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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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NY State Senator Carl L. Marcellino Secures $750,000 in NYS Funds to Support LIU College of Veterinary Medicine

LIU College of Veterinary MedicineNew York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino presented a $750,000 check to Long Island University on Saturday to help build the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine. The presentation took place at the 2018 Inaugural LIU Classic Polo Match and Lawn Party at the Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury.


“We are grateful to Senator Marcellino for his hard work to secure funding to help build this transformative project,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline. “We continue to be heartened by the strong community support for building our region’s first College of Veterinary Medicine.”


More than 400 people attended the event which was held to support the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as LIU’s important equestrian and veterinary programs.


Currently, there are only 30 schools of veterinary medicine in the United States and just three are in the Northeast. None of these are located in the New York metropolitan area.


“I was happy to be able to procure this grant for this a transformative project, that will be a great source of economic activity and research, right here on Long Island,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino


This fall, LIU Post launched a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology program, the first one on Long Island. In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $12 million grant to help build the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the state’s $72 million investment to support transformative life sciences initiatives on Long Island.


About Long Island University (LIU)


LIU is a comprehensive teaching and research university. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty. LIU offers hundreds of accredited programs to approximately 16,000 students, with a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit for more information.


Pictured above is State Senator Carl L. Marcellino as he presents a check to LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline alongside North Shore Equestrian Center Owner Gerry Chasin and members of the LIU equestrian team.


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Liberty Medal & Hometown Hero Award for Buy Buy Baby Worker Who Revives Unresponsive Infant

When the right person is in the right place at the right time, it can mean the difference between life and death. For a family that was shopping at Buy Buy Baby in Garden City on September 6, 2018, Katherine Falco, an employee at the popular retailer for infants and children, was the person who made a life-saving difference for an unresponsive infant. At an awards presentation for the “hometown hero” were Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senator Elaine Phillips, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Assemblyman Ed Ra, as well as family, proud co-workers and representatives from Buy Buy Baby.


“Today we salute a true ‘hometown hero,’” announced Clavin as he presented the town’s first-ever “hometown hero” award to Falco. “As a result of her quick actions, a beautiful infant is alive today.”


“Kathy is the veritable embodiment of the term ‘angelic,’” said Blakeman. “And, happily, a family that was facing a ‘life or death’ crisis was touched by an angel in the form of Katherine Falco.”


Falco, a retired registered nurse, was working as a part-time sales associate at Buy Buy Baby on Thursday, September 6th, when a customer yelled out, “Is there a doctor, does anyone know CPR?” Immediately, the good Samaritan and hero sprang into action, announcing that she did know CPR as she hurried through the store to the distressed mother of the newborn. As soon as Falco saw the baby, who was not breathing, unresponsive and turning blue, she advised the family to place the baby on the floor and to gently tilt his head back. The retired nurse began “rescue breathing” into the baby’s nose and mouth while also instructing bystanders to call 911. After administering the “rescue breathing,” the infant became responsive and began to cry.


Senator Elaine Phillips also celebrated Falco’s actions, announcing that she has submitted the retired nurse’s name to state officials so that Falco may be presented with the Liberty Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian New Yorker can receive.


“When I think of the type of person for whom the Liberty Medal was created, I think of heroes just like Katherine Falco,” said Phillips. “She is an ordinary neighbor who took extraordinary action in order to save the life of a beautiful infant.”


“I am proud to join with Receiver Don Clavin and Senator Phillips to recognize a wonderful friend and neighbor who also happens to be a genuine life-saver,” said Ra.


Falco was also surrounded by friends, family and co-workers at the ceremony in her honor. Since the incident occurred, co-workers at the retail store where Falco works have been talking about the hero in their midst.


“Kathy Falco is a great employee, always giving her best effort at our store and truly eager to help customers,” stated Jim Mahoney, manager at the Garden City store. “It really makes the entire Buy Buy Baby family very proud to know that one of our co-workers actually saved an infant’s life.”


As she graciously accepted awards, citations and accolades from officials and other attendees, Falco said that she felt blessed to have been able to make a positive difference for a family that was in crisis and a baby who was facing tragedy.


“I am so proud that Kathy Falco is a resident of Hempstead Town,” concluded Clavin. “I can think of no better recipient of the inaugural ‘hometown hero’ award than Katherine Falco.”


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Senator Phillips, Colleagues Hear from Local Stakeholders on Flaws in New York’s MWBE Program

MWBEState Senator Elaine Phillips recently hosted a hearing in Mineola to gather feedback from business owners, industry leaders and other stakeholders on ways to improve New York’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program.


The discussion followed similar hearings held this summer in Albany, Watertown and Binghamton, where over a dozen individuals provided testimony detailing many of problems they have encountered with the MWBE certification program, including participation thresholds, the lengthy certification process, project delays, as well as forcing businesses to hire contractors outside the area.


“While the MWBE program is a very well-intentioned program that I believe has the potential to help our businesses and entrepreneurs thrive here on Long Island, we are learning of recurring themes how the program is causing significant hurdles for those local business interested in participating”, said Senator Phillips.


Representatives from the General Contractors Association of NY, the Long Island Contractor’s Association, the Association of General Contractors of NYS, the Women’s Builder’s Council, the NYS Sustainable Corporation as well as a number of local businesses and interest groups participated in the hearing.


“We heard from numerous individuals and businesses on how requirements of the program have caused project costs to rise, be delayed, and, in many cases, forced local businesses to hire contractors and workers from areas outside of Long Island. Our local businesses are already overregulated and we need to find ways to better reduce the amount of unfunded mandates so we can find more efficient and effective ways of producing local jobs,” said Senator Phillips.


Senator Phillips said another hearing hosted by the Senate will be held in October in New York City.


