We received great news yesterday. Long Island is authorized to start its first phase of reopening. This means the following industries can un-pause today: construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply; retail for curbside pickup or instore pickup; agriculture, forestry and fishing. This morning, we joined local shop owners in celebrating the return of business. Please remember to shop local and support our downtown businesses. With COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths and new transmissions greatly declining in Nassau County, we look forward to reaching Phase II of reopening in the near future. In the meantime, I share with you these important updates:
The Town Board and I are excited to announce that free pop-up theatres will offer drive-in movie experiences for residents-only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on May 28th. The following movies will begin at dusk:
- Thurs., May 28th at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing: Finding Nemo
- Tues., June 2nd at Broadway Commons in Hicksville: Playing with Fire
- Thurs., June 4th at TOBAY Beach in Massapequa: Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Tues., June 9th at Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale: Onward
- Thurs., June 11th at Fireman’s Field in Oyster Bay: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- Tues., June 16th at Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa: Thor: The Dark World
- Thurs., June 18th at Broadway Commons in Hicksville: E.T.
- Tues., June 23rd at Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale: Jumanji: The Next Level
- Thurs., June 25th at TOBAY Beach in Massapequa: Grease
Vehicles will be admitted to the parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7pm the day of the event. For the safety of all residents, moviegoers must remain in their cars. To maintain social distancing, every other parking spot will be off-limits to vehicles. Portable restroom facilities will be on-site. Movies are subject to change and will be held weather permitting. Call (516) 797-7925 for updated information. Moviegoers are asked to consider donating a nonperishable food item upon arrive at the drive-in. All donations will benefit Island Harvest Food Bank.
BUILDING DEPARTMENT/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT:
With Phase I reopening, we remind you that the Planning & Development Department is fully operation and continues to accept all types of building permit applications by mail. While offices remain closed to in-person visits, all online services this department offers are still available. Residents, contractors and developers can continue to file for all types of building permits, approvals and licenses through the mail and can call any division within the Department for information and guidance. Employees will call to confirm receipt of applications and will mail a receipt for the filing fee once operations fully resume. All applications must include a contact phone number and email. If a specific employee is working on your paperwork please include their name on the documentation. If you wish to send in documents via mail, please address it to: Department of Planning & Development, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Please include your application number or permit number AND Section Block and Lot of the property.
Building inspections are operational. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host four meetings in June to consider applications. The Planning Advisory Board will also be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, June 17th. Plumbing and Electrical Boards have resumed regular meetings to review new license applications and to review complaints against unlicensed plumbers and electricians and issues with licensed plumbers and electricians. Title companies are welcome to review property files to assist residents in either selling or buying a new house.
TOBAY BEACH LIVE:
As a courtesy to Town of Oyster Bay residents, we recently launched a live-feed of the beach for you to evaluate the crowds and weather conditions before making a trip to the barrier island. To view the shoreline, visit www.oysterbaytown.com/tobaylive. Town beaches are restricted to residents-only. Seasonal beach parking stickers are now on sale daily, from 10am to 2pm at TOBAY Beach, Philip B. Healey Beach at Florence Avenue in Massapequa, Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach in Oyster Bay, and John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa. To purchase a beach parking sticker for your vehicle, you must present your vehicle registration and bring the vehicle you plan to drive to the beach since parking stickers are placed on the vehicle at the time of purchase. Only residents may purchase beach parking stickers for $60. Passes are free for senior citizens, the disabled and those on social security disability. Discounts are offered to first responders, veterans and those with electric port vehicles. As a reminder, New York State has limited beach capacity to 50%. Sports and playground activities are prohibited at the beach, picnic areas are closed, and masks must be worn by all visitors when social distancing is not possible.
COMING SOON – EXPANDED OUTDOOR DINING OPPORTUNITIES:
With the region facing potential State limitations on indoor dining once restaurants are permitted to reopen, the Oyster Bay Town Board will allow restaurants to offer expanded outdoor dining options to patrons. To make the process simple and ensure the most available dining options for you, applications will not be necessary and no permit fees will be collected by the Town as long as restaurants meet certain safety criteria. The Town will allow restaurants located in our downtown business districts to work with their local chambers of commerce to achieve road closures, allowing for increased seating for restaurant patrons and greater walkability for area residents. Road closures with outdoor dining options will be considered for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
EXTENDED HOURS AT TAX OFFICE:
With the school tax deadline approaching, Receiver of Taxes Jeffrey Pravato has extended hours of operation at Walk-Up Tax Payment Windows for the last two days of collection, Friday, May 29th and Monday, June 1st. Windows at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay and Town Hall South in Massapequa will be open from 9am to 4:45pm on both days. Only money orders or checks will be accepted in-person. Checks are payable to Jeffrey P. Pravato, Receiver of Taxes, and mailed to 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Please remember to include your Section, Lot and Block on the check. Property owners can also pay by eCheck for only a 75 cent fee (we were able to get the processing vendor to reduce this fee from a previous high of $6). Mailing a check or money order is also available, as well as credit card payments (in which the credit card vendor continues to charge a larger fee as authorized by New York State).
