Category Archives: Town of Oyster Bay

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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Senator Marcellino’s Bill to Ban the Practice of ‘Pet Leasing’ Passes Senate

Senator Carl L. Marcellino announced that his legislation which would prohibit the leasing of dogs and cats for ownership has passed the Senate . Pet sellers in New York State have been leasing pets for years; however the sponsors of this legislation doubt if this practice is ethical and humane.

 

According to a report by the ASPCA, pet sellers allow a consumer to make monthly payments and require consumers to buy out their leases at the end in order to keep their pets. Almost all puppies sold in pet shops were born in deplorable, inhumane puppy mills, but with price tags between $1,000 and $5,000, each pup represents a big payday to the retailers who traffic in this cruelty.

 

But it’s not only the dogs who are victimized. Pet sellers are teaming up with private lenders to offer love-struck shoppers, who might balk at the high cost of their dream puppy, the option to make low monthly payments over a fixed period. In the small print, however, these agreements pad the initial price with fees and a big balloon payment at the end of the term, costing the unwitting buyer double or sometimes triple the original cost of the pup.

 

Even worse: the purchaser almost never realizes that they do not actually own the pet until the final payments are made years down the line. This practice not only deceives the consumer, it uproots the pet from their family and places him or her in danger of being relinquished to an already overburdened and overcrowded shelter in the event of a missed payment.

 

“Pets are a vital part of the family for many people across our state. Bringing a dog or cat home is both memorable and exciting. At that moment of purchase, the focus is on the animal, not the fine print in the contract. Imagine the bewilderment of some customers when they find out months later they do not actually own their new pet, but instead, are locked into a rent-to-own scheme. This bill will protect both consumers and pets from this kind of shady operation,” said Senator Marcellino.

 

“Our pets are our family. We wouldn’t lease our children or grandparents—why would we lease our pets,” said Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation. “Plain and simple, this comes down to greed and the ability to prey on vulnerable people who are looking for a dog or a cat at a pet store. We would ask folks to come to shelters—we don’t have any predatory lending, just reasonable adoption fees for dogs and cats that are looking for their forever homes.”

 

The bill is carried in the Assembly by Assemblyman Titone.

 

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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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Rabbi Rank of Syosset to Town’s Board of Ethics

Rabbi RankIn continuance of their ongoing commitment to increase transparency and ethics in the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board this week appointed Rabbi Perry Raphael Rank to the Town’s Board of Ethics.

 

“To restore the public’s trust in government, the Town Board and I have taken several steps to increase transparency and accountability at Town Hall,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We installed a new, independent Board of Ethics and 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. When it comes to ethics and integrity, it’s a new day in Oyster Bay.”

 

Rabbi Rank is presently Rabbi of the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset and served as President of the International Rabbinical Assembly. He has served as chair of the International Rabbinical Assembly Convention and the Solomon Schechter Rabbinic Advisory Committee. He also served as the International Rabbinical Assembly Treasurer and has been featured as a contributor to various local and national publications, including Newsday.

 

Supervisor Saladino added, “We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Rank to the Town Ethics Board. When we first created the new Board of Ethics, we ensured that no members were employed by the Town or any other municipality. Additionally, no more than two members of the board can be

 

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Special June 5th Meeting to Finalize Hicksville Garage Repairs, Alternative Commuter Transportation Plan

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Oyster Bay Town Board will convene a special meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10 am at Oyster Bay Town Hall. The Town Board will consider resolutions pertaining to repair of the Hicksville Parking Garage on Duffy Avenue and an alternative transportation plan for commuters.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Our residents have suffered through ongoing issues with the Hicksville parking garage since its opening in 2011. My administration is advancing the necessary structural and mechanical repairs to the facility and will minimize the temporary closures impact on commuters by directing that work be conducted with multiple daily work shifts during these upcoming months in which parking is at less of a premium due to summer vacations. Alternative parking accommodations and shuttle service for resident commuters will be put in place for the duration of the project and we vow to hold the original contractors responsible for the costs of repair and associated costs!”

 

If approved by the Town Board, temporary closure of the Hicksville Parking Garage will run for a 90-day period beginning on or about July 9th and lasting until the beginning of October. During that time period, commuters who utilize the parking structure will be able to park in the former Sears lots located on Route 106, across from Broadway Mall. Shuttle bus service between the former Sears and the Hicksville Train Station will be provided from 6am-10am and from 4pm-8pm, daily.

 

Structural repair work includes: replacement of concrete decking where cracking has developed through the entire slap depth; crack repair and placement of carbon fiber reinforcement at other cracked or deficient slabs, and drainage improvements in the facility. Mechanical/electrical repair work includes: replacement of the lighting and security systems; replacement of the gas (carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide) detection system; replacement of fire detection infrastructure; modifications to the sprinkler system; modification to the ventilation systems; and addition of mechanical units in the stair wells.

 

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Increased Commuter Parking Availability in Syosset

Syosset Moms Group & Town Commuter Parking Committee Successfully Identify 100+ New Parking Spaces

 

Fulfilling their pledge to work on increasing parking availability in heavily-trafficked areas of the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia and Councilman Thomas Hand announced an additional 111 parking spaces in downtown Syosset.

 

Supervisor Saladino said, “We recognize that the biggest concern for our commuting residents is the lack of adequate parking in certain communities with access to the Long Island Rail Road. After meeting with residents, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia and Councilman Tom Hand began quickly searching for areas where parking can be enhanced for the public. I applaud our Councilmembers, the Syosset moms and our Town Commuter Parking Committee for their success in pursuing additional parking spaces.”

 

Councilwoman Alesia said, “When hardworking moms of Syosset contacted me about their daily struggles in finding a parking space each morning, I was eager to work with them and the Highway Department to identify areas with current restrictive parking that is presently under-utilized. As a working mom myself, I know it’s not easy to get the kids out of the house and arrive at work on-time. Together, we agreed it’s in the community’s best interest to remove certain on-street parking restrictions and convert some metered parking into permit parking stalls. It’s my hope that these additional spots help ease our residents morning hassles.”

 

Commuter parking has been made available at the following locations:

• East Street – approx. 17 spaces

• Orchard Street – approx. 6 spaces

• Ira Road – approx. 21 spaces

• Cold Spring Road – approx. 10 spaces

• Railroad Avenue – approx. 15 spaces

• Jackson Avenue – approx. 4 spaces

• S-1 Parking Lot – 38 spaces

 

“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with Syosset moms, listen to their concerns and work with them toward these solutions. The Town will continue its efforts in identifying parking solutions in all communities with significant commuter volumes. This process requires striking a careful balance between the needs of commuters, local homeowners and nearby shopkeepers. By working directly with residents, we will continue achieving positive results for our communities,” added Councilman Tom Hand.

 

Earlier this year, the Town of Oyster Bay formed a Commuter Parking Committee comprised of elected officials, town administrators and residents from hamlets throughout the Town. Chaired by Supervisor Saladino and Councilman Anthony Macagnone, the committee continues to meet and discuss options for added parking throughout the Town.

 

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