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Santino Proposes Major Ethics Reform

Supervisor’s Proposal Would Limit Outside Income for Elected Officials, Enhance Public Disclosure & Target Conflicts of Interest

 

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that he will be proposing comprehensive ethics reform legislation, calling for a September 5th Town Board hearing on the matter. The reform package would place strict limits on outside income for elected officials, enhance public disclosure requirements and aggressively target conflicts of interest.

 

“I pride myself on holding our township’s elected officials, managers and all municipal employees to the highest ethical standards,” announced Supervisor Santino. “The package of reforms that I have assembled will comprise the strongest and most comprehensive ethics legislation of any local government on Long Island.”

 

The cornerstone of the Santino ethics legislation is a provision that limits the outside income that may be earned by town elected officials to $125,000 annually. This income limitation would be separate and apart from the town governmental salaries earned by elected officials. Additionally, the town believes that this is the first such “outside income limit” provision advanced by any township on Long Island.

 

“It is time for everyone in government to decide if they are going to put the people whom they serve before personal profits,” said Santino. “I stand on the side of the hard-working taxpayers who call Hempstead Town home, the people who I have been elected to serve.”

 

In addition to the outside income restriction for elected officials, a variety of other ethics regulations govern and control outside income, employment and consulting work for the township’s employees and officials. Among the Supervisor’s ethics provisions in this area are:

 

  • Engaging in employment or consulting activities with entities that conduct business with the town is expressly prohibited, except if such undertakings are vetted by the town’s ethics board and found to present no conflict with the interests of town taxpayers.
  • Speaking fees and honoraria are barred for elected officials and employees for presentations that are on/related to Hempstead Town.
  • Both elected officials and employees are barred from employment or consulting agreements with entities or governments that would require the town employee to engage in actions that are in conflict with the town’s interests.
  • Elected officials and managerial employees are prohibited from lobbying or engaging in the selling of materials or services to the town for a period of not less than two years after leaving town employment.
  • The use of town equipment or facilities by elected officials and employees for private business or other non-town use is expressly prohibited.
  • Service on boards of other public governing entities (except non-paying positions) by elected officials and town managers is not permissible.
  • The acceptance of any gifts, meals, trips, entertainment tickets or loans in excess of $25 by an elected official or town employee is forbidden.

 

“I take very seriously the oath that town elected officials take to serve the public, and I expect no less from all town employees,” stated Santino. “That’s why I am placing strict guidelines on outside employment, consulting agreements and all forms of compensation that are inappropriate or could present a conflict of interest.”

 

Another key area of focus in the Supervisor’s ethics reform proposal is that of public disclosure. Santino indicated that transparency in government is the best safeguard against public corruption and conflicts of interest. Some of the “public disclosure” reforms being advanced by the Supervisor include the following:

 

  • Online publishing of all public works contracts and contract bids will be required. The documents to be posted online shall include disclosure of all persons with interest in the bidding entities, as well as disclosure of relationship between those parties and town elected officials and employees.
  • Elected officials and managerial employees who learn that they have an economic interest in any business or entity that has a contract or is seeking a contract with the town must immediately publicly disclose such interest.
  • All elected officials and other employees subject to submission of financial disclosure will have copies of these documents posted on the town’s website.

 

“Public disclosure is the hallmark of transparent and accountable government officials,” said Santino. “This legislation opens a broad window on the operations of government, as well as the conduct of elected officials and town employees.”

 

The Supervisor’s ethics plan proposes powerful restrictions in dealing with relatives of elected officials and town employees:

 

  • Elected members of the Town Board are prohibited from voting on issues that affect immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother or child and step relatives). Such issues include hiring, promotions, transfers, leave of absences, extended sick leave, etc.
  • Elected officials, managers and all employees are barred from having direct managerial authority over immediate family members.

 

“We’re taking steps to ensure that the treatment of relatives of officials and employees is completely beyond reproach,” noted Santino.

 

Santino called public corruption “a scourge on government service,” and detailed additional steps that his legislation takes to protect against those municipal officials who violate the public’s trust:

 

  • Elected officials, town employees and others acting on behalf of the town are barred from continuing in such a capacity when convicted of a felony.
  • Persons convicted of a felony are banned from being a candidate for town elective office.

 

“Today, Hempstead Town is in the vanguard of accountable and responsive government with this sweeping package of ethics reforms,” concluded Santino. “From limiting outside income for elected officials and enhancing public disclosure to targeting conflicts of interest, our township continues to put people ahead of politics and personal profit.”

