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A Message from the Supervisor

“Welcome to Islip, the 3rd largest town in New York State, but with an endearing small town feel. We are so proud of our town…our beaches, golf courses, marinas, parks, housing opportunities for all, businesses, industrial parks, healthcare and educational institutions including our own Islip MacArthur Airport that provides many job opportunities. I sincerely hope you find this website helpful.” Angie

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June 7th, 2023 – In recent years, the Town of Islip has received numerous complaints from residents about dangerous criminal behavior, along with an influx of reports from the MTA Police and Suffolk County Police about illegal activities including drug dealing at Ross Memorial Park in Brentwood. In 2020, in consultation with SCPD, Town Officials made the decision to close and transform Ross Park into a community park of which all could be proud.

Today, with the assistance of Grant Funding from Assemblyman Phil Ramos, the reconstruction of Ross Memorial Park is well underway as one of the Town's Capital projects. Features included in the transformation of Ross Park involve a pavilion for LIVE outdoor theatre performances and LIVE outdoor concerts; space for cultural fairs and celebrations; picnic tables; outdoor checkers; chess; a soft play area for children; a new walkway; parking; restrooms; lighting structures, and a state-of-the-art enhanced security system along with further measures to ensure park safety.

Critical to the success of the transformation of Ross Memorial Park is the relocation of the five Suffolk County bus shelters on Brentwood Rd. adjacent to Ross Park that for years, have been a hangout for vagrants and harbored drug use. At the May 16th Town Board meeting, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter introduced a resolution that the Town Board unanimously passed to enter into a 20-year agreement with Suffolk County, to move these bus shelters to a more appropriate location, the south side of the LIRR parking lot.

“Our residents deserve a safe and functional park to enjoy outdoor recreational activities with friends and family, and the old Ross Park simply did not allow for that,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “I have made it my mission to ensure all Town-owned facilities are safe for our residents to enjoy. Ross Memorial Park in Brentwood is no exception. We are steadfast in our commitment to reclaim the park as an asset for the community to enjoy once restorations are completed,” she added.

Assemblyman Phil Ramos secured $655,000 in state funds to further the bipartisan initiative with Supervisor Carpenter to beautify Ross Memorial Park in downtown Brentwood, which has been a “hot spot” for illegal activities.

“For far too long, our community has suffered from a lack of resources due to the inconsistencies in our surroundings. This bipartisan initiative will bring a holistic change to our community,” said Assemblyman Ramos. “Additionally, the pandemic has made matters worse by increasing the number of homelessness, unemployment and lack of food resources. The area has encountered an increase of drug use and distribution, as well as loitering and prostitution,” he said.

“We are taking this park back for our community,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “This will be a showplace for not only the Brentwood community, but for the entire Town of Islip.”

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