Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clavin Announces Taxpayer Forum

Receiver of Taxes To Host Series of Taxpayer Forums
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced his winter series of taxpayer forums at local libraries. As part of his commitment to making government work effectively for the residents of the township, Clavin will discuss important issues such as assessment challenges, tax exemptions, tax discounts, property tax payment dates and convenient tax payment options.

“As we approach the annual grievance period during which property owners may apply for a reduction in assessed value of their property, it is important that residents understand the steps they can take if they believe that their home’s assessment is out of line (too high) with comparable properties in their neighborhoods,” said Clavin. “My taxpayer forums give residents an opportunity to ask questions, address any ‘taxpayer’ concerns that they may have and obtain valuable information about tax reduction programs in which the town participates.”

Tax Forums are scheduled as follows:

January 12- 2 p.m., Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert St.

January 17-1 p.m., Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Rd.

January 19- 1 p.m., Hewlett-Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett

January 25- 2 p.m., Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave.

January 26- 2 p.m., Levittown Library, 1 Bluegrass La.

February 2- 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead

February 8- 1 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.

February 9- 2 p.m., Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.

February 21- 2 p.m., Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.

“These forums are just another way in which Hempstead Town is doing its part to keep taxpayers informed so they do not have to pay one penny more than their fair share of taxes,” remarked Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

Forums are free, and all are welcome to attend. For further information about taxpayer forums, please call the Office of the Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

“I encourage residents to attend one of the upcoming forums and learn how they might be able to reduce their property tax burdens,” concluded Clavin.

Taxi Companies Offering Free Rides to Stop DWI

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter announced today a STOP-DWI initiative that will put more police officers on the streets during the holiday season, and also announced the Holiday Free Ride Initiative supported by local taxi companies. The County Executive and Acting Police Commissioner were joined by President of All Island Transportation Larry Blessinger; Margaret Rebholz of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and Marge Lee, Executive Director of DEDICATEDD.

The “STOP DWI” program is funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau County and will provide the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and police departments throughout the county with additional funding that will be utilized to implement an effective DWI saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past. The NCPD’s Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate and plan this initiative that will target certain areas throughout the county.

“Nassau County Police will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that too often occur during the holidays. My message is clear: if you drink and drive here in Nassau County you will be arrested and prosecuted,” said County Executive Mangano. “I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly so all can return home safely to their loved ones. Be smart -a taxi is a much better choice than the backseat of a patrol car. Choose your ride, don’t drink and drive.”

Since December 10th, local taxi companies have been offering free rides to those who need a ride home in an effort to deter drunk driving and prevent holiday celebrations from ending in tragedy or arrest. They will continue to offer free rides through January 1, 2012. This public service will be available throughout Nassau County and Eastern Queens by calling (516) 326-9090, and also includes rides back to the driver’s car the next day.

The following companies are participating in the Holiday Free Ride Taxi Initiative:

* Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service
* All Island Transportation
* Taxi Latino
* Luxury Transportation
* Glen Belle Car Service
* Deluxe Transportation

“I am pleased to support and promote this generous offer of public service by the local taxi companies listed above, said Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. There is no acceptable excuse for DWI with this offer of a free ride. If you do so in Nassau County, you will be arrested.”

“We want all of our residents and customers to be safe over the holiday season. During this joyous time of year, our goal is to prevent or stop any horrible tragedies. If we can avoid one accident or someone from being injured, it is well worth it. Don’t drink and drive, let your Transportation Companies be your designated driver and keep you safe,” said Marianne Blessinger, President of Ollie’s Taxi and Airport Service.


Seven incidents have been reported in the last few weeks of persons posing as utility workers or home repair workers who have engaged in the deception/distraction technique. They lure unsuspecting homeowners away from their open doors or entice them to other areas of their home while an accomplice enters the home in search of valuables.

The following deception/distraction technique occurred throughout Nassau County

12/9/2011 4:00 PM
Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh
88 year old complainant
2 M/W stated that they were fence workers and needed to get into homeowners yard.

12/13/2011 2:00 PM
Philadelphia Ave., Massapequa Park
80 year old complainant
2 M/W Stated they were electric company workers

12/14/2011 12:00 PM
Parkside Dr., Jericho
84 year old complainant
2 M/H Stated they were gutter repair men.
White van

12/23/2011 1:00 AM
Cherry Valley Ave., West Hempstead
81 year old complainant
F/H wandering eye stated she was a new neighbor and wanted to show homeowner work she wanted to do in the yard.
Walkie talkie utilized
Suspect was seen walking towards compact red vehicle with Florida plates.

12/27/2011 11:40 AM
Yale Rd., Merrick
83 year old complainant
F/H & M/H
New neighbor doing work in yard.
Walkie talkie utilized
Possible left in dark minivan.

12/27/2011 11:50 AM
Kirkwood Ave., Merrick
68 year old complainant
Rear neighbor of earlier Yale Rd. incident
F/H & M/H
Asked homeowner if he had any scrap metal he wanted to get rid of
Old Maroon minivan with Florida plates.

12/27/2011 12:10 PM
Lindburg St., Massapequa Park
81 year old complainant
F/H & heavy set, bald M/W
New neighbor doing work in yard.
Walkie talkie utilized

Nassau County residents are urged to dial 911 when they encounter suspicious persons and/or vehicles.
P.O. Jesse Atchison

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Silver Alert

The Silver Alert Program has been established in order to disseminate immediate information to local media, hospitals and other organizations when a senior citizen or other individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive disorders goes missing.

Age 84

Sex M
Height 5'06''
Weight 155 LBS
Driving a:
YEAR 2005

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Project 21 Arrests

18:55 -

Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

20:55 -

Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant . The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

20:00 -

Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.


Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal
sale of alcohol to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one 24 oz can of Coors Light from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shopping With Children

1. Teach your children to stay with you at all times while shopping. They should always check with you or the person in charge before they go anywhere. Always supervise your children in a public facility and accompany young children to the restroom.

2. Make a plan in case you become separated. Have older kids meet you in a pre-designated spot (e.g. the sales counter or mall information booth). Teach younger children to look for people who can help within the store or mall — a uniformed security officer, a salesperson with a nametag, a mother with children, etc. They should never leave the store/mall or go to the parking lot to look for you or your car.

3. Turn shopping trips into opportunities for your children to practice these “safe shopping” skills.

4. Leave clothing that displays your children’s names at home, as it can prompt unwelcome attention from people who may be looking for an opportunity to start a conversation with your children.

5. Never leave children in toy stores or public facilities (e.g. video arcades, movie theaters, playgrounds) and expect store personnel to supervise your children.

6. Have older children take a friend, if you allow them to go shopping or to public functions without you. It’s more fun and much safer. Older children should check in with you on a regular basis while they are out. Agree on a clear plan for picking them up including: where, what time, and what to do in case of a change in plans.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Safety Tips from Nassau County Police

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter and the Police Department are taking affirmative steps to ensure the safety of the people of Nassau County during the upcoming holiday season. All of our regular marked and plainclothes patrols will be intensifying their coverage of shopping malls and commercial areas. The patrols will be augmented by patrol from our Mounted Unit and Bureau of Special Operations. Concurrently, dedicated patrols have been assigned to the major malls within the county, putting additional police officers at those locations during peak hours.

