NEW YORK – The Welcome to Bayport signs, crafted by the Great South Bay Sign Company of Bayport, provided a warm welcome to residents and visitors of the quaint South Shore community until they were unfortunately destroyed in acts of vandalism in 2016.
The late Suffolk County Presiding Officer, William J. Lindsay, sponsored the installation of the signs upon being elected in 2001 by securing a County community support grant, which are now defunct, to do so. After receiving many calls from residents and business owners and through discussions with the Bayport Civic Association and the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce, current Legislator Bill Lindsay sought to find a funding source to replace the signs. Fortunately, he didn’t have to look far, as small business owners, Ben and Hank Brinkmann of Brinkmann’s Hardware stepped up and graciously donated the full cost to fix and install the signs.
At last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Bayport Civic Association, Ben and Hank Brinkmann were honored by Lindsay and his partners in government, Islip Town Councilwoman Kate Mullen and Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley, for their generous donation to the community. Lenore Ringer-Prezioso and Bob Draffin, Presidents of the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce and Bayport Civic Association, respectfully, offered their sincere appreciation for the Brinkmann’s efforts.
The Brinkmann’s involvement with the community has always gone far beyond employing residents and providing excellent customer service. Since the opening of the first Brinkmann’s Hardware store in Sayville in 1976, they have expanded to Blue Point, Holbrook and Miller Place, yet despite their incredible success they have remained committed to their roots of fostering community development and enhancing neighborhoods.
Lindsay stated, “Certain small aspects help to highlight a community and provide a charming touch to the neighborhood. Ben and Hank understand that fully and I thank them for their generous donation to help preserve the culture of our community.
Now with the funding in place, the signs will be installed in the coming weeks.
Pictured Above From Left To Right: Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce President Lenore Ringer Prezioso, Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay, Co-Owner of Brinkman’s Hardware Ben Brinkmann, Islip Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen, Co-Owner of Brinkmann’s Hardware Hank Brinkmann, Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley and Bayport Civic Association President Bob Draffin. Press Release by Brian Sapp. Press Release Made Available by the Office of Suffolk County Legislator William J. Lindsay III.
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