Category Archives: Town of Oyster Bay

Saladino Announces Free Family-Fun Waterfront Festival at TOBAY Marina

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced the Town will host a Free Family-Fun Waterfront Festival on Saturday, September 15th from 12pm – 4pm at TOBAY Beach Marina. This free event features children’s activities, face-painting, snapper fishing, police boat demonstrations, marine and outdoor exhibits, New York State’s largest fish-shaped cake and live musical performances.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “The Town of Oyster Bay is thrilled to offer this free family-fun Waterfront Festival at TOBAY Beach. Residents of all ages are invited to come down and enjoy live music, marine and outdoor exhibits, great food, arts and crafts and other family-fun activities.”


Live musical performances will be provided by Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, as well as Steel Margarita. Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band is an ultimate beach party tribute to Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band, as well as country favorites, summer pop, yacht rock, reggae and tropical classics! Steel Margarita will entertain attendees with their love of percussion instruments and Trop-Rock music.


For more information on Waterfront Festival, please contact the Town of Oyster Bay’s Parks Department, Recreation Division, at (516) 797-4121 or visit


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Saladino, Johnson Announce Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs Cats and Ferrets on September 15th

In an effort to protect our pets and prevent the spread of rabies, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson, in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health, will offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. Open to all residents, the vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, September 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Animal Shelter located at 150 Miller Place in Syosset.


“Our pets are members of our family and this is an excellent opportunity to protect them against rabies,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Pet-owners should take advantage of this vaccination clinic to protect their entire family.”


New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. If an unvaccinated pet or one that’s overdue for its vaccination comes into contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the pet must either be euthanized or strictly quarantined for six months. However, if a vaccinated animal comes into contact with a wild animal, it needs only a booster vaccination which must be administered within five days of exposure. To protect your family and your pet, it is absolutely essential that your animals have up-to-date rabies inoculations.


Councilwoman Johnson stated, “It is recommended for dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months to receive their first two shots one year apart and additional booster shots every three years thereafter. Dogs must be on leashes when inside the clinic and cats and ferrets must be in enclosed carriers. Personnel from the Town’s Animal Shelter will be on hand to help with the large number of animals expected in addition to assisting residents interested in adopting a dog or cat.”


The clinic also offers to microchip pets for $25. Microchips carry a unique identification number for a pet so if they ever get lost they can be taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter where they will be scanned for the unique microchip ID number. No reservations are necessary for the clinic.


For more information, contact the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at (516) 677-5784 or visit


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Learn How to Reduce Your Taxes through Exemptions, Challenging Assessments

Clavin Announces Fall Lineup of Taxpayer Forums


Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced a series of 24 taxpayer forums at various locations across the Town of Hempstead that will kick off on September 6th in Valley Stream. Clavin’s informative seminars include important information for property owners on how to reduce property taxes through exemption programs and by challenging their assessments.


“As Long Island families and senior citizens struggle to pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, we’re here to make them aware of ways they can reduce their taxes,” Clavin said. “For many homeowners, every dollar counts and a significant amount of it can be saved by pursuing these important property tax reduction opportunities.”


Clavin’s presentations will feature details on many tax savings programs available through the state of New York and Nassau County, including Basic and Enhanced STAR and an array of exemptions (Senior Citizen, Veterans, Disability/Limited Income, Home Improvement, Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Corps and more).


The Receiver will also discuss important taxpayer updates, including: Clavin’s recent legislation, sponsored by Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., and approved by the Hempstead Town Board in May, that made the Cold War Veterans Exemption permanent. What’s more, Clavin partnered Senator Elaine Phillips to urge state Legislators to support legislation that would provide property tax equity for golden age homeowners who could be eligible for the Senior Citizens’ Exemption to boost the income eligibility limits for the Senior Citizen Tax Exemption to levels recently approved for New York City residents.


Clavin’s taxpayer forums, free and open to the public, begin on Thursday, September 6th at 7 PM at Valley Stream Village Hall (123 S. Central Avenue in Valley Stream). The schedule is as follows:


  • Thursday, September 6, 7 PM, Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream
  • Wednesday, September 12, 7 PM, Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert St., Lynbrook
  • Tuesday, September 25, 7 PM, Island Park Library, 176 Long Beach Rd., Island Park
  • Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM, East Rockaway Library, 477 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway
  • Monday, October 1, 2 PM & 7 PM, Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
  • Thursday, October 4, Elmont Library, 7 PM, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • Tuesday, October 9, 7 PM, Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2 & 7 PM, West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead
  • Thursday, October 18, 2 PM, Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
  • Monday, October 22, 2 PM & 7 PM, Levittown Library, 1 Blue Grass Ln., Levittown
  • Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM, Franklin Square Library, 19 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • Thursday, November 1, 2 PM, Elmont Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • Thursday, November 8, 7 PM, Hewlett-Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2 PM, North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd., N. Merrick
  • Thursday, November 15, 7 PM, Seaford Library, 2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford
  • Monday, November 19, 7 PM, Garden City Library, 60 7th Street, Garden City
  • Monday, November 26, 7 PM, Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Ave, Floral Park
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2 PM, Bellmore Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
  • Thursday, November 29, 7 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • Tuesday, December 11, 7 PM, Bellmore Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore


“I look forward to this Fall, not only for the change in season and the pleasant weather, but also to help taxpayers save money,” Clavin said. “I invite neighbors from across the Town of Hempstead to attend one of my free taxpayer forums to see how they can reduce their property tax burdens.”


