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Municipal offices across Long Island announce changes because

Municipal offices across Long Island announce changes because of the pandemic. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

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Huntington Town officials are asking residents to report those who are not practicing social distancing.

“We have posted signs at Town parks to practice social distancing while taking advantage of our open space and our Security Division is out on patrol,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. Reports of overcrowding, such as groups congregating on basketball courts, skate parks and other areas at town parks, can be made to public safety's 24-hour emergency hotline at 631-351-3234.

Also, more towns have closed their playgrounds as part of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus and are continuing to curtail or cancel other services.

New closures in Huntington also include skate parks, beach parking lots, all athletics fields and courts, except tennis.

In Brookhaven Town, playgrounds and town playground equipment are closed. Town parks remain open for passive activities such as walking and running. Brookhaven officials also announced that paper shredding, e-waste collection and drug take-back events scheduled for April 11 at the Terryville Fire Department, April 18 at the Henrietta Acampora Senior Center in Blue Point and April 25 at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center in Mount Sinai have been postponed.

Islip Town has closed all its playgrounds and golf courses. Town parks remain open. Huntington officials announced Friday that the town had closed all its playgrounds at town parks and beaches.

Here is a list of other closings and changes to meetings, events and policies in towns, cities and libraries around Long Island:

ATLANTIC BEACH

  • All beaches are closed after officials say there were too many people congregating at the playground and the beach. The boardwalk will stay open but may close if large crowds gather. 

BABYLON

  • Penalties on parking tickets are suspended. Payment is still required and can be made by online or by mail. If a person pleads not guilty, they will be scheduled a conference or a hearing at a later date. All conferences and hearings have been postponed.

  • Town hall will have only its east side entrance near the playground open, and at the town hall annex, visitors can enter through public safety but the public is not allowed to walk through either building and will be greeted by public safety officers who will assist them with their business. Residents are being strongly encouraged to try to conduct any business via the phone or online.

  • The town board meeting will take place on March 25 at 3:30 p.m. but will be done remotely and livestreamed on the town’s YouTube channel, with residents able to submit comments via email. All public hearings previously scheduled for the meeting have been postponed. All meetings for other town boards have been postponed this week.

  • Drug and alcohol counseling, senior meals and the food pantry will continue.

  • Parks will be open but the town has closed all playground equipment.

  • The animal shelter will be taking in animals but not processing any adoptions.

BABYLON VILLAGE

  • All village offices will closed to the public for 30 days. They will reopen to the public on April 20. Residents are asked to contact village departments by phone.

BROOKHAVEN

  • The town board will meet on March 25, but the meeting will be closed to the public, including applicants. It will be livestreamed on the town website, brookhavenny.gov. Comments on pending matters may be submitted by email to ZBAcomments@BrookhavenNY.gov.

  • All town dog parks are closed.
  • The town clerk's office is closed. Only marriage licenses and death certificates will be available in person, and only by appointment. Death certificates will be issued only to licensed funeral directors. Call 631-451-6920 to make appointments.
  • The March 26 town board meeting will be held; it will be livestreamed on the town website, brookhavenny.gov. The public comment portions will be suspended, and all public hearings scheduled for the meeting will be adjourned. Residents may comment on hearings via email. An email address for that purpose will be announced later.
  • The town ecology center and animal preserve in Holtsville is closed.
  • All parks and recreation programs are canceled.
  • The town also has canceled a "Recycle Right" media contest, and the "What Now?" youth events scheduled for March 30.
  • The Agricultural Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 25 was canceled.
  • Suffolk Board of Elections training seminars at Brookhaven Town Hall were canceled.
  • Women's Recognition Night, scheduled for March 24, was canceled.
  • The Prom Gown donation program, scheduled to begin on March 24, has been postponed.
  • The Dress for Success program, including client suitings and donations, has been suspended until further notice.
  • Brookhaven Parks Violations Bureau hearing on March 25 has been adjourned. Those scheduled to appear will receive notices with new hearing dates.
  • Planning, zoning, town clerk and assessors documents may be dropped off at Town Hall.

COPIAGUE

  • The Copiague Public Library is closed until further notice.

EAST NORTHPORT

  • The Northport-East Northport Public Library will be closed until further notice. All late fees are suspended. Patrons may return items using the exterior book and media returns or keep them, disregard due dates, and return the items when the library reopens.

