Mangano Congratulates DSS On Being Named Agency Of The Year By National Association Of Social Workers, Nassau Division

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) has been named the recipient of the 2017 Agency of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Worker’s (NASW) Nassau Division. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, June 8th at Piccola Bussola restaurant in Mineola.
“I congratulate the entire Department of Social Services team for their hard work and dedication to those in need,” said County Executive Mangano. “DSS provides services to nearly 300,000 Nassau residents every year, has been an ongoing model of programmatic and financial efficiency and an active participant in the New York Public Welfare Association, advocating for legislative reform in the provision of social services programs.”
The NASW Agency of the Year Award is provided to an Agency that demonstrates a strong commitment to social work education and to the profession, as well as continues to improve the quality of life in the community. According to the NASW Nassau Division, Nassau DSS continues to far exceed expectations for human services organizations, continually striving to implement innovative approaches that can improve the quality of life for the residents of all Nassau County communities.
“We are deeply honored and humbled by the designation of DSS by Nassau NASW as Nassau County’s 2017 Agency of the Year,” said DSS Commissioner Dr. John E. Imhof. “This success is primarily due to the Department’s greatest resource—the more than 900 men and women working at DSS whose efforts each day save, enrich and transform lives and communities, creating positive ripple effects that are felt not just today or tomorrow, but also for years to come. I also wish to thank County Executive Mangano and the entire County Legislature for their unwavering support of DSS.”
“Outreach to the community is ongoing, with DSS having meaningful relationships with more than one hundred non-profits, educational, and health and human service agencies,” said Dr. Elissa Giffords, Chairperson of the DSS Advisory Council. “Activities such as the Job Fair, and DSS Volunteer Services, engage the public and DSS clients themselves attest to its strong commitment to their community. Nassau County DSS has made significant contributions emulated by other counties statewide. Recently the New York State Office of Children and Family Services highlighted Nassau’s DSS as successfully reducing the disproportionate minority representation of youth in Foster Care.”

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Mangano Honors Female Veterans FROM WWII – the Greatest generation – at 2ND annual Women in the Military Recognition Ceremony

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored eleven female WWII Veterans at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage today, as part of Nassau County’s 2nd Annual Women in the Military Recognition Ceremony,

This year’s theme was “Opening the Door” and honored military women considered trailblazers for future females serving in the armed forces.

County Executive Mangano began his opening remarks by welcoming all the “brave and dedicated women veterans,” there and thanking them all for their service.

“Today we bestow a special honor on women who served in the military during World War II,” he said. “To coin a well-known phrase from television journalist Tom Brokaw, you ladies represent the greatest generation any society has ever produced.”

“On behalf of a grateful County, and administration, thank you all for your selfless service and sacrifice to our Country,” he continued. “We would not enjoy the freedoms we do here, were it not for the members of our Armed Forces.”

Last year, County Executive Mangano proclaimed the first week in May as “Women in the Military Week” in Nassau, and announced the forming of Women in the Military (W.I.T.M.) Inc. which is headquartered in the County. The group’s mission is to bring together women with unique shared military experience, for camaraderie, empowerment, advocacy and charity.

The seven honorees present for today’s tribute were presented with citations, engraved “stars,” a bouquet of flowers and a gift basket.

They were thanked for their service and sacrifice to our country and recognized in an empowering keynote speech by a female army veteran who runs the Army ROTC at St. John’s University.

Also in attendance at today’s recognition luncheon was Armor Museum founder and benefactor, Lawrence Kadish and his wife Susan.

Museum board member Eileen Daly Sapraicone spoke about creating a permanent display at the facility, that tells the story of women in the United State military – a piece she said all agreed is sorely missing from the collection.

Sylinthia Burges, who County Executive Mangano hired 3 years ago as Nassau’s first-ever Female Veterans Counselor, organized the event along with board members of the Women in The Military organization she founded.

Sponsors of today’s event include: Semper4Veteran Inc., Nassau County United Veterans, The MHA – PFC Dwyer Peer Support program and Marissa P. Giglio Consulting.

