Category Archives: Town of Oyster Bay

Saladino, Muscarella Increase Commuter Parking at Massapequa LIRR Station

Realignment of Parking Spaces Results in 50 Additional Permitted Spots for Commuters

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Joseph Muscarella announced this week that the Town Board recently approved plans to re-designate over 50 total parking spaces in the M-1 and M-11 parking fields in Massapequa as “Permit Parking Only” spaces, in response to resident inquiries for additional spots at the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station.

 

Supervisor Saladino said. “After speaking with residents, Councilman Muscarella and I directed the Town’s Highway Department to conduct a survey of each parking field within the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road Station. The survey indicated that the majority of metered parking spaces remained unoccupied during peak time. To assist commuters and those shopping at downtown businesses, the 50 metered spots will be re-designated to assist residents.”

 

As part of the re-designation process, 21 metered spots in parking lot M-1 will immediately be re-designated as “Permit Parking Only,” bringing the total permitted parking spaces in this lot to 181. In parking lot M-11, 33 metered spots will also immediately become “Permit Parking Only,” increasing the total permitted parking spaces in this lot to 99.

 

“I believe residents will truly appreciate this increased availability of parking spots,” added Councilman Muscarella. “Thanks to the survey conducted by our Highway Department, I am confident that we have found a way to provide additional parking for commuters and shoppers alike. This is a win-win, and something our residents and storekeepers will benefit from.”

 

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Public Input Sought on the Use of $10 Million NYS Grant Award in Downtown Hicksville

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino announces that the first public workshop to provide input into the use of the $10 million NYS Downtown Revitalization grant in Downtown Hicksville is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th, at the William P. Bennet Hicksville Community Center, located at 28 W. Carl Street in Hicksville.  The meeting is scheduled from 7pm to 9:30pm, and follows the kickoff organizational meeting for members of the committee recently held to start the process of planning efforts for the community.

 

“My administration was thrilled to be the recipient of a $10 million award from Governor Cuomo and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for downtown revitalization in Hicksville,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The process has officially begun and the local planning committee – comprised of local and regional leaders, stakeholders, and community representatives – is seeking public input on potential uses for this amazing grant opportunity.”

 

Under the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, the Local Planning Committee seeks to establish and approve a community-based vision for revitalizing the downtown into a vibrant community. This public workshop, the first in a series of three planned, is an important next step on identifying projects and initiatives which the community feels are appropriate for Downtown Hicksville.

 

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Saladino: Empire Center Awards Oyster Bay ‘Grade A’ for Online Transparency and Accessibility

Further solidifying its new reputation as a leader in online transparency and accessibility, Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay has been awarded a Grade A as part of the Empire Center’s SeeThroughNY Local Government Website Report Card. The Empire Center, an independent non-profit think-tank dedicated to the ideals of effective and accountable government, graded websites for New York’s 500 largest counties, municipalities, and school districts. Under an audit conducted this week, the Town nearly tripled the points earned under an audit the Town received in 2014 which resulted in an “F” grade. Most notable gains were made in categories such as public information, financial reports, revenue sources, and ease of navigation of the website.

 

“When I took office, I promised to restore taxpayers’ trust and instill one with the highest ethical standards along with the utmost transparency,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Earlier this year, the Town became Reclaim NY’s standard bearer for online transparency in New York State. I am proud to have this distinction reinforced by the results announced today from the Empire Center, an independent organization who works to enhance transparency and accountability statewide.”

 

When the project first originated in 2014, the Empire Center, through its SeeThroughNY Report Card, sought to help local residents effectively tap the potential to access information from their local government through the internet. Local municipalities were graded on their online accessibility in different categories such as public information, budgets, audits, and revenue sources.

 

Upon taking office earlier this year, Supervisor Saladino enhanced online transparency and accessibility by posting the rules for contract bidding, instructions for submitting Requests For Proposals (RFP) as well as listing all current RFPs online. In addition, the website was overhauled to detail the Town’s newly restructured ethics guidelines, practices, and reporting, along with other measures such as enhanced live-streaming.

 

Tim Hoefer, Executive Director of the Empire Center, stated, “Oyster Bay’s upgraded website exemplifies exactly what we hoped to accomplish with our local government website report cards. Redesigned with our rubric in mind, it helps raise the bar on the level of transparency and access taxpayers should expect from those spending their tax dollars.”