In addition to shopping safety, Nassau Police will also be on the outlook for drivers and occupants who are not complying with the Seat Belt Law. This includes children who are not in child safety seats or buckled in their seat. Police Officers will also be vigilant watching for drivers who are drinking and driving on all roads in Nassau. Handicapped parking violations will be strictly enforced. Parking in handicapped spaces are reserved for those with visible permits.

Before Leaving Home

Plan your shopping trip carefully. Know where you are going and what routes you will take to get there.

If possible, arrange for a friend to go shopping with you. There is safety in numbers.

Let someone know where you are going and what route you will be taking. Additionally, let them know when you expect to return.

Leave your home secure, engage alarms and give the appearance that your home is occupied by leaving the lights on in the most frequently used rooms.

Don’t leave valuable items out in the open. Secure them in closets, safes, etc.

When Parking

Always park in well-lit areas.

Note the location of your vehicle in the parking lot to conveniently return after shopping.

Always lock all your doors.

Remove all items, such as radar detectors, laptops or packages and hide them in the trunk, glove compartment, out of site.

Avoid parking near vans or other vehicles with covered cargo areas.

Avoid carrying large handbags. Carry only what is necessary.

Look around the parking lot for suspicious persons before you exit your vehicle.

Don’t get out of your vehicle until you are ready. If you don’t feel safe, stay in the car or drive away.

While Shopping

Keep your money and credit cards in your front pocket and try to limit the number of credit cards and cash you’re carrying while shopping.

To avoid being a victim of “Identity Theft”, be aware of exposing credit cards, debit cards and other identification at the cash register and ATM’s. Thieves will utilize cell phones to capture card information without your knowledge.

Be cognizant of any other type of “Distraction” type of crimes that typically occur during this time of the year.

When Returning To Your Car

Never leave the store with your arms full of packages. Use a courtesy cart.

Have your car key in hand, ready to unlock your door.

Check the parking lot for suspicious people and look around before you exit the store.

Do not return to your vehicle if you see people loitering nearby.

Carry a whistle or other audible device. If you feel threatened, use it. If you’re inside your vehicle, lock your doors and honk your horn to attract attention.

Check underneath, in front and in back of your car as you approach it.

Check the front and rear passenger seats inside your car before you enter it.

If you are planning on returning to the store, never leave your packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk or place them on the floor and cover them with a blanket or jacket.


The Nassau County Police Department wishes everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Town Honors Outstanding Residents At 15th Annual 'Make A Difference' Awards Ceremony

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board recognized 14 extraordinary community members for contributions to their local neighborhoods at the 15th Annual "Make A Difference" Awards ceremony. "The inspirational people being honored this evening are truly the unsung heroes of our communities," said Murray. "Their selfless acts of volunteerism and leadership are true symbols of Hempstead Town and make our township such a great place to live, work and raise a family."

The honorees have all dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of others. Hundreds of nominations were received for the prestigious award. Those selected, Murray noted, have quietly carried out acts of selfless generosity for many years.

Our own local Awardees:

An interest in history, a yearning for knowledge and a love of their hometown combined to inspire Franklin Square residents Kiera Grassi and Hannah Mutum to pen the story of Franklin Square from the 1600s through today. Last year in pursuit of their Girl Scout Gold Awards Kiera and Hannah volunteered to assist the Franklin Square Historical Society. The duo created a photographic survey to visually record present-day Franklin Square. The project was time consuming and all encompassing, but it provided the foundation for what became a 128-page book on the history of Franklin Square. Working closely with Paul van Wie, the president of the local historical society, the girls published a literary work that has become a great source of pride within the local community. Flip through the pages of our honorees' narrative and discover the facts of George Washington's 1790 visit to Franklin Square, the community's growth as a 19th century German speaking farm community or the creation of the first-ever credit card by the Franklin Square National Bank in the early 1950s.

Claudia Ledwith of Valley Stream takes her artistic talent and applies it as therapy for countless sick children and their families at North Shore University Hospital. In fact, she has devoted more than 1200 hours and donated numerous art supplies and toys over the past decade. As young patients sat listlessly with IVs attached to their arms, Claudia's art therapy helped them forget their troubles. In addition to drawing and sculpting, she plays games with the children and listens to their stories. During her time at North Shore, Claudia also took on a leadership position in which she coordinated the youth volunteer program and planned events. Claudia's art therapy brightens otherwise gloomy situations for children, which in turn, brings smiles to their faces and those of the concerned family members.

"Generous, helpful, kind, caring, loyal, and thoughtful, a true gentleman, these are the words used by a dozen neighbors in describing Valley Stream resident Salvatore Spinicchia. As one neighbor says, "Sal's entire adult life has been marked by service to others." For Sal, service began as a young adult, when he fought during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army and later, as a Marine, in the Korean War. Decades later, Sal still finds himself on the front lines, only this time he's helping fellow veterans, friends and neighbors in Valley Stream, New York. Sal regularly visits war veterans, particularly those who are unemployed, to educate them on the veterans programs and benefits for which they may be eligible. Sal also exemplifies the ideals of a "good neighbor." Last winter, when neighbors had a serious fire in their home, Sal - a member of the Valley Stream Fire Department - went over and fought the flames with a fire extinguisher until fire trucks arrived. Then, Sal invited the family to stay in his home until the insurance company could make arrangements for them. Sal's standard greeting to his neighbors and friends is "Let me know if I can help." And he's backed that phrase for decades, assisting veterans, friends, family, and neighbors with a helping hand.

"Our award recipients do not seek recognition, expect rewards or even look for a simple thank you. These special people just care. They care for their neighbors, their colleagues, their friends, their families and their communities," concluded Murray. "Tonight we are personally thanking them for making the world a better place."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Twelve Apostles Council #5001 has a new website. It has information about the founding of the organization , a history of our Council , a calendar of upcoming events, a list of our officers and much more. Could you post it on the Franklin Square / Garden City South / West Hempstead , North Valley Stream and Elmont Community Blog? the Website is .
Thank You in advance for your kind attention to this matter.


Joe Camolli
Past Grand Knight
Twelve Apostles Council #5001

Monday, November 7, 2011

National Test of the Emergency Alert System

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.(EST),the federal government will be conducting the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three (3) minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30 second to 1 minute message.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. A national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally. The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that need to be made to build a modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.

Below are two websites that will provide more information regarding this test:



Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Return Every Adult and Child Home (R.E.A.C.H.)

• What is R.E.A.C.H.?
R.E.A.C.H. is a database of children and adults with cognitive disorders that make them both more likely to become a missing person and that potentially limit their ability to communicate with the police and others.

