Mangano Honors Advocates During “Disability Pride Month”

In recognition of Disability Pride Month, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently honored five individuals and one organization for their work as disability rights advocates who have fought for equal rights and committed themselves to programs, services, outreach and enforcement efforts. Recognizing these individuals during Disability Pride Month, highlights an important part of American history when The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) was passed by Congress in 1990 which was created to prevent discrimination based on disabilities as well as to require that employers provide reasonable accommodations, and ensure that public accommodations meet certain accessibility requirements.

County Executive Mangano stated, “As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is important to recognize the hard work and efforts many people have made in achieving equal accessibility and treatment for all individuals. My administration and the Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged have always been committed to and will continue to advocate and strive for further equal access and raised awareness of rights for people with disabilities.”


Melanie Emmons – A Parking Enforcement Aide (PEA) for the Nassau County Police Department for more than 10 years, PEA Emmons is assigned to the First Precinct. She believes public education and enforcement are the keys to upholding accessible parking regulations and insuring these parking spaces are available for those with qualifying mobility concerns. PEA Emmons has issued hundreds of summonses for misuse, expired, altered, and/or forged accessible parking permits; and recently, has facilitated four felony arrests for forgery of accessible parking permits; which are official state documents.

Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) – Team RWB is a national non-profit organization with over 70,000 members across the United States. RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Many Team Red, White and Blue members continue to demonstrate top-notch athletic achievement despite physical disabilities, including those who are amputees, visually-impaired and those who compete in wheelchairs. Many RWB team members struggle with the invisible wounds of war; post-traumatic stress, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury and depression, but the team provides a healthy support network which helps them work through their hardships.

Liz Treston – A Hofstra University graduate, Liz is a retired speech-language pathologist who is an active community organizer and disability rights advocate. Liz spent her career working with children with special needs and improving their lives through technology. Her work was focused at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, where she was Program Director for the Nassau-Suffolk Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities. Liz’s passion and commitment to accessibility for all, compliance of universal design standards and unabashed advocacy for children and adults, improves lives and enriches the entire community.

Julie Keffer – In 2008, Julie founded in response to the lack of social opportunities for preschoolers with disabilities. The mission of is to create communities of inclusion for children with disabilities as they enter kindergarten. Julie Keffer is an inspiration to all parents of children with disabilities, and an example of how one person with a will and desire, can improve the lives of countless individuals.

Anthony “Fitzy” Fitzgerald – A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the New York State Department of Education, Fizty was paralyzed in a car accident in 1987 and ever since has dedicated himself to the memory of his brother Dan Fitzgerald who was killed on that fateful day. Fitzy is the founder and president of the Nassau Aviators wheelchair softball team and recently started a youth team which he coaches. A member of the United Spinal Mets, he helped the team capture the Major League Championship in 2000 and a National Championship in 2003. He is an original member of the Nassau Kings Wheelchair basketball team. In 1998, Fitzy made the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team and competed in the Winter Paralympic games held in Nagano, Japan. He is the co-founder and has captained both the Islanders and Rangers sled hockey teams. Tony assists persons with disabilities to explore, identify and pursue employment. He received his Master’s degree in Education from Hofstra University and speaks at middle and high schools throughout Long Island about the power of positive thinking, the benefits of sports and accident prevention. Fitzy’s passion is helping others improve their lives by becoming active and productive whether it is on the ice or in the office.

Ellen Abberbock – Ellen has worked as an attorney for the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) for the past 28 years. She created and implemented DSS’ Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 policy which ensures that DSS clients with disabilities receive equal access to all DSS programs. Ellen has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Center for Independent Living (LICIL) in Levittown since the mid 1990’s, and currently serves as Vice-President of the LICIL Board. LICIL’s mission of serving as a down-to-earth home base where persons with disabilities and their families can access services and information to open doors for a more productive, independent healthy and secure life. Most recently, Ellen has been involved with LICIL’s efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are seamlessly included in Nassau County’s Emergency and Disaster planning.

