Category Archives: Town of Oyster Bay

Saladino, Imbroto Break Ground for Renovation of North Massapequa Community Center

North Massapequa Community CenterAfter a fire caused the closure of the original building last winter, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Louis B. Imbroto this week joined with a dozen senior citizens in breaking ground for a major renovation of the Town community center in North Massapequa. The building, which is utilized primarily by local community organizations and senior groups, will reopen next year with more than 20 Town-run programs.

 

“The interior of the North Massapequa Community Center was destroyed by fire and many community organizations were forced to find a temporary home,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “After obtaining community input, I’m proud to report a major renovation of the North Massapequa Community Center is now underw

 

Over the course of the next four months, the facility will undergo a complete interior refinishing, with reconstruction of all walls and utilities. The two-story structure will once again house meeting rooms, a kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as office space.

 

“This building proved to be a convenient location for our residents, particularly the hundreds of seniors who used this facility on a weekly basis,” added Councilman Imbroto. “All programs organized at this center were relocated to other facilities following the fire, and we are pleased to let those groups know they will soon be able to return to the facility.”

 

All programs originally housed at the North Massapequa Community Center had been relocated to other community facilities, including senior clubs, cultural and performing arts workshops, exercise programs, Knights of Pythias and Knights of Columbus, programs for children, and many more.

 

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Oyster Bay Harbor Seeded With More Than 250,000 Oysters

Oyster Seeding

Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Town Councilman Tom Hand, Town Councilman Lou Imbroto, and Town Councilwoman Michele Johnson join with volunteers from the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson recently joined with members of the Town’s Department of Environmental Resources and volunteers from the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA) to reseed Oyster Bay Harbor with over 250,000 oysters grown out and matured by the Town through FLUPSY (FLoating UPweller System) silos. This initiative improves water quality, bolsters the local economy and improves the resiliency of our coastal communities by restoring shellfish populations to the harbor.“Oyster Bay Harbor has long been considered one of the crown jewels of Oyster Bay, and I’m proud to say that under my administration we are now doing more than ever before to improve its water quality,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “The Town, along with volunteers from the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, is heading out on the waters and reseeding the harbor with 250,000 oysters which have been grown out and matured through the Town’s FLUPSY system.”

 

“Oyster Bay Harbor has long been considered one of the crown jewels of Oyster Bay, and I’m proud to say that under my administration we are now doing more than ever before to improve its water quality,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “The Town, along with volunteers from the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, is heading out on the waters and reseeding the harbor with 250,000 oysters which have been grown out and matured through the Town’s FLUPSY system.”The Town’s FLUPSY program, short for Floating Upweller System, has been integral to increasing shellfish populations around Oyster Bay Harbor. At the beginning of the summer, the Town purchased seed oysters from Cornell Cooperative Extension and placed them in the FLUPSYs. This allowed the seed oysters to mature and grow out through a steady diet of nutrient-rich water and protection from natural predators such as crabs.

 

The Town’s FLUPSY program, short for Floating Upweller System, has been integral to increasing shellfish populations around Oyster Bay Harbor. At the beginning of the summer, the Town purchased seed oysters from Cornell Cooperative Extension and placed them in the FLUPSYs. This allowed the seed oysters to mature and grow out through a steady diet of nutrient-rich water and protection from natural predators such as crabs.

 

“This purchase was largely made by reinvesting into the waters the revenue generated from shellfish licensing permits,” Supervisor Saladino added. “Protecting our natural assets is critically important for our Town, and by restoring and reseeding our shellfish populations, we not only strengthen the local economy, but also ensure we are working to keep our waters clean. Quite simply, there is no Oyster Bay without oysters!”Councilwoman Johnson noted that shellfish filter up to 50 gallons of water a day through their feeding process, so the preservation of Oyster Bay Harbor’s water quality through the repopulation of shellfish is an important component of making the water cleaner for swimming, fishing, boating, and all life in the Harbor.

 

Councilwoman Johnson noted that shellfish filter up to 50 gallons of water a day through their feeding process, so the preservation of Oyster Bay Harbor’s water quality through the repopulation of shellfish is an important component of making the water cleaner for swimming, fishing, boating, and all life in the Harbor.“I am proud to be a part of such a great environmental initiative that will preserve the quality, resiliency, and natural beauty of our local waterways for generations to come,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Protecting our natural assets is top priority and I’m proud to announce that the Town is currently looking to expand this initiative to the South Shore to help repopulate and reseed the Great South Bay – as the Great South Bay once boasted a wealth of shellfish but is now practically devoid.”

