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.

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Islip Town Relocates Essential Government Services

ISLIP, NY – Due to the most updated weather information from National Weather Service the Town of Islip announces early closures at Town facilities.

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Town of Islip to Discount Commercial Compliance Permit Fees

Islip, NY - The Town of Islip is implementing a Compliance Incentive Program to allow projects that were previously completed without a permit to be brought into compliance. The program is aimed at protecting public health and safety by encouraging commercial property owners to complete the Town’s permit process.  The Town’s goal is to ensure that buildings are safe, habitable and in compliance with the New York State Building Code, as well as the Islip Town Code.  To encourage participation by local businesses, the Town is discounting its Certificate of Compliance fees for commercial properties by 40%.

In addition to ensuring that safety issues are addressed by legalizing their properties, the owners will have assurance that work completed will not void any insurance claims, and they will have the permits required by financial institutions for loans and refinancing.  Commercial property owners are encouraged to take advantage of this short-term Compliance Incentive Program as soon as possible.  The Town does not anticipate renewing this program after it ends.  

"This is a one-time program designed to remedy a serious public safety issue. I urge property owners to come forward and bring their buildings up to code," said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. "Our inspectors and Planning Department officials are eager to work with these local businesses and guide them through this process."

To be eligible for this temporary program, the unpermitted activity must have occurred prior to January 31, 2013 and a complete Certificate of Compliance permit filed with the Building Department by May 31, 2017.  If the Town grants a permit, the previously unpermitted structure must be brought into compliance within one year.  If a violation has been reported and an appearance ticket issued, property owners will no longer qualify for this program. Enforcement efforts will be increased once the Compliance Incentive Program officially ends.  

For more information, call the Islip Town Planning Department at (631) 224-5466. 

Public Notice: LIRR Crossing Repairs at Carleton Avenue, Central Islip

LIRR Crossing Repairs at Carleton Avenue, Central Islip from Saturday, July 25, 1:00 am – Sunday, July 26, 1:00 pm

Town of Islip officials have received notification from the LIRR that work scheduled to begin this fall at the Carlton Avenue railroad crossing in Central Islip as part of the Double Track Project has been moved up to this coming weekend beginning Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 am through Sunday, July 26, 1:00 pm. This project will involve turning trains at Brentwood, and busing passengers between Brentwood, Central Islip & Ronkonkoma. Please watch for further updates concerning transportation, road closings and detour plans. Thank you.

Town Officials Offer Storm Preparedness Tips

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is reminding residents to take a moment to review their Emergency Supply Kits and emergency supplies for their pets. Hurricane season is upon us, and with that, comes an opportunity to take a closer look at Emergency Go Bags, family emergency plans, and household supplies. “Tragically, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have proven just how devastating hurricanes can be. I urge residents, to take this opportunity to review household and individual preparedness plans for hurricanes, and for all weather related emergencies,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “The Town of Islip offers emergency preparedness and hurricane preparedness literature, as well as important emergency phone numbers, all available here. Please take a moment to click on the link, and take advantage of this invaluable and potentially life-saving information.”

Main Street Bay Shore Parking Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are parking meters being installed in downtown Bay Shore?
The meters are being installed to open up parking spaces along Main Street and promote parking space turnover. This is a proven parking space management strategy and is also the reason why parking meters are found in so many active and successful downtowns.

What about people who say the meters will hurt downtown business?
There is no evidence to support such claims. In fact, the opposite is often the case. After Patchogue installed its parking meters in January of 2014, their downtown business district continued to prosper and grow.

When will the meters go into effect?
The parking meter program will take effect on November 1, 2016.

What days and hours will metered parking be in effect?
Meters will be in effect Monday through Saturday between 9AM to 12 Midnight and on Sundays between 1PM and 12 Midnight.

