Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Nassau County and Let All The Children Play Foundation (LATCP) will be hosting Nassau County Inclusion Day on Sunday, September 21st from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Accessible Playground area located in Field 4 in Eisenhower Park. Admission is free so bring the whole family!

Nassau County Inclusion Day is a special day to promote inclusion through sport and play. Activities will include: inclusive sports clinics with Hofstra University’s Athletic Department, a baseball game with the Miracle League; Art Therapy with Hofstra University’s Creative Arts Therapy Program, fitness program with Eric Chessen and Autism Fitness, and concerts performed by the FREE Drum Line Group & The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Singers.

The LATCP Accessible Playground is proudly sponsored by ASTORIA Bank. Benefactor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available, for more information, please contact: Shea Shapiro by phone at: (516) 597-4937 or via email at: Or visit the LATCP website at:

About Let All The Children Play Foundation
Let All The Children Play Foundation (LATCP) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and dignity of all children by developing accessible playgrounds and inclusive recreation programs allowing children with disabilities the opportunity to experience play, side-by-side, with their able-bodied peers. LATCP recognizes the right of everyone to be included through sports and play projects and programs that improve recreational opportunities for all children and young adults within the community. LATCP understands the vital benefits of play and looks to level the playing fields for children of all abilities. Without accessible play, children are denied access to a social circle of peers along with being denied the physical and cognitive benefits that play provides.

About Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park, the jewel of Nassau County’s park system, provides over 930 acres of activities which include a swimming pool and fitness center at the world-class Nassau County Aquatic Center, three 18-hole golf courses, a driving range, mini-golf, multiple athletic fields, playgrounds, including a Let All The Children Play inclusive playground for children with disabilities, a 2-mile fitness trail, basketball and tennis courts and summer entertainment at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. In addition, the Park includes a beautiful Memorial to the Nation’s veterans, as well as a Memorial to Nassau County Firefighters and County residents who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, please call (516) 572-0200, or visit the website at:

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**NY Knicks and Liberty Legends Attended the Festivities**

Roosevelt, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Michael Venditto joined Tuesday with several New York Knicks and Liberty Legends Alums at the official ribbon cutting ceremony of two new basketball courts at Nassau County’s Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park in Roosevelt. The project was also sponsored by Nassau County Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.

The Basketball players – John Starks, John Wallace, Charles Smith and Teresa Weatherspoon– joined the officials for the ceremony.

The park received a complete upgrade thanks to the corporate generosity of Chase and the New York Knicks. Improvements totaling $25,000 included court resurfacing, new backboards and new padding to all the poles.

In addition to the ribbon cutting the New York Knickerbockers and Chase will host a free basketball clinic for 100 boys and girls. Team members will instruct the boys and girls, ranging from 10-15 years old, in various shooting, passing, rebounding and ball handling drills. They will also lead a discussion on the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, hard work, good sportsmanship and positive esteem. There will be shooting contests with free prizes and giveaways for the participants.

Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park is located by the Roosevelt Preserve and incorporates a lake along with numerous recreational activities. These include: two tennis courts; two handball/paddleball courts; two full basketball courts and four half-courts; a baseball field, a three-mile nature trail, two picnic areas, and a new, large playground.

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Mangano Honors Five-Towns Firefighters

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by Peninsula Kiwanis this week, to honor 7 firefighters; two fire companies and members of the 3rd battalion, for their service to the Five Town Community.

The awards presentation took place during the Hewlett Fire Department’s 40th anniversary celebration, at the Inwood VFW on Wednesday Sept 17.

The Nassau County Police Pipe Band played at the “fireman’s night” event as members of the Inwood, Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Meadowmere Park ,Woodmere, Valley Stream and Elmont Fire Departments gathered.

Also in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony were Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg; County Legislators Howard Kopel and Denise Ford; Hempstead Town Councilman Tony Santino and Congressional candidate, Bruce Blakeman.

