By Eden Laikin
As New York State’s first County Executive to declare a Public Health Emergency in Family and Domestic Violence, County Executive Ed Mangano once again commemorated the lives of victims, in Nassau’s 4th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Ceremony this month.
Mangano recognized the members of the Family Violence Task force he created in 2010, for their distinguished service over the past 5 years.
“When I took office in 2010, I knew that I wanted to immediately tackle the domestic violence issue that is all too prevalent in Nassau County,” Mangano told those gathered. “We in Nassau County remain vigilant and dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families coping with family violence and we will continue working towards raising public awareness. Family and domestic violence is one of our society’s true tragedies because the victim is being abused by a trusted person in his or her life.”
Mangano also recognized the efforts of Sandy Oliva and Cindy Scott of The Safe Center LI; and New York State Assemblyman David McDonough, during the ceremony.
The County Executive later went on to say that “our partners in law enforcement have also all done an extraordinary job in continuing to fight the scourge of domestic and family violence.”
“Through my Task Force, we have sent out the clear and unequivocal message that VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER, the message that has become the cornerstone of our efforts to combat this preventable social problem,” County Executive Mangano said. “I appreciate and commend the untiring efforts of everyone here to ensure that Nassau County residents are as safe as possible.”
Also to commemorate October as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, Mangano encouraged residents to join the non-profit, Domestic Harmony Foundation, at their 3rd Annual “Walk to End Domestic Violence” on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at Eisenhower Park.