MANGANO & KRUMPTER ANNOUNCE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SECURITY PROTOCOLS

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter held a press conference today to discuss security for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Debate which will take place Monday, September 26th at Hofstra University.  Monday’s debate is the first of three Presidential Debates.  Recent terror attacks in New York and New Jersey have our police officials on heightened alert.  To that end, there will be numerous road closures and prohibited items for the debate.

“The Nassau County Police Department does an outstanding job protecting and serving the people of Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano.  “With the recent terror attacks in Manhattan and New Jersey, and unprecedented times around the globe, large scale events such as this Presidential Debate require significant police resources.  I thank our partners in law enforcement and call on the public to help serve as our eyes and ears.  If you see something out of the ordinary – a suspicious individual, backpack or bag, dial 911.  Additionally, if you read something on social media that raises concern, Text-Tip via the Nassau County CrimeStoppers mobile app.”

Below is a list of “prohibited items” for anyone entering secure zones around Hofstra University.  Please note that pedestrians entering these secure zones are subject to search.

  1. Aerosols
  2. Ammunition
  3. Animals other than service/guide dogs
  4. Back Packs
  5. Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions
  6. Balloons
  7. Bicycles
  8. Coolers
  9. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  10. Explosives
  11. Firearms
  12. Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  13. Laser pointers
  14. Mace/Pepper spray
  15. Packages
  16. Selfie sticks
  17. Structures
  18. Supports for signs and placards
  19. Toy guns
  20. Weapons of any kind
  21. Any other item determined to be a potential hazard
  22. In addition, Nassau County Police Department reserves the right to prohibit any other items that are determined to be a potential public safety hazard.

 

Traffic surrounding Hofstra University will be severely impacted in an abundance of caution.  Below are some road closures.

 

Monday Sept 26

  • 5am – midnight: Charles Lindberg Boulevard, and Earl Ovington Boulevard will be closed.
  • Noon—midnight: Hempstead Turnpike will be closed to all traffic between Oak Street and Merrick Avenue by Eisenhower Park.
  • Oak Street will be closed from Hempstead Turnpike, North to Westbury Boulevard.
  • Eastbound and Westbound traffic in this area should use alternate routes such as Front St, Old Country Road., or Stewart Avenue.
  • Lawrence Street in Uniondale will be one-way Northbound only from Hempstead Turnpike to Westbury Boulevard.
  • Courtenay Road in Hempstead will be one-way Southbound from Hempstead Turnpike to Front Street.
  • No on-street parking will be permitted on both Lawrence Street and Courtenay Road on Monday September 26th.
  • There will be no access to Hempstead Turnpike from Front Street. Residents and other local traffic only will be permitted.
  • The following streets will be one-way Southbound for one block South of Hempstead Turnpike:
    • Manor Parkway
    • Marvin Avenue
    • Walton Avenue
    • Gilroy Avenue
    • Cunningham Avenue

 

The Nassau County Police Department is advising that citizens avail themselves of alternate routes and should avoid travel in the area of the Nassau Coliseum and Hofstra University on the day of the debate.

 

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Mangano Announces Drug Abuse Prevention Competition for High School & College Students

Encourages Students to Help Create a Drug-Free Community

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a competition to help promote awareness of the dangers of drugs – particularly heroin and prescription pain pills -and to explore what educational institutions are doing to address the disease of addiction.  Nassau County’s 4th Annual Drug Alternatives’ Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest is once again open to high school students, and expanded to college students, as part of National Red Ribbon Awareness Campaign activities. This year’s Red Ribbon theme, “YOLO (You Only Live Once). Be Drug Free,” was selected to advocate and educate youth to create drug-free communities.  Each student and educational institution that participates in the competition will receive a citation, honoring them for their efforts in helping to create drug-free communities.

County Executive stated, “My administration is combatting drug abuse through education, awareness, enforcement and intervention. I call on high school and college students, faculty, health instructors, film teachers and social workers to encourage their students to enter the contest and help us educate today’s young people on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction.”

The contest requires students to create a 30 second PSA that suggests positive alternatives to heroin and other drug misuse and abuse. Contest submissions can include how: “experimenting” with drugs often leads to physical and mental dependence; shame and embarrassment can deter youth from seeking help for their drug and/or mental health issues; untreated depression or other mental health issues may lead to self-medication and substance abuse; and how Substance Use Disorder is a disease and therefore a public health issue.

Educational institutions may submit multiple entries, created either by an individual or a group of students. Videos should also provide links to local resources available for help, such as Nassau County’s 24/7 Helpline (516) 227-TALK.  PSA’s should provide hope, help and positive alternatives to drug misuse and abuse.

