Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with the men and women of Nassau County’s Volunteer Fire and EMS Service at a rally on Sunday, July 24th in Eisenhower Park to show support for all law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“I’m so honored to be joined by Nassau’s firefighters and EMS workers as we unite to show support for our ‘boys in blue’,” said County Executive Mangano. “With all the tragedies that have befallen our country recently, our police officers are the first line in maintaining order, safety and security. Now, more than ever, they need our support so that they can continue to protect Nassau’s residents to the best of their abilities.”

Pictured above with County Executive Mangano: Chief Ronald Sopp, Stewart Manor Fire Department; Assistant Chief Thomas Skinner, Stewart Manor Fire Department; Denis Collins, Chairman of Nassau County Fire Commission; Thomas C. Krumpter, Acting Police Commissioner; Chief Steven Skrynecki, Nassau County Police Department; Craig Craft, Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management; and members of the Nassau County Fire Riders, Red Knights and Patriot Guard Riders.

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To help save lives and combat the heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislators Donald MacKenzie and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton are partnering with the Locust Valley Fire Department, Atlantic Steamer Fire Company No. 1 and Youth & Family Counseling Agency to host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar on Monday, August 8, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 228 Buckram Road in Locust Valley. Residents will learn how to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. They will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.

“Through education, awareness enforcement and treatment, my administration and the Heroin Prevention Task Force are diligently combatting heroin and opioid abuse throughout Nassau,” said County Executive Mangano. “These free Overdose Prevention Seminars continue to help save lives and keep families whole.”

At least 200 Nassau 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. But a little known 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Naloxone training for more than 6,750 people since 2012. At least 37 trainees have reported using that knowledge – and the Naloxone kit they were given – 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.

All residents are welcome to attend. Seating is limited. To attend the two-hour workshop provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP to For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit

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With high temperatures and humidity impacting the region, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that cooling centers are open to the public through the weekend.

“The combination of heat and humidity can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “I encourage residents to take precautions and visit one of our many cooling centers and pools if they need relief from the heat.”

The following Cooling Centers – offered by the County and Town of Oyster Bay are open daily, from 9am – 4:45pm:

• Mitchel Field Admin Center – 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale – 516-572-0400
• Bethpage Ice Center – 1001 Ave., Bethpage – 516-433-7465
• Marjorie Post Rink – 451 Unqua Road, Massapequa – 516-797-7991
• Syosset Woodbury Ice Rink – 7900 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury – 516-677-5990

The following location, offered by the Village of Rockville Centre, will be open Weekdays Only from 9am-4:45pm.

• Sandel Senior Center – 50 South Park Ave., Rockville Centre – 516-678-9350

The Nassau County Department of Health also offers the following information for residents to protect themselves and others during high temperatures:
 Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
 Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
 Drink fluids – especially water. Avoid beverages that contain alcohol.
 Take cool baths.
 Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses should refrain from physical activity, avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well ventilated, and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
 Eat light, but nutritious foods.
 Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
 Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.
Elderly people, infants, and many individuals with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related problems and should be very cautious about exposure.
If any person experiences heat stroke or exhaustion, get medical help immediately.
Symptoms of heat-related illnesses may include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate. Other symptoms may include cold pale and clammy skin or hot, flushed dry skin.
Also as a reminder do not leave children or pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20° F within the first 10 minutes. Children and pets who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children or pets who have fallen asleep in the car.
For more information, please contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-9600.

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Mangano: County Department of Health Receives National Awards

One of 19 Local Health Departments Nationwide To Receive Prestigious Model Practice Award

Mineola, NY – Today the Nassau County Department of Health was honored with a Model Practice Award at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) 2016 Annual Conference.  A Safe Place to Sleep was one of 19 local health departments’ programs across the nation to receive this prestigious award for implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary qualities in response to a local public health need.   Nassau County Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental Engineering was also honored with a Promising Practice Award for the Environmental Health Toxic Emissions Program.

