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Senator Hannon Leads Bipartisan Push to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

Legislators Are Joined by Advocates to Ensure Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors are Strengthened

 

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon recently led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors. Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.

 

Senator Hannon said, “This package of legislation aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault builds upon new laws the Senate championed over the last few years to provide funding and make sure New York State is testing all rape kits. This package of bills makes sure survivors rights are clearly spelled out, unreported kits are maintained according to federal best practices, all victims have access to specially trained sexual assault providers, and that hospitals are not inappropriately charging survivors.”

 

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said, “Compassion must always be paramount in the law enforcement response to sexual assault victims; it’s the right thing to do and it will help to lock up dangerous criminals. Mandating the quick processing of rape kits, which we did in 2016, was just the first step and helping sexual assault victims through the difficult process of evidence collection is the necessary second step. Legislation that I’ve sponsored – A8401 – would do just that. Victims must be informed of their rights, they must have access to information about the status of evidence analysis and untested rape kits must never be destroyed prematurely. This is common decency and common sense.”

 

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried said, “Victims of sexual assault, dealing with the trauma of a violent crime, should never face the additional burden of a hospital billing for forensic exams. Some hospitals have been billing victims despite Federal law designed to prevent this. Our legislation will ensure that no victim will be burdened by a hospital bill for a rape kit.”

 

The bills, (S6428A), (S6947A) and (S6964A), focus on creating a Survivor’s Bill of Rights, maintaining unreported rape kits for 20 years, creating a rape kit tracking system, establishing a sexual assault forensic examination (S.A.F.E.) telemedicine pilot program and ensuring victims are never billed for exams.

 

Amanda Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Rise, said, “Currently in New York State, rape kits can be destroyed after 30 days. The DNA evidence in a rape kit is both crucial for survivors seeking justice and exonerating the innocent. We are hopeful the state of New York will pass this legation to meet the federal standard – ensuring rape kits will be preserved for 20 years for the 6.6 million survivors in New York.”

 

Nancy Harris, Nurse Practitioner and Manager Forensic Nurse Program for St. Peter’s Health Partners, said, “All patients/victims of a sexual assault deserve to be provided comprehensive care and appropriate treatment, but many facilities lack the professional training of a sexual assault provider. With a S.A.F.E. pilot program, we can assist the provider through the process and allow the patient timely care, treatment, and follow up while following the national standards.”

 

These measures currently before the houses are necessary to ensure sexual assault survivors in New York get the best treatment possible and are not re-victimized by the system.

 

Visit Senator Hannon’s webpage

March 18: Nassau Polar Plunge Supporting Cerebral Palsy

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson announce that residents looking for an opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating afternoon of fun and a chance to support a great cause should circle Sunday, March 18th, on their calendar in anticipation of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Inc. (CP Nassau) 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. The highly-anticipated benefit fundraiser features hearty and caring participants, affectionately known as “Polar Bears,” taking the plunge in the chilly waters off of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina in Oyster Bay. The festivities kick off at 1 pm with the polar bears taking the plunge at 2 pm.

 

Supervisor Joseph Saladino stated, “The Polar Bear Plunge is a unique charity event, and the Town of Oyster Bay is delighted to host the plunge at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina. Residents are welcome to participate, have fun and plunge into the cold while warming their heart through this charitable fundraising event.”

 

The day’s festivities will include music, complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot dogs, soup from local Oyster Bay establishments, raffles and other surprises. An indoor assembly area will also be available for the event, which will be held rain, snow or shine. The day’s proceedings will benefit the more than 1,500 children and adults with disabilities who participate in programs and receive services through CP Nassau, which has been assisting individuals with disabilities since 1948.

 

Councilwoman Michele Johnson stated, “This great program features brave souls taking the plunge into Oyster Bay Harbor to raise money for CP Nassau and its many outstanding programs and services. I invite all young people, families and senior citizens to join us on March 18th.”

