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D’Esposito Urges Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Preventing Deceptive Practice of Leasing Cats and Dogs

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to help end the “dogged” practice of pet stores duping customers into expensive leasing contracts when the customers believed they were financing the purchase of a dog or cat. Joined at the press conference by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, New York State Assemblywoman Missy Miller, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Assemblyman Brian Curran, Councilman D’Esposito urged the Governor to sign legislation that has been approved by the state legislature that will prevent companies from leasing animals, as well as stopping the threat of repossessing animals.

 

According to recent news reports, some local pet stores offered financing plans to customers for the purchase of a cat or dog, but later revealed to the customers that they were actually locked into lease agreements. In many cases, customers are being stuck with bills that far exceed their anticipated loan payments, as well as the threat of having their pet “repossessed” in the event of non-payment.

 

“Today, the Town of Hempstead is demanding that local pet stores ‘call off their dogs’ in the form of harassing customers who were unwittingly entered into leasing contracts for the purchase of their animals,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “What’s more, we are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign state legislation that would end this deceptive practice.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito added that in the event a person cannot make lease payments on their dog or cat – payments they did not anticipate at the time – serious animal welfare issues can arise when taking a pet away from its family.

 

“I urge residents to visit the Town of Hemsptead Animal Shelter to adopt a furry friend rather than buy a dog or cat from a pet store that is not being ethically responsible to the pet or the customer,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby.

 

“There are times when a lease agreement can just be a bad deal. But, there are certain leased that should just never be allowed to happen because they are predatory, morally wrong and cruel,” added Assemblywoman Miller. “I believe that pet leasing calls into the latter category, and that is why I am committed to fighting to end the practice.”

 

“Pet leasing benefits no one but sellers,” said Assemblyman Ra, who co-sponsored the legislation. “For the protection of both consumers and our companion animals, we must end this deceptive practice.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito has been a steadfast supporter of the Town of Hempstead’s “Adopt, Don’t Shop” motto in urging adoptions from the town animal shelter. The town’s Summer of Love Pet Adoption Program – in which all pet adoptions were free from June 2 through September 2, 2018 – resulted in the adoption of 133 dogs and 165 cats. In addition, Councilman D’Esposito’s weekly social media campaign, “Furry Friend Friday” is a big driver of pet adoptions at the shelter. Recently, the program resulted in the adoption of Rocky, a beautiful 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.

 

For more information on pet adoptions at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/animal-shelter or call (516) 785-5220.

 

“I was extremely proud to vote in favor of Assembly bill 10082-B which would put an end to the increasing practice of pet stores offering lease agreements for the purchase of puppies. This leasing practice is deceptive in so far that it often is accompanied by high interest rates and hidden fees. Bringing a puppy into a family is a wonderful and happy event that no person should be deprived of because of the cost of purchasing a dog. But these lease agreements are not the answer. If a family can’t afford the purchase of a dog without entering into these types of agreements, I would encourage them to look to animal shelters that offer adoption at low or no cost,” added Assemblyman Curran.

 

“I would like to thank Assemblywoman Miller and Assemblyman Ra for sponsoring this important state legislation, as well as Assemblyman Curran for his support,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito. “This deceptive pet leasing practice needs to end for the benefit of our residents’ wallets, as well as the health and safety of the animals.”

 

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D’Esposito Blasts American Water for Putting Profit Over Lives

Calls on Company to Restore Service to Fire Hydrants

 

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito joined Woodmere Fire Department officials in lambasting American Water for not prioritizing maintenance of fire hydrants and putting Woodmere residents’ lives in danger. At a press conference on the corner of Elm Street and Cedar Lane in Woodmere, he called upon the water company to reverse their previous decision to hold off on the replacement of a water main that feeds multiple fire hydrants, causing those hydrants to no longer work properly.

 

“American Water Company is putting profits over lives by not immediately addressing the proper maintenance of fire hydrants in the Woodmere community,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “As a former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I am deeply concerned that this ill conceived plan jeopardizes lives, and inhibits fire fighters from doing their jobs that they are called to do. It is vital for fire hydrants to be fully operational, and American Water Company’s decision for the hydrants in this community to be operating with water pressure at less than one third of what is necessary is appalling.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito cited emails in which a representative from American Water Company responded to a inquiry regarding the low pressure fire hydrants and explains that they are not doing work in order to “do more work with our budgets.” According to American Water Company, the hydrants are currently served by 4” mains, constructed in 1910 and they are planning to replace the mains with new 8” mains, however, there is no scheduled date for completing this work.

