Mangano helps promote Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment weekend

As part of a statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers in New York State, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are encouraging all residents to check whether their local fire departments are hosting open houses during RecruitNY weekend: Sat, April 25 and Sun, April 26.

During RecruitNY weekend, participating fire departments conduct tours of their firehouse and fire apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, provide visitor activities throughout the firehouse, and about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in their community.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and state firefighter officials this week to proclaim April 25-26 RecruitNY Weekend” in Nassau County, and to launch the local recruitment initiative.

As an incentive to join, Nassau County offers a property tax exemption and free community college tuition.

Gathering at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, County Executive Mangano referred to the Museum as a “year-round recruitment attraction.”

And he spoke about the value and importance of volunteer firefighters,

“Volunteer firefighters protect our homes and communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Mangano said. “They are our friends and neighbors, and they take pride in helping our communities whenever and wherever support is needed. Now more than ever, they need our help so they can continue to protect the residents of Nassau County.”

He went onto encourage “anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter to visit their local firehouse during the Recruit NY weekend, April 25th and 26th.”

“Today’s firefighters are responding to more emergencies than ever before, and are responding to more complex emergency situations,” Mangano said. “As residents witnessed during 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, our communities rely on the heroic men and women of our fire departments more than ever before. Our fire departments need to bolster their emergency responder numbers, so they can continue to provide the best level of protection for their residents.”
For more information, or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit http://www.recruitny.org or contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number or its website.

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Mangano Honored by Cancer Charity

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was honored yesterday by the United Mavericks, at an event the philanthropic group held for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

More than 1,000 attendees came together, to Jericho Terrace, in support of the fight against blood cancer.

The United Mavericks are a group of “rugged individualists banding together to support common causes for the purpose of exerting a positive influence on the world at large.”

Mavericks’ members include Tony Lubrano, owner of Piccola Bussola restaurant in Mineola.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s.

The other honoree at last night’s benefit event was David Mammina of H2M Architects and Engineers, and the LLS’ 2010 Man of the Year.

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Mangano Joins Earth Day Cleanup.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano partnered with Assemblyman Brian Curran and Baldwin Civic Association volunteers, on an annual environmental cleanup in commemoration of Earth Day 2015.
The targeted areas: Loft Pond Park and Milburn Pond Park in Baldwin.

Co-sponsors of the annual Clean-Up include:
o Baldwin 4 Kids
o Mahler Realty
o The Baldwin Civic Association
o Baldwin Chamber of Commerce
o Sanitary District No. 2
o Baldwin Boy Scout Troop 824
o Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney
o Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran

The volunteers were also joined by Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran.

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MANGANO: LOBBYISTS MUST REGISTER WITH NASSAU

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today filed a local law with the County Legislature to require lobbyists for entities seeking contracts with Nassau County government to register with the County Attorney for the first-time in history. Under the proposed law, contractors and vendors would also be required to disclose their lobbying activities related to the Executive, Legislature, County departments and County committees.

County Executive Mangano stated, “Presently contracts require approval by the County Attorney, County Legislature, Comptroller and NIFA. This new law will bring additional transparency by requiring contractors and vendors to disclose their lobbying activities – by registering with the County Attorney and Clerk of the Legislature – and file annual and quarterly reports, which will be available on the county website.”

For a copy of the local law filed today with the Legislature, please contact the press office.

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MANGANO: “REACH FOR THE STARS TEEN TALENT SEARCH” TO RETURN TO LAKESIDE THEATRE THIS JULY

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that the very popular “Reach for the Stars Teen Talent Search” will be returning to the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park this July. Two winners from prior year competitions have moved on to American Idol fame: Kevin Covais in 2003 and Robbie Rosen in 2009.

The competition will be for solo vocal talent only. One hundred and twenty contestants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis from applications received. Applications must be postmarked by May 22, 2015. Auditions will be held on Friday, June 16, 2015, by appointment only; there will be no open call.

All contestants must be at least 13 but no older than 19 years of age on the day of the finals, July 20, 2015. All applications must be accompanied by copies of proofs of age and Nassau County residency, as well as photo ID and $25.00 check, made payable to: Friends of Nassau County Recreation. Originals of all proofs must be presented at audition.

Applications may be obtained at any Nassau County Park or Museum, and all Nassau County libraries. Applications have also been distributed throughout the community. Auditions and Finals will be held at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.

Further information and applications may be obtained by calling the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums at: (516) 572-0200 or visiting the website at: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

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MANGANO RECOGNIZES APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Children’s Protective Services (CPS), a division of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 1011, recently decorated the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola with pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels have become a national symbol intended to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse and neglect happens at every socio-economic level, across all ethnicities and religions and levels of education. Public awareness is critical to strengthening families and reducing instances of maltreatment. In 2013, Nassau County’s Child Protective Services received and investigated 6,999 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. In 2014, CPS received 6,229 reports, a decrease of 11 percent.

County Executive Mangano stated, “We have an obligation to ensure that children are protected and safe. Getting the word out that services are available to children and families who are having difficulty coping can help end child abuse and neglect.”

“We are delighted that Girl Scout Troop 1011 joined our efforts to declare that violence towards children is not acceptable,” added Jeanette Feingold, Director of Child Protective Services. “Having young people spread this message is very powerful.”