 

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Santino ‘Links’ Hempstead Town to Troops

Town Donates Stray Golf Balls to Soldiers Overseas

 

From the beautiful seaside Lido Golf Club in Lido Beach, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced an exciting new initiative that is sure to be a “hole-in-one” success story. Starting with today’s inaugural “golf bag” full of gifts for soldiers, Hempstead Town will be donating all recovered golf balls from both the Merrick and Lido golf courses to soldiers stationed overseas and wounded warriors who are stateside through the “Bunkers in Baghdad” charity. Joining the Supervisor for this uplifting announcement was Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., United Veterans Organization President Frank Colon and Secretary Lenny Goldstein.

 

“Both of our beautiful Hempstead Town golf courses receive a large amount of play, so much so that our employees are constantly finding stray golf balls while tending to the courses,” began Santino. “‘Bunkers in Baghdad’ offers a gratifying way to deal with our surplus of golf balls while also giving us the extra opportunity to continuously support our troops.”

 

“Bunkers in Baghdad” is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends used golf balls, clubs and equipment to our troops around the world, with a focus on the men and women currently serving in combat zones. It was founded in 2008 when charity president Joe Hanna learned that stationed soldiers created makeshift driving ranges in the desert as a form of relief from the stress of war. Starting with a small initial shipment, “Bunkers in Baghdad” has sent over 8 million golf balls and over 600,000 clubs to Afghanistan and 64 other countries, as well as to facilities in each of the 50 states. “Bunkers in Baghdad” has been praised numerous times by scores of deployed units for raising morale and providing a positive recreational outlet for troops.

 

“Getting involved with ‘Bunkers in Baghdad’ is a wonderful way to utilize all of the extra golf balls collected by the golf course employees,” said Goosby. “I admire the Supervisor’s humanity in this kind gesture.”

 

In addition to collecting golf balls, Supervisor Santino is also inviting anyone who has extra golf clubs or equipment lying around the home to bring them to Lido Golf Club. From there, the town will ship the collected items, along with our golf ball packages, to hero soldiers currently stationed overseas or to wounded warriors.

 

“We are extremely grateful to the Town of Hempstead, and to everyone who plays at Merrick or Lido this season, for welcoming Bunkers in Baghdad into the strong golf community here. The Bunkers Day kickoff event and any equipment donations that may follow speak volumes about the warmth and generosity of the people who live, work, and play in Hempstead,” said Bunkers in Baghdad Founder and President Joe Hanna. “Every contribution — whether it’s a handful of golf balls from the garage, a single putter, or a second-best set of clubs — represents a comforting slice of home and a gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military. To a U.S. soldier stationed overseas, a wounded warrior making her way through injury rehabilitation, or a veteran of foreign service, it means the world to know that the folks in places like Hempstead respect their service and are thinking of them. We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and consideration.”

 

“Next time the ball slices the way you don’t want it to, drop another ball and take a second shot,” said D’Esposito. “That stray ball will be found by a golf course employee and will be collected for a great cause.”

 

Hempstead Town operates two stunning public courses. Merrick Golf Course, a 9-hole, par 36 course right next to Merrick Cove, and Lido Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course in Lido Beach, overlooking the scenic Reynolds Channel. The Lido Golf Club has received a surge of players since it reopened this past Father’s Day after an extensive two-week rehabilitation period. Hempstead Town assumed the day-to-day management of the popular golfing destination after decades of private management. Since its reopening, employees have been finding and stockpiling stray balls by the hundreds. Additionally, Lido Golf Club now accepts online reservations, visit www.lidogolfcourse.com to reserve tee times.

 

“Thanking our troops only goes so far,” said Dunne. “Thanks to the Supervisor’s new initiative, we’ll be able to support our troops by sending them a ‘slice’ of home with ‘Bunkers in Baghdad.’”

 

“I invite players from all over to come to a Hempstead Town golf course and lose some golf balls for a great cause,” concluded Santino. “Now’s a perfect time to teach a friend or relative the game of golf, just be sure to bring plenty of balls.”

