Mangano, Gonsalves & Abrahams Announces $3 Million To Restore NICE Bus Routes

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams announced today $3 million in new funding for NICE Bus operations in 2016 and will work with NICE Bus CEO Mike Setzer to develop a restoration plan.

County Executive Mangano stated, “I’m proud to announce $3 million in additional county funding for NICE Bus operations in 2016. NICE Bus is a critical to the thousands of residents who rely on its service for rides to work, school and medical appointments and these funds should allow NICE Bus to restore route and service cuts made earlier this year.”

“I look forward to meeting with the NICE CEO with the hopes of restoring eliminated services,” said Presiding Officer Gonsalves.

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams added, “The restoration of these routes is so important. When it comes down to Nassau’s only mass transit option that ensures our working families get to work, school and important health care appointments, we must be taking steps forward, not backwards. NICE Bus must be treated as a top priority in this County and today I’m glad that the County Executive joined myself and my fellow Democratic legislators and did just that.”

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Mangano Launches Online Assessment Appeal Instructional Video

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano today announced the creation of an online user friendly video, accessible on the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/arc, to guide homeowners through the property tax assessment appeal process. The five-minute instructional video, “How to Appeal Your Assessment,” walks filers (via screen shots) through the appeal process and shows how to effortlessly navigate the ARC website to access comparable sales in the neighborhood as well as detailed information/inventory for the subject home.

“Homeowners should carefully review their property assessment and if they disagree, our new video explains the grievance process,” stated County Executive Mangano. “I am happy to make this grievance process video available to homeowners via our website as it will assist homeowners who wish to challenge the accuracy of their homes assessed value.”

Homeowners who believe that their assessed value for the 2017-18 school and general property tax year is too high, or property’s classification or exemption status is incorrect, are encouraged to file an “Application for Correction of Assessment” with ARC before the close of the grievance filing period on March 1, 2016. While the application is available in paper form, the convenience of filing online using ARC’s “Assessment Review on the Web” (AROW) link will provide filers with an immediate confirmation that their assessment appeal has been received.

ARC applications can be obtained online at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/arc. For individuals who do not have internet access, the application can be obtained in person at ARC located at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola, or by contacting ARC at (516) 571-3214. ARC hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Individual notices of tentative assessed value, which were recently mailed by Department of Assessment, are available for viewing to homeowners on the Department of Assessment website http://www.mynassauproperty.com. While the notices show the assigned tentative assessed value for each property for the 2017-18 school and general tax years, it does not reflect the amount of property taxes that will be imposed by a school district or local taxing authority.

There is no fee to file an “Application for Correction of Assessment” with Nassau County.

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Heroin Educational Summit To Address Growing Epidemic Of Drug Overdoses And Deaths

Candlelight Vigil & Ceremony to be held for Loved-Ones
Lost to Heroin Abuse

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, in partnership with Nassau and Suffolk County Police, EMS and Health officials, will host a Heroin Educational Summit on Thursday, February 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coral House in Baldwin to discuss possible solutions to the heroin epidemic on Long Island. Hundreds of students, school officials and community leaders from throughout the region are expected to attend the summit and free luncheon – which is open to the public and sponsored by 1010 WINS radio and the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association. In Nassau County, heroin deaths rose from 38 in 2012, to 44 in 2013 and 53 in 2014.

“Nassau County’s first-ever Heroin Educational Summit will bring together government, school and community leaders to address drug addiction and our four-pronged approach to battle the epidemic: awareness, education, enforcement and treatment,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together, we will raise awareness among residents, assist those combatting addiction and save lives by offering a shot at life recovery programs.”

Summit attendees will learn about Nassau County’s efforts to combat the deadly heroin crisis, and what friends or family of those addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers can do to help prevent, respond to, find treatment for and save their loved one’s life. Topics include: free Narcan training; accessing counseling and treatment – including the medication Vivitrol which cuts user’s cravings for opiates and blocks its euphoric effects; untreated issues at the core of drug addiction; and advocacy efforts to change laws concerning treatment for substance use disorder. Attendees will also hear directly from individuals impacted by addiction and have an opportunity to join the “Stop the Stigma” Awareness Campaign.

