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Town, League Partnership Reduces Feral Cat Population

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined members of the Islip Town Board, Islip DEC officials, and Animal Lovers League to recognize the initial accomplishments of the Town’s Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program. The TNR program’s goal is to safely and humanely reduce the population of feral cats within the Town of Islip. To date, the TNR program has trained local residents in the proper methods to secure feral cats and to transport them to veterinarians, who then spay or neuter the animal, provide preventive inoculations, and mark the animal as having been treated. The program is funded via a grant from the Animal Lovers League and from private donations, and is an example of the public-private partnerships the Town utilizes every day to save taxpayer dollars.

“This program shows tremendous promise, and highlights the importance of being creative when finding a solution to a problem in the community,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “We have been able to partner with the Animal Lovers League to manage our resources while solving an important quality-of-life issue in our Town.”

The Animal Lovers League took notice of the Town Board’s 2016 decision to actively control the feral cat population. At an initial meeting arranged by Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen, the League’s president, Joan Phillips, offered their expertise to help the Town craft its official policy. Islip DEC Commissioner Jim Heil directed the efforts of all parties involved in this initiative, and was instrumental in bringing the program to fruition.

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, who has spearheaded animal welfare initiatives in the Town said, “the suffering of these animals and the quality of life of Islip residents will be drastically improved thanks to the TNR program.”

Local feline rescue groups within the Town were contacted to discuss the proposals and establish relationships with all TNR proponents. TNR clinics were then held, with the invaluable assistance of local veterinarians and veterinarian technicians. Volunteers were then trained, and have since helped treat and return 89 cats within the Town in accordance with New York State law (which dictates that feral cats receive status similar to raccoons and possums, and thus cannot be taken by animal control officers simply for being loose).

Having completed this initial stage, two clinics have been scheduled for April 2017. A bond proposal is currently pending before the Islip Town Board to replace the Town’s aging Animal Shelter, which was originally constructed in 1964. The Town is also in the process of updating its website to provide information about the clinics, and to deliver current and accurate information to the public. The webpage will also feature a list of available trappers, and a “Frequently Asked Questions” segment to help educate the public.


Town Board, Planning Officials Hold Heartland Informational Meeting

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and the Islip Town Board recently held an informational meeting concerning the proposed Heartland development project. Islip Planning Department officials laid out the proposal, and offered detailed analysis of the projected impact of the development to the Town. The members of the Town Board then asked the Planning staff to address their chief questions and concerns surrounding the Heartland development.

“I am very grateful to the staff of our Planning and Economic Development Departments for a very informative, well delivered presentation about a complex development of significance to the Town,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. ‘This meeting is an important part of my pledge to restore transparency to the governmental process. Our Planning Department staff have been working tirelessly to analyze the impact of this proposal from every angle, and it was important that we held this meeting ahead of any further action on the part of the Town.”

Dozens of residents attended the meeting to join in the review of the Heartland project, ahead of the public hearing that will be held on April 26th, where residents will have an opportunity to address the Town Board. Residents can submit comments in advance of the April 26th meeting through the Town’s online submission form, which can be accessed on the Town’s website at www.islipny.gov.

Video of the meeting can also be viewed on the Town's website and our YouTube channel

Long Island MacArthur Airport Announces New Media Campaign

Ronkonkoma, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, together with Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken, today unveiled, a new media campaign launching Long Island MacArthur Airport’s (ISP) new slogan, website and five-year air service development strategy, designed to grow airline capacity.

In an industry in which airlines and airports historically have acted independently to market to the same customers, ISP is among one of the first U.S. airports to adopt such a comprehensive, customer-focused strategy. This program emphasizes partnerships between airlines, community stakeholders, and the airport, to align, concentrate, and multiply their respective efforts, to deliver successful outcomes more effectively.

In 2017, the strategy’s most visible component will be a new, paid media campaign, launching Monday, March 27, 2017, built on a foundation of industry and consumer research, plus, the input of key local stakeholders. Featuring ISP’s new slogan, “Stress Less…Pay Less,” and branding of a new FlyMacArthur.com landing page, the campaign will include Long Island Rail Roard platforms, bus advertising, radio, print, and digital media, focusing on the airlines’ target demographic in Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties.