Exactly what areas of downtown Bay Shore will be metered?
The metered parking zones will be limited to on-street parking spaces only as indicated below:

  • Main Street – north side between Fifth Avenue and First Avenue
  • Main Street – south side between Ocean Avenue and Gibson Street
  • Ocean Avenue – east side between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • S. Park Avenue - both sides between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • Maple Avenue - west side between Main Street and Gibson Street
  • Gibson Street – south side between Maple Avenue and Shore Lane
  • Smith Avenue - both sides between municipal lot driveway and Main Street
  • Park Avenue – east side between municipal lot and Main Street
  • Fourth Avenue – west side between municipal lot driveway and Main Street
  • Third Avenue – east side between Mechanicsville Road and Main Street

What if I only need to quickly run in and out of a store to pick something up?
There will be 25 conveniently located “Express” parking spaces located throughout the business district that will allow 15 minutes of FREE parking between 9AM and 9PM.

How much will parking cost?
The cost will be 25¢ for 20 minutes (75¢ per hour). Minimum purchase will be 4 minutes for 5¢.

What kind of meters will be installed?
The meters, or “pay stations” will be very similar to those already in operation in downtown Patchogue and at the Bay Shore train station.

Why does each parking space have a number?
At the pay station, customers will be prompted to “Enter Space Number" to begin the transaction.

Will the meters accept credit cards?
Yes. The meters will accept coins, VISA and MasterCard (minimum purchase will be $1 for credit cards).

What about parking time limits? Will they be changing?
No. The existing time limit for parking on Main Street is “2 hour limit” between 9AM and 6PM. After 6PM the time limit no longer applies but the meters will remain in effect until 12 midnight.

Where will the pay stations be situated?
Pay stations will be installed in the curb strips (see inset photo) and there will generally be 2 or 3 pay stations per block.

What if a meter / pay station is “out of order”?
There will generally be 2 or 3 pay stations per block, so if one pay station is “out of order” you will have to use a different one. All meters work for all spaces. In the rare event you encounter a pay station that is “out of order,” kindly contact the Islip Parking Agency at 631-224-5380 Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. to report a problem.

Do motorcycles have to pay if using a numbered / metered space?
Yes. However, to maximize utilization of the downtown parking supply more than one motorcycle will be permitted to “share” a numbered parking space as long as the space is “paid”.

How will the meters be enforced?
Enforcement officers will be checking the meters on a regular basis while they are in effect.

Can I “feed” the meter to extend my parking time after I have parked?
Yes. But remember, a 2 hour parking time limit is in effect between the hours of 9AM and 6PM. If your vehicle is parked in the same spot for longer than 2 hours within the 9AM to 6PM time period you are in violation and subject to ticketing.

Will there be opportunities for local businesses to validate parking, advertise or run promotions through the parking program?
Yes. A simple yet effective marketing strategy for local businesses is to discount purchases or offer a free drink or dessert to customers who produce a non-expired parking receipt. Also, local businesses may open an Online Permitting Account (OPA) that will allow them to comp or discount customer parking.

Fire Island Civilian Access Update

Temporary Access to Fire Island Increased

Islip, NY – Islip Supervisor Tom Croci recently signed an emergency order granting wider civilian access to Fire Island.  Temporary access to year-round residents and/or property owners will be permitted at the following dates and times for those whose homes lie within Islip’s borders:

  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 15th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Friday, November 16th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 17th, 2012 between the hours of 10:10 AM and 3:30 PM

 

Anyone wishing to venture to Fire Island during these allotted times must travel by ferry service that runs between Fire Island’s communities and the mainland.  Private travel by boat or by road is not permitted.  Visitors will also be asked to supply personal identification and proof of property ownership for law enforcement personnel. 

“The safety of our residents remains our primary concern, given the catastrophic damage on Fire Island.  Fire and Emergency service teams along with contractors, plumbers, electricians and inspectors have improved conditions to the point where limited and temporary access is appropriate for homeowners and year round residents," said Supervisor Croci.  The Town facilities at Atlantique Beach and Marina remains off limits to the public.

Receiver of Taxes Weik Brings New Online Tax Payment Option to Islip

First time convenience answers longtime taxpayer’s requests.

Islip Town Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, today announced that Islip residents and businesses will now officially have the option to view and pay their taxes via an online system.

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