The honorees were between 92-97 years of age, represent Army, Navy, Marine & Air Corp – and all served between 1942-46, during the 2nd World War.

The Keynote speaker was Rachel Conliffe, of St. John’s University Army ROTC and the US Army Reserves, who founded It’s Like Honey! Women’s Empowerment Movement. Closing the ceremony was Deputy Director of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, Paul Vista.

It’s estimated that there are at least 1,500 women veterans in Nassau, judging by the number of LI women that have sought treatment at the VA. The true number is probably far higher.

More than 350,000 women served in various capacities in the U.S. military during World War II – including working as military analysts, lab techs, clerks and radio operators.

Mangano said it was a groundbreaking trend that forever broadened the role of women in America.

“What better place to recognize and honor women who served during WWII than a venue that allows you to step back in time and explore World War II history complete with living historians, tanks and artillery, and simulated fire fight demonstrations,” he added. “This museum is a unique commitment by public and private sectors to preserve and present a seminal chapter in the history of our nation… and our world.”

Later this month, the Museum will host a World War II Encampment and Battlefield Reenactment weekend – where living historians in period gear, representing a variety of forces, will present vintage weapons and offer hands on displays while engaged in tactical exercises.

The 11 women honored today were identified through an unprecedented outreach, by the Nassau County VSA, to as many women veterans living on Long Island as possible. Each was a trailblazer – breaking gender barriers & paving the way for future women to serve in the military in different capacities.

These were the 7 honorees in attendance:

  1. Marine Sgt. Tess Pierce Garber. Tess enlisted in 1943 and served as a teletype operator. Post military, she worked for the Nassau County Library System, for 30 years.
  2. Army Lt. Nurse Eleanor Rizzuto. Eleanor served from 1942 to 1945, in both North Africa and Italy, where her unit was based.
  3. Army Corporal Mary Gibson. Mary served from 1944 to 1946, and was stationed in Des Moines, Iowa. Her assignment was to process the paperwork for soldiers to be sent to their assigned locations.
  4. Army PFC Diana Esther Montanez. Diana served for 3 years in the Photographic and Journalism Corp – in New Jersey and Georgia. She also made maps and translated manuals and educational materials into different languages.
  5. Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Laura Fortner. Laura was stationed at the Bureau of Yards & Docks, in Washington DC, for 18 months. She was in Washington when Theodore Roosevelt died, & attended his funeral.
  6. Marine Staff Sgt. Barbara Kruse. Barbara attended boot camp at Hunter College, and spent part of the 2 ½ years she served, doing recruiting – in New Orleans and Oklahoma City. She was presented with the WWII victory medal and Special Congressional Recognition citation.
  7. Army Air Corp PFC Josephine Boccio. Josephine served for 2 years in Rome, NY. She was the solder with the Marching Rhythm, giving the orders for other soldiers that it was lunchtime.

Those 4 honored posthumously were:

  1. Army LT/Navy Nurse Ruth Vargas. Ruth enlisted in 1942 before the WACS and WAVES were created. She was stationed in Georgia and Oklahoma for 2 1/2 years. Part of her time was spent working at the Naval hospital. Stateside, she worked part-time in the Northport VA Hospital’s maternity ward.
  2. Marine Corporal Annabelle Weiss. Annabelle served 2 years – as a driver, inspecting plane engines and later on as a nurse. She was presented with the WWII victory medal and Special Congressional Recognition citation. Later, she was diagnosed with service-related thyroid cancer and today uses a service animal trained through America’s VetDogs.
  3. Army Sgt. Helen M. Wilson. Helen was the first African-American woman from Long Island to serve in the Women’s Army Corp.
  4. Army WAC Virginia Tyner. Virginia was assigned to the Training Division at Fort Hood, TX where she helped train enlisted men to use various weapons for overseas fighting. She also won the Army Lifesaving Badge, for saving a man’s life.



