Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay will host a Girls Softball Team Tournament for players ages 10 to 12 on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.
“The tournament is a great pre-season warmup for the girls and an excellent way to help them prepare for a competitive spring season,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Many quality teams are expected to participate, so the games are sure to be exciting and competitive.”
Spots in the tournament are limited, so team coaches and managers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
“Fields in the Town of Oyster Bay are among the finest in the nation, so each team will truly appreciate the professional atmosphere and high caliber of play,” Supervisor Saladino said. “It will be an outstanding experience for coaches and players alike.”
The Tournament will be run by the Town’s Parks Department, Recreation Division. To register, each team must submit a registration form including the team roster, check or money order made out to the Town of Oyster Bay, and an insurance certificate listing the Town of Oyster Bay as additional insured. The cost is $625 per team.
For further information and to register, please contact Jackie Devlin in the Parks Department’s Recreation Office at (516) 797-4125, and select prompt ‘4’.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino invites residents to enjoy the Town’s 44th Annual Rotational Art Exhibit Program. The program allows local artists to display their work in local libraries, banks, government offices and local businesses on a monthly “rotational” basis.
“Through this program, local businesses around the Town get the opportunity to join in supporting local artists, while providing patrons with the pleasure of viewing artwork in a setting they normally wouldn’t,” Supervisor Saladino said. “This program not only features the diverse works of new artists, but also some of the most accomplished artists from the area.”
Supervisor Saladino said that Rotational Art Exhibit Program allows local businesses a unique opportunity to position themselves at the intersection of industry and art. “This integration ultimately benefits both sectors and helps spread a passion for the arts,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I think we all benefit when the arts are more effectively incorporated into the everyday lives of our residents.”
While the 2018 schedule is set, the Town of Oyster Bay is already looking for new artists and businesses to participate in next year’s program. “In the Fall season, novice and experienced artists will have a chance to see their artwork approved and entered into ‘rotation’ where it will be displayed throughout the Town of Oyster Bay in 2019,” Supervisor Saladino said.
The program is free for both artists and businesses. A complete listing of display months and locations is printed in the program’s 2018 Exhibition Schedule which is available online at www.oysterbaytown.com under the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services. The 2018 Exhibition Schedule is also available at Town Hall South in Massapequa, at local libraries or by calling the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services at (516) 797-7932, where residents can also get any additional information they may require about this popular program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Vicki Spinelli, Department of Human Resources, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
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!”