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Levittown Community Clean-up, April 29

Supervisor Anthony Santino, Councilman Gary Hudes and Levittown Community Council President Pat Patane and Vice President Tom Kohlman invite Levittown and Island Trees neighbors to join them for the 11th Annual Community Clean-up. Meet at 1 PM at the Levittown Veterans Monument located at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Shelter Lane, Levittown and be sure to bring work gloves, rakes, and brooms. Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers will be dispatched in groups to different areas of the community, picking up litter and debris.

 

(Rain date – Sunday, April 30th)

 

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Calling All Female Veterans!

Mangano Invites Female Veterans To Women In The Military Recognition Ceremony

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Veterans Service Agency invites female veterans and those on active duty to attend Nassau County’s 2nd Annual Women in the Military Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10th from 11am-2pm at the Museum of American Armor, located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. This year’s ceremony honors five female WWII Veterans and brings together women with unique shared military experience, for camaraderie, empowerment, advocacy and charity. To attend, individuals must RSVP to (516) 572-6565.

 

County Executive Mangano stated, “Throughout history, women have taken on a variety of roles and ranks in our military and have served our nation with commitment, honor and leadership. Together, we will pause to recognize and thank women in the military for their contributions toward protecting freedom and democracy around the globe.”

 

Last year, County Executive Mangano proclaimed the first week in May as “Women in the Military Week” in Nassau, and announced the forming of Women in the Military (W.I.M.) Inc. which is headquartered in the County.

 

About the Nassau County VSA

The mission of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency (VSA), in partnership with the Veterans Affairs both federal and state, is to provide all veterans and their dependents with the benefits they have earned; expand community outreach; and enhance the quality of life of the Nassau County veteran community. The VSA serves as an advocate for veterans’ compensation, pension, education, employment, training, referrals, vocational rehabilitation, and additional benefits for survivors, burial, and health care. The agency provides free transportation for veterans to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Northport or the VA health clinics in East Meadow and Valley Stream.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Honors Valley Stream Students at Youth Leadership Event

Valley Stream Students

Assemblyman Curran with Mayor William Hendrick; honorees Steven Huang, Jeannie Correa, Trinity Smiley, Nyah Warren, Olivia Lane and Grace Kim; Dr. Lisa Conte, District Director of Curriculum and Instruction and principals Dr. Scott Comis, Mark Onorato and Rosario Iacono.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) presented Valley Stream Student Council members from William L. Buck School, Brooklyn Avenue School and Robert W. Carbonaro School with citations and New York state pins at his inaugural Youth Leadership Event to honor local students for their commitment to the community. The event was held at the VFW in Lynbrook and former NFL football player Donny Brady delivered the keynote speech to the students.

 

“The amazing young people of the Valley Stream Student Council have done so much for our community,” said Curran. The students we recognized are accepting awards on behalf of the entire Valley Stream Student Council. Steven Huang, Jeannie Correa and the students of the William L. Buck School have held many charitable events, including a food drive for Holy Name of Mary Pantry, a Toys for Tots collection and a collection of clothing and other items for Brooklyn Avenue School families who were displaced by a fire.

 

“Trinity Smiley, Nyah Warren and the Brooklyn Avenue School raised $3,200 for Boys Town, held a food drive and collected hats and mittens for parish outreach at Holy Trinity and held its annual toy drive for the John Thiessan Foundation, among other community service projects.

 

“Olivia Lane, Grace Kim and the students at Robert W. Carbonaro School have worked hard to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, raised additional money for local families in need and have planned a food drive for families in the neighborhood. The Valley Stream Student Council has done so much for our community and we were proud to recognize their efforts,” Curran concluded.

 

The East Rockaway Jr. Fire Department served as a color guard, while Annalisa Emmett sang the National Anthem and God Bless America. An invocation was said by Msgr. Steven Camp of St. Christopher’s Parish. Also attending the inaugural event were Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick, Lynbrook Trustee Michael Hawxhurst, Malverne Trustee Jack O’Brian and East Rockaway Mayor Bruno Romano with Deputy Mayor Theresa Gaffney.

