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Senator Phillips Secures $100,000 for the Family & Children’s Association

Family & Childrens' AssociationContinuing her efforts to support programs and organizations that help Long Island’s children, families and seniors in need, Senator Phillips announced she has secured a $100,000 state grant for the Family and Children’s Association.


Family & Children’s Association (FCA) is a not-for-profit organization, which assists under-served and disadvantaged individuals through numerous services and programs including addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services, family education & support, children’s mental health services, adult & senior services and residential care programs.


“We are fortunate to have organizations such as the Family & Children’s Association in our region to help those in need with critical services including addiction, prevention, treatment, and recovery services, as well as family education support programs and mental health services,” said Senator Elaine Phillips. “I was proud to secure this funding, which will allow greater access to FCA for local residents in need. Thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds and the entire FCA staff for their commitment to aiding the local community.”


“FCA thanks Senator Phillips for her commitment to our organization’s mission”, said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA. Reynolds continued, “Many Long Islanders we serve often come to us in moments of crisis and despair, so having this funding will undoubtedly improve access to and offer more comfort within our main building, providing a more rewarding experience for our growing number of clientele. Furthermore, as we continue to expand as an organization, FCA employees will also benefit from these renovations.”


Senator Phillips recently visited the Mineola location and met with Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds to discuss FCA’s community involvement and future growth. The funding, which was secured through the State and Municipal Facilities Grant Program, will provide much needed renovations and improvements, including handicapped access upgrades to the Mineola headquarters.


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Imbroto Announces Free Musical Performances at Bethpage Jericho Locust Valley Libraries this October

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Louis Imbroto announced that the Distinguished Artists Concert Series will host multiple performances throughout the month of October 2018 at local libraries throughout the Town.


“The Distinguished Artists Concert Series provides free musical and dance programs for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Councilman Imbroto. “I encourage residents to take advantage of these wonderful performances offered by the Town for free at local libraries.”


Scheduled performances for October include:

  • Mambo Loco on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Locust Valley Library – playing the best of old-school Latin and Latin jazz.
  • Something Special Big Band on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Bethpage Library – one of the finest nostalgia/jazz swing bands in the New York-Long Island area.
  • The Hambones on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Jericho Library – a well-crafted mix of classic country/rockability and blues from the 50’s to today.
  • The Guthrie Brothers Scarborough Fair on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Locust Valley Library – a note-for-note performance of Simon & Garfunkel’s best-known songs presented with history and humor.


The Distinguished Artists Concert 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, please call (516) 797-7900 or visit


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Senate Majority Delegation Calls For MTA To Protect LIRR Riders From Fare Increase

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by the Senate Majority’s Long Island Delegation at a press conference at the Bethpage Train Station to announce their efforts to force the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to provide fare relief to the region’s long-suffering commuters. The focus of the press conference was the delegation’s joint call for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to put any proposed 2019 fare hike on hold through at least 2021 until it makes measurable improvements in service, equipment failures and delays.


To further protect commuters from facing even more disruptions due to the LIRR’s loss of any revenue, legislation sponsored by Senator Elaine Phillips (7th Senate District) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (3rd Assembly District), would create the “Long Island Commuter Relief Fund” which would provide a dedicated state fund that would provide operating money for the agency. This fund, which would consist of no less than sixty million dollars from yet-to-be allocated extraordinary monetary settlement funds, would be dedicated to the operating budget of the LIRR to ensure that LIRR riders are not forced to endure reduced service while simultaneously protecting fares at the current rates.


“Not a day goes by that I don’t hear from constituents frustrated with the MTA’s lack of reliability and service. Raising fares while service continues to falter is a misguided move and will only further hurt the thousands of commuters who are already facing the worst rail service in two decades. The MTA needs to start listening to the LIRR riders – and my colleagues and I are here to make sure those voices are heard. Any and all fare hike plans need to be scrapped until measurable improvements in service are made and there is better on-time performance and customer satisfaction,” stated Senator Phillips.


Currently, the MTA has scheduled an authority-wide four percent fare and toll increase that would take effect in March of 2019.


“The reality is that the Long Island Railroad has this year delivered what is measurably their worst performance year in the last twenty years, but still preparing to increase fares in spite of this poor service. To force commuters who have been asked to deal with cancelled trains and poor on-time performance to pay more is unconscionable, and we are joining together to say our residents deserve better. I thank my colleagues for joining this effort and calling on the MTA to do the right thing for our constituents,” stated Senator Flanagan.


