Nassau County news briefs Oct 17

Two men were arrested last week in connection with eight narcotic overdoses involving heroin and cocaine throughout Nassau County, County Executive Ed Mangano, and police officials, announced.

On Oct. 12, 2016, Narcotics Detectives and the Major Case Bureau arrested Daniel R. Crane, 31, of 15 Winnie Court in Carle Place and Reginald Matthews, 48, of 138 Long Beach Road in Hempstead on charges of possession and selling drugs. Both defendants were arraigned on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.

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 Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was honored as “Man of the Year” by the New York State Police Investigators Association, at their annual dinner on Thursday, October 13th.

 “I thank the New York State Police Investigators Association for this honor,” County Executive Mangano said. “While I may be your Man of the Year, the real people of the year are the brave men and women in law enforcement who work tirelessly to protect our families and way of life.”

The New York State Police Investigators Association consists of about 1,100 Investigators assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the NYS Police. Several years ago, the members established an Emergency Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to its membership and their families in times of emergency and/or personal tragedy. So far, the fund has provided over $200,000 to 182 members in need.

Mangano was joined at the awards ceremony by trustees Joseph DiLemme and Robert Rodriguez and Jeff Kayser, President of the  Emergency Assistance Fund;

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted Nassau County’s 5th Annual Italian American Heritage Month Celebration at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building on Thursday, by honoring four members of the Italian-American community.  The program began with both the Italian and American National Anthems performed by 2nd Grade students from the J. Irving Baylis Elementary School in Syosset.  The following honorees were presented Citations:

  • Carolyn Reres of Franklin Square – President of NYS Order of Sons of Italy, member of Italian Cultural Center at St. John’s University and coordinator of Nassau County’s Italian-American Night in Eisenhower Park.
  • Joseph Sciame of New Hyde Park –President of Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee of New York; Past National/State President of Order of Sons of Italy, VP of Community Relations at St. John’s University; and a recent inductee into the National Italian-American Hall of Fame.
  • Alfonso Sposito of Westbury –President of St. Brigid’s Italian Committee, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister.
  • Sal Valentinetti of Bethpage – a 20-year-old Jazz singer who rose to fame as a contestant on America’s Got Talent in 2016; and a graduate of Holy Trinity High School.

“As an Italian-American and County Executive, I am honored to host this celebration which provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognize the many achievements, contributions and successes of the millions of Italian-Americans who call the United States home,” remarked County Executive Mangano.

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Become a Foster parent – open your hearts and homes to children who need a home.

The Nassau County Department of Social Services will be hosting a Foster and Adoptive Recruitment Forum to recruit parents who’ll best meet the needs of children entering foster care. The forum will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City, on Thursday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m.

Foster and adoptive parents, as well as young adults who were in foster care, will be part of a panel presentation.  It’s imperative to certify a large group of foster families to accommodate the cultural diversities of the children who enter foster care in our communities.

“Children are our most precious resource,” said County Executive Mangano.  “Nassau County continues to seek out loving and caring people to open their hearts and homes to children who need foster care placement, and recruitment is critically important to accomplishing this goal.”

There are currently 207 children in foster care in Nassau County.  While children enter foster care and can return to their families on a regular basis, some children remain with foster families who often decide to proceed with formal adoptions.  All Nassau County foster homes are certified through DSS, and foster parents are considered without regard to marital status, race, ethnicity, community of origin, culture, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and must be 21 years or older.  Foster parents receive a stipend for children placed in their home and receive ongoing supportive services from trained casework staff.

Residents interested in fostering children should plan to attend the Recruitment Forum on Thursday, October 20th.  For more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact Sandra Benitez at (516) 227-7613.


Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano honored four individuals at this year’s “Badge of Courage” gala on Friday, for “positively affecting the lives of Firefighters, first responders, and residents in Nassau County.”

The 2016 Badge of Courage Gala benefits the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center and helps support the museums mission of educating residents on fire education and prevention.

The firefighter award went to Ray Pfeifer– an Ex-Captain of the East Meadow Fire Department who retired from FDNY, and spent countless hours fighting for the rights of 9/11 responders and helping to secure funds for the Zadroga Act. The Firefighters Leadership Award went to Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Stew Leonard’s whose family has been nationally recognized for their support of Children’s water safety and who raised over $3 million to fund swim lessons and lifeguard training to promote kids’ wellness through nutritional awareness. And the Firefighters Humanitarian Award went to Television host Jon Stewart and John Feal, Founder and President of the FealGood Foundation, for their continuous advocacy on behalf of all first responders.

County Executive Mangano said Nassau County is “home to the best and bravest firefighters in the nation. Heroism, valor and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication. They respond to emergencies with a single goal:  protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own safety.”



