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Standing Up to New York Rising: Legislator Rhoads Calls on Cuomo to Extend Looming Deadline

New York RisingNassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino were joined by architects, engineers, homeowners, house-lifters, civic leaders, construction workers, and more to call upon Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Rising to extend the deadline for Sandy-victim applicants to submit changes to the scope of project elevations.


Without warning, NY Rising imposed a new deadline of March 1, 2017, for applicants to submit elevation changes to NY Rising for reimbursement. More than 4 years after Superstorm Sandy, homeowners are still struggling to return to their homes due to construction and funding delays, and missing this deadline could mean that homeowners will lose their opportunity for reimbursement of unexpected costs related to elevation.


Legislator Rhoads has written to Governor Cuomo and New York Rising to request an extension of the deadline for the benefit of approximately 6,100 homeowners expected to submit elevation change application documents.


Legislator Rhoads: “While I appreciate the daunting task that the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and New York Rising has undertaken in assisting affected residents along this journey, the imposition of the upcoming March 1st deadline threatens to derail the recovery process at a time when participants are most vulnerable. I ask that the Governor postpone the deadline for the sake of our residents.”


New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran, 21st AD: “Elected Officials were NOT notified of this “new” imposed deadline and quite frankly this is just plain wrong. I will work with our partners in government to call on Governor Cuomo to resolve this issue and help our Sandy families rebuild and recover. ”


Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford: “There are still so many families in various phases of the recovery process. The March 1st deadline is an onerous burden on many residents, and I ask that Governor Cuomo push it back.”


Nassau County Legislator James Kennedy: “There are so many variables when raising a home, many of which cannot be planned for ahead of time. Residents should be provided with the time to file the necessary paperwork and not be left out of pocket for critical repairs.”


Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino: “South shore homeowners in Hempstead Town were slammed by Hurricane Sandy, and neighbors continue to rebuild their homes and their lives more than four years after the Superstorm. The need to extend the deadline for our affected residents to submit their ‘Scope of Work Change Requests’ and the ‘6100 form’ associated with home elevations is apparent. Thousands upon thousands of Hempstead Town property owners were victimized by Sandy, and our state government should not make them victims again. We are appealing to the Governor to extend the March 1st filing deadline that threatens to slam hard hit homeowners with tens of thousands of dollars in additional costs. It’s time to stand up for Sandy Victims.”


Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeny: “I thank Legislator Rhoads for his leadership and common sense ideas for South Shore families who still struggle after Sandy. The state shouldn’t impose arbitrary deadlines to cut off funding. Let’s make sure they all get home!”


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Tech Executive to Speak About Crowdfunding at Next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meeting

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Sarah Meister, a top executive of the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo will speak during a meeting of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on Monday, February 27 from 7-9pm in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola. Admission is Free.


“We hope this presentation will inspire our residents to turn their ideas into viable business products,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our talented residents are the County’s best resource for future economic growth.”


Indiegogo allows entrepreneurs to raise funds for projects through online campaigns aimed at potential customers in exchange for perks, such as early or discounted products, or other services. Indiegogo has been adding products and services for entrepreneurs that help them build complete businesses, from their initial concept all the way through to manufacturing the finished product.


As a hardware and design outreach manager at Indiegogo, Meister works with technology companies from around the world to bring their ideas to life. Before joining Indiegogo last year, she was head of projects at Vann Alexandra, a creative agency for crowdfunding campaigns, where she worked on over 30 campaigns with a variety of different clients across film, technology, design, and publishing. Prior to that she worked in post-production and live TV as well as freelance public relations, e-commerce, social media, and marketing. Meister is a graduate of The University of Puget Sound, where she received a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in sociology.


About the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club:

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, County Executive Mangano and entrepreneur Brian Fried organized the Nassau County Inventors Club in 2012 to provide novice and seasoned entrepreneurs with networking and brainstorming opportunities in a safe and secure environment. With its primary goal of helping to turn ideas into action, the club aims to assist inventors in navigating the process while enabling its members the ability to tap into critical resources. Since its establishment, Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club events have attracted more than 2,500 attendees. For more information call (516) 571-1945 or email:


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Councilman Pinto Announces 2017 Distinguished Artists Concert Performances for March

The Town of Oyster Bay 2017  rolls into March with several enjoyable performances scheduled to take place at various libraries throughout the Town, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto.


“The enjoyable and diverse performances featured at each of the Town’s Distinguished Artists concerts have delighted residents throughout the years and continue to return each year thanks to popular demand,” Councilman Pinto stated. “Admission to each performance is free, allowing easy access for residents to experience some of the finest cultural and performing arts entertainment available within the comfort of various local libraries.”


