During its October 4 board meeting, the Village of Islandia announced that Victor Montanez III has joined the Village Board as its new Trustee. He replaces Barbara Lacey, who is relocating elsewhere.
A 49-year Village resident, Mr. Montanez has been employed as an Information Technology (IT) specialist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the past 17 years. He also owns his own IT firm, Gemini Total Solutions, based in Islandia. Prior to this, he was a Business Manager and Director for Phibro Animal Health in Fort Lee, New Jersey. His duties included serving as an assistant to the Chief Information Officer and handling domestic and international business matters.
Mr. Montanez is a graduate of Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York, where he earned his Associate of Arts and Science degree in Business. He is currently enrolled at SUNY-Stony Brook as a Business major.
His father, Victor Montanez, Jr., is a member of the Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144. In September, the younger Victor Montanez served as a Guardian for his father during the Honor Flight, in which war veterans are escorted during visits to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.
On November 5, the Village of Islandia held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Mayor Allan M. Dorman, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, was joined by village board members, local war veterans and members of the Lakeland and Hauppauge Fire Departments to honor those who served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
During the ceremony, Mayor Dorman asked those in attendance to remember those local residents who served in the military and have since passed on. He also recognized all the local veterans; groups that were in attendance. An invocation was delivered by Tom Brauner, Chaplain, Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144.
On September 9, the Village of Islandia held a special ceremony at the First Responders Memorial in honor of the memories 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 21st 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 9th to give the residents the opportunity to attend other September 11th memorial ceremonies.
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 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.”