Islip Animal Shelter to launch online campaign in honor of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

 

Islip, NY – Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center will be launching a month-long online campaign starting on April 1,, 2013. This campaign will be in support of Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and will focus on animal abuse awareness.

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Islip Moves to Overhaul Town GPS Communication System for Critical Emergency Operations Improvements

 

Islip, NY – Islip officials this week moved to scrap the Town’s aging and outdated GPS vehicle tracking system for an upgrade that includes critical features and components key to effective emergency management.

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Supervisor Croci Activates EOC in Advance of Severe Winter Storm

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci has activated the Islip Emergency Operations Center (EOC) due to the severe winter weather expected to impact Islip Town.  Heavy snowfall, high winds, and flooding are expected in areas across Islip Town.

Residents are urged to limit their travel and to park their cars off the streets if at all possible to help our plows navigate the streets.  Residents in coastal areas should be advised that high tides are expected to be 2-5 feet above average from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Friday night and 9:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

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E-Alert from the Town of Islip

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you once again for your patience and support during this difficult process.  Tonight, there are still over 10,000 LIPA customers in our Town without power.  This is unacceptable.  Our neighbors and friends have been more than patient as they wait for LIPA to do its job.  My patience has worn thin as well because I know that our Town DPW crews have cleared 100% of our roadways and the Town has conducted more than 8,500 building inspections this week so that LIPA can do its job and bring homes and businesses back online.  The men and women who have cleared our roads and inspected our homes have done everything possible to give LIPA access to the affected areas.

My repeated request to LIPA management for additional crews was answered on Sunday, and we now have 333 linemen and 254 tree trimmers allocated to Islip Town. Further, LIPA and Suffolk County have reversed their previous policy regarding electrical inspections and power restoration.  Although these two organizations have lifted the requirement for an inspection, we urge residents to contact a licensed electrician to conduct an inspection of your electrical systems to safeguard your house against any damage incurred during the storm. I am proud to report that as a result of these developments, in the past 48 hours more than 6,000 Islip residents received power.

We have also made progress with regard to our Fire Island residents. We have announced a joint plan with Suffolk County and other state and local government agencies to allow limited access to year-round residents only. This is a good first step toward Fire Island's recovery.

Our work is by no means finished, but we have made serious progress and will soon be returning to a normal state of affairs.  Our concern lies with your well being now, and for any potential storms that may come this week.  An updated list of shelters and relief efforts within Islip Town can be found here.

Very Respectfully,
Tom Croci
Supervisor

Constituent Services
The Office of Constituent Services has fielded and logged 1,972 separate requests which are mostly related to LIPA's reversal of policies.  The call center for residents has been staffed 24/7 since October 29th with teams of customer service representatives, who have fielded 4,053 calls.  The calls are processed and logged directly to a database that road crews have direct access to, which markedly decreases the time it takes to respond to these requests.

Department of Public Works
100% of Town roads have been cleared for passage as of Monday morning. Our road crews have been working day and night to clear our streets and right of ways from debris. Tanker and pump-out trucks have so far removed close to 150,000 gallons of water from flooded Islip neighborhoods on the South Shore.

Our crews are now concentrating on roadside pickup of yard waste and have reached 100% of Islip Town, and we will now go through our pickup routes again.  These services have not been slowed as a result of poor weather.  We have more than 75 crews consisting of 10 -12 workers each focusing on this task. DPW reports that any downed wires remaining are Verizon or telephone wires.  Please contact these utilities directly.

Town Hall and Government Facilities

Almost all recreational facilities have debris and fallen trees that require significant cleanup.  Our hardest hit facilities include the major destruction at Islip Beach, and East Islip Marina and the Port O Call Marina in Sayville, with significant docking and structural damage at both of those facilities.   All beaches have experienced erosion and most facilities are without power.

However, we are pleased to announce that the Holbrook Country Club and the Gull Haven Country Club will re-open starting Saturday, 11/10. Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 224-5411 for more information.

Composting and Storm Yard Waste and Debris
The Town is continuing to pull material from the streets with DPW, Parks and DEC crews.  Much of the brush and storm yard waste is being delivered to satellite sites as well as our Ronkonkoma compost facility.  Over the last 7 days, we received 12,000 tons at our compost facility, including 567 tons from residents dropping off waste themselves.  Our compost facility is equipped to handle all organic debris that residents want to bring, and can be reached at 467-3343.

Hazmat and Building Inspections
With our additional 30 Inspectors we have inspected 8,500 properties in our Category 1 Storm Surge Zone.  Out of these inspections we have determined that 5% of these properties are too badly damaged for reoccupation, 20% need additional expertise from a licensed electrician, and 75% are deemed safe for LIPA power restoration.

New Changes have been announced from LIPA and Suffolk County.

Disaster Recovery Resources for You

FEMA
After repeated requests, FEMA has established a Disaster Recovery Center at our Town Hall West facility at 401 Main Street in Islip. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, NYS agencies and FEMA are on hand to help our residents and small businesses get the assistance they need.  FEMA is also established at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge.  They can be reached at 1-800-621-3362.  This center will assist Long Islanders as they attempt to claim FEMA relief funds to account for property damage during the storm.  A flyer here will help you get started.

Fuel/Gas Stations

A list of open gas stations can be found here

Odd/Even gas rationing will take effect at 5:00 AM 11/09.


Price Gouging
There have been reports of price gouging at gas stations and of private contractors. New York State law forbids those who sell essential consumer goods and services from charging excessive prices during what is clearly an abnormal disruption of the market. Please be on the lookout and make sure that the companies you select are licensed professionals who must abide by the laws that protect you, the consumer.

If you feel that you have been taken advantage of, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs at 1‐800‐909‐5423 or 631‐853‐4600 or visit their website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov to complete a complaint form.

LIPA
To report an outage or downed electrical lines, please call LIPA at 1‐800‐490‐0075 or 631‐755‐6900.  Please visit their website at www.lipower.org/stormcenter for the latest updates.

Donations and Charitable Events

DONATIONS

Greater Islip Cares
180 Orville Drive, Bohemia

7 days a week, Sunday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
We are accepting donations of non-perishable food, clothing and much needed supplies, such as;

- Non-perishable canned or boxed food items
- Coats/Hats
- Gloves/Scarves
- New Pillows/Blankets
- New Socks/Underwear
- New Shoes/Boots

Any clothing items, boots or shoes should be brand new or gently used. Please no books, toys, furniture, money or checks. For more information, call our Keep Islip Clean office at (631) 224-2627. Sponsored by the Woman of West Islip, Keep Islip Clean and the Sayville Community Ambulance. Click on the link above for directions.

ISLIP TOWN WARMING CENTERS

Joyce Fitzpatrick Senior Center
50 Irish Lane, Islip

Wednesday, November 7; Thursday, November 8; and Friday November 9
Noon to 8 p.m.

We will offer free cell phone charging, hot beverages throughout the day (coffee, tea). Call (631) 224-5396 for more information. Click on the link above for directions.

West Islip Senior Center
90 Higbie Lane, West Islip
Wednesday, November 7; Thursday, November 8; and Friday November 9
Noon to 8 p.m.

We will offer free cell phone charging, hot beverages throughout the day (coffee, tea). Call (631) 893-8932 for more information. Click on the link above for directions.

Click here for more information on Shelters within Islip ...