Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that Nassau County will host a Korean American Day Celebration on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building. The celebration will commemorate the proud heritage of Korean Americans and their invaluable contributions to enhancing Nassau County’s culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy. In addition to cultural performances, three prominent Korean Americans that have made significant contributions in their field will be honored by County Executive Mangano.

The first wave of Korean immigrants to the United States, comprised of 102 people, arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 13, 1903. Today, 1.7 million people of Korean descent live throughout the United States, and are part of a vibrant, growing Korean American Community.

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Once again this holiday season, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano honored those involved in a charity that provides new winter coats and clothing to children who might otherwise go without. And, Mangano once again joined the young volunteers from “Kids Helping Kids” at their annual fundraising gala earlier this month.
Six-year-old Isaiah Bird of Freeport– a wrestling student born without legs – was honored at the event.

Bob Eslick, who operates the charity, said the kids involved in “Kids Helping Kids” are amazing role models for Nassau County’s youth. The organization encourages philanthropy in young people under the age of 18.
“This special organization, and its ‘Making a Warmth of Difference’ program, positively affects the lives of so many Nassau County residents,” Mangano said. “These special young people show others their compassion by reaching out to the less fortunate among us and helping them. This is especially important during the holiday season.”
“Every year during this time we rejoice and give thanks for the blessings of the season and for the blessings that surround us every day of the year,” Mangano continued. “We must also remember that we have a responsibility to help those in need. Acts of kindness toward others fulfill the spirit of the season.”
This marks the 11th Annual “Making a Warmth of Difference” winter apparel program. Since 2004 Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. has distributed $1.8 million in branded winter apparel to “kids most in need” throughout Long Island and the surrounding areas.
During the 2014 Holiday season, Kids Way, Inc. will deliver more than $400,000 in new branded winter apparel
“Kids Way has done a terrific job of making a ‘world of difference’ on many levels in the lives of so many children and families throughout Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am pleased that Nassau County can partner with this organization to provide an opportunity for children most in need stay warm during the cold months upon us.”
For more information, please contact Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. at (516) 249-9449 or email
Executive Director Bob Eslick said, “Our members have spent thousands of volunteer hours via a variety of programs with a vision, dedication and a drive that addresses various community and individual needs. It began with a legacy of community service to improve the quality of life for many, specifically “kids in need”. This vision continues today and with our “no excuse” attitude significant achievement can occur.”

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Mangano Brings High-Tech Incubator To Great Neck Plaza

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the Nassau Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has approved an economic compact that will assist in the creation of a high technology business incubator in downtown Great Neck Plaza.

LaunchPad, a high-tech business incubator with locations in Huntington and Mineola, will open a fourth location in vacant space at 3 Grace Avenue in Great Neck Plaza with the help of the IDA. The incubator will offer co-working spaces for 20 to 30 small, start-up businesses. The project is being undertaken by 3 Grace LLC, which is mostly owned by Namdar Family, LP. The developer will lease the space to Launch Pad.

“My administration has helped create an environment where businesses can produce viable high technology products and fuel the county’s future economic growth,” said County Executive Mangano. “LaunchPad, with the assistance of the IDA, will move this forward.”

Peter Goldsmith, President of LISTnet, stated “We are very excited about opening the 4th LaunchPad in Great Neck, and taking advantage of all that the Village has to offer. Bringing tech companies to Great Neck will be a win-win for all, and it could not have happened without the support of Mayor Jean Celender, the Nassau County IDA, and the vision of County Executive Mangano. LISTnet will have its headquarters and I will be located there and we look forward to working with everyone to create more jobs and help tech startups grow in Nassau County.”

The $4 million project is expected to create 50 new, permanent full-time-equivalent jobs, generate $12 million in economic impact and $90,000 in net tax benefits.

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, including Hain Celestial Group, Arizona Iced Tea, Sleepy’s Mattress, Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit or call (516) 571-1945.

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On the heels of NBC’s live performance of Peter Pan from Bethpage and in an effort to further attract the motion picture and television industry to Nassau, County Executive Edward P. Mangano will host a press conference on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 during the County’s latest two-day “Location and Studio Tour” for the industry’s hottest independent producers and directors as well as movie, commercial and television location managers and scouts.

Location scouts and managers from such television productions as The Blacklist, Elementary, Nurse Jackie, Damages, Law & Order, Babylon Fields, Person of Interest and Royal Pains as well as others are participating in the Location and Studio Tour. Chris Kenneally, Director of Side by Side, Robyn Bennett, Producer of Green Dolphin and Jeremiah Kipp, Producer and Director of many stage and film productions will also be in attendance. Independent filmmakers, Peter Frizalone of MovieMan Productions, Joseph Halsey of Halsey Film, Rob Reilly of Cinemook Productions and many other directors and producers of film, television, commercials and videos will also be participating in the tour.