“I am extremely proud of the Department of Health and I congratulate Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein and his team for being national leaders in public health,” said County Executive Mangano.  “The Nassau County Department of Health has consistently been recognized as a national leader for developing responsive and innovative programs that promote and protect the health and safety of the residents of Nassau County.”

A Safe Place to Sleep was implemented as an injury prevention strategy to address infant fatalities resulting from unsafe sleep practices.  The Nassau County Department of Health partnered with the National Cribs for Kids Program, an organization that combines education to parents and caregivers on safe sleep practices for infants and provides portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. Through this partnership, the Department of Health developed the tools and grants necessary to support a local Cribs for Kids Chapter within Nassau County. This award-winning program recognizes that providing a safe place to sleep saves babies lives.

The Nassau County Department of Health continues to be a national leader in public health, and since 2013 has earned nine Model and Promising Practice Awards.  To read more about these award-winning programs visit the NACCHO website at

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s 2,800 local government health departments.  These cities, counties, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.


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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 August 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:

• Tuesday, August 2 at the Lakeview Public Library located at 1120 Woodfield Road
• Thursday, August 4 at the Hempstead Public Library located at 115 Nichols Court
• Friday, August 5 at the 5 Towns Community Center at 270 Lawrence Avenue, Lawrence
• Tuesday, August 9 at Valley Stream VFW Post 1790 located at 65 East Merrick Road
• Wednesday, August 10 at the Hicksville Public Library located at 169 Jerusalem Avenue
• Thursday, August 11 at the Lynbrook Public Library located at 56 Eldert Street
• Friday, August 12 at the Farmingdale Public Library located at 116 Merritts Road
• Monday, August 15 at Seaford American Legion Post 1132 located at 2301 Penatiquit Avenue
• Tuesday, August 16 at the Shelter Rock Public Library located at 165 Searingtown Road, Albertson
• Thursday, August 18 at the Syosset Public Library located at 225 South Oyster Bay Road
• Friday, August 19 at the Baldwin Public Library located at 2385 Grand Avenue
• Monday, August 22 at the Plainview Jewish Center located at 95 Floral Drive
• Tuesday, August 23 at the Island Park Public Library located at 176 Long Beach Road
• Wednesday, August 24 at the Plainedge Public Library located at 1060 Hicksville Road
• Thursday, August 25 at the Great Neck House located at 14 Arrandale Avenue

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

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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Federal Government Declares End Of Veteran Homelessness In Nassau County

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) have declared the end of the Veteran housing crisis on Long Island. The USICH, which includes Federal representatives from HUD and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, notified Nassau and Suffolk Counties of their success in ensuring that every Veteran on Long Island has a home. The Mangano administration established 60 homes on Mitchel Field, as well as five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead, to provide affordable housing for Veterans and active-duty military personnel, and their families. Together with community partners, immediate housing is available for any homeless veteran in-need.

“Since taking office in 2010, my administration has made it a top priority to honor our Veterans and active-duty military who are serving our nation here and abroad,” said County Executive Mangano. “Along with my partners in government, we have ensured that every homeless Veteran seeking shelter on Long Island has been housed, and that any Veteran or active-duty military personnel who may be in need in the future will receive immediate shelter.”

In June of 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a “Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness,” encouraging municipalities from across the country to pool their resources in hopes of reaching this goal. As of today, over 880 leaders have joined the challenge, and more than 2 dozen communities and 2 entire states have met the goal. Nassau County submitted an application to the USICH, touting the County’s efforts to end Veteran homelessness, and after careful review, the USICH approved the application and confirmed that Nassau County, through the partnership of its various departments and the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, have effectively ended Veteran homelessness.

Nassau County’s success in meeting this goal was assisted by investments made by the United States Congress, and the partnership between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, on a joint program called HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). This program provides a rental subsidy along with supportive services for Veterans in need. To date, nearly 80,000 vouchers have been awarded and more than 104,000 homeless Veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program.

“Thank you for your commitment to ending Veteran homelessness,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We are confident that the infrastructure and systems you have built will ensure that any Veteran experiencing a housing crisis in the region will get the support they need to quickly obtain a permanent home.”

