Category Archives: Anthony D’Esposito

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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Councilman D’esposito Shines Light on Women-Owned Businesses

Tours Council District in Honor of Women’s History Month


Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is touring communities in his district recognizing women business owners as part of his initiative to spotlight outstanding women during Women’s History Month. March is Women’s History Month and highlights the contributions of women to events in history and society.


“I am proud to recognize women business owners for their significant contributions to local commerce – the lifeblood of our communities here in the Town of Hempstead,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “These women demonstrate leadership coupled with a passion for their business as well as good old-fashioned hard work, and they deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments.”


According to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. In addition, one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.


“Small business ownership is the backbone of our local communities, contribute to our local economy and, quite often owners live in nearby communities,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “Women-owned businesses are becoming a familiar fixture in our downtowns and it is important to shop local to support our small businesses and our neighbors as well.”


On Saturday, March 3rd, Councilman D’Esposito visited women-owned businesses within his district including:


  • Doris the Florist, owned by Doris Graitzer, 233 Long Beach Road, Island Park
  • Turn of the Screw Books and Wine owned by Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieron, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre
  • Jilian Circus owned by Jillian Weston, 219 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Emile’s Candies owned Jackie Brown, 229 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Dance Express owned by Jaime Azcona, 1032 Broadway, Woodmere
  • The Pampered Professional owned by Bonnie Seidler, Kami Feldman, Kerri Weiss and Shaun Cohn, 1208 Station Plaza, Hewlett
  • The Sweet Peace Specialty Cakes owned by Allison Shapiro Winterton, 26A Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook
  • Sweet & Savory Café owned by Antoinette Burrows, 821 Merrick Road, Baldwin
  • Villa Maria owned by Maria Zaino, 81 Main Street, East Rockaway
  • Tap to Pointe Dance Center, Inc. owned by Sara DeGennaro, 75 Church Street, Malverne
  • Renewable Recycling Inc. owned by Christine Kiourtsis, 3419 Hampton Road, Oceanside


“In celebration of all women who have forged a path for future generations of women, I am honored to spotlight these exceptional women business owners,” concluded D’Esposito. “Their businesses serve as great models for our next generation of entrepreneurs.” For more information on Councilman D’Esposito’s tour, please visit his Facebook page and his Twitter account @ANTHONYDESPO.


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Councilman D’Esposito Decries Hate Graffiti

Joins with Jewish Leaders and Police Department to Seek Public’s Help


Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was joined by local Jewish leaders, members of the Oceanside Jewish War Veterans and an Oceanside homeowner who was the victim of hate graffiti, as he called for the public’s help in tracking down the vandal.


On Wednesday, February 21st, a homeowner came out of a Lincoln Avenue home to discover a swastika spray painted on the sidewalk, according to police reports.


“Graffiti on its own is a huge problem here on Long Island, but the graffiti that was found in Oceanside yesterday is criminal,” said D’Esposito. “Our township is home to many World War II veterans and others who endured the horror of Nazi death camps. Swastikas have no place in a free, democratic society.”


The Councilman asked anyone who had any information about the graffiti to please contact the Nassau County Police Department and report it. “I am imploring the public to please share any tips you may have,” added D’Esposito. “Do not try to protect this person. They need to understand that this type of hate speech is not a joke. It is completely unacceptable.”


Police asked anyone with information about the graffiti to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-8477. All calls will remain confidential.


“There is no place for hatred and bigotry of this sort in our Township,” concluded D’Esposito.


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This Week, Free for Kids: Erik’s Reptile Edventure

The town continues a tradition of providing outstanding children’s entertainment in our neighborhood parks this week with a fun-filled “Edventure” designed to educate youngsters about the importance of science and nature. The show provides an enjoyable and educational experience that encourages children to learn more about reptiles, amphibians and bugs. Children learn to respect these creatures, cast off their fears and accept them as part of our natural world.


All children’s show are presented FREE of charge. Tickets are not required.  Call 292-9000, ext. 7382 for information on all performances.


Monday, August 1
10:30 AM: Coes Neck Park, Baldwin
1:30 PM: Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park


Tuesday, August 2
10:30 AM: Cedar Street Park, Uniondale
1:30 PM: Veterans Memorial Park, East Meadow


Wednesday, August 3
10:30 AM: Levittown Hall, Hicksville
1:30 PM: Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore


Thursday, August 4
10:30 AM: Averill Boulevard Park, Elmont
1:30 PM: Rock Hall Museum, Lawrence


Friday, August 5
10:30 AM: Shell Creek Park, Barnum Island
1:30 PM: Hendrickson Avenue Park, Elmont


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Town to Remove Airplane from Home Driveway

Oceanside Residence is a “No Fly Zone,” Town to Remove Airplane from Home Driveway, Citing Potential Danger and Zoning Violation


Hempstead Town officials have announced that they plan to remove an airplane that has been placed in front of an Oceanside home by the aircraft’s owner. Building department officials and the township’s top engineer cited the potential danger presented by the storage of a plane in a residential neighborhood, and building inspectors have indicated that the plane’s residential storage is a violation of Hempstead’s Building Zone Ordinance.


In an early April windstorm, the town received reports of the airplane lifting three feet off the ground while one of two tall radio towers on the property collapsed, underscoring the dangers associated with residential storage of both the plane and the unpermitted radio towers. Subsequent to the storm, the town’s Commissioner of Engineering observed the airplane and issued a report that stated in part, “I cannot certify that the aircraft is properly secured in the event of a strong wind or storm to prevent it from uplifting, falling, collapsing or causing damage and injury to the occupants and/or adjacent property. Accordingly, I would recommend that the aircraft be removed immediately.”


In tandem with the engineer’s report, the supervisor of inspection services in Hempstead Town’s Building Department issued a Notice of Violation of the Town Code. The violation of Section 90-1A5 of the code deems the storage of the plane as “unsafe”. Additionally, Building Department staff issued another Notice of Violation for a tall radio tower antenna on the residential property based upon safety concerns. In support of the radio tower Violation Notice, an inspector observed that a second radio tower on the property collapsed in a recent windstorm.


The Notices of Violation, posted on the home and served by certified mail, directed the property owner to remove the airplane and remaining radio tower by April 19th or face the removal of both the plane and the radio tower by a Hempstead contractor.


“Keeping homeowners and neighbors safe is important,” stated Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “Our town is working hard to preserve the local quality-of-life and to ensure public safety.”


“The health and safety of Hempstead Town residents is one of my top priorities,” concluded Hempstead Town Supervisor Santino in justifying the town’s actions in the matter. “The storage of airplanes and unpermitted radio towers on residential property could easily put the safety of neighbors at risk. I won’t let that happen.”


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