 

“Not only is the water pressure so low that fire fighters would not be able to extinguish the fire, the low pressure would also harm the fire truck by causing damage to its engine,” added Councilman D”Esposito.

 

The Councilman spoke about his telephone conversation with Senator Todd Kaminsky regarding working together to immediately remediate this problem. Senator Kaminsky stated, “Having adequate access to water is critical for our fire department, and when that is compromised, so is the safety of our communities. We are working together in a bipartisan matter to fix this as soon as possible.”

 

“American Water needs to make restoring fire hydrants a priority for the safety of all residents,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito. “This is an issue of life and death, and profits shouldn’t come before lives.”

 

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This Sunday: Clam Eating Challenge to Benefit Nassau County Firefighters Museum

Clam Eating ChallengeHempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and County Executive Laura Curran joined International Food-Eating Champion Ed “Cookie” Jarvis and local Long Island fire department officials to announce the annual Long Island Clam Eating Contest that will take place this Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m., at the world famous Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. D’Esposito, a former Island Park Fire Department Fire Chief, and current Fire Chief James Miotto coordinated the clam eating challenge as a benefit to the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center.

 

Joining D’Esposito at the pre-event press conference were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby; Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin; Butch Yamali, owner of Peter’s Clam Bar; Steve Klein, FASNY President; Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; Chief Instructor John Murray, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; Angelo Catalano, Board Chairman, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; and several clam eating contest participants from local fire departments.

 

“The Nassau County Firefighters Museum is dedicated to informing the public about the importance of fire safety throughout America’s largest township, and as a former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I have seen firsthand the commitment and dedication our brave firefighters have for their local communities,” stated Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to assist the efforts of this dedicated museum with the help of International Food-Eating World Eating Champion Ed ‘Cookie’ Jarvis. And, what better place to have this contest than at Peter’s Clam Bar, where the world record for clam eating was set in 2010.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito and County Executive Curran witnessed Ed “Cookie” Jarvis providing expert instruction on competitive food eating to local firefighters who will be participating in Sunday’s contest. Jarvis, the world leader in competitive eating championships and a resident of Long Island, has entered eating contests ranging from chicken wings, to French fries, to dumplings and even ice cream. Firehouses from Island Park, Oceanside, Long Beach, Franklin Square & Munson, Baldwin, Point Lookout, East Rockaway, Stewart Manor, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Merrick, Garden City, Bellerose, North Lindenhurst and many more will be sending their best eaters to chow down on thousands of clams.

 

“We need to support our first responders,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “This annual event is a great way to give back to the dedicated members of our local fire departments. The Long Island Clam Eating Contest has become a staple of summer in Nassau. I hope to see everyone there.”

 

“On behalf of all the Nassau Firefighters who dedicate their lives to protecting their communities and neighbors, I express our sincere gratitude to the Town of Hempstead and Peter’s Clam Bar and Restaurant for their assistance and contributions so that fire safety and education can continue to remain in the forefront at the Nassau County Fire Museum,” added Chief James Miotto, Island Park Fire Department.

 

The Nassau County Fire Museum and Education Center opened, in 2006 along Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard at Mitchel Field, educates and informs the public about fire safety and prevention while displaying the proud history of volunteer firefighting in Nassau County. Visitor and group tours, including school groups, are encouraged to experience the Center’s display of historic and contemporary firematic memorabilia and equipment while also participating in one of their many fire safety education programs.

 

“We are excited and honored to be the recipients of the money raised during this great event,” said Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum. “We want to thank our own Board member, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, County Executive Laura Curran, and Butch Yamali and the Dover Group for supporting the Museum. The money raised will go towards furthering our educational programs and promoting fire safety throughout Nassau County.”

 

“Long Island’s history, culture and traditions are closely linked to clams,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “This competition is a fitting tribute to Hempstead Town’s rich nautical history while benefitting an important cause for our brave firefighters.”