 

For more information, visit http://cpnassau2018polarbearplunge.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1176980 or call (516) 377-2064.

 

About CP Nassau:

An independent, not-for-profit health agency, CP Nassau, has endeavored to improve the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and others with developmental disabilities and multiple service needs. The organization also seeks to prevent cerebral palsy and minimize its effects. visit www.cpnassau.org for more information.

 

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Senator Phillips Joins Senate Majority To Unveil Broad-Based ‘Jobs And Opportunity Agenda’

Plan aims to make state more competitive and business-friendly,
improve job creation and cut red tape on regulations

 

Jobs And Opportunity AgendaSenator Elaine Phillips recently joined with the Senate Majority to unveil a broad-based “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda” designed to help New York become more competitive, improve job creation, and make the state more business-friendly. The Senate plan will save small businesses more than $1.1 billion in taxes, cut red tape, reduce regulatory burdens, invest in workforce development, and strengthen New York’s economic development programs.

 

“On Long Island, and across New York, one of our strengths has always been the high-quality education, skills and training of our workforce,” Senator Phillips said. “Right now, we are facing a jobs cliff, where older residents are leaving the workforce faster than we can replace them. By implementing initiatives such as academic credit to encourage students to get real-world job experience, job placement for our veterans and enhancing the Labor Department’s outreach, we are creating better opportunities for our economy and state.”

 

The Senate has advanced a three-pronged “Blueprint for a Stronger New York” that focuses on making the state less costly and more attractive for hardworking New Yorkers. When combined together, the Blueprint’s Affordability, Opportunity, and Security agendas will comprise a powerful and comprehensive plan to give all New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed.

 

Today’s announcement details the second part: a Jobs and Opportunity Agenda that focuses on comprehensive tax, regulatory, and economic development reforms that will help make New York more competitive and foster job growth. The Jobs and Opportunity Agenda includes:

 

Cutting Taxes on Small Businesses

To help New York’s vitally important small businesses succeed, our plan includes lower business, property, energy, and income taxes. It builds upon existing Senate tax reduction successes, including the $23 billion in savings by enacting a property tax cap and keeping state spending at two percent the past seven years. Both of these initiatives are proposed to be made permanent in the Senate Majority’s plan. It also continues to support the implementation of the middle-class income tax cuts that is bringing $4.2 billion in relief to tens of thousands of small businesses. Additional tax-cutting initiatives amounting to more than $1.1 billion in new savings include:

  • New Tax Cuts for Businesses – $495 million: Reduce the amount small businesses and farms must pay in taxes by increasing the corporate tax threshold from $390,000 to $500,000 and lowering the rate to 2.5 percent. The proposal also expands the small business exemption to all businesses filing the personal income tax regardless of whether they have employees, increases the threshold to $500,000, increases the exemption to 15 percent, and increases the exemption to 20 percent for farmers.
  • Create STAR for Small Businesses – $275 million: Allow real property owned by a small business (100 or less employees) to be eligible for the STAR property tax savings program.
  • Reduce Energy Taxes – $280 million: Eliminate the two-percent Gross Receipts Tax on utility bills, resulting in $190 million in savings. Energy tax cuts would also expand upon the savings achieved when the Senate Majority phased out the onerous 18-A energy tax surcharge enacted by New York City Democrats several years ago. Now that the surcharge has been eliminated, the Senate Majority’s Blueprint would go even further by eliminating the base, underlying 18-A assessment tax and have the $90 million in savings come from the state’s general fund.
  • Tax Relief to Boost Manufacturing – $90 million: This legislation would extend the zero percent Corporate Franchise Tax parity to all manufacturers in New York regardless of how they are organized. Currently, only approximately 25 percent of manufacturers – those organized as C corps – can receive the zero percent rate on business income.
  • Tax Relief to Boost Manufacturing – $90 million: This legislation would extend the zero percent Corporate Franchise Tax parity to all manufacturers in New York regardless of how they are organized. Currently, only approximately 25 percent of manufacturers – those organized as C corps – can receive the zero percent rate on business income.

