GUN BUY BACK THIS WEEKEND TO TAKE ILLEGAL FIREARMS OFF STREETS

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas will host a Gun Buy Back event on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem of Judea Church, located at 83 Greenwich Street in Hempstead.

Asset forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program, which is strictly anonymous. Individuals are paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns must be transported in the trunk of the car, unloaded and placed in a shoe box, or plastic/paper bag.

“The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken more than 3,500 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and I thank the Bethlehem of Judea Church for hosting this effort to take illegal firearms off our streets. By working together, we can continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”

“Gun buyback events like these are an important part of our continuing efforts to eliminate the threat of gun violence in our communities,” Acting DA Singas said. “I thank the Bethlehem of Judea Church for helping us get these illegal firearms off our streets and for partnering with Nassau County law enforcement to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

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MANGANO: NASSAU COUNTY CONTINUES TO EARN TOP RECOGNITION FOR HEALTH

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to announce that Nassau County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in New York State, according to the 2015 Annual County Health Rankings. In a report released today by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nassau County ranks number one out of all 63 counties in New York State for health factors and has moved up to fifth place for health outcomes. This ranking is based on a comprehensive report that ranks the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using standardized measures.

“Nassau County’s ranks as one the healthiest counties in New York State,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am proud of the professional excellence demonstrated by the Department of Health and all the work they do to promote and protect the health of all who live, work and visit Nassau County. This report is a testament to the combined efforts of government, businesses, health care providers, schools and community-based organizations working together to improve the health and safety of Nassau County residents.”

The Rankings, available at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org include a snapshot of each county in New York. Researchers looked at “health factors” that affect people’s health within four categories; health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. These health factors include measurements such as, adult smoking, adult obesity and drinking water violations.

County Health Rankings researchers also used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for New York by county such as, rates of premature death, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birth weight infants.

“I am proud of our Department staff who work tirelessly every day to protect the health of all, and I thank County Executive Mangano for his support of the Department of Health,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “We will continue to work together with our world class health care partners to achieve great public health outcomes for all Nassau County residents.”

For more information about the County Health Rankings visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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Mangano: Auxiliary Police Officers To Be Equipped With Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Antidote

Funding for Training and Narcan Kits Provided through Attorney General
Schneiderman’s Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter today announced that volunteer officers of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police have begun receiving Naloxone or Narcan kits after successfully completing training for use of the life-saving antidote – which can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose – at the Nassau County Police Academy. Officers who complete the training are required to carry the kits with them while on duty.

“Too many young people are falling victim to heroin and opioid addiction and we must do all that we can to save their lives and put them on the road to recovery,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration has combated heroin and opioid abuse through a comprehensive strategy that includes enhanced enforcement, education, awareness and treatment offered by our new ‘Shot of Life’ program. By ensuring both police officers and auxiliary police are trained to administer and carry Narcan, we guarantee more lives will be saved from this deadly epidemic.”

Every Nassau County Police Officer on patrol has already been trained to administer Naloxone or Narcan. Training is critical as statistics indicate that 44 people died of heroin overdoses and 115 people died of prescription drug overdoses in Nassau County in 2013. Each Narcan kit consists of a zip bag or pouch containing two prefilled syringes of naloxone, two atomizers for nasal administration, sterile gloves and a booklet on the use of the drug.

“The COP Program is an essential part of our effort to combat the spike in heroin overdoses that is plaguing communities and families on Long Island and across New York State,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “By providing police officers with naloxone, we are making this life-saving overdose antidote, available in every town, village and hamlet on Long Island.”

Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter stated, “Although Naloxone kits have been a required piece of equipment on Nassau County Police Ambulances for many years, the impact of it the hands of our patrol force has been tremendous. In the past few months, some Nassau County police officers have been equipped with Naloxone kits, resulting in numerous lives having been saved from accidental heroin overdoses. With the funding from the Attorney General’s office, the entire patrol will now have this life saving tool available to them.”

