Mangano Offers Free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar in Lynbrook

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is continuing to combat the heroin epidemic and save lives by joining with the Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick and Long Beach Reach outpatient counseling center to host a free Overdose Prevention Seminar on Wednesday, June 28th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert Street.  The seminar will educate residents about the current trends and dangers of drug use, how to recognize and prevent drug abuse and related deaths, and how to save the life of someone overdosing on heroin or pain pills.  Opioid abuse resulted in the deaths of at least 190 residents in 2016. Lynbrook lost at least 5 residents to overdoses last year – and a total of 18 residents since 2012. 

“This free Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar is just one part of my administration’s four-pronged approach to fighting this public health crisis – including education, awareness, enforcement and treatment,” said County Executive Mangano. “These trainings prevent drug-related deaths in our community, save residents lives and keep families whole.”

During the seminar, residents will be trained to administer Naloxone – the lifesaving antidote to a heroin overdose – and learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.  Hundreds of residents were saved from overdoses by those trained to administer Naloxone, which has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives. A 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has provided Naloxone training for more than 8,600 people, at approximately 170 seminars, since September 2012.  At least 60 trainees have reported using that knowledge – and the Naloxone kit they were provided – to revive someone overdosing on heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.

Social Work and OASAS Continuing Education Credits are available for the training, as the Nassau County Office of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency – and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County – is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited.  To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining   For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visitwww.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.

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MANGANO FURTHER INCREASES HOUSING OPTIONS, CUTTING RIBBON ON NEWLY RENOVATED POND VIEW HOMES DEVELOPMENT IN MANHASSET

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined with the North Hempstead Housing Authority, Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset School District to cut the ribbon on a newly renovated and rehabilitated 52-unit, affordable housing development in Manhasset – as part of the Mangano team’s efforts to increase the stock of residential opportunities in Nassau County.

In addition to this Pond View Homes development, County Executive Mangano’s economic development team has provided incentives to create 1,350+ new housing units, and more than 3,500 new residential opportunities have opened or are under construction since he took office in 2010.

“The Pond View Homes development brings updated housing options to the heart of Manhasset,” County Executive Mangano said. “Additional housing options generate new tax revenues for local governments and millions in economic benefits for downtown shops and restaurants. Another 1,000 units are being constructed through County incentives to convert vacant office space into apartments near transit centers – including ones in Hempstead; Great Neck; Farmingdale; Mineola; New Cassel; Roslyn, and Westbury.

First developed in 1962, Pond View Homes has a total of 52 low-income units, including 5 studio apartments and units with up to 5 bedrooms.

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MANGANO OPENS COOLING CENTERS

Mineola, NY – With high temperatures and humidity impacting the region, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that cooling centers are open today and tomorrow to the public.

“The combination of heat and humidity can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “I encourage residents to take precautions and visit one of our cooling centers if they need relief from the heat.”

The following Cooling Centers – offered by Nassau County are open today and tomorrow, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm:

  • Mitchel Field Complex – 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale – 516-572-0400
  • Wantagh Park Community Center– 1 King Road, Wantagh – 516-571-7460

The Nassau County Department of Health also offers the following information for residents to protect themselves and others during high temperatures:

  • Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
  • Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Drink fluids – especially water.  Avoid beverages that contain alcohol.
  • Take cool baths.
  • Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses should refrain from physical activity, avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well ventilated, and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
  • Eat light, but nutritious foods.
  • Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.

Elderly people, infants, and many individuals with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related problems and should be very cautious about exposure.

If any person experiences heat stroke or exhaustion, get medical help immediately.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses may include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate. Other symptoms may include cold pale and clammy skin or hot, flushed dry skin.

Also as a reminder do not leave children or pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.  Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death.  Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20° F within the first 10 minutes.  Children and pets that are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.  When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children or pets that have fallen asleep in the car.

For more information, please contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-9600

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Mangano Swears in 150 Police Recruits at Nassau County Police Department Headquarters

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By Brittany Davis and Eden Laikin

More than 150 new Nassau police recruits were sworn in by County Executive Ed Mangano at a ceremony at Nassau County Police Department Headquarters today. These recruits – added to the 870 new police officers sworn in over the past three years – will help keep Nassau County “one of the safest large suburban counties in the nation, with crime down 27% since 2009.”

A few of the new recruits will be assigned to the Nassau Sheriff’s Department and several others, to one of the County’s Village Police Departments.

“Some of you have military experience, some have prior law enforcement experience but all of you have the innate ability and drive to serve and protect,” County Executive Mangano said.

The new recruits will go on to complete a 7-month training session at the Nassau County Police Academy, before officially moving on as an officer in January 2018, and protecting the 1.3 million Nassau County residents.

“I am proud to say that Nassau County is the safest large suburban county in the nation, and that is a testament to the work our police officers do, day in and day out,” County Executive Mangano added.

