NASSAU LEADERS STRIKE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENTS TO SUPPORT FISCAL PLAN AND IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

Acting in the best interests of taxpayers, County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams today announced bipartisan agreements to improve the quality of life throughout Nassau communities and pay down two decades of tax certiorari debt as follows: $125 million in 2014; $60 million in 2015; $60 million in 2016; and $60 million in 2017.

“By working together, we have achieved agreements that save taxpayer dollars while increasing the quality of life for residents of this great county,” said County Executive Mangano. “Today’s agreement is another critical step toward descending Nassau’s borrowing schedule to zero as other assessment reforms take place. We will continue to follow the NIFA-approved Fiscal Recovery Plan by reducing the backlog through accelerated settlements and remain committed to ensuring residents are not forced to pay for a decade of waste in a single year through higher taxes or service cuts.”

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves stated, “This budget protects taxpayers while delivering critical services for our residents. Together, we are cleaning up decades of debt, enhancing the quality of life in our communities and paving the way for Nassau’s fiscal recovery.”

Kevan Abrahams stated, “Today we are doing the right thing for taxpayers while working together to vote for a budget that says yes to saving lives by reopening the 5th Precinct, expanding the Narcan program, keeping our streets safe by passing the Gun Offender Registry Act, making our environment a top priority by allocating funds to our north shore sewers and outlawing the use of hydrofracking waste and protecting Nassau’s greatest resource – our children and their education.”
The following bipartisan agreements were also achieved to improve the quality of life for residents:

• Creation of a new Felon Registry for Gun Crimes that requires all felons that are convicted of a gun crime, and those convicted of criminal possession of a firearm in the 4th degree, to register their residence with the Nassau County Police Department.

• Conversion of the Elmont Community Policing Center into the 5th Precinct with a Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer and Patrol Supervisors to manage presently assigned patrol officers.

• Speed up the 1st Precinct construction schedule by two months.

• Establish a Police Department Anti-Gang Special Unit beginning January 1, 2015.

• Continuation of Body Camera Program for Police Officers in the 5th Precinct, Baldwin, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury as well as the gradual rollout of dashboard cameras for all patrol cars.

• Allocation of $12 million for studying, designing and installing public sanitary sewers in Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Glenwood Landing that are not currently connected to the Glen Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• Requirements that all Nassau County Police Officers be trained to administer Narcan.

• A new ban against the acceptance of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing from sewage treatment facilities located in, owned and/or operated in or by Nassau County. The legislation also prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing waste, oil extraction waste and natural gas waste on County property and roadways and the sale of hydrofracking waste, oil extraction waste, and/or natural gas waste.

• Requirements for future unclaimed funds to be deposited into an account used specifically for programming offered by the Youth Board, Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities, as well as contract agencies.

• Increase reimbursement rate for homeless shelters from $67 to $72.

• NICE Bus cash and NICE Bus app fare freeze at $2.50 for 2015 as well as Intra-County route MetroCard fare freeze at $2.50 if possible. Four new representatives will be added to the Transit Advisory Committee (2 additional appointments by the County Executive and one additional appointment each by the Presiding Officer and Minority Leader).

• Health Department to issue amended contract language to clarify that the main priority of municipal representatives is to insure early intervention preschool special education.

• The agreement also includes plans to authorize $33 million in bonding for Termination Pay in January 2015.

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MANGANO HONORED AT 41st ANNUAL TEDDY ROOSEVELT GALA

The Theodore Roosevelt Council yesterday presented the Distinguished Chief Scout Citizen Award to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, at the group’s 41st annual gala, held at Crest Hollow Country Club. County Executive Mangano said he was humbled by this special honor and proud to be receiving it.

The TRC helps prepare our youth to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. All proceeds from this gala will benefit Scouting for the more than 10,400 youth and 3,800 adult volunteers in Nassau County. The Gala draws close to 200 guests.

President Theodore Roosevelt was an enthusiastic proponent of the Scouting movement. Theodore Roosevelt, IV, is Honorary Commissioner of the TRC’s Executive Board.

After leaving office, Roosevelt became the troop committeeman of Troop 39 in Oyster Bay, in 1910 when the Boy Scouts started. He was also the first council commissioner of the Nassau County Council.

The President once said, “The movement is one for efficiency and patriotism. It does not try to make soldiers of Boy Scouts but to make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens and who will, if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been Scouts.”

For many years after this death in 1919, several thousand Scouts made annual pilgrimages to his grave in Oyster Bay.

