Local Eagle Scout Honored for Years of Service

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron recently attended the Eagle Award ceremony for Harrison Gieraltowski of Troop 205 in Great River. Mr. Gieraltowski has been a dedicated Boy Scout for many years and has been involved in numerous projects that have benefitted the community. Councilman Flotteron thanked Mr. Gieraltowski for his many years of service to the greater Islip area.

Islip Town Outlines Christmas Tree and Winter Yard Waste Pickup

Islip, NY – Town of Islip officials have announced that sanitation crews will begin collecting Christmas trees and other winter yard waste during the second day of household collections for each of the first two weeks of 2017. Depending on where residents live, this means that pickup will occur on January 5th or 6th for the first week, and January 12th or 13th during the second week. For those residents residing in the Islip Resource Recovery Agency Collection Districts (Black Pail Districts), waste will be collected on either Monday or Tuesday for the first two weeks of January, specifically, January 2nd and 3rd, and January 9th and 10th, 2017.  

Town officials are asking residents to ensure that the desired waste is on the curb before pickup begins at 6:00 a.m. In the event of snowfall, remove the waste from any compacted snow. Please observe all typical rules for trash pickup, including weight limits (individual bags, bundles, and trash cans must weigh less than 50 pounds). Christmas trees and winter yard waste will be collected separately from normal household waste.

For more information, click here or call (631) 595-3630. 

Plans for Roberto Clemente Park Move Ahead

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Islip Town officials recently outlined the progress that has been made during the rehabilitation of Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. The removal of all contaminated debris has been completed, and the New York State DEC has given the Town the “green light” to continue with its efforts to restore this community park. Prospective bidders for restoration projects were given a tour of the park on December 13th, and have until December 22nd to submit their proposals.

“We have diligently adhered to DEC guidelines throughout this project, and we are optimistic and committed to doing everything possible to see that Roberto Clemente Park can be reopened in 2017,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “We have grants from New York State waiting to be utilized to help make Roberto Clemente a park that Brentwood, and all of Suffolk County, can be proud of.”

Recently, Assemblyman Phil Ramos joined Supervisor Carpenter in announcing a grant of two million dollars to build a spray park at Roberto Clemente Park, similar to the highly successful facility at the Bay Shore Marina. A new spray park will highlight the series of improvements that the Town has planned for the park with input from the public.

Periodic updates will continue to be posted to the Town’s website, www.islipny.gov.

Islip Commends Signing of “Slow Down To Get Around” Legislation Into Law

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Islip- November 30, 2016 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined with the NY state chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and industry companies to applaud New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing Slow Down To Get Around legislation into law earlier this month.

This important legislation will now require motorists to slow down around waste and recycling trucks when actively engaged in making collections when safety lights are flashing. The new law will become effective in November 2017. Motorists will then be accountable for endangering workers' lives when unsafely speeding by waste and recycling workers doing their jobs. NWRA has been advocating in states across the country for Slow Down to Get Around laws. The association's NY state chapter worked with committed legislators and a broad coalition of industry companies, labor groups and municipal leaders in getting this important worker safety measure finally on the books.

“These hardworking and dedicated individuals operate over 40 trucks daily, servicing more than 80,000 properties along 1,200 miles of roadway in the Town of Islip. They are on the street and on their feet during the busiest hours of the day, including the morning rush. We are committed to ensuring their safety each and every day,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

“Our sanitation crews perform one of the toughest jobs in the Town, and their work has a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents. We ask that our residents, in turn, be mindful of the safety of our employees when sharing the roadway,” said Islip DEC Commissioner Jim Heil.

"This law is about the safety of waste and recycling collectors who serve our communities statewide," said NWRA NY State Chapter Manager Steve Changaris. "This will save lives and prevent untold workplace injuries. Our focus now turns to raising awareness and educating New Yorkers of the dangers collectors face daily, and to encourage motorists take extra caution around our vehicles," he added.

"When we send our team out on the road each day their safe return is our top priority. I applaud the State of New York for passing this law and Supervisor Carpenter for bringing awareness to this important issue," said Stanley Lomangino, Managing Partner, Maggio Environmental.

"We urge residents when they see a sanitation truck from municipalities and private companies working, to please use caution and move over. The driver’s families thank you,” said Patti W. Hamilton, Director of Communications, Maggio Environmental.

State Senator Carl Marcellino (R) 5th Senate District and State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D) 34th Assembly District sponsored the worker safety legislation that has led to this new law.

Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the waste and recycling industry is the fifth most dangerous profession in America in terms of fatalities and injuries. New York now becomes the 12th state to create a Slow Down to Get Around law. The eleven other states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. NWRA encourages all motorists to be aware of the roadside danger facing refuse collectors and to exercise caution around our vehicles at all times beginning now -- even before this law is officially effective in November 2017. NWRA is now asking the media, public safety agencies and community leaders to help raise awareness about collection worker safety and NYs new slow down to get around law in the meantime.

A 2014 Harris poll commissioned by NWRA found that although most Americans encounter garbage trucks on the road each week, only one third of people slow down near them while nearly 40 percent are actually tempted to speed around them.  However, the same survey also found the public supports Slow Down to Get Around laws once they learned of the high fatality, accident and injury rates of waste and recycling collection workers.


The National Waste and Recycling Association is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the federal, state and local levels on all issues of importance to our member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Local Officials Observe Upcoming Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

State Senator Tom Croci joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and members of the military at MacArthur Airport last night to observe the upcoming 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.