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Islip Town Supervisor, Town Council Members Join U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in Urging FAA to Approve Islip MacArthur Airport Master Plan & Airport Layout Plan

Ronkonkoma, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter and Town Councilmembers Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochrane, Jr., and Anthony Senft, Jr., joined U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a recent press conference held in the main atrium of Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport, where the Senator called upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expedite approval of the airport’s Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan, submitted to the FAA in 2013. Approval is needed so that the airport can proceed in extending its second runway to approximately 7,000 feet, which would improve safety for flyers, while also helping to retain current airlines and attract new ones. During the press conference, Schumer cited a FAA report that outlined concerns that JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports will be over capacity in 5 to 15 years, which will cause airlines to seek alternatives at nearby airports such as MacArthur. However, without the extension of the runway, MacArthur will not be a viable option. Supervisor Carpenter thanked Senator Schumer for his continued support of the airport, while stressing its economic importance to the Town of Islip and all of Long Island. 

Pictured: (Left to Right) Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weicbrodt; Airport Commissioner Robert Schaefer; Senator Schumer, Supervisor Carpenter and Councilmen John Cochrane, Jr., and Anthony Senft, Jr.

 

Islip Town Environmental Council to Present Charles Pulaski Memorial Environmental Award; Applications Currently Being Accepted

Islip, NY - Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter and the Town Board are pleased to announce that the Islip Town Environmental Council (ITEC) will present the Charles Pulaski Memorial Environmental Award to a deserving high school student in grade, 9, 10, 11 or 12, who has displayed a genuine interest and concern in preserving the environment. This award, in memory of environmentalist and naturalist Charles Pulaski, will be presented at the May 5th Islip Town Board meeting that will be held at Connetquot State Park, at 2:00 p.m.

Applications for the Charles Pulaski Memorial Environmental Awards are currently available at Islip Town high schools, or by contacting the following organizations: Great South Bay Audubon; Friends of Connetquot; Seatuck Environmental Association; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Applications can be downloaded by clicking here. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 17, and mailed or delivered to the Islip Town Planning Department at 655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751.

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Town Board Honors Veteran and Local Police Officer

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter and fellow Town Board members honored 1LT Salvatore Garcia, a veteran and current Suffolk County Police Officer of the 3rd Precinct Patrol Section, for his outstanding service at the March 17th Town Board Meeting, where Supervisor Carpenter officially thanked him with the presentation of a Town of Islip Citation.

1LT Garcia, a native of West Islip, is rated in the UH-60 and has flown over 475 hours as a Pilot in Command and an Air Mission Commander for the New York Army National Guard. For the past year, he has served as the Executive Officer of Bravo Company and was recently selected to be the incoming Bravo Company Commander for 3-142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion. He has not only served our nation as a member of the National Guard, and protected our streets as a Suffolk County Police Officer, but 1LT Garcia has also aided in emergency situations including aid for Hurricane Relief Support for both Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy. His compassion and dedication to his fellow neighbors has displayed true valor.

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