Nassau News Briefs NOV. 29, 2016

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced this week that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank is beginning its search for the best candidates to fill 1,300 positions jobs in advance of the venue opening on April 5, 2017. The hiring efforts are a partnership between Nassau County, AEG Facilities, Levy Restaurants and New York State.
Applications must be submitted online via the form at nassaucoliseum.com. Candidates for event-related positions will be interviewed at job fairs in January and training will begin in March. First consideration for positions will be given to Uniondale residents. The 1,300 new positions available include a large variety of job types, such as guest services, facility workers, bartenders, servers, concession stand workers, cooks, and box office ticket sellers. Each employee will be trained by Disney Institute which, as part of its comprehensive and customized approach to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by NYCB, will offer unique experiential services and best practice training for the new arena staff.
The New Coliseum presented by NYCB is funded by $130 million in private investment. No tax dollars are being used to construct the venue and the County will receive a minimum of 8% of gross revenue or $4 million annually. Additionally, $3.7 million in annual sales taxes from the arena will be generated.
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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano last week proclaimed November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month in Nassau County – joining with volunteers from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and PC Survivors. According to the American Cancer Society statistics, an estimated 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, and 41,780 will die from the disease. It’s the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Pancreatic cancer is very difficult to detect early and even more difficult to treat.
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This Thanksgiving holiday saw: a newborn baby left safely in the care of the Wantagh Fire Department, for placement in a child welfare program under New York State’s Abandonment Infant Protection Act (or Safe Haven law.) It also saw County Executive Mangano and NUMC officials surprise children in the hospital’s pediatric wing, with a hot Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings; the County’s Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA) distributing turkeys, food and winter clothing to families in need; intensified Anti-Terror and DWI patrols for the holiday weekend; and the activation of the County’s 2016 WARMBED (Emergency Shelter Relief Program) for homeless individuals and families during the winter months. The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline, 1-866-927-6233 (1-866- WARMBED), will operate 7 days a week and run through March 31st, 2017. Other Emergency Numbers include:
Department of Social Services (516) 227-8519: or After hours (516) 573-8626.
Long Island Crisis Center (516) 679-1111
The Safe Center L.I. (516) 542-0404
Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123
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For the 5th year since taking office, County Executive Edward Mangano commemorated November as National Runaway Prevention Month in Nassau – joining with officials from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services and the Nassau County Runaway/Homeless Direct Service Network.
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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with Ret. United States Major Chuck Kilbride and other members of the U.S. Marine Corps, along with members of the Tier Rats Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Lance Wolff, Assistant General Manager of Miller’s Ale House in Levittown, at the 4th Annual Ride for Toys for Tots on Saturday, November 19th. This annual event collects money and toy donations for the Toys for Tots Drive, helping to ensure that every child receives a toy this holiday season.

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NASSAU NEWS BRIEFS Nov 10

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano once again proclaimed November as National Runaway Prevention Awareness Month and recognized the event with county youth officials and families.

Nassau County Dept. of Human Services, Office of Youth Service has partnered with Nassau County Runaway/Homeless Direct Service Network to raise awareness about the issues facing runaway youth and educating the public about the role they can play in preventing youth from running. Statistics indicate that more than 4,000 youth run away from home, are thrown out, or pushed out of their home each year in Nassau County.

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Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that a free “Road to Recovery” Drug Treatment Summit and Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6-9pm at Plainedge High School, located at 241 Wyngate Drive in North Massapequa.  The evening includes information from medical professionals on the newest medication-supported treatment program for heroin, pain pill and alcohol addiction.  Doctors, psychiatrists, addictions professionals, individuals in recovery from addiction and their family members, and members of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will be on hand to answer questions about the Road to Recovery.

“There is no miracle cure for addiction,” said County Executive Mangano. “The miracle lies in the people who have overcome their drug dependency to achieve sobriety.  Extended-Release Naltrexone can help those miracles happen.  I invite residents to attend this free event and learn more about our new drug and alcohol treatment program known as ‘A Shot at Life’.”