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Mangano, NCPD NYRA, LIRR & Discover LI Kick Off Belmont Stakes Festivities at Garden City Hotel

Garden City, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by representatives from the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), New York Racing Association (NYRA); Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Discover Long Island and The Garden City Hotel in kicking off Belmont Stakes weekend. Economists predict that Belmont Racing season benefits the local economy to the tune of nearly $10 million and that does not count the benefit from visitors spending their dollars at local hotels, restaurants, and retail locations.

“The Belmont Stakes is always a great start to the summer tourism season,” said County Executive Mangano. “I invite everyone to visit Belmont Park and take advantage of the frequent train service provided by the Long Island Railroad. The race, now in its 149th year, provides our County with a major boon to the local economy and this Saturday millions of people around the world will be watching us once again.”

For one afternoon, the eyes of the world will turn its eyes to Nassau’s own Belmont Stakes. Tens of millions of viewers and spectators watch the famed sporting event and tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend Saturday’s event. Millions of dollars will be poured into the local economy. Local restaurants, hotels, cafes, and merchants are expected to have a large spike in business.

The Nassau County Police Department is partnering with the New York State Police, MTA Police, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Belmont’s private security and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to work together to protect our residents and visitors. Additional resources and personnel will be utilized to help ensure that Saturday’s Belmont Stakes is a fun-filled day for everyone without incident. To that end, there will be no backpacks, no coolers, no luggage and no duffel bags allowed. Food items if spectators want to bring them must be in see-through plastic containers or see through bags.

“The LIRR will be the best way to avoid traffic and get to Belmont for the Stakes race,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “We will have plenty of extra service to and from the event. We urge customers to buy their round-trip LIRR tickets in advance and consider staying at the park for the late races and for the special concert after the Stakes race to avoid the surge of customers who tend to leave immediately after the big race. We know this will be a great event for Nassau County and for our region and we are happy to support it with extra train service to help keep cars off the roads.”

“Belmont Stakes is an iconic event that is not only a point of pride for our destination but also positively promotes Long Island on a national and international stage,” said Discover Long Island President & CEO, Kristen Jarnagin. “In addition to supporting local hospitality jobs and generating millions in tax revenues, Belmont Stakes offers immeasurable positive media exposure to millions of prospective visitors.”

In addition to the Belmont Stakes, residents can attend the annual Belmont Festival in Garden City today on 7th Street from 6pm to 10pm. This very popular event features live music, family-friendly activities including games, face painting and pony rides, and is one of the most anticipated and well-attended​ events of the year.

In addition, residents and visitors can attend the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Festival this Sunday from 2pm to 7pm on Tulip Avenue. The festival features live music, performances, great food, kid’s rides and much more.

The Garden City Hotel’s General Manager Grady Colin added, “The Garden City Hotel is proud to be a part of the Belmont Stakes’ illustrious history. As the hotel is celebrating its 144th Anniversary this year, we are fortunate to mark this milestone with another time-honored tradition, the Belmont Stakes. As the host hotel, we look forward to welcoming the racing crowd back again to Garden City.”

The Belmont Stakes take place this Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Belmont Park, located at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont NY. For more information please visit http://www.belmontstakes.com

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Mangano, Singas & Police Announce Arrests Related to Sale & Supply of the Deadly Drug Fentanyl in Overdose Investigation

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Madeline Singas and the Nassau County Police Department today announced that the Long Island Heroin Task Force arrested four subjects for dealing and supplying a mixture of heroin – with the deadly drug known as fentanyl – and causing overdoses in the Massapequa area.  The deadly drug fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic painkiller and 100 times more potent than morphine.  It is clinically used for the treatment of end-stage Cancer pain.

County Executive Mangano stated, “Fentanyl is a serious drug and we issued a Deadly Drug Alert several times over the past two years at it reached our borders.  Last year, 190 people died from opiate overdoses – of which 62 were caused by fentanyl.  I commend the men and women of Long Island’s Joint Heroin Task Force for tracking down the sources of heroin overdoses, arresting drug thugs and removing them from our streets.”

According to the Long Island Heroin Task Force, two individuals were arrested at 2:55pm on Monday, June 5, 2017 and two additional individuals at 1:10pm on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Copiague.  According to Detectives, an investigation of a non-fatal overdose on May 30, 2017 led to the arrest of defendants Randall L. Robinson, 31, and Lilliana M. Vasquez, 27, both of 196 Meucci Avenue Copiague. The defendants were in the parking lot of Rite Aid, 901 Merrick Road Copiague, when they possessed and intended to sell a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin to another person with the knowledge that the drug was going to be brought into Nassau County.  Defendant Robinson was seated as the front seat passenger in a 2003 Mercedes Benz, defendant Vasquez was operating the said vehicle.  In the rear of the auto, properly restrained, was defendant Vasquez’s twenty-one month old child.  On Tuesday June 6, 2017 in the vicinity of Meucci Avenue defendants Robert P. Evanson, 30, of 24 Prince Street Deer Park and Kevin Forrester, 29, of 102 Brefini Street Amityville did possess and intended to sell a substance believed to be heroin.  Defendant Evanson was the driver of a 2015 Nissan Altima, defendant Forrester was the front passenger of said vehicle where a plastic bag containing the substance was recovered from the center console.

