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Last Updated: March 21, 2017
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Imbroto Elected TOB Councilman
The Town of Oyster Bay has elected Republican Louis Imbroto as its newest Councilman. Imbroto, age 33, is a longtime resident of Plainview, and works as an attorney for the Nassau County Medical Center. He was elected by the Town Board to fill the vacancy created when Councilman Joseph Pinto (R-Massapequa Park) was appointed last Tuesday as Town Parks Commissioner, by Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino.
Imbroto has run for office before, challenging NYS Assemblyman Chuck Lavine (D-Glen Cove) in 2012 and 2014, for the 13th Assembly district. Political observers credit Imbroto with running two credible and hard-working campaigns against Lavine, despite the overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage in that district.
Of his new position Imbroto noted, “I'm honored and humbled to have been selected as Oyster Bay’s next Councilman. I'm eager to restore public trust in our government and their pride in the Town of Oyster Bay. As the youngest Councilman, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to town government and give a voice to Oyster Bay's next generation.”
Grant Keeps Ida May Afloat
On Thursday afternoon, March 16th, local politicians, board members and the community joined Ida May Project volunteers at Building J of the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center for a thank you pizza party. The replica construction of the Ida May oyster harvesting boat received a boost from a $173,451.00 grant from the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Though the grant was ‘won’ in 2014, because of the way the grant was structured, the new ‘matching funds’ extend the monies until the end of 2019.
Ida May Project Board member Greg Druhak thanked Brian Foley, Parks Deputy Regional Director, who was instrumental in helping navigate the difficult grant application process, with a ceremonial “Ida May” mug. The rebuilding of the Ida May, is the second project of the Christeen Corp, whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay’s maritime heritage.
Though three separate grant applications were denied, Greg and other board members were not dismayed. With the help of Traci Christian, Grants Administrator, the fourth application was approved. The grant application for the Ida May Project was unique. It wasn’t a building, or land to be preserved, but rather a boat… the preservation of maritime history.
In thanking the volunteers who work on the Ida May, Brian Foley recognized their passion for maritime history, “by rebuilding the Ida May, the volunteers are reconnecting the community with the maritime history on the Long Island coast.”
More funds came to the Ida May Project through the Nassau County’s Motel/Motel tax. Legislator Donald MacKenzie noted, “grants show people in the area that the project is still going on.”
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino was on hand as well for the celebration, and noted that the Ida May construction is one project that the Town is proud to support. “It’s great, a worthy acquisition to the waterfront center.”
Greg Druhak and fellow board member and Centre Island Mayor, Lawrence Schmidlapp, also honored Clint Smith, a long-time volunteer.
“Clint’s dedication and passion for the project are a labor of love,” Greg noted, “The project wouldn’t be where it is today, without his help.”
Built in 1925, the original Ida May was the first oyster dredge built with an engine instead of a sail, and was worked in Oyster Bay Harbor for 75 years. For additional information, or to volunteer, visit their website at: www.idamayproject.org, or call them at (516) 305-9024.