Supervisor Carpenter Delivers ‘State of the Town’ Address

Supervisor Carpenter State of Town Address

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter addressed local officials and members of the public today during the annual State of the Town address. Supervisor Carpenter used the speech, “Building a better Islip…for all,”  to review progress that the Town has made in multiple areas of governance, while also laying-out a vision for the future of Islip Town. The supervisor stressed the importance of teamwork and inclusiveness, and a willingness to embrace challenges that will ultimately lead to prosperity for Islip residents.

“I invite all in the Islip community, our residents, businesses, community and civic leaders, to become active participants in planning and shaping the future of our town, as we work together to build a better, more efficient and effective government for all the people living and working in the Town of Islip,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

Supervisor Carpenter touted the Town’s strong financial position, noting the Aaa rating from Moody’s, and stressed that now is the time to invest in critical infrastructure improvements in the Town. Such projects would help residents and businesses alike, and save taxpayer dollars in the long-term. These improvements will also create economic opportunities for local businesses and provide additional streams of revenue for the Town. Newsday article here.

Atop the list of improvements to Town facilities is the revitalization of Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Supervisor Carpenter’s administration has overseen the removal of all contaminated material, and has started restoring the park so that it may once again be the cornerstone of the Brentwood community. The Town, with the assistance of a $2 million grant secured by NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos, plans to enhance the features of the park to include a Spray Park, and create a space for local families that rivals any local park in Suffolk County.

While committed to improving our parks, Supervisor Carpenter’s administration has also been alleviating troubling developments in residential neighborhoods. The Town’s Division of Code Enforcement has overseen the demolition of many blighted properties that not only de-value surrounding properties, but pose a direct threat to public safety. The Town plans to increase enforcement procedures against these derelict parcels, all at the expense of the neglectful property owners.

The final portion of the speech focused on harnessing the Town’s existing resources to create economic opportunity for Islip residents. To that end, Supervisor Carpenter’s administration will continue to promote and support Islip MacArthur Airport, which recently received the news that the Governor was putting $20 million in the budget to address connectivity between the LIRR and the airport terminal. Supervisor Carpenter also highlighted the work of the Islip Industrial Development Agency, which has enabled companies to retain and create close to 5,000 thousand jobs locally. The number of active projects handled at Islip’s IDA over the past two years has surpassed any previous two-year period in its 42-year history.

“We remain steadfast in our belief that Islip Town is one of the best places in the state to live, work, and raise a family,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “I promise our residents that with every hour, we will work to make Town government more responsive to the needs of our residents, and to create a better future for Islip’s families.” 

The speech can be viewed in its entirety on the Town's Youtube page.