On June 10, Joanne Guerra, a member of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, was recognized by Suffolk County Legislator Trish Bergin for her service to this country as part of Women Veterans Appreciation Day.
This special day was established in 2020 by the Suffolk County Legislature as a way to honor Suffolk’s female war veterans and provide a lifeline to them who may be in need of services. Ms. Guerra was joined by Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, members of VFW Post #12144 and her friends and family for a special ceremony inside Legislator Bergin’s office.
Ms. Guerra is a Supervising Inspector for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). She conducts site safety inspections for the Public Buildings Division focusing on schools and daycare centers.
For eight years, Ms. Guerra served in the U.S. Army. She was deployed in 2009 and 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Human Intelligence Collector. During her time with the Army, she mentored and led soldiers as a Non-Commissioned Officer, participated in over 300 combat patrols and conducted more than 900 interrogations of detainees at a strategic-level detention facility.
On May 28, local elected officials, war veterans, residents and members of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 and the Central Islip Fire Department joined Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, for a special Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. The ceremony honored those who sacrificed their lives for this country.
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Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, joined local elected officials in celebrating the removal from the state’s 2022-23 budget a bill that would allow accessory apartments in communities zoned for single-family use.
On February 17, 2022, Mayor Dorman sent a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul, calling for the apartment accessory bill to be taken out of the budget. “Attempting to include this as part of the budget was a cowardly attempt to shield a liberal housing agenda from the public at large,” he said. “This is the same technique that was used to impose cashless bail on our law-abiding citizens and, so far, it has produced disastrous results.”
After receiving pushback from local elected officials on this matter, Governor Hochul announced that she will not include this bill into next year’s budget. “The governor’s decision is a big win for local municipalities and Home Rule,” Mayor Dorman said. “Had this been included in the budget, our representatives in Albany would have been forced to choose between funding schools and imposing this dangerous housing mandate on local municipalities.”
Despite this decision, this legislation may still come up for a vote in the future. Mayor Dorman said municipal leaders and residents of our state will need to be on guard. “This bill, if enacted, would not only impact the Village’s quality of life, but its utilities, emergency services, school districts, sanitation collection, infrastructure and environment,” he said. “When it comes to making zoning decisions, it should belong to us, not Albany.”
On October 1, representatives from POSCO, a South Korean steel manufacturer, recognized Sal Scarlato, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York, at a special ceremony at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia. Mr. Scarlato was one of 100 Korean War veterans in the United States who were recognized by the company this year for their contributions to the South Korea’s economy and infrastructure.
Mr. Scarlato was presented with his portrait encased in a personalized stainless steel photo frame. The frame symbolizes POSCO’s “sincere gratitude and respect for Korean War veterans that will never rust,” the company said. Over the years, the company has developed deep ties with the local Korean War Veterans Association.
Founded in 1968, POSCO (Pohang Iron & Steel Co, Ltd) is the world’s leading steel-making company with steelworks in Pohang and Gwangyang, South Korea. The company also operates in 52 countries and employs over 29,000 people worldwide.
Commemorates 20 Years Since the Terrorist Attack on America
On September 10, the Village of Islandia held a special ceremony at the First Responders Memorial in honor of the memory of five local first responders who were killed during the September 11, 2001 attacks: Raymond M. Meisenheimer, Peter Brennan, John P. Napolitano. Glen K. Pettit and William J. Mahoney, Jr. This event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman was joined by village elected officials, employees and residents and members of the Col Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in remembering those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
The mayor scheduled the ceremony for the 10th to give the residents the opportunity to attend other September 11th memorial ceremonies throughout Long Island the following day.
The First Responders Memorial was unveiled on June 2, 2018. It features five plaques, one for each of the five local residents who lost their lives that day. Mayor Dorman said this ceremony will continue to be held at the Memorial to remember those who perished that day.
On May 29, the Village of Islandia celebrated the grand reopening of The Islandia Senior Center. Visitors were treated to refreshments and had the opportunity to speak to Allan M. Dorman, the village mayor, and Denise Schrage, Village Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and learn about upcoming events at the facility.
In March 2020, the Senior Center was closed down due to the pandemic. It reopened in July 2020, but only operated during limited hours. The Islandia Senior Center will now be fully open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Senior Center gives the village’s older residents the opportunity to socialize with one another, watch movies, play games, and enjoy other activities.
The Village of Islandia is looking to hire a part-time (10 hours/week) Bus Driver. Candidate is responsible for transporting Village residents to and from doctor’s offices, supermarkets and other points of interest. Must be available mornings and early afternoons and have a clean and valid New York State driver’s license. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 27, in celebrating a safe Easter, the Village of Islandia hosted a socially distanced “Meet the Easter Bunny” event. Residents drove around the Village Hall parking lot and had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, while village employees and volunteers gave out Easter baskets and face masks. Children wearing masks also got the chance to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.