 

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Oyster Bay Town Creates Quality of Life Task Force

In order to protect and preserve the quality of life throughout the Town of Oyster Bay, and address on-going Town-wide issues with illegal housing, non-maintenance of property, and other quality of life concerns, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto, Councilman Tom Hand and Town Clerk James Altadonna announced the creation of a Quality of Life Task Force. Officials joined with local homeowners who recently filed a complaint with the Town regarding illegal room rentals in a home across the street in their residential neighborhood in Bethpage.

 

“This newly formed task force will focus on code enforcement for quality of life concerns such as illegal housing, zombie homes, noise, landscaping, and parking, amongst other issues,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “The Town has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to live in the nation by numerous publications, and has seen a steady increase in the values of homes, properties and businesses.”

 

The quality of life task force will be comprised of representatives from multiple Town departments, including members of Code Enforcement, Department of Planning & Development, and Town Attorney, as well as contain members of local law enforcement and fire protection agencies. This inter-municipal cooperation will put the Town in the unique position to crack down on these types of quality of life issues that may be plaguing our residents in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

 

“This task force will not only help protect our greatest asset, our quality of life, but also protect and preserve the safety and general well-being of our residents, as often these code violations can lead to dangerous and unsafe conditions,” Councilman Tom Hand added.

 

One specific quality of life issue that the task force will focus on is the rise of “illegal rooming houses” which have cropped up not only in the Town, but all throughout Nassau County. Enforcement actions against these properties would be one of the task force’s top priorities, as it not only affects the quality of life of the neighbors, but the safety and well-being of the tenants.

 

“As a former prosecutor of illegal housing violations, I am proud to serve as liaison between the Quality of Life Task Force and the Town Board,” Councilman Imbroto said. “This task force will focus on issues both big and small, and will meet regularly to discuss recommendations for any actions to be taken to help protect the suburban quality of life the Town of Oyster Bay is known for.”

 

Town Clerk James Altadonna continued, “The rise of illegal rooming houses and zombie homes – which are not maintained by owners – cannot be allowed to threaten the quality of life our residents deserve. Aggressive enforcement of our quality of life ordinances will protect our residents and preserve our town’s beauty and tranquility for this generation and the next. At our direction, the Town Attorney is seeking court intervention to tear down zombie homes in East Massapequa.”

 

Residents who would like to report an issue of concern to the Quality of Life Task Force are urged to call Code Enforcement at (516) 624-6200.

 

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Saladino Announces First Planning Meeting for Downtown Hicksville

Public Invited to Observe Organization Meeting of Local Planning Committee

 

Downtown HicksvilleTown of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino announces that the kickoff meeting of the Local Planning Committee for downtown Hicksville is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, at the Town’s William P. Bennet Hicksville Community Center, located at 28 W. Carol Street in Hicksville. The meeting, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., has been scheduled as a kickoff organizational meeting for members of the committee to start the process of planning efforts for the community.

 

“Earlier this year, our Town 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,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We are pleased to advance to the next step in the process of making our dreams for this community a reality.”

 

The Local Planning Committee (LPC) – comprised of local and regional leaders, stakeholders, and community representatives – will establish and approve a community-based vision for revitalizing the 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. Additionally, funds may be utilized for Complete Street initiatives that include new sidewalks and improvements to preexisting pedestrian pathways, footpaths, bicycle paths, bicycle racks and cross walks. 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.

 

Following the October 31 organizational meeting, which the public is invited to observe, additional meetings, including public workshops, will be scheduled for later this year and early next year.

 

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

 

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Santino Purchasing ‘Like New’ Dump Trucks, Salt Spreaders $250K Below Retail

Santino “Keeps Truckin,’” Purchasing “Like New” Dump Trucks & Salt Spreaders for $250K Below Retail; Planned Purchase of 5 Additional “Pre-Loved” Trucks Could Add $900K in Savings

 

When it comes to saving taxpayers money, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino just “keeps on truckin’.” With the winter season approaching, Santino announced that the town has saved more than $250,000 compared to retail prices by purchasing two “lightly-used” dump trucks, along with two “almost new” salt/brine spreaders which attach directly to the heavy duty vehicles. At the same time, the town is poised to purchase five “pre-loved” salt spreading trucks that could present an additional savings of $900,000 compared to “showroom new” pricing. Supervisor Santino made the announcement today at the Roosevelt Highway Yard, joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad.

