Mangano: Life Time Fitness To Create 181 New Jobs With IDA Assistance

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the Nassau Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA) approval of an economic development compact that will bring a Life Time Fitness Health Club to Garden City, creating 181 permanent jobs and 200 construction jobs at the former Fortunoff’s Clearance Center property in Garden City.

“This project creates a large number of new jobs for our residents and rids Garden City of this blight on the community,” said County Executive Mangano. “This announcement further highlights the success of creating new jobs and opportunities for our residents, and revitalizing vacant properties throughout Nassau County.”

Life Time Fitness, a Chanhassen, Minnesota based operator of 112 fitness centers in the United States and Canada, including one in Syosset, sought IDA assistance to build a $43 million, 130,000-square-foot building on 7.68 acres and will lease at 750 Zeckendorf Boulevard in Garden City. The project will bring $18 million in total economic benefits to the County. It is expected that more than 2,000 members of the planned facility will come from outside Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

“This has been a dilapidated eyesore for the area,” said Joseph Kearney, Executive Director of the Nassau IDA.

The Life Time Fitness facility will feature weightlifting and cardio equipment, fitness classes, a children’s recreation area, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, indoor basketball court, a restaurant, outdoor cafe, and a spa and salon.

About the Nassau County IDA:

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. It is a resource for businesses in Nassau County and those considering relocation. The IDA provides assistance to businesses interested in relocating, expanding and financing new investments. It has provided assistance to a wide range of companies, from Arizona Iced Tea and Sleepy’s Mattress to Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit or call (516) 571-1945.

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Mangano: South Shore Waterways Clean Up Efforts Are Succeeding

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Legislator Michael Venditto and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Peter Scully today announced the success of south shore waterway and marsh bank cleanup efforts performed by VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group over the past four months. Through the use of side scan sonar technology and dive teams, the organization has identified and removed 1,624 tons of debris, including more than 75 boats as well as household and commercial debris left behind by Superstorm Sandy.

“Winds and tidal surges from Superstorm Sandy destroyed hundreds of docks and bulk head, obliterated historic bay houses and sank hundreds of boats,” said County Executive Mangano. “This devastation left debris sunken in shallow waters and along marsh banks. Local cleanup efforts are proving successful as we are removing navigational threats and making waterways cleaner and safer.”

Debris is handpicked from salt marshes and shoreline areas from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to Massapequa Shores and then loaded onto barges. Debris then arrives at one of three offloading sites throughout Nassau County. To date, thousands of cubic yards of debris have been removed and properly disposed of at transfer stations approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“We have been shocked at the types of debris we have found in these local waters,” said VIP Splash Waterways Recovery Group’s On Site Manager Michael McLean, Sr. “This operation continues to prove Sandy’s devastation still remains.”

Removal of debris is important as high tide carries debris caught on the marsh banks into local channels.

Much of that wreckage will remain floating near the surface, almost invisible to a boater until it is too late.

“This is a critical operation and we intend to continue these efforts until we are confident these waters are returned to pre-Sandy safety,” added County Executive Mangano. “I urge all boaters to be aware of possible debris in the waters when boating near marshes and in the channels of the south shore.”

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Up to 5,000 Crime Stoppers Award Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest
Mineola, NY- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today an aggressive investigation by the Nassau County Police Department after a Bias incident occurred in which a swastika and racially biased statement were found painted on the Molineaux Place side of the building of the United States Post Office, located at 1 Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt on Sunday August 24th.
The incident, Police believe occurred between the hours of 2:00 am and 7:00 am on Sunday. In addition to the racially bias statement and image of the swastika painted on the United States Post Office Building, a swastika was also painted on the driveway apron on Washington Avenue in Roosevelt.
County Executive Mangano stated, “The Nassau County Police Department is actively engaged in an investigation to identify and arrest the person(s) responsible for this crime, as well as to strengthen efforts to deter future incidents such as this from occurring. Nassau County will not tolerate these detestable acts.”
To assist Police, Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the person(s) responsible, or anyone with any information about this crime to call their toll free hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). Residents do not have to reveal their identity to help solve this crime.

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Mangano to Host Free Narcan Training Seminars For Families

Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by County Legislators Michael Venditto and Laura Schaefer in announcing that two more Nassau school districts have joined the list of schools to host a free Opiate Overdose Prevention forum with Narcan training.

Massapequa High School will host a public training on Oct 2; Garden City High School will host one on Oct 9.

A third Narcan training will be held on Oct. 7 at the American Legion Hall in Valley Stream.