The honorees were Firefighter Anthony Alfano of Inwood; Captain Michael Beilinson of Lawrence-Cedarhurst; Ex-Chief Ethan Lahey and Ex-Captain Kerri Ahern of Hewlett; Firefighters Richard Jankosky, Jr. and Ray Grawin of Woodmere; the Meadowmere Park and Valley Stream Fire Departments; and Lieutenant  William Jakubowski of Elmont. William suffered a traumatic brain injury while participating in a firematic drill. Fellow firefighters say his recovery process has been long and difficult for himself and his family.

Mangano thanked all attendees for the hard work and dedication they put in to protect Nassau County’s residents, homes and property.

“We gather tonight to honor our brave firefighters who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and consistently risk their own lives to protect our Nassau County residents,” County Executive Mangano said. “Heroism, valor and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication.  Each and every day, firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal:  protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own safety.”

Mangano told those gathered that the training and safety of Nassau’s firefighters and emergency responders were always a top priority for his administration. Despite the severe budget crisis, Mangano said he was able to hold the budget line at the Fire Service Academy, the Fire EMS Academy and with the help of state and federal grants even increased the budget over the previous year.

He was also able to secure funding for several VEEB training initiatives as well as for the purchase of new equipment. Also during Mangano’s tenure, a new state-of-the-art radio communication system was installed; a new Fire Communications facility was constructed; new computer technology and information programs were implemented in the Fire Marshall’s Office; and two Motorola portable radios were given to each fire department for interoperability while one Motorola mobile radio for each fire department ambulance in the county.

Mangano added that he has also been working with the County Fire Marshal to develop a Rehab Unit that will be staffed by the Fire Marshal’s office and be available to all 71 fire departments when needed.

“As you can see, we are working hard to arm our Fire Districts with the tools that they need to keep our residents safe,” Mangano said. “I can think of no more worthy of a cause then to support our firefighters. To all of our honorees, on behalf of the 1.3 million residents of Nassau County I would like to thank you for your service to our community, we will never be able to thank you enough.”

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Mangano to Host POW-MIA Candlelight Ceremony

By eden laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will join more than 2,500 Nassau veterans to remember and honor our nation’s Prisoners-of-War (POW) and those military persons listed as Missing-in-Action (MIA).

The POW-MIA Candlelight Ceremony will take place tomorrow, Friday September 19th at 11am. near Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park.

The POW MIA cage will be brought out in front of the mobile stage and County Executive and other dignitaries will lay wreathes on the cage during the ceremony. Mangano will also light a torch symbolizing POW/MIAs in all wars.

Ralph Esposito, Director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

“Nassau County is proud to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day this month, with this ceremony, and by flying the POW/MIA flag,” County Executive Mangano said. “This Day is about keeping the promise of remembrance for the safe return of American Prisoners of War and those still missing in action.”

Mangano noted the numbers of unaccounted service members from each war:

o World War II: 74, 074
o Korea: 8,028
o Vietnam: 1,713
o Gulf War: 6
o War on Terror: 4

“Even though their fates are still unknown, they are no less our heroes,” he said. “We salute their service to our country, protecting our precious freedoms.”

County Legislators Norma Gonsalves and Michael Venditto will read the names and towns of each of the POW/MIAs from Nassau and Suffolk, during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony, the veterans and their families are invited to Nassau’s FREE annual veteran’s Picnic – also at Eisenhower Park.

In addition to food, there will be Senior ID cards offered at the event and information on benefits to which veterans might be entitled and future events specially for them.

The USO Liberty Bells will perform from 12pm-12:30pm and then Full House will go on.