County Executive Mangano announced, at the gala, an essay program that Nassau County’s Museum of American Armor is conducting with the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The program is designed to “create a better understanding of the heroes within our own families and those throughout our communities” with as much as $10,000 in scholarship awards to be presented to the 3 selected winners.

The museum is challenging the scouts to write and submit an essay that relates to the military experiences of members of their own families, neighbors or members of their local veterans organization.

“I hope every scout here today will take part,” Mangano said in closing.

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Mangano Dedicates East Meadow Soccer Field in Memory of POLICE OFFICER STAN RUPPENTHAL

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, County Legislator Dennis Dunne and State Assemblyman Michael Montesano joined the Ruppenthal Family and members and players of the East Meadow Soccer Club (ESMC) in dedicating a soccer facility in the memory of Nassau County Police Officer Stan Ruppenthal.

“Police Officer Stan Ruppenthal was a dedicated member of the Nassau County Police Department and devoted to the East Meadow community where he served as East Meadow Soccer Club President for two decades,” said County Executive Mangano. “Officer Ruppenthal was the type of man who makes a community great.”

Nassau County allocated $725,000 in Environmental Bond Act (EBA) funds and $150,000 from the East Meadow Soccer Club to transform a storm water basin into a soccer facility, complete with both artificial and natural grass fields. Work included expanding the west side storm basin to increase capacity and improved drainage on the field will allow games to continue despite inclement weather. In the past, flooding would often result in game cancellations.

“Mr. Ruppenthal worked for years to get these fields up and running for the community to enjoy. It is very fitting that these fields now proudly bear his name,” added Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves.

“I’m proud to be a part of such a heartfelt renaming dedication. Officer Ruppenthal meant a lot to his community and will not be forgotten,” stated Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr.

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NASSAU LEADERS STRIKE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENTS TO SUPPORT FISCAL PLAN AND IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

Mineola, NY – Acting in the best interests of taxpayers, County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams today announced bipartisan agreements to improve the quality of life throughout Nassau communities and pay down two decades of tax certiorari debt as follows:  $125 million in 2014; $60 million in 2015; $60 million in 2016; and $60 million in 2017.

“By working together, we have achieved agreements that save taxpayer dollars while increasing the quality of life for residents of this great county,” said County Executive Mangano.  “Today’s agreement is another critical step toward descending Nassau’s borrowing schedule to zero as other assessment reforms take place.  We will continue to follow the NIFA-approved Fiscal Recovery Plan by reducing the backlog through accelerated settlements and remain committed to ensuring residents are not forced to pay for a decade of waste in a single year through higher taxes or service cuts.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves stated, “This budget protects taxpayers while delivering critical services for our residents.  Together, we are cleaning up decades of debt, enhancing the quality of life in our communities and paving the way for Nassau’s fiscal recovery.”

Kevan Abrahams stated, “Today we are doing the right thing for taxpayers while working together to vote for a budget that says yes to saving lives by reopening the 5th Precinct, expanding the Narcan program, keeping our streets safe by passing the Gun Offender Registry Act, making our environment a top priority by allocating funds to our north shore sewers and outlawing the use of hydrofracking waste and protecting Nassau’s greatest resource – our children and their education.”

The following bipartisan agreements were also achieved to improve the quality of life for residents:

  • Creation of a new Felon Registry for Gun Crimes that requires all felons that are convicted of a gun crime, and those convicted of criminal possession of a firearm in the 4th degree, to register their residence with the Nassau County Police Department.

* Conversion of the Elmont Community Policing Center into the 5th Precinct with a Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer and Patrol Supervisors to manage presently assigned patrol officers.

* Speed up the 1st Precinct construction schedule by two months.

* Establish a Police Department Anti-Gang Special Unit beginning January 1, 2015.

* Continuation of Body Camera Program for Police Officers in the 5th Precinct, Baldwin, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury as well as the gradual rollout of dashboard cameras for all patrol cars.

* Allocation of $12 million for studying, designing and installing public sanitary sewers in Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Glenwood Landing that are not currently connected to the Glen Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 * Requirements that all Nassau County Police Officers be trained to administer Narcan.

* A new ban against the acceptance of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing from sewage treatment facilities located in, owned and/or operated in or by Nassau County.  The legislation also prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing waste, oil extraction waste and natural gas waste on County property and roadways and the sale of hydrofracking waste, oil extraction waste, and/or natural gas waste.

