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NYPD's Larry DePrimo being honored by Town of Islip for boots gift
The regular meeting of the Islip Town board today will kick off with an honorary citation for a Holbrook resident whose random act of kindness launched him to viral fame two weeks ago.
Larry DePrimo, the NYPD officer who became an overnight celebrity after a tourist photographed him offering a new pair of boots to a barefoot homeless man on a cold night in midtown Manhattan, will be presented with the citation from the town board for his charitable act.
On the regular agenda, the board is scheduled to vote to approve a bid to buy three new public safety vehicles — Ford F250 Super Cabs — for $73,797 from South Shore Motors Corp. in Sayville.
As part of the massive budget cuts scheduled for 2013, the board also will vote on whether to abolish 35 positions within the town, the large majority of which are public safety posts.
The board also will vote on whether to approve spending $2,500 to hire the consulting firm Executive Consultants to provide job search boot camp seminars for town workers who will be laid off as a result of the cuts.
Islip officials also contracted with Executive Consultants several months ago to offer the same seminars to employees of the town’s former human services division who were laid off when the department was dissolved.
Also on the board’s agenda is a vote on setting five separate public hearings to make changes to the town code. One change would eliminate the town’s division of land management from the department of planning and development.
The five-member board will meet at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main St.