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May 25th: Town of Oyster Bay to Host Community Meeting on Rezoning of Downtown Hicksville

The Town of Oyster Bay is taking the next step in a process which should bring some exciting changes to the downtown Hicksville area, and will host a public meeting on Thursday, May 25th, at 7pm at Hicksville High School to further discuss proposed rezoning of the Downtown area, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia announced.

 

“Over the past few years, it’s been my pleasure to engage with the Hicksville community in constructive dialogue about ways to revitalize the Downtown area,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Along with the recent start of the $121 million project to renovate the Hicksville railroad station, the Town is looking to move forward with the rezoning of the Downtown area. I invite members of the community to come down and contribute to the discussion by participating in the next public meeting that the Town will be hosting on Thursday, May 25, at 7pm at Hicksville High School.

 

Councilwoman Alesia noted that zoning establishes a framework of regulations to guide land development in a given area, including the types of uses and physical dimensions of buildings that are permitted. Following a series of successful public meetings, a refined zoning concept had been drafted and was presented for the public’s consideration, and was posted to the Town’s website.

 

“At this meeting, Town representatives will provide a brief overview of the draft proposal for zoning changes in the Downtown, followed by questions and input from residents,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “No final decisions have been made regarding the future of Downtown Hicksville, so please come down to the meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our future, as we will be taking all perspectives into account in developing a final zoning proposal, which will then be submitted to the Town Board for consideration.”

 

For more information, contact Councilwoman Alesia’s office at (516) 624-6302 or visit the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino to Host Hearing on Remediation of Grumman Navy Plume

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino has announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, together with state and local organizations, will host an educational hearing regarding cleanup efforts of the Grumman Navy Plume, Wednesday, May 24, at Bethpage High School beginning at 7 p.m.

 

“After 13 years of working to get New York State and our Governors on board with cleaning up the contamination in our groundwater, we are finally getting close to making this a reality,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am appreciative to be working with the residents, the Bethpage Water District, and the leaders of the Bethpage community in an effort to fully remediate and finally clean up the contamination of the Grumman Navy Plume.”

 

Supervisor Saladino has made the remediation of the plume his highest priority since becoming a Member of the New York State Assembly in 2004. Among his vast initiatives include the New York State law which he wrote and had passed in 2014, together with Senator Kemp Hannon in the State Senate, which mandated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation create an in-depth report which proves that hydraulic containment will work effectively on the plume and lays out the design of how to best accomplish that goal. “Now is the time to keep New York State moving toward building the infrastructure to stop the plume and remove harmful chemicals like TCE, PCE, solvents and the 1-4 dioxane that have all been found in high concentrations in our aquifer system,” Supervisor Saladino explained.

 

The Supervisor noted that he will join forces with Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker, Laura Schaefer, and James Kennedy, as well as the Bethpage Water District and Bethpage School District, in keeping residents informed and to build a coalition of effective leaders in continuing to guide the DEC toward full hydraulic containment and remediation.

 

“We will continue working together with the residents, the Bethpage Water District and important community groups like the Bethpage School District and our civic associations to create the highest levels of collaboration, cooperation and communication,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Our residents’ support is essential in this effort. Working together, we can convince the State that we need to once and for all stop the migration of this plume and remove all contaminants.”

 

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Councilman Imbroto Announces Spring Schedule At Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center

Town Councilman Louis B. Imbroto invites residents looking to cool off as the weather gets warmer to come down to the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center.

 

“Anyone looking for a fun activity this spring can come down to the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, located at Bethpage Community Park,” Councilman Imbroto said. “The spring schedule, which runs through June 25, provides for time to enjoy a public session, various hockey clinic opportunities, as well as figure skating lessons.”

 

Councilman Imbroto noted that times for all sessions, as well as clinic and lesson opportunities, are listed on the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating center will be closed on Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day. Please be aware that the schedule is subject to change. Visit www.oysterbaytown.com for more information.

