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Hempstead Town Honors Outstanding Residents at 21st Annual ‘Make a Difference’ Awards Ceremony

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the town board recognized 12 extraordinary community members for contributions to their local neighborhoods at the 21st Annual Make a Difference Awards ceremony.


“For more than two decades, our government has celebrated a group of altruistic and caring people who have made it their mission to help others and make a positive difference in Hempstead Town and the world beyond our township’s borders,” said Santino. “The people who we are recognizing are the heart and soul of our communities, and they demonstrate that the spirit of volunteerism and moral leadership is alive and well.”


The honorees have all dedicated themselves to enriching the lives of others. Santino noted that each of the honorees had an inspiring story of courage, volunteerism, and philanthropy.


The following honorees were recognized at the May 23rd ceremony:


After undergoing grueling medical treatment and enduring long hospital stays, Autum Blois of Oceanside drew strength from her own hardship and adversity, deciding to help others who are facing serious illnesses and long hospital visits. Autum discovered the joy and therapeutic benefits of art while she was hospitalized. Inspired by the experience, Autum endeavored to help others through a project called Autum’s Colors. Lifting the spirits of sick children, providing a diversion from pain and suffering while showing others the joy of art, Autum has delivered over 1,300 bags of art supplies to hospitals. She has demonstrated that art knows no boundaries, delivering her supplies to children as far as Ohio at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Demonstrating that her hardship prepared her to blossom from the ordinary to the extraordinary, Autum has expanded her good works. Working with her school in Oceanside, she has arranged for more donations of art supplies, organized fundraisers, and is donating to even larger networks such as the Ronald McDonald House.


J.J. Byrne has become a local hero in his hometown of Island Park because of his tireless efforts to raise money in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Since 2012, J.J. has raised over $31,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has raised awareness for a disease with which he has suffered with since he was six years old. Every spring, for the past five years, J.J. has raised money and led “Team Shenanigans” for the Great Strides Walk at Jones Beach in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2013, J.J. received “The Unsung Hero Award” from the Long Island Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his continuing efforts in working to find a cure. J.J. has also won the “Irma Tice Award” from the Island Park Business and Residential Chamber. Despite, J.J.’s challenges, he remains dedicated to his cause and his community, and his love for the Village of Island Park is evident through his work at Village Hall and Masone Beach. He hopes to go to law school and return to his hometown to become Island Park’s mayor. As a junior at Long Beach High School, J.J. is on the High Honor Roll for this semester and is a member of the Student Government. He also serves on a teen advisory committee at Winthrop University Hospital and is training to be a lector at Sacred Heart Church.


Emma Carey of Wantagh has a beautiful voice and the passion for helping others. That pairing of genuine talent and a caring soul has inspired her to help hundreds of grateful individuals at nursing homes, rehab centers and hospital pediatric centers. The smiles on the children’s faces and the expression of gratitude from senior citizens are all that Emma needs in return for sharing her singing talent. The multi-talented Emma is also the current Miss Wantagh. In her role as Miss Wantagh, Emma has made breast cancer awareness and an anti-bullying program her main areas of focus. She has taken her positive message to Girl Scout troops throughout our township.


Dr. Isma Chaudhry of the Islamic Center of Long Island has dedicated her life to preparing thousands of young women for excellence throughout their lives. A champion for women’s rights, she has dedicated over 30 years to empowering women by creating programs that enhance academics. Isma herself has set an example of how to achieve excellence. After 20 years of active involvement, she was elected as the first female president in the history of the Islamic Center of Long Island in 2015. Isma, simultaneously, has been actively presenting lectures to dispel myths about Islam, and Islamophobia. She has focused her presentations on building bridges of mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds. Her goal is to move beyond just tolerance and achieve equality for all.


In a time when many women were relegated to support roles in the business world, Maureen Clancy of Garden City jumped out in front to become a licensed insurance broker and started an agency with her husband Cummin. Even as a busy working mother of five, Maureen Clancy wasn’t going to let anybody stop her. Indeed, she became the go-to person for many community organizations in and around Garden City. In fact, she was the first woman to serve as Village Trustee and later as Deputy Mayor. She was a Director and President of both the Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the Garden City Historical Society. She was also the first female member of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, where she went on to become President. Maureen still serves on the board of Rota-care which provides free health care for Long Islanders in need. Maureen serves on the Board of Directors of New York Community Bank and Winthrop University Hospital and is on the Parish Council for St. Joseph’s Church.


