TOWN CLERK SERVICES:
At this time, 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 are a first responder, and reside outside the Town of Oyster Bay, you are also eligible for this service.
Please call (516) 624-6335 for the Oyster Bay Office or (516) 797-7960 for the Massapequa Office to schedule an appointment.
Birth Certificates and Death Certificates and other permit/license applications are available at www.oysterbaytown.com and can be submitted by mail.
STORM RECOVERY: As a result of the August 4th storm, Town of Oyster Bay Highway crews are clearing roads and removing downed trees. The cleanup operation will continue through August 28th as nearly 800 trees and thousands of limbs are down throughout the Town – just as many as during Superstorm Sandy. As roadways are cleared, highway crews will then pick up homeowner tree and brush. Sanitation crews are also patrolling their routes to pick up yard waste and debris that meet the sanitation/sort yard waste requirements. We suggest you try to do that, which will enable crews to pick up debris on their normal route. Any large branches, wood piles, stumps that cannot be picked up by Sanitation crews will require the Highway Departments’ heavier equipment, which at this time, is still being used for the major storm response. That said, there is no need to pay someone to haul debris away. All debris will be removed as soon as possible.
HOLD PSEG-LI ACCOUNTABLE: Supervisor Saladino and the Town Board are asking New York State to hold PSEG accountable for their communication and restoration failures. Recently, Supervisor Saladino met with the Chairman of the Public Service Commission and asked him to fully investigate these failures. The Town Board believes that all future rate hikes should be placed on hold. Furthermore, an accounting is needed of where the $100+ million since Superstorm Sandy has been spent. Town officials called on NYS to have PSEG reimburse customers for spoiled food and medicine. Since then, the company has agreed to the following:
PSEG Long Island will reimburse residential customers up to $250 and commercial customers up to $5,000 for food spoilage if their service was interrupted for 72 hours or longer between Aug. 4, and Aug. 12, 2020 because of Tropical Storm Isaias. For residential customers, food spoilage claims of $150 or less must include an itemized list. Food spoilage claims over $150 must include an itemized list and proof of loss (for example: cash register tapes, store or credit card receipts, canceled checks or photographs of spoiled items). Separately, customers will be reimbursed for losses, up to a maximum of $300, for prescription medications that spoiled due to lack of refrigeration. Customers must provide an itemized list of the medications and proof of loss (for example: pharmacy prescription label or pharmacy receipt identifying the medicine). Commercial customers applying for reimbursement must supply an itemized list of spoiled food and proof of loss (invoices, inventory lists, bank statements). Customers can apply for reimbursement at www.psegliny.com/claims. The reimbursement claims cannot be processed over the phone. Customers will have until Sept. 16, 2020 to file claims. Reimbursement is expected to take up to 60 business days from when a proper claim form is completed and submitted to PSEG Long Island.
BLOOD DRIVE: The Town will partner with New York Blood Center to collect donations on Thursday, September 3rd to help hospitals meet the ongoing and pressing need for blood during the coronavirus pandemic. The Blood Drive will take place from 1pm to 7pm at the Hicksville Athletic Center, located at 167 S. Broadway in Hicksville. The Town’s Blood Drive will operate by appointment only, with no walk-in donations accepted. Register at www.nybc.org.
9/11 CEREMONY – we will host a drive-in ceremony at TOBAY Beach on September 9th at 7pm for families and loved ones to remember those that perished on 9/11 or have since passed due to 9/11 related cancers and illness.
COMMUNITY POOL UPDATE: Town pools continue to welcome residents each day at 11am. Capacity is limited to 50%. To help residents ‘beat the heat’, we continue to extend hours of operation beyond 7pm, to 8pm, each time the forecast exceeds 90 degree. To also help alleviate crowds at Tappen Pool, we have implemented a three hour maximum stay.
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.
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.
Requirements for outdoor dining, including the use of roadways and municipal parking lots, can be found on our website at www.oysterbaytown.com under the Latest News.
Town beaches are restricted to residents-only. The TOBAY Spray Park is now open daily from 10am to 5pm.
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, residents must present their vehicle registration and bring the vehicle they 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 are prohibited at the beach, and masks must be worn by all visitors when social distancing is not possible.
As a courtesy to Town of Oyster Bay residents, a live-feed of the beach is now available for residents 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 PARKS & POOLS:
In accordance with New York State’s directive, the following are open:
- Community Pools at Bethpage Community, Marjorie Post, Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, and Tappen Beach.
- Playgrounds and the Summer Recreation Program;
- Dog Parks in Massapequa and Bayville;
- Permitted-use of athletic fields;
- Outdoor tennis and pickle-ball courts;
- Batting cages;
- Golf course in Woodbury;
- Marinas and boat ramps; and
- the Bethpage Skateboard Park is now open daily from 7am to dusk.
Basketball courts remain CLOSED for competitive play. Parents – 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 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.
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
PSEG FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR OUTDOOR SHOPPING & DINING:
PSEG announced the availability of grants, up to $5,000, for the creation of downtown spaces for outdoor commerce and dining. Eligible grantees for the new funding include organizations that represent groups of area businesses, such as Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Districts and Local Development Corporations. For more information, please contact Alex Nyilas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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