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Monday
Jun182018

Smithtown Shredding Event Results in Almost 5 Tons Of Safely Destroyed Papers

Smithtown, N.Y. - The Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways partnered up with the Municipal Services Facility and the Department of Public Safety to help 206 families safely shred sensitive documents at its inaugural Paper Shredding Event held on Saturday June 16, 2018. The event was held at Town Hall on Main Street in Smithtown from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm.  

“Thanks to our DEW staff, MSF and Public Safety personnel, who provided personnel and resources for the day, the first ever Smithtown Paper Shredding event operated smoothly.  The flow of people was steady all day long and our residents were extremely grateful for the service.” - Russ Barnett, Director of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways

At the days end there was approximately 25 cubic yards, or the size of a dumpster, in paper collected and securely disposed of. The personal papers were safely destroyed by Data Shredding Service, Inc. of Corporate Drive in Hauppauge.  The final load of shredded paper weighed in at 9,500 pounds, or nearly 5 tons.

Thursday
May312018

FYI - Town Board Special Meeting Friday, June 1

Supervisor Wehrheim has called a special meeting to be held Friday, June 1st* 2018 at 10 a.m. at  Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to accept Home Rule Request for Parkland Alienation regarding the Kings Park sewer pump station.

*Town has changed the date of the meeting originally scheduled for June 4.

Monday
May142018

Curb To Curb Transportation For Smithtown Residents 60 And Older

 

Need a Ride?  Convenient Curb to Curb Transportation Services for Smithtown Senior Citizens - New Expanded Hours!

Are you over 60 years of age?  Do you live in Smithtown Township?  Do you need a ride?  If so,  the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department wants to hear from you! 

We provide a full range of transportation services Monday through Friday. With home pickups beginning at 7:30am our buses will pick you up at home and bring you to the Senior Center.  In addition, our drivers take residents to a variety of venues including Supermarkets, The Smith Haven Mall,  Town Hall & Assessors’ Office, Senior Citizens Club Meetings, the Library, Beauty and Nail Salons, Doctor Offices, Physical Therapy Offices, Nursing Homes and more.  Appointments can be scheduled for as early as 9am and as late at 2pm with the latest pick up to come home at 3pm. Buses are restricted to travel within the borders of Smithtown Township.

Laura Greif, Program Director at the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department explains “Our mission is to ensure that our seniors who do not drive maintain their independence and get out into the community on a regular basis.  Our transportation services enable this to happen.”

The Smithtown Senior Citizens Department has a fleet of six 18-passenger buses - all handicap accessible. The department employs eight professional CDL certified drivers who provide curb to curb service for a fee of $1 ($2 per round trip). It is requested that seniors call 631-265-8811 between the hours of 7:30am and 4pm one week in advance for a reservation.

Come visit us at the Smithtown Senior Citizen Department – the bus will pick you up!

For more information about the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department visit us at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, call us at 631-360-7616 or visit us at  HYPERLINK “http://www.smithtowninfo.com” www.smithtownny.gov.

Monday
Apr302018

Amy's Perspective - Town Council Comments On Planning

Town Council Comments, April 26

On the occasion of David Flynn’s retirement, there is an awesome opportunity to publicly thank David Flynn our Town Planning Director who has been extremely accommodating and available to the residents of Smithtown.  Scheduling a public hearing to review the draft of Mr. Flynn’s Master Plan would be a fitting way to highlight and celebrate his dedication to Smithtown’s future revitalization and preservation of our historic heritage.   David Flynn has always acted with financial prudence and in the best interest of Smithtown’s residents and business community.   The work he accomplished on a daily basis has been outstanding.  His commitment to town planning is obvious as seen in his drafted town plan as per the town council’s request.  He and his staff were able to complete this draft while conducting business as usual.   This would be a great time to invite Smithtown’s residents to a public forum as an opportunity to consider his plan, the work involved and attention to the details of our town’s Master Plan.  The drafted unadopted Master Plan includes all five hamlets for a comprehensive approach to Smithtown’s future goals.   

You may have seen the recent articles in Newsday describing various Long Island communities that are concerned and actually protesting over-development of their well-established neighborhoods.  This seems to be a general concern of Long Islanders to prevent the threat posed by contractors and developers who intend to build up our neighborhoods into urban settings without considering those neighborhoods.  

This issue can be addressed through identifying consensus of our residents and by planning our level of development with smart growth practices including our concern for the environment.  Thank you for your interest in developing a Comprehensive Master Plan, we have a good foundation prepared by David Flynn that can be the foundation and then further developed into a working, viable Comprehensive Master Plan for Smithtown.  

Please take into account that planning for the future of Smithtown must work in concert and conformity to the environmental protections established in the State Environmental Quality Review Act whenever the economic interests of contractors and developers are under review.  This is not a mutually exclusive choice between conserving the available real estate in Smithtown and working with outside developers within the confines of Smart Growth best practices.  Smart Growth is an intentional process including a respectful approach to Smithtown’s residential homeowners and their investment in the future of Smithtown.  Our safety and quality of life are also critical concerns.  

Scheduling a  public forum would inform and include Smithtown’s citizens and highlight David Flynn’s contribution to Town Planning.  Thank you.  

Amy Fortunato is a Smithtown resident who ran for Town Council on the Democratic line in 2017.     

Thursday
Apr192018

Amy's Perspective - Smithtown Residents Have Been Heard

By Amy Fortunato

The good news is that the Smithtown residents have been heard.  It’s a relief to finally hear that our Town Council discussed Smithtown United Civic Association’s appeal for an authentic business analysis of the properties that could be consolidated and turned into Transit Oriented Development near the Smithtown LIRR station.  At the close of the Town Council’s working session on 4/10, the request was mentioned but really only revisited to complete an appraisal of the outlier Town owned buildings to the Town Attorney. This request for appraisals of the 18 outlier buildings that belong to the town has been made before.  Smithtown has 28 various departments and 18 buildings – with lots of walking imposed between the numerous buildings/departments! 

It’s not a new request. The New York Ave. neighbors presented the same request during numerous Town Council meetings more than a year ago when the Town Council was approached to possibly consolidate into the Joseph Barton Administration Building and retain the athletic fields for a town green and recreation near the heart of the downtown business district.  At that point in time, the appraisals were predicated on the current zoning and not the potentially changed zoning for that property.    There’s no way to address a possible consolidation without all the appraisal figures – although the Smithtown taxpaying residents asked for these appraisal results last year.  Clearly, the citizens were patient but ignored – when they asked for the appraisals of the Town Dept’s buildings.  Transparency was avoided during those Town Council meetings.  

During the last Smithtown School Board regular meeting held on 4/10, our Superintendent, Dr. James Grossane and School Board President, Mr. Jeremy Thode assured those in attendance that the NY Ave. properties are NOT for sale and that the Town has NOT been in contact with the School Board.   Both Dr. Grossane and Mr. Thode publicly described their intentions to engage with the local community in the future regarding any possible sale or development BEFORE any real estate issues are presented.  In another recent meeting 4/6 with the School Board Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Andrew Tobin – the same assurance of commitment to our community and transparency was emphasized by the School Administration on behalf of the School Board. The rumors were dispelled, participation and engagement with Smithtown’s taxpaying residents was reassured.  

It’s good to know that we’ve been heard.  This level of commitment and communication is honorable, ethical and necessary for Smithtown to prosper – developing for the future while preserving our historic past.   

Amy Fortunato is a Smithtown resident who ran for Town Council on the Democratic line in 2017.