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Posted on: June 26, 2019

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Smithtown Senior Citizens Department Acquires New Minivan to Assist Residents with Disabilities with Day to Day Travel

The Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department has acquired a new minivan to use as a transportation service for those with disabilities who have no other means of transportation. This new minivan, plus the existing bus, is available to serve residents in the township with disabilities who are over the age of 18.

“This service will immediately enhance the quality of life for Smithtown residents living with disabilities. Think about the average Long Islander, living in a suburban home… We rely on our automobiles to take us everywhere. Thanks to this service, all of Smithtown's adults living with disabilities will have the same means.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim 

The Senior Citizens Department currently provides low-cost transportation to seniors over the age of 60 for essential services like doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and bank visits. The addition of a disabilities minivan will help individuals over the age of 18 to live more independently. The vehicle is intended to make travel to essential services more flexible in transporting residents within the township.  

“Transportation can be one of the biggest obstacles for individuals living with disabilities. We do not want any of our residents to feel like they are cut off from the community. This indispensable service provides accessibility and mobility to all our citizens living with disabilities.” - Councilwoman Lynne Nowick

Residents who wish to utilize this resource are encouraged to contact Michelle Musso at the Office for People with Disabilities at 631-360-7642 at least one week in advance of the requested transportation date. The service operates Mondays through Fridays, excluding town holidays. Regular operating hours are 9AM-3:30PM, while summer operating hours are 9AM - 2:30PM. 

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