 

Strengthening the State’s Economic Development Programs

Several of New York’s economic development programs and strategies are not producing the results that taxpayers expect and lack the transparency needed to help the state be more fair and competitive. The Senate will propose:

  • Shut down START-UP and redirect advertising funding to support more effective economic development initiatives: The Governor’s START-UP program has failed to produce the job-creating results that were promised. The Senate will propose to stop the state from accepting new applications for the program at the end of 2018. In addition, the Senate will redirect the $44.5 million in advertising money included in the 2018-2019 Executive Budget and support more effective economic development programs.
  • Improve Transparency with a Database of Deals: Ensure greater transparency and accountability in state contracting by creating a searchable database of all state subsidy and economic development benefits so that individuals, businesses, and public officials can monitor how taxpayer dollars are spent.
  • Promote Additional Oversight: Create an Independent Oversight Panel for all large public work projects and state procurements of $50 million or more.

 

Cutting Red Tape and Overregulation

Businesses consistently cite New York’s overly burdensome regulatory practices as a major factor that hinders job creation and economic growth. The Senate’s agenda includes a Streamlining for Success package that will reduce unnecessary red tape, improve our regulatory practices, and give more New York businesses the opportunity to succeed. It includes:

  • Prevent Regulatory Steamrolling: Curtail state agency overuse of the emergency regulation process to ensure it is only used in true emergency situations when necessary to protect public health and safety. In addition, the Senate proposes allowing the Administrative Regulations Review Commission to examine an issue and vote on a 90-day delay prior to the adoption of proposed administrative rules. This will help when businesses raise concerns about possible rulemaking inconsistencies with statutory authority or legislative intent, or could potentially burden taxpayers or local governments.
  • Improve the State Rulemaking Process: Reform the regulatory, licensing, and permitting processes to make them easier to understand, more responsive to businesses’ concerns, increase transparency, improve consistency, and reduce overly burdensome or unnecessary requirements.
  • Remove Speedbumps to Development: Create a new statutory “Fast-Track” process for economic development projects.
  • Advocate for Small Businesses: Make the state an advocate, not an adversary, by creating a small business liaison to help start-ups navigate the state agency bureaucracy. The advocate would hear concerns, advocate within an agency on behalf of small businesses, and increase education of and outreach to entrepreneurs.

 

Making New York a Leader in Job Training

Far too many businesses across our state are finding it difficult to locate and hire skilled, trained workers for positions that are available. The Senate’s plan includes a Gateway to Opportunity package that includes major funding and smart reforms to help make New York a national leader in workforce development. Initiatives include:

  • Connect Veterans with Jobs: Create a Veterans Career Assistance Program within the SUNY and CUNY system to assist veterans with resume writing and employment placement services. Another measure would allow the rewarding of high school diplomas based upon military experience to any veteran who has served in active duty and was honorably discharged but was unable to complete their schooling.
  • Strengthen In-School Training Programs: Expand and make permanent the P-Tech School Programs that prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. The Senate would also increase resources for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • Promote Practical Skills and Experiences: Allow academic credit for high school students who participate in internships and other practical experiences. The Senate also proposes that schools work to encourage participation in apprenticeships.
  • Equip College Students: Require SUNY and CUNY Board of Trustees to establish a grant program for community colleges to develop or improve training and workforce development programs to prepare the unemployed for jobs in the surrounding regions.
  • Use Better Metrics: Enhance outreach, education, and reporting by the state Department of Labor on employment and training programs.

 

The Senate Majority Record

The Senate Majority has been responsible for the enactment of 85 tax cuts over the past seven years, saving taxpayers $12 billion to date. This includes the lowest middle-class tax rates since 1948, the lowest manufacturing rates since 1917, the lowest corporate rates since 1968, a property tax cap for homeowners, and many more.