Dominick Curra of Atlantic Beach has made it his personal mission to help children in need throughout Nassau County. As President of the Peninsula Kiwanis, Dominick helped create the Aktion Club to benefit adults and children with special needs. Through this program – which partners with the Town of Hempstead’s Camp ANCHOR – club members engage in fundraising initiatives, recycling projects, landscape beautification work and other community missions. Dominick also serves as the Co-Coordinator of the Dream Christmas Program in Inwood, providing school supplies, food, and clothing to hundreds of local children. He also volunteers his time to transport families of sick children to the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, Dominick participates in collection drives for local food pantries. As a recipient of the prestigious Teddy Papatsos Award, Dominick Curra is known throughout the New York Kiwanis organization for his work in helping others.


Having served on the Alumni Board of his high school, Levittown resident Steven Dalton epitomizes exactly what it means to be a Chaminade Man: doing the right thing at the right time because it is the right thing to do, regardless of who is watching. For the past seven years, Steven has served as a member of the Levittown Public Library Board of Trustees, becoming the youngest elected person to ever hold the position. Steven now holds the office of Vice President and under his leadership, the Levittown Library has undergone its most expansive renovation in over 50 years. By partnering with local schools, Steven spearheaded the renovation to include an “innovation station,” giving students early exposure to the latest technology. Steven is currently in his first term serving as President of the Kiwanis Club of Levittown. As President, he has expanded membership, increased the number of children that the club sends to Kamp Kiwanis, held programs to curtail distracted driving and helped raise funds to combat pediatric Lyme disease. Before serving as President, Steven chaired the “Terrific Kids” program, where he reached out to local schools to recognize exceptional students throughout the academic year for their good deeds. Steven is also incredibly active in his parish, St. Bernard’s, where he volunteers as a lector and catechist, teaching sixth-graders about Catholicism and preparing them for the sacrament of Confirmation. Never one to remain idle, Steven is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Levittown Historical Society, the Levittown Community Council and the Knights of Columbus.


Anyone who has visited the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick is greeted by the “Merrie Merrick” statue, a symbol of brotherhood and friendship honoring Merrick’s first residents- the peaceful and ‘merry’ Meroke Indians. The idea for the “Merrie Merrick” statue was conceived by Helen Dickinson, a Merrick resident and member of the Historical Society of the Merricks, during the observance of Merrick’s bicentennial in 1993. The statue, which was designed and created by local artist/sculptor Bob Cariola, was first dedicated at the Merrick Commons in 1993 and later relocated to Levy Park in October 2000. This symbol of Merrick’s rich native American heritage now stands at the gates of Levy Park, welcoming thousands of visitors to the plant and wildlife sanctuary annually. Through the years, Helen tirelessly tended to the grounds surrounding the statue. Helen made weekly trips to Levy Park, caring for the plants and flowers surrounding Merrie and ensuring that Merrie stayed in good repair. Her sense of volunteerism truly impressed the Levy Park Rangers who got to know Helen well through the years. Helen’s sweet, kind, and loving demeanor served as an inspiration to so many residents, which fittingly paralleled the true meaning of the Merrie Merrick statue. Helen Dickinson passed away in 2016, but she leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of brotherhood and friendship.


Volunteering with the NAACP, Catherine New of Roosevelt helps empower those who need assistance in ensuring their voices are heard. Working with the Roosevelt Day Committee, Ms. New is helping to celebrate the pride of one of Hempstead’s storied communities. Active in her church, Catherine helps instill faith and guidance in our local youth. And, with a full plate of community involvement, Catherine has focused on the innate link between family and community. The mother of 3 children, Catherine has opened her home to countless other young people in need of mentoring, a hot meal or a shoulder to lean on. Indeed Catherine is proud of her 8 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


From his days as a young soldier fighting for his country in World War II, to his 36-year career as a Nassau County police officer, and now a man in his 90s who maintains his philanthropic spirit, Joseph Santillo of Inwood epitomizes the spirit of the Make a Difference Award. He remains active on the Governing Board of the Sons of Italy in Inwood and as a member of the Inwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Joe also serves as an usher every Sunday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church. Joe Santillo is a Trustee of the Inwood Civic Association, which recently named him “Man of the Year.”