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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Ret. U.S.M.C. Major Chuck Kilbride, the Executive Director of Nassau County’s Toys for Tots program, along with Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino and David M. Katz of Sterling Equities, in kicking off the annual toy drive that benefits hundreds of needy families each year. The kick-off luncheon was held at The Coral House in Baldwin on Friday, October 14th, and featured a myriad of performers and entertainers, including: singer Chris Macchio; The American Bombshells; second graders from Archer Street school in Freeport; and Miss New York USA 2016, Serena Bucaj.
“Each year, the Major and his Marines raise just under $1 million in cash and toys-much of which comes from hundreds of corporate donors, such as Hallmark, Toys R Us, Hasbro, Disney, Macys, U-Haul, Enterprise, K-98.3, the UPS store, and Build-a-Bear Workshop; as well as from volunteer fire departments and Police departments,” stated County Executive Mangano. “Toys for Tots also honors fallen police officers, and works closely with Wounded Warriors. On behalf of Nassau County’s 1.3 million residents, I thank you for your amazing work.”
To support the Toys for Tots drive, County Executive Mangano reminds residents that they can donate a new, unwrapped toy by December 19th by placing it in one of the drop off boxes located in the lobby of Nassau County buildings. Nassau County residents can call 516-571-6000 to find the drop off location closest to you.

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Over 8,000 Job Seekers Expected to Attend – Free Parking
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that he will host Nassau County’s 9th Annual Mega Job Fair on Friday, October 28th at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Employers from across Long Island will be seeking candidates for positions including entry and middle management level, licensed professional, hospitality and food service industries, banking staffing and individuals with technical and IT experience.

There is no charge for admission and parking at Nassau Community College is free. Veterans’ admission begins an hour earlier, at 9:00 a.m., while doors for General Admission open at 10:00 a.m.

County Executive Mangano stated, “We are extremely grateful to our business partners for participating in this Mega Job Fair which is expected to draw more than 8,000 job seekers. It is estimated that over 3,000 people were hired from the previous 8 private sector job fairs. My administration remains committed to continuing to help our Nassau County residents find meaningful employment opportunities as well as helping our local businesses recruit qualified employees in a large variety of industries. Our job fairs are truly a win-win for all participants.”
9:00 A.M. (Veterans Only Admission)
10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (General Admission)
Friday, October 28th

Nassau Community College
1 Education Drive, Building P (Gym)
Garden City, NY

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Mangano : U.S. Marines to Arrive on Long Island to Kick Off Toys for Tots Drive


Baldwin, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join the United States Marines in the official kick-off for the Toys for Tots Program on Long Island on Friday, October 14th at 12:00 PM at the Coral House in Baldwin.  Hundreds of disadvantaged children will be attending the ceremony.  There will also be more than 500 civic, business, community and elected officials in attendance to kick off this year’s official, annual toy drive to benefit thousands of needy families and children.

The U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program is the nation’s largest holiday gift program for children.  Toys from communities across Nassau and Suffolk counties are collected by individuals and businesses and then distributed by the members of the armed services to local underprivileged children.




Friday, October 14th


Coral House

70 Milburn Ave.

Baldwin, NY


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Mangano Announces Annual Nassau County Veterans Day Parade

Mineola – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency today announced that the Annual Nassau County Veterans Day Parade will take place at on Saturday, November 5th.  This year’s event includes a special tribute to all veterans who served during the Vietnam War. The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. (line up at 9:30 a.m.) at the VFW Hall, 235 Merrick Road, Lynbrook.

County Executive Mangano stated, “I invite residents to join us at the parade as we thank our veterans, wave American flags along the parade route, and celebrate the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who served to protect our freedoms and democracy.”

The Annual Veterans Day Parade will include a convoy of military trucks and tanks, The American Legion County and Post, VFW County and Post, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam War Veterans, Catholic War Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, and many more.  All veterans’ groups, Auxiliary units and Color Guards are invited to participate in the parade.

For more information, please contact Nassau County Veterans Service Agency Director Ralph Esposito at (516) 572-6565.






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Nassau News Briefs – Oct 12, 2016

By Eden Laikin

Mangano:  Billy Joel to Play First Show at Newly Transformed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that legendary musician Billy Joel will perform the first show at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after the venue undergoes an extensive transformation.

“There’s no better performer suited to reopen the transformed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum than Long Island’s own Billy Joel,” said County Executive Mangano. “Billy serves as an exciting reminder of entertainment our residents will enjoy at the Coliseum for generations to come.”

