Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, State Assemblyman Brian Curran and County Legislator Vincent Muscarella today announced a Community Clean-Up Day will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Halls Pond Park in West Hempstead from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the gazebo at Halls Pond Park.

“There is no better example of neighborhood spirit than when a group of residents gather together and volunteer their time to better their community,” said County Executive Mangano. “Working together they will make an immediate impact on this beautiful preserve and foster a sense of community pride.”

Assemblyman Brian Curran stated, “Continuing the tradition of celebrating Earth Day, I am honored to partner with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Vincent Muscarella for our annual park clean-ups. Keeping our West Hempstead parks beautiful and preserved benefits the entire community. ,Our parks are one of our most important natural resources and are truly the corner stone of any community, we must protect them and keep them thriving.”

Volunteers must wear protective clothing (long pants and sleeves) and bring gloves. For more information, please contact (516) 561-8216.

About Halls Pond Park
Centrally located in West Hempstead on Nassau Boulevard and Hempstead Avenue, this 11-acre park includes a 5.5-acre pond with a walkway and a wooded area on its north side. Hall’s Pond is a popular local setting for quiet walks and community activities. The park is one of several County properties that were originally designed for drainage purposes and were later turned into public parks. Hall’s Pond is made up of three contiguous parcels of land acquired by the County between 1956 and 1970.

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Mangano – Police Arrest 12 drug dealers and keep 700 bags of Heroin off the Street

By Eden Laikin

County Executive Ed Mangano was joined by Nassau’s District Attorney and Police Commissioner yesterday, to announce the arrest of a major heroin trafficker in Freeport – and six lower-level drug dealers – all of whom distributed large amounts of Heroin throughout the communities of Merrick, Massapequa, Seaford and Wantagh.

That brings to 12, the number of drug dealers arrested by Nassau police this month, and more than 700 bags of heroin taken off the street.

“Today’s arrests cannot undo the damage that this drug epidemic has done to our communities and families,” County Executive Mangano said. “But, with the District Attorney, Police Department and community partners, we have been aggressively combatting the heroin crisis that plagues our area.”

Included in yesterday’s group of defendants, is a 58-year old father and his 2 sons. Three of the arrested dealers live in Long Beach, 2 others are from Merrick; and 1 from the Bronx. The one-month investigation leading to the arrests – March 2016 to April 2016 – was done in conjunction with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The individuals arrested were each charged with multiple drug-dealing related crimes, and were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead.

  • Brian E. Jones, 35, of Freeport is charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, four counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Pedro Ramirez, 37, of the Bronx is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Sean Arias, 28 of Merrick is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • Sean’s brother – Jesse Arias, 37, of Long Beach – is charged with Conspiracy.
  • Their father – Reynaldo A. Arias, 58, of Long Beach -is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.
  • William E. Johnson, 61, of Long Beach is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Facilitation.
  • Defendant Robert G. Baumberger, 26, of Merrick is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy.

Four of the other 5 defendants were arrested by detectives with the recently formed Joint Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force.

Last week, a 2 month investigation by the task force into 3 fatal Heroin overdoses that occurred in Nassau County – culminated in the arrest of two Levittown men for selling 312 bags of heroin and half an ounce of cocaine to an undercover detective. Detectives believe the defendants are responsible for regularly supplying heroin to the area.

Thomas C. Curry, 25, of Jester Lane is charged with 8 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and 7 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. The investigation also led to the arrest of Curry’s source of heroin supply – Brian P. Altman.

Altman, 32, of Eden Lane – who is currently on New York State Parole – is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Both men were arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on April 20.

Also last week, detectives with the Joint Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force, along with Bureau of Special Operations police officers, arrested a Copiague man for selling heroin in North Massapequa. Defendant Maldane Cockett, 26, is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. He was arraigned on April 19. According to detectives, Cockett is a school bus driver for Educational Bus Transportation in Suffolk County.

Members of the Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force, which was formed in February, also conducted an operation that led to the arrest of a Brooklyn man for selling 390 bags of heroin to an undercover detective in Wantagh. Defendant Jason Perez, 30, is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. He was arraigned on April 10.

Narcotics/Vice Bureau Detectives, meanwhile, arrested a Massapequa couple, in possession of a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and assorted prescription pills – as well as drug paraphernalia and packaging used in the sale of heroin. Defendants Jennifer Lopez, 20, and Windsor Coleman, 26, were charged with several counts of selling drugs and were arraigned on April 2.