Todd Weinstein of East Meadow takes his salesman know-how and lends his skills to the several community committees of which he chairs, including the Barnum Woods Parent Teacher Association, the Barnum Woods Planning Management Team and the Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow Social Action Committee. Leading the charge for an abundance of fundraisers and drives, Todd spearheads campaigns for his school district and local charities. He has led the fundraising for the Francis X. Hegarty School to repair damages inflicted by Superstorm Sandy, assisted with the Friends of Barnum Woods to raise money for a new playground and ran several food drives for Island Harvest. Todd Weinstein is dedicated to running marathons, including the New York City Marathon, to raise money for local charities. Some of the charities for which he has raised money include the National Meningitis Association, Tuesday’s Children for families of 9-11 victims and Achilles International for disabled athletes. Todd also finds the time to coach East Meadow Baseball and Soccer, PAL Basketball and CYO Baseball.


If there is a committee or service organization in her community of Floral Park, it’s pretty certain that Theresa Whalen has served in a leadership role or at least has contributed in some fashion. Currently, Theresa serves as Lions Club Governor of District 20 K-2 Nassau and Bermuda 2nd Vice District. Theresa has served as President of the Floral Park Lions Club, President of the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce and has held a leadership role or membership in so many organizations. Theresa has demonstrated versatility in leading a diverse set of roles within the community, including the fields of business, education, community service, youth athletics, social services, historical preservation, environmental and civic-minded duties.


“One of the most compelling elements about this program is that the everyday heroes who we salute shun the spotlight and eschew recognition,” concluded Santino. “While pop culture may hog social media, the men and women who we recognize are actually shaping our society in a profound and awe-inspiring fashion.”


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Beloved Uniondale Science Teacher Honored

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby honored and congratulated beloved Uniondale science teacher, Dr. Paul Lichtman, upon the occasion of his retirement after over 25 years of sharing his love of science with young minds. Dr. Lichtman was presented with a Hempstead Town Citation from the Supervisor in front of the entire Town Board and all department heads before today’s scheduled Town Board meeting.


“I have an enormous amount of respect for teachers, especially ones as passionate as Dr. Lichtman,” said Santino. “His excitement and enthusiasm in the classroom created an environment of positive energy which he passed along to the students, making them eager to dive into the fascinating world of science.”


Dr. Lichtman found a home in Uniondale as the Science Research Program Advisor for Uniondale High School, where he spent the majority of his tenure. In an effort to bring his love of science to a broader audience, Dr. Lichtman brought his passion and position to Turtle Hook Middle School in Uniondale to reach out to the younger students of his district in an attempt to get them excited about science.


“I am so grateful to Dr. Lichtman for his service and commitment to the Uniondale School District,” stated Goosby. “I know I am speaking for the entirety of Uniondale when I say thank you for your unparalleled work, and congratulations on your retirement.”


Forever striving to invoke a passion akin to his own in students, Dr. Lichtman was famously always available to lend a helping hand to a student in need. It is in this regard that brought him to mentor students in both the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search, which are national competitions that honor the top high school students in science, math and technology. The prize for the top competitors is a scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 depending upon the placing of the student. Thanks to Dr. Lichtman’s diligent mentoring, several of his students went on to receive national recognition in these competitions, helping to finance their college careers.


“My sincerest congratulations to Dr. Lichtman on his retirement,” concluded Santino. “While his presence will be missed from the hallways, his energy and kindness will live on through each of his students.”


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Local Officials Mark 90th Anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s Transatlantic Flight

‘Spirit of St. Louis’ Lifted Off From Hempstead Town


“The Spirit of St. Louis” lives on in Hempstead Town! Recently, at a monument in Westbury that marks the town-landmarked take-off spot of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra celebrated “Transatlantic Flight Day” and the 90th anniversary of the moment that made aviation history. Also attending were Hempstead Town Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and history enthusiast Adam Sackowitz.


