Town, League Partnership Reduces Feral Cat Population

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined members of the Islip Town Board, Islip DEC officials, and Animal Lovers League to recognize the initial accomplishments of the Town’s Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program. The TNR program’s goal is to safely and humanely reduce the population of feral cats within the Town of Islip. To date, the TNR program has trained local residents in the proper methods to secure feral cats and to transport them to veterinarians, who then spay or neuter the animal, provide preventive inoculations, and mark the animal as having been treated. The program is funded via a grant from the Animal Lovers League and from private donations, and is an example of the public-private partnerships the Town utilizes every day to save taxpayer dollars.

“This program shows tremendous promise, and highlights the importance of being creative when finding a solution to a problem in the community,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “We have been able to partner with the Animal Lovers League to manage our resources while solving an important quality-of-life issue in our Town.”

The Animal Lovers League took notice of the Town Board’s 2016 decision to actively control the feral cat population. At an initial meeting arranged by Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen, the League’s president, Joan Phillips, offered their expertise to help the Town craft its official policy. Islip DEC Commissioner Jim Heil directed the efforts of all parties involved in this initiative, and was instrumental in bringing the program to fruition.

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, who has spearheaded animal welfare initiatives in the Town said, “the suffering of these animals and the quality of life of Islip residents will be drastically improved thanks to the TNR program.”

Local feline rescue groups within the Town were contacted to discuss the proposals and establish relationships with all TNR proponents. TNR clinics were then held, with the invaluable assistance of local veterinarians and veterinarian technicians. Volunteers were then trained, and have since helped treat and return 89 cats within the Town in accordance with New York State law (which dictates that feral cats receive status similar to raccoons and possums, and thus cannot be taken by animal control officers simply for being loose).

Having completed this initial stage, two clinics have been scheduled for April 2017. A bond proposal is currently pending before the Islip Town Board to replace the Town’s aging Animal Shelter, which was originally constructed in 1964. The Town is also in the process of updating its website to provide information about the clinics, and to deliver current and accurate information to the public. The webpage will also feature a list of available trappers, and a “Frequently Asked Questions” segment to help educate the public.

 

Long Island MacArthur Airport Announces New Media Campaign

Ronkonkoma, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, together with Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken, today unveiled, a new media campaign launching Long Island MacArthur Airport’s (ISP) new slogan, website and five-year air service development strategy, designed to grow airline capacity.

In an industry in which airlines and airports historically have acted independently to market to the same customers, ISP is among one of the first U.S. airports to adopt such a comprehensive, customer-focused strategy. This program emphasizes partnerships between airlines, community stakeholders, and the airport, to align, concentrate, and multiply their respective efforts, to deliver successful outcomes more effectively.

In 2017, the strategy’s most visible component will be a new, paid media campaign, launching Monday, March 27, 2017, built on a foundation of industry and consumer research, plus, the input of key local stakeholders. Featuring ISP’s new slogan, “Stress Less…Pay Less,” and branding of a new FlyMacArthur.com landing page, the campaign will include Long Island Rail Roard platforms, bus advertising, radio, print, and digital media, focusing on the airlines’ target demographic in Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties.

Under the leadership and vision of Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, ISP has spent the last year professionalizing its air service development program, conducting airline industry research, consumer surveys, and stakeholder meetings, to identify a strategy to influence customers and airlines over time.

“For smaller airports such as ISP, carriers tell us that they tend to focus their attention on markets that exceed their financial goals,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “We will aggressively market our unique advantages to our core catchment area, to attract to ISP, more of the passengers airlines want to serve.  Our goal is to demonstrate to our partner airlines, that MacArthur Airport can serve more customers in the Long Island market than it does today. We believe that when we do that, the airlines will respond with added capacity, whether with larger airplanes, new nonstop destinations, or both.”

“We intend to compete aggressively with the other NYC airports for Long Island-based customers,” said Commissioner of Aviation, Shelley LaRose Arken. “Long Island residents using NYC airports can feel as if they are trapped in a bad relationship.  MacArthur Airport can offer them a better airport relationship, with exceptional customer service, convenient parking, shorter security lines, and an overall, hassle-free experience. Additionally, based on recent Department of Transportation data, ISP’s flights have a significantly lower cancellation rate, and significantly higher on-time performance versus both JFK and LGA; plus, LGA’s average fares for all itineraries are 16% higher than ISP’s, and JFK’s are 45% higher. When Long Island customers choose a better relationship with ISP, they really can stress less and pay less.”

“The growth of Long Island MacArthur Airport will benefit our economy and the region’s business community, and thus I commend Supervisor Carpenter for launching a new campaign, to help the airport realize its full potential,” said Kevin S. Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association.