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News Briefs – May 10, 2017

Mangano and Northwell Health Announce Free Business Workshop For Veterans

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Northwell Health, in conjunction with Suffolk County, are assisting veterans in transitioning from the military to a life and career back here at home.  A free workshop, “Barracks to Business:  Translating Military Skills into Career Success,” is being offered on Thursday, May 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, located at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.  The workshop is designed to assist veterans with reframing their leadership experience, teamwork and organization skills to prepare for civilian careers following their military service.

“My administration is committed to supporting the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces upon their return home,” said County Executive Mangano.  “From leadership to discipline and organization, our veterans have the skills desired by employers.  I am proud to partner with Northwell Health and Suffolk County to offer this free workshop and provide veterans the opportunity to enhance their resumes, interviewing skills and network with recruiters.”

A former Air Force Staff Sergeant along with a specialist from Northwell Health’s Veteran program will be presenters at this workshop. The “Barracks to Business” Workshop will assist veterans in translating essential and highly sought after military skill sets (i.e. leadership, discipline, flexibility, organization, change management etc.) into a language clearly understood by civilian human resource recruiting and hiring staffs.  The workshop will provide assistance with resume writing, guidance on proven interviewing techniques; and the opportunity to network with recruiters and other veterans.

To attend the free “Barracks to Business” Workshop, veterans must register online at:  For more information, please call (516) 802-4405.


Ribbon Cutting for League of Yes Playground

Another new, handicapped-accessible playground opened in Eisenhower Park at Field 8 this week, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced after the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the facility on May 6.

This second accessible playground is located near the park entrance at Stewart and Merrick Avenues.

Kristine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of League of Yes, along with some children from the League, joined County Executive Mangano for the playground’s opening day. As part of his Eagle Scout Project, Kristine’s son Wade helped build 4 flower boxes and 2 benches for the playground.

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 County Executive thanked those who attended the official ribbon cutting of the “highly anticipated fully accessible park and playground here in Eisenhower Park.”

“I am proud to one again have this partnership with League of Yes, as they are dedicated to improving the lives and dignity of all children by developing accessible playgrounds and inclusive recreation programs here on Long Island,” he said.

Last year, the County Executive helped the League of Yes open the first of its kind state of the art turf baseball field in Nassau County, which was designed for multiple sports suitable for walkers, wheelchairs and other adaptive mobility devices and prosthetics.

“Together, we have dedicated ourselves to breaking down barriers and improving the lives of children with disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to experience play, side-by-side, with their able-bodied peers,” Mangano said.

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Mangano Declares “Women’s Lung Health Week”

Mineola, NY – On Monday, May 8th, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano commemorated the American Lung Association’s Lung Force, “Women’s Lung Health Week” by illuminating the dome on the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building turquoise.

“It is important to educate residents on how lung cancer affects women and that lung cancer is both treatable and there is an increased chance of survival when caught early through screening,” said County Executive Mangano.  “Our goal is to promote awareness and encourage Nassau County residents to learn more about detection and treatment for lung cancer and other lung diseases.”

In 2014, the American Lung Association launched their Lung Force campaign, which is the national movement led by the American Lung Association with the mission to unite women to stand together to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health.  Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the United States and kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer.

It is important for men and women to both be aware of the key facts and misconceptions about lung cancer.  Many people believe that smoking is one of the major causes of lung cancer but as a result of research and data done on the state of lung cancer in women by the American Lung Association it shows that 10 percent of lung cancer cases are among people who have never smoked. Many people are unaware that genetics, as well as exposures to secondhand smoke, radon gas and air pollution also play an important role in causing lung cancer. The American Lung Association data also showed that 10 percent of lung cancer causes are among never smokers and women with lung cancer are twice as likely as men to identify as never smokers.

To learn more about the Lung Force and the American Lung Association visit



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Mangano: Marine and Navy Helicopter Landing at Eisenhower Park

Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Team & Navy/Marine Raid Force demos

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Nassau County will once again host a Marine and Navy Helicopter Landing in Eisenhower Park on Saturday, May 27th as part of the “Fleet Week 2017” activities in New York City. The free event, billed “Raid New York” will be the only Marine/Navy helicopter landing on Long Island. Spectators are invited to board the aircraft once landed and meet with military personnel.

