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Senate Passes Senator Phillips’ Bill To Require Insurance Companies To Cover In Vitro Fertilization, Fertility Preservation Treatments

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate has passed her bill requiring insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility preservation treatments in New York State.


“With thousands of families across the state facing infertility issues, this measure will ease the financial burden attached to starting a family,” Senator Phillips said. “For too long, individuals reached the brink of financial ruin in the attempt of pursuing their dream of having children. I applaud my colleagues for passing this measure that is not only a win for families and women, but makes New York more family friendly.”


The measure, S.8441b, mirrored after the current state plan, would require medical insurance policies to provide a maximum lifetime limit of $50,000 coverage for the treatment of infertility for in-vitro fertilization for women ages 21-44 and standard fertility preservation services when medically necessary.


“In addition to assisting those with infertility – the measure will aid those in need of fertility preservation,” Senator Phillips said. “A cancer diagnosis or major surgery can be devastating for anyone, but for a young woman there is the added concern that she could be left infertile because of radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. This measure provides young patients with a means to safeguard their fertility options down the road post recovery.”


Several states already have similar laws and these states experience lower rates of multiple births and associated neo-natal and pediatric care costs. The legislation is expected to save New York millions of dollars in long-term health care costs, since patients would no longer be forced to rely on higher risk medical procedures.


Visit Senator Phillips’ webpage

Legislator Rhoads To Host Narcan Training, Overdose Prevention Workshop

You can save the life of a loved one from overdose.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Seaford Public Library
2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford, New York 11783


Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose. And those are only the ones we know of – the ones directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percoset or Oxycodone. If you don’t think it can happen to someone you care about, please think again. Overdoses can happen to anyone.


To make this epidemic even worse, other deadly drugs called Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which are much stronger than heroin, have entered Nassau County and are having devastating effects on addicts. These synthetic opioids can be fatal if inhaled or absorbed into the skin and dealers are mixing them in with heroin and cocaine to amplify their potency


Legislator Steve Rhoads is co-sponsoring this event along with the Seaford Library to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to help train residents how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and attendees will receive a free kit.



Seating is limited and reservations are required, To reserve your seat and free NARCAN kit, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office: 516-571-6219 or


Registration is also available online:


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Mineola Fire Department Installs 2018 Officers

Mineola Fire DepartmentNassau County Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello was on hand to congratulate Brian Santosus, Chief of the Mineola Fire Department, as he was recently installed for a second one-year term. Brian and his Assistant Chiefs Andrew Martone and Rob Connolly, have done an excellent job of leading the Department


Pictured above (left to right) are Assemblyman Ed Ra, 1st Assistant Chief Rob Connelly, Chief Brian Santosus, 2nd Assistant Chief Andrew Martone, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, and Presiding Officer Nicolello.


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Ra Presents Flag from New York State Capitol Building to Local Students

Homestead SchoolIn honor of Flag Day, Assemblyman Ed Ra was proud to present Homestead School an American Flag which had been flown over the New York State Capitol building in Albany during a special ceremony on Friday, June 8. The flag was accepted by Dr. Suzanne Viscovich, principal of the Garden City school. Students showed their spirit by singing patriotic songs, waving American flags and dressing in red, white and blue.


“It is important to teach our children the history of our country so they learn what it means when you say you are proud to be an American,” said Ra. “I was honored to present this flag to Dr. Viscovich and her students, who all displayed an enormous amount of patriotism. The American flag was first adopted in 1777 and it is wonderful to see almost 250 years later how far our nation has come.”


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Saladino: Independent Testing in Syosset Must Commence Prior to Development

With plans for proposed development before the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board recently announced plans to move forward with independent environmental and health testing of the former Syosset Landfill site, Department of Public Works site and former site of Cerro Wire Manufacturing in Syosset. The Town will accept the developer’s offer to fund independent testing and analysis.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “Over the past few months, the Town Board has listened to concerns voiced by the community in regards to proposed development in Syosset and, in particular, environmental concerns regarding the former Syosset Landfill and Cerro Wire sites. The Town of Oyster Bay will settle for nothing less than independent testing that adheres to established quality control standards, and the methodologies and protocols set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Conservation and both State and County health departments. Residents deserve to be part of the process, receive precise and verifiable test results, and any independent testing performed must also demonstrate strict compliance with all applicable regulations and industry standards. Irrespective of the extensive historic testing at these sites, the Town’s unwavering commitment to facilitating additional testing will be completed and done so with unprecedented transparency.”


New York State General Municipal Law prevents municipalities from issuing a professional services contract without some level of open, public competition. To ensure independence and operate within the law, the Town of Oyster Bay is seeking agreements with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Department of Health to develop and administer a testing program. Such an agreement will allow for the payment of services to be provided through funds supplied by the developer to offset costs associated with the additional independent testing and analysis. All regulatory agencies will be requested to review and approve work plans developed for this testing program as they promulgate testing standards and sampling procedures based on professional experience of experts, available technology and public input. The very objective of the independent testing is reliability, transparency and the inherent ability to withstand verification tests and scrutiny.


