Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas and Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter today announced that the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will conduct an extensive DWI enforcement initiative this Memorial Day weekend. The NCPD’s Selective Enforcement Team (SET) continues to effectively stop even more drunk drivers by identifying “hot spots” that have a propensity for DWI-related crime. In addition, the NCPD in cooperation with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services – Office of Counter Terrorism will be conducting a multi-agency initiative that will crack down on law violators in our waterways.

“Drunk drivers jeopardize the lives and safety of innocent people every time they get behind the wheel,” said County Executive Mangano. “With ‘The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer’ beginning this Memorial Day weekend, Nassau County Police will target drunk drivers looking to prevent senseless alcohol-related accidents and locking up those who break the law. With additional police patrols this Memorial Day weekend, think before you drink. Don’t drink and drive.”
During the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in 2014, there were 52 DWI arrests made countywide. Last year, there were a total of 18 fatalities on our roadways as a result of DWI. To date there have been more than 700 DWI arrests this year and a total of 2,477 DWI arrests last year. This “STOP DWI” enforcement initiative, funded by a grant from the New York State STOP DWI Coordinators Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, allows police departments throughout Nassau County to implement a saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past. Departments participating include Nassau County; Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck Estates, Hempstead, Kensington, Lake Success, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Muttontown, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Port Washington and Rockville Centre.

“Nassau County will not tolerate drunk or impaired drivers, because they risk innocent lives every time they get behind the wheel. I am committed to working with the police department to do everything possible to keep our roadways – and our families – safe. Our message today is simple: If you are drunk or high on drugs, do not get behind the wheel. I thank the county executive and police commissioner for their commitment to fighting drunk and drugged driving, and citizen advocates for partnering with law enforcement to keep us all safe,” stated Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter stated, “A review of statistics indicate that aggressive past enforcement policies, combined with education and awareness campaigns, have reduced the number of intoxicated drivers on Nassau County roadways. While DWI fatalities are at historic lows – down 21 % since 2011 – and the average Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of DWI arrests are among the lowest in the state, the department can always and will always do better to make our roadways safe. I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly not just this holiday weekend but always so that you and others return home safely to their loved ones.”
“Now that the warm weather is finally here, many families and friends will gather for a variety of celebrations,” added County Executive Mangano. “Everyone should make the smart and responsible decision not to drink and drive. Our ‘Choose your Ride’ vehicle demonstrates that you have two choices a cab home or a ride in one of our patrol vehicles where you will be booked, processed and prosecuted.”

Also attending the press conference were: Nassau County STOP DWI Coordinator Christopher Mistron; Rich Mallow, State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); Marge Lee, President of DEDICATEDD; Brian Rosenberg from Restaurants Against Drunk Driving (RADD); and Larry Blessinger, owner of All Island Transportation. Participants reminded residents:

• If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
• Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home
• Spend the night where the activity is being held.
• Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.

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Officers in Seven Communities to Participate

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter and other elected officials today announced a pilot program that will equip a number of Nassau County police officers with body cameras in an effort to increase transparency during interactions with the public. As part of the program, a total of 62 cameras will be assigned to 31 officers from the First, Third, and Fifth Precincts, which includes the communities of Baldwin, Elmont, Great Neck, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury.

County Executive Mangano stated, “Crime is down 25% since I took office in 2010. Crime is at the lowest levels since statistics were first recorded and Nassau is the safest large suburban county in America. This success is directly attributable to our officers, intelligence-led policing models and strategic communication. Advancements in technology have also made it possible for police officers to receive and input valuable intelligence through the computers in their patrol vehicles, effectively turning these patrol vehicles into mobile police precincts. This body camera pilot program seeks to expand upon our efforts by using the latest technology to increase transparency during interactions with the public, strengthen officer performance by using footage for training and improve evidence documentation for investigations and prosecution.”

“We must always remember that transparency is the cornerstone to building public trust. Bringing body camera technology to Nassau is about protecting the police officers that risk their lives to protect us while fostering confidence in all our relations with each and every community. Today is a great day here in Nassau and I’m thankful of County Executive Mangano for supporting this important initiative,” stated Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.

The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will select three camera models and assign each model to participating officers to test for three months at a time as the Department evaluates the best technology for its officers.

The cost of the pilot program, which will begin on August 1st, is estimated to be $150,000 and will be paid for through County operational funds. Upon its completion, the NCPD will provide final recommendations to the County Executive and County Legislature based on their experience with the pilot program.