 

“Keeping our roads clear of snow is one of the Town of Hempstead’s most important functions … being able to do it while saving taxpayers money is my number one priority,” stated Supervisor Santino. “These ‘like new’ salt and brine spreaders and dump trucks will be put to excellent use on town roadways, while offering substantial savings for local taxpayers. Now that’s ‘doing more with less!’”

 

The two used salt and brine spreaders, which were used for demonstration and display, were purchased at a total cost of $92,832 ($46,416 each), nearly half of the price to purchase new equipment. The spreaders will be affixed to the backs of town trucks to spread rock salt and/or brine as needed. The “like new” dump trucks – each of which have only about 10,000 miles of use – were purchased for a total cost of $309,828, a total savings of $171,000 over purchasing new equipment. All told, the town realized a total savings of $251,974 by purchasing “like new” equipment versus brand new.

 

In addition, the town is currently seeking to purchase five refurbished heavy-duty salt/brine spreading trucks. These trucks are the same type as the town purchased earlier this year. If the cost is comparable to the previous purchase prices, savings compared to showroom models, the town would realize a savings of approximately $900,000 for all five trucks.

 

In total, Hempstead Town could realize $1.15 million in savings, combining the already purchased equipment and the planned acquisition of five new vehicles, when compared to brand new equipment.

 

“Supervisor Santino continues to produce innovative methods of providing important municipal services while doing so at the lowest possible cost to Town of Hempstead taxpayers,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We are confident that this lightly used equipment will work like new once put to use on town roadways.”

 

“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino on the procurement of these ‘like-new’ salt and brine spreaders as he follows through on his promise to ‘do more with less’,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “With these ‘like new’ trucks and salt/brine spreaders on the road, the Town of Hempstead is certainly prepared to take on Mother Nature this winter.”

 

Just as the salt/brine spreaders represent a significant cost savings to the town, so too does the brine solution that is utilized when compared to the use of 100 percent rock salt. Experts estimate that using brine entails a 66-75 percent cost reduction factor over the use of rock salt, and that the town could realize nearly $300,000 in savings during a substantial storm. As brine can be applied to local roadways up to 48 hours before a storm, the town can avoid potential overtime costs that would previously be required when using rock salt, which is most effective when put down during a storm.

 

“We are working hard to save taxpayers money,” concluded Santino. “This winter we will be clearing snow from our roads in an even more effective and cost-efficient manner.”

 

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Saladino & Johnson Kick Off Single Stream Recycling

Single Stream Recycling

Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino (center) joins with Councilwoman Michele Johnson (front left), Councilman Louis Imbroto (front right) and Councilman Tom Hand (second from left), together with Town officials and Winters Bros. representatives, at the Town’s Solid Waste Complex the morning of October 23, to welcome the first fleet of trucks carrying recyclables under the Town’s new single stream recycling program.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson welcomed the first fleet of trucks to collect single stream recycling in the Town of Oyster Bay. The new program will generate up to $2 million for taxpayers, and now also includes new recyclable material, including cardboard. The program, which transitions the Town’s recycling collection from dual-stream to single stream, is estimated to generate significant funding over the next five years.

 

“My administration has already committed to freezing property taxes and has consistently explored every avenue to save taxpayers money,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Since the beginning of local recycling efforts more than a decade ago, initiatives have cost taxpayers money rather than generate funds for the Town budget. I am proud to say that will no longer be the case!”

 

In 2016, the Town of Oyster Bay utilized dual-stream recycling which cost taxpayers approximately $330,553 to haul away commingled glass, metal, and plastic while generating $239,088 in revenue from newspaper and mixed paper. Overall, the Town realized a net LOSS of $91,465 in 2016. Under Supervisor Saladino’s single-stream recycling initiative, the Town will generate approximately $343,295 in revenue in 2018 by entering into a contract with Winters Bros. Hauling of Long Island. This results in a net gain of $434,760 annually for taxpayers. Additionally, the Town will sell 22 recycling trucks no longer needed due to this single-stream recycling initiative, and generate up to $1 million in revenue for taxpayers from the sale of these vehicles.