The LIRR would be able to receive their share of this funding only if they are able to achieve an average on-time performance of ninety-four percent or better and increase their overall customer satisfaction score by at least five percent commencing with their next scheduled survey.


“Where I come from, delays, cancelations and derailments are not justification for a fare increase. The MTA and the LIRR should be exploring every option possible to reward their current customers and attract new daily riders. Absent that, my colleagues and I will take the necessary steps to hold the line on fares and keep the pressure on the MTA to put the needs of the commuter ahead of their bottom line,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino (5th Senate District).


Senator Ken LaValle (1st Senate District) said, “Long Islanders deserve reliable service with reasonable fares when they take the railroad. Instead, Long Island Rail Road customers have received historically poor service while paying a great deal to ride the trains. There should be no fare hike until the Railroad’s performance is measurably improved.”


“The MTA continues to make illogical attempts to drive up costs for commuters by proposing a 4% increase in the monthly LIRR commutation ticket,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District). “The MTA needs to ensure proper and reliable service before another dollar is taken from Long Island commuters. Despite significant unreliability, equipment failures and delays, they continue to place a tremendous burden on working Long Islanders.”


“Our commuting public deserves so much more that what they have been handed lately,” said Senator Phil Boyle (4th Senate District). “We can do better by Long Island commuters and it needs to start now by eliminating this rate increase and work on corrective measures to repair the multiple ills of the LIRR.”


The delegation, again led by Senator Phillips, has established a petition drive that enables their constituents to voice their disgust that the LIRR would increase fares while they continue to suffer from delays and cancelled trains.


Any residents or commuter who would like to join the call for the MTA to provide riders with better service before considering fare increases is urged to visit the websites of the Long Island Senate Majority Members to add their voice to this effort. The members can be reached by visiting and clicking on the Senators and Committees link.


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Dunne, Town Board Pass Legislation Requiring Signage at Businesses Selling Vape Products

The Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed legislation, proposed by Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, that requires businesses that sell electronic aerosol delivery systems, commonly known as vapes and e-cigarettes, to post large signage that would alert consumers that these products contain dangerous chemicals.


This new legislation, which creates subsection D of Chapter 121-4 of the Town Code, is part of a multi-prong approach, led by Councilman Dunne, to address concerns about e-cigarette/vape use in teens.


“I began a task force earlier this year to address the issue of vaping and one of the concerns I have heard consistently, is that the teens who are using vape products have no idea that they contain nicotine, which is addictive,” said Dunne. “This legislation is designed to correct this misapprehension that vaping is not hazardous to your health.”


E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.


Dunne noted that just last week the FDA warned electronic cigarette makers that they need to find a way to keep these products out of the hands of kids, declaring teenage use of electronic cigarettes “an epidemic.”


Dunne’s task force consists of various entities, including school officials and counseling facilities. Many of the discussions have focused on ways in which to address the problem of young people using vape products and that many of those using the product are unaware of the dangers partially as a result of the flavors which are more appealing to them.


“I am proud to have worked with Councilman Dunne on many of these initiatives to address this frightening new trend,” said King Sweeney. “Public awareness has significantly decreased the use of traditional cigarettes and I am confident that this new legislation will help achieve that same goal with e-cigarettes.”


Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. E-cigarette or “Vape” companies intentionally market products that are attractive to young people by having fun flavors and making them appear like a flash drive or pen that can easily be hidden from parents and school officials. Many students do not even realize that the products they are using contain nicotine. The products can even be easily purchased by kids online. These products are also being used to smoke illegal substances such as marijuana. Just this week a new study was released which found that 1 in 11 students have used marijuana in electronic cigarette.


In December 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” that made a number of important conclusions and findings about the use of e-cigarettes among youth. These included that the flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the main reasons youth use them, e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and that e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. In initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 different cartridges. Early studies have also revealed that when propylene glycol or glycerin are heated and vaporized, they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. The Surgeon General concluded that e-cigarette use among youth is now a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes.


The legislation will mandate that retail stores that carry the electronic aerosol delivery systems have a conspicuous sign that would say, “’WARNING: VAPE PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL’ – U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘VAPING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’- U.S. Surgeon General, Posted by order of the Town of Hempstead Town Board.”


