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Saladino Announces Hicksville Revitalization Projects to Increase Transportation Access Improve Walkability Attract New Housing Opportunities

Hicksville Revitalization ProjectsOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced that after six planning committee meetings and three public workshops offered to embrace the vision of our residents, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded nearly $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) awards funds to four transformational projects for downtown Hicksville. The projects, nominated by the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Local Planning Committee, will support increased access to transportation, improve walkability, and attract new housing opportunities. These projects, along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $132 million investment in the Hicksville railroad station, will continue to transform Hicksville into a vibrant downtown for downsizers, empty nesters, senior citizens and what millennials asked for and what will keep them here on Long Island.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Public workshops hosted by the Local Planning Committee have obtained an exciting vision from our residents and great new ideas for the $10 million in grant funds awarded to the Town of Oyster Bay by New York State. The centerpiece of these proposals links the train station to Broadway and the rest of downtown to incentivize private development and job creation. Together, these plans will create new public open space, decrease automobile congestion, improve pedestrian safety and encourage residents and visitors to spend more time in downtown Hicksville supporting local businesses.”

 

The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include:

 

Hicksville Station Access Improvements ($3.6 million): Create a new entry drive for the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road Station lobby that will enhance the appearance of the area, improve station access for both cars and pedestrians, and relieve congestion along Route 106 and Newbridge Road. The new entry will increase the linear footage for rider drop-off.

Public Space at New Station Plaza ($2.6 million): Create new public open space adjacent to the Hicksville LIRR Station lobby to accommodate the twice daily surge of commuters. The plaza will allow for intermodal transfers, enhance the pedestrian experience, and provide green space for residents to enjoy passive activities. The open space will link to a new commercial corridor on West Barclay Street.

 

Public Space at Festival Plaza ($2.5 million): Create a new pedestrian passageway and public open space to establish a safer and more engaging walkway from the station lobby to Jerusalem Avenue and nearby parking lots. Trees, seating, and temporary pavilions will enhance this public space. The new Festival Plaza will also support seasonal activities and pop-up ventures that can be appreciated by both residents and commuters.

 

New Housing & Retail Opportunities at Hicksville Station ($1 million): Redevelopment of an underutilized property adjacent to the Hicksville LIRR Station on Nelson Avenue for mixed-uses. The proposed development will include three buildings with over 180 mixed-income residential units, below-grade parking, and retail and restaurants on the street level.

 

The Town of Oyster Bay developed a Strategic Investment Plan to revitalize Hicksville with $300,000 in planning funds from the $10 million DRI grant. A Local Planning Committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders, and other stakeholders led the effort, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Strategic Investment Plan for Hicksville examined local assets and opportunities and identified economic development, transportation, housing, and community projects that align with the community’s vision for downtown revitalization and that are poised for implementation.

 

“Hicksville in on the verge of a major renaissance,” stated Councilman Anthony 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!”

 

Councilwoman Alesia stated, “It has been a pleasure to meet with residents of Hicksville on their vision for a revitalized downtown. Alongside Supervisor Saladino and Councilman Macagnone, I am proud to have helped put downtown Hicksville on the path to achieve the type of revitalization it needs and deserves!”

 

Senator Elaine Phillips said, “Revitalizing the downtown Hicksville area will bring a much-needed economic boost to our region that will not only create jobs but will attract businesses and improve the quality of life for current residents and future generations. Investing in our local communities is paramount to our region’s future, and this project has been a long time coming for Hicksville.”

 

Assemblyman Michael Montesano said, “We have seen how the Downtown Revitalization Initiative has transformed communities across the state, driving business, tourism, and local economies like never before. This critical funding will drive economic opportunities throughout our community and help to make Hicksville a sought after destination for all who travel through it. I thank Governor Cuomo for seeing the potential we all know downtown Hicksville has.”

 

County Legislator Rose Marie Walker said, “Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative is transforming communities across the state, and we are honored to see Hicksville benefit from the program. These investments will support the Hamlet’s role as an important transit hub and foster smart growth throughout the community.”

 

County Legislator Laura Schaefer said, “Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative will transform our community and usher in a new Era for Hicksville. I thank the Governor for his commitment to the people of long Island and Hicksville.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay will continue to seek State investments in downtown Hicksville through the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and the Empire State Development Corporation. Video archives of public workshops are available at www.oysterbaytown.com/hicksville-downtown-revitalization-initiative.