• Why should I register my family member or ward with R.E.A.C.H.?
R.E.A.C.H. registration will assist the police with a swift response to missing person calls. Time is CRITICAL in these incidents. With R.E.A.C.H., a missing person alert with a recent photograph will quickly be available to police officers on patrol. Planning ahead for the worst case scenario ensures that the police have comprehensive and correct information on the missing person to utilize in a targeted search.

• Who can be registered in R.E.A.C.H.?
Examples of individuals who are good candidates for registration in the R.E.A.C.H. registry include those affected by Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, Down Syndrome, mental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, etc. There is no age restriction or minimum capacity requirement for registration.

• Do you need to be a Nassau County resident to register?
Registration is limited to persons with a nexus to Nassau County through either residence or caregiver location (e.g. school, day program, or frequented location).

• How do you register a person in R.E.A.C.H.?
Call Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence at (516) 573-5775, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for an appointment.

• How much does registration cost?
Registration is free.

• What information is included in R.E.A.C.H.?
R.E.A.C.H. includes a photograph, biographical information, and other information pertinent for locating and dealing with registrants such as likely destinations and anything else we should know, e.g. does not like physical contact, non-verbal, likes trains, etc.

• Do I need a recent photograph for registration?
No. At registration, a police officer will take a picture of the registrant. This guarantees that the photograph we have is the most up-to-date image and is clear.

• Who has access to the information included in the R.E.A.C.H. database?
R.E.A.C.H. is a law enforcement-maintained and secure database that is accessible to the N.C.P.D. from both desktops and in-vehicle computers.

• What information is made public in the event a registrant is missing?
The photograph, along with a physical description, area missing from, and likely destinations will be released. Other personal information remains confidential.

• How is R.E.A.C.H. connected to the Silver Alert system?
R.E.A.C.H. is an expansion of the Silver Alert system that will assist the Police Department with a swift response to missing person calls.

• Does R.E.A.C.H. have a proactive policing component?
Yes. Through the R.E.A.C.H. database, police officers will be familiar with the locations where R.E.A.C.H. registrants reside in their area of patrol. This familiarization can assist with early recovery as police officers may observe registrants in unsafe areas or situations and safely return them even prior to any missing alarm being raised.
R.E.A.C.H. is a searchable database. If the police come into contact with a disoriented or nonverbal person, a physical description of the subject can be run in R.E.A.C.H. to obtain a picture match. If a match is found, contact information will be available to return the adult or child home.

• What should I do if a R.E.A.C.H. registrant goes missing?
Call 911 immediately and inform both the operator and the police officer who responds that the missing person is registered in the R.E.A.C.H. program.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cradle of Aviation Events

Creepy Carousel at Nunley's Carousel
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 6:00-9:00 PM
Enjoy FREE crafts & spooky music in a family friendly atmosphere.
Carousel rides are only $2.00 per person!

Open Cockpits For Veteran's Day Weekend!
Sat-Sun, November 12-13, 2011, 12:00-4:00 PM
Join us and sit in the cockpits of some historic aircraft such as the the TBM Avenger! Admission includes free admission to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport who will also be opening some of their cockpits including the the Republic P-47   Thunderbolt.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Town of Hempstead to Host Free Seminar

Saving Marine Mammals And Sea Turtles- Town Of Hempstead To Host Free Seminar

Supervisor Kate Murray announced that the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways, in cooperation with The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, will host a free seminar on Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Strandings. The seminar will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 6 p.m. at the town's Department of Conservation and Waterways Administration Building located on Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout.

"I am very pleased that the Town of Hempstead will be hosting this free seminar with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation," said Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. "This is a great opportunity, especially for those individuals who enjoy walking the beaches during the off season, to learn what they can do to help save an animal's life."

A biologist from the Riverhead Foundation will discuss the marine mammals and sea turtle species that live in the waters of Long Island. This seminar will properly instruct residents on what to do in the event that a seal, dolphin, whale or sea turtle is stranded on the beach.

The seminar will focus on a phenomenon called "Sea Turtle Cold Stunning," a process that causes sea turtles to become immobile due to the dramatic decrease in water temperature. A cold-stunned sea turtle may appear to be dead, but may actually be alive. Without proper intervention, a cold stunned sea turtle will inevitably die. This lecture will review the steps one may take to help rescue cold-stunned sea turtles.

"I encourage residents to join us on November 17th and learn what they can do to help save a stranded animal, while ensuring their own safety," concluded Murray.

Reservations are required as space is limited. To make reservations, please e-mail or call (631) 369-9840. For further information or directions, please call the Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wearing Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano Declares October as
 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence includes verbal, emotional, financial, physical and sexual abuse and transcends all economic, educational , racial and religious lines. Statistics show that 1 in 3 women will be abused during their lifetimes and an estimated 3 women are murdered each day by their partners.
Many children in households where abuse occurs are abused and neglected.
What can we do to eliminate violence against women:
Examine our own attitudes about abuse.
Challenge language that degrades women
Be a positive role model for the next generation of men and women
Wear a purple ribbon and make a personal pledge never to commit, condone, nor remain silent about violence against women.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that he has reached out to all religious leaders in Nassau County requesting they set aside a sermon in October to spread the message, “Violence is Not the Answer.” The request comes as the County Executive prepares for the Domestic Violence Awareness Ceremony to be held, Tuesday October 4th to honor and remember the victims of domestic violence. Additionally, the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building will be illuminated purple as part of Nassau County’s Domestic Violence Awareness campaign.

If you or someone you know are being abused and need help call:
Dating/Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Hot line:  (516) 542-0404
or go to:

Fire Prevention Week

It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!
Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2011
What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why most local fire departments team up with NFPA during the October 9-15, 2011, to let the community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires -- cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” says (Your Name, Title) of the (Your City/Town) Fire Department. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”

The NFPA offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
If you smoke, smoke outside.
Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
While preventing home fires is always the number one priority, it is not always possible, You need to provide the best protection to keep your home and family safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan which you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.”

The following tips will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:
Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).
Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home so when one sounds, they all sound.
Test smoke alarms at least monthly and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond when tested.
Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.
Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing home fire sprinklers.
Check with your local fire department to see if they will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the power of prevention and available technologies to protect their own families from fire.

To learn more about “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” visit NFPA’s website at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Franklin Square Book Signing

Free I.D. Cards for Seniors

Supervisor Murray, Town Clerk Announce Free I.D. Cards for Senior Citizens

Taking a page from the very successful Town of Hempstead Child Identification Program, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla today announced that the town has begun offering free identification cards for senior citizens. The town introduced the program before 75 residents at the Wantagh Senior Center.

"These ID cards come not only with a person's name, description and photograph, but with detailed information on their allergies, doctor's contact data, family telephone numbers and other vital information, which can be very useful in the event of an emergency," said Murray. "We have seen great results from our Child Identification Program and we are hoping for the same for our seniors."

While many seniors are certainly enjoying their golden years here in the Town of Hempstead, several of them have physical ailments that can potentially put them at risk in certain situations. In an emergency, a town Senior I.D. card may help medical technicians to quickly determine how to treat a particular person, given their allergies and other related information.