 

The Blueprint for a Stronger New York will include these and other measures to build on that successful record and provide a sensible approach to lowering taxes and creating better opportunities for all New Yorkers during the 2018 session and upcoming budget negotiations.

 

Visit Senator Phillips’ webpage

 

Montesano: LIRR Construction in Westbury at the End of February

Assemblyman Michael Montesano announced that the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will be closing down the Urban Avenue grade crossing in Westbury from Friday, February 23 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, February 24 at 11:30 p.m. During this time, a new concrete grade crossing will be installed with temporary paving until permanent repaving can be done at a later date. The MTA Police Department will be present to help direct traffic and the MTA apologizes for any construction related noise that might disturb residents

 

“With the enormous amount of frustration the LIRR has caused for Long Islanders in the past few months, it is good to see that improvements are being made,” said Montesano. “I hope the MTA will continue to update its systems to make riding the LIRR more pleasurable and less hectic for commuters.”

 

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Town of Oyster Bay to Host Ice Hockey All-Star Invitational

Free Admission to Special Event Featuring Middle School, JV and Varsity Players Slated for Saturday March 10th

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Joseph Muscarella announce an All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational will take place on Saturday, March 10th at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage. The Invitational is comprised of three games and the participants will include the most accomplished players from the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. The event will begin with the Middle School All-Star Game at 5:30 p.m. The Junior Varsity takes the ice at 7:15 p.m., followed by the Varsity at 9:00 p.m.

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational showcases players ascending through the ranks, including those seeking to one day further their educations through athletics,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “This invitational is an exciting opportunity for these young athletes and the culmination of a season of hard work and dedication. Players feel a tremendous sense of pride wearing the jersey of an All-Star and skating alongside teammates and opponents who have been similarly honored.”

 

Tony DeMayo, President of the High School Hockey League of Nassau County, said the players really enjoy competing in the All-Star Invitational. “Playing in this game is the culmination of years of dedication to the sport and it is great to see the participants honored in this way,” DeMayo said. “It’s always a pleasure to work with the Town of Oyster Bay, because they share our commitment to foster and promote, honesty, integrity, good sportsmanship, good fellowship, self-discipline, fairness, self-reliance, teamwork, self-confidence, leadership skills, and positive decision making through the sport of ice hockey.”

 

Admission is free. Residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest as part of ‘Hockey Fights Hunger.’

 

Councilman Joseph Muscarella added, “The Town of Oyster Bay is looking forward to hosting these high level hockey contests. We are proud of these outstanding young hockey players and take pride in hosting this invitational at our outstanding rink, which serves as a perfect venue for these hockey contests. The Ice Skating Center has been named the best on Long Island for years and players get excited about playing here.”

 

For more information about the All-Star Ice Hockey Invitational, please contact the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at 516-433-RINK or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Senator Phillips Joins Local Volunteer Firefighters to Support Volunteer Ambulance Services

Volunteer Ambulance ServiceSenator Elaine Phillips today joined with members of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the New York Association of Fire Chiefs and local volunteer firefighters to support legislation that would allow volunteer fire departments that provide emergency medical services to charge for ambulance transports at no cost to the taxpayers.

 

“Volunteer fire departments are the backbone of our community and a crucial part of Long Island’s culture,” Senator Elaine Phillips said. “This common-sense legislation that would allow fire departments that provide emergency medical services to recover transportation costs is a simple solution to help the brave men and women who protect us each and every day. They do not deny our call for help, so let’s not deny theirs.”

 

The bill (S363A), which Senator Phillips is sponsoring, would allow fire departments to charge for emergency medical ambulance transportation provided to residents in need. The measure will add no additional costs to taxpayers.

 

This measure will provide much-needed financial assistance to many of the state’s departments, and the cost recovery will ensure that ambulances are properly staffed 24/7/365, while also likely yielding improved response times.