 

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Saladino Signs Executive Order Restricting Speed in Oyster Bay Harbor for July 4th

Oyster Bay Harbor Speed LimitOyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino signed an Executive Order to restrict the speed limit for boaters and personal water craft operators not to exceed 5 mph throughout the harbor from 6 p.m. through midnight on the July 4th holiday. This order is put in place to protect the safety and welfare of all who enjoy the harbor for the holiday.

 

“The Town’s Bay Constable Division is intensifying patrols to make sure all boaters and personal watercraft operators act responsibly,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Keeping our harbor safe is a tremendous effort – one that we are achieving with the assistance of several outstanding agencies, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Nassau County Police Marine Bureau, local fire departments and rescue crews.”

 

The Supervisor reminded all who operate a boat or personal water craft to be responsible while enjoying the July 4th holiday.

 

“As many of us know, holidays can often be a dangerous time as drunk drivers can get behind the wheel of a boat or car and put the lives and safety of innocent people in jeopardy. Accordingly, our Bay Constables and other levels of law enforcement have a busy day ahead of them – patrolling the Long Island Sound, Oyster Bay Harbor and the Great South Bay in an effort to stop drunken boaters and keep our waterways safe.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that DWI and BWI are the most reckless things that someone can do and puts not only their own life at risk, but the lives of their passengers and other innocent people.

 

“We all know that everyone wants to celebrate the birthday of our country, but what we ask is simple – if you plan to drink, do NOT get behind the wheel of a boat, jet ski, wave runner or car. Instead, either don’t drink or choose a designee before going out,” the Supervisor said. “Remember, get home alive, don’t drink and drive!”

 

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Saladino, Johnson Kick Off 2018 Pool Season, Unveiling Restroom Upgrades

Town of Oyster Bay websiteOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson kicked off the 2018 summer pool season while unveiling newly renovated restroom and shower facilities, new lounge chairs, sunshades, umbrellas, picnic tables and dining chairs.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Our parks and community pools are a backyard oasis for many young families and senior citizens. From new restrooms to new lounge chairs and sunshades, our community pools are the perfect place to cool off and enjoy all summer long. Bring the family down and make your summer destination our backyard.”

 

Throughout the winter and into the spring season, the Department of Public Works renovated the Town’s four community pools. Restrooms now feature upgraded stainless steel and porcelain fixtures. New faucets, showers, partitions, piping and electrical work were all installed by Town employees.

 

“As a mother with young children, I know how important it is for families to have a fun and comfortable place to keep cool all summer long,” said Councilwoman Johnson. “Our new and improved facilities make spending a day at one of our Town pools even more wonderful while building summer memories with family and friends that will last for a lifetime.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay operates five pool facilities, including Bethpage Community Park, Marjorie Post Community Park, Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, and a saltwater pool at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing.

 

Pool hours from June 23rd through September 3rd will be 11am to 7pm daily, weather permitting.

 

Extended hours, until 8pm, will be offered as follows (weather permitting):

 

  • Monday: Syosset-Woodbury
  • Tuesday: Plainview-Old Bethpage
  • Wednesday: Bethpage
  • Thursday: Marjorie R. Post
  • Fridays: ALL pools open late including Tappen

 

“In addition to the great new amenities at our facilities, the Town offers swimming lessons at local pools to members age five and older,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Children may also join a swim team, which provides the opportunity to compete against other Swim Conference teams.”

 

Residents interested in registering for a season pool pass must bring a copy of their General Tax bill with section, block and lot number. Additionally, birth certificates are required for children 16 years of age and under. For more information, please visit www.oysterbaytown.com/pools.

 

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Town Fulfills Pledge to Protect Quality of Life as Zombie Home Comes Down in Farmingdale

Farmingdale Zombie HomeFurther demonstrating the Town’s commitment to protecting quality of life in local communities, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto and Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. joined local residents in celebrating the demolition of an abandoned home in Farmingdale. The Supervisor and Town officials were joined by several neighbors and new homeowner Phil Schupler, whose company P&G Home Builders Corp. began demolition on the property earlier in the day.