Long Island MacArthur Airport has two of the four major US domestic air carriers: American Airlines, providing service since 1971, and Southwest Airlines, since 1999. Elite Airways provides seasonal service from ISP to various destinations in the southeast. Together, these carriers provide service to 7 cities nonstop, and connect to hundreds of destinations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. The airport serves 1.2 million passengers annually. Long Island MacArthur Airport has a $14.6M annual operating budget, with an economic generator impact of over $600M to the local and regional economy.

Pictured (l-r): Kevin Law, President of the Long Island Association; Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute; Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor; Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner of MacArthur Airport; and Nate Barker of Southwest Airlines. 

Supervisor Carpenter, Airport Commissioner Lead Discussion on “Long Island Business Report”

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by Long Island MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken during a recent taping of the Long Island Business Report, airing on WLIW21 and hosted by Jim Paymar. The discussion highlighted plans for Long Island MacArthur Airport’s future, including the construction of a new Airport Fire Rescue facility set to begin this month, and plans for connectivity to the LIRR Ronkonkoma Station.  Supervisor Carpenter and Commissioner LaRose-Arken also discussed air service development strategies to bring additional airlines, and flights, to Long Island MacArthur Airport.

The episode will air on WLIW21 at the following times:

Friday, March 17th - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26 - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28 - 9:30 a.m.

The program can also be viewed online by clicking here.

Local Officials Urge Caution as Storm Abates

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, along with Town Public Safety and DPW officials, are urging residents to continue to exercise caution as the recent winter storm leaves our area. Although Winter Storm Stella did not hit as hard as originally expected, the drop in overnight temperatures will lead to icy conditions along roadways.

“Our Town crews and public safety officials did an outstanding job clearing our roadways, and keeping a close on eye on the storm track, and preparing for any possible outcome. I would remind residents that even though the storm was not as we anticipated, high winds, heavy rainfall and the expected drop in temperature, can lead to unsafe situations, if residents are not properly prepared. Please travel only if absolutely necessary, and be extremely cautious on all roadways,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

A flood advisory will be in effect until 5:00 p.m. in poor drainage areas for rain and snowmelt.   The combination of rain and melting snow, in addition to storm drains covered by heavy snow that fell earlier this morning, may result in minor flooding.

A wind advisory remains in effect until 6:00 p.m.  Winds are expected to continue between 20 and 30 mph, with a few gusts of 45 to near 50 mph.  Highest winds are expected along the coast, and on elevated bridges and roadways. Temperatures will drop below freezing at approximately 11:00 p.m. tonight, and won’t climb above freezing until approximately 1:00 p.m. Friday.

The Suffolk County Emergency Operations Center closed at 4:00 p.m.  The Town of Islip Emergency Operations will close at 5:00 p.m. 

PSEG LI is reporting 121 customers effected in Islip with the majority in Brentwood and Hauppauge.  Customers affected by power outages should call 1-800-490-0075.

Park Rangers will continue to monitor road conditions, and notify the Department of Public Works accordingly. The anticipated drop in overnight temperatures will likely lead to icy conditions for the morning commute. Islip Town crews will salt and sand problem areas, particularly around schools and major intersections, while working with our counterparts at the State and County level to cover highways and other major roads in our Town.  

Winter Storm Update

There are no longer any official weather advisories for our area, but conditions remain hazardous. Heavy rains will continue throughout the morning. Though snow accumulation may decrease, roads will still be hazardous because of the wet, slippery conditions. Winds will remain steady around 30mph, with possible gusts up to 50mph. Coastal flood warnings remain in effect for the duration of the storm.

Town crews have been out since 3:00 a.m. salting, sanding, and plowing roads to make them as navigable as possible. We urge residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to keep cars off of the roads.

To check if your property is susceptible to coastal flooding, click here.

Islip Town Personnel Prepare for Winter Storm, Announce Cancellations

Islip, NY – Islip Town employees are currently finalizing preparations for the expected major winter storm that will arrive later tonight. Blizzard conditions are expected, with wind gusts of up to 50mph and coastal flooding during high tide periods. Forecasters are calling for 12-18 inches of snowfall, with the possibility of rain and sleet adding to the treacherous conditions.   

During the weekend the Town replenished its stock of road salt, acquiring 700 tons of material to distribute throughout road-clearing operations. Crews have already been treating the roadways with salt in anticipation of the severe weather. Town officials would like to once again remind residents that it is illegal to park cars on the streets during a snow emergency. Vehicles left on the street during a snow storm impede plowing operations and block emergency crews during critical situations.

“Our team has been preparing for this storm since last week, and our resources, at all levels, are in place” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. We strongly urge residents to keep their cars off of the roadways, and retrieve garbage cans from today’s collections, so that plows can achieve the best outcome curb-to-curb. We are also asking residents to stay home, unless driving is essential. Our crews will be out in force, for the duration of the storm.”

