Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano presented the Commissioner’s shield to Patrick Ryder, newly appointed Acting Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), on Friday, July 21, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Ryder, who joined the NCPD in 1986 and was named Deputy Commissioner in January, started his first day as Acting Commissioner on Thursday.

“I am honored to present this shield to Nassau’s new Acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder,” said County Executive Mangano. “He is a seasoned professional in the field of modern policing and I am pleased to appoint him to the position. Nassau’s residents are in good hands.”


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Mangano Attends Fundraiser in Memory of Hempstead Teenager

Hempstead, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with Village of Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan in support of the 3rd Annual Kay-Day—a celebration and fundraiser in memory of 13-year-old Ka-Juan Polley, who died 2 years ago after being hit by a car in Hempstead. Ka-Juan’s mother and family set up the 3’s for Kay Foundation, Inc. in his memory, dedicated to supporting youth programs in the Hempstead community. Also in attendance were members of Parents and Children Together (PACT), a not-for-profit organization that serves the Village of Hempstead and surrounding communities.

“I am honored to be here at the 3rd annual Kay-Day to show my support for such meaningful and important organizations,” said County Executive Mangano. “Ka-Juan Polley was a bright and talented student athlete with dreams of attending Duke University. What happened to him was a senseless tragedy. I want to thank the 3’s for Kay Foundation and PACT for all they are doing to provide a safe space for Nassau’s youth.”

The 3’s for Kay Foundation was established by Ka-Juan’s mother Jennifer Smith, and her family, after Ka-Juan’s death two years ago. The Foundation has a mission to provide support primarily to under-privileged youth and families in the Long Island region through a broad range of programs, including: recreation activities; life skills training; as well as the creation of a safe space where youth can come and socialize without the worries of the many social ills that affect them daily. They are trying to raise funds for a community center, in Ka-Juan’s name, that can and will provide a safe haven for children.

PACT focuses on offering services to youth who are at risk of unprotected sexual activity, early pregnancy as well as pregnant and parenting teens. The PACT program works to provide teens with opportunities for cultural and education enrichment activities that can support the development of personal goals.

Also in attendance were Randy Stith, Trustee, Hempstead School Board; Lamont Johnson, Trustee, Hempstead Village; and Perry Pettus, Deputy Mayor, Hempstead Village.



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Mangano: Two More Drug Dealers Arrested in Nassau and More than 24 bags of heroin Taken off the Street

By Eden Laikin

Two men suspected of being responsible for the drug overdoses of two Nassau residents –one resulting in a death – were arrested this weekend for attempting to sell Heroin. A third man was arrested for possession of cocaine. More than 24 bags of heroin and 13 bags of crack cocaine were recovered during the arrests.

Nassau Police Department’s Narcotics/Vice Squad detectives, and members of the Long Island Heroin Task Force, were investigating a fatal overdose which led them to Ronald Kibler, 25, of Wyandanch. Kibler was arrested in Massapequa on Sunday about 5:30pm for possessing and attempting to sell a controlled substance.  The driver of the car Kibler was in, was also taken into custody. Both defendants were arraigned today, 07/24/17, in First District Court, Hempstead.

Nassau Detectives –  with the assistance of the Fifth Squad – also arrested a Queens man for possessing heroin with the intent to sell narcotics in Valley Stream on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm. An investigation into a “serious” overdose of a Nassau resident led police to arrest Steven C. Washington, 32, of Springfield Gardens as he sat in a 2015 Honda on Brookfield Road in the vicinity of Mill Road. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday, July 23, 2017.


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Mangano: Cooling Centers Open This Week

Mineola, NY – With high temperatures and humidity impacting the region, and an upcoming heat wave expected, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that cooling centers will be open to the public this week.

“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 cooling centers if they need relief from the heat.”

The following Cooling Centers – offered by Nassau County—are open for the remainder of the week from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

  • Mitchel Field Complex – 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale – 516-572-0400
  • Wantagh Park Community Center– 1 King Road, Wantagh – 516-571-7460
  • Grant Park – 1625 Broadway, Hewlett – 516-571-7821

The following Cooling Centers—offered by Town of Oyster Bay—will be open during normal park operating hours:

  • Bethpage Ice Center – 1001 Stewart Ave, Bethpage – 516-433-7465
  • SYO Woodbury Ice Rink – 7900 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury – 516-677-5990
  • Marjorie Post Rink – 451 Unqua Rd, Massapequa – 516-797-7990

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 that 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 that have fallen asleep in the car.

For more information, please contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-9600.


Summer is here and along with it comes hot and humid conditions.  Rising temperatures and upcoming heat waves can create a dangerous environment for the residents and visitors of Nassau County.  In an effort to help prevent heat related medical conditions, we have put together some tips to keep Nassau residents aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related medical conditions such as dehydration, heatstroke, and heat exhaustion.  In addition, we have also listed some tips on how to prevent heat stroke and dehydration and how to treat heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

We would like to remind residents to dial 911 at the first sign of a medical emergency. In addition, residents should check on their family, friends and neighbors, especially if they are senior citizens.

