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Islip revitalization grants approach $200G

Islip civic groups, beautification organizations and chambers of commerce will benefit from almost $200,000 in Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program funds granted recently.

Funds are being allocated to organizations representing Bayport-Blue Point, Sayville, Islip, West Islip, Bay Shore, Brentwood, and Central Islip, town officials said. The funds will be used toward such improvements as new curbs and sidewalks, decorative street lighting, and new tree street plantings, with the goal of helping attract shoppers and businesses to the downtown areas.

The largest grant amounts were $45,000 for brick paving and lighting in Brentwood, $40,000 for general beautification in Central Islip, $35,000 for general downtown beautification in Sayville, and $25,000 for streetlights and brick pavers in West Islip.

Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, Suffolk County Legislators Thomas F. Barraga (R-West Islip), Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore), Ricardo Montano (D-Brentwood) and William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), the presiding officer, met with each of the not-for-profits last month to discuss use and disbursement of the funds.

“In these lean times, every dollar counts,” Nolan said in a statement. “This grant money will create jobs, enliven areas across Islip Town, and bring new businesses to our community.”

The other grants were $20,000 for streetlights in Bayport-Blue Point, $15,000 for general downtown beautification in West Sayville, and $15,000 for brick walkway and decorative boardwalk in Islip hamlet.

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