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Phillips Announces Measure to Grant HS Diplomas to Veterans

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate passed a bill that would honor military veterans by allowing the state to award them a high school diploma in recognition of the knowledge and experiences gained while in service.


“For so many veterans, service in the military was a comprehensive life experience that taught leadership, professionalism, responsibility and qualities that far exceed what can be learned in a classroom,” Senator Elaine Phillips said. “This measure allows us to fully honor the men and women who put their education on hold and embarked on a mission to protect and defend our freedom. It is the least we can do for those who have answered the call to serve our country.”


The bill, S.397B, would allow any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in service.


Current law only allows veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to receive diplomas from their school of attendance if they were unable to complete their high school education. This measure expands eligibility to cover additional generations of New Yorkers by allowing anyone who has been honorably discharged from active military or naval service to be awarded with a diploma if they did not finish high school.


The bill will be sent to the Assembly.


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Hempstead Town Has A Heart For Highway Workers

highway department AEDsCouncilwoman Erin King Sweeney was joined by Town of Hempstead Highway Department Commissioner Thomas Toscano and Medical Director Dave Neubert at the Franklin Square Highway Yard as she announced that automated external defibrillators (AEDS) would now be placed at the three Town of Hempstead Highway yards to help protect those employees.


These highway department AEDs are part of 50 AEDs that were part of a partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center to provide protection at facilities across the township. The defibrillators – valued at $1,500 per device – were secured through a state contract by the hospitals so there was no cost to the town.


“Defibrillators are often utilized by police, fire and other emergency personnel due to their proven ability to save lives,” stated Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “Our highway workers are hard at work during extreme temperatures and needed to be considered as well.”


According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 reported cardiac arrest cases per year in the United States, and only 10 percent of those victims survive. In instances where a victim is immediately administered CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival are doubled. What’s more, for every minute that a victim is in cardiac arrest without help, their survival odds are decreased by 10 percent.


In addition to the Franklin Square Highway Yard, the Highways Yards in Roosevelt and Inwood will also each be equipped with a life-saving AED. Other AEDs are located in Town parks, senior centers, Camp ANCHOR, marinas, Town Hall and more.


“In the event of a cardiac emergency, time can make the difference between life and death and AEDs allow bystanders to respond and intervene quickly,” noted Supervisor Laura Gillen. “The Town has been adding AEDs to locations throughout Hempstead and we are proud that these three new devices at our highway yards will help keep residents and workers safe.”


“We sincerely hope that we never have to use any of these lifesaving devices, but our employees and neighbors can rest assured that they will be close by in the event of an emergency,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.


Town personnel receive specialized training on the proper use of the defibrillators. Highway department personnel will be trained in-house by a retired paramedic who serves as the Town’s training director/coordinator. However, the devices also come with step-by-step instructions, so in the event of an extreme emergency, anyone can quickly learn the steps to help someone in cardiac arrest. What’s more, the devices – produced by Cardiac Science Corporation – include bilingual (Spanish/English) instructions, making them accessible to a broad population across the town. In 2016, town employees were able to save the life of a fellow coworker by performing CPR and using a defibrillator located nearby. Unfortunately, in 2013 before the Town had defibrillators available, a Highway employee did not survive a cardiac event at the Franklin Square Highway yard.


“The Hempstead Town Board is committed to keeping our employees safe, as well as our residents and we believe that these AEDs being located at our local highway yards will help us achieve that goal,” concluded King Sweeney. “We never again want to experience another tragedy like the one experienced at the Franklin Square Highway Yard in 2013.”


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D’Esposito Announces Improvements at Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is pleased to announce that several park improvements projects at Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park have been completed just in time for the arrival of warmer weather and little league openings. D’Esposito toured both parks with the Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Danny Lino, and met with hardworking CSEA Local 880 members, who completed most of the improvements.


“I was thrilled to visit both Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park to see the progress of projects I have initiated as we approach nicer weather and warmer temperatures,” said D’Esposito. “I have countless memories with friends at Shell Creek Park, and now, I want to make sure that Shell Creek is in perfect shape so my youngest neighbors can create their own lifelong memories.”


The majority of the upgrades and renovations were done in-house with work completed by parks department employees as well as some work completed by a contractor, including completely refurbished bathrooms, new pavers and expanded walkways at Shell Creek Park. Baseball and softball fields are ready for eager little league players on opening day.


“The fields look great and are guaranteed to provide a safe, fun season for all!” added D’Esposito. “I am happy to see projects that we envisioned come to fruition, and I am grateful to our talented workforce who has beautified our parks with their excellent workmanship.


Oceanside Park is ready for Oceanside’s Little League baseball and softball seasons to commence with the installation of home run fencing, new batting cages and pitching tunnels which will provide a safe, successful season.


“Now is the perfect time to play ball! All we need is some spring weather and we will be ready for a great season,” concluded D’Esposito.


