Good news! Long Island witnessed some of its lowest COVID-19 statistics in weeks on Tuesday, and we're moving toward meeting Federal and State guidelines to reopen parts of our economy. Although we've made great progress, it's very important that all residents continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines issued by health professionals. To assist you in staying up to date with new information and resources offered by the Town of Oyster Bay, I developed this E-Team Newsletter. I hope you find the below information useful.
The Town of Oyster Bay's Highway Operations will begin street sweeping on Monday, May 4th, and continue Monday through Thursday, from 7am to 1pm, throughout the month of May. If you have questions regarding the sweeping program, please email email@example.com
TOWN BOARD MEETING:
In light of the current COVID-19 public health crisis and social gathering restrictions, the next meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th at 10am. Residents can view and listen to the meeting by utilizing the livestream feature on the Town's website, www.oysterbaytown.com.
FOOD DRIVE DONATIONS:
The Town has partnered with Long Island Cares in a food drive to benefit those impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The drive will begin Monday, May 4th, with drop off locations available at Town Hall North, Town Hall South and the Town's Public Works Facility. All locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
RAYNHAM HALL MUSEUM OFFERS VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO STUDENTS:
Raynham Hall Museum is known for stories of Robert Townsend''s daring exploits as a member of George Washington''s Culper Spy Ring, and of life in Oyster Bay during the Revolutionary War. When schools closed on March 16th because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum decided to offer its renowned field trips to schools online. This experience is free to schools, to help educators with new distance learning options. The program has been enjoyed by grades as young as 4th up to the 11th grade, and is also available to libraries. Educators seeking more information about the virtual field trips should contact Claire Bellerjeau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1st:
With so many hardships during this public health crisis, Receiver of Taxes Jeffrey Pravato, the Town Board and I urged Governor Cuomo to delay the May 11th deadline for school property tax payments in Nassau County. The Governor has agreed to do so. The new deadline is June 1st for residents to pay their school taxes without penalty. In regard to payment, property owners can now 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). The office is not open for payments in-person. Checks are payable to Jeffrey P. Pravato, Receiver of Taxes, and mailed to 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Residents should be reminded to include their Section, Lot and Block on the check.
MARINAS, BOAT RAMPS & GOLF COURSE:
New York State has authorized marinas and boat ramps to reopen. The State has reopened its golf courses, including the courses at Bethpage State Park. The Town's Golf Course and Driving Range in Woodbury reopened on Friday, April 24th without the use of golf carts. The course is open Tuesdays - Sundays, with the first tee time at 7am and last tee time at 3:56pm. Twilight golf takes place Tuesdays - Sundays, from 4pm to 5pm. Both golfers and boaters must obey strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. No night fishing is permitted at TOBAY Beach at this time.
BEACH PARKING PERMITS:
The "Early Sale" of Beach Parking Permits has been suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 health crisis. While beaches are technically scheduled to open on May 23rd, we await further guidance from New York State and health professionals. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Town workers began repairing the shoreline at TOBAY Beach. A great deal of sand has been replenished near the main pavilion and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.
STOP PROGRAM / HOMEOWNER CLEANUP / PAPER SHREDDING:
While the Town of Oyster Bay continues to collect garbage and recycling on normal collection days, the STOP & E-Waste collection event for May 2nd has been cancelled. The next STOP & E-Waste collection is scheduled for June 6th. The Homeowner Cleanup Program and Paper Shredding Program scheduled for Saturday, May 16th will proceed.
HELP AVAILABLE FOR BASIC NEEDS:
The Town of Oyster Bay 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
BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED:
The New York Blood Center is in urgent need of donors, since coronavirus concerns have resulted in critically low blood and platelet appointments across Long Island. They have six centers in Nassau and Suffolk and have safety protocols in place so donors are not exposed to the COVID19. If you are unsure if you can donate, call 1-800-688-0900.
CDC ISSUES NEW GUIDELINES FOR PETS:
The CDC recently announced new guidelines for pet owners after a pair of cats tested positive for COVID-19 in two different parts of New York. According to the CDC, the cats live in two separate areas of New York, and both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. COVID-19 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19. Until more is known, the CDC recommends the following:
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household;
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people;
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals;
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather;
- If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people;
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick;
- Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, being licked, and sharing food or bedding;
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
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.
In line with New York State's direction, Town of Oyster Bay parks remain open for WALKS, JOGGING and BICYCLE RIDES but everyone must stay at least six feet away from one another.
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 by staying 6 feet away from others.
Playgrounds, athletic fields and courts are CLOSED. The following parks are also CLOSED as they are mostly athletic complexes:
Your cooperation will keep the parks open and will increase safety for all. To enforce social distancing guidelines, we have intensified public safety patrols at Town parks and beaches. Please respect our staff as they work to keep you safe.
- Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage
- 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
SANITATION AND RECYCLING:
Sanitation services continue, including solid waste and recyclable collection, and transfer services at the Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex. Please:
TOWN HALL AT HOME - CONTACT US TODAY:
- Bag items to keep our workers safe.
- Hold onto items that should not be thrown into the normal waste stream (paint cans, waste oil, pesticides, aerosol cans, etc.) until a future STOP collection date.
- Dispose of yard waste on your recycling collection day.
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.
TOWN CLERK SERVICES:
The Town Clerks Office has temporarily suspended in-person services. Residents looking to conduct business with the Town Clerk's Office, including parking permits, marriage licenses and death certificates, are encouraged to email email@example.com. Residents are encouraged to download permit/license applications and mail their completed materials for processing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
CRISIS CENTER HOTLINE:
The Long Island Crisis Center's Hotline operates a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week. If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling suicidal, please call (516) 679-1111.
DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE:
During this COVID19 crisis, domestic abuse is on the rise worldwide. Don''t stay silent. The Safe Center of Long Island is a phenomenal resource and organization, offering confidential and cost-free services to victims of child abuse, domestic and dating violence, rape and sexual assault, and human trafficking. Their 24/7 Hotline is (516) 542-0404.
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 email@example.com
TOWN CONTACT INFORMATION:
- Public Safety 24 Hour Hotline, (516) 677-5350, 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
There's an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. This April has certainly lived up to its traditional rainy period, and May flowers will bloom because of the water provided to them. From the beginning of time flowers have symbolized a fresh start, rebirth, strength, faith and love. It is all these wishes that the Town Board and I send to you as we enter the month and look for brighter days, weeks, months and years ahead. May God bless you all, these United States of America, and the Town of Oyster Bay. Stay TOBstrong!