EAST WILLISTON

  • Parks in East Williston are closed. This includes Devlin Field, the tennis courts, and the toddler park. Sagamore Field is also closed by order of the Town of North Hempstead. There was an attempt to keep the tennis courts open for family members to play each other but more drastic measures have been required, officials said. 
  • The annual Easter egg hunt on the village green scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

GLEN COVE

  • Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke declared a state of emergency. City hall will be closed through April 20 except for essential services, and to the extent “possible and practicable” essential city employees will do their work remotely, according to the declaration. The city clerk’s office will remotely process vital records such as death certificates and will continue to receive applications such as dog licenses, birth certificates, garage sales and Freedom of Information Law requests.
  • The city has suspended marriage applications until city hall reopens to the public. The declaration also suspends through April 20 the requirement under the Glen Cove charter that the city properly notice, prepare for and sell tax liens at public auction.

HEAD OF THE HARBOR

  • Head of the Harbor Village Hall is shut.
  • Police, Code Enforcement and Public Works will continue working throughout the village, he said.
  • Residents’ phone calls to village hall will be routed to staffers’ cellphones, and staffers will have access to all the information they normally use on their home laptops.

  • Residents may notice some changes — the building inspector will not enter any buildings and it may take longer to receive documents requested through the Freedom of Information Law.

  • No board or committee meetings are scheduled for the rest of the month.

HEMPSTEAD TOWN

  • Town hall is closed to the public until further notice. Supervisor Don Clavin has established a new auto-attendant system that can be used to leave a message to schedule a telephone conference for the building department, town clerk, receiver of taxes and the parks department at 516-812-3600.
  • All department of parks and recreation playgrounds, dog parks, courts and golf courses are closed until further notice. This is in addition to temporary closures at Newbridge Ice Rink, the Echo Park Pool Complex and the postponement of all activities, community events, Camp ANCHOR programs and meetings. Also, the Norman J. Levy Park and Reserve in Merrick, operated by the Department of Sanitation, is also closed until further notice.

HUNTINGTON

  • Crab Meadow Golf Course on Waterside Road, Northport; Dix Hills Golf Course, at Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills; and all basketball courts are closed.

  • Playgrounds and bathrooms at town parks and beaches are closed. Parks remain open.

  • All Traffic Violations Bureau conferences scheduled for traffic court on March 26 and April 2 have been administratively adjourned until further notice.

  • The zoning board of appeals meeting and all public hearings scheduled for Thursday have been postponed until further notice.

  • HART fixed route service has resumed its normal schedules for all weekday routes. HART buses should only be used for essential travel. 

  • The senior division’s residential repair service and expanded in-home service for the elderly are taking emergency calls only at 631-351-3253.

  • The senior center’s home delivered meals and meal pickup programs are changing: Meals will be delivered frozen, five at a time. Call 631-351-3253 with questions.

  • Parking meter fees in downtown Huntington is waived until further notice but enforcement of handicap, fire zone and other safety-related parking violations that interfere with traffic patterns or line-of-sight will continue.
  • The Town of Huntington Recycling Center on New York Avenue has reopened.
  • Huntington Town Hall is closed to the public. Use the white mailbox outside the main parking lot entrance to town hall labeled “Town Hall Mail Only” to drop off mail or paperwork. There is a black mailbox to the right of the main entrance to town hall labeled “Tax Payments Only” to drop off tax payments. Do not put cash in the box.
  • The animal shelter on Deposit Road is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Town parks and playgrounds are open but all permits for play on town fields are canceled through March 31.
  • The Huntington Youth Bureau on Park Avenue is closed to the public until further notice. 
  • The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site will be closed through April 6.

ISLIP

  • All golf courses and playgrounds are closed.

  • All town buildings are closed to the public except by appointment.
  • Residents are asked to use the town website islipny.gov to conduct town business online.
  • Senior centers are closed. In-home meal delivery is continuing. 
  • There will be no adoptions at the animal shelter for two weeks.
  • Traffic violations conference scheduled for April 6 has been canceled.
  • WRAP pail distribution will be halted for two weeks.
  • All programs, classes, concerts and the exhibit at the Islip Art Museum are canceled until further notice.

LINDENHURST

  • Village court will not be in session this week.
  • Staffing will be at a minimum level. Village hall is open for essential business only. 