District Attorney Singas stated, “Heroin abuse affects people of all ages, backgrounds and communities. My office is working hard to hold heroin dealers accountable, and we are also working with law enforcement, school and health partners in a multi-pronged, preventative approach involving education and treatment. Together we are fighting back and together we will overcome this epidemic.”

At the conclusion of the summit, a candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of those lost to the disease of addiction. To attend the free Heroin Educational Summit, please RSVP at http://www.heroinsummit.net or call (631) 741-5616 for more information.

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MANGANO: IDA CREATED AND RETAINED 4,905 JOBS GENERATING $2.6 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT IN 2015

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced today that 2015 was another successful year for the IDA, which supported 15 projects with a total benefit of $2.6 billion for the local economy.

The IDA projects – which included the Nassau Events Center, a new home for Publishers Clearing House, a new hotel, facilities for high-tech businesses and affordable transit-oriented apartments, among others – created or retained 4,905 permanent and construction jobs. The year-end results were announced at the Agency’s January 28th Board Meeting.

“My economic development team continues to pursue new employers and assist current companies with keeping their operations in Nassau County. The job-generating projects supported by the Nassau County IDA in 2015 will provide a significant boost to our local economy,” said County Executive Mangano.

Among the major projects receiving economic development compacts from the IDA in 2015 were the Nassau Events Center, which is replacing the aging Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will inject $1.97 billion into the county’s economy; Publishers Clearing House’s planned move to 300 Jericho Quadrangle with an impact of $136 million, Mineola Metro apartments at $131 million and Supreme Screw’s move from the Bronx to Plainview at $98 million.

Other projects approved for IDA economic development compacts included StorQuest in Westbury, Sunrise Honda’s move to Valley Stream, Public Storage in Hicksville, Cornerstone at Farmingdale apartments, LTG Regal (multiplex cinema) in Lynbrook, Roslyn O-S Hotel, (Hilton Garden Inn), HSRE-EB Lake Success (Bristal Assisted Living), Kim & Bae Trading in Port Washington, Nassau Candy in Hicksville and CMS Real Estate in Lynbrook. The 15 projects together will create 4,200 new jobs, help retain 705 jobs and build 396 rental-housing units.

About the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency
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, Dealer Track Technologies and NY Community Bank as well as Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please click here or call (516) 571-1945.

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MANGANO COMMEMORATES 11TH NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY IN NASSAU COUNTY

Nassau County residents join their counterparts across Long Island this Friday, February 5th, to focus attention on and raise funds to fight the nation’s number one killer of women: cardiovascular disease. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will light the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building red tonight in recognition of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Wear Red Day.

National Wear Red Day, supports events throughout the area in an effort to draw attention to and educate the public about the dangers associated with cardiovascular disease.

County Executive Mangano stated, “It is imperative that the message be reiterated time and again that cardiovascular disease kills and women are the primary victims. Women account for approximately 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually and heart disease is the number one killer of women age 25 and older. We need to make every effort we can to turn these statistics around and that can only be done through research and education.”

In 2014, the American Heart Association launched their new “Life is Why” campaign to create a more personal and emotional connection with consumers to ask themselves why we do what we do, or more specifically why we should chose to live healthier lifestyles. County Executive Mangano, who has made health and fitness a priority under his administration, said the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign – sponsored nationally by Macy’s – urges women to take charge of their health. County employees are encouraged to wear red on February 5th, and to make a donation of $5 or more to support research that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies. Each participant will receive, a “Life is Why” Go Red for Women red arm band or a Go Red pin to wear as well as receive information about making healthy choices.

Since 1949, the AHA has spent more than $3.3 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke and has funded life-saving educational programs and tools for physicians. Additional information about National Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women is available by calling 1-888-694-3278 or visiting http://www.GoRedForWomen.org.

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MANGANO PRESENTS KEY TO THE COUNTY TO LOCAL 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER

A retired FDNY firefighter, and well known advocate for better health care for 911 responders, received the “Key to the County” today from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, along with a citation and outpouring of accolades from county legislators, at the onset of today’s legislative meeting.