 

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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Early Sale of TOB Beach Stickers

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson reminds residents that the early sale of seasonal beach stickers begins on Saturday, May 13. Beginning that day, Town residents may choose to get their beach stickers at certain locations ahead of time to avoid the rush during the Memorial Day weekend when some Town of Oyster Bay beaches will open for weekends only.

 

“Many of us eagerly look forward to Memorial Day weekend for the first opportunity to enjoy a fun day at the beach,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “By purchasing a Town beach sticker in advance of the beaches opening, you can avoid hitting long lines at the start of the beach season and be able to spend more time in the sand.”

 

The Councilwoman noted that beach stickers will be on sale daily, beginning on May 13, at Tobay Beach, John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach in Oyster Bay, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please note that stickers are NOT available at Town Hall.

 

In order to purchase a beach sticker, residents must bring their driver’s license and vehicle registration and must be in the vehicle they will use to drive to the beach since stickers are placed on the vehicle at the time of purchase. Only residents may purchase beach stickers for Town of Oyster Bay Beaches. Seasonal stickers are $60, which pay for themselves following three visits.

 

“Stickers are accepted at all Town of Oyster Bay beaches, so residents with beach stickers will have the opportunity to really enjoy the wonderful beaches we have here in the Town of Oyster Bay all summer long,” Councilwoman Johnson said.

 

Tobay, Centre Island, Philip B. Healey at Florence Avenue and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Beaches will open for weekends only beginning Saturday, May 27. All Town of Oyster Bay beaches will open seven days a week beginning on Saturday, June 24. The beaches will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. For more information, contact the Beach Division of the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department at 797-4110 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com or facebook.com/parksTOB.

 

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Reclaim NY: Town of Oyster Bay a Leader in Online Transparency and Accessibility

The Town of Oyster Bay has further established the transparency reforms promised by Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. Proof of this is the fact that Reclaim NY, a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to government reform and accountability has named the Town a leader in online transparency and accessibility, as part of their new initiative aimed at evaluating and increasing online transparency from local governments, called the New York State Transparency Project. At a press conference held by Reclaim NY and the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town received a grade of nearly 80% overall, which is almost quadruple the score the Town received before Supervisor Saladino took office and began to run the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

“When I took office, I promised to regain the faith and trust of our residents by ushering in a new era in the Town of Oyster Bay, one with the highest ethical standards, and complete transparency,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “When Reclaim NY approached the Town about this transparency initiative, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to show how serious the Town is about creating the most ethically operating Town in the state of New York. Upon hearing about the Transparency Project, I invited Reclaim NY in and radically changed the way the Town operates. As a result, the Town has become the standard bearer, as the Town was not only the first to submit to an evaluation by Reclaim NY, but also the first to make the changes necessary to earn the distinction of being a leader in transparency, to better help open the doors of Town government to our residents.”

 

With their online project, Reclaim NY’s goal is to ultimately evaluate each local municipality in New York State on their online accessibility in different categories such as municipal transparency, fiscal transparency, access to information, and contracts, amongst others.

 

As a result of the partnership with Reclaim NY, Supervisor Saladino has drastically changed the way the Town does business, especially when it comes to online transparency and accessibility. After meeting with Reclaim, at the Supervisor’s direction, the Town began implementing new practices to further increase online transparency and accessibility, including posting the rules for contract bidding, instructions for submitting a request for proposals (RFP) along with a list of current RFPs, and overhauling a section of the website which details the Town’s newly restructured ethics guidelines, practices, and reporting, along with other measures.

 

Supervisor Saladino points towards the Town’s unprecedented recent open work session that was held in response to a RFP for the operation of food and beverage concessions at Town parks and beaches as the perfect example of opening the doors of Town government to everyone, ensuring and proving that the Town is operating in complete transparency. During this work session, which was open to the public and livestreamed through the Town’s website for all residents, the Town heard over 18 hours of proposals from each organization who responded to the Town’s RFP.

