Play Ball! Village of Islandia Officially Opens First Responders Recreational Ball Field

Allan M. Dorman (left), Mayor, Village of Islandia, is joined by Michael Zaleski (third from left), Deputy Mayor, Village of Islandia and Second Assistant Chief, Central Islip Fire Department, and members of Suffolk County Boy Scout Troop #272 in Ronkonkoma as they place a wreath at the memorial at First Responders Recreational Ball Field at a special ceremony on June 2.
Allan M. Dorman (left), Mayor, Village of Islandia, is joined by Michael Zaleski (third from left), Deputy Mayor, Village of Islandia and Second Assistant Chief, Central Islip Fire Department, and members of Suffolk County Boy Scout Troop #272 in Ronkonkoma as they place a wreath at the memorial at First Responders Recreational Ball Field at a special ceremony on June 2.
Allan M. Dorman (right), Mayor, Village of Islandia, watches Collin throw out the first pitch to commemorate the grand opening of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field on June 2. Also pictured (left to right): Denise Schrage, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Village of Islandia; Harry Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Bolla Market; Kamljit Singh; and Chuck Kilroy, Suffolk President and General Manager, Jake’s 58.
Allan M. Dorman (right), Mayor, Village of Islandia, watches Collin throw out the first pitch to commemorate the grand opening of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field on June 2. Also pictured (left to right): Denise Schrage, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Village of Islandia; Harry Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Bolla Market; Kamljit Singh; and Chuck Kilroy, Suffolk President and General Manager, Jake’s 58.

On June 2, the Village of Islandia held its grand opening of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field, just in time for the summer. Mayor Allan Dorman and village officials were joined by local first responders, firefighters, and police officers; representatives from Delaware North and the Bolla Foundation; local war veterans and elected officials for this special event.

The ceremony began with the unveiling and dedication of the memorial honoring local responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Mayor Dorman then led the dedication of the ball field and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

In addition to a state-of-the-art ball field and concession stand and memorial, the park also includes a walking path with exercise stations. Local businesses provided more than $2.5 million to make this project a reality, including Delaware North (the operator of Jake’s 58), the Bolla Foundation and Breslin Realty.

“We are proud to open the First Responders Recreational Ball Field to the residents,” Mayor Dorman said. “It is truly an honor to dedicate this park in the memory of our brave first responders. I foresee the park becoming the focal point of our village, where we will be able to come together as a community and enjoy an enhanced quality of life that living in a village provides.”


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Islandia Village Breaks Ground on the First Responders Recreational Ball Field

Mayor Allan M. Dorman (third from left), Village of Islandia, is joined by dignitaries, local elected officials and first responders for the groundbreaking of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field on June 7. Also pictured (l-r): Michael Zaleski, Deputy Mayor, Village of Islandia and Chief, Central Islip Fire Department; Brian Hansberry, President, Gaming Division, Delaware North; Harry Singh, President/CEO, Bolla Market; Salvatore Vitale, Senior Property Manager, Breslin Realty; and Thomas Muratore, Suffolk County Legislator.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman (third from left), Village of Islandia, is joined by dignitaries, local elected officials and first responders for the groundbreaking of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field on June 7. Also pictured (l-r): Michael Zaleski, Deputy Mayor, Village of Islandia and Chief, Central Islip Fire Department; Brian Hansberry, President, Gaming Division, Delaware North; Harry Singh, President/CEO, Bolla Market; Salvatore Vitale, Senior Property Manager, Breslin Realty; and Thomas Muratore, Suffolk County Legislator.

On June 7, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, Village of Islandia, joined Islandia Village Trustees, local elected officials and representatives of Delaware North, Bolla Market and Breslin Realty in the groundbreaking of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field.

The First Responders Recreational Ball Field will feature a state-of-the-art ball field for youth and community baseball and softball games. The redeveloped park will also include a concession stand, restrooms, a playground and an exercise path around the perimeter of the park with 10 different exercise stations.