This card can also be used for everyday activities: Heading to the movies? Doing some shopping? Show your Town of Hempstead Senior I.D. Card and take advantage of great discounts available to seniors.

So how can you get one?

For seniors who wish to participate in the program, the Town Clerk's office will provide them with easy-to-read information forms. The data is then immediately transferred onto small, wallet-sized identification cards and a larger 8" by 8" document that may be displayed on the senior's refrigerator door. The town is providing this service for free, and no records are kept by the town once an I.D. card has been created.

One of the great benefits of this program is that seniors no longer have to wait on long, slow-moving lines somewhere to get an identification card. Town Clerk staff will travel to libraries, senior centers and senior clubs to provide this service on location. It takes just a few minutes to create a Senior I.D. Card that will provide years of benefits for seniors.

"We encourage our seniors in the Town of Hempstead to take advantage of this great program," said Bonilla. "It's fast, it's simple and best of all, it's free!"

Supervisor Murray would like to thank Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Department of Senior Enrichment Commissioner Johanna Scarlata, and the staff at the Wantagh Senior Center for their assistance in organizing today's event.

"What's more convenient than having your personal information, physicians' contacts and emergency numbers all in the palm of your hand?" said Murray. "We in the town are happy to provide this free service for our seniors."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help in connection with a motor vehicle accident which occurred in Franklin Square, N.Y., within the confines of the Fifth Precinct.

On Friday, August 19, 2011, at approximately 8:57 PM the female victim was struck by a gray or silver colored vehicle, possibly a Volkswagen while walking north across Hempstead Turnpike, west of Pacific Ave, Franklin Square. Operator fled scene westbound on Hempstead Turnpike without stopping and identifying himself.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who has any information about this crime or may know the identity of the vehicle operator or the plate number of the vehicle, to contact us at our toll free hotline:
1-800-244-TIPS (8477).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dehumidifiers Recalled

Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics
More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers. The firm is re-announcing the recall of about 98,000 of the dangerous dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.

The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. Since that time, the company has received sixteen additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No injuries have been reported. Fires are reported to have caused more than $1 million in property damage including:

Because of the severity of the risks, CPSC and LG Electronics are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall. Only two percent of the 98,000 consumers who purchased these units have received a free repair, which means that consumers and their property remain at serious risk.

Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair.

The recall involves the 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control, and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model and serial numbers are located on the interior of the dehumidifier, and can be seen when the water bucket is removed.

Brand Model No. Serial Number Range Sold at
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600 Home Depot
Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001 through 00600
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000 Walmart
Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TA000001 through 001697
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599 Various retailers, including Ace
Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.

The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., and other retailers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150. They were manufactured in China.

For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm’s website at

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shed the Meds

Don't forget, this Sunday, rain or shine, residents can drive up and can safely dispose of their expired or unneeded medications at my "Shed the Meds" program held in partnership with the Carey Dad's Club, Nassau County Police, and Sanitation District #6. From 1-3 PM please drive by Sanitation #6 facility parking lot at 80 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead. (Just one block north of Hempstead Turnpike by Stop & Shop)

Crime Stoppers

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spraying for West Nile

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management will be conducting ground treatment for West Nile Virus. In an attempt to protect the residents of Nassau County, spraying will begin immediately.

Commands shall be advised of the schedule. Weather permitting the current schedule for ground treatment by truck is as follows:

Tuesday, September 20th, 1900 – 0200 hours
Sections of Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, North Massapequa, Plainedge, Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Plainview, Hicksville and Levittown

Wednesday, September 21st, 1900 – 0200 hours
Sections of Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Malverne, Lakeview, Franklin Square and West Hempstead

Thursday, September 22nd, 1900 – 0200 hours
Sections of West Hempstead, Valley Stream and North Valley Stream
Alternate Dates: Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th

For additional information please call the West Nile Virus Treatment Hotline at 1-888-844-8657 on the days the treatment is scheduled between the hours of 0900 – 0001 hours.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation do not require relocating or taking special precautions during mosquito control treatment. Individuals, especially pregnant women and children, should remain inside during the treatment and for about thirty (30) minutes afterwards. In addition, individuals may minimize exposure by closing their doors and windows, turning window fans off, setting the air conditioner to maximum and re-circulate to avoid any unnecessary exposure. Keep children’s toys indoors, cover fish ponds during spraying. Keep pets indoors, as well as their food, water dishes and toys.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Town of Hempstead to Hold Free Pet Fair Adoption

Hempstead Town to Host Free Pet Adoption Fair, Rabies Clinic at Town Animal Shelter.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and the Town Animal Shelter will host the Adopt-a-Pet Fair and Rabies Clinic on September 24, 2011, an annual event at which town residents can adopt a pet and have it vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered, all free of charge.

"We're giving our residents an opportunity to find the pet of their dreams and have it vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped to help keep him or her safe and healthy for life," said Murray. "You can't put a price on unconditional love. That's why, for new pet owners, we're offering these services at no charge."

The event caps the town's three-month Summer of Love program, during which all pet adoption fees were waived. During the promotional period, 136 cats and 148 dogs were adopted from the Animal Shelter. The town has permanently waived fees for senior citizens, veterans, volunteer firefighters, auxiliary police officers, and the physically challenged.

In addition to helping animals find homes, Hempstead Town is committed to ensuring their safety. The Town Clerk's office will be issuing licenses for dogs, which entails a modest fee of $10 for spayed or neutered animals (owner must provide spay/neuter certificate). All dogs receiving rabies vaccinations must be licensed and pre-registered, which can be done by calling the Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220. The fee for a rabies shot is $10. Rabies vaccinations are being provided courtesy of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.

A pet adopted at the event will receive free rabies vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter. New owners will only be charged for licensing their dog. Current pet owners can take advantage of these services for a modest fee.

"I am proud to partner with Supervisor Murray and the Animal Shelter to provide these great services for our residents," said Bonilla. "Not only are we matching these animals with caring families, but we’re making sure they are in good health."

"In a perfect world, every pet would have a home and every home would have a pet," said Cindy Iacopella, Assistant Director of the Town Animal Shelter. "Here at the Animal Shelter, we're working to find loving homes for as many of these animals as we can."

Supervisor Murray would like to thank all who contributed to planning this year's event, including Town Clerk Bonilla, Town Animal Shelter staff and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.

"We encourage all town residents to come out this Saturday and adopt a new pet," said Murray. "These animals need a loving family, and what better place for them to call home than in one of our great communities here in the Town of Hempstead!"

Friday, September 16, 2011

Kemp Hannon Invitation to: Teens and Prescription Drugs Seminar

Monday, September 19 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location the Welcoming Center
Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, New York

Please join us Monday, Sept. 19, 7-9 PM, at the Welcoming Center, Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City for a free “Teens and Prescription Drugs” seminar. Understand the signs of prescription drug abuse and prevention techniques that may save your loved one. Abuse of prescription drugs in order to “get high” ranks second among teens as the nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem. Nancy Langdon, RN, will provide the tools to help you. Call 739-1700 to reserve your seat.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

See Something, Say Something

See Something, Say Something! Nassau In State Of Heightened Awareness

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter held a news conference today to discuss the state of heightened awareness here in Nassau County. As a direct result of the terror threat, the NCPD has stepped up its uniformed and plain clothes patrols, especially at our train stations and shopping malls.

