Mangano Attends Grand Opening of Digital Ballpark in Plainview

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano attended the grand opening of Digital Ballpark, located at 110 Terminal Drive in Plainview, on Wednesday, May 25th. Digital Ballpark is a technology-based incubator and business accelerator, started by the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet), as an IT training facility for Veterans.

“Thanks to the tireless dedication of Peter Goldsmith and his partners, LISTnet has successfully provided office space and IT training opportunities for Veterans right here in Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “Through businesses like Digital Ballpark, we are able to continue to support and strengthen Nassau’s entrepreneurial spirit and job industry, while helping residents find meaningful employment opportunities.”

Digital Ballpark will house 9 small to mid-sized tech companies, who will be aiding in the training of Veterans in a creative and educational environment. All 9 companies have already signed on to participate in the 3 months since the idea was originated. Digital Ballpark will also be partnering with United Way’s Mission United, in their project to train Veterans in Information Technology, as well as with the Urban League, to help train minorities.

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Mangano Helps Homeowners File For Property Tax Relief By Offering July Workshops

As part of his continued efforts to help homeowners reduce their property tax burden, County Executive Edward Mangano will be hosting a series of Property Tax Exemptions Workshops in July at libraries and community meeting halls throughout Nassau County.

Department of Assessment staff will be on hand to assist any homeowner who would like to file for the Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, Home Improvement or (for homeowners already in the STAR Program) the Enhanced STAR property tax exemption on-site.

The property tax exemptions workshops will be offered from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following locations:

• Thursday, July 7th at the North Bellmore Public Library located at 1551 Newbridge Road
• Friday, July 8th at the Roslyn (The Bryant) Public Library located at 2 Paper Mill Road
• Tuesday, July 12th at the Franklin Square Public Library located at 19 Lincoln Road
• Wednesday, July 13th at the Oceanside Public Library located at 30 Davison Avenue
• Thursday, July 14th at the Manhasset Public Library located at 30 Onderdonk Avenue
• Friday, July 15th at the Levittown Public Library located at 1 Bluegrass Lane
• Tuesday, July 19th at the Merrick Public Library located at 2279 Merrick Avenue
• Wednesday, July 20th at the Elmont Public Library located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike
• Thursday, July 21st at the North Merrick Public Library located at 1691 Meadowbrook Road
• Friday, July 22nd at the Long Beach Public Library located at 111 West Park Avenue
• Monday, July 25th at the Port Washington Public Library located at One Library Drive
• Tuesday, July 26th at the Westbury Recreation Center located at 348 Post Avenue
• Wednesday, July 27th at the Bellmore Memorial Public Library located at 2288 Bedford Avenue
• Thursday, July 28th at the Massapequa Park (Bar Harbor) Public Library located at 40 Harbor Lane
Homeowners who will be filing for a property tax exemption are encouraged to MAKE COPIES of their 2015 Federal and State Income Tax Forms, Driver’s License, and any other documentation that is required PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP. Documentation requirements can be viewed on the application available on the Department of Assessment website at http://www.mynassauproperty.com.

For further information regarding property tax exemptions that are offered by Nassau County, please contact the Department of Assessment Exemptions Division at (516) 571-1500.

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Mangano & Health Commissioner Announce Zika Action, Mosquito Trapping & Surveillance Plan

With the 2016 Mosquito Season underway, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein today announced Nassau County’s Zika Action, Mosquito Trapping and Surveillance Plan. The Department of Health has begun trapping and collecting mosquitoes at 42 sites to prevent the spread of diseases such as encephalitis, including West Nile and Zika viruses. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is prepared to treat thousands of street basins, sumps, ponds and hundreds of miles of fresh water streams for mosquitoes as well as aerial applications of larvicide in south shore salt marshes.

“Nassau County has an award winning comprehensive mosquito surveillance and control plan to protect our residents from diseases,” said County Executive Mangano. “With the spread of the Zika virus overseas, I urge residents travelling to take precautions. I once again ask homeowners to eliminate any potential mosquito breeding sites around their property, and to report any concerns of standing water to the Nassau County Department of Public Works.”

DOH conducts mosquito surveillance – which includes the trapping and collection of adult mosquitoes at 42 sites throughout Nassau County. Additional surveillance activities include: identifying species; determining population distribution and abundance; separating and sending selected mosquitoes for viral testing; and thoroughly investigating all cases of suspect or confirmed encephalitis, including West Nile and Zika viruses to determine the source of infection.

“Nassau County continues to advise residents to heed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel alert, advising pregnant women to avoid travel to countries where there is known transmission of Zika virus,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “The CDC recommends that males who have traveled to or live in areas with active Zika virus transmission and are sexual partners of pregnant women, abstain from sex or consistently and correctly use latex condoms for the duration of the pregnancy,” stated Dr. Eisenstein.