Delaware North, operator of the new Jake’s 58 in Islandia, provided $1.53 million for the completion of the construction and the development of the ball field as part of its Taxpayer Relief Agreement with the village. Bolla Market contributed $500,000 for construction of the restrooms, a storage area and a concession stand. Breslin Realty had also donated $100,000 for the development of the ball field.

In 2014, the park, formerly known as Old Nichols Road Park, was acquired by the village from the Town of Islip with the help of then-Town Supervisor Tom Croci, for the purpose of developing a ball field on an underutilized, dilapidated property.

The acquisition was made possible through the assistance of then-New York State Senator Lee Zeldin and New York State Assemblyman Al Graf, who introduced legislation the previous year to authorize the transfer of ownership of the seven-acre park to the village at no cost. On June 17, 2013, the state Senate passed the bill; four days later, it was approved by the Assembly. On October 21, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.

“We wish to thank Delaware North, Bolla Market and Breslin Realty for their financial assistance on making this neighborhood baseball field become a reality,” Mayor Dorman said. “The park promises to be a place where members of our community will come together to spend time with their children and enjoy the outdoors. It will have the potential to become the focal point of our community, where we will be able to enjoy and improve upon our quality of life that living in a village affords to us.”

“Delaware North always establishes strong, cooperative relationships with the communities where we operate, so Delaware North and Jake’s 58 are proud to have established a strong relationship with the Village of Islandia and appreciate the village’s support,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming division.


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Village of Islandia Completes Acquisition of Old Nichols Road Park from Town of Islip

Will Be Renamed Village of Islandia First Responders Memorial Recreational Field Plans to Enhance Field Calls for New Baseball Diamond with Dugouts

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (second from left) and New York State Assemblyman Al Graf (third from left) hold up a rendering of the Village of Islandia First Responders Memorial Recreational Field while Mayor Allan M. Dorman (third from right), Village of Islandia, displays a certificate from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office which grants ownership of the ball field to the village. Also pictured (l-r): Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore and Islandia Village Trustees Michael Zaleski and Patty Peters.
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (second from left) and New York State Assemblyman Al Graf (third from left) hold up a rendering of the Village of Islandia First Responders Memorial Recreational Field while Mayor Allan M. Dorman (third from right), Village of Islandia, displays a certificate from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office which grants ownership of the ball field to the village. Also pictured (l-r): Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore and Islandia Village Trustees Michael Zaleski and Patty Peters.

On February 14, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, Village of Islandia, was joined by local elected officials to accept ownership of Old Nichols Road Park from the Town of Islip. He received a certificate from the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo giving ownership of the ball field, which will be renamed Village of Islandia First Responders Memorial Recreational Field.

In May 2013, New York State Senator Lee Zeldin and Assemblyman Al Graf co-sponsored legislation authorizing the Town of Islip to transfer ownership of the seven-acre Old Nichols Road Park to the village. The bill gives the village sole proprietorship of the ball field at no cost and provides the village residents with more recreational opportunities. The bill passed the Senate on June 17, 2013 and the Assembly four days later. It was then signed into law by Governor Cuomo on October 21, 2013.

The ball field will be renamed the Village of Islandia First Responders Memorial Recreational Field in honor of the memory of five first responders from Islandia who were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Upon acquisition of the property, the Village of Islandia will construct a second baseball diamond on the field, complete with dugouts. Local businesses will help with the building of the ball field and will be asked to help maintain it once construction is completed.

“I wish to thank Assemblyman Graf, Senator Zeldin and the Town of Islip board members and its Parks and Recreation Department for this generous donation to the village,” Mayor Dorman said. “This ball field will provide our residents greater access to more recreational activities being offered by our village. We are also looking forward to the local business community providing its assistance in maintaining the pristine conditions of our ball fields.”

