NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Islandia will hold a special public meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Road, Islandia, New York 11749.
You may have read the article in Newsday or saw on News 12 the Suffolk County Legislature’s vote on Pal-O-Mine Equestrian. I am writing to provide you with additional information about the Village’s litigation with Pal-O-Mine concerning the organization’s expansion into residentially zoned property that was erroneously designated by the County Legislature as “agricultural.” Since the organization has been misrepresenting the facts of this litigation and three court decisions have held that Suffolk County has not been following the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), I feel it is necessary to set the facts straight in this matter.
Contrary to what was reported, the vote by the County Legislature on June 22 solely concerned whether one of several residentially zoned properties that have been acquired by the horse farm’s owner should be recommended for inclusion in an agricultural district, not whether the horse farm should be permitted to continue to operate. In addition, the Village never said it was taking eminent domain actions against the Pal-O-Mine properties. Here are the facts:
The Village has taken no action against the property where the “horse farm” is located. Rather, the Village’s positions and litigations concern other properties acquired and owned by Pal-O-Mine in the surrounding residential neighborhood.
The New York State Supreme Court’s determinations confirm that the uses at these other properties violate the provisions of the Village Code. Meanwhile, throughout the four years of these litigations, Pal-O-Mine has done nothing to seek to legalize these uses. Instead, it has sought to evade compliance with Village Code requirements.
The Court agreed with the Village, finding that the purported “agricultural” use of these residential properties is not permitted by the Village Code and is, thus, unlawful. It further held that the determinations of Suffolk County to nonetheless recommend certification of the properties for “agricultural” use were issued in violation of SEQRA. As a result, the Court declared the County’s associated resolutions null and void and vacated them.
The Village issued notices of violation regarding these properties back in October 2020. Pal-O-Mine did not take action to cure the violations; rather, it simply ignored them. Seven months later, with no response from Pal-O-Mine, the Village issued court summonses to the organization.
Pal-O-Mine has had more than enough time to seek to legalize its unlawful uses of the subject properties, and it only has itself to blame for its failure and refusal to do so in the interim. That it is now seeking to “litigate” its position in the newspapers and TV stations without attending to its own legal obligations, as every other citizen is required to do, while pretending that the Court’s rulings do not exist, is disappointing and disingenuous.
It’s unfortunate that Pal-O-Mine would characterize the Village’s enforcement actions with respect to its repeated violations of the Village Code and disregard for environmental laws as a vendetta. I hope this letter provides you with a clearer explanation of the Village’s position on this matter and has provided insight into the County’s actions. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 631-348-1133 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 31, Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, celebrated the grand opening of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) new facility at 145 Sycamore Avenue. The organization relocated from its previous facility at 85-H Hoffman Lane and moved into its new location in March. Mayor Dorman joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the event and took a tour of the new facility.
The 13,800-square-foot building houses 70 employees and features conference rooms, a call center, individual offices and a warehouse. The employees comprise of case managers, directors, and warehouse personnel.
The organization relocated in order to take advantage of the economic conditions in the commercial real estate market. Before fulfilling its lease obligation at the Hoffman Lane facility, BBBSLI was able to secure the new location and purchase the building. Future plans for the building include the installation of solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint in the village.
The building also placed clothing bins on its property. Each week, the organization processes 220,000 pounds of donated clothing collected from the bins and local households via their door-to-door pickup service. The Donation Center, in partnership with SAVERS, generates income for the agency’s mentoring program. SAVERS, a national thrift store chain with locations in West Hempstead, Holbrook and Medford, purchases and sells the donated clothing collected by BBBSLI.
BBBSLI, a non-profit organization, provides volunteer mentors, or “Bigs,” to children in need of an additional positive, caring adult in their lives. These mentors give the support and guidance needed to keep a child on the right path toward promise and possibility.
This adds to a growing list of businesses coming to Islandia. This year, village officials celebrated the grand re-openings of Sunoco and Bolla Food Market on Motor Parkway and Postal Connections on Veterans Memorial Highway. On August 11, the village also celebrated the grand openings of four companies at 1930 Veterans Memorial Highway: The Law Offices of Sharon L. Silver, Esq., North Shore Mediation Center, Franklin First Financial’s Application Center and Universal Wellness Center.