Local Officials Celebrate NEFCU Ribbon-Cutting

Islip, NY- Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Councilman Steve Flotteron and other local officials and business leaders at the grand opening of the new NEFCU branch in Bay Shore. NEFCU (Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union) is one of the most extensive credit unions operating on Long Island. Supervisor Carpenter thanked the branch managers and employees for recognizing the economic potential of the greater Islip area. 

Navy Seal Museum to be Built, Named in Honor of Lt. Michael Murphy

Islip, NY – Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Senator Tom Croci and other elected officials at a press conference where Senator Croci announced plans to construct a Navy SEAL Museum and United States Naval Sea Cadet Training Facility. The Museum will be named after Suffolk County’s iconic national war hero, LT. Michael P. Murphy.

Also during the press conference, Senator Croci announced a $400,000.00 State grant he secured for Suffolk County that has been earmarked specifically for the Museum.  Funding for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Museum will be the responsibility of the LT. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum Foundation.

Senator Tom Croci said, “I am so very proud that this community will be the home of the first Navy Seal Museum in the northeast, paying tribute to a local hero and a true patriot, LT. Michael Murphy, as well the Naval Special Warfare Community and its significant role in our nation’s security.”

"We are grateful to Senator Croci for securing the grant that will make this museum possible”, commented Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.  “This museum will be a treasure in our Town, and will remind visitors of the sacrifices that have been made by the members of the Special Forces community. While we can never repay them, we can honor the heroism and legacy of Lt. Michael Murphy, and all those who serve our nation."

The museum will honor the ongoing mission and legacy of the U.S. Navy SEALs.  An additional focus will be to continue the commitment to support the Sea Cadets program by utilizing a portion of the museum as a training facility.  This museum will be the first of its kind in the entire northeast and only the third such museum in the country. 

"The Murphy family is thrilled with the first ever Navy SEAL Museum in the Northeast named after our son, Michael”, said Dan Murphy, Father of LT Michael Murphy. This project, the LT Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum/Sea Cadet Training Facility is a reality because of the hard work and commitment of State Senator Tom Croci, County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator, Bill Lindsay Jr.  State Senator Tom Croci, a Navy Commander who worked closely with the SEAL teams in Afghanistan, looked on this project as a labor of love and is supporting this project in both name and monetary support. This Museum/Sea Cadet Training facility will be a reality because of Senator Croci's hard work, support and commitment to our men and women in the armed forces."

“Our hometown hero, Lt. Michael Murphy, made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country and our freedom,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “His legacy continues to embody the American spirit, and I am extremely proud that his memory will live on through generations of Suffolk County residents through this Navy SEAL museum.  This is not only a proud day for Lt. Murphy’s family and friends but for all of us in Suffolk County as we commemorate the accomplishments of this great American hero.”

The artist renderings and architectural elevations presented at the press conference show the 200’ by 185’ glassed walled building will be located at the north east side of the park, which also is the home of the Long Island Maritime Museum.  

Long Island MacArthur Airport to Host Blood Drive

Islip, NY – Long Island MacArthur Airport will host a blood drive on Thursday, September 29th in recognition of Emergency Responders and the work they do to keep our community safe. The recognition is especially poignant as the nation remembers the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001. The blood drive will take place in the airport atrium from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Local Officials Announce First Steps of Sewer Project

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other local officials and dignitaries in Sayville to announce the opening steps that will lead to the establishment of a sewer system in the southeastern portion of the Town. The plans call for the initial assessment of project requirements along south shore communities in Oakdale and Sayville, as well another system in the Ronkonkoma area near Long Island MacArthur Airport. Supervisor Carpenter stressed the importance of sewers in this area, and how the installation of sewers will lead to an improvement in the quality of life for residents.

“We have a responsibility to be stewards of our environment, particularly the Great South Bay. Installing sewers will not only result in better water quality, but will preserve the conditions that help foster a $5.5 billion dollar tourism industry along the South Shore,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “The lack of sewers is preventing our downtown from reaching their full economic potential, and we’ll do everything we can to secure the future financial stability of these areas.”

Funds have been allocated from multiple levels of government to ensure that the project is properly planned. $4.5 million will be used to study the installation of sewers along the south shore communities, and $1 million will be used to for a similar assessment in the Ronkonkoma area. This preparatory work will ensure that the projects are “shovel-ready” when additional funding becomes available.  

Town of Islip Accepting Nominations for 2016 Italian American Heritage Celebration

Islip, NY – The Town of Islip is currently accepting nominations for its annual celebration of Italian American Heritage Month. The Town will celebrate Italian American Heritage 2016 by honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the Islip community through their professional or volunteer activity.

To nominate a community member please submit a Nomination Form no later than Monday, September, 19, 2016. You may obtain a Nomination Form here. Please print and complete form and either mail to: Town of Islip, Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY  11730, Attn: M. Figalora; e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or fax to: 631-224-5316. In addition, a short biography, resume and letters of recommendation must be attached to the Nomination Form. 

Honorees will be selected based on their accomplishments and contributions to the Town of Islip Community. The ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18th in the Town Board Room.

For more information or assistance please call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs at (631) 595-3500, ext. 1033.