Councilman Pinto noted that there are five performances scheduled for March:


  • On Sunday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. there will be a performance by the Sweet Adelines International Barbershop Harmony Organization; the Greater Nassau Chorus who will perform at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Lane, Massapequa.
  • On Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., vocal group The Fabulaires will perform “Doo Wop at its Best!” which will be held at the Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset.
  • On Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m., Irish folk music band Fiddler’s Green will perform a “Concert of Traditional Irish Songs” which will be held at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave, Bethpage.
  • On Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m., singer Liora Michelle will perform “Verdi & Puccini Heroines – Great Arias of Passion & Delight,” which will be held at the Locust Valley Public Library, 170 Buckram Road, Locust Valley.
  • On Sunday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m., Tom Petty tribute band Breakdown will perform the music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the Hicksville Public Library, 169 Jerusalem Ave, Hicksville.


The “Distinguished Artists” concert series is sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services. Anyone looking for more information should call 797-7900 or visit


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Ra Fights for Repair of Hempstead Turnpike at Transportation Budget Hearing


Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) questioned Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll at a recent Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation in Albany. Ra, a member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, focused on securing funding to repair dangerous parts of the Hempstead Turnpike which runs largely through his Assembly District.


“Hempstead Turnpike is the gateway into our community and is a major artery for businesses and customers to connect,” Ra said. “While there has been much focus on increasing safety for pedestrians and motorists, it is the roadway itself that is in desperate need of repair. A better Hempstead Turnpike means a more attractive place for our local small businesses to draw their customers and safer daily travels for our residents.”


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Councilwoman Alesia Announces Children’s Magical Music & More Events for March

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Children’s Magical Music & More program will feature three excellent performances in March beginning with “Central Park Zoo: Butterfly Boogie,” a musical, interactive performance that counters the common perception of bugs being gross and introduces students to metamorphosis and the interdependence of plants and animals. Butterfly Boogie will be held at the Locust Valley Public Library, located at 170 Buckram Road, Locust Valley on Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. and is free to all Town residents, Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia announced.


“Throughout the year, the Town’s Children’s Magical Music & More program provides quality entertainment to families and children around the Town of Oyster Bay free of charge,” Councilwoman Alesia stated. “Butterfly Boogie is just one of the many Children’s Magical Music & More performances offered by the program this year. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and each event is recommended for children four years of age and older.”


Councilwoman Alesia went on to say that the second Children’s Magical Music & More performance in March would be face painter Christopher Agostino’s “StoryFaces”. StoryFaces is an exciting and unusual storytelling show where volunteers are brought on stage and are face painted to illustrate stories as Christopher tells them, captivating the audience with folktales and his uniquely animated original stories. This performance will take place on Sunday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Massapequa Public Library located at 40 Harbor Lane, in Massapequa.


The third and final Children’s Magical Music & More performance scheduled for March will be a performance by talented juggler; Jester Jim. Audience members of all ages will be glued to every sound of Jester Jim’s performance. With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show with an amazing beatbox intro. Jester Jim is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, located on 169 Jerusalem Ave, Hicksville.


The Children’s Magical Music & More series is sponsored by the Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA) Division of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services. For further information call 797-7900 or visit the Town’s website


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Assemblyman Ed Ra Launches Bipartisan Effort To Save Schools That Serve Blind, Deaf, Disabled Students

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) held a press conference recently in Albany to address the growing funding inadequacy between 853, 4201 and 4410 schools and public schools in recent years. Ra was joined by Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,I,Ref-South Huntington), Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye), Bernadette Kappen, Executive Director of the New York Institute for Special Education, Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, President of Vanderheyden Hall, Lara Horton of Capital District Beginnings and a host of other advocates.


“In the past several years we have seen record increases in traditional education, but many of the institutions that educate our most vulnerable and needy students have not been subject to those same increases,” Ra said. “These are schools that educate blind, deaf and severely disabled students and do so year after year with less funding and fewer resources. The teachers and staff who work in these institutions are usually vastly underpaid in respect to their traditional public school counterparts but their dedication and commitment make them some of the best educators in the state.”


853 schools are operated by private agencies and provide day and/or residential programs for students with disabilities while 4201 schools are state-supported schools that provide educational services to students with disabilities such as deafness, blindness, severe emotional disturbance or severe physical disabilities. 4410 schools provide special education services to pre-school students with disabilities.


“I would like to thank all of the advocates, educators and colleagues who joined me here today to shine light on this crucial issue, and my hope is that as we progress through budget negotiations we can provide our most vulnerable students with the resources they need to graduate and become successful,” Ra added.


“Today was a tremendous step forward as we work toward funding parity between New York’s public schools and schools that serve children with disabilities. Students in these schools require tailored programs which fit their educational needs. While we have made significant progress in bringing much-needed aid to these schools, there is still a significant funding gap that must be closed. I am proud to join my colleagues and 853, 4201 and 4410 schools in their fight for funding parity,” said Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R,C,I,Ref-South Huntington).


