Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced the following:
The Passing of a local FDNY Firefighter
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano last week ordered County Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the passing of retired FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer. “Nassau County lost a heroic firefighter and an outstanding citizen,” he said. “Ray Pfeifer passed away after a long and inspirational battle fighting 9-11 Cancer. Ray never let his illness stop him from fighting for his fellow first responders. Our thoughts and prayers, as well as our admiration for Ray, is with his family: Taylor and Terrance. Ray fought hard to get the James Zadroga Bill passed so that everyone who responded on September 11th was provided with the necessary medical coverage and compensation they earned in their call to save citizens and first responders. In honor and remembrance of his selfless service and his unrelenting fight, it is hereby ordered that flags on all Nassau County government buildings be flown at half-staff from Tuesday, May 30 through sunset on June 5, 2017.”
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER HONORED FOR 70 YEARS OF SERVICE
County Executive Mangano honored Firefighter Frederick Penna of Massapequa on May 18, with a citation for his 70 years of active service with the North Massapequa Fire Department and to his community. Mangano said “the men and women of Nassau’s volunteer fire service put their lives on the line to protect our homes and communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” Penna has served in the North Massapequa FD since 1947. His only sabbatical from the fire service was during the Korean conflict, from 1951 to 1953, when he served in the US Army. He was honorably discharged and went back to the fire service where he has held every office within the department.
Marine & Navy Helicopter Landing at Eisenhower Park to mark memorial day.
Nassau County hosted its annual Marine and Navy Helicopter Landing in Eisenhower Park on Sat, May 27 as part of the “Fleet Week 2017.” As part of the free event, billed “Raid New York,” spectators were invited to board the aircraft once landed and meet with military personnel. The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, performed an aerial parachute demonstration showcasing the skills of the Naval Special Warfare Team. And, the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron presented a mine countermeasures demo. Marine aircraft – the CH-53 Sea Stallion, MV-22 Osprey and AH-1W Cobra – performed an area sweep, transporting a Marine Raid Force to the landing zone. In his remarks, County Executive Mangano said that as we “celebrate Memorial Day weekend, we must remember the brave men and women who served our nation and pay our respects to those who made the supreme sacrifice while protecting our freedoms.”
Emergency Situation at Penn Station
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed County Executive’s Mangano and Bellone to a Working Group to work with the Federal government in finding a solution to the “deplorable” conditions at Penn Station, calling frequent service disruptions and “near riot” conditions in the transit hub an emergency situation demanding the same attention as a natural disaster. Cuomo asked for financial help for transportation alternatives during Amtrak’s planned infrastructure renewal at Penn this summer, which could result in an approximately 20% reduction in its peak hours of service – and, help in finding a long-term answer at Penn, the busiest rail station in the country, serving more than 600,000 travelers daily. Possible alternatives include high-speed ferries from Long Island and a “new advanced” park and ride system on Long Island that would use private coaches and a bus-only HOV lane. Cuomo also wants to find a new manager for Penn, which has been plagued by service disruptions in recent months – suggesting the Port Authority take over the station. “Since he took office, the Governor has been committed to rebuilding our transportation infrastructure,” Mangano said. “Under his leadership, New York is making unprecedented investments in the Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR is a critical artery for our economy and for our communities across Long Island, and Penn Station is the beating heart of the entire system. We cannot wait any longer to address the dysfunction at Penn Station.” He joined Cuomo in calling on the federal government to provide critical funding and expedite Amtrak’s repairs to minimize impacts to New York commuters.
Eagle Scouts and Girl Scout Award Recipients Honored
County Executive Mangano honored several Eagle scouts and girl scout Gold Award recipients, this week, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. A representative of the Theodore Roosevelt Council Boy Scouts of America, emceed the ceremony and speakers included: Boy Scout Robert Seaman from Troop 656 in Wantagh, and Girl Scout Leila Osman from East Meadow. They are among 253 Eagle Scouts and 72 Gold Award recipients this year. For the prestigious Gold award, the girl scout had to complete 80-hours or more of an individual leadership community service project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact and serves to educate and inspire others in the community. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The title of Eagle Scout is held for life.
2017 Mosquito Trapping & Surveillance Plan
County Executive Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said the County Department of Health (DOH) has begun trapping and collecting mosquitoes at 42 sites to prevent the spread of mosquito borne diseases. The Department of Public Works is treating thousands of street basins, sumps, ponds and hundreds of miles of fresh water streams for mosquitoes as well as aerial applications of larvicide in south shore salt marshes. Homeowners ahould eliminate any potential mosquito breeding sites around their property, and report any concerns of standing water to the DPW (516 571-6900.) For questions regarding mosquito surveillance, contact the DOH (516 572-1211.) Pregnant women should avoid travel to countries where there is known transmission of Zika virus, primarily by certain species of infected Aedes (or Asian tiger) mosquitoes. See the DOH’s webpage for steps residents can take to eliminate mosquitoes.
Belmont Stakes Run for Prostate Cancer
Joining the fight against prostate cancer, County Executive Mangano and the Integrated Medical Foundation encourage men over the age of 40 to have their PSA level checked annually and to sign up for the June 4th “Belmont Stakes Run for Prostate Cancer®”. The run, with the help of the Greater Long Island Running Club, is a 5K evening run and walk through historic Belmont Park, ending at the actual finish line of the Belmont Stakes Racetrack. Free on site prostate cancer PSA screenings will be available from 6pm – 8:30pm for all men age 40+ who bring photo identification and have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer. To register, visit GLIRC.org or call the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.
Prepare Now – Hurricane Season began june 1
Joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and officials from the Red Cross, PSEG LI and National Grid – at Nassau’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) this week – County Executive Mangano urged residents to get ready and prepared for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June to November, by downloading free mobile apps from the Red Cross and NassauNow to stay updated with information. “Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes,” he said. It’s forecasted to be an above-normal season, during its Peak from mid-August to late October, with a 70% likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 major hurricanes – Category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher. Later this month, more than 100 first responders from the region will gather at the OEM to discuss the 2017 Hurricane Outlook. County Executive Mangano urges residents to have an updated and accurate Family Emergency and Sheltering Plan; know the evacuations routes from Coastal Areas, secure their property in the event of a hurricane; assemble an Emergency Go-Kit, with enough supplies for everyone in the household for 5 days; and sign up for SMART911 which creates a free safety profile for their household to assist in emergency response to a disaster. This information is available on our website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
ANTI-BIAS CRIME TASK FORCE MEETS
In consideration of the destructive effects of prejudice and racism throughout communities, as seen starkly in recent tragic events around the globe, County Executive Mangano met with members of the Anti-Bias Crime Task Force, which he created early on in his administration. ABC TF board members include: Sheryar Choudhry Esq (Chairman), Anthony Licatesi Esq, Zahid Syed, Dr. David Lifschutz M.D., Mohammad Asif, Spencer Lader J.D., Kenneth Villani RPh, Steve Medina Esq, Jasbir Singh, Tinamarie Frazoni Esq, Fateh Zubair, Dr. Robert Super, Dr. Sima Anand and Dr. Kamal Zafar. The task force mission statement is: “Intolerance and prejudice against persons because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender or disability tears at the fabric of our communities. Acts of violence based on such bias further alienates individuals, groups, and serve to rob us of the crucial sense of security we all require in order to live, work, and play or pray in our communities.”