 

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Legislator Gaylor Commends Town IDA for Revoking Green Acres Pilot Agreement

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor commended the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency (IDA) for revoking the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement (PILOT) for the Green Acres Mall, which created an undue burden on Valley Stream Taxpayers.

 

“Some residents saw their property tax bill rise by over 12% as a result of this PILOT agreement,” said Legislator Gaylor. “I’d like to thank the new Town of Hempstead IDA for revoking this decision for the sake of the taxpayer.”

 

However, Legislator Gaylor warned that this was not the end of the issue. As a result of this PILOT, the Valley Stream School Districts have inappropriately collected over $3,000,000 more money from taxpayers than is required to fund their budgets. To this end, Legislator Gaylor has drafted and submitted a proposal to refund this money by the most transparent means possible, a refund check. Authorization by New York State is required to make this proposal a reality.

 

“As our representative in the Assembly and a member of the party in the majority, I’m calling on Assemblywoman Solages to introduce my legislation to return the overtaxed money to the already overburdened residents,” said Legislator Gaylor. “Revoking the PILOT agreement was just the first step. We must continue to fight until every dime is returned to the taxpayer.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Wants Your Photos!

Residents Invited to be Featured on Town’s Social Media Pages

 

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino invites residents to share their favorite photos as they ‘Play in Oyster Bay’ this spring and summer.

 

“Our beautiful Town has so many photo opportunities, and I am asking our residents to submit their favorite shots to be featured on the Town’s Facebook pages, as well as in Town publications and facilities,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We open this opportunity to all Town residents, designed to capture recreation and leisure at the Town’s many parks and recreational facilities, or scenic beauty anywhere in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that Town residents have a multitude of recreational facilities at their disposal, including the best parks, world class beaches, a championship golf course, a state-of-the-art ice skating center, pools, marinas and community centers. “There are so many wonderful photo opportunities,” he said. “Fishing, boating, swimming, baseball, skating, picnics, tennis, walking, biking and jogging are just some of the activities that provide great photo subject matter.”

 

In addition to being highlighted on our Town Facebook pages or other publications, submissions will be considered for display at Town facilities, including the Town’s Parks Department at Town Hall South in Massapequa.

 

Residents may send their favorite photos to photos@oysterbay-ny.gov or visit the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OysterBayTown, to make a submission. There is no limit in how many photos can be submitted.

 

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Hempstead Town to Host Women/Minority Business Entrepreneurs, Section 3 Outreach Event

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby are proudly hosting an event aimed to assist minority and women business entrepreneurs gain the opportunity to assist with New York State’s storm recovery efforts.

 

“Following Superstorm Sandy, many storm-hardening projects have been developed through the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR). These upcoming capital improvement projects will create many jobs,” noted Supervisor Santino. “The purpose of this outreach event, which is being hosted by Hempstead Town and presented by GOSR Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (DCR) will provide minority, women-owned, and Section 3 businesses an opportunity to connect with GOSR’s contractors for the Community Reconstruction Program, added Goosby.”

 

“Many of these construction projects will be taking place right here in the Town of Hempstead,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We want to be sure that these undertakings create job opportunities for local businesspeople who may not otherwise have the chance to work on developments of this scope.

 

Tradespeople who meet the Minority and Women Owned Business and Section 3 businesses criteria will be able to learn about upcoming projects and potential jobs for their business.

 

Among the planned speakers are Senior Councilwoman Goosby, officials from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the interim director of minority affairs for Nassau County and members of Hempstead Town’s Department of Engineering which is the lead agent on many of the enterprises.

 

The free event will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 10 am in the Hempstead Town Hall Pavilion located at 1 Washington Street, Hempstead, NY 11550. It is only open to New York State-certified M/WBE and Section 3 Businesses.

 

Registration is strongly encouraged and should be completed by Friday, April 28th.

 

Registration can be completed online at: https://goo.gl/ozUyhL.

 

“Superstorm Sandy was a tragedy for our local neighborhoods,” concluded Goosby. “This partnership will allow us to turn the devastation into a positive opportunity for minority and women businesses and businesses that benefit low-income residents.”