“County Executive Mangano is committed to eradicating family and domestic violence in Nassau County,” emphasized Social Services Commissioner Dr. John E. Imhof. “Violence is not the answer is the message we want to get out to all our communities. Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention month is a reminder that youth should be able to grow up happy, without fear of abuse or neglect.”

If you know a child who may be abused or neglected, you can call the New York State Central Registry toll free at 1-800-342-3720. Calls made by non-mandated reporters can be anonymous. In situations of imminent danger, dial 911.

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MANGANO & RXR CEO SCOTT RECHLER ANNOUNCE 2015 RXR LONG ISLAND MARATHON

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and RXR CEO Scott Rechler announced today that the 2015 RXR Long Island Marathon, which includes the traditional 26-mile race, a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run, Kids Fun Run and other festivities will take place Friday, May 1st through Sunday May, 3rd. Last year’s race was a great success with over 8,800 participants.

“The Long Island Marathon is one of the Island’s most exciting athletic events, and I am pleased to once again team up with the community of runners and RXR for the 2015 Long Island Marathon,” said County Executive Mangano. “While no specific threat exists, the Nassau County Police Department will be putting putting forth enhanced security measures for the safety of the Long Island Marathon participants, spectators, and all members of our community. I also remind residents of our See Something Say Something Campaign – if something or someone seems out of place, please call 911.”

“We are very proud to once again sponsor the Long Island Marathon,” said Scott Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RXR Realty. “The Marathon weekend combines athletics and getting outdoors with healthy doses of economic activity and Long Island pride. I always enjoy running on that first Sunday in May and look forward to joining thousands of fellow Long Islanders and others from across the region and the country at the starting line.”

Nassau County and RXR thank NEFCU – the official credit union of RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend – and Newsday – the presenting sponsor of the Marathon – for their support as well as the following sponsors: WABC-TV, WBAB, WBLI, Blink Fitness, Long Island McDonalds Restaurants, All Round Foods, Jonas Chiropractic, Snapple Beverages and The Main Event Restaurant.

FESTIVITIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Friday, May 1:
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex
The Main Event Pasta Party, hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Saturday, May 2:
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 5K Race and 1 Mile Run
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Kids Fun Run hosted by Ronald McDonald (This event is free and open to kids 1 – 11 years of age)
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex

Sunday May 3:
RXR Long Island Marathon
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Half Marathon
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 10K Race
Finish Line Festival, Eisenhower Park

**Advance registration is open until April 25, 2015.
**There is no race-day check-in for any RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Event
Complete race weekend information including dates, times and locations is available at http://www.thelimarathon.com

In an effort to keep everyone safe, County Executive Mangano and the Nassau County Police Department announced the following security measures for the marathon:
• All vehicles at starting line and other staging areas must be credentialed and known in advance;
• Large contingent of uniformed police officers assigned to detail;
• Officers assigned from NCPD Homeland Security with portable radiation detectors;
• All bags and back packs will be subject to K-9 explosive detection prior to going on the UPS trucks to the finish line. K-9’s will be patrolling the general area.
• Participants should arrive early due to modified road closures around the start and finish line areas and should plan to leave enough time for parking and travel to starting line;
• Only registered participants will be permitted into the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K starting line area on Charles Lindbergh Blvd on Sunday May 3rd.
• Participants may only use clear bags at the baggage check. Clear bags will be provided by race officials at participant check-in;
• Spectators may not bring bags into the finish line area in Eisenhower Park;
• Any bags or packages found on the ground will be discarded or destroyed. Participants should not stash personal items along the race route.
• Eisenhower Park finish line security at the spectator seating area includes: Modified Fencing around seating Entrance/Exit gateways and bags/backpacks are prohibited and/or will be searched.
• Finish line festival area will include fencing to limit gateways for ingress and egress.
• The staff and volunteer-only areas require vehicle credentials as well as individual credentials. Only previously credentialed individuals will be permitted in these areas.

Some improvements that participants will see this year include new “start-line parking areas” at the Nassau Community College, which will ease morning congestion getting into Eisenhower Park; participants will have a relatively short walk to the startling lines of the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Race; there will be new shuttle buses during race weekend; return shuttles from Eisenhower park back to NCC parking after the Sunday races; and shuttle buses from the Westbury LIRR station to Mitchel Field for the Sports & Fitness Expo and to and from Start and Finish Areas on Sunday May 3rd.

2015 RXR Long Island Marathon Sponsors Include: RXR, Title Sponsor; Newsday, Presenting Sponsor; NEFCU – Official Credit Union of RXR LIM Weekend; WBAB / WBLI, Radio partner; WABC-TV, Television partner; All Round Foods, Refreshment Sponsor; Snapple, Hydration Sponsor; Long Island McDonald’s Restaurants, Gold Sponsor; Blink Fitness, Silver Sponsor; The Main Event Restaurant, Bronze Sponsor; Jonas Chiropractic, Title sponsor of the Jonas RunNassau Race Series and Directors of injury prevention for RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend.

For more information on becoming a 2015 RXR Long Island Marathon volunteer, citizens can visit http://www.thelimarathon.com/volunteer.
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