“Our police department is a leader in the Secure Cities Program which coordinates all law enforcement in the Metro area,” said County Executive Mangano. “As the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on our nation approaches, all should know that the Nassau County Police Department has been preparing to secure our County for many weeks.”

Residents can do their part by participating in the See Something, Say Something Campaign. For example: you know your neighbors, you know the vehicles that belong on your block and in your area, if you see something suspicious, say something! If you notice any individuals who appear suspicious, such as being overdressed for the weather or hiding something under their clothes, say something! If you see unattended packages or notice strange odors, say something! If you see someone suspicious drawing diagrams or maps, using binoculars, night vision devices or taking photographs and videos in unusual places, say something!

“I cannot stress this enough,” said County Executive Mangano. “Help us, help you. If you see something, say something by calling 911.”

Monday, September 12, 2011

Aerial Treatment Cancelled

Dear Neighbors,

Please see the below statement issued by the county’s Department of Health and Department of public works. I will continue to keep you updated on this matter.

Best Regards,

Legislator Vincent T. Muscarella
LD 8

CONTACT: Mary Ellen Laurain 516.227.9455


September 11, 2011

Statement from the Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works
Due to a no-fly zone imposed by the Federal Government, be advised that the aerial treatment for West Nile virus scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12, 13 and 14 has been postponed.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Aerial Spraying for West Nile

Please be advised that the Department of Health will be conducting aerial sprayings for West Nile Virus beginning in the evening of Monday, September 12th, weather permitting. For more information, please read the following press release from the Department of Health.

Best Regards,
Vincent T. Muscarella
Legislator, District 8

CONTACT: Mary Ellen Laurain 516.227.9455
Aerial Treatment For West Nile Virus to Begin
in Nassau County on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 12th, 13th and 14th

Uniondale, NY - Due to the high numbers of mosquitoes, presence of West Nile virus and large quantities of standing water following unprecedented rainfall, Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will enact additional mosquito control measures to protect the health of the public. These control measures include the aerial application of adulticide to eliminate viral activity and decrease the mosquito population within the County.

Areas to be Treated by Plane (See attached map)
Monday, September 12th : Zone 1
Nassau/Suffolk border to the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway.
North of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway at Jericho Turnpike.
Western Border: Route 106 beginning at Jericho Turnpike.
South of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway at Merrick Road.
Western Border: Wantagh Parkway beginning at Merrick Road.

Zone 1 will also include the communities of Centre Island and the Barrier Islands (Tobay Beach, Jones Beach Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach and Atlantic Beach).

Alternate Date: Tuesday, September 13.
Tuesday, September 13th: Zone 2
Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway to the Meadowbrook Parkway.
North of the Meadowbrook Parkway at Glen Cove Road
Western Border: Glen Cove Road which changes names to Brewster Street, then School Street and ending along Dosoris Lane.
South of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway at Merrick Road.

Eastern Border: Wantagh Parkway beginning at Merrick Road
North of the Seaford-Oyster Bay at Jericho Turnpike.
Eastern Border: Route 106 beginning at Jericho Turnpike.
Alternate Date: Wednesday, September 14.

Wednesday, September 14th : Zone 3
From the Nassau/Queens border to Meadowbrook Parkway
North of the Meadowbrook Parkway at Glen Cove Road.
Eastern Border: Glen Cove Road which changes names to Brewster Street, then School Street and ending along Dosoris Lane

Alternate Date: Thursday, September 15.
Weather permitting, the planned schedule for aerial treatment will be on Monday, September 12 beginning at 7 P.M. and ending at 1 A.M., Tuesday, September 13 beginning at 7 P.M. and ending at 1 A.M and Wednesday, September 14, beginning at 7 P.M. and ending at 1 A.M.

What: Scourge is a pesticide containing resmethrin and piperonyl butoxide. Resmethrin is a man-made pyrethroid insecticide that can also be found in other pesticide products used indoors and on pets to control ticks and other insects, such as fleas and ants. Piperonyl butoxide does not directly kill insects on its own, but acts to increase the ability of resmethrin to kill insects. These active ingredients are dissolved in a petroleum solvent.

Health Effects: The chance of experiencing any health effects from the use of Scourge to control mosquitoes is quite low. As with any pesticide, individuals may want to reduce or eliminate exposure. Some particularly sensitive individuals may possibly experience short-term effects such as eye, skin, nose or throat irritation or breathing problems.

To Reduce Exposure: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) do not require relocating or taking special precautions during mosquito control treatment. Individuals, especially pregnant women and children, should remain inside during the treatment and for about 30 minutes afterwards. In addition, individuals may minimize exposure by:

Keeping windows and doors shut, setting air conditioners to re-circulate if able. Turn window fans off.
Keeping children's toys indoors.
Keeping pets indoors, as well as their food, water dishes and toys.
Covering fishponds during the spray period.
Since the effects of the aerial treatment dissipate in a few hours, it is not necessary to wash off outdoor furniture or playground equipment before use, although doing so will not diminish the effectiveness of the pesticide applied.

For additional information: Please call the West Nile Virus Spray Hotline at 1-888-844-8657, on the days that spraying is scheduled, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 AM or visit the Nassau County Department of Health website at or the Nassau County website at

Friday, September 9, 2011

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the subject(s) wanted in connection with a robbery which occurred in Franklin Square, New York within the confines of the Fifth Precinct.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at approximately 9:40 AM, the above pictured subject, along with a black male subject, entered Philip and Son’s Jewelers located at
993 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, New York. A handgun was produced to forcibly steal jewelry and cash.
SUBJECT 1: Hispanic or white male, in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’9” tall with brown hair
SUBJECT 2: Black male, mid-twenties, approximately 6’1”-6’2” tall with a slim build

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who knows the identity of the subject(s) or with any information about this crime to call our toll free hotline: 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Counterfeit Lottery Scams

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter are urging citizens to be vigilant when receiving unexpected mailings or other forms of solicitations that inform them that they are winners of a lottery, especially if the correspondence is from a foreign country.

It has come to the attention of the Nassau County Police Department that individuals are receiving phone calls and notifications in the mail that they are winners of a sweepstakes lottery and in some instances they receive a partial bank check of the winnings that appears to be legitimate.

These lotteries are scams that cost honest citizens thousands of unrecoverable dollars. Remember, “If you did not buy a lottery ticket, you cannot win a lottery.” “If you receive a check for a lottery you did not enter, it is counterfeit.”

There are No Exceptions.

The following tips are being offered in the event you are sent one of these counterfeit lottery notifications:
· Don’t send money if a caller requires you send money “right now!” and that you must wire money before you can claim your prize.
· Don’t wire money to someone you don’t know well. After your money is paid, you will not get it back.
· Don’t send money to someone who tells you what to say to the wire transfer agent, or says you should hide information or lie to the agent.
· No legitimate bank or credit card company will ask you to supply them with your social security number or bank account passwords over the telephone or on-line.
· Contact your local police department if you receive one of these counterfeit lottery notifications.