 

“This home has been an eyesore in this community for too long, as residents in this neighborhood had to deal with this blight for 12 long years,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “When this administration first took office just 17 months ago, we pledged to protect and preserve the quality of life of our residents. Today we continue to demonstrate that we keep our promises. Our residents should not have to bear the burden of having derelict properties on their streets.”

 

Earlier this year, the Town Board approved a comprehensive package of laws to combat zombie homes and fine property owners and lending institutions in violation of Town Code. The new legislation further allows the Town to recoup costs associated with Town maintenance of vacant properties.

 

The home demolished in Farmingdale stood vacant for over a decade and had multiple non-maintenance complaints. Additionally, the Town’s Highway Department performed over a dozen property cleanups due to the rampant overgrowth of grass, bushes and weeds. Costs of these cleans were subsequently placed on the county tax rolls. In response to resident complaints, the Town also boarded the property to prevent potential hazards such as illegal squatters and wildlife.

 

“Each home has its own set of unique circumstances that gets it to this point,” Supervisor Saladino added. “Most recently, the Town took legal action in Supreme Court against the absentee landlord – resulting in the sale of this home. Now, thanks to the commitment of the new owner, this longtime blight will become a beautiful new home in this community.”

 

Councilman Imbroto stated, “I am very proud to be the co-chair of the Town’s Quality of Life Taskforce, whose efforts brought forward the actions we are taking today. We have been reviewing concerns our residents have submitted to the Town’s Code Enforcement Bureau for lack of maintenance on various properties, and our new legislation allows us to go after these properties and cleanup these eyesores in our communities.”

 

Town Clerk Altadonna Jr. said, “We are proud to work with local citizens and civic associations to identify properties that are impacting the quality of our neighborhoods. Together, we are taking back our Town by addressing code violations, strengthening laws and cleaning up dilapidated and abandoned properties.”

 

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Saladino: Independent Testing in Syosset Must Commence Prior to Development

With plans for proposed development before the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board recently announced plans to move forward with independent environmental and health testing of the former Syosset Landfill site, Department of Public Works site and former site of Cerro Wire Manufacturing in Syosset. The Town will accept the developer’s offer to fund independent testing and analysis.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Over the past few months, the Town Board has listened to concerns voiced by the community in regards to proposed development in Syosset and, in particular, environmental concerns regarding the former Syosset Landfill and Cerro Wire sites. The Town of Oyster Bay will settle for nothing less than independent testing that adheres to established quality control standards, and the methodologies and protocols set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and both State and County health departments. Residents deserve to be part of the process, receive precise and verifiable test results, and any independent testing performed must also demonstrate strict compliance with all applicable regulations and industry standards. Irrespective of the extensive historic testing at these sites, the Town’s unwavering commitment to facilitating additional testing will be completed and done so with unprecedented transparency.”

 

New York State General Municipal Law prevents municipalities from issuing a professional services contract without some level of open, public competition. To ensure independence and operate within the law, the Town of Oyster Bay is seeking agreements with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health to develop and administer a testing program. Such an agreement will allow for the payment of services to be provided through funds supplied by the developer to offset costs associated with the additional independent testing and analysis. All regulatory agencies will be requested to review and approve work plans developed for this testing program as they promulgate testing standards and sampling procedures based on professional experience of experts, available technology and public input. The very objective of the independent testing is reliability, transparency and the inherent ability to withstand verification tests and scrutiny.

 

“The Town is eager to accomplish the objectives requested by our residents, and we hope that elected government officials offer a similar commitment to developing this independent testing plan and ensuring all environmental and health regulatory agencies play an integral role in this intricate process. Similar partnerships between regulatory monitoring agencies have helped protect our residents for decades and this concerted effort will help ensure thorough and comprehensive testing of potential hazards,” added Saladino.

 

The Oyster Bay Town Board remains steadfastly committed to facilitating additional testing and analysis to further clarify existing conditions; however, the presumption that historic testing on and offsite was inadequate and/or performed without third party oversight and scrutiny is a false claim that has infiltrated the fabric of our community. Residents who are unaware of the extensive testing of environmental parameters on and offsite may take some comfort in the myriad testing and studies performed to date. Additionally, the Town has been in frequent contact with the EPA and DEC. The DEC recently notified the Town of plans to proceed – at no cost to Town taxpayers – with radiological screening at the former Syosset Landfill site. This is yet another reason why the Town recommends that the DEC take a leadership role in the proposed independent testing program development protocol, so that there is consistency, accountability, and a clear line of communication for the additional independent testing performed at the site.