 

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MANGANO: NEW ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND AND SPORTS FIELD NOW OPEN IN EISENHOWER PARK

playgrnd playgrnd2East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the completion of a new handicapped-accessible playground and sports field in Eisenhower Park at Field 8, located near the park entrance at Stewart and Merrick Avenues.

 

County Executive Mangano stated, “My administration is dedicated to breaking down barriers and improving the lives and dignity of children with different-abilities by providing them with the opportunity to experience play, side-by-side, with their able-bodied peers, whether it be on the playground or on the ball field.”

 

This new playground is the second accessible playground installed in Eisenhower Park.  The first accessible playground, located at Field 4, opened in May 2012 in conjunction with Let All The Children Play (LATCP) – a Long Island based not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and dignity of all children by developing accessible playgrounds and inclusive recreation programs.

 

The new accessible ball field, opened in conjunction with the League of YES, has been designed not only for baseball but for multiple sports and uses state of the art turf suitable for walkers, wheelchairs and other adaptive mobility devices and prosthetics.  With the creation of the new field, the League of YES is now able to provide special needs baseball fans in Nassau County and beyond the opportunity to play the game they love.

 

 

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Nassau News Briefs

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that:

1tankNassau County will mark this Veterans Day Weekend by unveiling a rare amphibious assault tank used by U.S. Marines during World War II– at The Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage.

On Saturday, November 12th, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Landing Vehicle Tank which was used to liberate Japanese-held islands across the Pacific, will be joined in the field by a Stuart tank and other vehicles used by the Marines during its hard won campaigns during World War II.

County Executive Mangano invited residents, veterans, families and friends to this unique event as “we honor our hometown heroes and mark Veterans Day.”

Other armor on display will be a Cold War M48 Patton tank, a Sherman tank, the equally rare Dragon Wagon recovery vehicle as halftracks and other military vehicles. The program is made possible, in part, through the support of Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Stop & Shop Supermarkets.

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The County’s bi-annual Veterans Stand Down, will be on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Freeport Armory, 63 Babylon Turnpike, Freeport.

The free event – hosted by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency with assistance from volunteers representing all service organizations – is intended to clothe & feed disadvantaged veterans. It will take place from 10am-2pm. These stand-downs also help returning veterans secure benefits, job counseling, legal advice and dental care.

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One of the nation’s largest bagel and bialy manufacturers will relocate its plant to Oceanside – with a $2.5 million investment in brick and mortar, that will generate $274 million in economic benefits for Nassau County, with almost $250,000 in net tax benefits. B&S Bialys/Bagels by Bell Ltd’s move will create 72 new jobs – that would otherwise have ended up in New Jersey, thanks to an agreement with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that B&S’s purchase of a 30,000-square foot industrial building on Royal Avenue in Oceanside, illustrates the continued confidence employers now have in Nassau County’s economy.”

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During remarks at Nassau’s annual Diwali Mela Celebration last week, County Executive Edward P. Mangano said that this special day symbolizes the “victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.”

“Diwali – the Festival of Lights – is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection – a time when we must remember that there are less fortunate people out there; and this holiday reminds us all that we should commit ourselves to helping those less fortunate,” he said. “Many Indian Americans in my administration are helping me to help those in need in Nassau County.”

Diwali signifies the start of the New Year on the Hindu calendar, and translates into the ‘Festival of Lights.’

Indian American residents honored with a citation, at the Oct 28 celebration, include: a substitute teacher in the Syosset SD; a businessman, community leader and philanthropist; an Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn;  a CPA in Mineola; District Treasurer of a Rotary Club and a mortgage broker for a leading South Asian mortgage company.

