Supervisor Tom Croci

Deadline for Vendor Applications Extended for Islip’s Annual Earth Day Celebration

Islip, NY – Islip Town, in conjunction with the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, will hold its ever-popular Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26th, in downtown Sayville, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and has announced that deadline for submission of vendor applications has been extended to Friday, April 18. Interested parties must have a current New York State Tax Identification number. A $40.00, nonrefundable fee is required, and all vendors must supply their own tables. Applications are available on the Town’s website at www.TownofIslip-ny.gov, or by clicking here.

Islip’s Earth Day Celebration is expected to draw hundreds of people, and will feature live musical performances, animal exhibits, educational workshops, demonstrations, and much more. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place on Sunday, April 27.

For information, call the Islip Town Department of Environmental Control at 631-595-3630.

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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Islip Town Compost Facility Now Open On Saturdays

Ronkonkoma, NY - The MacArthur Composting Facility, located at 1101 Railroad Avenue in Ronkonkoma, is now open on Saturdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., to both Islip Town residents and landscapers, in addition to its weekday hours of 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The compost facility will keep these weekend hours through the fall.

Residents and landscapers are permitted to deposit yard waste, such as leaves, tree and brush material at the compost facility. Grass clippings are also accepted, but must be unbagged, as part of the Town’s ongoing Don’t Bag It Program. Compost and wood mulch are also available for pickup – free of charge – to all Islip Town residents; commercial customers may purchase these materials.

For more information, visit the Town’s website at www.TownofIslip-ny.gov, or call (631) 595-3630.

Local Charity Announces Gift to Area Veterans Suffering from Disabilities

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman John C. Cochrane Jr., as the liaison to Town of Islip veterans, wants to inform and encourage all disabled veterans who have served in the Afghanistan-Iraq Wars to take advantage of the monetary donation offered by the charity organization “Veterans Rock” at the following event:

At the Pandora’s grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., located in the South Shore Mall (a.k.a. Westfield Mall) located at 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore - the Veterans Rock charity will be issuing a monetary donation to veterans with the following qualifications:

1. Must have served in Afghanistan-Iraq Wars;
2. Received an Honorable Discharge from the military;
3. Presently lives on Long Island;
4. Require assistance relating to a medical disability.

Veterans who meet these qualifications must complete a Veterans Rock application which can be found on www.veteransrock.com. The application can also be obtained from Councilman Cochrane’s office at 655 Main Street, Islip. The completed application can be mailed directly to Veterans Rock at 356 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York 11743 postmarked before April 12, 2014; emailed to Veterans Rock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or dropped off at Councilman Cochrane’s office before 4:00 p.m. on April 11, 2014. Deadline for submission of the application is midnight on April 12, 2014.

For more information or questions on how to submit an application please call Councilman Cochrane’s office at (631) 224-5559.

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.

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