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Senator Phillips, Northwell Host Panel Discussion on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic on Long Island

Senator Elaine Phillips, in partnership with Northwell Health, hosted an educational session to update and inform community, religious and school leaders on the heroin and opioid crisis on Long Island.


“The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across Long Island, leaving in its wake heartbreak and devastation,” said Senator Elaine Phillips, a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Often, individuals suffering from drug dependency and their loved ones seek out a religious or community leader for help, and today our goal was to provide them with the resources and information they need to help. Thank you to Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Northwell Health, as well as our panelists, and religious, community and school leaders for being part of this educational program and for your continued work against this tragic problem.”


The panel included Senator Elaine Phillips; Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder; Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas; Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Director of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment at Northwell Health; Dr. Jeff Reynolds, President and CEO of the Family and Children’s Association; Steven Chassman, Executive Director of LICADD; and Robert Evans, President and Founder of Beneath the Surface Life Coaching.


“This is a prevalent issue within our communities, homes and healthcare settings, said Dr. Sandeep Kapoor. “It’s an issue the healthcare industry cannot handle on its own and it’s extremely important that we have these interdisciplinary roundtable discussions and that we start working in collaboration and in support of those dealing with substance misuse, abuse and addiction.”


The panel discussed overdose and treatment options, community outreach programs, new law enforcement initiatives, insurance, and new terminology, including the dangers of vaping.


Robert Evans shared how he channeled the energy of his personal story into becoming a nationally certified interventionist and the importance of supporting our friends and families struggling with drug dependency.


In 2017, there were an estimated 600 opioid deaths on Long Island, with many cases still awaiting toxicology reports.


“We must continue to ensure law enforcement officials, treatment providers and addiction specialists have the proper resources and tools to support prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives,” Senator Phillips said. “I am proud to have voted for a state budget that included a record $247 million investment to combat this epidemic and work collaboratively with all stakeholders in this fight.”


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Town Designates Reserved Combat Wounded Veterans Parking Spots

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Tom Hand, and Massapequa Park Mayor Jeff Pravato announced the designation of parking spots in Town-owned parking lots specifically reserved for Combat Wounded Veterans. The first lot to feature such a designation will be lot M-9, located on New York Avenue in Massapequa, adjacent to the Massapequa Chapter of the Marine Corps League, numerous local businesses and within walking distance of the Massapequa train station.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “The brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms and way of life. Many veterans continue to struggle daily with injuries and the designation of special Combat Wounded Veteran Parking in Town lots is just one of many ways in which we can make their lives easier while recognizing their sacrifice and service for our nation.”


Reserved Combat Wounded Veteran parking spots are a symbolic gesture and currently designated in Town parks, with plans to expand this initiative across multiple Town lots, with this designation in Massapequa being the first step. The Town of Oyster Bay is proud to assist veterans through the Division of Veterans Services. The Town has been designated a “Purple Heart Town,” which recognizes the Town’s commitment to honoring veterans who have been wounded or have made the supreme sacrifice while in service to the nation.


“Statistics indicates that an estimated 1.8 million Americans are Purple Heart recipients – combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life,” Councilman Hand said. “Combat wounded warriors have made great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms but unfortunately, these sacrifices often go unrecognized.”


“The Town’s veterans deserve the continuing support of the entire community for the extraordinary sacrifices they’ve made to keep America the land of the free,” Mayor Pravato said. “These designated parking spots are just one small way we can give back to those who have given so much for all of us.”


For more information regarding the Town of Oyster Bay’s Division of Veterans Services call (516) 797-7875.


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Assemblyman Curran Secures Grant For Baldwin FD

Baldwin Fire Department

Second Deputy Chief Lee Streithorst, First Deputy Chief Peter Ortiz, Incoming Chief Michael Esposito, Assemblyman Brian Curran, outgoing Chief Frank Cesare, Third Deputy Chief Timothy Hughes

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook-21st A.D.) presented the Baldwin Fire Department with a $2,500 grant he helped obtain to replace the floating pump that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.


“I am very pleased to present this grant money to the Baldwin Fire Department,” said Curran. “This grant was much needed to help the department replace essential equipment that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. These are the kinds of things that matter in local communities, and we will continue working for funding that makes our community safer.”


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Legislator Ferretti Attends Police Community Council Installation

Police Community Council InstallationLegislator John R. Ferretti, Jr. was honored to attend the Police Community Council Installation on Monday, April 9, 2018 at The Cradle of Aviation in Garden City. Nassau County working together! Legislator Ferretti thanks all who are a part of this Police Council.


Pictured above (left to right) are Helen Meittinis, President Salisbury Community Association; Kerry Johnson-Gravina, Past PTA Co-President Island Trees School District; Legislator Ferretti; Brian Kelty, VP Board of the Levittown Property Owner Association and William Pastore, Assistant Superintendent Levittown School District.