 

The Town Board and Supervisor Saladino then deliberated and chose the winning bidders publicly so that everyone would know why they were chosen, in complete openness. The result of this process is that the Town will now receive five times the rent they received under the former vendor. Additionally, no taxpayer monies will be used to update the rented facilities. The vendors have committed millions of dollars to rebuild the facilities they are renting.

 

“This unprecedented change in the administration of Town operations adds to the proof of a new way of doing business in the Town of Oyster Bay. A new way which establishes the lead in transparency, ethics, and good government,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Now, through their Transparency Project, Reclaim NY recognizes this new, unprecedented, and wholly different operation of Town government.”

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay has shown it is serious about turning the page on years of controversy by being the first to adopt the vast majority of our comprehensive online transparency practices,” said Brandon Muir, Reclaim New York Executive Director. “Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and the entire town staff, have helped Oyster Bay take a huge step toward a new era of open government by empowering citizens to call for change, and hold officials accountable.”

 

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‘Battle At Bethpage’ Lacrosse Event: Sunday, May 7

Battle at BethpageThe Town of Oyster Bay will host the Battle at Bethpage, a college lacrosse celebration, at Bethpage High School on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m., according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino. The event will feature two outstanding teams, the Duke University “Blue Devils” squaring off against the Boston University “Terriers.”

 

“Lacrosse on Long Island is incredibly popular, and here in the Town of Oyster Bay, we are proud to partner with the Bethpage Educational Foundation and the Bethpage School District and bring to our facilities this high level collegiate lacrosse contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The two featured colleges are known for their academic and athletic excellence. This is sure to be a hard-fought game between collegiate powers, and I believe that seeing these premiere teams in action may inspire the Town’s young lacrosse players to further their education through athletics.”

 

General admission tickets to the Battle of Bethpage will be available on game day at the field with proceeds going to the Bethpage Educational Foundation, Inc. Donation for adults will be $10 and Children 12 and under will be $5. Attendees are also being asked to bring two cans of food to help support Island Harvest as part of the “LAX Fights Hungers” initiative.

 

Supervisor Saladino said he is already looking forward to the game. “The event is set to be a great experience for the players and fans are sure to have fun rooting for their teams,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I expect those in attendance will appreciate the opportunity to see these outstanding college teams compete locally. It also is a tremendous source of pride that these high level teams will compete at our local facilities, which are among the finest in the Nation. I hope to see everyone at the game.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Wants Your Photos!

Residents Invited to be Featured on Town’s Social Media Pages

 

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino invites residents to share their favorite photos as they ‘Play in Oyster Bay’ this spring and summer.

 

“Our beautiful Town has so many photo opportunities, and I am asking our residents to submit their favorite shots to be featured on the Town’s Facebook pages, as well as in Town publications and facilities,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We open this opportunity to all Town residents, designed to capture recreation and leisure at the Town’s many parks and recreational facilities, or scenic beauty anywhere in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that Town residents have a multitude of recreational facilities at their disposal, including the best parks, world class beaches, a championship golf course, a state-of-the-art ice skating center, pools, marinas and community centers. “There are so many wonderful photo opportunities,” he said. “Fishing, boating, swimming, baseball, skating, picnics, tennis, walking, biking and jogging are just some of the activities that provide great photo subject matter.”

 

In addition to being highlighted on our Town Facebook pages or other publications, submissions will be considered for display at Town facilities, including the Town’s Parks Department at Town Hall South in Massapequa.

 

Residents may send their favorite photos to photos@oysterbay-ny.gov or visit the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OysterBayTown, to make a submission. There is no limit in how many photos can be submitted.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces TOB ‘Battle of the Bands’ Competition

Selected Bands Will Perform on August 5th at the Town’s Music Under Stars Concert Series

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, through the Cultural & Performing Arts Division of the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services, will be conducting a “Battle of the Bands” competition to showcase some of the Town’s young musical talent.

 

Supervisor Saladino, himself a musician and member of an accomplished local band, said that selected bands will be given an incredible opportunity to compete live at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa.