 

Every other emergency medical provider that offers ambulance service in New York, including police departments, ambulance departments, volunteer ambulance corps and for-profit providers, can charge for their transport service.

 

The measure is currently pending in the Senate Committee on Local Government.

 

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Assemblyman Curran Proposes Reforms In ‘The People’s House’

Assemblyman Brian Curran and members of the Assembly Minority Conference put forth a comprehensive rules reform package to increase transparency in the Assembly, institute term limits for leadership and allow good legislation to come to the floor for a vote more frequently.

 

“Today, my colleagues and I proposed a number of reforms that would improve the manner in which we operate, thereby serving the people of Nassau County and all of New York better,” said Curran. “I believe term limits for legislative leadership will breed fresh and innovative ideas and keep one person from amassing too much power. Allowing solid legislation to come up for consideration, regardless of who sponsors it, will allow for better policies across the state. Proper vetting of Assembly Speaker candidates will ensure that ‘The People’s House’ is led by someone with the proper experience and the right goals and objectives to lead the state forward.”

 

In all, the Assembly Minority submitted 14 rules reform measures, including:

 

  • Requiring candidates for Assembly Speaker to answer questions in open session regarding their background, qualifications, objectives, proposals, etc. prior to selection;
  • Allowing each member to bring one substantive piece of legislation to the floor for a vote once during every two-year term;
  • Imposing eight-year term limits on the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the Assembly;
  • Imposing eight-year term limits on all committee chairpersons; and
  • Allowing legislation with 76 or more sponsors to come to the floor for consideration.

 

Assemblyman Curran, himself, submitted a reform measure that would prohibit the Speaker from substituting a member of a committee and a committee chairperson would be prohibited from permitting a member substitution unless 24-hour notice is given to the Ranking Minority Member of that committee (E.821). Curran is the ranking minority member of the Codes and Ethics and Guidance committees.

 

All 14 proposed reforms were rejected by the Assembly Majority.

 

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Senator Hannon Leads Bipartisan Push to Protect Sexual Assault Victims

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon recently led a bipartisan push of key measures that would help expand the rights of sexual assault survivors. Senator Hannon, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and other legislators were joined by advocates to discuss the importance of these measures, which will ensure all sexual assault survivors are afforded a greater opportunity to seek justice.

 

Senator Hannon said, “This package of legislation aimed at helping survivors of sexual assault builds upon new laws the Senate championed over the last few years to provide funding and make sure New York State is testing all rape kits. This package of bills makes sure survivors rights are clearly spelled out, unreported kits are maintained according to federal best practices, all victims have access to specially trained sexual assault providers, and that hospitals are not inappropriately charging survivors.”

 

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said, “Compassion must always be paramount in the law enforcement response to sexual assault victims; it’s the right thing to do and it will help to lock up dangerous criminals. Mandating the quick processing of rape kits, which we did in 2016, was just the first step and helping sexual assault victims through the difficult process of evidence collection is the necessary second step. Legislation that I’ve sponsored – A8401 – would do just that. Victims must be informed of their rights, they must have access to information about the status of evidence analysis and untested rape kits must never be destroyed prematurely. This is common decency and common sense.”

 

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried said, “Victims of sexual assault, dealing with the trauma of a violent crime, should never face the additional burden of a hospital billing for forensic exams. Some hospitals have been billing victims despite Federal law designed to prevent this. Our legislation will ensure that no victim will be burdened by a hospital bill for a rape kit.”

 

The bills, (S6428A), (S6947A) and (S6964A), focus on creating a Survivor’s Bill of Rights, maintaining unreported rape kits for 20 years, creating a rape kit tracking system, establishing a sexual assault forensic examination (S.A.F.E.) telemedicine pilot program and ensuring victims are never billed for exams.

 

Amanda Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Rise, said, “Currently in New York State, rape kits can be destroyed after 30 days. The DNA evidence in a rape kit is both crucial for survivors seeking justice and exonerating the innocent. We are hopeful the state of New York will pass this legation to meet the federal standard – ensuring rape kits will be preserved for 20 years for the 6.6 million survivors in New York.”

