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.