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Islip takes step toward leasing Central Islip ballfields

Islip Town Hall West at 401 Main St.

Islip Town Hall West at 401 Main St. in Islip, Jan. 4, 2016. Credit: Steve Pfost

Ahead of the New York state legislature’s end of session next week, two towns are holding special board meetings to ensure some articles of local home rule legislation meet state requirements.

Home rule is granted in the state constitution to local governments to allow them power to adopt local laws, according to the New York State Department of State.

The Islip town board held a special board meeting Thursday at town hall to vote on a home rule resolution supporting state authorization for the town to alienate property, namely the 15-acre former ballfields in Central Islip on Carleton Avenue.

The home rule resolution is necessary for the town to grant a 40-year lease of the ballfields to Brothers Duo III LLC of Garden City, who plan to build athletic and recreational facilities on the property. The home rule resolution also stipulates that replacement land will be dedicated as parkland.

Islip has leased out the Central Islip ballfields since 2010, according to Islip Town Attorney J.R. DiCiccio. A proposed athletic complex by Yaphank developer Andy Borgia was never built there.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of the home rule resolution Thursday, with boardmember Mary Kate Mullen voting against the resolution. Mullen did not respond to a request for comment on her vote.

The Huntington town board will also hold a special board meeting Friday. The meeting is being held to consider supporting proposed state legislation with respect to Huntington Station revitalization and legislation allowing a code violation enforcement bureau, Huntington Town Spokesman A.J. Carter said.

The meeting is at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Town Board room at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

— With Deborah S. Morris

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