 

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Another Successful Tech Day in Nassau County

By Eden Laikin

Nearly 3,000 people attended Nassau County’s 3rd annual Tech Expo this week – where local technology companies and startups got to show off their talents and products to a pool of tech enthusiasts. consumers, high caliber investors, job seekers and the media.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hosted the free expo – Long Island’s largest – at the Butler Building in the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex. The expo ran until 6pm, on Tuesday Oct 18, and a networking event followed.

Nearly 100 firms displayed their wares at the event, including Green Power Tower (GPT) Energy which demonstrated a model of a futuristic “wind power plant.” Bonded Energy Solutions on Oyster Bay and Manhattan offered a cost-efficient steam heating system.  A firm named Bizzshout showed an innovative Creative Resume and Person Branding Database for social job seeking. And Brimes Energy introduced a plan to harvest “ocean wave energy” and develop wave energy farms.

Other participants included: Integris Security; Bytes on the Move; Ripplecrew; Vision Technologies; Zingfit; eGifter; Tools4Ever; Applied Visions; and Clever Devices. Sponsors include Cablevision and K983.

The Mangano administration had partnered with Andrew Hazen, CEO of Launchpad, to promote Long Island as one of the top innovation regions to start, move to and build technology companies. The partnership has hosted a Technology Island Job Fair, and Pitch Island.

“Through technology Island initiatives we are able to continue to support and strengthen Nassau’s tech industry while helping residents find meaningful employment opportunities,” County Executive Mangano said. “We all know that technology is our future so we need to be on the forefront of making Nassau County the new technological hub for New York State and the region.”

“Through collaborative efforts we are making advances in the industry, supporting the technology and promoting the growth of tech companies’ right here in Nassau County,” he said.

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Mangano: Bay Park Seawall Complete, New Identity for Plant and Community

Post-Superstorm Sandy Resiliency Projects Continue

Bay Park, NY – With the 4th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy upon us, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the completion of the seawall surrounding the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This Perimeter Flood Protection project will safeguard the plant from flooding related to a 500-year storm at elevation 18.25.  Additionally, County Executive Mangano announced plans to rename Nassau’s wastewater treatment plants, which will soon be identified as the Bay Park Water Reclamation Facility and Cedar Creek Water Reclamation Facility.

“Nassau County was one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy and we have made great progress in our recovery efforts. We continue to rebuild our infrastructure stronger than ever before,” said County Executive Mangano. “Bay Park is one the most ambitious post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure and mitigation projects on the East Coast and perhaps the best example of strengthening infrastructure against future storms while including smart rebuilding strategies that benefit residents and ensure the aesthetics needed to preserve the quality of our community.”

The following Superstorm Sandy mitigation and resiliency projects continue to take place throughout Nassau County:

Bay Park Reclamation Facility and Pumping Stations:

Progress continues to move efficiently and safely to closeout repair and mitigation projects.  At Bay Park, pump stations and parks, approximately $400 million was spent on Superstorm Sandy related projects thus far.  There are 18 active construction projects with four projects where the notice to proceed is imminent.  Six capital projects are in substantially or fully complete phase.  About 14 more projects have been identified as necessary to fully and completely protect the plant and its wastewater collection systems.  FEMA has obligated $830 million and Nassau County is performing its due diligence to ensure the funding is spent wisely and efficiently.

Efforts that are measurable and can be seen are:

  • Completion of the Perimeter Flood Protection project.  The plant is now projected to a 500-year storm at elevation 18.25.  Work is in progress to install a guard booth at the main gate.
  • Substantial completion granted for the Odor Control Facility Improvements at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant and Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant.  There is a significant reduction in odor emission from the plant.  We have little complaints about odor from the nearby residents.
  • Substantial completion granted for the Primary Source Power Generator Controls Rehabilitation.  The completion of this project eliminates the need for full use of Aggreko units and allows emergency use of portable power units.
  • Substantial completion granted for Sludge Thickening Facilities Improvements.  This assists in the reduction of odor as well as enhancing the wastewater treatment process.
  • Substantial completion granted for the Sludge Dewatering Facilities Demolition project.  This project is in its first phase to completely mitigate the Sludge Dewatering Facilities.
  • Substantial completion for the Final Settling Tanks.  Work is in progress to close out the project.
  • Substantial completion granted for the Heating Hot Water Piping Temporary System.  This was a necessary project to provide the plant with heat for the winter.
  • The Electrical Distribution System Improvements, replacing all unit substations and electrical duct banks, are progressing.  Phase E1 is at 98% complete.  Phases E2 and E3 are about 30% complete.  PSE&G negotiation is proceeding with an understanding in place to provide the plant with the best possible cost rate.
  • Installation of dry pit submersible pumps, elevation of critical components and other mitigation measures are being implemented to protect the pump stations. There are six active construction contracts and three imminently starting in the repair and resiliency effort of the collection systems.

