Bike Sharing Rolling Into Patchogue This Summer 194

Bike sharing is rolling into Patchogue this summer! Boston-based company, Zagster, announced on Wednesday its plan to expand bike sharing to Patchogue and Babylon in August. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Suffolk County Deputy Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning Theresa Ward joined Zagster Sales Director Dave Reed to make the announcement at the Patchogue LIRR Station. Mayor Pontieri took the inaugural ride on the new bikes!

Called Bethpage Ride, the bike share program is sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Zagster runs similar programs in over 100 municipalities, including Rochester and Utica in upstate New York, but this is the first of its kind of Long Island. 

Riders can choose between membership or pay-as-you-go options. A membership allows for unlimited 30-minute rides and cost $10/month or $60/year. Casual cyclists can rent the bikes in 15-minute increments at $1.50 per ride. 

Riders must download Zagster’s app, called “Pace” before they can take a bike for a spin. Like NYC’s Citibike program, bikes can be found at and returned to designated bike banks which will be installed around Patchogue. However, Zagster will add also offer riders the option simply to leave their bikes wherever their ride ends for the next lucky cyclist to find or locate through the app. 

According to Zagster’s Sales Director,  “While with CitiBike the large majority of the technology is in the bike docks, we truly have smart bikes with GPS and other technology right there on the bike with you. It allows us to be much more flexible and convenient for our riders.”

Patchogue plans to install bike banks at several convenient locations, including the LIRR Station, Shorefront Park, and along Main Street between Blue Point and Rider Ave.  “We will be starting in Patchogue and Babylon with over 100 bikes this August, and hopefullymore soon. We feel the county could support up to 400 bikes in the near future.”

Check out’s pictures and video for a first glance at the new bikes, and well as Mayor Pontieri taking them for a spin!

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Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 93

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:


Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 631-451-6950.


Town Partners with Long Island Housing Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing 145

 On August 27th, Brookhaven Town, working in conjunction with the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), conducted a lottery at Brookhaven Town Hall to select 20 applicants who will be provided with an opportunity to purchase new, affordable condominiums at Country Pointe Meadows in Yaphank. These homes are offered for sale to eligible households that earn 80 percent or less of the area median income and will feature two bedrooms and one bath.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said, “I want to thank the Long Island Housing Partnership and Beechwood Yaphank LLC for working with the us to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Brookhaven Town code ensures all housing developments must have at least 10 percent of its units dedicated to providing workforce or affordable housing, and this makes it easier for hard working families to remain on Long Island.”

Pictured left to right are LIHP President and CEO Peter Elkowitz; LIHP Senior Vice President James Britz; Supervisor Edward P. Romaine; Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Housing and Human Services Alison Karppi and LIHP Executive Assistant Linda Mathews.



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