The success of naloxone in combatting opioid overdoses cannot be overstated. In 2014, Nassau County Police Officers and Ambulance Medical Technicians saved the lives of 258 citizens. Since becoming State-certified as an Overdose Responder Program in late 2012, the Mangano administration has hosted more than 70 Overdose Prevention and Drug Abuse Awareness Seminars and trained nearly 3,600 non-medically trained citizens to recognize the signs of an Opioid overdose, attempt rescue breathing and to administer Narcan. At least 10 trainees have reported saving the life of a friend or family member overdosing on an Opioid this year.

To further assist residents, County Executive Mangano and the Long Island Crisis Center, recently launched a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline, (516) 227-TALK, to better serve residents who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders.

About the Nassau County Auxiliary Police
The Nassau County Auxiliary Police Program is part of the Nassau County Police Department’s Community Safety Unit / Auxiliary Police Section. The main mission of the Auxiliary Police is to help prevent and deter criminal activity by routine patrols in marked Auxiliary Police vehicles, and to ensure the safety of their fellow residents during community events such as parades, fairs, fireworks displays, holiday ceremonies, and festivities, as well as assisting the police and fire departments during severe weather and emergency situations. Every year, the volunteer officers of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police perform over 70,000 hours of service to the residents of Nassau County. For more information, please visit http://www.pdcnaux.org.

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MANGANO LAUNCHES AGGRESSIVE POTHOLE REPAIR PROGRAM WITH CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman and Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) today announced a joint response to Mother Nature’s destruction of our roadways. Under a new aggressive Countywide Pothole Repair Plan, municipalities will share reported pothole complaints in “real-time” so that highway crews can be dispatched to address road conditions with urgency.

“The winters repeated freeze and thaw cycles have created a pothole crisis that has impacted everyone,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our joint efforts to fill potholes will help to maintain the highest level of safety for vehicles and pedestrians on roadways. Nassau repairs potholes on County roadways within 24 hours of a report; however, I have launched a Saturday Pothole Repair Patrol to enhance our efforts and invite residents to report a pothole by calling (516) 571-6900 or using the Nassau Now application on your smartphone or mobile device. The app will enable a photograph to be taken of the area and sent to the County with the GPS location.”

“Working together, Nassau County and other local governments can respond quickly and efficiently in our efforts to repair potholes,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “I want to thank County Executive Mangano for addressing this problem in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner.”

“The Town of Oyster Bay is happy to partner with Nassau County in this aggressive program to help rid our streets of dangerous and unsightly potholes as soon as possible,” Town Supervisor John Venditto said. “While the Town of Oyster Bay has always been as expeditious as possible when it comes to filling potholes, especially after a tumultuous winter such as this one, this type of inter-municipal cooperation can only help to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and their vehicles.”

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth stated, “Inter-municipal coordination is critical to efficient government especially when it comes to repairing potholes, which can damage our vehicles and be a hazard for pedestrians. We will continue to communicate with Nassau County, New York State and the Villages in our Town to share information on pothole locations so that they are addressed as soon as possible. The Town will continue its promise of filling potholes about which we are notified within 2 business days.”

City of Glen Cove Mayor Spinello stated, “The City of Glen Cove has already begun an aggressive campaign filling potholes on our local streets. With the ongoing assistance of Nassau County DPW which maintains 16 major roads within our city limits the repairs are being performed on a daily basis. We appreciate the County’s initiative of providing easy access for reporting of pothole damage to county roads within our city limits.”

“Working together with Nassau County will help ensure driver and pedestrian safety on our roadways,” said Long Beach City Council President Len Torres. “To date, Long Beach crews have filled nearly 2,000 potholes in our City alone. Residents can use the Long Beach Response app for City streets and the Nassau Now for Nassau County roadways.”

Peter Cavallaro, Westbury Village Mayor and President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, stated, “Nassau’s villages are also plagued with potholes on village roadways, as well as on county and town roads in and around our villages. We are pleased that the county and towns are joining to make sure that potholes are addressed in an expedited fashion. The VOA will work with our member villages to make sure that village personnel report potholes on county and town roads as soon as they become aware of them.”

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MANGANO: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL ON APRIL 22ND

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Department of Health is seeking volunteers to take part in a public health emergency preparedness Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise on Wednesday, April 22nd. The mission of this exercise is to test the Department’s operational plans for mass distribution of medications during a public health emergency. This exercise also seeks to familiarize the public with a POD and the important role of public health emergency preparedness in protecting the public from events such as a large-scale disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. Interested volunteers may pre-register at http://www.health.state.ny.us/go2clinic or obtain additional information by contacting the Nassau County Department of Health, Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at (516) 227-9652.