 

“Combining the fun of watching a clam eating contest with the raising of funds for the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center is a winning combination,” said Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. “I want to thank Butch Yamali, the owner of Peter’s Clam Bar, for hosting the competition, as well as Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, County Executive Laura Curran and Island Park Fire Department Chief James Miotto for promoting and organizing an event that has become a premier national competitive eating event.”

 

The first coastal inhabitants of New York called Long Island the “Island of Shells” in recognition of the vast numbers of clam, oyster and other shells deposited on its shore. According to the New York Seafood Council, in the 1970s more than half of the clams eaten in the United States were from Long Island. At their peak population, clams filtered 40 percent of the water within the bay and contributed over $100 million to the local economy. Peter’s Clam Bar has served the Long Island community for over 75 years.

 

“Our Volunteer Firefighters who have served their communities and continue to serve are a big part of why the Town of Hempstead is such a great place in which to live, work and raise a family,” concluded D’Esposito. “We encourage all residents to come down to Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park on Sunday to support the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, and do their part to give back to educating and promoting fire safety.”

 

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D’Esposito, John’s Crazy Socks Help Camp ANCHOR Celebrate 50 Years

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and John Cronin, the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks delivered special 50th anniversary commemorative socks at Camp ANCHOR. D’Esposito recently ran a sock competition, where all camp participants designed socks to celebrate the anniversary of the camp, with John selecting a winner that was then sent to production.

 

“The enthusiasm that we received for this competition was unparallelled,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “Our ANCHOR participants really got into the spirit and created some amazing sock designs. I am very happy that I was not the person who had to choose the big winner!”

 

ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs. Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.

 

John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Down Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.

 

“It is clear to see, from the socks that were designed, how much the campers love ANCHOR and how enthusiastic they were about celebrating its 50th Anniversary,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

Proceeds from the sale of the 50th Anniversary commemorative sock will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. So far, more than $9,000 has been raised through the pre- sale of the 50th anniversary socks and sales will continue at www.johnscrazysocks.com.

 

“Camp ANCHOR is such a special place and the Program Fund allows the campers to enjoy even more enriching activities,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “I can only imagine the wonderful things they are going to be able to do with the funds raised through this competition!”

 

John’s Crazy Socks donated the production costs of all the socks pre-sold so the ANCHOR Program Fund will be able to utilize all the proceeds from the nearly 600 socks that were delivered by the officials and John.

 

“I would like to commend Councilman D’Esposito for this incredibly creative way to raise funds for the ANCHOR Program Fund. The campers had fun creating their designs and they are the ones who will ultimately benefit from the sale of the socks,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino.

 

“For 50 years ANCHOR has been serving the special needs population in the Town of Hempstead and this program which brings together our camp and a successful company run by a young man with special needs is a winning collaboration,” said Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

 

“All the designs that were submitted were so great,” concluded D’Esposito. “Every camper who worked on one of these designs is a winner in my book and should feel an enormous amount of pride in their accomplishment!”

 

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D’Esposito Launches ‘Crazy Sock’ Competition to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Camp Anchor

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was joined by Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Slyvia Cabana as he announced that, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ANCHOR, he will be partnering with John’s Crazy Socks and the participants in the Camp ANCHOR Summer Program to create a 50th Anniversary sock. ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs

 

“The partnership between our Camp ANCHOR, which is an amazing program for those with special needs, and a company run by a young man with special needs is very symbiotic,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “To put these two together to create something that will celebrate our program’s 50th anniversary and help fund other programs for those of differing abilities is just perfect!”

 

“I have down syndrome and down syndrome never holds me back,” said John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks. “Our mission is to create happiness.”

 

Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.

 

“There is no other program on Long Island for those with special needs that is as comprehensive as Camp ANCHOR,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am so happy to be able to celebrate this program’s 50th anniversary.”

 

Camp ANCHOR participants will create socks during their arts and crafts class and then John will choose a winning design. That design will be announced at a celebration in the first week of August. Families will be asked to pre-order the commemorative socks and the proceeds will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. Councilman D’Esposito and John created a special video to announce the program to the partipants at the kickoff.

 

“I love outside-the-box thinking and I think this program is the perfect way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a place that has almost become a second home to the participants,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.