Several veterans-oriented programs of the Nassau County Department of Social Services, the Veterans Service Agency and the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities further support the availability of immediate shelter, long-term housing, employment and counseling services for veterans.

Since taking office, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including establishing 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families. The County also provides free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic.

If you know a veteran in need of housing assistance, please call (516) 227-7471 Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm, or call (516) 573-8626 at all other times including evenings and weekends.

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Mangano And Walker Unveil Major Improvements At Cantiague Park

New Athletic Fields, Playground, Batting Cages – Improved Ice Rink, Mini-Golf, Driving Range & Pool

In celebrating 50 years of Cantiague Park, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislator Rose Walker and local sports teams unveiled major improvements including new athletic fields, a new playground, new batting cages, ice rink expansion, improved mini-golf course and driving range, and refurbishments to the pool, parking lot and restrooms.

“My administration is committed to improving the quality of life and recreational opportunities for our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “Cantiague Park has been an iconic part of Nassau County for decades and this historic park is truly the athletic and recreational centerpiece of the Hicksville community. These improvements have given the park a complete facelift and it’s exciting to see residents enjoying these new and improved amenities.”

Recent improvements to Cantiague Park include:
• two new turf baseball/softball fields and two new baseball/softball infields with new irrigation systems;
• 9 new station automated batting cages with the capability to modify the pitch speed, height and can adjust the pitches for baseball or softball. The machines also have the capability to remove excess moisture from the balls through heat which has been a maintenance issue in older machines,
• a new playground between the batting cages;
• a rehabilitated mini-golf course and driving range;
• refurbishment of the pool with a gel coat lining, and
• improved parking lot, restrooms and new lighting throughout the park.

Additionally, the skating facility has undergone recent renovations highlighted by the expansion of the rink to NHL regulation size and the installation of new boards, player benches and penalty box that were used by the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Other improvements include: new flooring, a new lobby and community room, new bathrooms, and new seating areas. Built in 1966, the ice rink at Cantiague Park is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The ice rink has also played host to an Olympic gold medalist Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004, and was the New York Islanders’ practice facility from 1979 to 1992.

County Legislator Rose Walker stated, “Cantiague Park has been a highlight of my hometown for me, my children and now for my grandchildren. I am so happy that residents can enjoy the upgraded facilities.”

County Legislator Laura Schaefer added, “The timing of these renovations is perfect for summer park-goers. I urge all residents to get out and have some fun!”

Cantiague Park has been part of the county park system since 1961 and is centrally located in Hicksville, just off the Northern State Parkway and east of the Wantagh State Parkway. When the park opened, it represented the second major park the County managed, in addition to Eisenhower Park. Cantiague Park was built in response to the needs of a growing County population. It was also the first park offering a swimming pool and an artificial skating rink. This 127-acre park offers the following activities:

Athletics/Physical Activities:
• There are five lighted tennis courts; six lighted handball/paddleball courts; and three lighted basketball courts. Athletic fields include four softball fields and four multi-sport fields (two lighted). Soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby are played on the multi-sport fields.

• An 18-hole miniature golf course; batting cages; a playground providing activities for children of varying ages, from preschoolers to teens.

• Cantiague features a 9-hole, par-30 golf course. The course is 1,878 yards, with holes ranging from 150 yards to 272 yards. In addition, the park has an illuminated driving range.

Ice Skating:
• Cantiague’s renovated indoor ice skating rink is a magnificent facility that is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. Skating lessons are available, as is skate rental. Ice time rentals are also available on weekdays.

• The swimming pool complex, named by News12 Long Island viewers as the best outdoor swimming facility on Long Island, includes an Olympic-sized pool, two water slides, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, a training pool and an interactive water-play area. Lockers, showers and a refreshment area are located near the pool.

Other Activities:
• In the gaming area next to the playground, there are shuffleboard courts, a bocce court, and tables with inlaid chess and checker boards. There are also two reserved picnic areas.

For more information on the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums please call (516) 572-0200 or visit the website at

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