Beginning on Saturday May 23rd, 2020 Long Beach, Short Beach, Kings Park Bluff, Callahans Beach and Hoyt Farm will be open, thoroughly sanitized and operational for Smithtown residents only. The Bathroom facilities will be open and cleaned on a regular basis. Residents should use the beach and Hoyt farm for passive leisure, and not for group contact activities, such as sports (volleyball and football) or loitering in parking lots. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the town will issue updates on the Town Mobile App if any of the beaches reach capacity. Residents can download the Town of Smithtown App via Apple App Store (iPhones) or Google Play (droid phones) for up to the minute news.
BEACH HOURS: 8 AM - Dusk (Approximately 7:30 PM)
HOYT FARM HOURS: 9 AM - Dusk (Approximately 7:30 PM)
SWIMMING: In accordance with the Governor’s executive order, Swimming will not be permitted.
RESIDENTS ONLY: Public Safety will be strictly enforcing Residency requirements, issuing summonses to vehicles not registered in the town of Smithtown or without a Smithtown Town Sticker on the Car.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED: A summons will be issued for the consumption of any alcoholic beverages on town property (Beach, Parking Lot etc)
NO DOGS: Dogs are not permitted at Hoyt Farm or at the Town Beaches, with the exception of the Dog Run area at the Long Beach Lagoon... Just across from the second entryway to Long Beach (across from the canoe/kayak launch).
BEACH CAPACITY: In the event that a beach reaches it’s capacity, the town will issue an update on the Smithtown Mobile App. Residents can download the Town of Smithtown App via Apple App Store (iPhones) or Google Play (droid phones) for up to the minute news.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Residents are asked to observe social distancing guidance and to wear face wear masks in areas where social distancing may not be optimal.
PARKS TO OPEN IN PHASES
Effective Saturday May 30th, 2020 the following parks will be open for passive use:
- Burr-Winkle Park, Commack
- Cy Donnelly Park, Kings Park
- Charles P.Toner/Armory Park, Nesconset
- Gaynor Park, St James
- Moriches Park, St James
ALL OTHER PARKS SET TO OPEN JUNE 13TH, 2020
COVID-19 Town Updates
In an effort to operate as a functional government, based on New York State’s executive orders (to limit our workforce to only essential employees) the town of Smithtown has taken measures to limit in-person services, restricting public access to various departments, and buildings. Arrangements have been implemented to conduct business online, as well as drop off/pick up areas and secure payment options for residents and business owners. Additionally, cleaning crews are thoroughly sanitizing town buildings and grounds on a regular basis.
We have listed important information regarding how to proceed if you are sick, School closures, meeting details and information on conducting business safely for your reference. The town will update the public as information changes on a regular basis.
COVID-19: Testing Information
Testing Site: The “drive-through” novel coronavirus testing center has been set up at Stony Brook University. If you are exhibiting symptoms you can call the hotline to be triaged by a nurse and set up an appointment.
Residents can make appointments by calling: 1-888-364-3065
Currently, there are 2,341 confirmed Coronavirus cases in the Town of Smithtown. Suffolk County Health experts have said that as of present, each confirmed COVID-19 case had been contracted through community spread. As such, parades, events and races have been postponed and it is recommended that residents holding large events (over 10 people) consider rescheduling to a later date. The CDC recommends that in-person events that consist of 10 people or more be canceled or postponed.
New York State executive order requires that restaurants and bars cease in-dining services. The order states that restaurants and bars “shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption” until further notice. Additionally the order requires the closing of gyms, fitness centers, and movie theaters.
Horizons Counseling and Education Center: The staff of Horizons Counseling and Education Center are assisting the public remotely at this time, due to the COVID-19 virus. Clients should call the agency phone number to make arrangements for services.
Smithtown Senior Center: To protect the health and safety of those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, the Town of Smithtown will close the Senior Center until further notice. Residents who come to the Senior Center for lunch and require meals can make arrangements for meal delivery during the building closure. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to operate to homebound seniors. To arrange for your meals to be delivered, (suggested donation $2.50 per meal) please contact the Senior Center at (631)360-7616.