Defendant Randall L. Robinson is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was arraigned in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.  Defendant Lilliana M. Vasquez is charged with Criminal Facilitation and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was released on an Appearance Ticket returnable to First District Court on Wednesday June 28, 2017.  Defendants Robert P. Evanson and Kevin Forrester are each charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Both defendants were arraigned on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.

County Executive Mangano urges family and friends to stay alert, watch for the warning signs of drug abuse and get their loved ones help before they overdose.  If you or a loved one is struggling, Nassau County has a 24/7 help and referral line at 516-227-TALK.

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MANGANO, SINGAS & POLICE ANNOUNCE ARRESTS RELATED TO SALE AND SUPPLY OF THE DEADLY DRUG FENTANYL IN OVERDOSE INVESTIGATION

By Brittany Davis

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced the arrest of three drug dealers, two from Suffolk who were caught with 22 grams of a synthetic drug – powerful enough to kill thousands of users.

The synthetic opioid, Fentanyl, is cheaper and stronger than heroin, is used clinically on end stage cancer patients, and has been linked with an increasing number of cocaine and Heroin-related overdose deaths – here and across the tristate area.

The arrests announced today come after an investigation into 3 overdoses that occurred in a single day last week, in the Massapequa area. The investigation was done by the Joint heroin task force, comprised of Nassau and Suffolk police departments and other federal agencies, which was created in February 2016. The task force has made more than 200 arrests.

“Fentanyl is a serious drug and we issued a Deadly Drug Alert several times over the past two years as it reached our border,” County Executive Mangano said. “Last year, 190 people in Nassau died from opiate overdoses – 62 of which were caused by fentanyl.  I commend the men and women of Long Island’s Joint Heroin Task Force for tracking down the sources of heroin overdoses, arresting drug thugs and removing them from our streets.”

On Monday, June 5, Nassau Narcotics officers arrested Randall L. Robinson, 31, and Liliana M. Vasquez, 27, as they sat in a 2003 Mercedes Benz in the parking lot of a Rite Aid in Copiague. Randall was arrested for the possession and intent to sell 3 grams of heroin. Vasquez, who had her 21-month old child in the back seat of the car, was charged with Criminal facilitation and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Tuesday, June 6 officers captured Robert P. Evanson, 30, and Kevin Forrester, 29, who were in a 2015 Nissan Altima. They were arrested for possession and intent to sell 22 grams of Fentanyl.

Last week, the New York City Health Department put out a warning that fentanyl is being linked with an increasing number of cocaine-related overdose deaths. And on the same day, Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini held a news conference informing the public that there were 22 overdoses in 48-hours – related to Fentanyl in heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine or a combination of the three. There was one confirmed death so far.

Cocaine, Xanax and other illicit drugs are being laced with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, often without the users’ knowledge. Experts say that a minimal amount of Fentanyl can lead to death.

County Executive Mangano urged resident who see any of the powdery substance, to call 911 and not handle it themselves.

Nassau County’s Chief Toxicologist said fentanyl has been found in many – if not most – cases of heroin related overdoses, and more recently of cocaine related overdoses. Of the 190 people who died from opioid overdoses in Nassau County last year, 62 were caused by Fentanyl.

As part of the Mangano administration’s multi-pronged approach to battling the opiate crisis, a Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force- made of up drug treatment providers, education officials, etc – meets monthly in his offices and works to bring awareness and education to residents about the dangers of Opiates. Last year, the task force was given a community service award from the NYS PTA for “what they have achieved on behalf of the children and youth in their school, community, and state.”

District Attorney Madeline Singas, who joined Mangano at today’s press announcement, said: “We cannot arrest our way out of the epidemic, And she urged people to call the 24/7 hotline 227-TALK (8255) for support and treatment referrals.

Fentanyl can cause an overdose by contact, as it can be absorbed into the skin or accidentally inhaled. So authorities are advising people to not touch a suspected substance. Under the Good Samaritan Law, calling 911 protects the caller from criminal charges if someone is need of assistance.

Opioid related deaths can be prevented, if someone nearby has Naloxone and has been trained on how to administer it. Nassau County offers free overdose prevention workshops – with naloxone training – for non-medically trained residents.

The next session is tomorrow June 8th at New Horizon Counseling Center in Valley Stream from 7 to 9 p.m. You can register and get more information at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose. New Yorkers can also now get naloxone without a prescription at the pharmacy.

If you or a loved one is in need of support or treatment, or struggling with drug dependence, please call our 24/7 support line 227- TALK.

 

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