 

“This new single stream recycling program is another example of the great ways our administration has been looking to save taxpayers’ money while enhancing services,” Councilwoman Johnson added. “In addition to the great financial benefit, this program has a significant environmental benefit as well. Not only will single stream recycling result in significant savings, this new initiative will also result in a decrease in solid waste for the Town, which could generate even greater savings.”

 

On July 14, 2017, the Town of Oyster Bay solicited bid proposals for single-stream recycling. Three entities responded to the bid request and proposals were opened publicly for review. Winters Bros. Hauling of Long Island presented the Town with the most beneficial deal for taxpayers, and they were awarded the contract at the Town Board’s August 22 meeting.

 

“We were very pleased to see this morning that this program is already proving to be a resounding success,” Supervisor Saladino added. “Under this initiative, it is no longer be necessary to separate any recyclables. Residents can dispose of glass, plastics, paper and all types of cardboard in one container, to be picked up on their regular recycling collection day. This process eases the burden of sorting garbage and allows the Town to be more environmentally friendly while saving money.”

 

About Single-Stream Recycling:

 

Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclables, including newspaper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, and junk mail are placed together in a bin for recycling by residents. These recyclables are collected in bulk by a single truck and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility to be sorted into various commodity streams for sale to markets, where it is processed into feedstock which can be used in the manufacture of new products.

 

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Saladino and Johnson Announce Parking Lot Repairs in Glen Head

Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association Donation Helps Facilitate Community Enhancement Project

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson are pleased to announce needed repairs and improvements slated for the Town of Oyster Bay’s parking lot G-2 located in Glen Head, adjacent to the railroad station plaza. The project, which will result in improved functionality and aesthetics, will be financed with a generous $3,000 donation from the Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association through the Town’s “Adopt-A-Spot” program.

 

“Cooperative projects involving the Town of Oyster Bay and local community organizations are becoming more and more commonplace here in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Supervisor Saladino said. “This is another example of local government and the community working cooperatively to accomplish something beneficial for everyone.”

 

As part of the parking lot project, the Town of Oyster Bay Highway Department will be rehabilitating, repairing and replacing all curbing and sidewalks that are required. Necessary handicap ramps will also be installed, where applicable. Once the work is complete, the Highway Department’s Sign Bureau will restripe the lot and implement the necessary arrows and crosswalks.

 

“This project represents both form and function,” Councilwoman Johnson added. “Residents will truly appreciate the improvements associated with navigating the new parking lot. In addition, the new look will be a nice community enhancement.”

 

Supervisor Saladino said the Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association has an impressive legacy of contributing to the community and this project is another example of the incredible impact they have on our Town to make it a better place. As part of their support of the Town’s ‘Adopt-A-Spot’ program the organization will be also be adding park benches, trees and seasonal plantings to the local community.

 

“I sincerely thank the Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association for their ongoing support and efforts in this joint venture with the Town of Oyster Bay to further beautify the area,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Working cooperatively, we will be able to make this improvement a reality and the end result will be something our residents will appreciate for years to come.”

 

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Saladino, Town Board Pass Law to Restrict Invasive Bamboo

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his fellow Town Councilmembers announce the unanimous passage of legislation to control the damaging spread of invasive species of bamboo, to protect and preserve private and public property alike.

 

“This restriction on invasive species of bamboo is in response to numerous complaints of residents who have had to deal with this nuisance encroaching on their property from neighboring parcels, often times resulting in damaged tree roots, pipes, sidewalks and even foundations as a result of out-of-control bamboo growth,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The root system found in many types of bamboo tends to expand horizontally, making the plant difficult to maintain and more likely than not to cause damage to its surrounding area than any other types of plants.”

 

Through this new local law, residents are prohibited from planting what is deemed as ‘running bamboo,’ which is any species of bamboo where the roots of the plant tend to grow laterally outward from the bamboo at the rate of multiple feet per year. Additionally, homeowners who currently have running bamboo on their property must come into compliance with the conditions of the new local law if they wish to keep the bamboo on their property, and are urged to contact the Town’s Department of Planning and Development for assistance in facilitating compliance. Any bamboo owner who violates this new local law will be subject to a fine of up to $350.