 

“I am proud to be a part of such a great environmental initiative that will preserve the quality, resiliency, and natural beauty of our local waterways for generations to come,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Protecting our natural assets is top priority and I’m proud to announce that the Town is currently looking to expand this initiative to the South Shore to help repopulate and reseed the Great South Bay – as the Great South Bay once boasted a wealth of shellfish but is now practically devoid.”

 

For more information on the Town’s FLUPSY program, please contact the Town’s Department of Environmental Resources at (516) 677-5943.

 

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Hicksville Ceremonial Street Renaming Dedication in Honor of Fallen FDNY Hero Raymond J. Pfeifer

New Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino conducted a ceremonial street renaming dedication on Saturday, August 26th in honor of fallen FDNY Hero Raymond J. Pfeifer, who died in the line of duty on May 28th of this year as a result of renal carcinoma, a cancer he developed after being exposed to toxins while working at the 9-11 site. The ceremony included a street sign unveiling at the corner of Ballad Lane and Blueberry Lane in Hicksville. Another sign will be permanently displayed at the intersection of Ballad Lane and Bishop Lane. The signs read “F.D.N.Y. Fireman Raymond J. Pfeifer Way,” and are situated near the home where Firefighter Pfeifer resided.

 

Firefighter Pfeifer grew up in Levittown and moved to Hicksville in 1989, where he lived with his wife, Caryn, his son, Terence and his daughter, Taylor. He served as an FDNY firefighter with Engine 40/Ladder 35 from 1987 to 2014. During his tenure with the FDNY, Firefighter Pfeifer earned the respect of his colleagues with his dedication, caring and attention to detail. “He was loved and respected by residents of New York City as well as the Hicksville community he proudly called home,” Supervisor Saladino said. “To those who had the pleasure to know Raymond, it was no surprise that he was able to leave such an indelible mark, both socially and professionally.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that Pfeifer had a unique ability to connect with people and felt a tremendous sense of duty as a firefighter to stand up for those in need. “He reliably handled even the most challenging assignments and always carried himself with dignity and respect,” Supervisor Saladino said. “He also was widely respected for dedicated efforts in advocating for those first responders whose health was compromised as a result of 9/11.”

 

Even after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and enduring the effects of its metastasizing to his bones, lungs and brain, Pfeifer continued to tirelessly advocate for the World Trade Center Health Program, 9/11Health Care Bill/Zadroga Extension Bill with John Feal (Feal Good Foundation), Kenny Specht (retired FDNY), Actor/TV Host Jon Stewart, Congressman Peter King and Senator Kristin Gillibrand. This advocacy included countless trips to Washington DC and New York City and over 400 face to face meetings with members of the Senate and Congress on behalf of the more than 72,000 people diagnosed with 9/11 related illnesses since 2001. The bill was signed by the President of the United States on December 18, 2016.

 

“Firefighter Pfeifer, is a ‘True American Hero’,” Supervisor Saladino said. “He paid the ultimate price serving his fellow citizens. This street, in the community where he lived for many years, will serve as reminder to all residents of his sacrifice and his extraordinary life.”

 

“Raymond cared about everyone he came in contact with,” Supervisor Saladino concluded. “This dedication ceremony was the Town’s way of showing how much we cared about him.”

 

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Free Overdose Prevention Seminar in partnership with YES Community Center

To help save lives and further combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, and in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and new Town Councilman Louis B. Imbroto today announced that the Town will host a free Overdose Prevention & Narcan Training Seminar for residents in partnership with YES Community Counseling Center. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Massapequa High School, located at 4925 Merrick Road in Massapequa.

 

“My administration has taken a leadership role in addressing the opioid epidemic” said Supervisor Saladino. “Earlier this month, Public Safety Officers and other Town employees were trained to administer an overdose reversal agent. We take another step forward in September by hosting an Overdose Prevention Seminar for residents to learn the warning signs of drug addiction, obtain information on available treatment options, and learn how to reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose by administering a life-saving antidote. I thank the YES Community Counseling Center for their commitment to the wellbeing of our residents and partnership in this initiative.”

