President’s Letter – October 2017
Fall has finally arrived with shorter days and cooler temperatures. The children are back at school and we urge drivers to be extra cautious for the sake of our children.
The Chamber wishes to thank Nick Ammirati (our professional landscaper) for his many years of dedicated service to our community. He was often seen tending the Welcome to Holbrook wall, the CR19 median as well as the 7/11 circle in all sorts of weather. His energy and work ethic were inspiring to anyone who knew him. No one has ever had more passion and commitment to Holbrook. We sincerely wish him a long, healthy and well-deserved retirement.
Briguglio Landscaping of Holbrook will be following in Nick’s footsteps and will be maintaining our landscaped areas. They are a top-notch company that we always recommend to our members and residents.
Due to the tremendous support of the Holbrook Fire Dept., the Town of Islip and the generosity of our members; this year’s Carnival was quite successful! No, we didn’t make a “boatload of money” as some people may think. We did however make enough to cover our expenses in maintaining the public areas in our community. We may even have enough to purchase additional holiday decorations!
The Chamber is very hopeful that a long negotiated, multi government level funding mechanism has been created to finally continue the installation of decorative period lighting along Union Ave. Funding was secured by State Assemblyman Al Graf and County Legislator Tom Muratore along with a financial commitment from Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley.
Additional NYS funding was secured by Assemblyman Al Graf to widen and install curbing along Railroad Ave. with the cooperation of the Town of Islip. This will maintain the integrity of the roadway and provide a safer roadway for our motorists.
On a more disturbing note, negotiations with the owner of the Tag Beverage center for improving the NW corner of Furrows Rd and Main St. have fallen apart. The Chamber had secured municipal funding to relocate the existing utility poles out of the roadway, install curbing, sidewalks and drainage along the entire road frontage of the property. The only expense for the property owner was the dedication of 2-3 ft of road frontage along Furrows Rd for pole relocation. Supposedly the property was in contract to be sold when the facade of the former meat store caved in. After over 10 years of negotiating with this owner our patience has worn thin. Eminent domain proceedings are being investigated since the current pole location is a vehicular hazard and this corner is in very dire need of major infrastructure repair.
The Chamber will also be meeting with Suffolk County Economic Development later this month to review future county plans for multimodal transportation and the development of the Ronkonkoma Hub. Holbrook sits at the crossroads of these projects and we will be looking to maximize any potential benefits for our community. We have always believed that “if you weren’t sitting at the table – you were most likely on the menu”.
In cooperation with County Legislator Bill Lindsay, the Chamber will be hosting our Fall clean up on 10/14. We will meet at Seneca Middle School at 8:30am (weather permitting). This event provides an excellent opportunity for our Sachem students to earn community service credits. Please contact Legislator Lindsay’s office at 631-854-9611 for any information.