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Islip Employees Prepare Hundreds of Gifts for Local Youth

Supervisor Carpenter with Salvation Army and Gifts

Islip, NY – Islip Town employees recently participated in the Salvation Army’s Annual “Angel Tree” program, where local children in need are given the gifts they’ve asked for in the traditions of the holidays. This year, 65 children were ‘adopted’ by Islip employees, and hundreds of gifts, including seven full-size bicycles, a toddler’s trike and dozens of toys, games and clothing items, were purchased and carefully wrapped by employees. The gifts will be distributed to the children and their families just before Christmas.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support that our employees have shown to the most vulnerable residents in our community,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Their kindness exemplifies the true spirit of Christmas.”

 

Islip Officials Break Ground For New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Building

  Supervisor Carpenter with State Officials, Board Members, Airport Commisioner Shelley LaRose Arken, Town Departmen Commissioners and Fire Safety Officers                                                                                                                                    

Islip, NY- Islip officials broke ground on a new state-of-the-art Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Building at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma today. The new 21,000 sf facility will cost approximately $12.5 million to construct and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.

“This is an incredible day for the Town of Islip and for Long Island MacArthur Airport,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. This new, state-of-the-art Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility is another exciting step forward in the future of Long Island MacArthur Airport. I am grateful to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand for their commitment to Long Island MacArthur Airport.”

“The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility will meet the needs of larger, more modern jets serving Long Island MacArthur Airport. The airport is a regional asset, and this new facility adds to the overall value of the airport to the local community and traveling public,” said Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport. 

The new ARFF facility will consist of five bays, one of which will have a drive-through capacity ensuring quicker response times. In addition, the new facility will have a state-of-the-art foam re-filling station.  

Long Island MacArthur Airport serves more than 1.2 million commercial passengers each year, as well as more than 115,000 general aviation operations, and has an economic impact of approximately $577 million annually.  ISP is home to more than 250 based aircraft.

“This is another great milestone for the airport,” said ARFF Chief Albert Cinotti. “Our department takes great pride in the safety of airport staff, airline crews and the traveling public.”

 U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced earlier this year that Long Island MacArthur Airport is receiving more than $9 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant dollars to construct the ARFF.

“The safety of Long Island MacArthur Airport is a top priority and essential to the health of the region’s economy. A brand new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Building, made possible by more than $9 million in federal Department of Transportation funding, will help ensure passengers, pilots and crewmembers are kept safe in the event of an emergency. I will continue to make sure Long Island MacArthur Airport has the federal resources it needs to run smoothly, efficiently and safety,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

 “The Long Island MacArthur Airport is Suffolk County’s gateway to the rest of the state, and I’m very pleased that these important upgrades to the airport are finally getting underway,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This project is so important for Suffolk County, and I was proud to fight with Senator Schumer for the federal funds that will allow it to go forward.” 

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Islip Commends Signing of “Slow Down To Get Around” Legislation Into Law

supervisor carpenter councilman flotteron with sanitation employees and vehicles

Islip- November 30, 2016 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined with the NY state chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and industry companies to applaud New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing Slow Down To Get Around legislation into law earlier this month.

This important legislation will now require motorists to slow down around waste and recycling trucks when actively engaged in making collections when safety lights are flashing. The new law will become effective in November 2017. Motorists will then be accountable for endangering workers' lives when unsafely speeding by waste and recycling workers doing their jobs. NWRA has been advocating in states across the country for Slow Down to Get Around laws. The association's NY state chapter worked with committed legislators and a broad coalition of industry companies, labor groups and municipal leaders in getting this important worker safety measure finally on the books.

“These hardworking and dedicated individuals operate over 40 trucks daily, servicing more than 80,000 properties along 1,200 miles of roadway in the Town of Islip. They are on the street and on their feet during the busiest hours of the day, including the morning rush. We are committed to ensuring their safety each and every day,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

“Our sanitation crews perform one of the toughest jobs in the Town, and their work has a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents. We ask that our residents, in turn, be mindful of the safety of our employees when sharing the roadway,” said Islip DEC Commissioner Jim Heil.