Legislator Siela Bynoe stated, “Utilizing technology to capture interactions between police officers and residents will serve to de-escalate emotionally charged situations. I am very happy that Nassau County is taking the steps necessary to provide increased safety for our residents and our hard working police officers. This is a win-win situation.”

Legislator Carrie Solages added, “This is an extra layer of protection that helps keep our police and residents safe while also promoting transparency. I’m proud of our police and proud that Nassau is bringing this technology to our County.”

“The Nassau County Police Department is committed to exploring the latest technology in order to continue to keep Nassau one of the safest communities in the country,” said Acting Commissioner Krumpter. “This pilot program will benefit members of the community and as well as our officers.”

In creating the program, the NCPD collaborated with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and law-enforcement agencies across the country that already have body-camera programs in place.

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Mangano Swears in new Fire Commissioners

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano swore in new members of the Nassau County Fire Commission this week, including the new Fire Commission Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary.

Sworn in at the ceremony Wednesday evening at the Carle Place Fire Department, were Commission Chairman James Mezey; Vice Chairman Dennis Collins; and Secretary John Fabian.

Jim Mezey, the new Nassau County Fire Commissioner, is an Ex-Chief of the Carle Place Fire Department where he just received his 50 year membership. Most recently, Jim was elected as Fire Commissioner of the 9th Battalion and served as the Vice Chairman of the Fire Commission. Jim is also retired from the Nassau County Police Department.

County Executive Mangano thanked Mezey for his years of “brave and selfless service” and outgoing Fire Commissioner, Ronald Magarie, for his service, bravery, leadership and “dedication” to “protecting our Nassau County communities.”

Margarie joined the West Hempstead Fire Company in 1975 where he rose up through the ranks as a Firematic officer – 2nd and 1st Lieutenant, Junior Captain, Senior Captain, 2nd Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief of Department in 1996. Ron was elected as Fire Commissioner of the 7th Battalion and served as the Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Fire Commission.

Mangano also congratulated all incoming officers.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that law enforcement officials in the County had arrested 15 gang members and associates, and dismantled a major drug trafficking ring that sold deadly Fentanyl-laced Heroin, as well as illegally-obtained prescription painkillers, from its operations in Freeport and Roosevelt.

The 5-month long investigation was a joint effort between the Nassau County Police Narcotics Vice Squad and its Major Case Bureau, and the District Attorney’s Street Narcotics Gang Unit, and resulted in the arrest of 14 members of the Bloods gang. Charges included not only selling drugs, but also engaging in illegal dog fighting in those same communities. Officers seized evidence from the crime scenes that showed the defendants were fighting, breeding and training Pit Bulls.

Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic painkiller of extremely high potency, is to blame for 8 deaths in Nassau last year and another 12, in 2013.

This past March, County Executive Mangano issued a “Deadly Drug Alert” to warn the public of the narcotic fentanyl reemerging in the State and County, after Nassau’s Medical Examiner discovered, in January 2015, that Fentanyl was the cause of 3 deaths of people in their 20s,.

Yesterday morning, search warrants were executed in Roosevelt and Freeport. The investigation is ongoing.

County Executive Mangano commended “all those in law enforcement who helped to take down these drug dealers and slow the flow of narcotics into our neighborhoods.”

“The fact remains that too many young people have fallen victim to heroin and opioid addiction,” Mangano said. “This enforcement, combined with Nassau County’s comprehensive strategy of education, awareness, and treatment, is helping combat this nationwide crisis.”

Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said that other drugs seized from the locations included Heroin, Xanax, Oxycodone and Codeine. And that the drug trafficking ring operated along the South Shore of the County, into Queens. Police Department records show the highest incidence of Opioid overdose deaths has been in Nassau’s South Shore communities.

The County Executive also called dog fighting, a heinous and barbaric crime, and applauded the efforts of Nassau police and the ASPCA for putting a stop to these dog fighting operations and helping to end the abuse inflicted on the animals. Eleven dogs were rescued during yesterday’s Operation Blood Sport, including 2 newborn puppies.

“Dog Fighting,” Singas said, was a “billion dollar enterprise” and often found along with the illegal trading or selling of guns.