“My sincerest hope is that once these kids see, in black and white, that these products are dangerous to their health, they will think twice before purchasing them,” concluded Dunne.


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Senator Phillips Secures $250,000 Grant For The Village Of New Hyde Park

Village Of New Hyde ParkSenator Elaine Phillips announced she has secured a $250,000 State and Municipal Facilities Program Grant for the Village of New Hyde Park. The funding will be used for renovations at the Village Hall and improvements to municipal parking.


“Providing our municipalities with the means to better serve local residents is important and I was pleased to work with Mayor Montreuil to identify specific needs of the village,” said Senator Phillips. “This funding will allow New Hyde Park to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the village hall, including an HVAC system overhaul, without passing the costs onto local taxpayers. Additionally, improvements to municipal parking will make it easier for residents to shop village businesses which in turn benefits the local economy.”


The village offices have been housed at the 1420 Jericho Turnpike location since 1932 and the planned renovations mark the first major revamp of what was once an old school building.


“The Village of New Hyde Park greatly appreciates this timely grant from Senator Phillips. These funds will allow us to make badly needed repairs and renovations to our aging village hall. Additionally, they will enable us to significantly improve municipal parking to help revitalize our shopping district,” said Mayor Lawrence J. Montreuil. This $250,000 grant Senator Phillips provided is on top of other funding streams for New Hyde Park where Senator Phillips played a pivotal role in our negotiations to obtain $837,000 in road work, funding for a new Department of Public Works facility and a $5 million grant to kick off the transit oriented development of our industrial zone adjacent to the LIRR. These projects, which will have profound positive impacts on our village would not have been possible without the support of Senator Elaine Phillips.”


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Hand Invites Artists to Display Work at Rotational Exhibits

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Thomas P. Hand invites residents to participate in the Town’s 45th Annual Rotational Art Exhibit Program, which will take place throughout 2019. The program allows local artists to display their work in local libraries, banks, government offices and local businesses on a monthly “rotational” basis.


“Through this program, local businesses around the Town get the opportunity to join in supporting local artists, while providing patrons with the pleasure of viewing artwork in a setting they normally wouldn’t. This integration ultimately benefits both sectors and helps spread a passion for the arts,” Councilman Hand said. “This program not only features the diverse works of new artists, but also some of the most accomplished artists from the area.”


The Town of Oyster Bay is currently looking for new artists and businesses to participate in the 2019 program. The Rotational Art Exhibit Program allows local businesses a unique opportunity to position themselves at the intersection of industry and art. The program is free for both artists and businesses. The deadline for artist applicants who wish to be considered for the program is October 17. The deadline for venues who wish to display artwork on a rotational basis is October 31.


For more information, including a copy of the program application, visit the Town’s website,, or call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services at (516) 797-7932.


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Saladino, Johnson Seed Oyster Bay Harbor with One Million Clam Seeds

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson joined with volunteers from the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA) in seeding Oyster Bay Harbor with one million clam seeds.


“Oyster Bay Harbor is one of the crown jewels of Oyster Bay, and I’m proud to say that under my administration we are now doing more than ever before to improve its water quality,” said Supervisor Saladino. “This clam seeding initiative improves water quality, bolsters the local economy and improves the resiliency of our coastal communities by restoring shellfish populations to the harbor.”


Councilwoman Johnson noted that shellfish filter up to 50 gallons of water a day through their feeding process, so the preservation of Oyster Bay Harbor’s water quality through the repopulation of shellfish is an important component of making the water cleaner for swimming, fishing, boating, and all life in the Harbor.


“I am proud to be a part of such a great environmental initiative that will preserve the quality, resiliency, and natural beauty of our local waterways for generations to come,” Councilwoman Johnson said.


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Clavin Announces Supply Drive for Hurricane Florence Victims

As victims of Hurricane Florence brace for the devastating storm that is sweeping through the Carolinas other mid-Atlantic communities, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced that he and his staff at the Hempstead Town Tax Office collecting important supplies and necessities to assist them in the recovery.


“Countless Long Islanders, some of them who work in my office, have the unfortunate personal experience of recovering from Superstorm Sandy more than 6 years ago,” Clavin said. “So many people came to our township from across the country to help Sandy victims, and we want to do our part by lending helping hand to our neighbors living along the mid-Atlantic coast who are recovering from Hurricane Florence.”


