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Economic Development Projects Bring High-tech Jobs to Islip

Islip, NY – Universal Photonics, an international maker of specialized surface preparation materials for the optical industry, will soon move and expand its company headquarters to Central Islip, bringing with them, 60 high-tech jobs with competitive salaries that could have been lost if company officials had chosen to relocate out of state. The fruition of this nearly $3.8 million expansion project in Islip Town, is one step closer with the recent approval of an Industrial Development Agency Inducement Resolution by Islip IDA Board members, marking the seventh such IDA project approved by the pro-economic development board this year.

Founded in 1926, Universal Photonics is currently located in Hicksville, with offices and facilities around the world. They manufacture and distribute more than 7,000 products for the optical industry, with annual sales that exceed $37 million. Universal Photonics has outgrown its present Hicksville facility and has been scouting alternative locations for its international headquarters, warehouse operations and distribution center. Company officials considered moving out of state, but opted to stay on Long Island, thanks in large part to an Islip IDA benefit package that includes abatements on property taxes, as well as exemptions from mortgage recording and sales taxes.

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TOWN ANNOUNCES SPRING STREET CLEANING PROGRAM

Islip, NY - Islip Town officials have announced that the Spring Highway Street Sweeping Program will begin April 7, and will continue through mid-May. Residents will be able to ascertain when their street will be swept by visiting the Town’s website, at www.TownofIslip-ny.gov. Once there, residents should click on the E-Services tab and follow the link labeled Street Sweeping Schedule, where they will be able to find out information about upcoming street sweeping schedules.

To enable Department of Public Works street sweeping crews to perform this vital service as effectively and efficiently as possible, residents are asked to remove all cars, trailers and other items from the roadway in front of their homes, while placing garbage cans and recycling materials at the end of driveways, and not in the roadway.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, streets, roads, highways and parking lots accumulate significant amounts of pollutants that contribute to storm water pollutant runoff to surface waters. Pollutants, including sediment, debris, trash, road salt, and trace metals can be minimized by street sweeping. “The sweeping of our streets is very important for a variety of reasons,” noted Islip Town Councilman Anthony Senft, Jr. “It makes our roadways safer, more pleasant to look at, and also helps prevent pollutants from entering the drainage system.”

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 631-224-5600.

Engineers Begin Sewer District Study for South Shore Communities

Islip, NY – The Islip Town Engineering Department has moved ahead with plans to conduct a study of the feasibility of developing a sewer district, with a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant, for communities stretching from Bayport to Great River. Spearheaded by Councilman Anthony S. Senft, Jr. and NYS Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, the Town hired engineering firm P.W. Grosser Consulting in November to determine the steps that government officials would need to take to create a sewer district, as well as the costs associated with any such plan. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works has also reached out to the Town, asking that this study be used as a planning tool for their future sewage engineering studies and projects in this area.

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Board Votes to Promote Job Creation and Economic Growth

Islip Pines Development Project Moves Forward

Islip, NY - Islip Town Councilman Anthony S. Senft, Jr. joined his fellow Town Board members in unanimously approving a change of zone for the Islip Pines mid-use development in Holbrook, a project that will provide a major boost to the local economy, through the creation of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues. The vote was made at the Town Board’s Change of Zone meeting on Thursday, March 27.

"This project will be a model for future development on Long Island,” said Councilman Senft. “It is exactly what planners and environmental advocates have said we need – mixed commercial and residential development, a ‘walkable’ pedestrian-friendly site plan with generous amounts of green space and buffers, and state-of-the-art infrastructure to protect our groundwater and natural resources.” 

The Islip Pines project is slated to generate between $9.3 million to $10.1 million annually in property taxes, depending upon the final commercial uses and the types of buildings constructed. Councilman Senft pointed out that the benefits of Islip Pines will far outweigh the impacts, and will extend across Islip Town, especially in the Sachem School Districtwhich could receive anywhere from $6.5 million to $7.1 million annually.

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TOWN APPROVES NEARLY $7 MILLION IN SURPLUS MUNICIPAL LAND SALES

Islip, NY – Islip Town Board Members this week unanimously approved contracts for the sale of surplus Town of Islip land in Central Islip that will result in nearly $7 million in revenue for Islip taxpayers. The sale of these two separate properties, both located on Carleton Avenue Central Islip, are part of an ongoing initiative, led by Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, to consolidate government space and streamline surplus municipal land to generate millions of dollars in revenue for Islip Town.

In a resolution, board members approved the sale of 18 acres of surplus property to Sudhakar Vidila of Ascent Pharmaceuticals, for almost $3.6 million. Developers, manufactures, marketers and distributers of generic prescription medicine, Ascent has grown over the last several years and plans to use the Carleton Avenue location for future expansion.

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