When:
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where:
LIU Post, Pratt Recreation Center
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
(Parking lot is adjacent to the Pratt Building)

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Mangano delivers 6th state of the County Address

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered his 6th State of the County Address last night, touting accomplishments made by his administration throughout his tenure, including: the creation and retention of 20,000 new private sector jobs; the building of nearly 3,500 new apartments near transit areas throughout Nassau; not raising County property taxes “one net dime” since taking office in 2010; a 60% improvement in the budget, which had a $378 million deficit when he took office; Nassau having the lowest unemployment rate in the region; and the status of being a national leader in Public-Private Partnerships.

Mangano said these projects were accomplished, mainly, with private financing, while allowing County residents to enjoy the benefits of the facilities and receive subsidies from the management. One partnership he highlighted was the privately financed reconstruction of the Nassau Coliseum, which he said would result in about $10 billion of economic activity. He said the construction would begin this year and will transform the aged building into a state of the art sports and entertainment destination, which would feature pro-basketball, heavyweight boxing and several NY Islanders games. It would also employ 2,700 people. He also said the Islanders expect to build a new practice facility and corporate headquarters in Nassau and he implied that there might be interest on the part of the hockey team, to return here to a renovated arena. Lastly he said the County was close to a deal with Memorial Sloan Kettering to build a cancer treatment facility at the HUB.

He delivered news that Long Beach residents would once again have a mental health clinic in the community – to replace the one destroyed by Superstorm Sandy – thanks to more than $2 million in state funding his administration has secured. The $2.7 million from the New York State Office of Mental Health would also be used to expand and improve other mental health services, badly in need since the closure of several state psychiatric facilities.

In his hour-long speech, Mangano spoke about continuing advocacy for a comprehensive clean-up plan of our water and soil, both for the Grumman plume and for any other contamination.

Mangano addressed the challenge of combatting heroin addiction and his multi-pronged approach of education, awareness, enforcement and treatment. Heroin and prescription drug addiction claimed 174 lives in Nassau, last year.

The administration provides drug abuse prevention initiatives in schools, and strong police enforcement on our streets.

To give families a chance at recovery, Nassau launched free Narcan training to reverse an overdose and have so far trained 3,500 citizens to recognize an overdose administer Narcan. .

In October, the Mangano administration partnered with the Long Island Crisis Center, to launch a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse Helpline.

And, to treat those already hooked on drugs, the administration created a model program called ‘A Shot at Life’ –“ in which addiction specialists screen candidates to whom they administer a non-narcotic medication called Vivitrol, which has promising addiction-kicking results.”

Unlike other medications long-used to treat Opiate addiction, Vivitrol is a once-a-month, extended-release injection that cannot be abused, is non-addictive, and caps brain receptors from the cravings of Opiates.

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MANGANO RECOGNIZES AMERICAN LEGION – WILLIAM J. LONGUET POST 101 OF WESTBURY FOR DONATION OF HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE VAN

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today acknowledged the generosity of American Legion – William J. Longuet Post 101 for their donation of a handicap-accessible 2010 Toyota Sienna van to the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency. The van, valued at $36,000, will be used to provide transportation to veteran healthcare facilities in East Meadow, Valley Stream, the Northport VA Hospital and the Vet Center in Hicksville. There is no charge for this transportation service and appointments can be made by calling the (516) 572-6560.
County Executive Mangano stated, “My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring they have respectful transportation, housing and job opportunities in Nassau County. I thank American Legion – William J. Longuet Post 101 for their generosity as this handicap-accessible van donation helps us better serve local veterans.”
Al Wirth, American Legion Post 101 Vice Commander, stated, “The men and woman of the American Legion Post 101 are proud to support the Veteran Service Agency and ensure veterans receive top-notch transportation to healthcare facilities and the Vet Center in Hicksville. Post Commander Vincent Ciantro and I wish to thank all those who helped contribute to the purchase of this new vehicle.”

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