First, Second and Third Place Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries in both the high school and college level divisions.  Multiple entries from the same school/college will be accepted. All PSA’s become the property of Nassau County upon submission and may be reproduced for publication. PSA entries should be submitted on a flash drive. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 18, 2016.  An award ceremony for all participants will be held in January – details to follow.

To participate, call Paula Pontrelli at (516) 227-7038 or email paula.pontrelli@hhsnassaucountyny.us. In addition, please submit to this address the attached registration form.

Go to www.nassaucountyny.gov/drugpsa to read the contest letter, download a registration form and see past winning videos.

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Nassau News Briefs

By Eden Laikin

CHARITY BASEBALL GAME TO BENEFIT AMERICA’S VETDOGS

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano commended an Oceanside middle school student last week, for organizing a charity baseball tournament to benefit America’s Vet Dogs. Jeremey Feder, 12, started the tournament as his “mitzvah” project for his bar mitzvah. A team of 10-12 year olds played several games during the Sept 18 tournament . The tournament fees, as well as proceeds from food, drinks and raffles sold at the tournament’s opening night, will go directly to the charity.

ANNUAL LI CRUIZIN’ FOR A CURE CAR SHOW

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined LI Cruizin’ for a Cure this past weekend, for their 2016 Car Show, an annual fundraiser to support free Prostate Cancer Testing and Education. Winthrop University Hospital provided free onsite prostate cancer screening at the show, which was held at Sears Automotive Center on Routes 106/107 in Hicksville. Since its founding, Cruzin’ has donated $90,000 to Winthrop University Hospital and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for research. County Executive Mangano reminded residents to “get tested early and know the risk factors.  Knowledge is power.”

MANGANO JOINS CHILEAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano welcomed to Nassau County, the Consul General of Chile – Honorable Francisco Del Campoto celebrate Chile’s Independence Day. The Day, which commemorates the historic events of the Chilean War of Independence, is celebrated every year on September 18. Guests at the event sang both the Chilean and National Anthems and there were several cultural presentations. “As we gather here today we are provided with a great opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of the Chilean- American community not only here in Nassau County, but across the county,” Mangano said. “Everyone here today has played a very important role in the growth of Nassau County – contributing greatly to our economic well-being and dedicated to improving Nassau County for all of its residents.”

REMARKS AT PROCUREMENT CONFERENCE

In remarks at the 2016 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference last week, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano spoke about a “myriad of economic development opportunities emerging in Nassau County” and reiterated his commitment to enhance Minority, Women, Veteran and Small Business participation and development.” The County’s Office of Minority Affairs has nearly tripled the amount of MWBE opportunities by expanding participation to 8,000 eligible bidders. About 1,000 business owners/professionals attended the event – which is the region’s largest procurement conference for small businesses with a focus on MWBE and Veteran-Owned Firms.

 

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NCPD Announces Temporary Relocation of 2nd Precinct Policing Center

Construction of a new building for the 2nd Precinct Community Policing Center has begun  – at its current location.  Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner announced that in order to facilitate this project, the 2nd Precinct Community Policing Center was temporarily moved to the South Farmingdale Fire Department, Station #2, located at 44 Beverly Road in Farmingdale (Corner of Beverly Road and Merritts Road). The Center will return to its current site in November, 2017 when its new home is scheduled to be completed. The phone number for the Policing Center will remain unchanged at 516-573-6800.

 

 

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Mangano Offers Free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminars At College Campuses

With the heroin epidemic impacting college students nationwide, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is once again offering free lifesaving Overdose Prevention Seminars to college campuses throughout Nassau. On Wednesday, September 21st, a seminar will be held at SUNY Old Westbury from 7pm – 9pm in the Student Union. SUNY educators, faculty, staff and students, as well as local residents are welcome to attend. Additionally, Nassau officials will offer this seminar to nursing students at SUNY Farmingdale on Thursday, September 29th.

County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County is combating heroin and opioid abuse through a multi-pronged approach that includes Overdose Prevention Seminars on college campuses. Together, we will train educators, family members and students to identify the signs of drug addictions and administer an overdose reversal agent that has saved thousands of lives.”

Trainees, age 18 and over, will learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and how to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote to a heroin or pain-pill overdose. Since 2012, Overdose Prevention Seminars have been offered to faculty and students at Molloy College, Adelphi University, Nassau Community College and Hofstra University. Officials have trained more than 7,200 citizens to administer Naloxone.

Approximately 200 Nassau County residents died from heroin and prescription painkillers in 2015. Hundreds more were saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone. Naloxone has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades, to save lives. A 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has provided more than 155 training seminars since 2012. At least 50 trainees have reported using that knowledge – and the Naloxone kit they were provided – to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.

Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency – and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County – is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

To register for the free Overdose Prevention Seminar at SUNY Old Westbury, visit at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining . For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.