“Let these arrests send a message to other individuals who cause such crimes…..we are coming for you, we never give up, we will find you and we will put you behind bars,” Mangano said.


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Dozens of high school students from across Nassau County were honored by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife yesterday, and presented with citations to recognize their winning entries in Nassau County’s 3rd Annual Drug Alternatives Public Safety Announcement Contest.

Linda Mangano – a strong advocate for drug abuse awareness and prevention and a contest judge – joined in congratulating the students at the award ceremony, held in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building.

The contest required students to create a 30-second PSA that demonstrates in video format, a message of hope, ways to find help, and positive alternatives to risk taking behaviors often associated with Bullying, Depression, or stigma. It aims to promote awareness of the dangers of substance abuse; to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities – and is open to all high school students in Nassau.

Cash Prizes were given to students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd – thanks to the event sponsors: Mental Health Association of Nassau County; Suffolk County National Bank; and EAC Network. In winning entries submitted by 3 or more students, the prize went to the school advisor toward a celebration with the students.

Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie presented citations to student winners from Locust Valley High School, which is in his district.

In total, 290 students participated in this year’s contest – that’s more than triple the 107 participants last year. In all, the 10 high schools along with Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Center, submitted 85 video entries – 16 of which were chosen as winners.

“Each year that we hold this contest, it gets tougher and tougher to narrow down to just a few winners,” County Executive Mangano said.

This year, winners were chosen in each of 4 topic categories: depression; bullying; stigma and destructive decisions. The students’ messages – to their peers – were clear: Words hurt more than you know; it’s ok to admit depression & ask for help; you should Be the one – that friend, that goes against the crowd and makes a lonely person feel included.

“You have all managed to provide clear and extremely powerful messages, within just 30 seconds, and that’s not easy,” County Executive Mangano told those students and family members in attendance last night. “That, combined with some masterful video production skills, is certainly all deserving of recognition and merit.”

“We thank you for providing us with this opportunity to experience your artistic expressions on these very important topics,” he said. “We were inspired by them.

County Executive Mangano also presented citations to a representative from each of the participating schools this year. First Place winners include students from high schools in Locust Valley, Levittown, Woodmere, Great Neck, New Hyde Park, Manhasset, Hempstead and Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Center.

Other students, whose entries took 2nd or 3rd place, or received honorable mention in one of the categories, represent high schools in Baldwin and Valley Stream.

Several of the schools were participating in the contest for the first time this year – like Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead. The school’s Health Teacher & Social Worker, assigned the contest as a class project for all 160 sophomore health students, to be counted as a test grade. 103 students worked in groups of 4-5 to create the PSA entries.

Great Neck South, Locust Valley, Herricks and DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys, also participated for the first time this year.

Herricks had 43 students work on multiple video submissions under the advisement of the schools media teacher and District Superintendent.

County Executive Mangano told the parents and other family members, gathered at yesterday’s ceremony, that they can be very proud of their children tonight, “as he or she stepped up to help us raise awareness about the dangers of both illegal and prescription drugs, as well as to bring attention to the myriad of social/emotional issues our children are facing today on a daily basis. Especially at an age when they themselves are confronted with dangerous experimentation and peer pressure.”

“They illustrated so well the difference it can make when someone who is being bullied is offered support and friendship; how important it is to make good choices, to let them know they can call our HELPLINE (516-227-TALK or 227-8255) anytime to talk about those feelings instead; and, that it’s okay to ask for help,” he said.

The students learned in which spot they placed, when the winning PSAs were shown at the ceremony. Below is a listing of winners.


1st place winners include these high schools and students:
• Locust Valley: Mike, Chris & Joe Madsen; Marc Ambrosino and advisor – James Debendetto.
• Levittown Macarthur: Scarlet Cafarelli, Siara Louie, Alexa Munoz, Nic Nocella, Erin Perotta, Jenna Peters; and advisor – Bill Farney.
• DRS Yeshiva for Boys: Avi Bulka, and advisor – Rabbi Eli Brazil.
• Herricks: Ryan Quintiliano, Katie Pacura, Emily Hartmann, advisor-Christopher Brogan; district superintendent Fino Celano.
• Great Neck South: Fracesca DeSadow, Nicole Marinescu; Hailey Rich; advisor Robert Zahn; teaching assistants Marissa Lando, Paul Derych.
• Nassau BOCES Barry Tech: Michael Mossallam, Victoria Robinson, Julia Tourchia, advisor – Robyn Morgan-Cavalieri, principal – Laurie Harris.
• Manhasset Secondary School: Jessalyn Chuang