Signs & Symptoms

Heat Exhaustion

  • Severe thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Increased sweating
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Elevation of body temperature to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

Heat Stroke

  • Severe throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation, agitation or confusion
  • Sluggishness or fatigue
  • Seizure
  • Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
  • A high body temperature
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Hallucinations


  • Thirst
  • Less-frequent urination
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth and mucous membranes
  • Increased heart rate and breathing
  • In children, additional symptoms may include dry mouth and tongue; no tears when crying; no wet diapers for more than 3 hours; sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks; high fever; listlessness; irritability; skin that does not flatten when pinched and released.

How Heatstroke Can Be Prevented

  • Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities; water and sports drinks are preferred; tea, coffee, soda and alcohol should be avoided
  • Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors
  • Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella
  • Increase time spent outdoors gradually get your body used to the heat
  • During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and mist yourself with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated
  • Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot humid days

How Dehydration Can Be Prevented

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun
  • Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing
  • Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance
  • Infants and children should be given Pedialyte to maintain their electrolyte balance

How to treat Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

  • Bring the person indoors, or into the shade immediately
  • Remove their clothing, and gently apply cool water to the skin followed by fanning to stimulate sweating
  • Apply ice packs to the groin and armpits
  • Have the person lie down in a cool area with their feet slightly elevated
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Mangano: Nassau County Department of Health Receives National Awards

One of 41 Health Departments Nationwide To Receive Prestigious Model Practice Award

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Department of Health was honored with a Model Practice Award at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) July 2017 Annual Conference.  The Nassau County Lifeguard Certification Program was one of 41 health departments across the nation to receive this prestigious award for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a local public health need.  The Department was also honored with two Promising Practice Awards.  The Division of Public Health Emergency Preparedness was recognized for Quality Improvement: Utilizing After-Action Reports and Improvement Plans to Enhance Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response.  Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein received his own award for “Coffee with the Commissioner,” Engaging the Public Health Workforce in Governance, Leadership and Organizational Culture.

“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.”

The Nassau County Lifeguard Certification Program was established as a quality assurance component for the certification of lifeguards to ensure that they possess the required skills and abilities needed to provide the highest level of bather safety possible.  The Nassau County Lifeguard Certification Program utilizes an established, nationally recognized lifeguard certification as a prerequisite to taking a Nassau County lifeguard performance test and obtaining a Nassau County lifeguard certification.  In addition, Nassau County Department of Health created a partnership with local stakeholders and formed the Nassau County Water Safety Advisory Committee.  This Committee meets quarterly to discuss all matters related to lifeguarding and bather safety.

The Nassau County Department of Health continues to be a national leader in public health, and since 2013 has earned 12 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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Mangano Announces Student Poster Contest for Substance Abuse Awareness Month

Mineola, NY – In recognition of Substance Abuse Awareness Month in September, and to continue raising awareness of prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites children ages 12-15 to participate in a poster contest highlighting the dangers of illicit and prescription drugs, and the importance of saying NO.  The theme of the contest is Please Join Me in Being Drug Free.”

County Executive Mangano urged school officials to encourage their students to participate in what would be a rewarding and positive summer project. “Prevention and early intervention are ultimately the key to stopping drug misuse and abuse that claims the life of at least one Long Islander a day,” said County Executive Mangano. “This poster contest offers our youth the opportunity to learn about the dangers of drugs and to convey anti-drug messages to their classmates and peers.”

The posters will be displayed at Nassau County’s first-ever Recovery Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 8, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Attendees at the fair will have an opportunity – between 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – to peruse and choose the poster they think conveys the best message.  Winners will be announced at 4:00 pm and prizes will be awarded to the winning students in each age group.

Poster submissions should be dropped off at, or sent to, the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola by August 15th – to the attention of Eden Laikin.  Posters should be no larger than 22×28”, and children wishing to participate should write their name, age, grade and school on the back of their poster submission. Only one submission per child, please!  For more information, please call (516) 571-6105.

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Mangano & Veterans Service Agency Encourage Residents to Donate to Veteran Food Pantry

East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Veterans Services Agency (VSA) are encouraging residents to donate canned food, toiletries and books to a local food pantry for veterans in need. Veterans may visit the pantry at the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q in East Meadow, MondayFriday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed on holidays). All non-perishable donations are welcome!

“My administration is committed to providing a better life for our veterans,” said County Executive Mangano. “Whether veterans are in need of benefit assistance, housing or canned food and toiletries, the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is here to help. If you serve, you deserve!”

The VSA advocates for hometown heroes and their dependents with the United States Veterans Administration, as well as New York State and Nassau County agencies. VSA Counselors are available to educate veterans on programs and benefits which they are entitled to, as well as assist individuals with financial and economic issues.

Nassau – an officially declared Purple Heart County – hosts an Annual Veteran’s Assistance Day along with United Veterans Organization (UVO) which provides free food, clothing and access to valuable services for veterans in need. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Hempstead. The County will also host a POW-MIA Memorial Service in Eisenhower Park on Thursday, September 7th at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, County Executive Mangano and the VSA will host 2,000 veterans at Nassau County’s 7th Annual Veterans BBQ in Eisenhower Park.

Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 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.

For more information, 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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