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Senator Phillips Secures $100,000 for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer’s Outreach Program

Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast CancerContinuing her efforts to support women’s healthcare services on Long Island, Senator Elaine Phillips announced that she has secured $100,000 for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC). The funding will be used by its Outreach Program for educational programming on breast cancer awareness, prevention and women’s wellness, as well as targeted support services to help women and their families as they fight and recover from cancer.


Senator Phillips recently met with members of the coalition to discuss some of the organization’s programs and initiatives for cancer services that will help improve the lives of Long Island women.


“Roughly 1 in 8 women in our country will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and here on Long Island, cancer rates are unfortunately higher than average. Our region is fortunate to have the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer and its unique Outreach Program serving those in need in our local community,” said Senator Phillips. “Early detection is paramount and when found early enough, breast cancer is highly treatable. Next month is National Breast Cancer month and this vital funding will jumpstart MWCABC’s annual efforts to raise funding for research advocacy, educational outreach and services to those with breast cancer and related diseases.”


“There are not enough words to convey our sincere appreciation for this grant awarded to the MWCABC Outreach Program through the efforts of Senator Phillips,” said Lori Kearns, VP Outreach. “It will allow us to continue with our mission to empower our community by providing assistance and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer and their families through outreach, education and support services. Thank you again, Senator Phillips, on behalf of all connected to Outreach, especially myself and my co-chairs, Sabine Hairabedian, Lynn Minutillo and Dorothy Forte, for standing up for women’s health initiatives!”


The funding is part of a resolution passed earlier this year by the New York State Senate to support a range of community-based investments in cancer prevention and treatment, maternal health initiatives, help for new mothers with substance abuse problems, and other programs to improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being.


The Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer is an all-volunteer, charitable organization founded to unite the women of Manhasset in the fight against breast cancer. For further information visit:


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Senate Bill Preserving Crucial Benefits For 9/11 Responders Becomes Law

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that a measure to preserve benefits for heroes who sacrificed their health and well-being during the September 11 terrorist attack response was signed into law. The legislation, which Senator Phillips supported, extends the ability for participants injured in World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or clean-up operations to claim workers’ compensation benefits.


“The first responders of 9/11 deserve any assistance they need in obtaining the benefits which they deserve and are entitled to receive,” said Senator Phillips. “This legislation extends the claim period, allows denied applications to be reconsidered by the Workers Compensation Board and extends the period for those still needing to file a notice of participation.”


Initially, individuals who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or clean-up operations had until September 11, 2010, to file the required Notice of Participation and become eligible for workers’ compensation. This is the third extension of the deadline to enable fair treatment of those who are still getting diagnosed and coping with WTC-related illnesses. The new law also gives individuals who applied and were denied benefits between September 11, 2015 and September 11, 2017, the opportunity to have their claims reconsidered.


In addition to several bills which were passed to enhance benefits and acknowledge the contributions made by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, police officers, firefighters, and other first responders, legislation was signed into law to create a new special license plate commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The surcharge collected for the plate will be deposited into the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, which provides access to a college education for children, spouses, and financial dependents of innocent victims who died or were severely and permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.\


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Town of Oyster Bay Issues Hurricane Safety Guide

Hurricane Season Runs From June 1 to November 30


Click here to download the Hurricane Preparedness Guide.


A Message from Town Supervisor JOSEPH SALADINO


The devastating effects of recent weather-related disasters around the world, and the focus on issues relating to homeland security, have only underscored the importance of being prepared locally for any event that may disrupt our lives. It only takes one event, such as a severe storm, to devastate a community. We cannot afford to be complacent.


Disaster planning is everyone’s business. Please take time to prepare, plan and stay informed. The only real defense during an emergency is the informed readiness of our communities and our families.


The Town of Oyster Bay has installed an emergency notification system (SwiftReach or Swift 911) that enables the Town to call thousands of resident per minute to convey vital emergency information, These messages, which can be sent by telephone, e-mail, text or pager, are part of my commitment to use modern technology to protect the health, safety and welfare of our neighbors. Please follow the instructions set forth below to become our partner in public safety and emergency management.


You can sign up for Swift 911 by going to our website at and following the links in order to provide us with your contact information. You can also call us at (516) 677-5350 and request the form to be filled out by you and returned to the Town in order to add your contact information to the Town’s emergency contact system.


There is no substitute for being prepared. You can download a copy of our new Hurricane & Storm preparedness safety guide containing vital information to help keep you prepared for emergencies. Please read it carefully and keep it handy for quick reference.


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Receiver Stefanich Announces 2018 General Tax Collection Now Closed

Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich wishes to notify town residents that the 2018 General Tax Collection Warrant has been closed, and all related records have been turned over to the Nassau County Treasurer.


The original warrant specified that $587,255,080.63 was to be collected to support Nassau County, Town of Oyster Bay, and special tax districts. Assessment reductions and tax cancellations amounted to $89,153.38 (0.015%). Nassau County’s portion was $278,499,350.36 (47%). The Town of Oyster Bay’s portion was $114,350,783.22 (20%), and the special tax district’s portion was $184,249,606.97 (32%).


A list of delinquent property payments was reported to the County Treasurer, amounting to $10,066,186.50 (1.7%).


Receiver Stefanich noted that property owners with delinquent taxes would be contacted by the Nassau County Treasurer’s office. Owners will be receiving letters specifying taxes owed along with applicable penalties and late payment fees.


The 2018-2019 School Tax levy bill printing will commence on October 1st, and mailing will start in early October. Receiver Stefanich asks property owners to be patient when calling the Tax Office for information on property taxes due to the usual high volume of calls received at the beginning of a new tax collection. Residents are requested to have the school district, section, block and lot numbers of the property in question available. This information is listed on the tax bill and on the property deed.


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