Mangano: NEW SEAT INSTALLATION BEGINS AT COLISEUM
The first seats at The New Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, presented by New York Community Bank, were unveiled today. Joining Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano at the event were Maryann and Joe Campanelli of Plainview and their children, who were the first ticket holders to take a seat. The Campanellis are members of the Long Island All Access Pass program and will have tickets to the designated seats for all events at the Coliseum beginning with Billy Joel’s venue opening show on April 5, 2017. The new Coliseum has also already attracted world-class acts, including Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, Bruno Mars and Stevie Nicks. The Coliseum’s new seating, manufactured in the USA by Irwin Seating Company at their Grand Rapids, MI manufacturing plant utilizes high-tech fabric designed specifically for arena use, providing both comfort and durability. The venue’s seating will also provide generous legroom. Transformation of the Coliseum into a world-class sports-entertainment destination began on November 5, 2015. The new venue will retain its history of honoring our veterans while sharing revenue with taxpayers. When complete, the Coliseum will host hundreds of events annually. The $260 million projected is funded entirely by private investment from Nassau Events Center (NEC), LLC. Under terms of the contract, Nassau County taxpayers will receive minimum guaranteed revenue of $194.5 million during the 34-year lease term with NEC. Simply put, the County will receive a minimum of 8% of gross revenue or $4 million annually, whichever is greater; plus $400,000 annually from the retail component or 8% of the gross, whichever is greater. Payments began pre-construction in August 2015 and will be used to help the Mangano administration keep County property taxes down. Economists project $3.7 million in annual sales taxes from the arena will be generated, along with an estimated $2.7 million in annual sales tax from new retail and entertainment surrounding the area. The Coliseum will continue to be owned by the taxpayers and the County sheds $2 million in costs related to utilities, repairs and other capital expenses.
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Mangano Reminds Residents of Homeless Emergency Winter Shelter Program
Warm Bed, Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program, is open to assist homeless individuals and families during these cold winter months. The Nassau County Winter Homeless Hotline, WARMBED, will operate 7 days a week and run through March 31st, 2017. Between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, and Friday from 4:45 p.m. thru Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from WARMBED and the Department of Social Services (DSS) will make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement. Once placed, the staff at DSS and the Office of Housing & Community Development will contact those who are homeless in order to access resources for permanent housing. Nassau’s homeless veterans who utilize the WARMBED program, will be assisted by the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency. During the 2015/2016 season, a total of 287 individuals were housed by the WARMBED program. These referrals included 219 adults and 68 children.
NASSAU COUNTY HOMELESS HOTLINE (WARMBED): 1-866-927-6233 (1-866- WARMBED)
DSS (516) 227-8519: After office hours (516) 573-8626
Long Island Crisis Center (516) 679-1111
The Safe Center L.I. (516) 542-0404
Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123
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Mangano Recognizes January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. DSS Receives $109,200 State Award
The Nassau County Department of Social Services’ Child Protective Services division, in partnership with The Safe Center LI and LIU Post are raising public awareness regarding youth trafficking and the commercial exploitation of youths, via the Safe Harbour Project. Throughout the month of January, a variety of events are planned to bring attention to this social problem. On January 11th from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Safe Center LI will screen a documentary regarding young women sexually exploited and forced into prostitution. A panel discussion will follow. LIU Post will screen the same documentary on January 31st. Also, both The Safe Center and LIU Post will display “Step Into My Shoes” highlighting the stories of clients who were trafficked. Nassau County DSS was awarded a $109,200 grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services this month, to continue the Safe Harbour program – a County-wide, coordinated, multi-system, long-term strategy to enhance the identification, protection and service delivery for children who are victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and to provide services to best meet their individual needs. Since June 2014, there have been 253 children in Nassau County who have been identified as possible victims of human trafficking. Services such as counseling and housing have been provided. It is estimated that over 100,000 children in the United States are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex each year. At greater risk are youths with unstable family situations and who have little or no social supports. Runway and homeless youths, children involved with child protective services and foster care, as well as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) youths are also at increased risk for exploitation and trafficking. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated in blue the week of January 8th, in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. If you know a child who may be in danger, call The Safe Center at (516) 542-0404. For more information, please contact Safe.Harbour@hhsnassaucountyny.us.