The COVID-19 situation is fluid and evolving. By now you know that Governor Cuomo has updated and intensified his mandate – calling for 100% of nonessential personnel to work from home. The Town of Oyster Bay’s response is designed to appropriately adapt to changing circumstances with our continued priority of protecting the health and safety of the public and our workforce.
On Friday, March 27th, Gov. Cuomo said he was immediately suspending – though April 19th – all non-essential construction statewide. It covers typical residential or commercial construction, but not essential jobs related to hospitals and health care facilities, transit, utilities, roads, bridges, homeless shelters and emergency repairs
The Town of Oyster Bay takes seriously its obligations to provide essential services to its residents. The Town continues to provide the following services and operation of certain facilities:
- Sanitation continues, including solid waste and recyclable collection, and transfer services at the Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex. We understand that many residents are disposing of household items at this time, but ask that you please bag items to keep our workers safe. We also ask you to hold onto items that should not be thrown into the normal waste stream (paint cans, waste oil, pesticides, aerosol cans, etc). Yard waste collection will resume on April 1st.
- Road repair continues, including emergency signage, and emergency tree removal.
- The Town Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting for 3/26 and 4/16 have been cancelled. These meeting will be rescheduled and new hearing notices will be sent to the required surrounding properties indicating the new date.
- The Town Animal Shelter, while closed to the public, remains open for town-wide animal control services. Staff members continue to keep the animals fed and cared for at this facility.
- The Town’s 24-hour Public Safety Call Center (516-677-5350) can field calls and contact the Village official of your choice.
- “Town Hall at Home” live-chat was launched at oysterbaytown.com – directing residents to permit and license applications, tax payments and other resources that are available on the website.
- Town of Oyster Bay Parks are currently open for leisurely activities, but we remind residents to stay 6 feet await from one another in accordance with social distancing recommendations from the Department of Health. Public bathrooms are closed. The use of children’s playground equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts and athletic fields are currently prohibited.
- We are now accepting credit card payment by phone for boat slips and kayak storage. In addition, applications for Night Fishing Permits and JFK Bird Sanctuary Permits are available online. Residents can email applications (along with a copy of your car registration and NYS fishing license) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Permits will be mailed to you once the application process is complete. Summer Recreation Program registration will only be accepted by mail. Mail registration forms to Town Hall South, Recreation Office, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa, NY 11758. Applications link: http://oysterbaytown.com/summerrecreation/
- The Town of Oyster Bay Hon. Joseph Colby Golf Course and Driving Range in Woodbury is now open on a temporary basis. This opening is in accordance with the Governor’s direction and following the example of the the New York State Golf Course in Bethpage. The following restrictions are now in effect:
- Tee times will be at 15 minute intervals as opposed to the standard 8 minutes.
- We regret to inform you that golf carts will not be available at this time.
The use of credit cards is recommended, as is registering tee times online. We are providing this service and continuing to protect the public, golfers and our employees. Please practice social distancing at all times. Thank you for your cooperation and for assisting everyone with getting through this time safely.
- The Receiver of Taxes Office has temporarily suspended in-person services but encourages residents to make tax payments via the online payment system. Taxpayers may pay online (for a fee) by electronic ACH check or by American Express, MasterCard or VISA credit card. Go to oysterbaytown.com – click on the link, labeled “View and Pay Your Property Tax On Line”. Please note New York State law mandates that the Town of Oyster Bay receives no portion of the service fee – this fee is retained by the payment processing vendors. you wish to pay with cash, please obtain a money order at the Post Office and mail it to us, and include your phone number. Please send your check or money order to: Jeffrey P. Pravato, Receiver of Taxes, 74 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Residents can view their tax information at no charge. Residents who cannot pay online are asked to mail their payments via check or money order, along with a phone number on the check. School payments are due by May 10th without penalty. If you need to contact the Tax Office, please call (516) 624-6400 or send an email to email@example.com.
- The Property Tax Grievance Deadline has been EXTENDED to April 30thfor residents seeking to challenge the value placed on their home/property by Nassau County. Tax Receiver Jeffrey Pravato offers an online video that illustrates “How to Grieve Your Assessment” for free.Visit oysterbaytown.com/grievancevideo.
- The Town Clerks Office has temporarily suspended all in-person services through March 31st. Residents are encouraged to download permit/license applications and mail their completed materials for processing. Commuter parking permits that expire on March 31st will be honored through April 30th.
- The next Oyster Bay Town Board meeting will be held remotely on Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. You can listen to the meeting online at oysterbaytown.com
An Executive Order issued by New York State requires employers to reduce their nonessential workforce by 100%. Here is a list of ESSENTIAL workers and services which are authorized to continue:
(1) Essential health care operations including: research and laboratory services; hospitals; walk-in-care health facilities; veterinary and animal health services; elder care; medical wholesale and distribution; home health care workers or aides; doctor and dentist offices; nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities; and medical supplies and equipment providers.
(2) Essential infrastructure including: utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission; public water and wastewater; telecommunications and data centers; airports/airlines; and transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages.
(3) Essential manufacturing including: food processing, including all foods and beverages
chemicals; medical equipment/instruments; pharmaceuticals; safety and sanitary products; telecommunications; microelectronics/semi-conductor; agriculture/farms; and paper products.
(4) Essential retail including: grocery stores including all food and beverage stores; pharmacies; convenience stores; farmer’s markets; gas stations; restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery); and hardware and building material stores.
(5) Essential services including: trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal; mail and shipping services; laundromats/dry cleaning; building cleaning and maintenance; child care services; auto repair; warehouse/distribution and fulfillment; funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries; storage for essential businesses; and animal shelters or animal care or management.
(6) News media
(7) Financial Institutions including: banks; insurance; payroll; and accounting.
(8) Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including: homeless shelters and congregate care facilities; food banks; human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support.
(9) Construction including: skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers; other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes.
(10) Defense: defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government.
(11) Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including: law enforcement; fire prevention and response; building code enforcement; security; emergency management and response; building cleaners or janitors; general maintenance (including lawn service) whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor; automotive repair; disinfection; and doormen.
(12) Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including: logistics; technology support; child care programs and services; government owned or leased buildings; and essential government services.
NASSAU COUNTY MOBILE TESTING SITES
New York State has opened mobile testing sites to diagnose individuals with COVID-19. To be tested, you must make an appointment. Those seeking an appointment will be asked about symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).
- ProHEALTH, 555 N. Broadway, Jericho, NY. You must be a ProHEALTH patient to make an appointment. Visit prohealthcare.com. (516) 874-0411
- Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY. To make an appointment, call the Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
I continue to lobby New York State for additional testing sites, with locations convenient to residents in all areas of the town. Please know that information continues to change and we will provide you with as much updated information as possible.
TOWN CONTACT INFORMATION:
- Public Safety, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community & Youth Services, email@example.com
- Environmental Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
- General Services, email@example.com
- Highway Division, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Intergovernmental Affairs & the Career Center, email@example.com
- Parks Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
We encourage you to remain calm and use the following resources to prepare and prevent the spread of infection:
- Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
- NYS Health Department: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
- Nassau County Health Department: www.nassaucountyny.gov/1652/Health-Department
We will work to provide email updates as this situation continues but we also encourage you to utilize the resources listed above. The health and safety of our residents and employees will continue to be my top priority. We will get through this safely and return to normalcy in the months ahead.