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.