MANGANO – COUNTY PROGRAM SAVES LIVES; SCHOOLS URGED TO DO SAME

By Eden Laikin

County Executive Ed Mangano said today that at least 50 people, who received lifesaving training by Nassau officials over the past 5 years, have reported using those skills – and the lifesaving medication they were given – to save the life of a friend or family member overdosing on opioids. He said the 50 were among 9,000 (mostly non-medically trained) people, trained by County officials to administer an overdose reversal agent called Naloxone (Narcan), which was provided free to them.

Meanwhile, he said, Nassau Police officers, and medics, who routinely respond to overdoses. have made at least 768 “overdose reversals” or “saves” with Naloxone since 2015. There were 354 reported overdose deaths during that time period.

“As we approach the 5th anniversary of becoming the state’s first of its kind registered overdose responder program, we’re thankful to have spared so many families the horror of losing a loved one to drugs. Yet we are reminded that one untimely death is too many and there is much more work to do,” County Executive Mangano said. “We must continue our aggressive efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”

The kits Nassau has provided trainees over the years, come free – courtesy of the AIDS Institute of the NYS Health Department, as part of its Harm Reduction initiative.

SCHOOLS

County Executive Mangano urged local school officials to utilize the state’s free program, as well, to safeguard middle and high school students from a potentially deadly overdose. He asked that they join other school districts around the state already registered with the NYS Department of Health, which allows schools, to receive Naloxone – and the training – for free, as needed.  The NYS Board of Education ruled earlier this year that Naloxone may be kept in school buildings, accessible to all trained staff to administer in the event of a possible overdose.

“It’s unfortunate that a program like this is needed today, in order to keep school-age children safe, but it is a reality,” County Executive Mangano said. “Statistics show that students as young as 11 and 12 are beginning to “experiment” with dangerous new drugs including narcotic pain pills, often prescribed to someone other than themselves.”

“At least one Long Islander – and about 142 Americans – die each day from drugs,” he added. “Narcan works on all opioids, which include the prescription pain meds such as oxycontin, Vicodin, and morphine – as well as on heroin.”

As of June 2017, eight of Nassau’s public school districts have become registered opioid overdose prevention programs: East Meadow, East Rockaway, Herricks, Jericho, Malverne, Mineola, North Shore and Rockville Centre. Others that have a naloxone use policy in place include: Bethpage, Long Beach, North Bellmore and Hewlett-Woodmere. See the NYS DOH webpage for instructions on becoming a registered program at: https://www.schoolhealthny.com/OpioidOverdose.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO LIFESAVING NALOXONE

The County Executive also wanted those who are in contact, or living with someone actively abusing opioids, to know that Naloxone is available at CVS, Walgreens and many other area pharmacies – without a prescription. The medication comes in a variety of formulations, including a simple, pre-assembled nose spray. The cost of the lifesaving medication is covered by Medicaid and private health insurance prescription coverage – and usually amounts to a minimal co-pay. A list of pharmacies that dispense Narcan can be found at www.health.ny.gov/overdose. For a list of other NYS registered opioid overdose prevention programs, which provide free training for the public on recognizing an opioid overdose, visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/general/resources/oop_directory/index.htm

 

 

 

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MANGANO THANKS VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR HELP IN COLLECTING FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

Pictured from left to right: Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Ralph Esposito, Director of Veterans Service Agency; Steve Bonom, President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 82; and Bob Chiappone, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart

 

Mineola, NY –  Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, along with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, for their work in organizing a collection for Hurricane Harvey relief. Due to their efforts, and the generous donations of Nassau County’s Veterans, over $5,000 was raised in just 3 hours. The money was collected at the annual Nassau County POW-MIA ceremony on Thursday, September 7th at Eisenhower Park.

 

“I want to thank Director Ralph Esposito and the Veterans Service Agency, as well as VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their constant dedication to helping our veterans, and now for directing their generosity to the people of Texas who need it most,” said County Executive Mangano. “I also want to thank the Veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our homes and our freedoms, and now have given so generously to help our fellow Americans who are suffering.”