2nd and 3rd Place winners, and those receiving Honorable Mention, include:
• Valley Stream: Ariel Yeni, advisor – Ed Fare, principal – Maureen Henry.
• Baldwin: Christopher Baker, Felicia Bigg, Erik Boci, Anthony Bruno, Zachary Greenwood, Katherine Hess, Malik McGriff, Roderick McLean, Jeremy Meyerson, Brazille Noel, Michael Pereira, Xavier Rubira, Christopher Stanczuk, Ashleigh Stanley, Nakiya Warner, Kyanna Wiggins.
• Great Neck South: Michael Shen, Richard Lau, Haley Raphael.
• Sacred Heart Academy: Joana Graca, Emma Grieco, Alyssa Macher, Amaya Ortiz, Margot Varrichio, Bethany Ambrosio, Olivia DiSanto, Christina Fields-Fowler, advisor- Emily Butler, Social Worker – Beth Kennedy; Chrystelle Gooding, Isabella Niola, Jennifer Cali, Sara Campbell, Julia Cervoni, Giulia Mignardi, Afia Kuragu, Ariel Metayer, Brianna Ruiz, and Amanda Schmidt.
• BOCES: Daniel Gellman, Jada Spires, Julia Tourchia.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and children from the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (UCP) today announced plans for the 2016 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, which takes place from June 2nd through June 4th at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College. New York State funding was eliminated for the Games several years ago and the Mangano administration, with the help of private sector sponsors, has kept the Games alive.

County Executive Mangano stated, “The young student athletes who participate in the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged are truly inspirational to watch. As they cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, these wonderful children have the ability to compete with their friends from across the State, share their stories and build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

With the general support of corporations such as Elias Properties, GEICO and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants, ranging from ages 5 to 21, face disabilities including blindness, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical challenges.

In its 32nd year, the Games will take place in part due to contributions from King Kullen – America’s First Supermarket – who has been a long-time sponsor helping to feed the athletes, while Hofstra University has committed to housing the athletes with only minimal costs for maintenance. Nassau Community College is the venue hosting swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis events as well as the closing ceremonies. The Nassau County Department of Health and Medical Reserve Corp volunteers will once again work to provide onsite medical care and response during the games. In addition, NICE Bus will provide shuttle bus service for participants and has also generously donated $5,000 toward the Opening Ceremonies.

The cost of participation is free and the numbers of athletes increase each year, boasting over 1,000. The dedication brought forth by the parents, families, teachers, coaches and volunteers are critical to the success of the Games. Operating with a small staff, the Games are facilitated by those who return year after year to a program they love. For more information, please visit Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged website at



“Providing opportunities for all is central to the ethos of a great University, and the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged is an event we at Hofstra look forward to each year,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We are pleased to welcome back to our campus and our county these excellent athletes and role models.

“King Kullen has been an avid supporter to ‘The Games’ since the beginning and we are honored to continue our support and participation for the athletes and their families. We look forward to another successful event, added Jeff Prince, King Kullen Vice President of Store Operations.

Martin Elias, President of Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation and Elias Properties stated, “Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation and Elias Properties are proud to sponsor the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. It is so gratifying to see how enthused and excited all the athletes are each year as participants in these games. The games truly make a difference in their lives and we are very happy to support the ‘2016 Games’.”

“It’s truly an honor for GEICO to support the 2016 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged,” said John Pham, Regional Vice President of GEICO’s New York operations. “As one of the largest employers in the county, we are thrilled to support our community in this way. The athletes who participate in the games show a tremendous amount of tenacity and spirit that serves as a strong inspiration to our GEICO associates and all Long Islanders alike.”

“NICE is an integral part of the Long Island community. Our 1000 employees step up each day to help people live their lives productively. Having a chance to participate with the outstanding individuals that support and compete in the games is a must-do for us and we are thrilled to be part of it.” stated Michael Setzer, CEO of NICE.

Jim Macri, Board member of The Dee Foundation, stated, “The Dee Foundation, which was created to celebrate the remarkable and courageous life of Dee Macri, is very pleased to sponsor the track and field event at the 32nd Anniversary Games for the Physically Challenged. Dee was a competitor at the inaugural games in 1985 and continued to compete, and volunteer for many of the following years. The Games had an enormous impact on Dee and helped her grow into a strong and capable woman. And for 32 years the Games have given the people who surround these athletes a way to celebrate their challenges and triumphs. We are very pleased to make this award to support this fine competition.”