Navy Landing at 10:00 a.m.

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, based in San Diego, California will perform an aerial parachute demonstration showcasing the skills of the Naval Special Warfare Team. The team is celebrating their 43rd Anniversary this year. In addition, a combined team of members from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) and a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron will present a mine countermeasures demonstration. The EOD technicians are stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Marine Landing at 12:30 p.m.

The CH-53 Sea Stallion, MV-22 Osprey and AH-1W Cobras will perform an area sweep and transport a Marine Raid Force to the landing zone. Marines will perform an assault demonstration, after which the helicopters will land and will be available for public display, along with the weapons typically used by a Marine Corps Rifle Platoon. Marines supporting this event are part of a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force from the II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

The Helicopter Landing will be taking place on the Kite Field, just south of the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park, with parking at field 6A and adjoining parking fields. Please note:  New safety regulations have redefined spectator areas, so all are advised to arrive early.

Northwell Health will also have a presence at the event with displays, vehicles and entertainment and support for participating military personnel.

At 930 acres, Eisenhower Park is the largest park in Nassau County and is centrally located in East Meadow with entrances at Hempstead Turnpike at East Meadow Avenue and Merrick Avenue at Stewart Avenue.

For more information about this event, please call (516) 572-0200 or visit




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Mangano Announces 2017 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced plans for the 2017 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, which takes place from June 1st through June 3rd 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 generous 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 33rd 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. Sponsors also include: The Dee Foundation; The Bussani Mobility Team; C.U.R.B.; Westbury Shake Shack; UBS; Trainville Hobby Depot; the New York Islanders; and Able Newspaper.

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

Statements in Support FROM SPONSORS of the Games:

“The Games for the Physically Challenged offer an opportunity for our entire community to come together to celebrate student athletes who embody the values of diversity, tenacity and resilience,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We are honored to be a part of such an inspiring New York state tradition.”

“Once again, Nassau Community College shares pride of place in hosting the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.  We are so honored to be the host venue for these athletes who serve as such an inspiration to us all, and demonstrate the best of the human spirit.  We are humbled by their presence, and encouraged by their indomitable spirit,” added Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President, Nassau Community College.

“King Kullen has been honored to be part of this very special event year after year.  Everyone involved in the Empire State Games goes above & beyond to make this event more amazing each year.  Good luck to all the athletes on all their dedication & hard work,” said Frank Vassallo, Director of Store Operations for King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.

Martin Elias from the Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation and Elias Properties stated, “We 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 2017 Games.”

“The Society is honored to be a part of such a rich tradition of support for such a worthy cause,” said Dermot Kelly, of The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s of Long Island. “We all look forward to watching and cheering on all the athletes from far and wide.”

John Powers, President of The Society of the Friendly Sons, remarked, “The Friendly Sons are happy to continue support for the 2017 Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged with our Honoree Lora Webster and thanks Nassau County for continuing to host the Games.”

“NICE is an integral part of the Long Island community. Our 1,000 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,” said Michael Setzer, CEO of NICE.

“The Dee Foundation is very proud to sponsor the games again this year. Our sister truly enjoyed all aspects of this wonderful event. The Games are not just for the athletes, but for all the people who surround them,” said Jim Macri, Board Member of the Dee Foundation. “It gives families and friends an opportunity to celebrate the challenges and triumphs of all the competitors.”

“The next generation of Bussani looks forward to supporting the games as we have done for decades.  Our congratulations go out to the athletes and wish them all well,” said Daniel Bussani, CEO of The Bussani Mobility Team. “Keep up the inspiring hard work. We can’t wait to see those medals!”

Citizens United to Remove Barriers President Rich Papetti added, “C.U.R.B. is proud to continue our sponsorship of the games. Our mission includes removal of barriers which prevent participation in community life for health, social or recreational purposes and the Nassau games are the embodiment of our goals.”