All 3 events are from 7pm-9pm and are open to the public. No previous medical experience is needed. Each trainee ages 18 and over will receive a free lifesaving kit containing Narcan at the end of the training. The Narcan is administered through a simple nasal spray.

Narcan, or Naloxone, is a lifesaving antidote which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose. Opioids include Heroin, as well as, prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Opana and Morphine.

Each of the trainings includes a panel – made up of substance abuse treatment professionals, drug treatment court personnel, a person recovering from substance abuse and often, a parent who’s lost a child to an overdose – there to answer any questions and provide information on available and helpful resources.
County Executive Mangano urged friends and family members of those misusing or abusing either prescription drugs or illegal substances, to attend one of these lifesaving trainings.
“It could be a matter of life or death,” he said. “My administration continues to dedicate itself to education, awareness and enforcement programs, including our free Narcan training program which is saving lives and keeping families whole.”
To attend one of the free Narcan training seminars or to obtain additional information, please email or call Eden Laikin at 516-571-6105.
“Together with schools, community groups, treatment facilities and the public, we are waging a war on drugs,” County Executive Mangano said. “In fact, Nassau is the first county in New York State (outside of New York City), to teach ordinary citizens to administer this lifesaving antidote to those suffering from a prescription drug or heroin overdose. With too many young people falling victim to drug addiction, we must do all that we can to save their lives and put them on the road to recovery so that they can lead normal and productive lives.”
Narcan Training SEMINARS
Offered from 7pm – 9pm

Thurs, Oct 2 Massapequa High School, 4925 Merrick Road
Tues, Oct 7 Valley Stream American Legion Hall 51 Roosevelt Ave
Thurs, Oct 9 Garden City High School, 170 Rockaway Avenue

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Mangano – Continuing the War on Drugs

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County trainers this month taught more than 60 college students how to prevent a fatal overdose; and spoke to 2 dozen children about the lethal dangers of bowing to peer pressure and “experimenting” with drugs.
On Thursday, Aug 21, at the most recent event, Nassau Mental Health and Substance Abuse professional David Hymowitz trained the nursing students at Molloy College in Rockville Centre how to recognize an Opioid Overdose and administer Narcan to reverse its potentially fatal effects. Each trainee was given a free kit, containing Narcan, at the completion of the class.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, an aide to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and State Sen. Jack Martins – both outspoken advocates for drug abuse prevention efforts – took part in a panel discussion as part of a LI Youth Empowerment Day event at Eisenhower Park.
An audience of children and their parents were given information about the effects and consequences of taking drugs, including a personal account of a mother who lost a child to overdose less than 2 years after picking up a drug for the first time. The remainder of the empowerment event focused on the strengths and accomplishments of local children.

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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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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Michael Venditto invite residents to enjoy a day of music and fun, while helping their neighbors, at the 2nd Annual Concert in the Park this Saturday August 23rd from 1p.m.-8p.m. Donations made at the free event benefit those still struggling from Superstorm Sandy.

The 2nd Annual Concert in the Park-co- hosted by the United Mavericks and Bobby G – takes place at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa and will feature the bands: Sweet Suzi; Anyway You Want It; Killer Joe and the Lido Soul Revue; Uppercut and Last Exit.

“As long as there are residents still struggling to rebuild their storm damaged houses, we will continue to do all we can do to provide help and assistance to them.” County Executive Mangano said. “We will continue to raise money for the Nassau County Hurricane Recovery Fund and reach out to our neighbors most in need.”

“There are many people still struggling to rebuild their lives after Sandy. Please join us at the concert to help raise needed funds for these families and put smiles on their faces,” said Legislator Michael Venditto.

To help raise additional proceeds for the Hurricane Recovery Fund, Marvel Comics has donated over a dozen original signed comic art prints, which will be available for purchase at the concert. The 11×17 prints, signed by Marvel and DC Comics Artists & Colorists Bob Larkin, Mark Morales and Sean Chen, include Spiderman, Wolverine, Iron Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Frankenstein/Dracula. Other comic art merchandise available at the concert include a trading card-sized Garbage Pail Kids pencil drawing, signed by DC & Marvel artist John Cebollero, a hand-drawn comic art T-shirt, signed by Marvel & DC Comics artist Paris Cullins and Four issues of “Leftovers” Comics, signed by Artist Jason Pittman.

In addition to the concert, this Thursday, August 21st County Executive Day at Marvel Universe LIVE, a thrilling performance which takes place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. Discounted tickets are available, please use offer code: NCEXEC.

A $10 donation is suggested for admission to the benefit concert. Additional donations to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund can be made online at and/or will be accepted at Saturday’s concert.

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