Supervisor Santino also presented a Town of Hempstead Proclamation to Sackowitz in recognition of his dedicated efforts to educate the public on the local history and global significance of Lindbergh’s flight.


“The story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight is known throughout the world, but not everyone knows he began his journey by lifting off right here in America’s largest township,” stated Supervisor Santino. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to commemorate ‘Transatlantic Flight Day’ and the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic flight.”


In July 2013, the Town of Hempstead landmarked the Lindbergh take-off site, which is located just outside a parking garage at The Mall at the Source in Westbury. Landmark status protects the monument from any alterations without permission from the town. The town also worked closely with New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra, who passed legislation in Albany to declare May 20th as “Transatlantic Flight Day in New York.”


“I am proud to have played a role in preserving an important piece of aviation history,” said Assemblyman Ra. “I have passed a resolution in the New York State Assembly, declaring May 20th ‘Transatlantic Flight Day,’ memorializing the achievement of Charles Lindbergh and Hempstead Town’s role in this important historical monument.”


“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino to mark the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “What’s more, this landmarked monument will help educate our youth for generations to come.”


“Charles Lindbergh’s journey is a large part of the rich and treasured history we have here in America’s largest township,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It is an honor to be a part of the 90th anniversary celebration.”


Lindbergh’s flight took place on May 20, 1927. He took off from the Westbury location after gunning his “Spirit of St. Louis” plane down a muddy runway, barely clearing low-hanging telephone wires. Thirty-three hours and 3,500 miles later, he landed safely in Paris.


“The legacy of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight lives on even after 90 years,” concluded Santino. “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Adam Sackowitz and all the men and women who helped preserve this piece of Hempstead Town history.”


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First-Time Homebuyers Seminar – Hempstead Town to Provide Details on Mortgages, Taxes, Inspections and More

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you! Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin have announced a series of ten home-buying seminars for first time buyers. The seminars will feature financial expert Anthony Genova, who comes equipped with over a dozen years of experience in presenting first-time home buyers programs with a major international financial institution.


“Buying a home is an important milestone in a person’s life,” said Santino. “However there are intricacies and last-minute complications that may arise, potentially making it a tense experience. Our seminars will prepare first-time homebuyers with the tools and knowledge they need to confidently buy their first home.”


The seminars will provide information on mortgages, inspections, title insurance, contracts, tax payment information/options and closings. Attendees will also obtain details on their eligibility for tax exemptions, tax information, tips on how to challenge home assessments and information on local governments, including the town, county and school district.


“Our home buying seminars are rewarding and useful for residents,” said Clavin. “Real estate and home buying can be tricky, but Hempstead Town is here to give you the ‘keys’ to home ownership.”


The seminars will be held on the following dates:


  • Tuesday, May 23rd at 7p.m. at East Rockaway Public Library (477 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway)
  • Thursday, June 15th at 7p.m. at Hempstead Town Hall Pavilion (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)
  • Thursday, June 22nd at 7p.m. at Valley Stream Village Hall (123 South Central Avenue, Valley Stream)
  • Monday, June 26th at 7p.m. at Island Park Library (176 Long Beach Road, Island Park)
  • Tuesday, June 27th at 7p.m. at Oceanside Public Library (30 Davison Avenue, Oceanside)
  • Wednesday, June 28th at 7p.m. at Elmont Memorial Library (700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont)
  • Monday, July 17th at 7p.m. at Floral Park Library (17 Caroline Avenue, Floral Park)
  • Thursday, July 20th at 7p.m. at Merrick Library (2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick)
  • Tuesday, July 25th at 7p.m. at Levittown Public Library (1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown)
  • Tuesday, August 1st at 7p.m. at Hewlett-Woodmere Library (1125 Broadway, Hewlett)
  • Thursday, August 3rd at 7p.m. at Baldwin Public Library (2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin)
  • Tuesday, August 22nd at 7p.m. at Wantagh Library (3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh)


For more information on the upcoming seminars, please call Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Office at (516)538-1500.


“We are always excited to welcome new neighbors to America’s Largest Township,” concluded Santino. “Whether you’re looking to relocate or simply are buying your first home, I encourage you to attend one of these informative seminars.”


