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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