Ray Pfeifer, 57, who grew up in Levittown and moved to Hicksville some time ago, is retired from Engine 40 Ladder 45 in Manhattan, where he served for 27 years. Pfeifer has also been a member of the Hicksville and East Meadow Volunteer Fire Departments.

He spent eight months working at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks and his subsequent diagnosis with stage-4 Cancer was linked to his time spent there.

County Executive Mangano said it was Ray’s “heroism, dedication and determination” in fighting for the Zadroga 9 /11 Health and Compensation Act, that resulted in the extension of the health care program until 2090.

“Ray Pfeifer’s exemplifies the true definition of a hero,” County Executive Mangano. “His tireless service and dedication, reminds us all to never forget the sacrifices made by the men and women who served at Ground Zero and continue to lose their lives or fight serious illnesses inflicted by terrorists.”

Despite his own battle with Ground Zero related illnesses, Pfeifer traveled to Washington DC to advocate for his fellow firefighters, and 9/11 responders, for an extension of the Zadroga Act. The Act is named after James Zadroga, a deceased NYPD Detective, and will insure health coverage for sufferers from Ground Zero illnesses.

Upon presenting Ray with the Key to the County, Mangano thanked him for his service.

Ray’s father was a volunteer Firefighter and his son Terence Pfeifer, 23 yrs. old currently serves as a member of the FDNY as an EMT.

On Jan 10, 2016 Ray also received a key to the City from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Mangano and Health Officials Discuss Post Blizzard Safety Issues

The first storm of 2016 saw 200 vehicle accidents, 235 aided cases and 1,742 calls for service to the Nassau County Police Department – and on Sunday, a 38 year male from Bellmore died while shoveling – Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.

Continuing warnings he offered in the days before the storm hit, as well as during the storm, the County Executive today joined with Nassau health officials to discuss post-blizzard safety issues.

“Once again, I remind residents to be safe on the roadways,” County Executive Mangano said. “Vehicle accidents will likely continue today as hazardous conditions still exist from ice and snow mounds.”

Mangano spoke about the ongoing safety concerns, at Nassau University Medical Center, where he was joined by hospital CEO/President Victor Politi and Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein,

To contact Public Works or transportation departments in Nassau’s towns and cities, call or email:
o Nassau County: (516) 571-6000
o TOH: (516) 489-6000
o TONH: 311
o Glen Cove: (516) 676-2004
o Long Beach: (516) 431-1011
• NICE Bus – http://www.nicebus.com or NICEgoMobile app
• LIRR – http://alert.mta.info

“The Big Dig continues today in Nassau County, where many residents continue to dig out their homes and cars from more than 20 inches of snow,” County Executive Mangano said, and he offered the following warnings:

• People seriously underestimate the strenuous activity of shoveling, as it strains the upper body, increases heart rate and elevates blood pressure.

• We remind elderly residents and those with health concerns that shoveling and operating a snow blower can cause cardiac risk.

• On Saturday, a 61-year-old man went into cardiac arrest while snow blowing in West Hempstead and passed away.

• On Sunday, a 62-year-old male in Seaford suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow in front of his house.

• Also on Sunday, a private operator was removing snow from an Oyster Bay Cove residence when the plow fatally struck the homeowner while in reverse.

• Other storm related injuries came from shoveling snow, and from hands placed in or near snow blower blades.

• The Nassau County Department of Public Works, as well as towns and villages, will continue clearing roadways today.

• We ask that you keep cars in driveways so that we can best clear roadways.

• County government is open for business. While our community college has a delayed opening, all other facilities are open, including the courts.

• NICE Bus is operating, but experiencing delays from slow travel. For up to date information, visit http://www.nicebus.com or download the NICEgoMobile app.

• The County Department of Social Services continues to operate its Winter Sheltering Program—known as WARMBED—for those without shelter. During the day, please call (516) 227-8519.

• Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am, residents should dial the WARMBED Hotline at 1-866-927-6233.

• If residents are out of home heating fuel or in need of an emergency burner repair, please call the Nassau County Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program, at (516) 227-7605, between 8am-4:45pm, to find out if you qualify for the HEAP program.

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