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Hotline Available for Latest Information about Ongoing Investigation at Roberto Clemente Park; English, Spanish Options Available

Islip, NY – A toll-free, bilingual hotline has been established that will give callers the most up-to-date information about any developments concerning the investigation into illegal activities at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. By calling 1-888-674-7501 residents can obtain important information about the status of the investigation, the level of health risks involved with the illegal dumping, and the steps the Town is taking to remedy the situation. 

Islip Town to Host Public Forum on Town’s Southeast Sewer District Study

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman Anthony Senft, Jr., and New York State Assemblyman Andrew R. Garbarino, will host a public forum on Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m., in the Sayville Middle School auditorium, located at 291 Johnson Avenue in Sayville, to provide information about the Town’s ongoing Southeast Sewer District Study. 

The Town initiated the planning study in November 2013, for the purpose of gathering information that will be used to help assess the feasibility of a Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant that would serve the Southeastern portion of Islip Town, from Bayport to Great River. Currently, these communities have individual septic systems that handle sewage. The study - being conducted by the environmental consulting company P.W. Grosser –examines the effectiveness of public and private sewage plants in other locations and what scenarios would work best in these specified areas in Islip Town.

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Roberto Clemente Park Update 1

May 8, 2014

Dear Resident,

By now you have most likely learned about the criminal investigation into illegal activity at Roberto Clemente Park. On Monday, the Town of Islip was briefed by Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, about his office’s current investigation into illegal dumping on our public lands. It was confirmed that hazardous construction and demolition debris and materials have been found at Roberto Clemente Park. This debris was placed there illegally, without permission from the Town of Islip, by one or more contractors who were hired by a local community organization to construct soccer fields.

The actions taken, and what the District Attorney describes as significant criminal acts, were part of a privately-managed project on our public parkland. In light of the current criminal investigation conducted by Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, it is critical that this park remains secure and therefore will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time. This closure will also result in the inability for the Town to proceed with the reconstruction project of the pool and filtration system. This saddens all of us.

It is important to know that your Town government cares about your community and we are devastated that this project cannot move forward especially after committing so many resources, time and energy into transforming this area into a place this community deserves. We were looking forward to the day we could, as a community cut the ribbon on a new and improved facility. Please note, that in an effort to provide alternative summer recreational opportunities for Brentwood children affected by the closure of the park, the Town will be arranging transportation for children from this area to enjoy a Town public pool in a nearby location.

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STATEMENT FROM THE TOWN OF ISLIP

The purpose of today’s press conference is to provide a status update. Because of the current criminal investigation, I cannot elaborate beyond this statement. We appreciate your cooperation.

As a former prosecutor I am outraged. And as a parent, I am extremely disappointed that illegal acts have taken place at a community park where our children play.

Yesterday we met with the District Attorney, who briefed us about his office’s current investigation into illegal dumping on our public lands. It was confirmed that hazardous construction and demolition debris and materials have been found at Roberto Clemente Park. This debris was placed there illegally, without permission from the Town of Islip, by one or more contractors who were hired by a local community organization to construct soccer fields.

Let me be clear—we are all victims of what the DA describes as significant criminal acts, as this was a privately managed project on our public parkland.

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Islip to Host Annual S.T.O.P. Day

Holbrook, NY – The Town of Islip will host its annual Spring STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Day this Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Multipurpose Recycling Facility, located at 1155 Lincoln Avenue, in Holbrook.

This event gives residents the opportunity to dispose of household waste materials in a responsible and environmentally-safe manner, with DEC staff on-hand to provide assistance if needed. Acceptable materials include drain cleaners, bug repellant, deodorizers, laundry products, latex paints and much more. Visit the Town’s website at www.TownofIslip-ny.gov for specific information on how materials should be contained, or click here to download the informational brochure.

“Our annual STOP Days are extremely beneficial events that allow residents to properly dispose of potentially harmful materials, keeping these pollutants out of the environment,” noted Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt.

For more information about S.T.O.P. Day, call 631-595-3630.

 

 

 

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