Names to be read by readers:
Paul Andrew Avolese, East Meadow
William Chomyk, Hicksville
William K. Cowell, Glen Cove
Raymond Vincent DeBlasio, West Hempstead
Herbert Hugh Dilger, Valley Stream
Jose Antonio Graniela, Jr., Brentwood
Peter Arthur Grubb, Southampton
Robert Herman Harrison, Massapequa Park
Bruce Edward Kane, Deer Park
Joseph T. Kearns, Jr., Sea Cliff
Frederic Woodrow Knapp, Huntington
Leonard Charles Leeser, Floral Park
Joseph A. Matejov, East Meadow
Arthur Edward McLeod, Bay Shore
Richard Thomas Morrissey Uniondale
Harry Seeder Mossman, Manhasset
Daniel R. Nidds, West Islip
Kevin O’Brien, Farmingville
John Francis O’Grady, New Hyde Park
Don B. Parsons, Freeport
Albert Pitt, Hempstead
Robert E. Rausch, Hicksville
Richard John Reardon, Huntington
Leonard Robertson, Northport
Kenneth M. Roraback, Baldwin
Walter R. Schmidt, Jr., Carle Place
Philip Vincent Mandra (Korea), Farmingdale
Kenneth J. Butcher (Grenada), West Islip
Terance Weldon *USS Stark), Selden

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that as part of his FitNassau Initiative and in recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Nassau County will be hosting a free family-friendly Maximum Boot Camp at Cantiague Park on Sunday, September 21st and Sunday, September 28th. There will be six classes each day, three at 10:00 a.m. and three at 11:00 a.m.

Maximum Boot Camp is a fitness and weight loss program for adults. Realizing the need for a brighter and healthier future, the trainers at Maximum Boot Camp felt it was important to create a program for children. Maximum Kids Club is the start of something new and ingenious for our kids, families and schools to promote health for our kids with the support of our community and school systems.

Maximum Kids Club is a series of Life Size Fitness Board and Card Games that teach our kids in a FUN and exciting way how to eat right, exercise, and perfect cognitive skills necessary for academic performance! Exercise for many kids can be boring and weight loss for kids can be even more torturous; but playing a game with colors, Life Size cards, boards, dice and more can be very fun and challenging. The best way to get our kids on the right path to fitness, weight loss and eating right is to allow them to do what they do best and that’s playing! Why not tap into that natural desire of our kids to play and at the same time provoke learning, thinking, and fitness.

To reserve your spot please call (516) 572-0200. For more information please visit

For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, please call (516) 572-0200 or visit the website at

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By Eden Laikin

The overwhelming majority of Nassau County homeowners would receive a FULL refund for any increase in their County property taxes under the proposed 2015 County budget, officials said. The extra $41 that homeowners layout next year would be entirelly refunded in October 2015 under the state’s Property Tax Freeze Credit program to homeowners earning under $500,000.
There is no paperwork for homeowners to fill out. It’s an automatic rebate. The tax and then reimbursement is necessary as that’s how State officials designed the program. In all, the program helps Nassau County secure more of its share back from the State for local programs and policing initiatives.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano froze County property taxes for the past 5 years and eliminated a County energy tax on all electric, oil and natural gas bills upon taking office.
The County’s participation in Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze program will keep property taxes frozen for most Nassau residents, for the 6th year in a row, County officials said. And, it will balance the 2015 budget despite a drastic, yet unexpected, decline in sales tax revenue and a higher rate of inflation.
The state’s program requires the County to stay within the New York State Property Tax Cap and submit an efficiency plan in 2016. The County is positioned to participate and recapture millions of dollars from the State, officials said.
County Executive Mangano said his proposed Budget for 2015 reflects the progress his administration has achieved in freezing real property taxes while structurally repairing Nassau County through efficiency initiatives, shared services, labor contract savings, assessment reform and cost-cutting public-private partnerships. He said his administration’s economic development initiatives have returned companies to Nassau County, created thousands of jobs, and more than 1,000 new home rental opportunities; and resulted in Nassau County having the lowest unemployment rate in the region.

“Economic conditions typically create new challenges for government and this year is no exception,” County Executive Mangano said. “From an unusual and disproportionate decline in Sales Tax receipts to police overtime costs that are now coming under control and assessment reforms that are now being implemented, this budget protects homeowners from bearing the burden of these challenges by participating in the Governor’s new Property Tax Freeze Credit program. We have made tough choices to structurally repair Nassau’s finances so that this generation and future generations no longer pay the price of mistakes made by prior administrations.”