“C.U.R.B. is proud to sponsor the Games and support and recognize all the athletes who attend. The Nassau Games for the Physically Challenged are valuable for the confidence and dignity of all who participate, volunteer and attend,” added Rich Papetti of Citizens United to Remove Barriers.

“We at LAR Enterprises are honored to be a part of supporting the Games for the Physically Challenged. We thank County Executive Ed Mangano for getting LAR Enterprises involved with this worthwhile fundraiser and we looking forward to making this Concert a total success,” added Rob and Laura Albanese of LAR Enterprises.

Angela Melledy, Publisher Able Newspaper, remarked, “I will be eternally grateful to County Executive Mangano for keeping these Games alive for the children who look forward to the experience each year. It is the one place where they are the norm and it is a wonderful event for all involved.”

Susan Gordon Ryan, Founder and long-time Director of the Games, stated, “It is wonderful that the Games will be celebrating its 32nd Anniversary this year. They have a long and very positive history for the athletes, which could not have happened without the support of Nassau County and New York State and of course the commitment of the Committee Heads, Volunteers and Coaches for all these years.”

“Nassau Community College is once again proud and privileged to be the host venue for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. The participants in these games represent the best of the human spirit and serves as a source of inspiration. We are honored by their presence and encouraged by their commitment to excellence,” added Nassau Community College Executive Vice President Dr. Kenneth Saunders.

John Powers, President of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, stated, “The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s of Long Island is proud to announce Megan Manning, PT as our Taste of the Flavors of the Emerald Isle Honoree for 2016. Megan is a lifelong Long Islander and a Physical Therapist at the Children’s Learning Center at United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. She is currently introducing a new device to wheelchair bound children that will help them learn to stand and walk. Megan is also a leading community activist whose involvement ranges from volunteering her time in the local Parish of Our lady of the Miraculous Medal in Point Lookout to Tuesday’s Children and New York Says Thank You. Megan’s Irish roots stem back to her immigrant grandparents, who hailed from Counties Cork, Mayo and Sligo. The Society of the Friendly Sons is happy to continue support the 2016 Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged with our Honoree Megan Manning and thanks Nassau County for continuing to host the Games.”

“Thanks again for allowing us to be part of such an inspirational event. We always look forward to this season as your sporting events not only start you up but gets us moving too. Thanks to the hard work of the Susan Maxwell, the Victory Games Team and County Executive Mangano for keeping the games alive! Congratulations and good luck to all those competing this year,” added John Bussani, President of Bussani Mobility Team.

This year’s guest speaker at the Opening Ceremonies, Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, stated, “As a competitive athlete, I am honored to be a part the Games and look forward to meeting and watching the participants compete in their chosen sports.”

Joel Berse, President of Trainville Hobby Depot, stated, “Trainville Hobby Depot is proud to coordinate the Annual Nassau County Model Train Show raising money for the Victory Challenge. We thank the model train clubs whose exhibits make the shows possible. We also thank Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for his support,” said Joel Berse, owner of Trainville Hobby Depot and show coordinator.”

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By Eden Laikin

RXR CEO Scott Rechler joined Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano last week to announce the 2016 RXR Long Island Marathon, which includes the traditional 26-mile race, a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run, Kids Fun Run and other festivities.

Events take place Friday, April 29th through Sunday May, 1st. Last year’s race was a great success with over 8,800 participants.

“The Long Island Marathon is one of the Island’s most exciting athletic events, and I am pleased to once again team up with the community of runners and RXR for the 2016 Long Island Marathon,” said County Executive Mangano. “While no specific threat exists, the Nassau County Police Department will be putting forth enhanced security measures for the safety of the Long Island Marathon participants, spectators, and all members of our community. I also remind residents of our See Something Say Something Campaign – if something or someone seems suspicious, please call 911.”

“We are very proud to once again sponsor the Long Island Marathon,” said Scott Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RXR Realty. “The Marathon weekend combines athletics and getting outdoors with healthy doses of economic activity and Long Island pride. I always enjoy running on that first Sunday in May and look forward to joining thousands of fellow Long Islanders and others from across the region and the country at the starting line.”