The CDC maintains a map of countries that have past or present Zika virus transmission at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html. The symptoms of Zika virus are generally mild but may include, fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. There is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat Zika virus infections. Zika virus is primarily transmitted by certain species of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Aedes aegypti, the more efficient transmitter for humans, is not found in New York State. However, Aedes Albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is a possible transmitter of Zika virus, and is present in Nassau County during mosquito season.

Mosquitos can easily and rapidly increase its population. It is important that residents take measures to eliminate breeding grounds and stop the cycle before it begins. Here are some steps residents can take to eliminate mosquitoes:

• Eliminate standing water from containers such as flowerpot saucers, watering cans, buckets, old tires, recycling bins, and gutters.

• Store children’s toys indoors or in a manner that prevents water accumulation.

• Change the water and clean bird baths.

• Empty water that collects in folds of tarps used to cover woodpiles, boats, pools, lawn furniture, etc.

• Clear leaves and debris to allow water to flow freely from drainage ditches and roof gutters.

• Filter ornamental ponds using a circulation pump or stock the pond with fish.

• Drain or fill-in puddles and areas of your yard that remains wet and soggy for more than a week.

• Maintain lawns groomed to prevent overgrowth.

• Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

• Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

• Check window or door screens and repair as needed to ensure that mosquitoes cannot enter.

For travel advisory and more information on Zika Virus and the Aedes albopictus visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika.

For complaints concerning mosquitoes or standing water, contact the Nassau County Department of Public Works at (516) 571-6900. For questions regarding mosquito surveillance, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (516) 572-1211.
In photo From left to right are: Craig Craft, County Commissioner of Emergency Management; Brinda Doraiswamy M.D., Director of Infectious Diseases at Nassau University Medical Center; Victor Politi M.D., President & CEO of Nassau University Medical Center; Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive; Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director and CEO Girl Scouts of Nassau County; Lawrence Eisenstein M.D., County Health Commissioner; and Anthony Falco, Mosquito Control Supervisor for County Public Works.

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NORTHWELL HEALTH HONORS MANGANO FOR SUPPORTING HOMETOWN HEROES, AT MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

As we approach Memorial Day, CEO Michael Dowling took a moment during Northwell Health’s Annual Veterans Luncheon Ceremony today to honor Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano with an award for his partnership and support on services for veterans. The Mangano administration has partnered with Northwell Health on initiatives that helped hundreds of hometown heroes and active duty military find career opportunities. The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency has also assisted thousands of veterans with obtaining benefits to which they are entitled.

“I thank Northwell Health for their continued leadership and commitment to our veterans and active duty military,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration is proud to assist those who served in the United States Armed Forces and I urge all those in need of assistance to contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency.”

The luncheon, which honors past and current members of the military, was held at the new headquarters of Northwell Health’s Office of Military and Veterans Liaison Services, located at 2000 Marcus Avenue in Lake Success.

In October 2015, County Executive Mangano partnered with Northwell Health to host a free Barracks to Business program at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. The program provided assistance in translating the invaluable military skills earned as a veteran into civilian work experience and focused on resume development and interview skills. Veterans were also given the opportunity to apply for positions at Northwell Health and 238 veterans have since been hired by the health system. Additionally, the Mangano administration has partnered with Northwell Health to host an Annual Active Duty Military Holiday Party.

This year’s Memorial Day Luncheon Ceremony featured keynote speaker Kevin Lacz – a former Navy SEAL sniper, breacher, and combat medic, who served two platoons in Iraq with real-life American Sniper Chris Kyle. Kevin starred as himself in the Academy Award nominated film – American Sniper.

For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.

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Mangano Advances New Path For Ocean Outfall Pipe

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and local environmental activists gathered today to announce a less costly plan toward achieving the benefits of an ocean outfall pipe for treated effluent at the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Nassau County Department of Public Works will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to determine the feasibility of operating an existing non-utilized underground pipeline to connect the Bay Park Plant to the ocean outfall pipe at the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“A feasibility study will determine if existing infrastructure can support a connection to the Cedar Creek ocean outfall pipe,” said County Executive Mangano. “To strengthen our shoreline, protect our marine life and improve our environment for decades to come, it’s critically important to connect Bay Park to an ocean outfall pipe.”

Engineer’s project this new path would be less costly because using the existing Cedar Creek ocean outfall pipe avoids the cost of constructing a new two mile pipe – saving millions of dollars. While Governor Cuomo committed $150 million for construction costs and County Executive Mangano and local environmental activists lobbied Washington lawmakers for Federal funding, no additional capital materialized for the proposed new ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park. After careful consultation with County engineers and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Nassau County may have the ability to achieve the same environmental success in a cost-efficient manner by connecting the Bay Park Plant to Cedar Creek’s ocean outfall pipe.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves stated, “I look forward to getting additional information on an interesting concept which has the potential to solve both the environmental and financial problems associated with the effluent for the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.”

