Islip Republican Town Supervisor Tom Croci on Friday dismissed as political calls from town Democrats to investigate a controversial Little League fields project in Central Islip.
Croci, who said the town would cooperate with any investigation, said the $125,000 in escrow provided by Yaphank-based developer Andy Borgia would cover any remediation work needed on the fields.
“It’s a political season, so I understand there are many motivations and interests in this project,” Croci said. “We will make sure the contractor is held accountable for his work.”
Democratic town board candidates Dafny Irizarry and Ken Mangan on Thursday called for Suffolk County officials to investigate the fields project, which is tied to a $45-million sports complex to be built by Borgia, a registered Democrat. The candidates also called for GOP Councilman Steven J. Flotteron, who is running for re-election, to return $2,000 in campaign contributions from Borgia — $1,000 of which was donated the day after the town signed a long-term lease with him. Borgia is now negotiating with the town to buy for $3.5 million the 34-acre site where his planned Ultimate Games Sports Facility would be located.
Irizarry responded to Croci’s comments by saying there has been a lack of transparency around the project.
“We are responding to the town residents’ needs,” she said. “Children are going to be utilizing these fields. We have to make sure they’re safe and done appropriately. It is our duty to demand that from our elected officials ... I’m not sure why he’s calling that political.”
Flotteron did not respond to several requests for comment Friday.