Barnes Avenue & Third Place in Baldwin:

During Superstorm Sandy, storm surge overflowed into the sanitary sewer system stopping and reversing the flow of raw sewage at 3rd Place and Barnes Avenue.  The sewage and storm surge heavily damaged area residencies and roadways. Initial funding in the form of a $4.2 million hazard mitigation grant was received from FEMA for damages sustained at the Barnes Avenue interceptor. A $28.6 million project will also mitigate occurrences in the future. The target area of this project, which includes the Villages of Baldwin and Hempstead, serves 23,715 people.

The construction contract for a new wastewater pumping station and force main which will serve to lessen flow through the Barnes Avenue/Third Place interceptor sewer is approximately 30% complete with an estimated total completion date of July 2017.  Work completed to date includes the 30” diameter force main installation along Ingraham Blvd., installation of precast manhole structure at Ingraham Blvd. and Cedar St., clearing of the pumping station site on Front St.

 

West Shore Road in Bayville:

Repair of West Shore Road and its seawall is the largest post-Superstorm Sandy road repair and resiliency project in Nassau County.   To date, Phases I and II have been complete and more than 5,000 linear feet of seawall and roadway – which collapsed as a result of Superstorm Sandy – has been reconstructed.  Phase III is set to begin in late 2016.

Bayville and Long Beach Bridges:

During Superstorm Sandy the emergency generators for the Bayville Bridge, as well as the Long Beach Bridge, were flooded and inoperable hindering navigation and vehicular traffic. Nassau County has constructed a new emergency generator that is located above the flood elevation to mitigate against the loss of operation of the bridges after large storm events.

NCPD Marine Bureau:

The Nassau County Police Department Marine Bureau – located adjacent to the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant – is a facility where all major patrol vessel repair work is conducted. The facility covers 15,000 square feet of space, and is located on 4 acres adjoining the waterfront.  As a result of Superstorm Sandy, the fueling pumps were damaged and could not provide much needed fuel and services to the NCPD fleet. An upcoming project to storm-harden the fueling station and the administration building will permit the NCPD to operate more efficiently especially during storm events.  The Marine Bureau project will begin November 2016.

Park and Recreation Projects:

Superstorm Sandy destroyed Bay Park in East Rockaway.  Reconstruction is now complete.  New turf baseball fields were constructed and better access to the bulkhead along East Rockaway Channel is now available. The field level was raised by three feet and includes new drainage and storm water infrastructure, including a bio-filtration process to allow storm water to slowly infiltrate the ground and remove additional pollutants before discharge into the Channel.  Additionally, a park on the west side of the Plant is now open with a brand new playground, picnic pavilion and floor hockey rink.

Superstorm Sandy destroyed the Yacht Club and Community Center at Wantagh Park.  A new facility is under construction via an addition to the Wantagh Park administration building.  The old building site now hosts a hardened pre-cast ‘lighthouse’ structure, which will be surrounded by a new fishing pavilion with picnic tables.  The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. Wantagh Park’s electrical distribution system and pool pumps were also damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The electrical distribution system was mitigated to raise the transformers and switchgear above the flood elevation and pool pumps have been repaired.

