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Mangano Awards Over $1 Million To The Town Of Oyster Bay For Residential & Commercial Rehabilitation, Youth, Senior Citizen & Veteran Programs

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today awarded a $1.2 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Town of Oyster Bay. The grant will fund a variety of projects in the Town including improvements to streets and sidewalks, economic development planning, and residential and commercial rehabilitation. The grant will also help fund a variety of youth and senior citizen programs, including the Boys & Girls Club, Hicksville Teen Council, Visiting Nurses Association and LI Wheelchair Athletic Club. Furthermore, the allocation includes funds for veteran programs, including VFW Post 3211.

County Executive Mangano stated, “The Community Development Block Grant Program is essential to help our communities retain small businesses, make critical infrastructure improvements and promote neighborhood development. These funds will greatly assist the Town of Oyster Bay’s efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and ensure programs for our children, veterans and senior citizens.”

“This Community Block Development grant money is very welcome as it will help move along Town-sponsored projects and programs and provide much-needed funding for some very worthwhile community organizations,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said. “The Town is very grateful to County Executive Mangano for seeing the worthiness of our application and responding so generously. The money will go a long way toward addressing a wide range of unique community development needs.”

Allocations for the Town of Oyster Bay include:

  • $869,800 for prevention of sub-standardization, increase energy efficiency, eliminate code violations, hazardous conditions, removal of architectural barrier for owner occupied homes and S-2 housing;
  • $164,000 for general management, oversight & coordination, budget preparation, vouchers, and claims related exclusively to Community Development Supplies;
  • $40,000 for streetscape improvements including sidewalk replacement, stamped concrete, decorative lighting, curb cuts, trash receptacles and benches in Glen Head and Oyster Bay;
  • $24,000 for general planning and economic development activities including provision of improved housing and/or accessibility to approximately 60 residential units and sustaining economic viability in the Towns four eligible downtown areas;
  • $13,250 for the Hicksville Teen Council, Inc. to be utilized for and ESL and tutoring program to assist 30 elementary school children;
  • $13,250 for YES Community Counseling, Inc. to be utilized to serve 20 individuals and/or families for counseling services for parents of children struggling with behavioral and/or socialization problems;
  • $13,000 for Doubleday Babcock Senior Center, Inc. to be utilized for after-hours programs for members 60 years or older, allowing those who still work or are busy during the day to utilize the gym, computer room and other activities they otherwise would not have access to;
  • $12,000 for BADA to service additional new clients who meet the income requirement for the purpose of alleviating the symptoms of family discord, acting out behaviors and poor academic performances;
  • $12,000 for Boys & Girls Club to be utilized for early intervention to target and make aware of bullying related behavior;
  • $10,000 for Visiting Nurses Association for costs associated with the education and outreach to senior citizens on the effect of cholesterol and their health;
  • $10,000 for Commercial Rehabilitation in Glen Head and Oyster Bay including facades improvements and signage;
  • $8,200 for Grenville Boys & Girls Club to increase their Teen At Risk Program by 11%, which will promote confidence and activities to prevent juvenile delinquency;
  • $5,000 for Beech Brook to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens;
  • $4,000 for LI Wheelchair Club to be utilized to increase the number of clients served and to continue funding the intellectually challenged athletes who suffer from Down Syndrome and Autism;
  • $3,800 for Plainedge Senior Citizens, Inc. to fund activities and outreach to their members;
  • $2,000 for Centro Cultural Hispano de Oyster Bay for costs associated with the education, cultural and civic enrichment activities that focus on families and children being familiarized with local history and civic responsibility;
  • $2,000 for VFW Post 3211 to continue to provide the Breakfast Program for the Oyster Bay Veterans; and
  • $1,500 for Seniors of 355.

The CDBG Program is a Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities related to housing, economic development, commercial revitalization, public services, infrastructure and public facilities. An estimated 90% of CDBG funds are used annually to benefit very low, low and moderate income individuals.