Supervisor Tom Croci

Islip IDA Continues to Bring Jobs and Businesses to Islip Town

Islip, N.Y. – The Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency recently approved two more resolutions that will not only keep jobs here in Islip Town, but also add jobs for the future. The IDA Board voted to approve an inducement for Rubies Costume Company, as well as a preliminary measure for Spirit Pharmaceuticals. As a result of sales tax exemptions and property tax abatements the two companies will be able to create and retain dozens of jobs.

“The Town of Islip IDA has had an incredible year, and these two companies prove that Islip remains one of the most business-friendly environments not just on Long Island, but in all of New York State,” said Supervisor Tom Croci.

Rubies Costume Company, which already has two facilities on Candlewood Road in Brentwood, approached the IDA about purchasing an existing 55,000 sq.-foot building at 100 Pine Aire Drive in Brentwood. The IDA was able to secure a property tax abatement totaling roughly $380,000 over ten years. Rubies has committed to investing $2.9 million into the new project, which will result in the creation of 12 permanent jobs.

“The support and assistance of the Town of Islip IDA has been crucial to the establishment of Rubies' 500,000 square foot warehouse and operations complex in Bay Shore. Rubies currently employs over 200 Long Islanders in its Bay Shore facilities and this new addition will allow Rubies to continue to expand here on Long Island.”


2014 Annual Holiday Toy Drive at Islip Animal Shelter Another Great Success

Bay Shore, NY – The Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center recently hosted its third Annual Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the shelter’s volunteer group, Live.Love.Bark, which was successful in collecting more than 300 gallons of toys for dogs, cats and two rabbits. This year’s donations far surpassed the amount collected in previous years. Families across Long Island stopped by the Shelter’s annual Toy Drive which was held on Saturday, December 13, to place treats and toys in the 90+ holiday stockings that hang on each animal’s cage.

In addition to toys and treats, nearly 700 pounds of pet food, an abundance of dog bone boxes, and an impressive amount of collars, leashes, laundry detergent, dish soap, towels, blankets, and sheets were also donated. Various supporters and local companies also donated items or baskets to raffle at Toy Drive, while Live.Love.Bark sold merchandise including shirts, sweatshirts, and 2015 calendars that brought in more than $1600.00, which will be used towards the health and care of the nearly 100 adoptable animals that reside at the shelter.


Islip Town Board Approves Contract With Nelson Pope & Voohris for Comprehensive Planning Study of Veteran’s Memorial Highway Industrial Corridor

Islip, NY - The Islip Town Board today awarded a contract for a planning study of the Veterans’ Highway Industrial Corridor to the engineering and planning firm Nelson Pope & Voorhis LLC. This study will examine the existing 7-mile stretch of road and amend the existing zoning code to allow for more mixed-use type development and other redevelopment projects that can help to fulfill the intention of the corridor to provide high-paying, career type jobs in industrial and office based businesses, while also providing service-based businesses in support of that with options such as restaurants, for business owners to entertain their clientele.

Since 1986, the town’s zoning code has barred the development of stand-alone restaurants, retail and strip commercial development in an effort to promote industrial and office development, which typically offer higher paying jobs and career choices to the area. While much of the corridor was successfully developed with that intention fulfilled, there has been a stagnation of new development in the last several decades. Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci and fellow Town Board members - realizing the significance of the area’s economic impacts to the Town – initiated the request for a comprehensive review of the corridor.


Islip Town Board Honors Retlif Testing Laboratories

Islip, NY - The Islip Town Board honored Retlif Testing Laboratories of Ronkonkoma at a recent Town Board Meeting for being named the “Best of the Best” by the U.S. Defense Security Service, and for winning the 2014 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. Retlif Testing Laboratories was one of 40 companies honored, out of nearly 13,500 companies.

Retlif Testing Laboratories was founded and established by Walter and Marilyn Poggi in 1978, and is one of the world’s leading independent testing laboratories providing Electromagnetic Interference and Environmental Simulation testing services for nearly 30 years. Retlif has testing laboratories in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Pictured: (Left to right) Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., Scott Poggi, Marilyn Poggi, Councilman Steve Flotteron, Walter Poggi, Town Clerk Olga Murray, William Hayes of Retlif, Councilman Anthony Senft, Jr., Supervisor Tom Croci, Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, and Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.


Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport Celebrates the Holiday Season

Ronkonkoma, NY – Islip Town Board members and airport officials at Long Island MacArthur Airport officially kicked off the holiday season at the annual holiday tree lighting and Menorah lighting Ceremonies, held recently in the Airport Atrium. Both festivities featured entertainment from local musicians and dance troupes.

PHOTO 1 – Islip Town Council Members Trish Bergin Weichbrodt and John Cochrane, Jr., light the holiday tree in the MacArthur Airport Atrium with help from a special guest, Santa Claus.


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  2. Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, Islip Arts Council, & Local Community Groups Decks the Halls at Brookwood Hall
  3. Town’s Partnership with Islip Food for Hope Results in Hundreds of Thanksgiving Baskets Given to Needy Residents
  4. Nominations Now Being Accepted for Black History Celebration 2015
  5. IMPORTANT NOTICE! Changes in Town-wide Garbage Collection Beginning in 2015
  6. Local Boy Scout Troop Donations to Animals in Need at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center
  7. Long Island MacArthur Airport – It’s More Than Just An Airport!
  8. Islip Animal Shelter Receives Over 1000 Pounds of Pet Food for the Holidays
  9. Islip IDA Celebrates New Inducements in a Banner Year
  10. Islip Town Celebrates the Holiday Season
  11. Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center Staff and Volunteers Prepare for 3rd Annual Holiday Pet Toy Drive
  12. Islip Supervisor Tom Croci and Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., Participate in Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders at School Event Special Edition of Program Honors Local Veterans
  13. Islip Town Board Members Observe Veterans Day
  14. Islip Youth Bureau’s Holiday Toys for Tots Mission Kicks Off
  15. Town of Islip Holds Successful Shredding Day
  16. Suffolk County Septic Lottery; Applications due: 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2014
  17. Islip Town Hosts Safe Trick-or-Treating Event for Town Residents
  18. Live.Love.Bark to host Thanksgiving Pet Food Drive; Donations to be delivered to Islip Animal Shelter before Holiday
  19. The Filing Deadline for the National Flood Insurance Program is October 29
  20. Islip Officials Stress Safety for Halloween Weekend

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