Municipal Services Facility: is now open to the public. Bagged Mulch is expected to resume services in the coming weeks. Please observe social distancing and wear facial masks when visiting MSF, located at 85 Old Northport Road, in Kings Park.
Summer camp: Due to the proactive safety/health measures implemented by NYS and out of an abundance of caution the Town of Smithtown will be postponing summer camp registration. This does not mean we are cancelling summer programs. We will continue to monitor the situation and open registration when deemed safe by NYS guidelines. Stay safe, stay well and we will update you as soon as we have more information. Please check back here, check our online registration page https://apm.activecommunities.com/smithtown/Home or call our office at 631-360-7644 if you have any questions.
Household Hazardous Waste Event: CANCELLED
REMINDER: The Household Hazardous Waste Event scheduled for 4/25/20 has been CANCELLED.
Brush and Leaf Bags: We are asking residents to please refrain from placing bags of leaves and brush on the curbside temporarily. Our workforce at MSF and Highway has been cut back to accommodate state workforce reductions.
Highway Tree Pickup is Prohibited: Cut Down Trees, or stumps are not permitted for Highway Pickup. (Tree Branches neatly bundled, no longer than 6 feet long or five feet high are accepted for pickup.) A summons for a Town Code violation can be issued for cut down trees that are left at the curb as part of any property clearing project, residential or commercial.
Town Meeting Changes/Postponements:
- The Town of Smithtown must suspend in-person public portions of Town Board meetings during the pandemic. Residents wishing to be heard on the record should email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting time. All written public comments will be added to the record. Residents wishing to watch Town meetings can do so via live stream by logging on to www.SmithtownNY.gov.
- Board of Zoning Appeals: Meetings in April will be postponed until a later date
- Planning Board: Meetings in April will be postponed until a later date
LIMITING ACCESS: Public access has been restricted at all town buildings.
It is recommended that residents wishing to visit Town Hall or other official town buildings for permits, services or assistance, please call ahead or attempt to speak with department staff over the phone if possible. Many Smithtown functions can be found and completed online at www.SmithtownNY.gov as opposed to in person. For assistance with online forms, please call (631) 360-7512.
Tax Receiver’s Office
The office is operating with a 50% percent workforce reduction and has implemented a number of protocols to meet social distancing guidelines. When contacting the office please allow for additional time for assistance as we are operating with reduced staffing levels.
Property Tax Payments (deadline June 1, 2020) can be made safely via the following:
ONLINE: Pay from the convenience of home online by credit card, or by e-check via town website.
TELEPHONE payments can be made by calling 1-877-690-3729
MAIL: Payments can easily be made through the mail. Residents who require a receipt, must include the current tax bill. Otherwise, the cancelled check will serve as your receipt. Please include district, section, block, and lot numbers on your check to identify your parcel.
DROP BOX: Residents can securely drop payments in the Tax Reiver drop box located at the front entrance of Smithtown Town Hall.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS:
Our parks and playgrounds remain closed due to large groups not adhering to social distancing. We have an obligation to protect the residents as well as the dedicated first responders and workforce at the front lines during this time of crisis… Responsible residents can still enjoy social distancing at Kings Park Bluff, Sunken Meadow & Long Beach. Please remember each surface is only as clean as the last person who touched it.
LANDING GOLF CLUB: Now open but with restrictions
- Golfers must have a reservedTee time to be permitted to play. No walk ups. Please book in advance.
- Tee times are every 12 minutes (normally eight minutes apart)
- Walking Only: No golf carts will be permitted.
- Only one person is permitted in the Pro Shop at a time. A face mask must be worn to enter the shop.
- Players should avoid touching the flagstick. The cups have been set up so the ball does not go all the way down into the hole so players do not have to touch the cup to retrieve balls.
- Rakes and ball washers have been removed from the course.