Hurricane Florence pounded coastal communities of North and South Carolina, as well as neighboring Mid-Atlantic States, generating deadly storm surges of up to 13 feet and torrential rainfall. Thousands are without power and many lost their homes or suffered serious damage from the catastrophic floods and damaging winds.


“Supplies that may seem simple, everyday items are in demand for victims of Hurricane Florence,” Clavin said. “Items such as baby wipes and bottled water can make a difference for people who are trying to pick up the pieces after this catastrophic storm.”


Accepted items that can be donated are the following:

  • Bottled Water
  • Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Diapers/Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • First Aid Kits
  • Baby Formula
  • Garbage Bags
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Work Gloves/Safety Glasses
  • Extension Cords

A collection box will be stationed in the lobby of the Hempstead Town Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead). Collections will be accepted during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 4:45 p.m.)


“Hempstead Town’s residents always step up to help others,” Clavin said. “If you would like to donate supplies to Florence victims, come on down to the tax office and drop it off in our collection bin.”


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Saladino Announces Upcoming Ice Skating Sessions

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced changes to the scheduled ice sessions at the Town’s Ice Skating Center, located at 1001 Stewart Avenue, in Bethpage, ahead of the upcoming Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 seasons.


“The Town’s Bethpage Ice Skating Center is a hugely popular destination for residents and ice skating enthusiast,” Supervisor Saladino said. “As the days get shorter and the cold weather approaches, the hours at the Ice Skating Center will change accordingly, and I urge residents who wish to take advantage of public skate sessions, freestyle sessions, or even our hockey program to take note so as not to miss out on some excellent time on ice.”


Scheduled ice sessions will take place as follows, effective immediately:

Public Skating Sessions– Mondays & Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-12pm, Fridays 4pm-6pm and 7pm-9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-3pm and 3:30pm-5:30pm


Freestyle Sessions- Mondays 6:15am-8:30am, 3pm-3:45pm and 6pm-6:45pm, Tuesdays 3pm-3:45pm, Wednesdays 6:15am-8:30am (plus 10:30am-12pm only until (12/19/18), Thursdays 6:15 am-8:30am and 3:30pm-4:15pm, Fridays 6:15am-830am and 6:15pm-7pm, Saturdays 10:40am-11:25am, 11:25am-11:50am (Future Champion Clinic), Sundays 11:45am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-12:45pm (Future Champion Stroking)


Lunch Hockey Sessions (Ages 18+)- Mondays and Wednesdays 12:15pm-2:30pm


Future Rangers (10 & under)- Thursdays 5:45pm-6:50pm


Adult Hockey Skills/Instructional Clinic (Ages 18+)- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 8:40 am-9:50am


Adult Pick-Up Hockey (Ages 18+)- Mondays 9:30pm-11pm


The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center will be closed on November 22nd (Thanksgiving), December 25th (Christmas) and April 21st (Easter Day). For more information about the Town Ice Rink, including fees for skate rentals and sessions, visit the Town of Oyster Bay website at or call 516-433-RINK (7465).


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Saladino, Hand, & Pravato Announce Hurricane Florence Supply Drive

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Thomas Hand and Massapequa Park Village Mayor Jeffrey Pravato announced recently that the Town and Village are collecting food and supplies to support the urgent relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.


“Hurricane Florence is forcing thousands of people to seek food and temporary shelter, as the storm continues to deliver unprecedented amounts of rain and high winds,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Just as residents throughout the nation supported us during Superstorm Sandy, we will come to their aide in this time of need. Donate today!”


Residents may drop off relief items beginning Tuesday, September 18th, at the following locations, during normal business hours, where residents will find collection boxes:

  • Oyster Bay Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay
  • Oyster Bay Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa
  • Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 S. Broadway, Hicksville
  • Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage
  • Massapequa Park Village Hall, 151 Front St., Massapequa Park


Councilman Hand stated, “Town of Oyster Bay residents know first-hand the devastating impact Mother Nature can deliver and this storm presents another chance for us to help give back to the many people and agencies who came to our aid following Superstorm Sandy.”


Mayor Pravato added, “Let us unite together in this time of crisis and help our fellow Americans in need of assistance. I urge residents to donate what they can today at Village Hall or Town facilities. Together, we will help our citizens rebuild and recover from Hurricane Florence.”


Of particular need are nonperishable, ready-to-eat food items, cleaning supplies and toiletries such as personal hygiene items like deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. No clothing items will be accepted.


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