Nassau County and RXR thank Flushing Bank – the official bank sponsor of RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend. John Buran, President and CEO of Flushing Bank stated “We are extremely excited to be part of this Long Island event. In May of 2015, we relocated our corporate headquarters to RXR Plaza in Uniondale and opened our third banking location on Long Island. As a community bank, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve through sponsorship of events such as this.”

Special thanks to Newsday – the presenting sponsor of the Marathon – for their support as well as the following sponsors: All Round Foods, WABC-TV, WBAB, WBLI, Long Island McDonalds Restaurants, Jonas Chiropractic, and Snapple.


Friday, April 29th:
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Saturday, April 30:
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 5K Race (8:30 am) and 1 Mile Run (8:00 am)
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Kids Fun Run hosted by Ronald McDonald (10:30 am – free and open to kids 1 – 11 years of age)
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Sunday May 1:
RXR Long Island Marathon (8:00 am)
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Half Marathon (8:00 am)
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 10K Race (8:00 am)
Finish Line Festival, Eisenhower Park (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)

**Advance registration is open until April 15, 2016.
**There is no race-day check-in for any RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Events
Complete race weekend information including dates, times and locations is available at


In an effort to keep everyone safe, County Executive Mangano and the Nassau County Police Department announced the following security measures for the marathon:

• All vehicles at starting line and other staging areas must be credentialed and known in advance;
• Large contingent of uniformed police officers assigned to detail;
• Officers assigned from NCPD Homeland Security with portable radiation detectors;
• All bags and back packs will be subject to K-9 explosive detection prior to going on the UPS trucks to the finish line. K-9’s will be patrolling the general area.
• Participants should arrive early due to modified road closures around the start and finish line areas and should plan to leave enough time for parking and travel to starting line;
• Only registered participants will be permitted into the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K starting line area on Charles Lindbergh Blvd on Sunday May 3rd.
• Participants may only use clear bags at the baggage check. Clear bags will be provided by race officials at participant check-in;
• Spectators may not bring bags into the finish line area in Eisenhower Park;
• Any bags or packages found on the ground will be discarded or destroyed. Participants should not stash personal items along the race route.
• Eisenhower Park finish line security at the spectator seating area includes: Modified Fencing around seating Entrance/Exit gateways and bags/backpacks are prohibited and/or will be searched.
• Finish line festival area will include fencing to limit gateways for ingress and egress.
• The staff and volunteer-only areas require vehicle credentials as well as individual credentials. Only previously credentialed individuals will be permitted in these areas.

Some improvements that participants will see this year include new “start-line parking areas” at the Nassau Community College, which will ease morning congestion getting into Eisenhower Park; participants will have a relatively short walk to the startling lines of the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Race; there will be new shuttle buses during race weekend; return shuttles from Eisenhower park back to NCC parking after the Sunday races; and shuttle buses from the Westbury LIRR station to Mitchel Field for the Sports & Fitness Expo and to and from Start and Finish Areas on Sunday, May 1st.

2016 RXR Long Island Marathon Sponsors Include: RXR, Title Sponsor; Newsday, Presenting Sponsor; FLUSHING BANK – Official Bank of RXR LIM Weekend; WBAB / WBLI, Radio partner; WABC-TV, Television partner; All Round Foods, Platinum Sponsor; Snapple, Hydration Sponsor; Long Island McDonald’s Restaurants, Gold Sponsor; Jonas Chiropractic, Title sponsor of the Jonas RunNassau Race Series and Directors of injury prevention for RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend.

For more information on becoming a 2016 RXR Long Island Marathon volunteer, citizens can visit

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Mangano Promotes Screening and Early Detection

By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined with officials from the American Cancer Society last week, in taking a pledge to substantially reduce colorectal cancer, as a major public health problem, by 2018.

Taking the “80% by 2018” pledge means working toward the shared goal of regularly screening 80% of adults aged 50 and older for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, and cause of considerable suffering among more than 140,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. But it can be detected early at a curable stage, and it can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps.

The “80% by 2018” pledge is part of a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to promoting early detection of Colorectal Cancer. The Roundtable organization was co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano commemorated World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) this year, by lighting the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building BLUE as part of the international “Light It Up Blue” Campaign.

Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.
WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.

County Executive Mangano was joined at Nassau’s 2016 Autism Awareness Day ceremony, by officials from the advocacy group – Autism Speaks – including Executive Director Virginia Connell; Chapter Board Chair John Beyer; Senior Coordinator for Field Development Eddie Russo and NY State Policy Chair Jim Fahey.

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