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Failing Grade

Islip Board fails to provide safe road conditions

The first Nor’easter of 2013 delivered as expected, dumping two to three feet of snow in some areas between West Sayville and Blue Point.

But from residents’ feedback it appears that Islip Town isn’t delivering when it comes to clearing streets despite the fact that as of Saturday afternoon Islip Supervisor Tom Croci stated the town was making "good headway" in getting roads cleared and that about 35% of town roads have been plowed.

Yet not one Patch readers has stated the town is doing a good or even a decent job responding to the storm, and many are wondering why and what happened.

“These newly elected officials knew how to win an election, but they do not know how to run the town,” wrote Ed Horcrantz. “Remember in November,” he wrote on a Patch article.

Jim Keeley described the snow removal as “terrible,” and reader Sean Gregg wondered what was going on in the Bayport-Blue Point areas.

“What happened to Montauk Highway in Bayport/Blue Point? Never saw the road like that before, why did everything ice over so badly,” he asked.

Many residents report not seeing a plow or sander hitting Middle Road after one initial sweep and many side streets not plowed or passable even by late afternoon Sunday.

“Too many streets to list... shouldn't be this way....someone dropped the ball here,” wrote Andrea Gallo DiLoreto.