the public’s trust in government, the Town Board and I took swift action to install a new, independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight. We have instituted disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and high level employees to prevent conflicts of interest and improprieties. A former Federal prosecutor was appointed to serve as Town Attorney and employees – as well as elected officials – have been mandated to attend an ethics training seminar,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Building upon these initiatives to restore ethics, honesty, integrity and transparency, the Town will hire an Inspector General to administer all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes.”

 

The Inspector General will be charged with standardizing the Town’s purchasing and contract administration; monitoring compliance with all applicable procurement guideline policies, and requirements of federal, state and local laws; providing technical expertise to ensure all contracts, requests for proposals and bid solicitations are posted on the Town’s website, and expanding the Town’s access to municipal and state electronic systems to verify the qualifications and standing of potential contractors.

 

The Inspector General will have the authority to review the records of all Town departments as he or she may deem to be for the best financial interest of the Town, of the accounts, financial methods and financial activities of each department, office or agency of the Town and report to the Supervisor and Town Board the findings therein.

 

Requirements for the position’s consideration include: a Graduate Degree, Juris Doctorate, MBA, Finance Degree or comparable degree from an accredited college or university; minimum of five years’ experience in public or quasi-public sector; and a minimum of three years’ experience as a supervisor of high level public or quasi-public sector staff. Applicants may email their resume to personnel@oysterbay-ny.gov or mail to Vicki Spinelli, Department of Human Resources, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

 

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Saladino, Macagnone Announce Fourth Local Planning Meeting for Downtown Hicksville Redevelopment

Public Invited to Attend and Observe Organization Meeting of Local Planning Committee

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Anthony Macagnone announce that the fourth meeting of the Local Planning Committee for downtown Hicksville is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th, at the Town’s William P. Bennet Hicksville Community Center, located at 28 W. Carl Street in Hicksville. The meeting is scheduled to take from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will continue the process of planning efforts for the community.

 

“Earlier this year, the Town of Oyster Bay was thrilled to be the recipient of $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds from Governor Cuomo and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for downtown revitalization in Hicksville,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Now, after three successful meetings, proposed plans and renderings are taking shape. I am excited to advance to the next step in the process of making our dreams for this community a reality, and invite residents to attend and observe.”

 

In addition to planning committee meetings, the Town has hosted a series of successful public workshops, which have seen tremendous turnout and great resident participation offering input on the potential uses for this grant opportunity.

 

The Local Planning Committee (LPC) – comprised of local and regional leaders, stakeholders, and community representatives – have worked to establish and approve a community-based vision for revitalizing the Hicksville downtown into a vibrant community. In addition to exploring housing opportunities, the creation of office space and restaurants, and revitalization of storefronts; potential projects may include decorative pavers, attractive lighting, newly planted trees, benches, street art and a homogenous street and storefront signage program to create a strong sense of place intended to celebrate Hicksville’s history and cultural diversity. Furthermore, the Town envisions the creation of a plaza area—large community gathering space to be used for events such as fairs, farmers markets, art exhibitions, food truck nights, classic car nights, concerts, and much more.

 

“Downtown Hicksville in on the verge of a major renaissance,” stated Councilman Macagnone. “The downtown’s prime location for transit-oriented development and public support for revitalization, coupled with the state’s investment of funding, will allow downtown Hicksville to achieve the type of revitalization it needs and deserves!”

 

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Saladino Announces Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announces that the Town will have two drop-off locations for safe disposal of discarded Christmas trees after the holiday season concludes. The drop-off locations, which will be located at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa and William Bennett Community Center in Hicksville, offer residents a safe and environmentally-friendly manner of disposal for those who do not wish to wait for their next yard waste collection date.

 

“We all love the beauty of Christmas lights and trees during the holiday season. After the celebrations are over, it is important to discard the tree in a timely manner as Christmas trees can pose as a fire hazard, especially after drying out,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I recently partnered with the Massapequa Fire Department and the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s office to educate residents on the dangers Christmas trees can pose when not cared for properly. Proper and prompt disposal of a dried out tree is very important, and I’m glad to be able to establish these drop-off locations for residents who wish to immediately dispose of their tree instead of waiting for their next scheduled yard waste collection day.”

 

Roll-off containers will be placed at both John J. Burns Park in Massapequa and William Bennett Community Center in Hicksville immediately following Christmas Day. For additional questions, residents can contact the Town’s Sanitation Division at (516) 677-5848.

 

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Saladino, Muscarella Announce Free Children’s Shows At Local Libraries for 2018

Jedi Training Academy, Jester Jim, and the Circus Project Highlight Upcoming Slate

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Joseph Muscarella announce that the Town’s Children’s Magical Music & More program will kick off the 2018 season this January at local libraries throughout the Town.

 

“The Town’s Children’s Magical Music & More program provides free entertainment to families and children around the Town of Oyster Bay, and has proven to be an extremely popular monthly event throughout the year for parents who are looking for free family fun and entertainment,” said Supervisor Saladino. “This year’s slate kicks off in January, and features some truly exciting programming in the upcoming months.”

 

This year’s scheduled performances include:

  • Jedi Training Academy on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hicksville Public Library
  • The National Circus Project on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Locust Valley Library
  • The Jester Jim Show on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Bethpage Public Library
  • Ballet Long Island presents ‘Peter & the Wolf’ on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hicksville Public Library
  • Grins and Grins: Catchy Comedy on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Locust Valley Public Library
  • Ernie Sites the Singing Cowboy on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Bethpage Public Library

 

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, please call (516) 797-7900.  Download the complete 2018 Children’s Magical Music and More schedule here.

 


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