 

Veterans made monetary donations throughout the POW-MIA ceremony, as well as the annual Veterans BBQ picnic that followed. Collections were handled by VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. VVA Chapter 82 presented a check for $5100, which they are forwarding directly to the “One Star Foundation” in Houston, Texas, where it will be used for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.

 

The Vietnam Veterans of America is an organization dedicated to advocating for issues important to Vietnam Veterans, including: seeking full access to quality health care; seeking the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs; and supporting the next generation of America’s war veterans. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is an organization whose mission is to: foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans; promote patriotism; support necessary legislative initiatives; and to provide service to all veterans and their families.

 

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Mangano and Police Announce Drug Busts in Williston Park, Elmont and North Massapequa.

Nassau Police arrested an Albertson business owner and his wife yesterday, after officers found a quarter of a million dollars-worth of synthetic marijuana at the couple’s Simply Foot Spa on Hillside Avenue.

Police Narcotics detectives, and officers from the Third Precinct and the Williston Park Fire Department responded to a strong odor of gas, emanating from the basement of the spa yesterday afternoon. The couple – Sunita and Rajesh Shah, 57 and 62, of Crest Hollow Lane – were called to open the business door and once in, police observed more than 20 pounds of loose synthetic marijuana, 5300 bags containing synthetic marijuana, several cans of chemicals and drug paraphernalia. The building was evacuated and then aired out in order to continue with the investigation. The scene was deemed safe by the Nassau County Fire Marshall Office.

Both defendants were placed into police custody without incident and charged with Criminal Possession Precursor of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Illegal Use of Nitrous Oxide.

Meanwhile, three North Massapequa men were arrested last night for selling Concentrated Cannibus, THC Oil and crack cocaine, Nassau Police said.

Detectives from the Narcotics/Vice Squad, in conjunction with the Nassau County COPE unit, began a joint investigation in the N. Massapequa area in April 2017. Arrested were John Griffin, 25, Christopher A. Ruiz, 21, and John J. Kossmann, 22.

A search warrant, executed at a residence shared by Griffin and Ruiz, recovered: a dagger, switchblade knife, butterfly knife, machetes, folding knives, a loaded semi-automatic handgun, an undetermined amount of US currency, drug paraphernalia and substances believed to be marijuana, crack cocaine, concentrated Cannibus and THC edibles.

Defendant Kossmann was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and was released on an Appearance Ticket returnable to First District Court.  Defendant Ruiz is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  Defendant John Griffin is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and one count of Criminal Possession of a Firearm.

And, a 4-month joint investigation into heroin sales in the Elmont ares, led to the arrest of resident -Shalik D. Robinson, 38 – in whose home police discovered  heroin, crack cocaine, thousands of empty glassine wax bags, two digital scales and an undetermined amount of money.

Detectives from Nassau County’s Narcotics/Vice Squad in conjunction with the Nassau County COPE unit, began the investigation in May 2017.

Defendant Robinson is charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.

Defendants in all three cases were arraigned today in First District Court in Hempstead.

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Mangano and Breast Cancer Survivors to Raise Awareness of Early Detection

Mineola, NY – To raise awareness of early detection for breast cancer and to celebrate the lives of those impacted by the disease, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and breast cancer survivors will gather for a “Glow of Hope” program on Thursday, October 5th at 6:00pm in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.

When there is sufficient darkness, all in attendance will gather outside for the official “Pink Illumination” of the building’s dome.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an initiative to increase awareness of breast cancer issues, especially the importance of early detection.

 

“Glow of Hope serves not only as a tribute to those who have been affected by breast cancer, but also as a reminder for each and every one of us to carry the message of the importance of early detection,” said County Executive Mangano. “Early detection is the key in fighting this disease – not only in October but throughout the entire year.”

 

Guests are invited to arrive at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments, followed by a brief program in the Ceremonial Chambers.  The illumination will take place at approximately 7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

 

WHEN:

6:00pm

Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

WHERE:

Ceremonial Chamber

Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building

1550 Franklin Ave.

Mineola, NY

 

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Mangano and Human Rights Commission Hold Vigil for Victims in Las Vegas

Mineola, NY – In response to the events that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night, which claimed the lives of 59 individuals and injured over 500 others, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, joined with the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights,   to host a vigil to honor and pray for the victims of this unprecedented act of violence.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those who were killed or wounded in Sunday’s attack,” County Executive Mangano said. “Nassau Police closely monitored the situation and remains on heightened alert.”