 

“Through training efforts and education and awareness seminars such as this, we can continue to save lives and keep families whole,” said Councilman Imbroto. “I thank Supervisor Saladino for ensuring our Public Safety Officers are trained to administer Narcan and look forward to hosting this Overdose Prevention Seminar with the YES Community Counseling Center. Together, we will strengthen our community in its battle against drug abuse.”

 

Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided by the YES Community Counseling Center at no charge to trainees over the age of 18. Under New York State law, residents can administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.

 

This Overdose Prevention & Narcan Training Seminar is available to all residents. No prior medical experience is necessary to participate. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Esther Alter at ealter@oysterbay-ny.gov or call (516) 624-6380.

 

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Free Public Wi-Fi Network at Tobay Beach

1st Town Beach in Nassau to Offer Free Internet

 

In their continued efforts to deliver important services for residents, new Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and new Councilman Louis B. Imbroto today announced that the Town has launched free wireless internet access for residents and visitors at TOBAY Beach. The network, titled “FreeTOBAYWi-Fi,” has been installed on the ocean-side of the beach through the use of previously allocated capital funds.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Residents enjoy spending summer days at TOBAY Beach and have our sandy shore their own waterfront property. To enjoy all the comforts of home, we have launched free wireless internet access at the beach so residents can share real-time photos with friends; turn on a video for their toddlers and even access apps and maps to plan their next lap of the day.”

 

“This new TOBAY wireless network brings more connectivity to the beach, giving residents the ability to keep tabs on their favorite sports team, stay in touch with their children and even work from the beach while keeping their feet in the sand. I applaud Supervisor Saladino for listening to our residents and delivering the services our families and seniors desire,” added Councilman Imbroto.

 

Visitors seeking to log on must select “FreeTOBAYWi-Fi” under available Wi-Fi networks on their smartphone or tablet and then accept the standard terms and conditions.

 

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Saladino, Hand and County Legislators Announce Operation Roadway Restoration

Government Employees to Perform Work, Save Taxpayers 35% over Private Sector Work

 

Operation Roadway RestorationIn their continued efforts to protect taxpayer’s wallets, new Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and new Councilman Thomas Hand joined with County Legislators James Kennedy, Donald MacKenzie, Laura Schaefer and Rose Marie Walker in announcing plans for an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with Nassau County to pave local roadways under “Operation Roadway Restoration – Phase I.” Rather than rely on outside vendors to restore roadways that do not require curb or sidewalk/driveway restoration, Town and County employees will perform the work of milling, sweeping and paving roads.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “In the past, the Town of Oyster Bay relied primarily on outside vendors to restore local roadways. Through an agreement with Nassau County, government employees will begin milling and paving roadways to save taxpayers money. This is yet another example of my administration’s commitment to protecting taxpayer’s wallets. I thank Nassau County for their commitment to smart, shared services that save money for taxpayers.”

 

“The dedicated men and women of our Departments of Public Works and Highway have the expertise to perform much of the work needed in restoring our roadways. I thank Nassau County for working with us to save taxpayers money and pave local roads in our neighborhoods,” added Councilman Hand.

 

County Legislator Donald MacKenzie stated, “This County and Town partnership to repave local roadways is a great opportunity to save taxpayers money and improve the quality of our neighborhoods. Together, we will restore local streets and achieve savings for taxpayers by performing significant work with government employees rather than those in the private sector.”This joint Town-County roadway restoration initiative is estimated to save taxpayers 35% as compared to work performed by the private sector. The Town will reimburse the County for their actual costs. After a review of current roadway conditions, the Town will begin work by mid-September in several communities, including Bethpage, Glen Head, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Jericho, Locust Valley, Plainview, Massapequa, Syosset and Woodbury. The Town Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Highway Department, is currently finalizing its Phase I list, as well as developing a list of roadways for Phase II operations. Concurrently, the Town is seeking bids for a Road Restoration Contractor for areas that require curb and/or sidewalk/driveway restoration.