LONG BEACH

  • All playgrounds are closed. 

MINEOLA

  • Village hall is closed to the public.
  • Mineola Public Library is closed to the public.

NORTH HEMPSTEAD

  • The senior Project Independence food shopping transportation program will be expanding its hours. The new hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Project Independence members will be picked up individually. Residents are advised to make earlier appointments and take advantage of stores’ early special hours for seniors. Residents can call 311 or 516-869-6311, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to make an appointment.

  • All playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and the town dog run are closed. Bathrooms will remain open daily from 7 a.m. To 3 p.m. (except for Manhasset Valley, Ridders Pond, and Merillon Ballfield which will remain closed.)
  • The town dock parking lot will be closed to vehicles by 8 p.m.
  • Parks will remain open for passive use only.
  • All town facilities will remain closed to the public until March 30. Essential services, such as 311, the clerk's office and sanitation, will continue to operate. The 311 call center will remain open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OYSTER BAY

  • Many public government functions have been shifted to online-only or mail. The town department of planning and development, town clerk’s office and receiver of taxes offices have suspended in-person services. Building permit applications and various permit applications through the town clerk’s office can only be applied for by mail at this time. The town asks residents to pay their taxes online or by mail.

  • The parks department has started accepting credit card payments over the phone for boat slips and kayak storage.

  • The town has launched an online chat from its website to field questions from the public.
  • Closures and cancellations include: senior citizen activities at community centers through March 29; preschool programs at Marjorie Post and Syosset-Woodbury Community Parks through March 29; Raynham Hall Museum through March 31; zoning board of appeals March 26 meeting; Oyster Bay Animal Shelter to the public; property tax grievance workshops; Dune Day at TOBAY Beach on March 28, Vaisakhi Celebration on April 17; children’s shows and “Distinguished Artist” concert series at local libraries through April 20.

PORT JEFFERSON

  • All village programs have been canceled until further notice.
  • Village hall and all other village facilities are closed to the public.
  • Village staff is continuing regular services while practicing social distancing and sanitizing work stations.
  • Steps for the public to interact with the village for services are posted on the village website, portjeff.com, and posted at all village facilities. Phones are answered at all facilities.  

RIVERHEAD

  • Riverhead Justice Court is closed until further notice. Scheduled cases will be apprised of future court dates. People with tickets can plead guilty or not guilty and mail form to the court.
  • Town hall will be closed to the public along with town offices, including the yard waste facility.

  • The Riverhead Police Department will remain open to the public.

  • Drop boxes will be placed in the front of the building department and town hall. 

SHELTER ISLAND

  • All town offices are closed to the public. Requests should be conducted by phone or email first.
  • Shelter Island Town Justice Court is closed until further notice. 
  • All calendar events posted are temporarily suspended.
  • All committee meetings including ZBA and planning board are canceled.
  • Garbage can be paid for without bags at the scale house at the recycling center.

SMITHTOWN

  • Parks workers have locked playgrounds and park washrooms, and public safety officers may issue fines to people violating rules about congregating in public, town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo said. 
  • Smithtown officials have postponed a March 24 board of zoning appeals meeting until April. 
  • While town offices remain open and staffers are still at work, town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo said residents are being asked to phone or email for service instead of visiting in person. In cases where that may not be practical — including a small number of building and planning department applications — residents should call ahead to pick up or drop off documents in building vestibules, she said. “For people with sensitive documents to pick up or drop off, they can call the building department when they get to the driveway and watch someone pick it up,” she said. 
  • The town senior center is shut. Town staffers and volunteers started home delivery of lunches for up to 35 seniors who previously ate at the senior center. The hot meals, which typically include soup, a vegetable and an entree, are free for any resident 65 and older and can be requested by calling 631-360-7616. 

SOUTHAMPTON

  • All playgrounds are closed.

SOUTHOLD

  • All town buildings will remain closed to the public.
  • The town’s transfer station on Cox Lane in Cutchogue will remain open and all entry fees for residents without a permit will be waived.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH

  • The Westhampton Free Library is closing all library facilities until further notice. The library’s Wi-Fi is still broadcasting and can be accessed from the parking lot. If patrons have items that are due, they will not accrue late fees. Book drops will be closed, and patrons are asked not to leave items outside the library. All library cards that are nearing their expiration dates in March will be renewed until June.

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