About Us

The Council works closely with the Town of Islip to promote Central Islip and help market homes built and rehabbed by the Town.

Making Central Islip a better place

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for all.


Empowering residents to build strong and sustainable communities.

Our Programs

Over the years, the Council has purchased and rehabbed more than 19 homes for resale to lower-income buyers or a rental for low-income tenants; and the constructed 10 new affordable homes for 1st time, lower-income buyers, with 1 home recently sold in 2017. The Council restored the historic 5 acres of Heines Homestead in downtown Central Islip for our community. We founded the Central Islip Historic Preservation Society, the Central Islip Islandia Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Islip Main Street Alliance. We coordinate downtown improvement efforts for our community and handle many code enforcement and crime control complaints. Our food pantry serves over 4000 needy people annually. We also implement school programs, youth programs, and community workshops, foreclosure intervention and financial literacy counseling programs, home safety, home buying process, and energy conservation.

Our History

The Central Islip Civic Council was established in 1966 and incorporated as a not-for-profit agency in 1980. The Central Islip Civic Council began as a coalition of neighborhood civic associations and originally our emphasis was on normal civic concerns such as traffic, zoning, and street lighting. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Council worked closely with the Town of Islip to promote Central Islip and to help market homes that were built and rehabbed by the Town. The Council volunteers worked closely with the Town to make the suburban homesteading plan a big success. In the early 1980s, the Central Islip Civic Council was certified as a Neighborhood Preservation Company under the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The funding allowed the Council to be a staffed agency and to greatly expand our housing and community renewal work. It also gave us the ability to secure over one billion dollars in the last 15 years in other grant monies for our Central Islip community. The Central Islip Civic Council has been at the forefront of housing, planning, and revitalization efforts for our community since our incorporation in 1980.

Our Dedicated Team

Board of Directors

Nancy Vargas-Johnson


Cornella Brewington-Johnson

Vice President

Carol Meyers

Acting Treasurer

Carla Simpson


Board Members

Joseph Fritz
William Kuhlman
Isabelle Mitchell
Beverly Rivera-Drummond


Joan Minniti

Executive Director

Judy LaVergne-Christy

Financial Controller

Nancy Manfredonia

Special Projects Coordinator

Lola Harvey

HUD Certified Housing Counselor

Estela Barros

HUD Certified Housing Counselor
(Spanish speaking)

Reggie Burke


Theodore Musgrove


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