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Central Islip park fund committee members named

The Town of Islip has announced the names of 14 people who will serve on the Central Islip Parks Fund Committee, an advisory group that will make recommendations about how to spend nearly $1.5 million on parks in Central Islip.

The fund, created in 1989, consists of money from developers who are building in Central Islip. No taxpayer money is involved.

The fund must be used for development initiatives within the Central Islip development district, officials said.

The committee is made up of community activists, local residents and town officials. On Tuesday, the town council unanimously approved the group’s members: Nancy Manfredonia, executive director of the Central Islip Civic Council; Debbie Cavanagh, president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors; Amparo Sadlen or Deborah Rotunda, representatives from the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors; Hank Carney of the North Great River Civic Association; Todd Johnson of the College Woods Civic Association; Mike St. Lauren or James B. Smith of the C.I. Soccer Club; Floe Piesco, who will represent the physically challenged; and Ena Townsend of the Central Islip Community Leaders.

Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan, Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, Parks Commissioner Greg Dawson, Planning Commissioner David Genaway, Public Works Commissioner Rich Baker and town attorney Alicia O’Connor also were appointed to the committee.

The group is to develop plans for spending the fund and then will present its ideas to the town board, officials said.

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