“It is very important every student in New York State receive a quality education. The programs at our 853, 4201 and 4410 schools are vital to our most vulnerable students and their families. The educators of these schools do more with less, but it is time we step up to the plate and provide them with the support they deserve,” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica).


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McDonough Calls On Dot Commissioner Driscoll To Save Nassau Co. Bus Routes, Deteriorating Bridges At Budget Hearing

During a joint budget hearing on transportation recently in Albany, Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) questioned Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Matthew Driscoll on a variety of topics, including the status of New York’s deteriorating bridges, the timetable on repairs for the Wantagh and JFK Parkways and the lack of proposed funding for Nassau County that would devastate its public transportation system.


“I am concerned that the dangerous conditions of the Wantagh and JFK Parkways are not being addressed, and projects are continually behind schedule,” McDonough said. “Thousands of Long Islanders use these routes daily and it is dangerous to continue to subject them to these sub-standard driving conditions. Furthermore, at least half of our bridges are in poor condition and that is literally a life and death matter. It is crucial that we address these concerns moving forward and work with the governor and DOT to start these projects this year.”


McDonough, the Assembly Minority Ranker on the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, has fought for increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and to address dangerous sections of the Southern State Parkway dubbed ‘Blood Alley’.


“I am alarmed to see that the governor has proposed no increase for local public transportation funding here in Nassau County,” McDonough said. “That would be absolutely devastating for our most needy riders who rely on a wide array of bus routes to travel to and from work and around the community. Bus routes would undoubtedly be cut if funding remained flat, and I will fight to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.”


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Mangano Issues Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil, Free Info Session

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a Deadly Drug Alert to warn the public of a new and potentially deadly narcotic known as Carfentanil – a synthetic opioid which has reportedly been causing increased fatal overdoses in the Midwest and may be making its way to New York. First responders and citizens trained to administer the lifesaving opioid reversal drug Naloxone should take extra precaution.


County Executive Mangano stated, “In the case of Carfentanil, both the person overdosing and the rescuer are in danger if they come into contact with this potent drug, as a miniscule amount of the powdery substance—that gets absorbed into the skin or is unwittingly inhaled—can cause overdose or death. Anyone attempting to assist a person overdosing on Carfentanil is advised to wear protective gloves and a face shield.”


Nassau County will be holding a free training and information session on April 13th from 7-9pm, where Nassau County Firefighters, EMTs and Ambulance Corps members, as well as those whose loved ones suffer with substance abuse disorder, will learn how to safely treat people under the influence of Carfentanil. Nassau County’s Toxicologist Joseph Avella will conduct the training session, along with Keith Scott from PSCH (formerly Pederson-Krag). Reports indicate first responders have exhibited signs of distress after providing first aid to Carfentanil overdose victims. Reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, please contact Eden Laikin at or (516) 571-6105.


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Receiver Stefanich Reminds Residents of How to Avoid Late Tax Payment Penalties

Oyster Bay Town Receiver of Taxes, James J. Stefanich, reminds residential property owners that it is essential and mandatory to notify his office upon satisfying their mortgage.


In addition, Stefanich encourages residents who recently purchased a home, condominium or co-op unit, or just refinanced or transferred the mortgage on their property, to be sure that notification in writing is sent to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Oyster Bay, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1539.


“This will ensure that tax bills are received promptly by the homeowner,” Stefanich said. “A homeowner relying on a bank or mortgage company to notify the tax office may find there is a delay in billing the homeowner directly, which can lead to the imposition of a late payment penalty.”


“When writing, property owners should include the legal property description, including the school district, section, block, and lot numbers, as well as the name and address to whom current and future tax bills should be directed. In the case of condominiums, the building and unit number should be noted,” Stefanich said.


Residents may also report their information in person by visiting the Office of the Receiver of Taxes.


The Receiver noted that property owners residing in incorporated villages must also notify their village assessor.


Homeowners requiring further assistance should contact the Office of the Receiver of Taxes at 516-624-6400. “The knowledgeable and courteous tax information specialists on my staff will be happy to assist you,” concluded Stefanich.


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Legislator Ford Visits New Improved Nassau Coliseum

New Improved Nassau ColiseumNassau County Legislator Denise Ford completed a walk through tour of the soon to be new and improved Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Construction of this state-of-the-art facility is nearing its completion.


“The transformation is truly remarkable. The modernization of the facility is a sight to behold”, said Legislator Ford, “It has terrazzo tile floors, wood accents, a one of a kind artist’s lounge, and more comfortable seating. Any event there will be a welcoming experience. Now let’s get the Islanders back home for good!”


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