Town IDA deals land
A pair of companies will move to Yaphank from Ronkonkoma under a deal with the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency.
United Fence and Guard Rail Corp. and Master-Halco plan to move into a 25,000-square-foot building on vacant land at the northeast corner of Zorn Boulevard and Horseblock Road, the IDA said in a news release. The building will include 5,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to be shared by the companies.
United Fence and Guard Rail is a supplier of guardrail materials, and Master-Halco is a wholesale fencing company based in Orange, California. Both companies had to relocate to make room for the Ronkonkoma Hub retail and residential development near the Long Island Rail Road station, IDA officials said.
The IDA board on July 27 approved an economic assistance plan, including property, sales and mortgage recording tax breaks, to help Four Keys Realty LLC build the new facility on behalf of the two tenants. The $5.3 million project is expected to create 13 full-time jobs at the companies and 17 construction jobs, IDA officials said.
— CARL MACGOWAN
Village to host 18th
annual tag sale
The village of Brightwaters will host its 18th annual tag sale on Saturday.
The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wohseepee Park.
Residents can apply to rent a 20-by-25-foot space to display their wares. The fee is $30.
Residents must bring their own tables, chairs, blankets, price tags or other sale-related items.
The sale of knives and similar items is not allowed.
The rain date is Sunday.
To download the application, visit villageofbrightwaters.com. For more information, call the village at 631-665-1280.
— SOPHIA CHANG
Village to host 18th
annual tag sale
The Village of Brightwaters is asking for volunteers to help with playground equipment today.
The Walker Beach playground equipment is scheduled to be delivered today but officials need volunteers to help take the equipment out of packaging.
Volunteers should gather at Walker Beach on West Shore Road at 5 p.m. The work is expected to last until 6:30 p.m.
The assembly of the equipment is scheduled for tomorrow, with an anticipated completion date of Thursday.
— SOPHIA CHANG
for town honorees
The Town of Islip is accepting nominations for honorees at its 2016 Italian American Heritage Celebration next month.
The honorees will be chosen for their accomplishments and professional or volunteer contributions to the town and celebrated at the town’s Oct. 18 board meeting, 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main Street in Islip.
Candidates should submit a nomination form by today with a short biography, resume, and letters of recommendation. Nomination forms can be found online at islipny.gov.
Applications should be printed out and mailed to: Town of Islip, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730, Attn: M. Figalora. Applications can also be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 631-224-5316.
For more information contact the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs at 631-595-3500, ext. 1033.
— SOPHIA CHANG
Village to discuss security cameras
The village of East Hills will hold a forum on Sept. 27 to discuss installing security cameras throughout the village.
The proposal would place cameras at all entrances and exits of the village. Approximately 100 cameras with special recognition features would be placed at 33 locations, at a cost of about $400,000.
The recommendation follows more than six months of research by the East Hills Security Commission, which was formed after two crimes in December.
The public forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 209 Harbor Hill Rd. in Roslyn.
— CHRISTINE CHUNG
State assemblyman to meet constituents
The public library will host Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) on Sept. 26 at its “Officially Speaking” coffee and conversation program.
“Join us for an informal chat with . . . Brian Curran. Learn more about him and what’s going on in Albany,” a news release from the library said.
The program is a new one designed to let residents meet with their public servants in an informal setting.
The West Hempstead Public Library is at 500 Hempstead Ave.
— SID CASSESE
Widow of 9/11 victim to keynote program
Village Justice Thomas F. Liotti has announced that Terry Sholty Strada, activist and national chair of the 9/11 Victims’ Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, will be a principal guest speaker at his Court’s Eighth Annual Constitution Day Program tomorrow.
Strada’s husband, Thomas, was employed by Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11 and died together with 657 other employees, two-thirds of the firm’s workforce. He was from Westbury and the son of Westbury’s former Mayor Ernest Strada and his wife Mary Anne.
Strada will discuss her 15-year struggle to obtain the release of the 28 pages from the 9/11 Commission report that had been sealed, and to amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to allow lawsuits by victims and their families against Saudi Arabia, Liotti said in a news release about the event.
He added: “Congress has just released the secret 28 pages and she has a copy.”
Other speakers at the 7 p.m. event will include: Edward Paltzik, a lawyer; Michael A. Simons, dean of St. John’s University School of Law; Erica Dubno, on the faculty of Lawline.com; Nassau Legis. Siela A. Bynoe (D-Westbury); Michael Leavitt, a lawyer; Zan Khan, a lawyer, and Assemb. Michael A. Montesano.