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D’Esposito Responds To Rise In Child Opioid Poisonings & O.D.S

Responding to a study that details an alarming increase in the number of kids, both youngsters and teens, who require hospital treatment for accidental opioid-related poisonings, along with overdoses from intentional use, Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is scheduling an opioid poisoning prevention program and is offering safety tips for parents, grandparents, caregivers and guardians. Joined by Dr. David Neubert, the township’s Narcan training coordinator, as well as Island Park School District Superintendent Rosmarie Bovino and school district officials, D’Esposito discussed his plan to deal with the rapid increase in child opioid ingestion.


“The opioid crisis in our area and across the nation is heartbreaking,” stated D’Esposito. “The fact that children under six years of age are falling victim to opioids underscores the severity of the situation, and the issue demands strong and immediate action.”


The Councilman, who has hosted dozens of Narcan training sessions to help the public to save opioid overdose victims, is now taking new steps to help the youngest victims of the effects of both illicit and prescription opioids, as well as other drugs. In specific, D’Esposito and Neubert will be hosting a special opioid poisoning prevention program geared toward parents, grandparents, babysitters, caregivers and guardians. The session will discuss the dangers of opioid poisoning, emphasizing special risks for children. Additionally, the program will detail practical safeguards, tips and educational steps parents and others can take to protect kids.


D’Esposito has announced that he will host his first Child Opioid/Drug Poisoning Prevention program at the Island Park PTA meeting on April 23rd at Lincoln Orens Middle School in Island Park starting at 7 p.m. The program is targeted toward parents, grandparents, caregivers, guardians, teachers and other adults who supervise and watch children in home settings.


“By taking simple precautions, you can save a youngster’s life from the perils of drug poisoning,” stated D’Esposito. “As an NYPD Detective, I know the importance of locking guns in the home to safeguard kids. By not having a medication safe with a lock in your home, you are exposing your children to the same type of deadly dangers associated with unlocked and unsecured firearms.”


D’Esposito and Neubert discussed some sobering facts on children and opioid poisoning and overdoses. The number of opioid-related hospitalizations requiring PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) care at 31 major hospitals between 2004 and 2015 totaled 3,647. One third of those hospitalizations were of children under the age of six years old. The number of opioid-related hospitalizations requiring PICU care doubled between 2004 and 2015. Poisonings from prescription medications continue to be a major cause of morbidity among children. Even in children under six years of age, opioids now account for the majority of drug poisonings.


D’Esposito’s program comes on the heels of the Surgeon General’s pronouncement that everyday Americans should start carrying Narcan. This was the office’s first public health advisory in more than a decade, a clear indication of how prevalent opioid overdoses have become.


“It’s evident that opioid overdoses are not just haunting adults and older teenagers,” said D’Esposito. “I am urging parents, caregivers and grandparents to attend this program and learn how to protect youngsters from the ravages of opioids and other drugs.”


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Legislator Gaylor Appoints Two Valley Stream Residents to Commissioner’s Community Council

Commissioner’s Community CouncilNassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III recently appointed two Valley Streamers to Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder’s newly formed Commissioner’s Community Council (CCC.)


The “CCC” is made of up of individuals who’ve been appointed by the 19 members of the Nassau County Legislature. The Council members are charged with identifying issues and concerns that affect residents of their respective communities. Information gathered by the Council members is communicated to the Police Department for review and action, where warranted.


Mohammed Azeez and Chrissy O’Toole were among those selected by Legislator Gaylor to represent the 6th Legislative District on the Council. “I have tremendous confidence in both Mr. Azeez and Ms. O’Toole to be the eyes and ears of the Valley Stream community,” remarked Legislator Gaylor. “I am grateful that they have agreed to volunteer their personal time to such important work that will surely serve to enhance the safety and well-being of their own neighborhoods.”


Pictured above (left to right) are Mohammed Azeez, Chrissy O’Toole, Commissioner Ryder and Legislator Gaylor.


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Saladino, Muscarella Urge Residents to Help Fulfill Blood Shortage

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Joseph Muscarella announced that the Town will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, April 26th, to help hospitals meet the ongoing and pressing need for blood donations. The Blood Drive will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall South, located at 977 Hicksville Road, in Massapequa.


“Blood supplies can easily dwindle during the summer months, so blood drives like this are critical to help hospitals meet demand and continue their life-saving mission,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I urge all those eligible to participate and help support our efforts, as blood banks need to be prepared, so that as many people as possible can be helped.”


To qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old (16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. Anyone who received a tattoo within the past 12 months is ineligible to donate. It is recommended that volunteers eat well (low fat) and drink fluids in the days before the Blood Drive.


“We are in the midst of an emergency blood shortage and this is why people should always donate whenever they can. Donating blood is a quick, easy, and safe process, and the pint of blood you donate will never be missed from your body, as it is quickly reproduced within your body,” Councilman Muscarella added. “If you have family members or friends willing to donate, please ask them to support our effort this year, as there is no danger of contracting any diseases, and each pint of blood donated can be used to help three different people.”


Refreshments will be provided for all who donate blood. For additional information regarding the Town’s Blood Drive, contact Nancy Haarstick at (516) 624-6304.


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