 

Nancy Harris, Nurse Practitioner and Manager Forensic Nurse Program for St. Peter’s Health Partners, said, “All patients/victims of a sexual assault deserve to be provided comprehensive care and appropriate treatment, but many facilities lack the professional training of a sexual assault provider. With a S.A.F.E. pilot program, we can assist the provider through the process and allow the patient timely care, treatment, and follow up while following the national standards.”

 

These measures currently before the houses are necessary to ensure sexual assault survivors in New York get the best treatment possible and are not re-victimized by the system.

 

Visit Senator Hannon’s webpage

Public Information Meeting: Proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting about the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan

 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wantagh High School Auditorium – 3297 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh

 

 

Working with the Governor’s office, Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads has organized an initial Public Information Session regarding the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan to be held on February 28th in the Wantagh High School Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Nassau County Department of Public Works will be on hand to explain and discuss the plan and answer questions from the community. All residents are invited to attend.

 

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Oyster Bay Town Announces Efforts to Save Historic Mural at Hicksville Sears

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilwoman Michele Johnson, Councilman Louis Imbroto, County Legislator Rose Marie Walker, County Legislator Laura Schaefer, Hicksville School Board President Phillip Heckler and Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Historical Society Denice Evans-Sheppard today announced joint efforts to save the G. Hunter Jones mural located on the wall in the Hicksville Sears store since the 1960s. Sears recently announced plans to close its doors in April, leaving the fate of the massive rendering in jeopardy.

 

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “We thank Seritage Growth Properties for their commitment to funding the feasibility study needed to determine how the mural can best be saved. The Sears mural is a piece of our Town’s history and has great meaning to the Hicksville community. Our combined efforts will ensure the mural’s preservation for generations to come and our desire for it to remain here in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust, owns the 26-acre site where the Hicksville Sears is located and has committed to funding a feasibility study to determine how to best save the artwork. While a future home for the mural is yet undecided, the Town of Oyster Bay and Hicksville School District have identified several locations for the artwork to remain in the area.s

 

Councilwoman Johnson stated, “When the opportunity to preserve history presents itself, you have to take definitive action. You may not get a second chance. Sears is slated to be closed in April and we are determined to make sure this mural is protected and resituated in Hicksville or the Town of Oyster Bay. We thank Sears for their commitment to preserving the G. Hunter Jones mural.”

 

The oil-painted mural depicts a historical map of Long Island along with portraits of famous residents, such as Walt Whitman, Henry Hudson, John Roebling, Peter Stuyvesant, John Underhill and Theodore Roosevelt. The work also includes a detailed map of Long Island and a timeline of importantly significant dates and events. G. Hunter Jones, a prolific Manhattan-based artist, spent nearly two decades traveling the nation to localize the sprawling department stores with his oil paintings.

 

Legislator Walker added, “Over the years, this mural had become very important to the fabric of the community. Many residents have expressed their emotional attachment to the piece, equating it with decades of shopping with their families in a landmark destination. I’m proud to join efforts with Supervisor Saladino and the community to save this important piece of Hicksville’s history.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay has evaluated its properties to determine a future home for the 20’ x 15’ mural. The artwork’s new home must be suitable to accommodate the large mural and be accessible for public viewing and such opportunities include the Hicksville Athletic Center, Bethpage Ice Skating Center, The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay and Hicksville High School.

 

Councilman Imbroto concluded, “The G. Hunter Jones mural is an important part of our history in the Town of Oyster Bay and provides residents insight to our local history and geography. The mural must be saved for future generations to enjoy and it should remain here in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Seritage Growth Properties has expressed a desire to work with local officials to save the mural, but have also stated that entities from East Hampton and Islip have expressed interest in providing a future home for the artwork. Elected officials and local community leaders oppose any and all efforts to move the mural outside the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

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