Mayor Allan M. Dorman Participates in Groundbreaking of Veterans Way Subdivision

Mayor Allan M. Dorman (right) breaks ground with a ceremonial shovel at the proposed Veterans Way subdivision on May 23. He is joined by (left to right): Adam Famularo, General Manager, Cloud Computing Business, CA Technologies; Edgar Goodale, Chairman, and Tom Datre, President, Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman (right) breaks ground with a ceremonial shovel at the proposed Veterans Way subdivision on May 23. He is joined by (left to right): Adam Famularo, General Manager, Cloud Computing Business, CA Technologies; Edgar Goodale, Chairman, and Tom Datre, President, Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp.

On May 23, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, a Vietnam War veteran, joined war veterans, local elected officials and representatives of Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp. (LIHBCDC) and CA Technologies in a groundbreaking ceremony for Veterans Way, a subdivision in which six homes will be built off Motor Parkway and made available at low cost to war veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the groundbreaking, Mayor Dorman thanked the veterans in attendance for their service to this country and expressed his gratitude that the first subdivision of its kind is being built in Islandia Village. He also discussed how he worked with other local elected officials and LIHBCDC — the nonprofit arm of the Long Island Builders Institute — to bring this project to Islandia. They also worked with CA Technologies, which graciously donated the 3.5-acre parcel of land for construction of the homes.

The houses will be available to the veterans at a price below market value. In order to be eligible, all veterans who apply must meet certain qualifications and will be selected by a committee of local, county and state commanders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Construction of the houses is scheduled to be completed before Veterans Day.

Mayor Allan M. Dorman Joins Village Officials in Groundbreaking of Village of Islandia Commons

Mayor Allan M. Dorman Joins Village Officials in Groundbreaking of Village of Islandia Commons
Mayor Allan M. Dorman Joins Village Officials in Groundbreaking of Village of Islandia Commons

Site of Former Delicatessen Purchased by Village Will Provide Office and Retail Space, House Suffolk Police and Village Public Safety Unit

On June 30, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, Village of Islandia, joined village officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Village of Islandia Commons. The mayor has announced that the village has purchased the building that was the In & Out Deli, located at the corner of Old Nichols Road and South Bedford Avenue.

Mayor Dorman also announced that the building will be renamed the Village of Islandia Commons. In order to generate revenue, the village will lease out office and retail space to incoming businesses. An artist’s rendition of what the building will look like was available for public view to the residents in attendance. The retail space will be occupied by a flower shop while a local business will move into the office space.

The building will also house Suffolk County Police and the village’s Public Safety Unit in order to increase police presence in the area, since the building has high visibility along the main corridor, and to eliminate blight from the village which attracts criminal activity and drives down property values.

Islandia Village Officially Opens its Community Garden for Seventh Season

Islandia Village Officially Opens its Community Garden for Seventh Season
Islandia Village Officially Opens its Community Garden for Seventh Season

Village residents, board members and employees got together at the village hall grounds to take part in the village’s seventh annual Community Garden planting on May 12. They planted tomatoes, spinach, beans, radishes and peppers in the community garden. The young plants were graciously provided by Borella Nursery. Now, local residents can visit the garden, help take care of the plants and enjoy watching the fruits of their labor grow.

The garden was opened in 2006 as the result of an initiative put forth by Village Mayor Allan Dorman. Mayor Dorman and the village residents are hoping for a bumper crop this year. Residents who participate in the planting not only help beautify the village, but will get a chance to work alongside their neighbors and enjoy each other’s company.


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Islandia Village Officially Opens its Community Garden for Sixth Season

Islandia Village Mayor Allan Dorman (standing, second from left) joins village trustees and local residents in the sixth annual Community Garden Planting on May 7.
Islandia Village Mayor Allan Dorman (standing, second from left) joins village trustees and local residents in the sixth annual Community Garden Planting on May 7.

On May 7, the Village of Islandia held its sixth annual Community Garden Planting on the village hall grounds. Village residents, board members and employees planted tomatoes, spinach, beans, radishes and peppers in the community garden. The young plants were graciously provided by Borella Nursery. Now, local residents can visit the garden, help take care of the plants and enjoy watching the fruits of their labor grow.

The garden was opened in 2006 as the result of an initiative put forth by Village Mayor Allan Dorman. Mayor Dorman and the village residents are hoping for a bumper crop this year. Residents who participate in the planting not only help beautify the village, but will get a chance to work alongside their neighbors and enjoy each other’s company.