 

This joint Town-County roadway restoration initiative is estimated to save taxpayers 35% as compared to work performed by the private sector. The Town will reimburse the County for their actual costs. After a review of current roadway conditions, the Town will begin work by mid-September in several communities, including Bethpage, Glen Head, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Jericho, Locust Valley, Plainview, Massapequa, Syosset and Woodbury. The Town Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Highway Department, is currently finalizing its Phase I list, as well as developing a list of roadways for Phase II operations. Concurrently, the Town is seeking bids for a Road Restoration Contractor for areas that require curb and/or sidewalk/driveway restoration.

 

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Free Adoptions at Oyster Bay Town Animal Shelter

Fees Waived August 14th -19th in Honor of Homeless Animal Week

 

In recognition of the International Homeless Animals Day, new Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson announced that the Town’s Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees from Monday, August 14th through Saturday, August 19th.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “In recognition of International Homeless Animal Day, we invite residents to come make a new ‘furever’ friend at the Town’s Animal Shelter. Our dedicated staff is happy to assist you in selecting the right furry friend for your family.”

 

During the week of August 14th – 19th, the shelter will waive the general adoption fees of $80 per dog and $84 per cat. All usual adoption services will be provided, including the spaying or neutering of the animal, vaccination and microchipping.

 

“Our animal shelter has a wonderful reputation of providing great care to the pets temporarily housed there while waiting for their new homes,” added Councilwoman Johnson. “I encourage anyone looking for a new pet to visit the Town’s shelter when looking for a new companion.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter is located at 150 Miller Place in Syosset. The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To view photos of some of the animals available for adoption, or to link to the shelter’s Facebook page, visit the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com or call (516) 677-5784 for more information.

 

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Town to Host September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at TOBAY Beach, September 6th

With the 16th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America approaching, new Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced today that the Town will honor the memory of all those who lost their lives that day by hosting a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, September 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. at TOBAY Beach. Supervisor Saladino invites all residents, families and friends to attend.

 

“As we prepare to observe a national day of remembrance on September 11th, it is important that we commemorate this day, as the passage of time does not diminish the tragedy that our nation suffered 16 years ago,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Together, we will pay tribute to those we lost that tragic morning and honor the bravery and heroism demonstrated by first responders.”

 

The Town’s 9/11 Memorial is inscribed with the names of Town of Oyster Bay residents lost on September 11, 2001. The Memorial features a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center. The September 6th ceremony includes a candlelight vigil, vocal performances, bagpipe music and religious readings. In addition, the names of those lost, who are inscribed on the wall, will be read.

 

For more information, please contact the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services at (516) 797-7900.

 

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Residents Urged to Support Town of Oyster Bay’s August 3rd Blood Drive

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding its Blood Drive on Thursday, August 3 to help hospitals meet the ongoing need for blood donations. “We are in the midst of an emergency blood shortage and the New York Blood Center relies on the Town of Oyster Bay’s Blood Drive to meet its life-saving mission,” said Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson. “Blood supplies can easily dwindle during the summer months. Therefore, we strongly encourage all those eligible to participate in this timely blood drive. If you have family members or friends who are willing to donate, please ask them to also support our effort.”

 

“Blood banks need to be prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “This constant state of urgency is why people should always donate whenever they can. Donating is not only quick and easy but it is an entirely safe process. All materials used during the process are sterile, disposable and used only once…by you. There is no danger of contracting any disease, including AIDS. The pint of blood you donate will never be missed by your body, which produces an equivalent amount in 24 hours. When broken down into component parts, one single pint of blood can be used to heal and help the bodies of three different people.”

 

Locations for the blood drives are: Town Hall South Conference Room, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Councilwoman Johnson added that in order to qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old…16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note…weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. Anyone who has received a tattoo within the past twelve months is ineligible to donate. It is recommended that volunteers eat well (low fat) and drink fluids in the days before the Blood Drive. The Councilwoman noted that all blood types are needed, especially O positive and O negative.

 

Refreshments will be provided for all who donate. In addition, each time someone makes a donation, they earn advantage points redeemable for a wide variety of gifts, gift cards, or other merchandise. Also, McDonalds will be offering a coupon to all donor registrants offering a free large sandwich or salad when you make any type of purchase at McDonalds. For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900 or visit www.nybc.org. Those wishing to sign up to donate or need additional information can call Councilwoman Johnson’s office at 1-516-624-6301 or visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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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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