The April 5th show will be Joel’s 33rd show at the Coliseum.  He sold out nine shows in 1998, setting the venue’s record for the most sellouts in one year.  On August 4, 2015, Joel layed the arena’s final show before it closed for renovations.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Friday, October 14th at 10am and can be purchased online at, or by calling 800-745-3000. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public on Thursday, October 13th from 10am-10pm.

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Mangano Proclaims October Fire Prevention Month & Issues Safety Tips for Homeowners

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined this week by Nassau County Fire Marshals and representatives from the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, Kidde and McDonalds as he proclaimed October Fire Prevention Month.  County Executive Mangano urges residents to take simple steps to protect their families from fires and other emergencies.

County Executive Mangano offers the following tips:

  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with your family. Make a map of your home and mark at least two doors and windows that can be used to get out of every room.
  • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly and replace them immediately if they do not respond when tested.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • If you are building or remodeling your home, consider.
  • r installing home fire sprinklers.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, please visit:

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Mangano Announces Long Island’s Largest Tech Expo for Local Companies

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced the latest Technology Island initiative; Long Island Tech Day! Long Island’s Biggest Tech Expo, will take place on Tuesday, October 18th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex, located at One Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale. Long Island Tech Day provides local technology companies and startups the opportunity to show off their talent and pool of tech enthusiasts to consumers, high caliber investors and the media.

Participating companies include: Bluechip SEO; Hofstra University; Softeon; Integris Security; Canon USA, Inc.; New York Institute of Technology; Zuznow; Vision Technologies; Zingfit; eGifter; Tools4Ever; Applied Visions; and Clever Devices. Sponsors include Cablevision and K98.3.

There is no charge for admission and parking is free at LI Tech Day.  For more information or to participate as a vendor, please visit






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Nassau News Briefs

By Eden Laikin

St. Jude’s Man of the Year

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was recognized this week as the

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 2016 Man of The Year, for his commitment to public service. The Long Island Chapter of St Judes presented the award to the County Executive at its 24th annual gala.

St. Jude’s Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases.

“While I may be your “Man of the Year,” the real people of the year are the hardworking men and women of the St. Jude’s Family, the committee members and supporters who keep fighting towards eradicating Childhood Cancer,” he said. “I’d like to thank the Long Island Chapter for 54 years of dedication and commitment towards research, care and hope to one-day defeat Childhood Cancer.”

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Social Services Investigations Unit Continues to Root Out Welfare Fraud & Abuse

The Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Investigations has uncovered a total of $85.4 million in welfare fraud and abuse since January of 2013, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced. In 2015 alone, $24.3 million was identified in social services savings, from these programs: Medicaid, Public Assistance, Day Care and SNAP (Food Stamps.)


Mangano and Fire Officials Kick-Off Fire Prevention Month

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano this week reminded residents of the importance of functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in protecting lives and homes, as he declared October Fire Prevention Month in Nassau County. After the announcement at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum in Garden City, Kidde donated 250 smoke & 50 carbon monoxide alarms to fire marshals from both counties, to distribute to LI families most in need. Long Island McDonald’s is helping promote fire safety schools, by rewarding students with meal certificates.

Fire departments throughout the nation respond to an average of 365,500 home structure fires each year. Nearly half start in the kitchen, and 3 out of 5 deaths are in homes without a working smoke detector. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, followed by heating equipment. Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

County Executive Mangano offered some simple precautions to keep families safe – including installing smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

“Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with your family – noting at least two doors and windows that can be used to get out of every room; If you have to leave the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food, even for a short time, turn off the stove; Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords; If you smoke, smoke outside; Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed and avoid the use of candles in the bedroom; and test all smoke alarms monthly.

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Steps for Humanity Walk-A-Thon

Habitat for Humanity held a Walk-a-thon this week to help raise awareness for the need for affordable housing. All proceeds directly fund the cost of construction for the next build in Nassau County.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano thanked Executive Director Mike Pfeiffer and Habitat for Humanity for their dedication to Nassau County and for organizing the event at Eisenhower Park.

“My administration along with Mike are continuously discussing ways in which we can work together towards creating more affordable housing in addition to reconstructing homes,” he said, encouraging residents to give their time to such charitable organizations to help make a positive change in our community.

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Yom Kippur War Survivor Reunited with Tank

County officials marked the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War – fought between the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – by reuniting one of the survivors of the war, with one of the tanks from his lost Israeli Battalion.

Dr. Yuval Neria was able to climb into the massive American made Patton tank that was part of his battalion caught by the surprise Egyptian attack along the Suez Canal at the start of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The tank is on display at the American Armor Museum

Neria received Israel’s highest decoration for combat bravery, the Medal of Valor, and is a Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University and international PTSD expert.

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