Mangano Hosts “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” Program on Eve of Valentine’s Day

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Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with his wife Linda and Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature Norma Gonsalves, joined with hundreds of residents at a “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 13th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.  The program united residents with members of the local substance abuse treatment and advocacy community in the fight against heroin and prescription drug addiction.  The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building was illuminated in red in remembrance of those that have been lost to addiction, and as a sign of hope for those suffering from the disease.

 

“This Valentine’s Day, we hold our loved ones especially close. Together, we will remember those who lost the battle with drug addiction, and we will reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths,” said County Executive Mangano.

 

The event included a resource fair, which offered attendees an opportunity to gather information about various treatment agencies and other advocacy groups.  The official program featured genuine stories of hope and recovery and information on access to addiction treatment programs.  Friends and family members who lost loved ones to the disease of addiction were invited to bring photos of them to attach to red hearts, which were given out at the ceremony.

 

Partnering with County Executive Mangano on this program were: Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.); Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA); Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD); and the Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS).

 

The Mangano administration has made tremendous strides in the effort to combat the opiate epidemic in Nassau County. Nassau County staff has helped to train nearly 8,000 individuals to administer an antidote that reverses the deadly effects of an overdose. Additionally, Mangano launched a program known as “A Shot at Life” which provides counseling, along with medication which cuts cravings by blocking the brains receptors and stops the euphoric effects of opiates. On the enforcement side, the Nassau County Police Department formed a task force with the Suffolk Police, State Police and DEA to help track down the source of drugs in fatal overdose cases and take down the ‘drug thugs’ plaguing our community.

 

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Mangano to Host “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” Program on Eve of Valentine’s Day

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join with hundreds of residents at a “Hands & Hearts Against Heroin Addiction” program on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 13th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.  The program will unite residents with members of the local substance abuse treatment and advocacy community in the fight against heroin and prescription drug addiction.  The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated in red in remembrance of those that have been lost to addiction, and as a sign of hope for those suffering from the disease.

“As Valentine’s Day nears, we hold our loved ones especially close. Together, we will remember those who lost the battle with drug addiction, and we will reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths,” said County Executive Mangano.

A Resource Fair at 6:30pm will offer attendees an opportunity to gather information about various treatment agencies and other advocacy groups.  The official program will begin at 7:00pm, featuring genuine stories of hope and recovery and information on access to addiction treatment programs.  Friends and family members who lost loved ones to the disease of addiction are invited to bring photos of them to attach to red hearts that will be given out at the ceremony.  The program will conclude with a Dome Lighting.

Partnering with County Executive Mangano on this program are: Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.); Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA); Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD); and the Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services (NAFAS).

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Mangano Gives Blizzard Update

By Eden Laikin

In a late morning blizzard update, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano warned drivers that visibility is poor, some of the roadways may be treacherous, and the westbound lane of the LIE is closed between Exits 33 and 34, due to a multi vehicle traffic accident – started by a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

On the bright side, he said power outages and fender benders are minimal, Nassau County plows and sanders are out in full force, and the storm should be finished by late afternoon.

And he urged residents: “If you don’t need to be on the roads, please don’t be. It makes it more difficult for our plow drivers, and visibility is poor enough.”

Meanwhile, County Executive Mangano urged residents with non life-threatening emergencies, such as streets not plowed, stranded cars or downed trees, to call the non-emergency hotline at 1-800-315-5153. To report power outages or electrical emergencies, call PSEG LI at 1-800-490-0075. And anyone in need of shelter or warmth, call our Warmbed number at 1-866-927-6233.

He said NICE bus is running as many routes as possible but has had to be curtailed in a few cases. And one unusual incident was reported this morning – a county ambulance went on fire, while running, in front of the Island Park firehouse.

Flanked by his commissioners of DPW, Police, Health, Public Safety and Animal protection, County Executive Mangano said Nassau County government is “open for business today,” but the courts, ice rink, museums and jail visiting services are closed. Staff from each county department are manning the non-emergency hotlines, he said.

Roadways on the north shore hilly areas are more treacherous and there’s been no talk with the MTA, so far, about suspending service on the LIRR. Nassau road crews began to put down brind at 7am yesterday and have been sanding ever since – keeping black ice down.

Mangano said that for continuing updates, download the free Nassau Now app.

He also asked whomever is out shoveling or snow-blowing, to shovel around any fire hydrants. But he cautioned against shoveling at an advanced age or if in ill health and about sticking your hands in the snow blower to clear it out.