About the Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged:
The Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged serves as the Disability Rights Advocacy agency for the County’s population of over 250,000 adults and children with disabilities. In doing so, the Office plays a leadership role in the provision of programs and services to enhance the independence and productivity of citizens with disabilities, developing and advocating for legislation on the local, State, and Federal levels of government, and working with the business community, health systems agencies, educational institutions of higher learning and school districts, transportation providers, cultural and arts centers, local municipalities, and private and non-profit disability and rehabilitation organizations to remove attitudinal and architectural barriers to consumerism, employment, education and independent living.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and United States Congresswoman Kathleen Rice today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Chemical Defense Program (CDP) and the Nassau County Fire Marshal (NCFM), in cooperation with the fire service and other County agencies, will be conducting a one-day modified exercise scenario designed to improve Countywide response capabilities to a large-scale chemical incident. The exercise will take place in October 2015 and will include elements of operational expertise as well as real-time information sharing and decision making.

“This multi-agency exercise allows Nassau County first responders to test their capabilities in real-time while refining and improving strategies for responding to chemical incidences,” said County Executive Mangano. “This exercise is an important step in our ongoing preparedness efforts and will assist in strengthening communication among Federal, County and local first responders.”

The demonstration project entails a large-scale chemical incident at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Exercise participants will discuss their respective operations following the release of a chemical agent at the Coliseum resulting in mass casualties.

“The threats against our country are constantly evolving, and we have a responsibility to anticipate and prepare for the worst-case scenario,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “This exercise will ensure that our local first responders have the training, skills and communications capabilities they’ll need to respond to a large-scale chemical attack. This is a critical investment in our local security, and I look forward to continue working with our federal and local partners to ensure that we’re fully prepared to protect the people we serve.”

The concept of the exercise is to enhance community-oriented response for large-scale chemical incidents, validate the critical tasks and key decisions required during the immediate response to a chemical incident and to test the draft chemical incident CONOPS, to include agency authorities, roles and responsibilities; agency coordination; and information sharing. The chemical defense demonstration project will focus on operational coordination, situational assessment, public health and medical services and public information and warning.

The Operational Coordination portion of the project will examine multi-agency coordination and information flow between unified command and agency leadership, between responders and medical centers, and between medical centers. It will also examine the roles, responsibilities, and coordination between unified command, the County’s Emergency Operational Center (EOC), hospitals, private sector, and other stakeholders.

The Situational Assessment will involve examining how agencies make decisions with uncertain and/or conflicting information and the processes they use to overcome this. During the exercise scenario there will also be a focus on Public Health and Medical services to identify the requirements and existing capacity and capability to provide lifesaving medical treatment at the incident site and at area hospitals.

The demonstration will focus on process of communicating, developing and distributing Public Information and Warnings. It will test the ability of stakeholders to quickly develop and disseminate protective action decisions and other information and warnings to the public.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the historic public-private partnership between United Water and Nassau County today received an award for innovation from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships for its wastewater operation. The award ceremony took place at the P3 Connect 2015 National Conference for Public Private Partnerships in Boston.

“My administration has continued to implement public-private partnerships that enhance County services while saving taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Mangano. “This contract is a milestone for Nassau County and a commitment to improving the quality of life for every resident. Working in partnership with United Water, we will continue restoring health to our bays, marshlands and the surrounding environment.”

United Water began its 20-year contract with Nassau County in January to operate and manage the County’s sewage treatment plants and collection system. The historic public-private partnership safeguards the environment, strengthens the quality of life in communities surrounding the treatment plants and saves the taxpayers a guaranteed minimum of $230 million during the term of the agreement.

“The Nassau project proves our ability to deliver our professional resource management services on a project of this scale. It also demonstrates another dimension to our flexibility and ability to create a bridge that connects our expertise to meet municipal needs throughout North America,” said Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of United Water and Suez Environnement North America.

“Through the National Public-Private Partnership Awards program, NCPPP recognizes those organizations and individuals going above and beyond to advance the concept and implementation of public-private partnerships across the country,” said NCPPP President Art Smith. “We are proud to recognize innovators and leaders whose work serves as exemplary partnership models.”

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Heat index readings will range from 90’s to around 100 in the region.

In an effort to help Nassau County residents cope with high temperatures and humidity, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that cooling centers will be open today and tomorrow with the assistance of our partners in government.

“The combination of heat and humidity can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents, and the county is doing all it can to provide some relief,” said County Executive Mangano. “I encourage everyone to take precautions to stay as cool as possible.”

