Monday, March 30, 2009
Main Street Helps to Bring Sidewalk Cleaner to the Hamlet of Oyster Bay
Supervisor Venditto and Town of Oyster Bay Officials accept check from Main Street Association Board Member John Bonifacio and Executive Director Isaac Kremer.
Oyster Bay is a lot cleaner now, thanks to efforts of community leaders to raise funds needed to purchase a sidewalk sweeper for downtown Oyster Bay.
The Allianz Mad Vac Model 101 is a four-wheeled, front-wheel drive machine with road lighting package and extension hose. Operators from the Town of Oyster Bay who have used the machine have commented on its enhanced maneuverability, compared with the larger street sweepers frequently used.
The effort to raise funds started with a $25,000 New York State grant secured by Senator Carl L. Marcellino in the fall of 2007. This was followed by an additional NYS grant of $7,500 secured by Senator Marcellino, and a $4,000 NYS grant secured by Assemblyman Walker.
The combined $36,500 was given to the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and then turned over to the Town of Oyster Bay to make the purchase.
The Town of Oyster Bay acted in the fall of 2008 and appropriated additional funds to go towards the acquisition costs. When added to the New York State grant dollars, this allowed for purchase of the equipment.
The equipment is now officially owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, which has assumed responsibility for its operation and maintenance.
Oyster Bay Main Street Association President Ellen Roché, speaking of the new equipment, said “this will greatly enhance our ability to make the Hamlet a clean, welcoming, and inviting place.”
Main Street Association Vice-President and Organization Committee Chair, John Bonifacio, further commented, “a clean downtown helps us to attract businesses, residents, and consumers who are so essential to the success of all of us in Oyster Bay.”
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association was started in 1999 with the mission “to create and promote a healthy economy and an attractive hamlet, while maintaining historic character and integrity.” Projects the organization have completed include sign and façade improvements, public space improvements including resurfacing of two parking lots, and helping to promote sites and attractions in the historic Hamlet of Oyster Bay.
For more information or to become a member of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, please visit www.oysterbaymainstreet.org or call (516) 922-6982.