Monday, March 12, 2012

In Memory Of

Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf

Date of Appointment: December 3,1998
End of Watch: March 12, 2011
Age 40
Cause: Gunfire
Officer Breitkopf was on the force for twelve years

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project 21 Arrests


Beer and Beverage Depot
18:10 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business, did sell one 12 pack of Heineken beer to an under cover Police agent. The defendant was placed under arrest.

3/8/2012 1682 CENTRAL CT VALLEY STREAM 514
18:50 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business did sell 2 Black and Mild Cigars to an under cover Police agent. The defendant was placed under arrest.

3/8/2012 641 HEMPSTEAD TPKE ELMONT 505
Gas Stop
19:40 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business did sell one plastic jar labeled Nugs Blueberry Potpourri to an under cover Police agent. The above listed substance is a tobacco product also known as K2 Spice and Synthetic Marihuana. The defendant was placed under arrest.

BP Gas Station
18:30 -
3/8/2012 244 LINDEN BLVD ELMONT 509
Sunoco Gas Station
19:10 -
3/8/2012 498 HEMPSTEAD TPKE ELMONT 502
Nazarino Deli
20:15 -

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Hempstead Town, Covanta Energy Providing Home Depot Gift Cards to Residents Who Recycle Mercury-Based ThermostatsHempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray reminds residents that they can still turn in their old mercury thermostats at town-sponsored S.T.O.P. events as part of a mercury recycling program organized by the Town of Hempstead and Covanta Energy. The benefit is two-fold: residents are helping to safely dispose of a potentially harmful toxin and they will receive a $5 gift card toward the purchase of a modern mercury-free thermostat at Home Depot.

“Partnering with Covanta Energy, the Town of Hempstead is providing a venue at which residents can safely dispose of old mercury thermostats and receive a $5 gift card to use toward their purchase of a digital thermostat,” said Murray. “I would like to thank Covanta Energy for providing these gift cards and helping the town implement this excellent program.

Now entering its fourth year, the mercury recycling program has resulted in over 67 pounds of mercury being collected at Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. events. To put this in perspective, the mercury collected equates to the amount found in over 10 million fluorescent light bulbs.

“This program will help take potentially harmful toxins out of homes and prevent them from entering our waterways,” said Hempstead Town Councilman James Darcy. “I urge all residents with mercury-based thermostats to recycle them at one of our town S.T.O.P. events.”

Covanta Energy, a world-renowned waste-to-energy company with a facility in Westbury, is proud to significantly reduce the amount of mercury being disposed of in regular trash. Since the inception of the program in 2009, Covanta has provided over 1,100 gift cards to residents who turn in a mercury-based thermostat at Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. events. There is a maximum of five gift cards given to a resident per event.

“Through Covanta’s Clean World Initiative, we are committed to removing potentially harmful materials from the waste stream and recycling them properly, so we are excited and grateful to be partnering with Hempstead Town on this important program,” said Covanta Hempstead Business Manager Tom Murphy. “By taking advantage of this program and replacing an old mercury-based thermostat with a new, digital non-mercury based one, residents are not only helping the environment but can save money on electricity costs as well – as much as 15-20%.”

The Town of Hempstead will be holding S.T.O.P. events beginning in March, including:

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Long Beach City Hall Parking Lot (Centre Street, off Park Avenue) in Long Beach

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Bay Park in East Rockaway

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Town of Hempstead Parking Field L2 (Division Avenue) in Levittown

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Hempstead Village Department of Public Works (Milburn Avenue) in Hempstead

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Valley Stream State Park (Fletcher Avenue) in Valley Stream

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at North Woodmere Park (Branch Boulevard) in North Woodmere

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Baldwin Park (Grand Avenue) in Baldwin

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow

The mercury recycling and S.T.O.P. programs are among many examples of Hempstead Town’s green agenda when it comes to the environment. Town officials have worked to keep waterways clean, installing storm drain filters in over 600 storm basins that carry rainwater to local bays. Storm water runoff remains the greatest threat to clean water. Over the past year, Hempstead Town has worked tirelessly to restore eroded beach in Point Lookout and at the same time, eradicate foul-smelling seaweed that had become trapped as a result of the erosion. The town also has an impressive Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout, comprised of a wind turbine, solar-powered buildings, and Long Island’s first and only hydrogen fueling station.