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Town of Hempstead Participates in ‘Students in Government Day’

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino handed over the reins to a student for a day as part of Students in Government Day 2017, on Monday, May 15, 2017, while 12 other students from throughout the township were sworn in as department heads and called into duty during a mock severe weather scenario.


“Well over four years have passed since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on communities throughout the Town of Hempstead, but the path of destruction is still evident with homes being repaired and our beaches undergoing a major restoration project in time for the summer season,” stated Supervisor Santino. “As Hurricane season is about to commence yet again, this program is a great opportunity for 11th grade government students to experience first-hand how government responds during times of crisis.”


By working through a mock hurricane scenario, the students learned how closely all town departments have to work together in order to best serve the residents in an emergency. The scenario featured a hurricane headed straight for Long Island. Students interacted in their various roles to protect the safety and well-being of town residents in the midst of the weather crisis. The real department heads guided them throughout the day.


Students from the following schools participated in the mock severe weather scenario: Calhoun High School, East Meadow High School, Elmont Memorial High School, Floral Park Memorial High School, Hewlett High School, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Lawrence High School, Mepham High School, Sacred Heart Academy and Valley Stream South High School.


Students reconvened for a final emergency management meeting where they each provided a brief update of what transpired within their department. Afterward, they had a question and answer session with Supervisor Santino and council members.


“These students are all learning about government this year, and Students in Government Day is a truly hands-on lesson for them,” concluded Supervisor Santino.


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Hempstead Town to Raise Flag for National Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 14th is not only a special day for mothers, but it also kicks off National Police Week. On Monday, May 15th at 10:00a.m., Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino will be raising the Thin Blue Line Flag on the front steps of Town Hall in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Joining the Supervisor will be his town board colleagues and a host of representatives from a variety of police organizations and unions.


“It is impossible to express enough gratitude to our everyday heroes who protect and serve,” said Santino. “I am humbled to have this opportunity to fully recognize their dedication to keeping our communities safe.”


National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually on May 15th. Signed into law in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy, the observance is held annually to honor and remember the officers who perished or were disabled in the line of duty. Twenty years after its inception, a memorial service began in Senate Park in Washington D.C., where approximately 120 survivors and supporters gathered to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. Today, the observance continues to grow and attracts thousands of attendees each year.


“I am proud to stand with Supervisor Santino as the Town of Hempstead recognizes the hard work and selflessness exhibited by the brave men and women who protect us each and every day,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We are honored to stand with local police departments to raise the Thin Blue Line Flag.”


“Today marks an important observance and a significant week,” commented Councilman Gary Hudes. “Police officers go above and beyond for our communities and I heartily welcome any opportunity to show our appreciation for their hard work.”


“Our police officers are the best of the best,” added Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “I am thankful for their staunch perseverance in keeping our neighborhoods safe.”


“As a former NYPD detective, this day carries a lot of weight for me,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “Now, as a civilian, I have an even greater appreciation for the commitment of our resolute police force.”


“It is with immeasurable thanks to our dedicated police officers that Hempstead Town can continue to remain one of the safest places in which to live, work and raise a family,” stated Santino. “This important day of observance is critical in ensuring that our heroes in blue are never forgotten.”


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Hempstead Town Board Adopts Contract to Redevelop Downtown Baldwin

Hempstead Town, Respected Developer Partner for Visionary Growth


Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and the Hempstead Town Board, adopted a contract to redevelop part of Downtown Baldwin as the centerpiece of the township’s Urban Renewal Plan for the hamlet’s business district. The contract will set the stage for a major transformative development project that will redefine the west side of Grand Avenue immediately north of Merrick Road and the north side of Merrick Road to the west of Grand Avenue.


“I am pleased that the Hempstead Town Board has taken a very positive step to bring about sustainable and forward-looking development in downtown Baldwin,” said Santino. “A transformative development project in the heart of the business district can spur economic activity, create a unique community destination and revitalize this hamlet’s downtown.”


The development contract sets forth an agenda and timetable for an urban renewal project that will be spearheaded by the highly regarded development group, Engel Burman-Basser Kaufman (EB-BK) and Hempstead Town officials. The developer has indicated that its vision for the site includes mixed-use development featuring residential homes atop retail and restaurant businesses.


