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Islip Officials, Local Businessmen Celebrate New Leadership at Cookie Manufacturer

Islip, N.Y. – Islip Town officials recently joined the team at Cookies United to celebrate a new arrangement that will keep over 100 jobs in the Town. United Baking Co. recently stepped in to help the Silver Lake Cookie Co., which has been in business for almost 50 years. Calling the new venture Cookies United, this partnership will allow the business to not only retain jobs, but to add jobs in the future. The Town of Islip IDA was instrumental in securing the tax exemptions needed to support this arrangement.

“Silver Lake Cookie Co. has been in this Town for decades, and with their new partners and the formation of Cookies United we look forward to future job growth and sales,” said Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. “The backbone of our economy is small businesses, and the Islip IDA is here to help in any way we can.”

United Baking has committed to investing $8 million into their Islip operations. In addition to the retention of the 100 full-time positions, between 40-50 seasonal employees will be hired during the busiest times of the year. Extensive renovations of the warehouse will also begin shortly, creating short-term construction and contracting jobs.

The Town of Islip IDA was able to secure over $1.5 million in property tax savings for Cookies United.

Pictured (left to right): John Walser, Islip IDA; John Cochrane, Jr., Councilman; Michael Petrucelli, CFO; Lou Avignone, CEO; Olga Murray, Town Clerk; William Mannix, Islip IDA; and Alexis Weik, Recieverof Taxes. Behind the group of officials are the cooks and bakers of Cookies United.

Suffolk County Septic Lottery; Applications due: 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2014

The County will be conducting a lottery to select 19 homeowners to receive a free advanced wastewater treatment system that greatly reduces nitrogen contamination – including free installation, monitoring and maintenance for five years.   The pilot program is part of Suffolk County’s Reclaim Our Water initiative, a comprehensive plan to improve the County’s water quality, restore the region’s natural storm barriers by eradicating nitrogen pollution by means of sewering targeted areas and implementing advanced on-site wastewater treatment systems. Residents are encouraged to log onto County Public Work website to fill out an application.

Applications are due November 14, 2014. After a thorough screening process, a random drawing will be conducted to select the 19 qualified homeowners.

**Please be sure to obtain a site work only permit in order for Engineering to inspect any on-site restoration, ensuring you are in compliance with Town codes. Call the Town's Engineering Department at (631) 224-5360.

 

Islip Officials Mark Ground Breaking for Town’s First CNG Facility That Will Reduce Pollution and Bring Town Revenues

Ronkonkoma, New York — Town of Islip Supervisor Tom Croci and fellow Town Board members were joined today by executives of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., to break ground on the Town’s first municipal compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility at the MacArthur Resource Recovery Facility in Ronkonkoma. 

The $2 million facility, located on 2 acres at the MacArthur Waste-to-Energy Facility at 4001 Veterans Memorial Highway, adjacent to Islip MacArthur Airport, will be fully funded by the operator, Clean Energy, and when completed, will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that refuse collection trucks in the Town produce, while also providing the Town with a new source of revenues. The CNG station is the latest of Islip’s initiatives to further environmental awareness and preservation.

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