School Bus Safety Tips

It’s back to school time and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter would like to issue some school bus safety tips for students and motorists.

Some facts about school bus safety are as follows:
· The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus.
· Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
· The loading and unloading area is called the "Danger Zone".
· The "Danger Zone" is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver's blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).

 More than half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old in 1999.

Young children are most likely to be struck because they:

· Hurry to get on and off the bus
· Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
· Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street
· Don't always stay within the bus driver's sight
· Studies have shown that many drivers illegally pass stopped school buses that are loading/unloading students.

Students riding a school bus should always:

· Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
· Stand at least 5 giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
· Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says its okay before stepping onto the bus.
· Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
· Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
· Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead.
· Be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
· Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right-left before crossing.
· Tell the bus driver if you drop something beside the bus. Should you try to pick it up, the bus driver may not see you and drive into you.

During the school bus ride:
· Always sit fully in the seat and face forward
· DO NOT distract the driver
· Never stand on a moving bus
· Obey the driver
· Speak in a low voice
· NEVER stick anything out the window -- arms, legs, head, book bags, etc.

Motorists Should:
· Be aware it is illegal in every state to pass a school bus stopped to load/unload students.
know and understand laws governing motorist's driving behavior near a school bus.

Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists if they are going to stop to load/unload students.

Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.
Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has
stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists MUST stop their cars.

· Begin moving only when the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins to move.
· Watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.
· Slow Down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.
· Be Alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review from Nassau County Fire Marshall

1. Never run a portable generator or portable pump inside your home, garage, or any enclosed area. Generators and Portable Pumps when running, produce deadly Carbon Monoxide. Keep running generators and portable pumps away from doorways, windows, and other building openings.

2. Never use a BBQ, Hibachi, or Portable Grill inside your home, garage, or in any enclosed space. Besides being a Fire Hazard, they produce deadly Carbon Monoxide. Both Propane and Charcoal grills produce Carbon Monoxide when in use. Cook in a well ventilated area away from your home.

3. Avoid the use of Candles for illumination during times of power outage. Candles have been responsible for several fires in Nassau County during Hurricane Irene. Open flame candle fires spread quickly, and can be deadly. Use "battery operated" flashlights and lanterns instead.

4. Never touch or go near downed power lines, or "any" metal objects near them such as fences. Approaching such areas can be deadly.

5. With extended power outage, Fire & Smoke Detection Systems in your home may no longer be operational. Be vigilant about fire safety in your home during this period. Purchase and install "battery operated" Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, and utilize them until power is restored and you are certain that your system in operational and in good working order.

6. If using power tools such as chain saws, etc. use them with "Great Care" and only if completely familiar with their operation, use, and manufacturers guidelines. Wear proper protective equipment when working with or around power tools (gloves, eye & ear protection).

7. Residents are urged to save 9-1-1 for "life threatening" emergencies only. Keeping these lines free may save a life.

The Nassau County "non emergency" and "information" line for Hurricane Irene questions and issues is 1-888-684-4274.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Get Tech Ready

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2011 - Recent weather events such as Hurricane Irene, the earthquake on the East Coast and other natural disasters highlight the need for Americans to prepare for emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response are collaborating to launch a new preparedness web resource, Get Tech Ready, on behalf of the Ready campaign.

Released just before the start of National Preparedness Month, this new resource educates individuals and families about how using modern-day technology can help them prepare, adapt and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies or disasters.

A recent American Red Cross survey showed that the internet, including online news sites and social media platforms, is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.

"As technology becomes more a part of our daily lives, people are turning to it during emergencies as well. We need to utilize these tools, to the best of our abilities, to engage and inform the public, because no matter how much federal, state and local officials do, we will only be successful if the public is brought in as part of the team," FEMA Administrator, W. Craig Fugate.

"During Hurricane Irene, we saw people using new technologies in many ways, whether it was thousands of people downloading our new shelter finder App or others using our Safe and Well site and social media to let their friends and family know they are OK, " said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "People now have more varied resources available at their fingertips that they can use before, during and after emergencies."

Get Tech Ready provides Americans with tips on how to use technological resources before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs. Preparedness tips on the website include:

Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;

Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud or on a secure and remote area or flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and

Create an Emergency Information Document using the Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.

"Get Tech Ready is a resource that will truly help people in the US and around the world understand how they can use widely available technology to prepare for potential crises," said Nigel Snoud, Product Manager, Google Crisis Response. "We're thrilled to be working with FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Ad Council on this public service project."

"We are delighted to collaborate with FEMA, Google and the American Red Cross to expand our Ready messages through this new web site to educate more Americans about the vital need to get prepared in advance of an potential emergency," said Peggy Conlon, president & CEO of the Ad Council. "The web site will provide access to critical resources to Americans addressing the importance of using technology as part of their individual and family preparedness plans."

Launched in 2003, National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies throughout the year. The Ready campaign was also launched in 2003 by FEMA in partnership with the Ad Council. Since its launch, media outlets have donated more than $900 million in advertising time and space for the PSAs. The new PSAs will air in advertising time that will be entirely donated by the media.


FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

The Advertising Council

The Ad Council ( is a private, non-profit organization that marshals talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to produce, distribute and promote public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies. The Ad Council addresses issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community well-being, environmental preservation and strengthening families.

FEMA does not endorse any non-Federal government organizations or products.

Friday, August 26, 2011


With Hurricane Irene poised to strike the Northeast this weekend, forecasters are predicting an extreme risk to persons and property. Meteorologists warn of severe and dangerous weather conditions, including torrential rain, strong winds and coastal flooding. Attached above are some helpful tips for preparing for a hurricane feel free to share this information with others.

National Weather Service - National Hurricane Center

AccuWeather - Hurricane Irene coverage

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

For more information on getting prepared please go to

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Email Hoax Warning

New York State Police are cautioning all residents not to open any emails claiming to be from "uniform traffic ticket", warning the emails contain a computer virus. The emails pretend to be from New York State Department of Motor Vehicles or New York State Police. It asks recipients to open the attached zip file supposedly a copy of the ticket fill it out and send it to a town court.  It might contain the subject line "UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET"  and says "the person described above is charged as follows"  The ticket lists the time as 7:25 a.m., the date of the offense as July 5 and describes the violation as "speed over 55 zone."  It also says to plead, print out the enclosed ticket and send it to town court, Chatam Hall, P.O. Box 117"   The public is being asked not to forward these emails to state or local police.
If someone does open the attachment, he or she should update and run antivirus software and take steps to make sure the the computer is secure.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

From Girl Scouts of Nassau County "Be A Voice for Girls!"

We need your help to encourage your Members of Congress to sponsor H.R. 2513/S.1354 today!