Smithtown Marina: In accordance with current guidance from New York State, the Town of Smithtown Marina located at Long Beach will now be open for slip holders to dock their vessel in their respective slip. Owners will be allowed to come to the facility to ensure that their vessel is secure, sole proprietor mechanics will be allowed to work on vessels. There will be no marina services open at this time i.e. gas, ice, etc., no persons will be allowed to congregate and or remain in the marina except for the above outlined provisions.
Winter storage of vessels currently in the Smithtown Marina shall be removed by the owners to prevent conflict with current seasonal slip holders. Should a winter storage vessel need to remain in our marina they will need to do so in accordance with Spring/Summer transient regulations and fee schedules. All Town of Smithtown Boat Ramps remain open at this time.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and necessary on-going social distancing protocols to protect the public, the time for the upcoming completion of the 2020 Tentative Assessment Roll (2020/21 Tax year), has been extended and modified by Executive Order of the Governor until June 1, 2020.
In addition, and as authorized by said Order, and by the Smithtown Town Board, Grievance Day for the 2020 year, has been re-scheduled to June 23, 2020. The Board of Assessment Review will meet to address any complaints and grievances on that date. Social distancing practices will be instituted on that date, but the public is encouraged to submit any complaint or grievance, on the State form RP-524, in advance, via mail, fax (631) 360-1704, email email@example.com, or at the drop box located at 40 Maple Avenue, Smithtown, NY.
Any complaint must be received no later than 5PM on June 23, 2020, or at the Landing Country Club, Landing Avenue, Smithtown, N.Y. by the completion of the Board’s hearing on said date. NO IN-PERSON APPEARANCE IS NECESSARY, provided a written complaint is filed.
Publication of the Assessment Roll will be posted online on the Town’s website (www.smithtownny.gov) for inspection and review. Formal Notice of Completion will be published at later date. Although the Assessor or his designee is typically in attendance with the Tentative Assessment Roll for certain periods for the public to review and ask questions, this will not be possible this year due to social distancing.
All inquiries must be made by mail, e-mail or phone by calling the office @ 631-360-7560. Complaint/Grievance Forms are available by request, or online at NYS Tax & Finance (www.tax.ny.gov), or the Assessor’s home page (www.smithtownny.gov.).
Smithtown Historical Society Hours: The Smithtown Historical Society has cancelled all activities and classes through April. Additionally all historic buildings will be closed for cleaning. The office will be open from 9AM-1PM on weekdays, however it is recommended that residents call or email first. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 631.265.6768 Fax: 631.979.4694
School Districts: All Four School Districts have enacted a mandatory two week closure by executive order from Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th, 2020. The School Districts will continue to monitor the public health situation and reevaluate the rapidly evolving situation on a daily basis. Parents should check each school district’s website for information on online classes, Spring recess and changes to the calendar.
- Commack School District: https://www.commack.k12.ny.us/
- Hauppauge School District: https://www.hauppauge.k12.ny.us/
- Kings Park School District: https://www.kpcsd.k12.ny.us/
- Smithtown School District: http://www.smithtown.k12.ny.us/
The next weeks away from school should not be viewed as a typical vacation. Families should consider restricting travel and avoiding large gatherings.
PLEASE DO NOT HOARD GROCERIES OR SUPPLIES: Long lines at the grocery store or wholesale supply chains will only increase the risk of exposure to you and your family. Additionally, please remember there are many families who are in need of meals and supplies year round. Many of the local food banks, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest are out there on the front lines, ensuring no one is left hungry during this period of social distancing.
- Island Harvest: https://www.islandharvest.org/
- LI Cares: https://www.licares.org/
- Smithtown Food Pantry: Residents wishing to help the food pantry during the COVID-19 pandemic can mail monetary donations or gift cards to Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry: Post Office Box 1663, Smithtown, NY 11787
For up to the minute announcements on cancellations, please download the Town of Smithtown Mobile App.
If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your doctor immediately or 1-888-364-3065 and be vigilant in limiting your exposure to others. It is vital for all residents to continue washing and sanitizing hands frequently. While we understand that residents may be temporarily inconvenienced by these changes, our top priority is ensuring that each member of this community remains safe and healthy during this time.