 

“If you’re under 21 years of age and at least one member of your band lives in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are eligible to compete in this exciting contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The Town of Oyster Bay’s “Battle of the Bands” provides an awesome opportunity for rising musical stars to experience playing before a large audience and garner exposure for their band.”

 

To be part of the contest, interested bands simply need to record their best original song and a cover song and e-mail it to Sharon Betz of the Town’s Cultural and Performing Arts Division at sbetz@oysterbay-ny.gov. They can also be mailed to: The Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community & Youth Services, Attn: Cultural & Performing Arts Division, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, New York 11758.

 

“Please include with your submission a brief biography of your band and a list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, ages and instruments,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am sure that this will be the catalyst for a truly great experience for each and every participant of our contest.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that all submissions for the “Battle of the Bands” contest must be received by May 31, 2017 to be considered. For further information, please contact the Cultural & Performing Arts Division office at (516) 797-7925.

 

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Councilman Coschignano Announces First Homeowners Cleanup for 2017

The first of eight Oyster Bay Town Homeowners Cleanup Program dates and the first of four Paper Shredding Programs dates for 2017 will take place on Saturday, April 29, according to Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano.

 

“Start the warm weather off strong with some spring cleaning and take any clutter from your home, garage, or storage shed along with any trash to be recycled before the trash piles up,” Councilman Coschignano said. “Residents within the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal District looking to clear up any clutter in their homes can take advantage of the Homeowners Cleanup by taking unwanted, non-hazardous trash or paper to the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 101 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, Old Bethpage, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

The Councilman noted that proof of district residency must be shown. Additionally, if you plan to bring any campers, boats or boat trailers, proof of ownership must be provided and signed over to the Town. The boats must be drained of all oil, gas and other fluids, and all batteries must be removed.

 

Bushes, tree limbs, fence posts and similar items will be accepted as is and need not be broken into smaller pieces. Used tires, large metal items in excess of four feet, clean fill, clean broken concrete, and boats and boat trailers will also be accepted. Passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks and small trailers are admitted to the program. Six-wheel or larger vehicles are not permitted.

 

Councilman Coschignano noted that the next Homeowners Cleanup Date will be Saturday, May 13 and the next Paper Shredding date will be Saturday, June 24. For more information, residents can call 677-5943 or visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Taxes Due April 1 Can be Paid Without Penalty Until May 10

Oyster Bay Town residents are reminded that the Second Half of the 2016-2017 School Tax Levy is due on April 1st, but can be paid without penalty through May 10th. Please be certain to sign your check, payable to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes. Indicate your property’s S.D. Code, Section, Block, Lot and telephone number on the check.

 

“By law, a taxpayer has a 40-day penalty free period from the date the tax is due during which payment may be made without penalty,” Mr. Stefanich explained. “After the 40 days, a one percent penalty is added for each month the tax remains unpaid, retroactive to April 1st.”

 

Residents can pay in person, by either cash or check, at the Tax Office, Oyster Bay Town Hall West, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, or by check only at our office in Town Hall South (rear entrance), 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa. When paying the tax bill in person, taxpayers are reminded to bring the entire tax bill with their payments.

 

In addition, the Hicksville Annex, at the TOB Parking Facility, 55 Duffy Avenue, Hicksville, will be open to accept payments by check only, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

 

Residents who prefer to mail in their payments, should send them to the Office of the Receiver of Taxes, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771-1539. Payments being made by mail should include the second half stub. Residents should NOT write on, fold, staple or otherwise deface the tax stub as it can cause the computer system to reject the payment.

 

Residents now have free access to tax bills online with the ability to pay taxes through ACH check payment or credit card. These services are available through a link on our Town website, www.oysterbaytown.com. Residents should be aware there is a service fee if they chose to pay taxes online (Town of Oyster Bay receives no portion of fee).

 

“When calling the Tax Office for information on property taxes, residents are requested to have the school district, section, block and lot numbers of the property in question available. This information is listed on the tax bill and on the property deed.”

 

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