Kids are surrounded by media. From television to movies to social media and new technologies, kids are consuming up to 10 hours of recreational media each day. Unfortunately, media doesn’t always promote healthy images of girls. Girl Scouts’ research tells us that girls are very influenced by what they see in the media, and that it can have a significant impact on their self-esteem, body image, and leadership aspirations.

To address this issue, Girl Scouts has worked with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Senator Kay Hagan (NC) on the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 2513/S 1354). This legislation would:

Provide competitive grants for organizations like Girl Scouts, that provide media literacy programming and leadership development that helps empower girls.

Support research to help us better understand the impact of media on youth development.

Create a federal task force to develop voluntary recommendations that help the media industry put forward healthy images of women and girls.

Take action today and send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senator asking them to cosponsor this important bill that impacts all girls. ...

Click on the link below to read more:
Be A Voice for Girls!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Seniors Learn to Protect Themselves from Scammers

DA Rice Launches Educational Campaign to Help Senior Citizens Learn How to Protect Themselves From Scams

Reports of scams targeting seniors have doubled since last year

MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice today said complaints to her office regarding senior citizens being scammed have doubled since last year. To combat the uptick in scams, the DA is launching an educational campaign to help senior citizens protect themselves from those who prey on this vulnerable population. Her efforts will include an educational poster campaign that highlights the “red flags” to look and listen for when a scammer is attempting to fleece a senior citizen out of their money, and an addition to the DA’s website that will give seniors tips on how to avoid being taken advantage of.

The District Attorney said that between January 2009 and November 30, 2009, the office received 20 complaints from senior citizens regarding scams. Between January 2010 and November 23, 2010, that number has reached 40.

“This increase is a reflection of Nassau County’s increasing senior population and a deteriorating economy,” said Rice.

The scams include “Sweepstakes” scams, which can come in the form of a phone call or letter, as well as many others. With the phone call scam, the caller identifies themselves as being from a nationally known sweepstakes company and tells the victim that they have just won a large sum of money. The catch comes when they instruct the victim to wire money to pay taxes on the winnings, before the “prize” is sent.

Often the victim is sent a letter containing a realistic-looking check announcing that they have won a contest. The victim is told to deposit the check and then wire a portion of the money back to the company. The victim doesn’t realize the check they have deposited is a fraud until it’s too late.

Rice said that many of the scams and fake checks may seem legitimate.

"Even the sharpest person can be fooled,” Rice said. “The quality of some counterfeit checks can be very convincing so we are trying to stay one step ahead of the criminals by educating our senior population about what to look for and what to avoid.”

The DA said her office is also receiving complaints about a new type of scam in which the victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a friend of a grandchild and then tells them to wire bail money to Canada because the grandchild has been arrested. The scammers count on the caring grandparents to send the money, with few questions asked.

The educational posters will be placed in locations where a person might go to wire money, such as supermarkets, check cashing stores and senior centers. The posters will be paid for by using money forfeited to the DA’s office by convicted criminals.

Some of the top senior scams perpetrated by criminals include:

PHONE CALL ASKING FOR BAIL: The request comes from a caller requesting a large sum of money in order to bail a grandchild or loved one out of jail. One victim of this scam said the caller concocted a whole story that her “grandson was with a friend driving in Buffalo, New York and crossed the Canadian border and was arrested for drug possession.” He instructed her to wire money to Canada to post bail.

EMAIL ASKING FOR BAIL: The request comes from a friend or loved one’s email address to wire money. Residents of Nassau County receive emails from the account of a friend or loved one claiming to be in another country and requesting a large sum of money for a plane ticket, bail money, or other emergency expenses. In reality, a scammer has obtained control of the sender’s email account and contact list/address book, and the victim sends the money directly to the scammer.

SWEEPSTAKES SCAM: The victim receives a letter stating that they’ve won a contest, often from a scammer using a variation of a legitimate organization’s name. Enclosed is a check, usually less than $5,000, drawn on an out-of-state bank account. The victim is instructed to call a phone number where they are instructed to deposit the check, saying the money is to pay the taxes on their prize, and wire the money back to the organization. The victim sends the money to the scammer, and then the bank dishonors the original check. The phone number scammers typically use in this scam has an Ontario, Canada area code.

SECRET SHOPPER SCAM: Victims responding to an ad for secret shopper employment receive a check in the mail for approximately $3,985 and are instructed to deposit the check into their bank account. The victims are told to conduct a survey of retail stores, for which they will “earn” $600 for their work. The last requirement is to send the balance of the initial check, approximately $3,000, to Canada or out-of-state via Money Gram or Western Union. The money is sent before the victim can be informed by their bank that the initial check was counterfeit. The thief is counting on the victim’s bank to make the money available before the check is discovered to be fraudulent.

BLOATED CHECK SCAM: The victim, typically someone selling personal property on a Web site such as Craigslist, is contacted by a “buyer.” The buyer sends the victim money orders for more than the purchase price, and then asks the victim to wire back the balance of the bloated check. Victims often find out too late that the initial payment is counterfeit, and they’ve just wired their own money to a scammer.

PHISHING SCAM: An email or phone call is received by the victim who is led to believe it came from their bank. The call or email asks for the victim to verify personal information such as Social Security number and account numbers. A legitimate bank will NEVER ask for this information.

JURY DUTY SCAM: Victims are contacted by phone by a caller claiming to be an officer of the court. The “officer” says the victim failed to show up for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Once the victim says that they never received a jury duty notice, the caller will ask for personal information to verify. The jury duty scam is on the rise.

Anyone you’ve never met or spoke to on the phone that is asking for money through the Internet or to be wired to them is scamming you.

Always thoroughly research anyone you meet on a social-networking or Internet dating website.

Be very suspicious if you are asked to send anything through a third party.

Be very suspicious if an email has misspellings, broken English, or any grammatical anomalies.

An Ontario, Canada area code.

Rice adds that in order to prevent being the victim of identity theft it is a good idea for consumers to request and view their credit reports from Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Anyone can obtain a FREE credit report from each of the three bureaus once a year ( The credit report will indicate if there are fraudulent credit inquiries and/ or fraudulent credit accounts.

“The best advice is still the oldest advice,” Rice said. “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. If you receive a check for thousands of dollars for no reason, be suspicious and call my office immediately. Seniors need to be vigilant and wary in order to protect their assets and education is the best way to accomplish that.”

The DA’s office also has an ongoing program that is presented to senior groups throughout the year that educates the audience on common scams. To schedule one of these presentations for your group, call 516-571-3505.

Hurricane Preparedness Video Please Share

In effort to best prepare the residents of Nassau County against the threats of hurricanes, County Executive Mangano with the Office of Emergency Management has produced a Hurricane video which is 5 minutes in length. We encourage you to please view the video at

Through this link you can also embed the video on your website and forward the link to others.

County Legislator John Ciotti's Community and Neighborhood Check Off

During the Summer season and moving into Fall, we all notice things in our neighborhood that need to be addressed. A street light is out, a dead tree, a pothole a storm sewer that is blocked with trash. And the list goes on.