After the announcement, the Nassau SPCA said it is offering $5,000 rewards to individuals who give information that lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for dog fighting.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will be joined by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Island Park Mayor Michael G. McGinty as they celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Peter’s Clam Bar. The famous Clam Bar is a South Shore institution that was built in 1939 and opened in the Summer of 1940. The ceremony will take place on tomorrow, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. at 600 Long Beach Road in Island Park.
Peter’s Clam Bar has survived many hurricanes through the years including heavy damage during SuperStorm Sandy in which it was four feet under water. Local community groups, chamber members and residents will join the festivities along with musicians dressed in periodic attire singing swing music of the 1940’s. In addition, Peter’s will be rolling back prices during lunch from the original menu of seven decades ago with 10 cent coffee and a dollar for a dozen clams.
11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peter’s Clam Bar
600 Long Beach Road
Island Park, NY

About Peter’s Clam Bar:
Built in 1939 and Opened in Summer of 1940, Peter’s Clam Bar is one of Long Island’s oldest clam bars and seafood houses. Nestled on the waters of Barnum Inlet, Peter’s has served millions of clams for over 75 years to residents in the tri-state area.

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Mangano Honors Firefighters

By Eden Laikin

The annual Nassau County Firematic Awards Ceremony Monday night recognized 18 fire chiefs, captains, ex-chiefs, ex-captains, an EMT and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for a fire district.

Scott Tusa, the County’s Chief Fire Marshall, joined County Executive Ed Mangano and County Legislator Steve Rhoads, at the ceremony, calling each recipient up to the podium, one by one, to accept their award. Rhoads is an ex-chief of the Wantagh Fire Department.

A reception followed the ceremony, which took place in the Legislative Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.

County Executive Mangano began his remarks by thanking each first responder in attendance, for the hard work and dedication they put into protecting Nassau County’s residents and property.

“It is times, such as natural disasters, where your courage shines,” he told those gathered. “But it is everyday heroism that personifies our Nassau County Firefighters.”

He said “we gather today to honor our brave first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and consistently risk their own lives to protect our Nassau County residents. Bravery, 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,” he continued. “I have always made the training and safety of our firefighters and emergency responders one of my administration’s top priorities.”

Just last month, the County acquired a brand new hazardous materials response truck, in order to reduce response times to Fire Departments requests for HazMat Assistance. Also, there is now a “County-Wide” Rehab unit, in service and available for request by any of the 71 fire departments.

Working with the Nassau County OEM and the Nassau County Information Technology Department, County officials are preparing to upgrade the Battalion EOC’s (Emergency Operations Centers) with new computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and cable internet access.

“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.”

He closed the ceremony by again thanking the firefighters for their service to our community.
“We will never be able to thank you enough,” he said. “

The 2015 Firematic Award Recipients were:
Ex- Chief Bruce Sparke
Ex- Captain Gerard Petti
Captain Thomas Foy
Ex-Chief William Hartzgan
Ex- Chief Raymond Ryan
Ex- Captain Herman Prophet
Ex-Chief Leonard Cherson
EMT Mauvalin Jacques
Ex-Chief Sean Simmons
Ex-President John McCormack
1st Assistant Chief Thomas Gies
Ex-Chief Emil Pape
Lt. William Efinger
Chief John Thorp, III
Honorary Chief Roger Fay
Ex-Captain Freddie Weiss
Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Pellegrino
Ex-Chief John Olson

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Mangano joins Cuomo, and Cardinal Dolan, to announce new educational tax credits.

By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cardinal Timothy Dolan today, as the Governor announced new education tax credits for donations made to schools.

Under Governor Cuomo’s Education Investment Tax Credit act, people who make donations to private, public and charter? schools’ scholarship funds would receive a credit equal to 75% of their contributions. It’s designed to incentivize donations to educational institutions.

At least 50% of scholarship recipients would have to be students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch under the Governor’s proposal.

The Governor’s plan also includes a:

• $500 tax credit for families who send their children to private school; and a
• $200 tax credit for all teachers who purchase school supplies out of pocket.

The three gathered this morning at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury, in bi-partisan fashion, to announce tax credit relief.

“Every child deserves a quality education,” County Executive Mangano said. “That’s why it’s so important we invest in New York’s education system today. Whether it is children attending public schools, charter schools or nonpublic schools, everyone will benefit from additional private sector dollars made available for education.”

Mangano said the best part of the new initiative is that it builds upon the State’s Property Tax Cap by investing more dollars in education without raising local property taxes.

“It will also help protect art, music, tutoring and athletic programs which, are all too often, on the chopping block by some public schools,” he said.

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