This year’s program is titled: “Hamilton: Lessons To Be Learned.”
— SID CASSESE
Skate park reopening as most ramps fixed
Town officials and the Riverhead Recreation Department announced this week that the skate park on Columbus Avenue, which was closed for repairs for all of 2015, is reopening thanks to $60,000 in repairs to skating ramps containing 73 damaged boards.
Ray Coyne, the town’s superintendent of recreation, said the funds to repair the boards came from the town’s capital fund. The boards, which Coyne said had accumulated wear and tear over time, had started to deteriorate after the warranty on them expired in 2011.
In order to open the park, the town is closing off a portion of the skating ramps that hold 64 boards that have not yet been replaced. Officials estimate that will cost $70,000 to fully repair.
Coyne said that at this time there were no plans to repair the boards and there are no available funds to repair the boards. “We have 42 parks in Riverhead Town and there are a lot of parks in need of repair,” he said.
— JEAN-PAUL SALAMANCA
Tax breaks allow
Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that the town’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has approved a package of economic benefits that will allow a Queens-based developer to buy and renovate a vacant Garden City office building and then lease space to startup businesses.
“This project will bring genuine economic benefits to the Town . . . and enhanced vitality to the already vibrant Garden City business community,” Santino said in a news release.
The developer, the International Society of Business Leaders, (ISOBL) based in Long Island City and operating as 1051 Franklin Avenue LLC, plans to spend $1.5 million to turn part of the 19,000-square-foot, 3-story building at 1051 Franklin Ave., into a small business incubator. ISOBL will occupy the entire third floor and could expand into the first and second floor in the future, but currently plans to use the space as an incubator for fledgling companies. The developer anticipates as many as 55 people will be employed by businesses operating in the building within two years.
The economic benefits package, approved by the IDA board at its Aug. 24 meeting, includes property tax abatements and relief from the mortgage recording tax and sales tax on materials used for the renovation.
IDA chairman Ted Sasso said: “We are happy to assist this project which will bring new life to a vacant 3-story office building in the main business corridor of Garden City and, at the same time, bring to the town 50 new employees . . . as well as providing a place for new small businesses, which provide the backbone of the town’s economy.”
In 2015, projects undertaken by the Hempstead IDA — a public benefit agency — resulted in new investments totaling $225 million in the town, the news release said.
— SID CASSESE
Classes on smoking
cessation to be held
Free classes for Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be Tobacco Free” program are to be held in East Islip, Holbrook, Blue Point, Middle Island and East Northport this fall, officials announced last week.
To help residents break their addictions to tobacco, the classes will be provided free of charge, according to a news release issued by the county health department. A nominal fee will be charged for medication for medically eligible participants, the release states.
“Breaking an addiction to nicotine can be very difficult,” Dr. James Tomarken, the county health commissioner, said in a statement.
Studies show that those who attempt to no longer use tobacco products are three times more likely to be successful in stopping when they use a combination of behavioral support and medicine compared to those who try to quit without support, Tomarken said.
Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are at: East Islip Public Library on Tuesdays from now to Oct. 18; on Mondays at the Sachem Public Library from today to Oct. 31; on Tuesdays from tomorrow to Oct. 25 at the Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center in Blue Point; at the Longwood Public Library in Middle Island on Thursdays from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27; at the East Northport Library on Mondays from Sept. 26 to Nov. 7, with the exception of Oct. 10.
For more information on the program, visit suffolkcountyny.gov/health
— SARAH ARMAGHAN
Grant will enable
renovations at beach
A $125,000 state grant will pay for improvements at Bayville’s West Harbor Beach, which Mayor Paul Rupp said Friday “hasn’t been renovated in years.”
Rupp said Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) recently “said that some money has become available, and I said, ‘West Harbor Beach needs a facelift.’ ”
Rupp said the money will be used to resurface the tennis courts, add a new cement patio to the picnic area, add benches, replace barbecue grills, add a gazebo and repair a roof for a building that houses restrooms, a snack stand and the lifeguard office.
The park hosts a summer concert series and swimming lessons that “a lot of residents don’t use because it’s outdated,” Rupp said.
Lavine said in a news release that he had secured the money for the village from the State and Municipal Facilities Program.
“The rehabilitation of West Harbor Beach is vital in helping to maintain the unique charm of this waterfront community,” Lavine said. “Bayville’s beautiful beaches are truly the pride of each one of its residents.”
— DAVID OLSON