“The Town is eager to accomplish the objectives requested by our residents, and we hope that elected government officials offer a similar commitment to developing this independent testing plan and ensuring all environmental and health regulatory agencies play an integral role in this intricate process. Similar partnerships between regulatory monitoring agencies have helped protect our residents for decades and this concerted effort will help ensure thorough and comprehensive testing of potential hazards,” added Saladino.


The Oyster Bay Town Board remains steadfastly committed to facilitating additional testing and analysis to further clarify existing conditions; however, the presumption that historic testing on and offsite was inadequate and/or performed without third party oversight and scrutiny is a false claim that has infiltrated the fabric of our community. Residents who are unaware of the extensive testing of environmental parameters on and offsite may take some comfort in the myriad testing and studies performed to date. Additionally, the Town has been in frequent contact with the EPA and DEC. The DEC recently notified the Town of plans to proceed – at no cost to Town taxpayers – with radiological screening at the former Syosset Landfill site. This is yet another reason why the Town recommends that the DEC take a leadership role in the proposed independent testing program development protocol, so that there is consistency, accountability, and a clear line of communication for the additional independent testing performed at the site.


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Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Fair a Success

Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps FairNassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads was happy to join with the community to attend the Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps held its 3rd Annual EMS at Island Trees Middle School on Saturday, June 9, 2018.


Volunteers welcomed local folks to the educational event, giving ambulance tours and teaching CPR. The fair, designed to inform community members about WLVAC’s services, featured safety lessons for kids.


Pictured above, left to righ, are Police Officer David Brohman, Legislator Rhoads, Legislator John R. Ferretti, Jr., NYD Assemblyman John Mikulin and members of Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp. Irene Sabatasso, Stephen Grippi and Chief Scott Kostolri with cadets of the Wantagh/Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


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Legislator Ferretti Attends Northside Elementary School ‘Terrific Kid Award Ceremony’

Northside Elementary SchoolNassau County Legislator John R. Ferretti was on hand to offer congratulations to the Northside Elementary School Terrific Kids Award winners.


“I am so happy to join you and the Levittown Kiwanis Club to present each of you with this special award,” said Legislator Ferretti.


Pictured above, left to right are Board of Education Trustee Michael Pappas, Levittown Kiwanis Club member Mauro Cassano, Legislator Ferretti, and Assistant Principal Beth Swanson, along with some of the Terrific Kids Award Winners.


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Councilman Ambrosino, ‘Dogs Of War’ Rock Out to Support Local Veterans

Town of Hempstead Councilman Edward Ambrosino invites neighbors to attend a benefit concert performed by the “Dogs of War,” a 10-member classic rock band that features Ambrosino, Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and other local government officials. The concert is being held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh.


Band members include Ambrosino (piano/guitar), Muscarella (guitar/vocals), Schaefer (vocals), Saladino (drums), Jonathan Crist (guitar/lead vocals), Patrick Owens (bass/vocals), Mark Ambrosino (drums/vocals), Mike Martino (lead guitar/vocals), Jeb Ambrosino (lead guitar) and Jack Vitale (percussion).


“As elected officials, it’s our duty to serve the people of our communities, but our mission on June 21 is to entertain them so we can give back to veterans who have done so much for all of us in protecting our freedoms as Americans,” Ambrosino said. “I invite everyone to come to Mulcahy’s for a fun-filled night with friends, rock ‘n’ and Dogs of War.”


The band performs a variety of classic rock and R&B hits, including favorites from The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and much more. The band has been hosting this benefit concert for several years to support local veterans.


Admission is $25, and the band’s goal is to sell at least 500 tickets, with proceeds benefitting local veteran organizations. Mulcahy’s of Wantagh is located at 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh. For information of how to purchase tickets, call Mulcahy’s at (516) 783-7500 or visit . Tickets can also be purchased at the event.


The ‘Dogs of War’ was created in honor of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our nation,” We’re excited for their next gig and hope it brings smiles to their fans and much-needed support to our local veterans.


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Legislators McKevitt, Ferretti Hold Joint Town Meeting in East Meadow

Town Hall MeetingNassau County Legislators Tom McKevitt and John R. Ferretti, Jr. would like to thank everyone who came to the Town Hall Meeting at the East Meadow Library on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. They remarked that It was a great opportunity to answer questions and discuss residents concerns.


Pictured above is Jude Schanzer, Director of Public Relations and Programming at East Meadow Public Library, along with Legislator Ferretti and Legislator McKevitt.


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McDonough Announces Record Amount of Donations to 2018 Pet Food Drive

2018 Pet Food Drive

Assemblyman Dave McDonough [center back] joins members of Division Avenue High School’s Key Club, Club Advisor Joann Medina, Principal John Coscia and William Gonyou of Long Island Cares Inc. and the Harry Chapin Food Bank to collect food for needy local pets.


Assemblyman Dave McDonough recently announced a record number of donations to his annual community pet food drive. The drive is in cooperation with Long Island Cares and the Key Club of Division High School, who collected thousands of pounds of food themselves.


“I want to thank Division High School’s Key Club for their tremendous donation to our community and our needy pets,” McDonough said. “The outpouring of community response and engagement for this drive demonstrates the altruism and compassion of our neighbors, school groups, local families and small businesses, and I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s success. Pets bring so much joy and comfort to thousands of families on Long Island and seeing that they are fed and well taken care of is near and dear to my heart.”


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