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Town to Host Overdose Awareness Day Motorcycle Ride from Tobay Beach to Syosset

Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay is partnering with Drug Free Long Island, Bikers Against Heroin and Nassau County in recognition of National Overdoes Awareness Day on Friday, August 31st. Motorcyclists are invited to ride from TOBAY Beach to Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, at which a special ceremony will be held in memory of those who have lost friends and family to overdose.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “It is so important that we gather to raise awareness of the deadly effects of heroin and remember our loved ones who lost their lives to the opioid epidemic. Residents are invited to bring a photo of their loved one to the ceremony.”


Motorcyclists are invited to gather at 5:15pm at TOBAY Beach, from where they will ride up Ocean Parkway, ending on Route 135 to the end to Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, located at 7900 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. A ceremony will commence at 6:30pm at the park.


Drug Free Long Island will supply a large dreamcatcher in which residents can place a picture of a loved one lost and/or card in their memory. For more information, please call Drug Free Long Island at (516) 203-7486 or email


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Saladino, Hand Announce September is ‘Free Animal Adoption Month’

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Thomas Hand announced that the Town’s Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees throughout the month of September.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “We invite residents looking for a new pet to come down to the Town’s Animal Shelter during the month of September. Our animal shelter has a wonderful reputation for providing great care to the pets housed there, and has a long history of uniting those looking for the perfect new furry companion!”


During the month of September, 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


In addition to free adoption month, the Town will host a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the Animal Shelter on September 15th from 10 am to 2 pm. No reservations are necessary for the clinic. To help ensure lost pets are returned to their proper owners, the clinic will also offer pet microchips for $25.


“This clinic provides an excellent opportunity for residents to ensure that their pets are protected against rabies,” added Councilman Hand. “I urge all pet-owners to take advantage of this vaccination clinic and protect their furry loved ones.”


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 animals available for adoption, follow the Town of Oyster Bay on Facebook, visit or call (516) 677-5784 for more information.


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Hicksville Parking Garage to Undergo Repairs Beginning September 12

The Oyster Bay Department of Public Works aannounced that the Hicksville Parking Garage on Duffy Avenue will undergo significant repairs beginning September 12th. The facility will temporarily close, and reopen before the years-end. To assist commuters, the Town has secured additional interim parking at the former Sears parking lot. A Town of Oyster Bay Parking Permit will be required to use the Sears lot.


Shuttle bus service between the former Sears lot and the Hicksville Train Station will be provided from 5am-9am and from 4pm-8pm, Monday through Friday. In addition to the Sears parking lot, 12 other lots in downtown Hicksville offer parking for residents with a Town of Oyster Bay Parking Permit at the following locations:


H-2 north side of LIRR, south side of West Barclay St., west of Newbridge Rd.

H-5 north side of LIRR, south side of West Barclay St., between Newbridge Rd. and Jerusalem Ave.

H-6 north side of LIRR between Broadway and Jerusalem Ave.

H-9 East Marie St. opposite Hicksville Fire Department

H-10 north side of West Marie St. east of Jerusalem Ave.

H-11 south side of East Barclay St. and north side of East Marie St. east of Broadway

H-12 at intersection of East Marie St. and East Nicholai St.

H-13 at intersection of Bay Ave. and Heitz Pl.

H-14 between north side of East Marie St. and south side of Heitz Pl.

H-16 south side of West Barclay St., north side of LIRR, west of Newbridge Rd.

H-17 north side of West Barclay St. between Strong and Maple St.

H-18 south side of West Barclay St., north side of LIRR, west of Newbridge Rd.


Residents are reminded that all on-street parking restrictions in the downtown area will continue to be enforced by the Nassau County Police Department throughout the construction period. As plans to reopen the facility commence, further information will be posted on the Town of Oyster Bay website.


Since 2011, the Hicksville Parking Garage has been plagued with issues. Repairs will include replacement of concrete decking; crack repair; placement of carbon fiber reinforcement; drainage improvements; replacement of the lighting and security systems; replacement of the carbon monoxide detection system and fire detection infrastructure; modifications to the sprinkler and ventilation systems; and the addition of mechanical units in stairwells.


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Town to Host September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at TOBAY Beach

TOBAY 9 11 Remembrance CeremonyOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town will honor a Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the September 11, 2001 Attacks on America on Thursday, September 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. at TOBAY Beach. The Town Board invites all residents, families and friends to attend.


“As we prepare to observe the 17th Anniversary of these tragic attacks on America, it is important that we commemorate this day as the passage of time does not diminish the tragedy that our nation suffered,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Together, we will pay tribute to those we lost that tragic morning as well as those who continue to pass away from 9/11 related illness. Join us in remembering these loved ones and honoring the brave heroism demonstrated by first responders who participated in rescue and recovery efforts.”