“We’re thrilled to be a sponsor of the 2017 Games,” said Westbury Shake Shack General Manager Andrew Trinchitella. “Shake Shack’s mission is to Stand For Something Good and supporting such an awesome event is a natural extension of our core values. We can’t wait to cheer on all of the participants!”

“UBS is pleased and proud to sponsor this great event,” said John Houlihan, the Long Island Market Head from UBS. “It is really fulfilling for our employees to volunteer here. Seeing the courage and joy the participants bring to the competition is truly inspiring.”

“Trainville Hobby Depot will be continuing our fundraising efforts by hosting our 5th Model Train Show to benefit the Games on November 18th and 19th at the Bethpage Senior Community Center located at 103 Grumman Road West in Bethpage from 11am to 4 pm. The prior shows have raised approximately $16,000 for the Games,” said Joel Berse of Trainville Hobby Depot.

“The New York Islanders are once again proud to support the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. The games offer youth the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities adapted to their unique abilities.  These games bring not only hope but joy to all the athletes participating. We look forward to participating in this great sporting event,” remarked Ann Rina, Community Relations Director for the New York Islanders.

“I am eternally grateful to Nassau County 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,” stated Angela Melledy, Publisher of Able Newspaper.

“It is wonderful that the Games will be celebrating their 33rd 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,” concluded Susan Gordon Ryan, Founder and former Director.


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Mangano Announces Addiction & Recovery on College Campuses’ Conference

Addiction and Recovery on College Campuses will be the topic of a free, interactive workshop being held tomorrow, for staff & personnel from all Long Island universities. It’s being presented by the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and hosted at the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.


Members of the Task Force’s subcommittee on Education, Prevention and Outreach will give an overview of the opiate epidemic including current drug abuse trends. Then, through discussion and the sharing of ideas with the college officials, we hope to design new best practice initiatives.


Representatives are expected from Adelphi, Farmingdale, Five Towns, Hofstra, Molloy, NCC, NYIT, Stony Brook, Suffolk CC and SUNY Old Westbury.


Colleges in The Know – Be Part of the Conversation will also offer free, lifesaving overdose prevention training with Naloxone.


It will be on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the Morrelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage.


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Mangano: More Drug Dealers off the Streets

By Eden Laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced today that Nassau Police made several drug busts this past weekend, arresting: 2 people who sold drugs to a Woodmere resident who then suffered a near-fatal overdose; a 33 year-old Hempstead man selling drugs in a Westbury bar; and a Carle Place mom smoking marijuana in her car while her 15-year-old daughter was in the car.

Narcotics Vice Squad and Fourth Squad Detectives arrested two people on Sunday, just hours after they allegedly sold crack cocaine to someone in Woodmere who then overdosed. Police also found Jennifer Pfeiffer, 40, of Woodmere, with 7.5 more grams of crack cocaine and five glassine envelopes of heroin during a search of her home.

Edwin Dejesus, 65, of Far Rockaway was arrested later that night in Inwood, for agreeing to sell heroin to someone there.

Detectives recovered a total of 73 glassine envelopes of heroin on the defendant’s person. He was arraigned on Sunday at First District Court, Hempstead and charged with multiple counts of drug possession and sales.

A day earlier – on Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Third Squad detectives arrested a 33 year-old Hempstead man outside Houlihans in Westbury for selling drugs in the bar.  Nicholas Mayfield also had in his possession 42 Oxycodone pills and 28 Alprazolam. He was arraigned on Saturday, in First District Court, Hempstead.

And officers with Nassau Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team arrested Hilda Mejia, 37, of Carle Place, for drug possession. She had been spotted sitting in her car outside her home, smoking Marijuana with her 15-year-old daughter in the vehicle. Officers recovered more Marijuana and 51 Adderall pills in the car.  Further investigation revealed the defendant had a suspended NYS Driver License.

She is charged with 4 counts of drug possession, one count of Unlawful Dealing with a Child, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd Degree.  She was also arraigned on Saturday in Hempstead.



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