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Islandia Village Erects Fence Along Veterans Memorial Highway as Part of Beautification Program

Pictured (left to right): Islandia Village Trustee Patty Peters, Highway Commissioner Tony Church, Deputy Mayor Diane Olk, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, and Trustees Mike Zaleski and Barbara Lacey.
Pictured (left to right): Islandia Village Trustee Patty Peters, Highway Commissioner Tony Church, Deputy Mayor Diane Olk, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, and Trustees Mike Zaleski and Barbara Lacey.

On December 13, 2010, Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, was joined by village employees to show the completion of a 1,500-foot long fence that was constructed alongside Veterans Memorial Highway. This project was two years in the making, and is part of the Village Beautification Plan.

The purpose of the fence is to act as a sound barrier and provide privacy for over 1,000 of the village’s residents. With no State or County funds available for this project, the Village paid for the project itself. The total cost of this project will be just under $200,000. The project demonstrates the flexibility of local government to react in order to address a growing quality-of-life issue.

Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail

Allan M. Dorman (behind podium) addresses those in attendance at a ceremony announcing the creation of a Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail at Lakeland County Park in Islandia.
Allan M. Dorman (behind podium) addresses those in attendance at a ceremony announcing the creation of a Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail at Lakeland County Park in Islandia. Pictured (left to right): Tim Scherer, Gold Star Father; Dawn Esposito, Gold Star Mother; Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi; Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy; Terry Willwerth, Gold Star Father; Joe Montuori, Commissioner, Suffolk County Parks Department; Tom Ronayne, Director, Suffolk County Veterans Services (background); and Michele McNaughton, Gold Star Mother.

On November 10, Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, local elected officials, war veterans and Gold Star parents in a ceremony at Lakeland County Park in Islandia in which Mr. Levy announced, in commemoration of Veterans Day, he will introduce legislation to establish a Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail at the park. The Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail is the first county memorial dedicated to Suffolk’s Purple Heart recipients.

Lakeland County Park was chosen to host the first Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail because of its handicap accessibility, which allows all of Suffolk’s veterans the greatest accessibility in visiting the park.

“I consider it an honor for the county executive to establish a Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail at this park here in Islandia,” said Mayor Dorman, a Vietnam War veteran. “This trail is a perfect way to honor those who served during wartime, especially some of our village residents who also happen to be veterans.”

“The men and women who have given their life for our country, those who have served and survived — all those who have worn the uniform honorably in defense of our nation — are remembered here today,” said Levy. “We extend today a special recognition to those Suffolk residents who have received the military honor of the Purple Heart and will forever remember them through this Suffolk County Purple Heart Trail.”

After the ceremony, Mayor Dorman joined in the unveiling of the flag with the phrase “Honor and Remember.” The flag was designed by George Lutz, a Gold Star Father whose son was killed in action in 2002.

Dog Waste Stations

Dog Waste StationsI am asking everyone in our Village who owns a dog to help us in “Keeping Islandia Clean”. In the interest of helping everyone, we have installed special Dog Waste Stations for your convenience. If you haven’t seen them, please look by the front of the sumps and near sidewalks. They will not be installed in front of anyone’s home.

The waste stations are supplied with small bags and a receptacle to put the pet waste in. Each Station will be cleaned out every Monday and Friday by the Village. This will help our pet owners, and will also provide a cleaner path for our residents to walk freely.

It would be a good idea for all pet owners to plan their walking routine daily. If you are walking your pet and you don’t carry something with you to pick up the waste, you can plan your walk to include a walk by a Village of Islandia Dog Waste Station. I believe this will help to keep the sidewalks and streets clean from pet waste.

Picking up after your pet is not only the right thing to do, it’s the Law. Fines range from $200.00 and up. So please join me in ”Keeping Islandia Clean” and protecting our property values. Our Dog Waste Stations are designed to make life a little easier for all of us. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Allan M Dorman
Mayor