 

John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Downs Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.

 

“As a former Camp ANCHOR volunteer, I am especially excited that John is supporting our camp with his amazing socks,” said Supervisor Gillen. “The Town of Hempstead is fortunate to be able to offer Camp Anchor to children and adults with disabilities thanks in part to the creative and innovative thinking from our friends at John’s Crazy Socks.”

 

“No one has bigger hearts than those with special needs and those who work special needs people, and I know that all our Camp ANCHOR participants will put their hearts and souls into creating the perfect design to mark the anniversary of the place that they all love so much,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.

 

“Camp ANCHOR is one of the best places on earth and I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a fun program that will get everyone involved and will actually raise some money for the Camp ANCHOR Program Fund,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito.

 

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D’Esposito Reminds Residents About Importance of Pool Safety

In the wake of two recent pool drownings, with one right here on Long Island just recently, Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is reminding residents of the importance of pool safety so this summer can be a safe summer. Councilman D’Esposito, a first responder, outlined preventative measures, including a cpr demonstration, at a pool safety press conference as part of his campaign to promote life-saving measures. Standing poolside at Malibu Shore Club in Pt. Lookout with Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Malibu Shore Club owner Butch Yamali, and expertly trained lifeguards, D’Esposito encouraged pool owners to be more diligent than ever in safeguarding their backyard pools.

 

“As a former New York City Police Officer and former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I have responded to one too many pool-related accidents throughout the New York area,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It takes just a split second for an accident to happen and a tragedy to occur, but by following simple precautions we can ensure the sound of laughter and fun and not distress from homeowners’ pools.”

 

According to the US. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is a national average of nearly 400 accidental fatal drownings of children 15 and under a year, with nearly 75 percent of those children younger than 5. There are also thousands of pool-related injuries to children each year.

 

“Summer is time for family-fun, especially for residents with backyard pools,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney. “But with that fun, comes responsibility and simple steps to safeguard our most precious town residents.”

 

In 2008, the Town Board passed a comprehensive law that requires a pool alarm for all swimming pools installed or maintained in unicorporated areas of the town. The alarm must be capable of detecting a child entering the water, and an 85-plus decibel warning must sound within 20-seconds both poolside and at another location on the premises.

 

“Watchful eyes are the best precaution, but an effective alarm is the next best thing to having your very own lifeguard poolside,” commented Councilman Dennis Dunne.

 

D’Esposito urged pool owners to ensure that their pools are protected by physical barriers as town code requires, including a minimum five-foot, non climable fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate (equipped with lock). Further precautions include the availability of personal flotation evices, life rings and a shepherd’s hook, as well as keeping a phone with emergency numbers poolside. D’Esposito also noted that teaching children to swim at an early age is a critical, preventative measure and each summer, the Town of Hempstead teaches thousands of kids to swim at various town pools.

 

In addition, D’Esposito encouraged parents, grandparents and caregivers to learn CPR and noted the CPR is first line of defense in the event of a drowning. “We live on an island, surrounded by water, with many residents having pools in their backyards,” added D’Esposito. “Just as it is a good idea to be trained in Narcan administration just in case you are ever in a position to save the life of an overdose victim, it is just as important to be trained in CPR.” For information on CPR classes in your local community, please contact the American Red Cross on Long Island at (516) 747-3500, visit www.redcross.org or contact your local fire department.

 

“While our first goal is always to prevent a tragedy, it is critical that we are prepared for the worst,” concluded D’Esposito. “We are committed to the well-being of all our residents and for an enjoyable summer filled with fun and laughter in the pool, and we urge you to take the necessary precautions to be safe this summer.”

 

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D’Esposito, Miller Urge NYS to Pass Legislation Requiring CO Detectors on Boats

Outline Safety Precautions for July 4th Holiday Week and Summer in Wake of Recent Deaths

 

In the wake of several recent boating accidents, including two deaths believed to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and New York State Assemblywoman Missy Miller are strongly urging residents to take precautions as they head out on local waterways for the July 4th holiday week and the summer. Councilman D’Esposito and Assemblywoman Miller are also calling on New York State to adopt legislation that would require carbon monoxide detectors on board all new vessels that include sleeping areas, galleys with sinks or enclosed head compartments. If adopted, New York State would be the second state to have such legislation.