 

“I’m proud to stand with our residents who have been affected by this issue, and after researching how neighboring municipalities have dealt with invasive species of bamboo, I believe this local law is a win-win for all involved, and a great way to protect the integrity of private and public property, indigenous flora and native wildlife of our Town, and preserve the general welfare of the residents of the Town,” Supervisor Saladino added.

 

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Ellsworth Allen Park Expansion Underway in Farmingdale

Ellsworth Allen Park ExpansionOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Joseph Muscarella, Councilwoman Michele Johnson, Councilman Louis Imbroto and Councilman Thomas Hand today unveiled plans for future development of the former Liberty Industrial Finishing site – adjacent to Ellsworth Allen Town Park – in Farmingdale. Town officials were joined by their colleagues in government, Nassau County Legislators James Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker, who have committed grant monies to assist in the funding of the project. The plans, which were developed in partnership with the community after the remediation process completed in 2011, include the construction of softball and baseball fields, a t-ball field, a multi-purpose field for sports teams, as well as a pedestrian/bicycle pathway, bathrooms and a parking area. The year-long project got underway this fall with Town crews already beginning site preparation. Ellsworth Allen Park will more than double in size once construction is complete.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “For way too long, the Liberty site has been an eyesore in our community. My administration is jumpstarting this community revitalization project so that the property can be enjoyed by seniors, children, and area sports teams. Ellsworth Allen Park will be the pride of Farmingdale when complete.”

 

“This project is long overdue and a dream come true for most residents in Farmingdale and the Town of Oyster Bay. I was proud to lead the fight for environmental cleanup of the property and I look forward to joining with residents in celebrating the expansion of Ellsworth Allen Town Park when complete,” stated Councilman Joseph Muscarella.

 

Plans for the park include the construction of three ballfields, including a: 90ft. baseball field with infield artificial turf and outfield natural grass; softball field with infield artificial turf and outfield natural grass; and an artificial turf t-ball field. Multi-purpose field space will also be constructed to accommodate sports teams. To save taxpayer money, Town staff has been working to clear the property, and will remove rough grading, install an irrigation system, run conduit for lighting and pave a temporary parking lot.

 

“The Liberty Site project has been near and dear to me throughout my entire tenure on the Town Board,” said Councilman Anthony Macagnone. “Our residents have waited a long time to see the development of this property come to light, and I’m proud to see that day coming for the betterment of our community.”

 

The Town anticipates completing the project by the summer of 2019. Subject to Town finances, future plans for the property could potentially include an upgrade to the western end of the property at Ellsworth Allen Town Park and construction of a community building.

 

“I am so proud to see that we are able to move forward with the expansion of Allen Park, to provide a beautiful facility for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Councilman Imbroto said. Whether you and your family enjoy bicycle riding, jogging, baseball, softball or soccer, this new venue will serve as a premier destination for young families and senior citizens like.”

 

Helping to offset the cost of development, Nassau County Legislators James Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker have committed $150,000 in Community Revitalization funding to the project.

 

“I am so pleased to join with my colleagues in local government to help make this long-overdue project a reality for our residents,” Legislator Kennedy said. “This facility will become a haven for residents of all ages to enjoy.”

 

Legislator Walker added, “Projects like the Allen Park expansion are proof of the good that can come of local government representatives working together for the betterment of our communities. I am proud to partner with Supervisor Saladino and the Town of Oyster Bay in making this facility a state-of-the-art destination for our residents.”

 

Background:

In the 1940s and 50s, private operators at the Liberty Aircraft Products Company caused hazardous substances to be disposed of, leading to the property eventually being deemed a federal superfund site. In the late 1990s, the site became a national priority for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which assumed the role of lead agency for the purposes of documenting the extent of the contamination and determining the best remediation plan. Ultimately, the EPA developed a remediation plan that would have cleaned the property to commercial/industrial standards. Based on extensive efforts of the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town, by committing to acquire 22 acres for recreational use, committed the EPA to require a higher level of cleanup. As a result, these efforts have resulted in removal of all industrial and commercial activity from the site; the demolition and removal of all structures; the construction and operation of a water remediation system; and the removal of tens of thousands of cubic yards of soil from the premises.

 

Pictured above is Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino (center second from right) joined by Councilman Joseph Muscarella, Councilwoman Michele Johnson, Councilman Louis Imbroto, and Councilman Thomas Hand, as well as Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker and James Kennedy, Town officials and crews, and local sports organization heads.

 

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