Vote expected on two contracts for cleanup
Two contracts -- totaling nearly $3.4 million -- for vendors to clean up tens of thousands of tons of contaminated debris, as well as to monitor the air during removal at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood will be voted on by the Islip Town Board tomorrow.
Gramercy Group Inc. of Wantagh, at a bid of $2,992,240, "was the apparent low dollar bidder," the resolution states, and the company "has been thoroughly vetted by the Recovery Team and determined to be the lowest, responsible bidder." The recovery team consists of several Islip officials and consultants from Enviroscience, who spent the past three weeks investigating and analyzing each company and its respective bid by checking business licenses, environmental history and bidders' backgrounds and references.
Five other qualifying bids were reviewed -- ranging from $3.1 million to $5.7 million. Bids submitted to the town were publicly opened last month, and while dozens expressed interest in the project, some ultimately did not submit bids or their bids were disqualified for various reasons, according to town officials.
A second contract, not to exceed $400,000, will be voted on for "construction inspection and air quality monitoring services" at the park, according to the proposed resolution to potentially be awarded to Enviroscience Consultants, Inc. of Ronkonkoma. This contract was not put out for public bid. The town first hired Enviroscience in May 2014 to help prepare a remediation plan and to provide cleanup activity oversight and regulatory monitoring.
Work to clean up the park is expected to begin by June and take 120 days to finish, town officials have said. Last year, the town board authorized $6 million in bonds to pay for the remediation and reconstruction of the town-owned park.
Roberto Clemente Park was the initial focus of a criminal investigation by the Suffolk County district attorney last year into illegal dumping, which resulted in the indictment of two town parks officials who have since been fired or forced to resign.
Hearing date shifts for ex-Marcos estate
A public hearing to make a Center Moriches estate once owned by Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos a Brookhaven Town landmark has been postponed to May 7.
The hearing, which was to have been held Thursday, was postponed because property owner Keith Hennessey was in London and could not attend, Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.
Romaine said Hennessey emailed him last week and "asked that this [hearing] be adjourned because he could not be here, and he wanted to be present. . . . We feel, as a board, that the property owner has a right to be heard."
The property, known as the Lindenmere estate, was owned by Marcos and his wife, Imelda, for about six years until 1987, when it was seized by the Philippine government after Marcos was ousted from power. Town officials said landmark status would preserve the estate from development.
The town board also postponed a public hearing that was to have been held Thursday regarding a proposed McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Coram. That hearing was postponed to May 21 because the property owner wanted more time to address issues related to the plan, town officials said.
Murray eyed for district attorney run
Republican oddsmakers have again put Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at the top of the list as the most likely Republican candidate to run for Nassau district attorney this fall, following a Hempstead Town GOP spring reception Thursday night.
Several attendees describe the fundraising event at Milleridge Inn in Jericho as a "lovefest" between Murray, who has been eyeing the race since Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice left for Congress in January, and Hempstead Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello, who will make the critical recommendation on the county committee's candidate.
Also in the mix were Hempstead Town Board member Anthony Santino, who has been angling to take Murray's place as town supervisor, and former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who joked recently about seeing in the future a "great" Hempstead supervisor becoming district attorney and a great senior Hempstead councilman becoming supervisor.
In speeches Thursday, both Mondello and D'Amato praised Murray as a great supervisor, with Mondello saying she is "going places." Mondello also gave Santino, who has served as his spokesman for more than two decades, a service award.
Other Republicans whose names have been suggested as the GOP's district attorney candidate are Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola). GOP officials have declined to comment on who will make the race, saying nothing is certain until the party holds its nominating convention on May 6.
Free class on giving overdose antidote
Islip residents can learn about preventing and treating opiate overdoses at a May 5 class at the Community Ambulance Company headquarters at 420 Lakeland Ave., Sayville.
The class is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the ambulance company.
Sponsored in part by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the Great South Bay Coalition, the Islip Youth Enrichment Services, Suffolk County sheriff's office, and Legis. William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), the class will teach participants about how to recognize opiate overdoses.
They will be taught to administer intranasal Narcan, and learn what to do until emergency responders arrive.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency Narcan kit.
The class is free, but registration is required. Contact Melanie Holz at 631-348-3513 for more information and registration.
Fee hikes expected for various permits
Fees for some parking permits and professional licenses are going up in Babylon Village, part of a general increase announced earlier this month by Mayor Ralph Scordino as the village tries to increase revenue without hiking property taxes.
In June, resident parking passes will go from $25 to $35. Landscaper permits will go from $25 to $40. Taxi cab permits will go from $100 to $125, and taxi driver's licenses from $25 to $35.
Fees for street openings, for utility or other work, went from $25 to $100 last week.
Pool passes and block party application fees were also increased this month.
Scordino said the increases will bring fees into line with prices charged by neighboring municipalities.
Rental apartments plan heads to board
A proposal to build 10 one-bedroom rental apartments off Great Neck Road in Copiague is expected to come before the Babylon Planning Board tonight.
Oak Street Realty and principal John Bono are asking for rezoning of the half-acre parcel near the intersection of Great Neck Road and Greenlawn Terrace as well as variances for density and setback.
Zoning laws for the parcel currently require that 10 units occupy no less than an acre.
Town planners have asked the planning board to impose a number of conditions if it recommends a change of zone, including designation of two apartments as workforce housing or donation to the town's Affordable Housing Fund.
The planning board meets at 7 p.m. in the town board room at Town Hall.
Food for Hope picnic set for May 16
The Islip Food for Hope nonprofit is hosting its third annual community picnic for residents May 16 at Ross Memorial Park on Brentwood Road.
The picnic is free, and food will be available from noon to 2 p.m.
Organizers ask that picnickers bring a blanket or chair upon which to sit, and to donate nonperishable food for distribution to local food pantries.
Information on how to deal with food insecurity will also be available.
For more information, visit islipfoodforhope.org or call 631-786-3419.
Tobacco cessation program offered
A free, six-week tobacco cessation program is being offered in Huntington Station.
The Suffolk health department will sponsor the program beginning May 5 at the South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd.
The program is through the county's "Learn to Be . . . Tobacco Free" program. Classes are available to Suffolk County residents looking to stop smoking.
Topics covered will include stress management, behavior modification and relaxation techniques. The one-hour classes will be held May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 and 9. Registration is open until the second session.
For more information or to register, call the library at 631-549-4411. Preregistration is required.