“I would like to thank Covanta Energy for its assistance in implementing this great mercury recycling program,” concluded Murray. “I encourage all our residents to recycle their old mercury-based thermostats and receive their $5 Home Depot gift card.”

For more information on the mercury recycling program or upcoming S.T.O.P. events, please contact the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation at (516) 378-2200 or visit

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Project 21 Arrests POP and PEP


Acupuncture Oriental Bodywork 14:15 -
Vice Squad working with the POP office conducted an investigation into listed business. An undercover detective did receive an unlicensed massage from arrestee.

In response to community complaints, PEP /POP officers conducted a Project 21 detail targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. Listed defendants did sell alcoholic beverages to underage police agents without asking for identification. During the detail, a total of seven businesses were inspected with four arrests effected.

Mobil Gas Station 18:35

Elmont Deli Plus 19:10 –

Valero Gas Station

Gas Stop 20:05

Friday, February 10, 2012


Prescription medications such as pain relievers, central nervous system (CNS) depressants (tranquilizers and sedatives), and stimulants are highly beneficial treatments for a variety of health conditions. Pain relievers enable individuals with chronic pain to lead productive lives; tranquilizers can reduce anxiety and help patients with sleep disorders; and stimulants help people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focus their attention. Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. But when abused—that is, taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed—prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction.
Patients, health care professionals, and pharmacists all have roles in preventing the abuse of and addiction to prescription medications. For example, patients should follow the directions for use carefully; learn what effects and side effects the medication could have; and inform their doctor/pharmacist whether they are taking other medications [including over-the-counter (OTC) medications or health supplements], since these could potentially interact with the prescribed medication. The patient should read all information provided by the pharmacist. Physicians and other health care providers should screen for past or current substance abuse in the patient during routine examination, including asking questions about what other medications the patient is taking and why. Providers should note any rapid increases in the amount of a medication needed or frequent requests for refills before the quantity prescribed should have been finished, as these may be indicators of abuse.
Similarly, some OTC medications, such as cough and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan, have beneficial effects when taken as recommended; but they can also be abused and lead to serious adverse health consequences. Parents should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications, especially when consumed in large quantities, which should signal concern and the possible need for intervention.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sign Up for Town Emergency Notifications

Emergency ServicesSwift911 Emergency Notification

The Swift911 Emergency Notification System provides the town with a mechanism to rapidly deliver a recorded notification via telephone, email or text message to targeted homes and businesses in the event that an emergency takes place within the town's jurisdiction. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, terrorist threats, hazardous materials emergencies, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may be made in the event of town Water Department pipe flushing, as temporary pressure variations and discoloration may occur.

Contact information in the Swift911 notification database is based on phone directories and other publicly available sources. If your telephone number is not published or if you wish to be contacted by alternate means (cell phone, email or text message), you can update your contact information using the form below. There are no fees for registration and those who do not wish to participate in this service may remove their number from the notification database at anytime by clicking "Remove" in the lower left corner of the form. Any calls you receive will have the Caller ID of "Town of Hempstead." The town's emergency notification system is NOT intended to inform residents of problems/emergencies related to other governmental jurisdictions (ie. independent water districts/companies, independent sanitary districts, village government operations, fire districts, county government, etc.).

For each entry (regardless if it is to add, change or remove a point of contact), you must enter your complete address, including house number, street name and suffix, town and zip code. Only include those telephone numbers (home, cell, business), text/SMS number and service provider and e-mail address at which you wish to be contacted should an emergency notification take place. The town will attempt to contact you at each of the contacts provided in the event of an emergency notification.

Click on Link Below to Sign Up:

Town of Hempstead Emergency Notifications Sign Up

Don't Let Your Child Become a Victim

New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra offers valuable information:

Dear Neighbor,

Our children’s lives are at stake.
It is unthinkable that in communities like ours it is necessary to protect our children from heroin and prescription drug abuse. Unfortunately, this is reality.
This guide and medicine tracker is designed to be taped in your medicine cabinet to use as a tool to keep a close watch on your prescription drugs. I have produced this to help you to protect your loved ones. It is one of many steps I am taking, including changing laws in Albany, to address the difficulties that parents are facing.

Together, we can maintain safer communities and protect our families from addiction and potentially life-threatening overdoses of these very dangerous drugs.

Please click on his website below and read this informative section.

State Assemblyman Edward-P-Ra