“Town of Islip crews have been out today brining our roadways. We’re assessing our equipment, contacting our contractors, and meeting with our supervisory staff to determine our strategy. Each storm has its own unique traits. We will evaluate the conditions and execute a plan that will ensure the most effective outcome from winter storm Stella,” said Tom Owens, Commissioner of Islip’s Department of Public Works.

The Town is also announcing the following cancellations:

-      Traffic Court has been cancelled for Tuesday, March 14. All persons that were scheduled to appear tomorrow will receive a letter of correspondence in the mail with new appearance date. 

-      The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for March 14 has been postponed until March 29. 

-      Residential waste collection will not take place on Tuesday, March 14. Residents not receiving trash pickup on Tuesday will have service resumed on their next scheduled collection day of Friday, March 17.

-      The Islip Town Clerk's Office will not operate during its regularly scheduled evening hours on March 14.

-      The Islip Arts Council has cancelled its classes for March 14.

-      Recreation Centers and Senior Centers will be closed, including evening activities at those locations.   

Residents can access information on this storm and flood-watch tools by visiting www.islipny.gov. Property owners can find information that is specific to their address, and determine if they reside in a flood-prone area.

 

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.

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Free Falls Prevention Class for Mature Residents

Begins Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Islip, NY - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is pleased to join with Suffolk County Health Commissioner, Dr. James Tomarken, by inviting all mature residents to attend the County’s award-winning program focused on falls prevention. The program is intended to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life.

 “This is a wonderful program that can help our residents prevent serious injuries to themselves,” said Supervisor Carpenter.

 These programs are called ‘Stepping On’, a CDC model program, and comprise a seven-week course that focuses on balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. The program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent. A second option entitled “Staying Independent for Life” covers much of the information that is provided in the ‘Stepping On’ program in a condensed two-hour session. 

Between 2011 and 2016 these programs collectively reached over 11,406 senior citizens to teach them about how to prevent falls in the home and live independently.

The Staying Independent for Life program will be offered locally at:

Location: West Islip Public Library

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

3 Higbie Lane 

West Islip, NY 11795

To register call 631-661-7080

Town of Islip Prepares for Significant Winter Storm

Islip, NY- Islip Town personnel are currently making their final preparations ahead of what is expected to be a significant winter storm. Maintenance workers have ensured that plowing equipment is ready for the first sign of accumulation on our roads. Salt and sand supplies have been stockpiled at various locations throughout the town, which will allow our crews to make the streets as navigable as possible in all hamlets. The Department of Public Safety will be monitoring conditions alongside our Department of Public Works for the duration of the storm.

“Our employees have done an excellent job ensuring that we are prepared for this storm, and we stand ready to plow our 1,200 miles of roadways,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “I urge residents to sign up for our E-Alert system, which will allow us to update residents with any important developments throughout the storm, and to please remove their cars from the streets, which will enable our crews to plow as much of the street as possible.”   

 

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Islip Town to Hold Teen/Young-Adult Job Fairs at Recreation Centers

Islip, NY – The Islip Town Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs will host job fairs for teens and young adults to help them find part-time work or summer employment. The events will be held at the Bohemia Recreation Center, Central Islip Recreation Center, and the Brentwood Recreation Center. Local businesses are encouraged to participate as well, and there is still space for those looking to offer employment to local youth.   

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses and young residents to connect and find success together,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Finding employment early in life can help teach skills that are needed in a career setting.”

Teens and young adults looking for employment should bring copies of their resumé. Local businesses looking to hire employees should contact our Parks and Recreation Department by calling (631) 224-5405 to reserve their space at the events.

The job fairs are scheduled as follows:

Bohemia Recreation Center: February 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Central Islip Recreation Center: February 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Brentwood Recreation Center: April 10th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Islip Officials Urge Precautions During Winter Weather

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is asking residents to follow several precautions during snowstorms that will aid our plow crews and help create safer driving conditions. The most important suggestion is to remove cars from the road during any storm that requires plowing. Getting cars off of the streets allows our plowing crews to reach as much of the road as possible. Failure to remove cars from the road can result in a ticket.

In addition to removing cars from the street, residents are asked to refrain from clearing snow into the streets. This creates further obstacles for motorists. Instead, clear snow to either side of the driveway or walkway.   

Also, if residents are scheduled for garbage collection during a snowstorm, please either hold the garbage until the next collection day, or place trash cans a minimum of six feet back from curb or street.

“These are just a few helpful suggestions that will benefit residents and our plowing crews, who work around the clock during snow emergencies to make our roads safe for travel,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.