“The Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant is in the backyard of my hometown, and area neighbors have endured the adverse impacts associated with discharging treated waste into local bays for far too long,” stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino. “I am very supportive of studying any measures that could bring about the environmentally preferable alternative of ocean discharge of treated wastewater. Ocean discharge is better for our families, local marine life, fishing enthusiasts and the planet as a whole.”

“This innovative solution saves time, saves money and will save our western bays. It’s the best environmental news for Long Island in two decades. When this project is completed, these south shore bays will once again be abundant with fish, shellfish, shore birds and marine life. This will accelerate the restoration and recovery of these magnificent and essential bays and wetlands. Long Island’s future just got better,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“Any proposal which will improve the long-term safety and sustainability of Reynolds Channel is one worth exploring. The plan is promising and we must consider all environmental and community concerns,” added County Legislator Steve Rhoads.

“Supervisor Anthony Santino and I have worked together to improve the health of local bays,” stated Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “Moving away from the discharge of treated wastewater into bays and toward ocean discharge is the right direction for our waterfront communities and everyone who cares about the health of our planet.”

In 2012, Nassau County and the State of New York partnered in 2012 on a very similar project which connected Jones Beach to the Cedar Creek ocean outfall pipe. This project ended the discharge of treated effluent into Zach’s Bay, thereby making local waterways cleaner and safer for boaters, swimmers, families and marine life. The same success is possible for Reynolds Channel and waterways surrounding Bay Park. Infrastructure moderation efforts such as connecting Bay Park to Cedar Creek will also greatly complement the progress Nassau County has made at the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant since Superstorm Sandy, where over $800 million in improvements, restoration and infrastructure hardening is underway. Progress includes the reduction of odor emissions, rehabilitation of primary engine generators, restoration and elevation of the Plant’s electrical distribution system, and construction of berms and walls surrounding the Plant to protect it against a tidal surge of up to 18 feet above sea level. The majority of this work is possible thanks to the support of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congressmen King and Israel, and Governor Cuomo, as well as County Legislators Denise Ford and Howard Kopel.

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MANGANO WELCOMES NEW CHAPTER 82 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA PRESIDENT STEVE BONOM

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Veterans Service Agency Director Ralph Esposito, County Legislator Laura Schaefer and Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone welcomed incoming Chapter 82 Vietnam Veterans of America Board Members and Incoming President Steve Bonom at an Installation Dinner on Tuesday, May 17th.

“My administration has made it a priority to honor our veterans and active duty military who are serving here and abroad,” said County Executive Mangano. “On behalf of the residents of Nassau County, I would like to thank all of the veterans who served our nation in times of war and peace and our servicemen and women who are now defending freedom around the world.”

County Executive Mangano commended Outgoing Board Members of VFW Post 3211 in Hicksville: Erle Mutz, Tony Sparaco, James W. Merritte and Greg Keramis. He also honored Outgoing President, Joe Ingino, and thanked him for his years of service in advocating for and supporting the County’s veterans.

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MANGANO, FORD, LONG BEACH POLICE & PTA PARTNER TO PREVENT HEROIN & PAIN PILL OVERDOSES

Local Book Author to Discuss Loss of a Son to an Overdose

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislator Denise Ford and State Senator Todd Kaminsky will partner with Long Beach area PTAs, the Long Beach City Council and a coalition on underage drinking to offer a free Overdose Prevention Workshop, hosted by the Long Beach Police Department. The workshop will take place on Monday, May 23rd from 7pm-9pm at Long Beach City Hall, located on the 6th Floor of 1 West Chester Street.

“This free Overdose Prevention Seminar will help save lives and keep families whole,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together with the Heroin Prevent Task Force, we are combatting the heroin and pain pill epidemic through education, awareness, enforcement, and treatment initiatives.”

Attendees will learn how and when to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose – and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery and more. Long Beach resident Larry Glenz, who authored a book about losing his son Kevin to an opiate overdose will discuss his father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, because love lead the way.

Residents will learn about Nassau’s newest medication-supported treatment program that combines counseling with a once a month extended-release injection of a medication called Naltrexone. For more information, visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/shotatlife.

At least one Long Islander dies, every day, from an Opiate overdose. 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 overdose prevention training for nearly 6,500 people since 2012 and at least 32 trainees have used that knowledge – and the Naloxone they were provided – to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray, and provided at no charge to trainees over 18.

Free Continuing Education Units for Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor attendees will be offered for the two hour workshop, provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services. And, Nassau OHS, along with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, are an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work.

Pre-register today by emailing elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov. For more information, please visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.

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