 

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Saladino Announces Registration for Community Park Pool Swim Lessons and Swim Teams

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that registration for the Town’s Community Park Pool swim lessons is currently underway. There are four sessions offered throughout the summer season for all different levels of swimming ability. Classes are offered to children 5 years of age or older.

 

“Our swim lessons have been a hugely popular program here in the Town for many years for those who wish to see that their children learn how to safely enjoy fun in the pool under the guidance of our American Red Cross certified lifeguards,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Our beautiful community park pools are the ideal place for swimmers of all ability level to learn and hone their skills through these swim lessons over the course of the two week course, so I encourage parents to not delay and sign their children up as soon as possible.”

 

Classes are offered to children 5 years of age or older. All applicants must be registered Pool Members at their respective Community Park Pool. There are four sessions offered throughout the summer season. For each session, classes are held weekdays for two weeks (10 classes). Each class begins at 11am or Noon and is 45 minutes long.

 

Registration information is as follows:

SESSIONS           DATES POSTMARK DEADLINES
Session One June 25 to July 6, 2018 June 15, 2018
Session Two July 9 to July 20, 2018 July 2, 2018
Session Three July 23 to August 3, 2018 July 16, 2018
Session Four August 6 to August 17, 2018 July 30, 2018

 

The registration fee is $50.00 per child for the first two-week session. If the same child signs up for additional two-week sessions, the fee will be $25.00 per subsequent session. All registration forms must be mailed in by the indicated postmark date.

 

For more information regarding swim lessons, contact the Town Parks Department at (516) 797-4129 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

The Town is also a proud partner of the Nassau County Municipal Swim Conference. Residents ages 6-16 have the opportunity to join one of the Town’s two swim teams located at either Syosset-Woodbury Community Pool or Marjorie R. Post Community Pool located in Massapequa. Swim Team participants must be a member of a Town of Oyster Bay Community Pool first. Practices begin in July and are scheduled for week day mornings. Meets will be hosted throughout Long Island on Saturday mornings. The cost to join is $50 per resident and $25 for a second child in the same family. For more information regarding Swim Teams enrollment please call (516) 797-3108.

 

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Saladino Announces Free Senior Citizen Summer Activities

Bridge, Dancing, Exercise, Meditation, Painting, Tai Chi & Yoga Offered at Town Centers

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced a variety of free weekday senior citizens summer activities offered by the Department of Community and Youth Services (CYS) in community centers throughout the Town. Yoga, dance instruction, and aquatic classes are just some of the activities seniors can enjoy as part of this year’s program, which runs from July 5th to August 31st.

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to offer residents many great activities throughout the year,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I invite our senior residents to participate in these activities, where they can enjoy the company of others, make new friends, and stay active and engaged during the dog days of summer.”

 

The following programs are offered:

  • Mondays at the Hicksville Community Center: 10am Ballroom Dancing; 12:45pm Yoga; and 2pm Reike Meditation Circle
  • Tuesdays at Marjorie R. Post Community Center: 10am Exercise; 11:15am Tai Chi; 11:15am Aquatic Class; 1pm Line Dancing; and 1pm Painting.
  • Wednesdays at Glen Head Community Center: 9:30am Musical Entertainment; 10:30am Tai Chi, Bingo. On six Wednesdays only, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8 and 15, free transportation will be provided to the Glen Head Community Center from all other centers for Town seniors to enjoy the above-mentioned programs. As well as cards, exercise, rummikub, refreshments and more.
  • Wednesdays at Plainview Old Bethpage Park: 11:15am Aquatic Class
  • Thursdays at Syosset-Woodbury Community Center: 9:30am Bridge Lesson; 10am Exercise
  • 11am Painting; 11:15am Aquatic Class; 11:15am Line Dancing; and 12:30pm Play Bridge
  • Fridays at William Garrick Community Park: 10am Tai Chi
  • Fridays at Bethpage Community Park: 11:15am Aquatic Class
  • Fridays at Hicksville Community Center: 12:15pm Tai Chi

 

Please note that residents must be a pool member or purchase a daily admission ticket to participate in aquatic classes. For more information on these Senior Summer Activities, please call the Division of Senior Citizens Services at (516) 797-7916.

