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8th Annual Seatuck Eco-Carnival

Islip, NY - The Town of Islip and Seatuck Environmental have joined together to present the 8th Annual Eco-Carnival at the Scully Estate in Islip. A full day of unplugged, educational family fun, featuring nature programs, live animals, music, art, games, and food will mark the Earth Day celebration. Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, members of the Islip Town Board, state and local dignitaries will all join together at the spring event.  The Eco-Carnival will take place Saturday April 22nd from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Seatuck Nature Preserve, Scully Estate, 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip, NY.


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


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