 

Recently, at the West Marina in Point Lookout, Councilman D’Esposito and Assemblywoman Miller were joined by Commissioner Tom Doheny, Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation and Waterways and Hempstead Town’s Bay Constables, as they displayed carbon monoxide detectors for boats, as well as outlined boater safety precautions.

 

“As a former New York City Police Officer and former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I have responded to many water-related incidents throughout the New York area,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “While many of these accidents are preventable simply by being responsible and ensuring that proper safety equipment is on board, carbon monoxide is a silent and deadly killer. I am proud to support Assemblywoman Missy Miller and her legislation that would require carbon monoxide detectors on new boats.”

 

Assemblywoman Miller is one of the co-sponsors of state legislation (A8970B) that would mandate carbon monoxide detectors on new boats that have sleeping areas, galleys with sinks or enclosed head compartments. The Assemblywoman said the proposed law is criticial to the health and safety of boaters. She indicated that the same justification for home carbon monoxide detectors is applicable to many boats. Miller further observed that the recent tragic death of a couple aboard a boat on Fire Island underscores the importance of the bill that she has been championing.

 

“Let’s not allow another boating tragedy like the one that has taken the lives of a couple in Fire Island to occur,” said Miller. “We can prevent future carbon monoxide poisoning deaths on the water through education and with legislation that requires carbon monoxide detectors on boats.”

 

D’Esposito detailed general boating safety tips and discussed the key safeguards to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning while aboard a boat. Utilizing carbon monoxide detectors and avoiding running a vessel while sleeping aboard are crucial safety tips in avoiding CO poisoning. Additionally, no boater or passenger should be in an enclosed area of a moored or docked vessel with a boat engine running.

 

Councilman D’Esposito and Assemblywoman Miller also urged local boaters to be on the lookout for suspicious and potentially dangerous activity on the waterways this summer. Town of Hempstead Bay Constables will be out on patrol to look for boaters under the influence of alcohol, as well as enforcing basic navigation, conservation and marine safety laws and ordinances. Other boating safety tips include familiarizing yourself with local boating laws and regulations, wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, having a radio on board, making a “float plan” to let another person know where you will be sailing and for how long.

 

Town officials also urge residents to take boater safety classes. The Bay Constables offer safe boating courses for young adults and adults.

 

“The Town of Hempstead is committed to the well being of all boaters enjoying our local waterways, and we urge all residents to be safe this summer,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Concluded Assemblywoman Miller, “I am grateful to Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and the Town of Hempstead for supporting this important legislation to keep boaters safe in New York waters.”

 

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D’Esposito Unveils Renovated Clock in Downtown Woodmere

Woodmere clock

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito (left) joins with local business members to view the newly renovated clock in downtown Woodmere. Pictured are: Jaime Azcona of Dance Xpress and past president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association; Loretta Camarda of FedEx Trade Networks; David Friedman, president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association and Nick Arcuri of the Town of Hempstead.

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is pleased to announce the complete renovation of the Woodmere clock located on the corner of Broadway and Irving in downtown Woodmere. The Victorian clock has been an iconic fixture in the community for over a decade and had been in need of repair for several years.

 

“The clock told the correct time only twice a day, but now it proudly displays the correct time all day,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It was important to renovate the clock in the heart of the community, and I am proud to have been involved in beautifying Woodmere’s downtown.

 

The Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association partnered with The Town of Hempstead in this initiative for its local downtown, assisting the town with information regarding the clock.

 

“We are so happy that the Woodmere clock has been repaired,” said David Friedman, President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association. “Thank you to former HWBA President Jaime Azcona, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, and the terrific TOH electricians for making this possible.”

 

The restoration project commenced six months ago, and Hempstead Town employees were actively involved in the renovation which included researching the clock manufacturer to ascertain the parts which were needed. Employees were able to obtain the necessary parts, and then retrofit the parts to the clock.

 

“I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to our hardworking CSEA workforce who tackled this project with enthusiasm and were tenacious in their efforts to ensure the clock was restored to its original grandeur,” concluded D’Esposito. “This improvement project is a great example of local government and its residents working together for the betterment of our community, and I am happy I was able to assist.

 

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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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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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