 

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Saladino seeks Honorees for ‘Salute to America’ Veterans Recognition Ceremony on July 10th

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that nominations are currently being solicited for the Town’s Veterans Volunteer Awards, which will take place prior to the Annual “Salute to America” program on Tuesday, July 10th at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa at 7pm. Residents are invited to nominate extraordinary individuals who have made a difference in our communities.

 

“The Town is proud to recognize and honor amazing individuals who have helped to shape our communities for the better through their continuing advocacy and exemplary community service at our Salute to America concert each year,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I look forward to recognizing the efforts of outstanding individuals yet again this year, and I invite residents to submit applications to nominate those who have impacted the lives of our veterans in an extraordinary way.

 

Nominations are being accepted in three different categories of recognition: Veterans Volunteer of the Year (awarded to a veteran), Friend of Veterans Volunteer of the Year (awarded to a non-veteran), and Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded to a veteran or a non-veteran). All entries must include a supporting narrative describing the nominee’s on-going veterans related activities, and all nominees must be Town residents.

 

Winners will be recognized as part of a special program during the Town’s “Salute to America” concert, a patriotic evening of top flight musical talent and fireworks, which serves as a thank you to all of our veterans and active military for protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day as Americans.

 

“The ‘Salute to America’ concert 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,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “I hope you will consider submitting a nomination of an individual who deserves special recognition for their continued efforts on behalf of the veteran’s community.”

 

To submit a nomination for the Veterans Awards, please use the link below or call (516) 797-7925 for an application. All nominations must be postmarked no later than June 20, 2018.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

 

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Town Announces Crackdown on Uninsured and Unlicensed Landscapers

LandscapersIn addressing quality of life concerns expressed by local residents, Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto, Clerk James Altadonna Jr. and Nassau Suffolk Landscape Grounds Association President Evan Dackow announced an intensified enforcement initiative aimed at unlicensed and uninsured landscapers operating across local communities. Through this new initiative spearheaded by the Town Quality of Life Task Force, the Departments of Planning and Development, Public Safety and Sanitation have partnered to issue Notices of Violation and Summons against illegal operations in the Town. In the past two weeks, we have issued over 100 Notices of Violation and 11 Criminal Court Appearance Tickets. This initiative is aimed at protecting homeowners as the hiring of unlicensed and uninsured contractors can result in personal liability.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “It’s easy to forget to ask if the person caring for your lawn is licensed and insured, but it’s even easier to forget how much liability can be created if they get hurt on the job while working at your home. Without a license and the proper insurance, you could suddenly be on the hook for injuries. We remind residents to always ask landscapers for up-to-date business licenses, worker’s compensation insurance, and general liability insurance. The good ones will produce those items without question.”

 

There are many benefits to hiring a licensed landscaper, as the Town protects resident’s interest by making sure the landscaper has a Nassau County license, all insurances necessary so the resident is not liable, and that the vehicles used are properly registered with New York State. The Town’s permitting process assures residents that the contractor is accountable. Residents can identify a Town-licensed landscaper by the identification decal affixed to the driver’s side door of each vehicle and to the left rear bumper of any trailer used in the course of business. Contractors are also required to carry the license or a photocopy signed by the licensee at all times.

 

Councilman Imbroto stated, “The Town, through our Quality of Life Task Force, has been working in partnership with residents to address areas of concern, such as illegal housing, non-maintenance of property, zombie homes, and most recently, unlicensed landscapers. With these intensified efforts, the Town seeks to protect our residents and make sure all businesses respect our Town Code and communities.”

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay wants to protect residents from any potential liabilities and preserve our quality of life. Hiring an uninsured and unlicensed landscaper could cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees if a worker is hurt on the job, and even more if you’re found liable for the injury. Protect yourself and help us crackdown on unlicensed and uninsured contractors by reporting them to code enforcement,” added Clerk Altadonna.

 

Officials are also enforcing Town Code which limits landscapers’ ability to perform work during the following hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; with no work permitted on Sunday. Upon receiving notice of violation from the Town of Oyster Bay, responsible individuals in violation of Town Code may face court-imposed fines for each violation, and could ultimately face revocation or suspension of their license.

 

Resident can report unlicensed landscapers to the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Safety at (516) 677-5350.

 

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