Nassau County is now the home of two successful production studios that encompass three buildings and nine sound stages that compete internationally for film and television production. The tour will include the Chelsea Mansion, the Nassau County Correctional Center, F6 Labs shooting range, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the BWD Building, the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, the Allegria Hotel, Belmont Racetrack, the Garden City Hotel, both Gold Coast and Grumman Studios and many other locations in the Nassau County area.

12:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

625 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce today reminded residents of the benefits of keeping their money local and to “Shop Nassau” this holiday season.

“I encourage all residents to support their hometown businesses this holiday season, and year-round, as local businesses are the heartbeat of Nassau County’s economy and make our communities stronger and better places to live, work and raise a family,” said County Executive Mangano.

On October 27th, the Nassau County IDA launched a significant new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging residents to shop at local Nassau County merchants. Utilizing television, print, radio and social media the ads featured Nassau business owners. The campaign is part of the Nassau County IDA’s effort to assist small businesses as they are the lifeblood of our communities.

“Shop Nassau” benefits include:
• Money spent here stays here (keeping local dollars in the economy)
• Jobs and wages (supporting local businesses provides support for the jobs they offer)
• Stronger tax base
• Nassau business owners invest in our community
• Convenience & Green-Friendly (proximity reduces gas consumption)

Small businesses play a critical role in our economy as they account for 98% of all businesses in New York State and employ more than 40% of the State’s private sector workforce. The nation’s 28 million small businesses create nearly two out of three jobs nationwide and have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995.

“With Nassau employers contributing to the economic base and connectivity of our local communities, we must help raise awareness about the role they play and promote a business-friendly Nassau that attracts suppliers and distributors in similar industries,” said County Executive Mangano.

The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce is an umbrella organization acting as a spokesperson for over 40 Chambers of Commerce in Nassau County, New York. Long Island is home to more than 90,000 businesses grossing more than $100 billion a year. The vast majority of these businesses employ 50 people or less.

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Mineola, NY- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Nassau County is playing a starring role in “Peter Pan Live!,” the new NBC television production of the iconic Broadway musical that airs live tonight, December 4, 2014. The production, which stars Allison Williams in the title role and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken as the villainous Captain Hook in the timeless classic about a boy who never wants to grow up, will be beamed around the world from Grumman Studios in Bethpage. Preparations for the broadcast began in Bethpage on November 6th. NBC has 16 cameras at the studio, 350 staff members and crew and the cast of 46.

“This new production, following last year’s live NBC production of ‘The Sound of Music,’ demonstrates that Nassau County is well on its way to establishing itself the Hollywood East of the movie and television industry,” County Executive Mangano said, “We now have more filming days than four of the five New York City boroughs and regularly employ electricians, carpenters and artisans and use local venders for hardware and other supplies.”

The former Grumman property in Bethpage is now home to two production companies and nine sound stages that compete internationally for film and television production. The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency previously assisted Grumman Studios to upgrade its facilities. Grumman Studios is comprised of a 500,000 square foot facility with seven expansive sound stages with massive storage capacity, surrounded by 30 acres of paved outdoor space for set construction and parking. Grumman Studios is a qualified New York State production facility, the largest in the greater New York area, and is only minutes from midtown Manhattan. Productions shot at Grumman are eligible for tax incentives through New York State.

The most expensive motion picture in history – “The Amazing Spiderman 2” – was filmed in Bethpage as well. Other popular projects filmed in Nassau County include: Man on a Ledge, Salt, The Following, The Good Wife, White Collar, Royal Pains, the Blacklist, the Black Box, the Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, the Americans, Zero Hour, Beware the Night, and numerous commercials, print shoots and videos.

Noting that the county has launched efforts to attract digital editing post production companies to Nassau, County Executive Mangano has long been focused on attracting motion picture and television industry jobs to Nassau County. As a County legislator, Mangano worked to establish two production studios in Bethpage and continues today to attract the industry and pursue the continuation of incentives for movie and television production in Nassau.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st and Friday, December 26th – Tuesday, December 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“Candlelight Evenings transform the rustic landscape of Old Bethpage Village Restoration into a magical appearance with the Village’s historic homes illuminated by candles and holiday decorations,” said County Executive Mangano. “Visitors can enjoy traditional 19th Century entertainment including a brass quartet and fiddlers playing popular seasonal tunes, contra-dancing, performers from local schools and organizations, as well as a traditional 1866 decorated Christmas Tree, stories of Christmases past, and a traditional bonfire.”

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entrance fees are: $10 for adults, $7 for children (5 – 12), seniors and volunteer firefighters. Children under 5 are free. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway). For more information, please call: (516) 572-8401.

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

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