“We went from a beach day to a blizzard day,” Mangano told reporters earlier. “Stay safe.”

 

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Mangano Honors Off Duty Muttontown Police Officer and Neighbor for Thwarting Burglary in Bethpage

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano commended an off-duty police officer, and a neighbor, this week – for apprehending a would-be burglar in Bethpage two days after Christmas.

On December 27th, 2016 shortly after 12:00 p.m. Muttontown Police Officer Kris Kozlowski was off duty at his home in Bethpage, when his wife noted a suspicious person in the neighborhood.  Officer Kozlowski went out to search the area and found the defendant about to smash the neighbor’s window with a cinderblock in order to gain entry to the home.

Officer Kozlowski was able to stop the defendant and hold him, with the assistance of his neighbor Michael Frisone, until NCPD arrived. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the second precinct.

Upon further investigation, the NCPD determined that this particular defendant was responsible for three additional burglaries and an attempted burglary charge for the location where he was arrested.  He had removed jewelry and foreign currency from some of the other burglary locations.

County Executive Mangano joined the two honorees, as well as the Muttontown Mayor, police chief and police commissioner – for a ceremony honoring the men at the NCPD Academy in Massapequa Park.

 

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MANGANO DIRECTS ASSESSMENT OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT GRIEVANCES UNTIL MARCH 10th

Mineola, NY –Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced he has directed officials at the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) and Department of Assessment (DOA) to accept property tax assessment grievance filings until Friday, March 10th.  A free user-friendly video is accessible on the ARC website at 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.

“In an effort to allow taxpayers an opportunity to make sure that the assessed value placed on their home or business is accurate, I directed assessment officials to permit a grace period to accept grievances until March 10th,” stated County Executive Mangano.  “I am happy to make this grievance process easy by offering a free online video to assist homeowners who wish to challenge the accuracy of their homes assessed value.”

“I’d like to thank County Executive Mangano for extending the deadline to grieve,” said Legislator Denise Ford. “This is an important decision for homeowners to make, and the extra time to gather and review all information is much appreciated.”

Homeowners who believe that their assessed value for the 2018-19 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 10, 2017.  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 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 mailed by DOA, are available for viewing to homeowners at www.mynassauproperty.com.  While the notices show the assigned tentative assessed value for each property for the 2018-19 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.

County Executive Mangano has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars by implementing significant improvements to the assessment system; however, residents must remember that it has been dysfunctional for over three decades and Hurricane Sandy delayed the revaluation of properties.  Even though the DOA staff worked hard to enter all settlements, mistakes can be made.  That is why County Executive Mangano reminds property owners to carefully review their tentative assessment and to inform the DOA if corrections were not made.  If owners have not received their assessment disclosure letter that had been mailed in January, they may simply call the DOA at (516) 571-1500 or visit the department website at www.mynassauproperty.com.

 

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MANGANO HONORS HERO COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO SAVED DOGS FROM HICKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter honored three police officers, a police medic and four Hicksville firefighters with citations for their heroic rescue of three dogs from a house fire, at a press conference on Thursday, February 2nd at the Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage. Two of the dogs – Inca and Sasha—were in attendance at the press conference to thank the first responders.

“Nassau County is blessed to have such professional, hardworking and dedicated first responders,” said County Executive Mangano. “These police officers, firefighters and police medic are truly deserving of the recognition accorded to them for helping to save three dogs from a tragic ending. Working collaboratively, they truly made a difference. Their quick response and immediate action has made the difference between life and death.”

On Thursday, January 26th, first responders arrived on the scene of a house fire on Georgia Street in Hicksville. Upon arriving, they heard a dog barking inside. Police Officer Andrew Massa kicked in the front door, crawled on the floor to avoid the smoke, and found one dog, Inca, lying unconscious near the couch. Officer Michael Rothwell retrieved oxygen and aided Police Medic Benjamin Butt in administering oxygen to Inca. Officer Steven Tornetta then drove Inca to the nearest veterinarian. The team of Hicksville firefighters found the two other dogs, Sasha and Chloe, hiding under a kitchen table inside and were able to walk them out safely. Police Medic Butt administered oxygen to both of them—neither appearing to be seriously injured.

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MANGANO COMMEMORATES 12TH NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY IN NASSAU COUNTY

Nassau County residents join their counterparts across Long Island today, Friday, February 3rd, in raising awareness and funds to fight the nation’s number one killer of women: cardiovascular disease. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will illuminate in red the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building 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 choose 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 3rd, 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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