Milburn Creek Park’s bulkhead has been replaced and a kayak launch was constructed as well as a boardwalk. The Park’s lighting was replaced and a new bathroom facility added to the Park.

All new fence and netting has been installed on the batting cages at Eisenhower Park that were damaged by the storm.

Nassau County lost the pool pumps that operate the North Woodmere Park. The County hardened the facility to prevent future flooding and added an emergency generator, thus mitigating potential future damages by ensuring the pumps remain operational.  North Woodmere Park’s backflow preventers for the potable water service and the irrigation system servicing the North Woodmere Golf Course have also been raised above the flood elevation.

Traffic Measures:

The South Shore Traffic Signal Infrastructure Improvements is a proposed construction project that will be completed utilizing an 80% subsidy from the Federal Highway Administration in the amount of $38 million. This project will replace traffic signals, communications and infrastructure damaged from Superstorm Sandy.  The project will rebuild 145 traffic signals, upgrade communications to fiber optic, and install traffic surveillance cameras and changeable message signs. Work will take place in Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Point Lookout, Lido, Atlantic Beach, Hewlett, Woodmere, Valley Stream, Freeport, Bellmore, Massapequa, Lawrence and East Rockaway.

 

The RFP for Engineering Design Service has been advertised and design is divided into five construction projects.  The first construction project will be bid nine months after the design commences, and the other construction projects will be ready in three to four month intervals.  Each construction project will take approximately 18 months but will run concurrently with staggered start times to help combat construction related traffic congestion.

The Signal Management System (SMS) Upgrade is a proposed modification to the Existing SMS system in the amount of $100,000. This upgrade to the County’s existing traffic signal infrastructure database will add a “Disaster” module that will allow field personnel to triage and document equipment damage in real time using iPads. This system will allow for a more efficient damage information collection system and ensure that information collected conforms to Federal Guidelines. Real time triage information will allow Traffic staff to direct resources on an emergency basis establishing an order of importance based upon information received.

A contract amendment and request for additional funding will be considered by the Legislature in November 2016.  Once approved, the design firm will begin work utilizing previously encumbered funds.

 

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Mangano and NUMC Health Professionals Urge Routine Mammography Screenings

breastcancerEast Meadow, NY – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined NUMC’s President/CEO Dr. Victor Politi and NUMC clinical staff in promoting New York State’s only state-of-the-art 3D Mammography Mobile Breast Cancer Van which offers the latest technology in breast cancer detection to women throughout Nassau County.

“This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I urge women over the age of 40, to schedule a routine mammography screening containing the three-dimensional breast tomosynthesis which is the most effective imaging procedure when performing a mammography.  Proven to detect cancers earlier, the 3D mammogram is most efficient at the way its imaging program works,” stated County Executive Mangano.

NUMC receives a Nassau Cancer Screening Grant which covers the costs of mammography and any follow up.  If a woman does have insurance, the insurance company will be billed.  Insurance companies in New York State will cover all costs of screening mammography any additional mammography follow up may require co-pay.  Certified radiologists at the NUMC Breast Imaging Center will interpret mammography images.  All results within normal limits are sent to the participant and their private physician.  If an abnormality exists, both the patient and their designated physician is contacted by a nurse.

Dr. Politi added, “We encourage women to take advantage of NUMC’s breast cancer detection programs. The 3D state-of-the-art technology, both at NUMC’s Breast Imaging Center and in the mobile van, allows the radiologist to look though the tissue to better identify suspicious lesions, as opposed to a 2D composite flat view.  While the 3D breast tomosynthesis screening still compresses the breast like a traditional mammogram, it takes multiple images at different angles to create a view through slices in a 3D image, with results in less than 24 hours, by board certified radiologists.”

Any community organization that wishes to schedule the mammography van for their members to obtain a clinical breast examination and a breast screening provided by an experienced and trained clinician/nurse, may call (516) 572-3300 or email cmancuso@numc.edu for additional information.

 

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