Under the leadership and vision of Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, ISP has spent the last year professionalizing its air service development program, conducting airline industry research, consumer surveys, and stakeholder meetings, to identify a strategy to influence customers and airlines over time.

“For smaller airports such as ISP, carriers tell us that they tend to focus their attention on markets that exceed their financial goals,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “We will aggressively market our unique advantages to our core catchment area, to attract to ISP, more of the passengers airlines want to serve.  Our goal is to demonstrate to our partner airlines, that MacArthur Airport can serve more customers in the Long Island market than it does today. We believe that when we do that, the airlines will respond with added capacity, whether with larger airplanes, new nonstop destinations, or both.”

“We intend to compete aggressively with the other NYC airports for Long Island-based customers,” said Commissioner of Aviation, Shelley LaRose Arken. “Long Island residents using NYC airports can feel as if they are trapped in a bad relationship.  MacArthur Airport can offer them a better airport relationship, with exceptional customer service, convenient parking, shorter security lines, and an overall, hassle-free experience. Additionally, based on recent Department of Transportation data, ISP’s flights have a significantly lower cancellation rate, and significantly higher on-time performance versus both JFK and LGA; plus, LGA’s average fares for all itineraries are 16% higher than ISP’s, and JFK’s are 45% higher. When Long Island customers choose a better relationship with ISP, they really can stress less and pay less.”

“The growth of Long Island MacArthur Airport will benefit our economy and the region’s business community, and thus I commend Supervisor Carpenter for launching a new campaign, to help the airport realize its full potential,” said Kevin S. Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association.

Long Island MacArthur Airport has two of the four major US domestic air carriers: American Airlines, providing service since 1971, and Southwest Airlines, since 1999. Elite Airways provides seasonal service from ISP to various destinations in the southeast. Together, these carriers provide service to 7 cities nonstop, and connect to hundreds of destinations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. The airport serves 1.2 million passengers annually. Long Island MacArthur Airport has a $14.6M annual operating budget, with an economic generator impact of over $600M to the local and regional economy.

Pictured (l-r): Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association; Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute; Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor; Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner of MacArthur Airport; and Nate Barker of Southwest Airlines. 

Supervisor Carpenter, Airport Commissioner Lead Discussion on “Long Island Business Report”

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken during a recent taping of the Long Island Business Report, airing on WLIW21 and hosted by Jim Paymar. The discussion highlighted plans for Long Island MacArthur Airport’s future, including the construction of a new Airport Fire Rescue facility set to begin this month, and plans for connectivity to the LIRR Ronkonkoma Station.  Supervisor Carpenter and Commissioner LaRose-Arken also discussed air service development strategies to bring additional airlines, and flights, to Long Island MacArthur Airport.

The episode will air on WLIW21 at the following times:

Friday, March 17th - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28 - 9:30 a.m.

The program can also be viewed online by clicking here.

Informational Meeting Set to Review Heartland Development in Islip Town

Islip, NY - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, along with members of the Islip Town Board and the Islip Planning Commissioner and staff, will convene an informational meeting on Thursday, March 30th at 11 am, regarding the Heartland Town Square application. A presentation by Islip Town planners will outline the Heartland Town Square proposal.

The informational meeting for the Islip Town Board is open to the public. There is no public portion during this meeting, however, a public hearing will be held at the future change of zone meeting. Public comment can be submitted through the Town’s new online form, beginning March 16, 2017, by clicking here.

Launched today, this issue-specific link on the Town’s webpage allows residents to submit their input on the Heartland Town Square proposal. All comments will then be reviewed by the Town’s Planning and Development Department, and presented to the Islip Town Board, and will become part of the permanent public record.

The Heartland Town Square, proposed by developer Gerald Wolkoff, is a multi-million square foot proposal of mixed-use space, consisting of work, living and retail, at the former Pilgrim State property in Brentwood.

“This is one of the most important issues to ever come before the Islip Town Board,” says Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Our online tool will allow anyone who wishes, to present their opinions in a way that ensures every voice is heard.”


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