DONATE FOOD BY FRIDAY, MAY 29TH:
The Town is partnering with Long Island Cares in a food drive to benefit those impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The food drive continues through May 29th, with outdoor collection boxes at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay, Town Hall South in Massapequa and at the Town’s Public Works facility in Syosset. All locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nonperishable items, including pet food, are welcome. For more information, visit www.licares.org or call (516) 624-6380.
HELP AVAILABLE FOR BASIC NEEDS:
The Town is supporting the United Way of Long Island in helping families recently unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants can receive retail gift cards to help them meet critical basic needs of food and household supplies. No tax money supports this initiative. Apply at www.unitedwayli.org/COVID19HELPOYSTERBAY
DRIVE SAFE AND SLOW DOWN:
Let’s protect and respect our healthcare workers by following social distancing guidelines and being safe while driving our local roads. With the warmer weather, more citizens are out walking, jogging, and bicycle riding than ever before. By preventing unnecessary accidents, we can also help prevent additional burdens at hospital emergency rooms.
TOWN HALL AT HOME – CONTACT US TODAY:
A new initiative, “Town Hall at Home,” was launched to assist residents with a live-chat feature at www.oysterbaytown.com. While many in-person services at the Town are temporarily suspended, this live-chat function can assist you with information related to programs, permits and licenses, tax payments and other resources.
Are you a Town resident looking to get married? Town Clerk Richard LaMarca continues to grant marriage licenses and conduct ceremonies on-site with social distancing and other proper precautions in place. If you reside outside the Town of Oyster Bay but are a first responder, you are also eligible for this service. For more information, please call (516) 624-6333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking permits, death certificates and other permit/license applications are available at www.oysterbaytown.com and can be submitted by mail for processing.
In accordance with New York State’s directive, outdoor tennis courts, batting cages and the Town golf course in Woodbury are open for your enjoyment. Tennis courts are restricted to singles play only. Players must remove all balls from venues after competition/practice is complete. The state has also authorized marinas and boat ramps to be open. Playgrounds, athletic fields and basketball courts are CLOSED.
The following parks are also CLOSED as they are mostly athletic complexes:
- Borella Field in Plainview
- Field of Dreams in Massapequa
- John Walker Memorial Park in Hicksville
- Kevin T. Kolm Memorial Park in Hicksville
- Plainedge Park in Plainedge
- Robbins Lane Park in Syosset
Other Town parks remain open but residents are asked to maintain a social distance. Parents – many residents have asked us to close parks due to children not following social distancing rules. PLEASE have serious conversations with your children and loved ones. Insist they follow the social distance rules and wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
Many pets are available for adoption at the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. Visit the ‘Town of Oyster Bay’ on Facebook to learn more about available pets. Interested in adoption? Call us at (516) 677-5784.
FREE ONLINE RESUME SERVICES:
The Massapequa Career Center is offering free online resume review services for those individuals looking to re-enter the workforce following this public health threat. The resume review services are being offered through the Town’s federally funded Workforce Partnership, a consortium of local governments committed to providing free and valuable information and services to both employers and jobseekers. Residents looking to consult with the Massapequa Career Center on how best to update their resume to avoid such pitfalls as inclusion of inappropriate information or irrelevant information and work history are urged to email their resume to email@example.com. Professionals will review resumes and contact residents with tips on how to best improve their resume to make it as presentable as possible for future job opportunities.
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US!
We are all in the fight at COVID-19 together! I ask you to help underscore that “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining” by sending me a photo and story that best illustrates our Town’s humanity, heroism and resolution. Whether it’s about a doctor, nurse, firefighter, police officer, EMT, worker on the front lines or even how you are spending this time with your families or helping neighbors, we want to hear from you and feature the story on social media. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN CONTACT INFORMATION:
- Public Safety 24 Hour Hotline, (516) 677-5350, email@example.com
- Community & Youth Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Environmental Resources, email@example.com
- General Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Highway Division, email@example.com
- Intergovernmental Affairs & the Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parks Department, fgatto@oysterbay-
- Planning & Development, email@example.com
- Public Information, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public Works, email@example.com
- Receiver of Taxes, ReceiverofTaxes@oysterbay-ny.gov
- Town Board, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Town Clerk, email@example.com
- Town Attorney, firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the Town Board, I thank you for helping us flatten the COVID-19 curve by socially distancing yourself and your family from others. The last two months have not been easy, but we have successfully put our community back on the path toward normalcy. Your continued resolve will allow us to achieve greater success in reopening our community and economy. Stay healthy, and stay safe!