 * Requirements for future unclaimed funds to be deposited into an account used specifically for programming offered by the Youth Board, Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities, as well as contract agencies.

 * Increase reimbursement rate for homeless shelters from $67 to $72.

* NICE Bus cash and NICE Bus app fare freeze at $2.50 for 2015 as well as Intra-County route MetroCard fare freeze at $2.50 if possible.  Four new representatives will be added to the Transit Advisory Committee (2 additional appointments by the County Executive and one additional appointment each by the Presiding Officer and Minority Leader).

 * Health Department to issue amended contract language to clarify that the main priority of municipal representatives is to insure early intervention preschool special education.

* The agreement also includes plans to authorize $33 million in bonding for Termination Pay in January 2015.

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MANGANO, HANNON, MARTINS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will receive $200,000 in grant funds from New York State Senators Jack Martins and Kemp Hannon to assist the NCPD in investigations of fatal heroin and opioid overdoses. In 2013, statistics indicate that 44 people died of heroin overdoses and 115 people died of prescription drug overdoses in Nassau County. Nassau County has combated heroin and opioid abuse through a comprehensive strategy that includes enhanced enforcement, education and awareness.

“The abuse of Heroin and opioids is an epidemic that affects not just Nassau County, but the entire nation,” said County Executive Mangano. “I thank Senators Hannon and Martins for providing the police department with additional funds to investigate every overdose occurrence. Our detectives are working daily to take down dealers, stop the flow of drugs into our neighborhoods and catch those responsible for the death of our young people.”

Upon report of an overdose occurrence, detectives from the NCPD’s Narcotics and Electronics Squad are now assigned to the case, who, with the assistance of a designated Intelligence Analyst, investigates each overdose. In the event of a fatal overdose, a Homicide detective is also assigned. This approach has proven successful.

In April 2014, a 20 year old from Massapequa died of an apparent heroin overdose. Two weeks later, detectives arrested 21 year old Aquan Brown of Amityville and 24 year old Shantiqua Brown of Patchogue for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. In July 2014, a 30 year old from Baldwin died of an apparent heroin overdose. Several weeks later, 26 year old Erica Fink of Franklin Square was arrested for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

“Every Nassau County community is affected by the heroin epidemic. Nassau County’s Police Officers are working aggressively and tirelessly to catch the drug dealers who are poisoning our communities. Enhancing their ability to investigate overdoses will lead to more drug dealers being arrested, taken off the streets, and put behind bars where they belong. I am pleased that Senator Hannon and I were able to deliver these funds to help Nassau’s finest better protect our communities,” said Senator Jack Martins.

Senator Kemp Hannon stated, “I am proud to join with County Executive Mangano in the fight against heroin addiction. This funding will go a long way in assisting our law enforcement officers to do just that. I have been diligently working to fight heroin and opioid addiction in the State Legislature by spearheading measures such as I-STOP, expanded access to Naloxone (a medication that can reverse an overdose), new treatment models, and better insurance coverage of addiction treatment. Funding our police so they have the tools they need to investigate fatal overdoses is another important way to combat this deadly scourge.”

“I want to thank Senator Hannon and Senator Martins for securing this grant for the Nassau County Police Department,” added Acting Police Commissioner Krumpter.

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OCTOBER PROCLAIMED AS MANUFACTURING MONTH

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County Executive Ed Mangano proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month, and October 21st as Manufacturing Day, in Nassau.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t – officials said.

By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, Manufacturing Day is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges.

Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) supplied industry representatives.

The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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MANGANO ENCOURAGES LONG ISLANDERS TO SUPPORT THE BLUE RIBBON RUN FOR PROSTATE CANCER

Joining the fight against prostate cancer, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Integrated Medical Foundation encourage men over the age of 40 to have their PSA level checked annually and to sign up for the November 16th Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer®. The run, with the help of the Greater Long Island Running Club, takes place in Syosset Woodbury Community Park and throughout the streets of Woodbury.

Free on site PSA screenings will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for all men age 40+ who bring photo identification and have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Both 5k and 10k routes will be available, making the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer® appealing to runners and walkers of all types. The 5k course will remain unchanged from the 3.109 mile course used in 2012 and 2013; the 10k course expands further into the peripheral streets of Syosset, with a beautiful finish line culmination back in the park.

Everyone who signs up for the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer® will receive an exclusive hooded sweatshirt. Refreshments and a health exhibit will be onsite. To register for the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer® visit IMFcares.org or call the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.

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