Commemorating the 335th Anniversary of the Town of Islip, New York

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Senate Resolution No. 2109

BY: Senator BOYLE

COMMEMORATING the 335th Anniversary of the Town of
Islip, New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and
commemorate the distinguished histories of the communities which
comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the
335th Anniversary of the Town of Islip, New York, to be recognized with
a myriad of events, kicking off with a 335th Birthday Celebration and
Cupola Lighting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, followed by Living
History Day at the Islip Grange on Saturday, June 8, 2019; festivities
will culminate in December of 2019 with a time capsule event to be held;

WHEREAS, On November 29, 1683, William Nicoll became the first
patentee of Islip when he purchased land from Sachem (Chief)
Winnequaheagh of Connetquot; he named his 50,000-acre plantation Islip
Grange, in honor of the town from which he emigrated: Islip, England;

WHEREAS, The original settlement encompassed Bayport, Bohemia,
Brentwood, Central Islip, East Islip, Great River, Hauppauge, Holbrook,
Holtsville, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, Sayville, West Sayville, and part of
Ronkonkoma; part of this original domain is now the site of Heckscher
State Park; and

WHEREAS, In 1710, the precinct (or district) of Islip was
established and in 1720, the first elections were held for the posts of
supervisor, constable, collector and two assessors; the Town Clerks
entry for the first Tuesday of April 1790, marked the first in which
Islip was referred to as a "town"; and

WHEREAS, Some early settlers made their living raising grain and
beef, but Islip's proximity to the water made fishing and shipping the
principal way of life; Jacob Ockers, whose Oakdale home on Montauk
Highway is the only town-owned structure listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, was known as the Oyster King at the turn of the
century; and

WHEREAS, A Dutch immigrant, Jacob Ockers parlayed his limited
fishing experience into a world renowned industry; by 1900 his Blue
Point Oyster Company shipped as many as 100,000 barrels of oysters a
year all over the world; and

WHEREAS, In 1908, New York State passed a law forbidding any oysters
to be called Bluepoints unless they came from the Great South Bay; the
dam and oyster industry employed 500 boats and 1,100 men locally, and
oyster shells were used to pave town streets until around 1915; and

WHEREAS, The Great South Bay also attracted wealthy tourists from
New York City who built mansions, lodges and country clubs for their
vacationing pleasure, several of which still stand today; Islip's oldest

deeded home, and site of an overnight stay by George Washington, is
Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore; and

WHEREAS, William Nicoll had St. John's Episcopal Church in Oakdale
built in 1765, so early settlers and Native Americans who had become
Christians had a place to worship; it remains the oldest church still in
active use on the South Shore; and

WHEREAS, William K. Vanderbilt's estate is the former site of
Dowling College in Oakdale, and the estate of Commodore Bourne, a
founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, is the former site of St.
John's University; and

WHEREAS, The original South Side Sportsmen's Club lodge still stands
amid the beautiful grounds of Connetquot River State Park Preserve; this
stately and important architectural structure is said to be what first
attracted many of the noted personalities to the area; and

WHEREAS, Over the course of Islip's heritage, it has changed from a
subsistence farming economy in the early years, to a bustling fishing
and tourism area in the 19th and 20th centuries, to the "bedroom
community" of the post-World War II years, to its status today as the
third largest town in the State of New York, where industry and
community provide a great place for its more than 300,000 residents to
live, work and play; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of the Town of Islip's rich history and
enduring contribution to the State of New York, this Legislative Body is
proud to pay tribute to this spirited town upon the occasion of its
335th Anniversary; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 335th Anniversary of the Town of Islip, New York; and be
it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Town of Islip.


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