“Supervisor Santino, the Town Board and I are committed to building a more prosperous futute for downtown Baldwin,” said Goosby. “This project will deliver on the promise of a dynamic and exciting downtown.”


Among some of the key points and timeframe elements in the project’s agenda are appraisal work, environmental analysis, property acquisition, rezoning of parcels, possible transfer of government properties to the developer and economic incentives. During the 90 days that immediately succeeds the contract approval, Hempstead Town will complete all appraisals of properties in the urban renewal zone that are being considered for redevelopment. The town will also pursue property transfer/use approvals from local governments whose properties would/could be impacted by the project. The town’s municipal parking field is within the urban renewal zone, as is a Nassau County storm drainage culvert. A small parcel of fire district property may also be impacted. Further, Hempstead Town will be taking a proactive role in creating a building development zone if the development contract is adopted.


At the same time, EB-BK will be working with architects and design professionals on conceptual plans. Additionally, the developer will be pursuing the “arms-length” acquisition of properties within the project area through private sale.


Further elements of the project could include the acquisition of parcels through eminent domain if private sales agreements cannot be reached. EB-BK will also seek financial/economic benefits through the local Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The Hempstead Town Board will have no role in the negotiation of any IDA benefits package secured by the developer.


Previous Urban Renewal Projects that have been the subject of Town Board action failed to reach fruition due to a weakened capital finance market, a sagging economy and contractions in retail growth sectors, among other factors. The Supervisor has expressed confidence that a rebounding real estate and business economy, along with greater activity in the capital finance community, will help make this redevelopment project succeed.


“This contract is the result of a progressive partnership between town government and private sector developers to ensure visionary growth in downtown Baldwin,” concluded Santino. “I am eager for this project to move forward, and I want to be able to put a shovel in the ground to start construction.”


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Hempstead Town to Host Ace in the Hole Beach Walk & Run to Honor Memory of Fallen Marine

Marine 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi, who lost his life commanding a tank unit in the Iraqi desert 11 years ago, was a hometown boy from Garden City who cherished his time surfing the waves at Lido West Town Park. Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Ace in the Hole Foundation will be at that same beach on Saturday, May 13th to honor the fallen hero during the 8th Annual Beach Run & Walk Fundraiser at Lido West.


The two-mile charity beach walk/run begins at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony to start at approximately 10:30 a.m.


“We’re proud to welcome the LiCalzi family back to Lido West Town Park, along with Michael’s friends, admirers and fellow Marines, to salute his heroism and support his foundation that provides assistance to fellow heroes and other charitable causes,” Santino said. “There is no better place than Lido West to honor the memory of 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi. He spent so many wonderful moments enjoying the sand and surf with his family and friends.”


The Ace in the Hole Foundation, created in Michael’s memory, provides financial aid, material assistance and other help to charitable organizations and causes, with particular emphasis given to the support of Marine tankers. “Ace in the Hole” is the slogan for the 2nd Tank Battalion, in which Michael heroically served.


The Ace in the Hole Foundation has designated the 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi Scholarship Fund, the 2nd Tank Battalion, the United Veterans Beacon House, the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST) and the Mary and Jim White Unit for the Care of People with Huntington’s Disease Center at ArchCare at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center as the beneficiaries of this year’s fundraising efforts. Through previous editions of the run/walk, the Ace in the Hole Foundation has raised more than $80,000 for charitable causes.


Day of event registration will be held at Lido West Town Park, 200 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, with a student/child rate of $10. Active duty personnel and military veterans will be admitted free of charge. Go online to to register in advance or for more information on the run/walk. A two-mile course will be set up along the beachfront at Lido West, and participants may choose to run or walk the distance. Participants will also receive a commemorative t-shirt during a free, pre-event breakfast.


“Come down to Lido West Town Park on May 13th and join us in saluting the life and legacy of an American hero from our hometown by participating in the Ace in the Hole Foundation’s Run and Walk,” Santino said. “Thank you to the LiCalzi family for their hard work and support of our military and their families.”