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Mangano: Another Tax Freeze Budget

By Eden Laikin

County property taxes will remain frozen next year, and police presence will be intensified in local communities, if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s proposed budget for 2017 is approved by the Legislature. And, he said, his “No Tax Hike” plan “reflects the progress we have made in improving Nassau County’s economy and quality of life, while at the same time addressing the County’s increased financial obligations.”

The proposed budget calls for hiring 150 new police officers, new public safety officers and 911 operators – which will allow for the formation of special crime prevention units that may be used in anti-terror or active shooter scenarios – as well as for intensified patrols in local communities. It allows for a significant increase in employee termination, healthcare and pension costs, and continues to close the $378 million structural deficit the administration inherited in 2010 and pay down the hundreds of millions of dollars in decades-old debt from unresolved property tax grievances;

In County Executive Mangano’s latest Budget message, he said “significant progress” has been made in repairing the County’s finances – the most notably being toward eliminating borrowing for tax refunds. New legislation means residents will no longer shoulder an unfair share of the tax burden, and a new Residential Settlement Program will save taxpayers $20 million a year, “placing the County on a path to have zero tax certiorari borrowing in 2018.”

“While challenges remain, they will not serve as obstacles to maintaining Nassau County’s quality of life, which has been enhanced by policies of my administration,” he said. “Overall, economic indicators are on the rise in Nassau County. After losing private sector jobs for more than 10 years, good middle-class jobs have begun to return and our population is growing. Home values have increased and Nassau continues to lead the region with the lowest unemployment rate. It’s allowed us to create more than 25,000 new jobs in the County, and attract new companies to relocate their jobs and headquarters here. To build upon this success and protect middle-class families, this Proposed Budget holds the line on property taxes- even as many neighboring municipalities increased property taxes by double-digits.

Schools make up 71% of a homeowner’s tax bill, while County government, makes up about 16%.

“A 20% reduction in the size of government means more money is in our residents’ wallets than in the pocket of government,” County Executive Mangano said. “Our financial progress, includes: about $150 million in annual savings from reducing and consolidating government; budgetary surpluses; requiring new employee contributions to healthcare and pension costs; utilizing cost-cutting public-private partnerships; opening 3,500 new apartments for our young workforce; establishing 60 affordable homes at Mitchel Field for veterans, active duty military and their families.”

The County has been recognized by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro for ending the veteran homelessness crisis in the region. And the 20 17 Proposed Budget also invests in increased services to combat the national heroin epidemic and eradicate the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

“There is so much to be proud of, and much to look forward to,” County Executive said in closing. “We have an exciting vision for Nassau, which is fast becoming a reality. Our County is on a wonderful path that continues to provide for financial stability. And working together, we can and will continue to provide an affordable government for taxpayers, while maintaining public safety and working tirelessly to make Nassau an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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Mangano Honors Two Heroic Police Officers

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano today honored two off-duty police officers as “heroes,” after they rescued 6 people from an early morning fire that quickly spread through their Freeport home. The officers first entered the burning building, guiding 5 of the occupants to safety, and then went back in, without fire gear, to rescue a 90-year old woman who had fallen and injured herself trying to escape. By that time, the thickened smoke in the home forced the officers to crawl along the floor to reach the injured woman and carry her outside to safety.

Seven people, including the 2 officers, were transported to NUMC for smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide exposure and the 90 year old woman remains in NUMC’s surgical intensive care unit. The youngest occupant was 13 years old.

Nassau County Police Officer Gary Boulanger and Freeport Police Officer Corey Cooke were on their way to their respective jobs this morning, each driving down Atlantic Avenue when they saw heavy smoke from a residence at about 6:30am. Each officer called 911 as they headed toward the burning building – both saying they didn’t stop to think about their personal well-being, they just acted.

“Today we honor an act of heroism by our police,” County Executive Mangano said. “The brave actions of these men today make me proud, not only as County Executive, but as a resident. Our police and firefighters continue to put their lives on the line for fellow residents and we thank them all for their service and dedication to our communities.”

Mangano also thanked the responding volunteer firefighters from Freeport, Oceanside, Baldwin, North Merrick and Bellmore-Merrick—who responded to the scene as well as EMS and ambulance crews. Cooke is also a member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigators believe the fire began on the rear deck of the single-family home and extended “rapidly into the house.” The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but does not appear suspicious.

Joining the County Executive at today’s impromptu ceremony were: Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki, Nassau County Chief of Patrol Frank P. Kirby, Freeport Chief of Police Miguel Bermudez who is also representing Mayor Kennedy, Freeport Fire Chief Matthew Colgan;
Dr. Vic Politi, President and CEO of Nassau University Medical Center as well as Dr. Anthony Boutin, Chair of the Emergency Department.

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