Police overtime spiked during the time period in which the County negotiated labor concessions which require new employee contributions to healthcare and pension costs. The County refrained from hiring new police officers during this time to avoid hiring higher paid employees who were not required to contribute to their healthcare and pension plans. Once concession agreements were reached, Nassau commenced hiring new employees who are required to contribute to their healthcare and pensions. This budget ensures overtime savings will be achieved by the hiring of additional police officers to fill minimum manning positions as reflected in the budget.

Mangano believes that his administrations assessment reforms will end the decades of debt accumulated under the prior system.

Going forward as presented in 2010, the County will bond to pay off the prior decade of accumulated debt pursuant to the plan presented and approved in 2012. Upon completion of the plan, Nassau will no longer accumulate such debt nor borrow to pay it.

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Arts, Music, Dance & Folklore to provide joy and pride to residents

By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano County has announced a week-long series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. The first event held yesterday, beginning at 6pm, was a celebration of Chile’s independence, followed by a lighting of the Dome at the County Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola to honor all Central American countries.
The Consulate General of Chile joined in last night’s celebration, which was co-hosted by Nassau’s Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA) and Nassau’s Office of Minority Affairs.
“Throughout this month, we join the Nation in celebrating the culture, history and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans,” Mangano said. “We pay tribute to their efforts in strengthening and nourishing our country’s history, commerce, cultural identity, and resolve.”
As he does every year at this time, County Executive Mangano will also recognize the heritage of Mexico this month, during the anniversary of its independence.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept 15 to Oct 15.

On Thursday, Sept 18, there will be an exhibit of the works of Salvadoran artist, Lisbeth.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Mangano will host LATIN NIGHT 2014 at Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. In a 7pm ceremony, Mangano will honor individual members of the Hispanic community for their integral role in enriching our culture, sports and sciences.

LATIN NIGHT is probably the most anticipated and overwhelmingly well-attended event of Heritage month – and one that shows great pride and patriotism for the entire Hispanic community. This free celebration of all the Hispanic cultures and customs begins at 2pm on Sunday Sept 21, and is sponsored by Canon USA, Briarcliff Collage, ICC Mortgages and The NY Cosmos.

The celebration will include a folkloric journey through the dance & music of Banda Paz, of El Salvador, as well as Salsa and other live music. The Rhythmology dance group and the Cosmo Girls will also perform.

“Nassau County Noche Latina gives us the opportunity to share with our residents, and highlight the diversity of Latin American cultures,” County Executive Mangano said. “Latino Americans are among the fastest growing populations in Nassau.”

On Sept. 30, in conjunction with the Argentinian Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Argentina, Mangano will host An Evening of Music & Art of Argentina from 6pm to 8pm, in the Executive & Legislative building, featuring renowned pianist Rosa Antonelli and artist Daniel Bottero.

For more information please contact our office at 516 571 3261 or

• Sept 15 from 6pm-8pm: Ceremony & Dome Lighting celebrates Independence for Chile, and all Central American countries – County Executive offices, 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola. (The date also marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua.)

• Sept 16: anniversary of Mexico’s independence

• Sept 18 from 6pm-8pm: An exhibit of the works of Salvadoran artist, Lisbeth, will be held at the County Executive & Legislative building (the date also marks the anniversary of Chile’s independence)

• Sept 21 from 2pm-9pm: Latin Night 2014 (Noche Latina) – Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park

• Sept 30 from 6pm-8pm: An Evening of Music & Art of Argentina – County Executive & Legislative building.

• Oct. 2: County Executive Mangano and Nassau Police meet with local Latino leaders to strengthen relations.

• Oct 12: Dia de la Raza or Day of the Races. (Like Columbus Day for the U.S., this day celebrates the colonization of Latin America.)

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