The vigil took place on the front steps of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola, at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 4th.

 

 

WHEN:

TODAY

5:30pm

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

WHERE:

Front Steps

Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building

1550 Franklin Ave.

Mineola, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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Mangano : Nassau Agencies Unite to Aid Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Mineola, NY –  Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with the Nassau County Hispanic Advisory Board and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, today announced that the County will be partnering with local agencies to host several weekend donation drives to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Circulo de la Hispanidad, Feeding America, Island Harvest, Comite Civico Salvadoreno, Five Towns Association, Gilbane Building Company and various Hispanic leaders are joining in the efforts. The drives will all be held at Circulo de la Hispanidad, 605 Peninsula Blvd, Hempstead, NY 11550. There will be drives held on Saturdays: October 7th, 14th & 21st from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays: October 8th, 15th and 22nd from 9am-1pm.

“More than 3 million American citizens live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,” said County Executive Mangano. “Their communities have been decimated and they are in desperate need of help in order to rebuild their lives. I want to thank the Office of Minority Affairs, Hispanic Advisory Board, Circulo de la Hispanidad and all of these local agencies for partnering to help bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria down in Puerto Rico. I encourage any and all Nassau County residents to donate what they can, to help support these families in their time of need.”

Your thoughtful donations will be appreciated. Below are the donations that will be accepted. All donations must be closed and in their original packages. NO GLASS.

  • Baby Supplies: Diapers; Wipes; Baby Formula (No Glass); Baby Food (No Glass)
  • Personal Hygiene: Mosquito Repellent; Adult Diapers; Tampons; Sanitary Napkins; Body Wipes; Baby Wipes
  • First-Aid: Pain Reliever; Alcohol Pads; Cotton Balls/Pads; Gauze; Band-Aids; Iodine; Antibiotic cream; Topical antibiotics; First-aid kits; Latex gloves
  • Tools: Work gloves; Safety glasses
  • Housewares: Bed linens (New); Batteries; Portable radios; Flashlights; Trash bags; Cleaning products
  • Non-Perishable Food: Dried foods; Canned food; Powdered milk; Rice; Beans; Tea; Coffee; Cereal; Soup; Pasta; Nuts; Water; Pet food

“I am happy to announce our campaign with Nassau County for relief efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,” said Gil Bernardino, Founder and Executive Director of Circulo de la Hispanidad. “I am grateful to the many Hispanic leaders and non-profit organizations who have come together to collect these much needed items and funds.”

Monetary donations are also being accepted. Residents wishing to donate funds can make checks payable to: Circulo Relief Fund Puerto Rico or Circulo Relief Fund Mexico. All donations will go directly to the relief efforts.

If you would like to volunteer to aid in the relief efforts, please call or come down to the Circulo de la Hispanidad Center: 516-431-1135. For more information, call Melissa Figueroa at 516-524-6401.

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MANGANO RECOGNIZES MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Mineola, NY –Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Nassau County to recognize Mental Health Awareness week, on Monday, September 25th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. County Executive Mangano presented a proclamation to E. Eda Franco, Executive Director of the MHA, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week in Nassau County. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Building will be lit green in recognition of this important cause.

“I want to thank the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County for all they do in their efforts to educate the community and spread awareness about issues regarding mental health,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together we can help to ensure that everybody gets equal access to the services they need, and can then go on to lead full and productive lives.”

The Mental Health Association of Nassau County is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving mental health in our community through advocacy, education, program development and the delivery of direct services.

Pictured above: (Back) – Ariana Adams, Associate Executive Director, MHA; Rachel Priest, Community Health Educator; Jayne Green, Nassau County Director of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; E. Eda Franco, Executive Director, MHA; Claudia Boyle, Associate Director of Hispanic Counseling Center; Kris Rampersaud, CFO, MHA; Jeff McQueen, Chief Program Officer; (Front) – Jennifer Rivas, Chief of HR; and Fern Schanback, Director of Business Development.

 

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