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Navy Seal Museum to be Built, Named in Honor of Lt. Michael Murphy

Islip, NY – Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Senator Tom Croci and other elected officials at a press conference where Senator Croci announced plans to construct a Navy SEAL Museum and United States Naval Sea Cadet Training Facility. The Museum will be named after Suffolk County’s iconic national war hero, LT. Michael P. Murphy.

Also during the press conference, Senator Croci announced a $400,000.00 State grant he secured for Suffolk County that has been earmarked specifically for the Museum.  Funding for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Museum will be the responsibility of the LT. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum Foundation.

Senator Tom Croci said, “I am so very proud that this community will be the home of the first Navy Seal Museum in the northeast, paying tribute to a local hero and a true patriot, LT. Michael Murphy, as well the Naval Special Warfare Community and its significant role in our nation’s security.”

"We are grateful to Senator Croci for securing the grant that will make this museum possible”, commented Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.  “This museum will be a treasure in our Town, and will remind visitors of the sacrifices that have been made by the members of the Special Forces community. While we can never repay them, we can honor the heroism and legacy of Lt. Michael Murphy, and all those who serve our nation."

The museum will honor the ongoing mission and legacy of the U.S. Navy SEALs.  An additional focus will be to continue the commitment to support the Sea Cadets program by utilizing a portion of the museum as a training facility.  This museum will be the first of its kind in the entire northeast and only the third such museum in the country. 

"The Murphy family is thrilled with the first ever Navy SEAL Museum in the Northeast named after our son, Michael”, said Dan Murphy, Father of LT Michael Murphy. This project, the LT Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum/Sea Cadet Training Facility is a reality because of the hard work and commitment of State Senator Tom Croci, County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator, Bill Lindsay Jr.  State Senator Tom Croci, a Navy Commander who worked closely with the SEAL teams in Afghanistan, looked on this project as a labor of love and is supporting this project in both name and monetary support. This Museum/Sea Cadet Training facility will be a reality because of Senator Croci's hard work, support and commitment to our men and women in the armed forces."

“Our hometown hero, Lt. Michael Murphy, made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country and our freedom,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “His legacy continues to embody the American spirit, and I am extremely proud that his memory will live on through generations of Suffolk County residents through this Navy SEAL museum.  This is not only a proud day for Lt. Murphy’s family and friends but for all of us in Suffolk County as we commemorate the accomplishments of this great American hero.”

The artist renderings and architectural elevations presented at the press conference show the 200’ by 185’ glassed walled building will be located at the north east side of the park, which also is the home of the Long Island Maritime Museum.  

Moody’s Reaffirms Town’s Financial Rating

 

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is pleased to announce that today, Moody’s Analytics, Inc. has reaffirmed the Town’s financial rating which was upgraded in March to a Aaa status with a stable outlook. 

Supervisor Carpenter and staff met in March with representatives from Moody’s, closely analyzing the Town’s financial documents and conducting a tour of Islip’s notable resources. At that time Moody’s upgraded the Town’s bond rating to Aaa, the highest rating that can be assigned to a municipality. 

Today, Moody’s announced that they have affirmed the Town of Islip’s current Aaa bond rating.

"Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aaa rating to the Town of Islip's $18.9 million Public Improvement Refunding Serial Bonds, 2016 Series A and $24.5 million Public Improvement Serial Bonds, 2016 Series B. Moody's maintains a Aaa rating on the town's $146 million General Obligation debt outstanding. The outlook is stable. The Aaa reflects a sound financial position, large tax base poised for future growth, above-average wealth indicators and manageable debt,” according to Moody’s Analytics, Inc.

 “I am pleased that together with the cooperation of the Town Board, we were able to establish a strong budget process. We worked closely with our Commissioners to tighten budgets as necessary, making certain that each and every taxpayer dollar spent is done with the utmost scrutiny.  We have instituted zero based budgeting to our spending plans, assuring that no projects move forward unless they are deemed essential. These are the strategies that enabled us to get the upgrade last year, and with this in mind, we have been working on the 2017 budget,” Said Supervisor Carpenter.

 “Our willingness to look at the process realistically is something that has had a positive impact with the rating agencies. The goal always has to be to maximize our revenues and decrease our expenditures,” Added Supervisor Carpenter.

 Moody’s financial ratings are used by banks and other in the financial services industry to determine the financial health of a given organization.  

Local Officials Announce First Steps of Sewer Project

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other local officials and dignitaries in Sayville to announce the opening steps that will lead to the establishment of a sewer system in the southeastern portion of the Town. The plans call for the initial assessment of project requirements along south shore communities in Oakdale and Sayville, as well another system in the Ronkonkoma area near Long Island MacArthur Airport. Supervisor Carpenter stressed the importance of sewers in this area, and how the installation of sewers will lead to an improvement in the quality of life for residents.

“We have a responsibility to be stewards of our environment, particularly the Great South Bay. Installing sewers will not only result in better water quality, but will preserve the conditions that help foster a $5.5 billion dollar tourism industry along the South Shore,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “The lack of sewers is preventing our downtown from reaching their full economic potential, and we’ll do everything we can to secure the future financial stability of these areas.”

Funds have been allocated from multiple levels of government to ensure that the project is properly planned. $4.5 million will be used to study the installation of sewers along the south shore communities, and $1 million will be used to for a similar assessment in the Ronkonkoma area. This preparatory work will ensure that the projects are “shovel-ready” when additional funding becomes available.  

Officials Advise Evacuation of Fire Island, Urge Town Residents to Prepare for Storm

Islip, NY - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced that a 6:00 p.m. deadline has been set for the voluntary evacuation of Fire Island ahead of what is now considered post-Tropical Storm Hermine. Officials are closely monitoring the  storm, which is expected to produce  storm surges that could result in coastal flooding. Residents and guests on Fire Island will not be able to evacuate once conditions deteriorate and ferries cease operating.

“We understand that Labor Day weekend is an important event for many tourists, families, and local businesses, but we have a responsibility to make the public aware of the dangers posed by this storm,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
 
Weather conditions will make emergency response extremely difficult for anyone in need of assistance while on Fire Island. Wind gusts are expected up to 44 mph, and coastal residents should expect extreme high tides. All Town pools and beaches will remain closed until further notice.
 
Families across Islip Town are encouraged to review their preparations and be ready for the possible adverse effects of this storm including loss of power, downed tree limbs and flooding. For more information on how to prepare your family for a storm, visit www.islipny.gov

IMPORTANT WEATHER ADVISORY

 The Town of Islip is carefully following the development of Hurricane Hermine and reminds residents to be prepared in case of severe storms. 

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