Jurisdiction Location Address Hours
Town of Oyster Bay William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center 28 West Carl Street 8am-3pm
Town of Oyster Bay North Massapequa Community Center 214 N. Albany Ave 9am-3:30pm
Village of Rockville Centre Sandel Senior Center 50 South Park Ave 9:30-4:30pm
Five Towns Five Towns Community Center 270 Lawrence Ave, Lawrence 8am-9pm
City of Glen Cove Glen Cove Senior Center 130 Glen Street 9am-9pm
Salvation Army 65 Atlantic Avenue, Hempstead
Town of Hempstead Cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, July 20th, Tuesday, July 21st and Wednesday, July 22nd (except where noted):

Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin, (516) 546-7110
Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, (516) 221-9696
Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177 (open until 4:30 p.m.)
East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow (516) 794-2458
Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont, (516) 354-4777
Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl. Franklin Square, (516) 328-3010
Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810
Levittown Senior Center, 555 N. Newbridge Rd., Levittown, (516) 433-5454
Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777
Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside, (516) 766-8888
Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt (516) 867-1612
Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440
Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale (516) 292-1313
Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (516) 538-5050
Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh (516) 785-8505

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.
 Increase non-alcoholic fluid intake.
 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) 573-0636.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel today announced that West Broadway, in the Cedarhurst/Woodmere area, will be restored as a part of “Operation Restore Our Roadways.”

The limits of the West Broadway restoration will be from Broadway to Rockaway Turnpike and work will include: milling and resurfacing, well as replacement of curb and sidewalk. The Request for Proposals for design will be going out to bid in the fall of 2015, with the restoration to take place in 2016 under the Capital Plan.

“My administration has made it a priority to restore our roads for the safety of our residents and communities,” said County Executive Mangano. “The restoration of West Broadway is just one example of the road improvements we have been making throughout Nassau County.”

“This is a very large construction project that has been in the planning and design stages for many months,” said Legislator Kopel. “I am looking forward to getting the shovel in the ground.”

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County Executive Ed Mangano congratulated the Syosset Braves High School Girls Golf Team on Tuesday for winning both the Nassau County Championship and the Long Island Championship. The team won both championships, two years in a row.

Mangano also recognized the coaching ability of the winning team’s coaches and captains, at the ceremony held in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.

The County Executive presented the coach and the captains of the team with citations, in addition to presenting the two-year champions with a sign to commemorate the victory.

“This is one of the most cohesive teams I’ve ever coached,” said Coach Stephen Naranjo. “The girls really care for each other and look after each other. They have earned it.”

The team consists of players: Alexandra Chan, Elizabeth Choi, Leah Cullen, Arushi Gahlaut, Emily Kimoto, Grace Ng, Trisha Patel, Malini Rudra, Sarah Sung and Cindy Zhang; Head Coach Stephen Naranjo and Athletic Director Drew Cronin.

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Autograph Session with NY Knick John Starks and NY Jet Justin Miller

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that Nassau County Department of Health and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums will host a free, family-fun Children’s Day and Health, Fitness and Sports Expo on Sunday, July 26th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Eisenhower Park. Admission is free.

Children of all ages will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including carnival rides, bouncy houses, face painting, autograph signing with former New York Knicks star John Starks and former New York Jet Justin Miller, a free PGA Superstore, NY Cosmos and Scooter Clinics and demonstrations, free giveaways and raffle, as well as free health screenings. Additionally, beginning at 4:00 p.m., Plaza Theatrical Productions will be performing Shrek. All activities will be held at the Kite Field, Parking Field #6.

“The Health, Fitness and Sports Expo is the perfect, healthy alternative to video games, and a way to get outside to become active and learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said County Executive Mangano. “I urge residents to attend the Health Expo and spread the word of wellness – mental, physical and emotional wellness through sports, exercise, good nutrition and regular medical screenings. With your help, we can create a healthier Nassau County.”

The Children’s Day and Health, Fitness and Sports Expo is sponsored by Nassau County Department of Health, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums, North Shore LIJ, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Winthrop University Hospital, NuHealth, PGA Tour Superstore, Humana, New York Cosmos, New York Institute of Technology, Pink, K98.3, and Hofstra University.

About Plaza Theatrical Productions
Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc., founded in 1983 by Executive Producer, Kevin F. Harrington, is a Long Island based professional touring company serving public organizations, schools, camps, country clubs, convention centers and senior citizen developments. Plaza mounts fully-staged musicals, comedies, children’s/educational theatre, and musical revues. For over a decade, Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. has been delighted to present fully-staged summer outdoor musicals in Long Island Parks, accompanied by a full orchestra. Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. is a member of The Huntington Arts Council, BACCA, The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, and participates in the Nassau and Suffolk Counties BOCES Arts-in-Education program.

About Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three world-class golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at:

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