For additional information on 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi and the Ace in the Hole Foundation, or to make a post event donation, visit


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Free Youth Basketball Clinics: Hempstead Town Teams with Long Island Nets

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad announced a new partnership with the Long Island Nets to provide free youth basketball clinics this summer at Hempstead Town parks.


“Teaming up with the Long Island Nets to provide free basketball clinics for kids is a ‘slam dunk,’” Santino said. “Thanks to the Nets, our kids can learn how to play like the pros.”


The Long Island Nets, the National Basketball Development League affiliate (NBADL) of the Brooklyn Nets, are Hempstead Town’s new professional basketball team. Led by Head Coach Ronald Nored, the team is set to start playing home games this fall at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The Long Island Nets played their inaugural 2016-17 season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as renovations to the new Coliseum were finalized.


“The Long Island Nets are a wonderful team and a passionate organization,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am proud to have such an accomplished team call Hempstead Town their home.”


The Town of Hempstead and the Long Island Nets have scheduled three basketball clinics for 2017. All three clinics, for ages 6 to 13, will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The clinics are open to Town of Hempstead residents only.


  • Saturday, July 15 at Veterans Memorial Park in East Meadow
  • Saturday, August 12 at Oceanside Park in Oceanside
  • Saturday, September 16 at Newbridge Road Park in South Bellmore


“This is a great opportunity for our youth to not only learn the fundamentals of basketball from actual professionals, but also a chance to learn some valuable life lessons,” added Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.


Long Island Nets clinicians teach teamwork, leadership and responsibility through basketball. Youth will learn basketball fundamentals like passing, dribbling, shooting, footwork, conditioning, and offensive and defensive skills. There will also be Long Island Nets giveaways for participants.


“This initiative is the first building block of what will be an enduring relationship between the Long Island Nets and the Town of Hempstead as we continue to serve our neighborhood,” said Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations of the Long Island Nets. “With a focus on the future and a commitment to community development, we hope to foster the growth of the next generation of Long Island Nets basketball players and fans alike.”


For more information on the clinics, e-mail: or call Victor Sparaccio at 516-292-9000, ext. 7245. Register online at: (beginning on June 1st ).


Participants are limited to one clinic date. Space is limited.


“We welcome the Long Island Nets to America’s largest township and wish them the best as they gear up for their first season in their new home at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Santino said.


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Santino, Ahmad Announce ‘Passport Day in Hempstead Town’

Providing Convenient Weekend Service on Saturday, May 13th


The hard-working residents of Hempstead Town know that it’s often challenging enough to reserve a week for a much-needed vacation, much less additional time to visit Town Hall to apply for a U.S. Passport. That is why Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad are hosting “Passport Day in Hempstead Town” on Saturday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hempstead Town Hall. Residents will be able to apply for a passport outside regularly scheduled business hours.


“Obtaining a passport is the first step neighbors must take when it comes to planning an outside-the-United States vacation or other international venture,” stated Supervisor Santino. “We understand that some residents do not have the chance to visit Town Hall on weekdays, and we are confident that many will take advantage of this convenient weekend date of May 13th.


All persons, including children of any age, are required to obtain passports in their own name for travel to foreign countries. The same documentation is mandated for entering or re-entering the United States. Full details on required information, identification and fees are available on the town website at or on the State Department website at


“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino to host ‘Passport Day in Hempstead Town’ on May 13th at Town Hall,” added Town Clerk Ahmad. “My dedicated staff in the Town Clerk’s Office is ready to assist neighbors with passport applications, as well as answering any questions or concerns.”


Applicants should expect to receive their passports within six to eight weeks. If they need a quicker turnaround, residents can opt for expedited service for an additional fee. The town also offers a mobile passport option (not on May 13th), in which Town Clerk staff can visit a location to process passport applications for large groups.


Hempstead Town will also be announcing details of an upcoming Passport Day in the 5 Towns, scheduled for June 4th at Cedarhurst Village Hall. This event is being hosted for those who are unable to attend the May 13th date due to religious observance or scheduling conflicts.


Hempstead Town Hall is located at 1 Washington Street in Hempstead. For more information about “Passport Day in Hempstead Town,” please call (516) 812-3046 or visit


Visit the Town of Hempstead website