President’s Letter – May 2019

Greetings Once Again,

Is it spring yet? Patiently we wait for the seasonably warmer weather that promises to reach us with the lovely month of May. As we gear up to celebrate Mother’s Day and host our annual Memorial Day parade in honor of our fallen heroes from the military, the sun and warmth shall be a welcome sight.

Last month, I mentioned that the re-visioning study for Main Street & Union Ave. was nearing completion. The chamber has received the final version from the RPA along with Legislator Lindsay, Assemblyman Smith, both townships and I personally hand delivered a copy to our Congressman Lee Zeldin as well.

All of the aforementioned government officials & municipalities will play a role in developing and bringing this proposal to fruition. The chamber will be going out and meeting with the different civic groups and HOA’s to both advise and obtain their input on the proposed project. A public viewing and comment forum shall be hosted at the Sachem Library in the near future and most certainly before anything moves forward. The chamber will be certain to notify all of our members, local civics and post on our website and Face book page once we have a date/time.

Of course, we will continue to follow-up with Legislator Lindsay & the County regarding the future installation of sewers within the Union Ave and Main Street corridors. This proposal is purely contingent upon the community’s ability to obtain a sewer connection and run lines down to the northern Holbrook Business District. Next month, we will ask our chamber VP and land-use expert Kevin Guilfoyle to provide another update on the proposal’s status within the (Vice) President’s June Column. This can be found in both the Holbrook edition of the Our Place Newspaper and or

The chamber would like to extend a very large thank you to both Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Commissioner of Public Works Tom Owens for their immediate response to a number of issues along Furrows Rd. both in front and adjacent to our long-time chamber members over at the Colony.  Within a day of the chamber speaking with the Town, a highway crew was on Furrows Rd. making fence repairs and cleaning the verge area along the southern fence line from Devon Rd. to Colony Drive. This has been a blighted area for a long time and in much need of some TLC. Additionally, the Town is addressing an on-going flood issue at the Colony gateway. A special thanks to Colony HOA Board Member Fran Maccarone for bringing this to our attention and advising the Town on all of the specifics.

It’s comforting to know and realize the relationship the chamber has developed with all levels of government over the many years. The response from Islip on behalf of our Colony neighbors reminds me of that old 80’s song from Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder…”That’s What Friends Are For”…The chamber truly considers the Town of Islip as our good friends and collaborators on making Holbrook a better place!

In closing, please do not forget to join the chamber at 11 AM on Memorial Day as we host our annual parade culminating with a ceremony at the Alex DiGuardia Memorial on Grundy Ave. Happy Mother’s Day to those special ladies in our lives…don’t forget to check the chamber member listing pages in this month’s Our Place or on to book your Mother’s Day reservations with any of our fine member restaurants. Last but not least, congratulations to all of our college graduates…job well done!!!

All the Best Always,

Rick Ammirati

President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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