Our neighborhoods matter. If there's one thing County Legislator Ciotti has carved out a strong reputation on, it's the fact that he has helped revitalize our community. The new new planters on Dutch Broadway, new street lights, Officer Matthew Giglio Memorial Plaza, Elmont Road trees and lights, new sidewalks, new traffic lights, street signs and a whole lot more.

Let's take the next step in our community and do more to improve our neighborhoods. Join his effort to improve our community.


Dear John:

_____ Street Light is Out

_____ Blocked Sewer

_____ Street Sign Blocked

_____ Pothole

_____ Dead Tree


_____ other

Describe the Issue: (Location, Street, House Number etc.):



And a Little Info About You:

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Email to County Legislator John Ciotti:

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking information in connection with a Petit Larceny that occurred in West Hempstead on Saturday June 11, and June 12, 2011 Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the subject wanted in connection with a Petit Larceny which occurred in West Hempstead, New York within the confines of the Fifth Precinct.

The above pictured subject was observed on two separate dates inside
Stop & Shop located at 50 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead, New York.

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 at approximately 10:30 PM, the subject removed cosmetic items (value $357.12) before passing all points of purchase and exiting the store without making payment.

On Sunday, June 12, 2011 at approximately 6:30 AM, the subject removed chewing gum (value $101.99) before passing all points of purchase and exiting the store without making payment.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the subject or with any information about this crime to call our toll free hotline: 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Date of Issuance: August 2, 2011

Up to $5,000 reward


Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

FEMA Encourages Community and Organizations Involvement

FEMA Encourages Americans to Participate in

September’s National Preparedness Month
Eighth Annual National Preparedness Month in September:
"A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare,"
Encourages Americans to Take Simple Steps to Prepare for Emergencies

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, today announced the launch of new web tools that will make it easier for individuals and organizations throughout the nation to join the 2011 National Preparedness Month (NPM) coalition and pledge their support to help prepare their families, businesses and communities for emergencies of all kinds.

The eighth annual NPM will kickoff this September, using the slogan: "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare." The campaign seeks to transform awareness into action by encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

"As we move forward with planning for this year's events and activities, we also recognize that this September marks the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "By doing what we can to ensure that our communities, and our nation, are prepared to respond and recover from all types of disasters and hazards, we honor the memory of those who were lost that day."

Individuals and groups can now register to become NPM coalition members by visiting Once registered, members have access to a toolkit that includes suggestions for activities and events, templates, articles, banners and customizable materials. Coalition members also have access to an events calendar allowing them to post and promote preparedness events, share success stories, and participate in national and regional discussion forums to engage with fellow coalition members and FEMA representatives.

By hosting events, promoting volunteer programs and sharing emergency preparedness information, coalition members can help ensure that their communities are prepared for emergencies. Becoming a coalition member is easy and free, so register now to get started. Nearly 2,000 coalition members have already joined this year's campaign.

While NPM is held each September, FEMA's Ready Campaign promotes individual emergency preparedness at home, in the workplace, and throughout America's communities throughout the year. Ready is a national campaign, produced in partnership with The Ad Council, designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

The Ready Campaign's websites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide free emergency preparedness information and resources available in English and Spanish. Additionally, through FEMA's partnership with the Ad Council, public service announcements are available to increase the American public's involvement in preparedness.

Town of Hempsteads Pools to Assist Island Harvest

The Town of Hempstead will dive into Island Harvest's "Make a Splash" Pool Food Drive with the participation of its 21 community swimming pools. Through August 7th, each of the pools will be collecting perishable food items to feed and nourish Long Island's hungry.

"Here in Hempstead Town it's everybody in the pool to assist our good friends at Island Harvest," stated Supervisor Kate Murray. "Over 280,000 Long Islanders go hungry every day including 110,000 children. The Island Harvest food bank works diligently to help feed our hungry neighbors through food distribution to 570 nonprofit agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties."

Anyone coming to enjoy the refreshing waters of a Hempstead Town pool is asked to bring along canned vegetables, meats, fish or fruits, soups, sauces, pasta, cereals, dry milk, almond or soy milk, coffee, tea, personal care items, nutritional beverages or personal hygiene items. There will be collection receptacles clearly and conveniently placed at each pool to accumulate the food items.

To introduce a competitive aspect to the collection drive, Island Harvest will present awards to the three pools that collect the most food.

The roster of Hempstead Town pools participating in the food drive includes: Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont; Echo Park, West Hempstead; Forest City Park, Wantagh; Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park; Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore; Oceanside Park, Oceanside; Rath Park, Franklin Square; Roosevelt Pool, Roosevelt; Veterans Park, East Meadow; Walker Park, Lakeview; Sands Pool, Lido Beach; Lido Beach Town Park, Lido Beach and Malibu Park, Point Lookout.

In addition, all nine pools in the Levittown Pool District are participating: Acorn Lane, Azalea Road, Blue Grass Lane, Carman Avenue, East Village Green, Levittown Parkway, Slate Lane, West Village Green and Wolcott Road.

"In communities across our township residents will be responding as they always do, with kind heart and helping hand," added Supervisor Murray. "I imagine our collection efforts will go 'swimmingly' and our pools will provide invaluable assistance to the Island Harvest campaign."

Western Nassau Water Authority Issues Warning to Customers

Residents who use the Western Nassau Water Authority as their company reside in North Valley Stream, Franklin Square, Elmont, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor and Garden City.

"Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice," said a recording on the authority's phone line, 516- 327-4100.  Also the following information is posted on the water authority website,

 One out of 11 water samples collected by the Water Authority on July 18, 2011 was found positive for E. coli bacteria. This bacteria can make you sick, and is a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

The Water Authority believes that this is a localized issue. On July 18, 2011 a distribution sampling location near N. Fletcher Avenue and Dutch Broadway tested positive for E. coli. Upon resampling of the location on July 19, 2011, there was no detection of E. coli. or Total Coliform bacteria; however a location near N. Fletcher Avenue and Dutch Broadway tested positive for Total Coliform bacteria, but negative for E. coli triggering this mandatory notification response.

The Nassau County Department of Health also took samples in our distribution system on July 19, 2011. All the Health Department’s samples showed no detection of either E. coli or Total Coliform bacteria.

All well and water storage tanks that supply water to the area were also sampled on July 19, 2011. There were no detections of E. coli or Total Coliform bacteria in any of those samples.

The Water Authority will be flushing the water mains in the area of the contamination, and increase the level of chlorine (sodium hypochlorite), which is used for disinfection purposes in the distribution system. We will continue to take samples from the wells, storage tanks, and treatment facilities that supply water to the affected area, and in the distribution system in and around the affected area. We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Use only food that was prepared prior to July 18, 2011. Discard any ice made after July 18, 2011, turn off ice makers and disinfect once the boil water notice is lifted.

Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What happened? What is being done?

Bacterial contamination can occur when there is a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.

For more information, please contact Customer Service at 516-327-4100 or 58 S. Tyson Avenue, Floral Park, NY 11001. If you require further assistance call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-9692 or after hours number at 516-742-6154. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.