 

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration Festivities Celebrating Mother’s Day

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE – A 19TH CENTURY PROTEST FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces that Old Bethpage Village Restoration will host a Mother’s Day Parade and the reenactment of a Women’s Suffrage Rally on Sunday, May 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Visitors will take a step back in time and experience speeches, parades and rallies similar to those held in the 19th century when women protested for their right to vote. Visitors can also attend the performances of St. George Living History Productions’ Suffrage and Courage – a 20th Century Tale of Women’s Quest for Equality. The performances will take place at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

 

About Old Bethpage Village Restoration:

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th Century American village set on more than 200 acres. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last admission is at 3:00 p.m. Entrance fees are: $12 for adults, $8 for children (5 – 12), seniors and volunteer firefighters.

 

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway). For further information please call Old Bethpage Village Restoration at (516) 572-8400.

 

For more information about Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum, please call (516) 572-0200 or visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces TOB ‘Battle of the Bands’ Competition

Selected Bands Will Perform on August 5th at the Town’s Music Under Stars Concert Series

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, through the Cultural & Performing Arts Division of the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services, will be conducting a “Battle of the Bands” competition to showcase some of the Town’s young musical talent.

 

Supervisor Saladino, himself a musician and member of an accomplished local band, said that selected bands will be given an incredible opportunity to compete live at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa.

 

“If you’re under 21 years of age and at least one member of your band lives in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are eligible to compete in this exciting contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The Town of Oyster Bay’s “Battle of the Bands” provides an awesome opportunity for rising musical stars to experience playing before a large audience and garner exposure for their band.”

 

To be part of the contest, interested bands simply need to record their best original song and a cover song and e-mail it to Sharon Betz of the Town’s Cultural and Performing Arts Division at sbetz@oysterbay-ny.gov. They can also be mailed to: The Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community & Youth Services, Attn: Cultural & Performing Arts Division, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, New York 11758.

 

“Please include with your submission a brief biography of your band and a list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, ages and instruments,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am sure that this will be the catalyst for a truly great experience for each and every participant of our contest.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that all submissions for the “Battle of the Bands” contest must be received by May 31, 2017 to be considered. For further information, please contact the Cultural & Performing Arts Division office at (516) 797-7925.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Drops Ceremonial First Puck for Lynbrook Roller Hockey

Lynbrook Roller HockeyRecently, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) dropped the ceremonial first puck to kick-off the 38th season for the Lynbrook Roller Hockey League. The game was played between the Sharks and the Black Hawks.

 

“I was honored to be asked to drop the ceremonial first puck for the LRHL to start their 38th season,” said Curran. “Youth sports are such a large part of the culture down here on Long Island, and I am truly grateful that we have such wonderful youth sports leagues as well as many other outlets for children to keep them away from drugs, alcohol and other dangerous substances.”

 

The 38th season for the LRHL is part of the league’s 19th year in existence.

 

Assemblyman Curran is pictured above as he drops the ceremonial first puck between Buddy Amitrano of the Sharks and Joseph Balletta of the Black Hawks.

 

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Mangano Installs Hispanic Advisory Board

Nassau County Hispanic American Advisory BoardNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano swore in 12 members to the newly formed Hispanic American Advisory Board in a ceremony on Monday, April 24th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. The members of the Advisory Board will assist the County in the development, advancement and betterment of economic, employment and business opportunities for Hispanic Americans, as well as promoting cultural opportunities, education and the general welfare of Hispanic Americans in Nassau County.

 

“I thank members of Nassau County’s new Hispanic American Advisory Board for their commitment to our community and their willingness to volunteer in such an important capacity,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together, we will form partnerships that will continue to bridge cultural gaps, accomplish our common goals and lead to the building of a better Nassau.”

 

Members of the Nassau County Hispanic American Advisory Board (pictured above)are: Mateo Flores, Chair; Alfonso Garcia Osuna; Silvana Loyola; Jose Serrano; Giovana Ramirez; Leo Fernandez; Karen Milagros Cerna; Marina Vinberg; Joaquin Centeno; Derek Varsalona; Yesenia Vasquez; and Virginia Da Silva.

 

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