"This law is about the safety of waste and recycling collectors who serve our communities statewide," said NWRA NY State Chapter Manager Steve Changaris. "This will save lives and prevent untold workplace injuries. Our focus now turns to raising awareness and educating New Yorkers of the dangers collectors face daily, and to encourage motorists take extra caution around our vehicles," he added.

"When we send our team out on the road each day their safe return is our top priority. I applaud the State of New York for passing this law and Supervisor Carpenter for bringing awareness to this important issue," said Stanley Lomangino, Managing Partner, Maggio Environmental.

"We urge residents when they see a sanitation truck from municipalities and private companies working, to please use caution and move over. The driver’s families thank you,” said Patti W. Hamilton, Director of Communications, Maggio Environmental.

State Senator Carl Marcellino (R) 5th Senate District and State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D) 34th Assembly District sponsored the worker safety legislation that has led to this new law.

Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the waste and recycling industry is the fifth most dangerous profession in America in terms of fatalities and injuries. New York now becomes the 12th state to create a Slow Down to Get Around law. The eleven other states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. NWRA encourages all motorists to be aware of the roadside danger facing refuse collectors and to exercise caution around our vehicles at all times beginning now -- even before this law is officially effective in November 2017. NWRA is now asking the media, public safety agencies and community leaders to help raise awareness about collection worker safety and NYs new slow down to get around law in the meantime.

A 2014 Harris poll commissioned by NWRA found that although most Americans encounter garbage trucks on the road each week, only one third of people slow down near them while nearly 40 percent are actually tempted to speed around them.  However, the same survey also found the public supports Slow Down to Get Around laws once they learned of the high fatality, accident and injury rates of waste and recycling collection workers.

ABOUT NWRA

The National Waste and Recycling Association is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the federal, state and local levels on all issues of importance to our member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Islip Town Employees Prepapre Hundreds of Thanksgiving Baskets

 

Supervisor Carpenter with Town employees and Islip Food For Hope members

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by Councilmen Steve Flotteron and John Cochrane, Jr. at Casamento Park today, where the officials presented 554 Thanksgiving baskets that will be given to local community groups, who will then distribute the baskets to families in need. In addition, the Town purchased more than 570 turkeys through funding provided by Islip Food for Hope, to help feed the less fortunate in the Islip community.

“Every year our employees donate their time and supplies to help provide an authentic holiday experience for families in our community who are facing hardship,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “I want to also thank the Islip Food for Hope Organization, led by MaryAnn Pfeiffer, for their tireless efforts to end hunger in our town.”

Pictured (l-r): Carol Charchalis, Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation; Tom Owens, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation; Councilman Steve Flotteron; Mary Reid; Supervisor Angie Carpenter; Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik; Elizabeth Mayott; Denise Kondas; Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. 

Derelict, Unsafe House Demolished

  Supervisor Carpenter with Town Board Members and Commissioners

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by members of the Islip Town Board and other Town officials at the demolition of a house located at 255 St. Lawrence St., Sayville. Supportive residents turned out in the pouring rain to stand alongside Supervisor Carpenter.

The property had been neglected to the point that the roof of the house had partially collapsed, and what remained of the structure was entirely unsalvageable. Openings in the roof of the house exposed the structure to the elements and rodents.

“Houses like these aren’t just an eyesore that bring down the property values of responsible homeowners, but are also health hazards to our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “We are going to continue to work vigorously to eliminate the threat to the welfare of our neighborhoods posed by these houses.”     

The cost of the demolition will be billed to the taxpayer, in this case, an individual. The owner may rebuild a single family dwelling with permits from the building department or can leave the property without a primary structure. The property must continue to be kept free from overgrown vegetation, litter and debris.

The Town of Islip has been awarded a $330,000 grant from New York State to combat vacant and zombie homes in the Town. The grant money is part of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent announcement that $13 million will be distributed to 76 towns, cities and villages statewide as part of the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative. In early 2015, the Town Board amended the Town Code to streamline the demolition process. The amendments to the Town Code allow public nuisances, like 255 St Lawrence St., Sayville to be addressed more efficiently.

 Click the link below to see Newsday's related story.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/zombie-house-demolished-in-sayville-1.12620637

                                                

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