The Town’s 9/11 Memorial is inscribed with the names of 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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Saladino, Imbroto and YES Community Counseling Center to Host National Overdose Awareness Ceremony

In recognition of National Overdose Awareness Day, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Louis Imbroto will partner with YES Community Counseling Center to host a Remembrance Ceremony at Phillip Healey Beach, located at 30 Florence Avenue in Massapequa, on August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm, honoring the loved ones who we have lost to addiction and overdose. Residents are encouraged to bring a framed pictured of their loved one lost to drug addiction. Pictures provided will be returned at the conclusion.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “I invite residents to join us on National Overdose Awareness Day to remember those who lost their battle to drug addiction, and together reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths. I thank YES Community Counseling Center for partnering with us to host this important remembrance ceremony.”


Councilman Imbroto stated, “I can think of no better way to continue to raise awareness to the deadly opioid epidemic that has been impacting Long Island than by hosting this Remembrance Ceremony to honor those we have lost on National Overdose Awareness Day. Through ceremonies such as this, and through overdose prevention seminars, the Town and YES Community Counseling Center are strengthening our community in its battle against drug abuse.”


“This is an opportunity to pause and remember the strength of those whose lives have been lost to addiction. We must keep these lives in our hearts forever. And while we grieve the loss of a precious life, we must join together to celebrate all that made each individual special and unique in our world. Being aware, learning more, and understanding the profound consequences of this epidemic will ultimately help us to help others. As a community, we must stand together, learn from the pain, support one another, and continue to be there for those who may need our help. That is what a community does to grow strong! YES Community Counseling Center is honored to stand alongside those families and friends in remembering their gift to the world,” said YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz.


For more information regarding overdose prevention and help in combating addiction, please contact YES Community Counseling Center at (516)-799-3203.


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Receiver Stefanich Advises Late General Taxpayers of Last Chance

Receiver Stefanich advises Town of Oyster Bay property owners who missed paying their 2018 General taxes by the August 10th deadline, that they can still avoid additional interest and fees beyond the standard 2% late payment penalty.


Late payers should immediately contact the Receiver’s office at 624-6400, if they did not receive a second notification with a delinquent tax bill. Payments postmarked after August 31st cannot be accepted since the collection warrant will have expired. Those payments must be sent to the Nassau County Treasurer at 1 West Street, Mineola, New York 11501.


Stefanich pointed out, “Failure to pay taxes before the collection warrant expires will result in a delinquent tax lien proceeding with the possibility of the lien being sold next February. Continued failure to pay all taxes levied against the property will result in your loss of the property”.


In September, the Nassau County Treasurer will be mailing notices to all property owners with taxes in arrears. Receiver Stefanich advises homeowners who fall under those circumstances to contact the Nassau County Treasurer at 571-2090 to determine the amount in arrears. They may also visit the Treasurer’s office at 1 West Street, Mineola.


Receiver Stefanich noted, “I want to make sure that property taxpayers in Oyster Bay do not jeopardize their home ownership because they were unaware of the consequences of not responding to notices from the Town or County”.


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Saladino, Hand Dedicate Oyster Bay Street in Memory of Community Activist, Shirlee Gerstein

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Thomas Hand recently hosted a ceremonial street renaming dedication ceremony in honor of Shirlee Gerstein for her decades of remarkable community service. For 46 years, Shirlee served as the face of the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich – a leading organization for mental health, substance abuse and a myriad of other social services. The Agency is located on the street ceremonially renamed in Shirlee’s memory.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “I’m very proud to dedicate this special street to posthumously honor Shirlee Gerstein. For many decades, Shirlee Gerstein coordinated all social needs programs for the Agency, including the food pantry, emergency clothing program, Thanksgiving food drive and the Holiday Sharing Program. Three generations of individuals, in-need of services, knew that Shirlee would always be the kind, caring voice on the telephone and had the skill, desire and the ability to assist them in any way she could. Shirlee was the first employee hired by Agency and after a remarkable and distinguished career retired four years ago at the age of 86.”


Beyond the remarkable things she did for those who frequented the Agency, Shirlee also served as mentor to three generations of social workers and taught her colleagues how to care for those around us with compassion and dignity. Shirlee passed away last year, just before her 90th birthday and is sorely missed by her family and the members of the local community she impacted. Today’s street sign unveiling is a fitting tribute to Shirlee recognizing her years of loving service and dedication to Oyster Bay.


Councilman Hand stated, “This ceremonial street sign is a gesture of love and respect for Shirlee, as well as her family, friends and the colleagues who had the privilege of working alongside her. This sign will remain as a permanent reminder of Shirlee’s natural tendency of putting the needs of others ahead of her own. Shirlee sign will remain as a permanent reminder of Shirlee’s natural tendency of putting the needs of others ahead of her own.”


For more information regarding the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, please call (516) 922-6867.


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