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Sayville schools plan still facing issues

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9,

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

The Sayville school district’s planned new maintenance facility hit another hitch last week when an Islip planning board member raised a title issue that sent the application back to the Islip Town attorney’s office.

At a meeting last Thursday night, board member Michael Kennedy questioned if town records relating to the deeding of a road that would lead to the facility were complete. The board reserved its decision to take the matter up with staff in the town attorney’s office.

The school district submitted its road opening permit application to the town on Nov. 30, seeking to extend Garfield Avenue in Sayville another 110 feet north of Howard Court.
The move is a final step in a more than three-year process for the $1.1 million project. Residents have fought the bid to open up the dead-end road, arguing all the way to State Supreme Court to have an environmental review overturned — an effort the court denied in May 2010.

Even so, about 50 people packed a public hearing last month to again voice opposition in what West Sayville Civic Association president Brendan McCurdy described as a “David and Goliath” battle to protect the neighborhood.

The planning board voted Thursday to recommend in favor of Bay Shore pharmacist Tomas Diaz’s application that will enable him to move his SaluMed pharmacy about 200 feet north on Fifth Avenue, to a property on the southwest corner of Marvin Avenue. The application requires final approval from the town board.


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