 

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Santino Thinks ‘Inside the Box’ to Trap ‘Bumper Crop’ of Beachside Terror Insects

A cool, wet Spring season, followed by hot, steamy summer weather, has resulted in a “bumper crop” of greenhead flies (aka green flies) along Long Island’s south shore. Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has declared war on the large pesky, blood-sucking insects while being environmentally responsible by deploying 25 new fly boxes (aka fly traps/fly cages) to trap and eliminate tens of thousands of these winged pests on a daily basis. Joining Supervisor Santino at a “fly-bye” demonstration at a waterside location in Lido Beach were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.

 

“I pride myself on thinking ‘outside the box’ when it comes to developing solutions to issues that confront our government,” stated Santino. “When it came to dealing with the problems presented by hordes of large, green, biting flies, however, we actually had to think ‘inside the box’ to help provide relief for residents.”

 

Thinking “inside the box”, Santino and Hempstead Town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways are deploying a fresh batch of 25 fly boxes just ahead of the peak greenhead season. These traps will augment the 35 existing boxes that the town has located across the township’s salt marshes. Each trap is capable of catching up to 2,500 flies per day. Accordingly, the newly deployed traps will keep over 60,000 greenhead flies per day away from area residents, beachgoers and boaters. Combining the 25 new traps with the existing 35 fly boxes, the town can trap over 150,000 flies per day.

 

“Supervisor Santino is putting forth an aggressive and proactive agenda to control the problem of greenhead flies,” stated Goosby. “Because of this effort, more people will be able to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.”

 

While the exact science behind the attraction the flytraps hold for greenheads is a subject of debate, it is known that the flies are attracted to heat and dark colors. The dark-colored boxes absorb sunlight, becoming very hot, and the insects enter the boxes, which are suspended on stilts, from below. Once entering the trap’s internal screens, the flies are unable to escape and they dehydrate.

 

“The greenhead fly can turn an enjoyable day at the beach into a nightmare,” said D’Esposito. “These traps help reduce the number of biting flies, providing welcome relief to beachgoers.”

 

Greenhead flies live in salt marshes along coastal areas, appearing in waterside areas from late June through August. The flies are much larger than the common housefly, reaching as long as a half of an inch. On a quest for blood, the main source of nutrition for the greenhead, the winged pest is capable of flying a couple of miles inland. Adult greenheads have a lifespan of three to four weeks.

 

The female greenhead fly lays approximately 200 eggs at a time. Upon producing eggs, the female greenhead fly requires a fresh supply of blood to be able to produce another batch of eggs. Unfortunately, the period when the greenhead flies are most active coincides with the popular beach and fishing season. Mid-July through early August is the peak period of activity for the greenhead, resulting in a high volume of bites.

 

“Summertime is a great time to live in and visit Hempstead Town,” said Dunne. “Having fly traps will ensure fun outdoor trips are not interrupted by these annoying insects.”

 

Because of their size, greenhead flies are relatively resistant to insecticide. In fact, insecticide generally eradicates the weaker flies, leaving behind a strong stock of “super greenheads.” The amount of insecticide required to kill greenheads would have undesirable effects on the environment and be incompatible with Santino’s environmentally conscious approach to pest control. The fly traps are completely environmentally friendly and are produced at a cost of approximately $100 each (includes labor and materials).

 

“Sometimes you have to think inside the box, especially when it comes to catching big, blood-sucking greenhead flies,” concluded Santino. “By deploying more fly boxes to catch these summertime pests, we can make outdoor summer activities more enjoyable for south shore residents, boaters and beachgoers.”

 

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Santino Negotiates Lean Labor Agreement with Hempstead’s Union Workforce

Town Board Approves Agreement That Holds Salary Adjustments Below Rate of Inflation, Includes Health Insurance Savings and Other Cost-Cutting Measures

 

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has negotiated a lean labor agreement proposal between the town and its unionized workforce. The agreement, which was approved by the town board at its July 11, 2017 meeting, constrains annual cost-of-living salary adjustments and other wage-based payments well below the rate at which consumer prices have risen. The agreement also features a number of cost-cutting measures in several areas including employee health insurance and worker’s compensation. The taxpayer-friendly wage and benefits agreement would cover a five-year term, spanning 2017 through 2021.

 

“Showing the highest regard for our township’s taxpayers and aggressively controlling governmental costs are among my top priorities as Hempstead Town Supervisor,” said Santino. “Keeping cost-of-living salary increases well under the rate of inflation demonstrates my administration’s commitment to living within a strict budget. What’s more, cutting costs in areas such as health insurance and worker’s compensation will demonstrate that government can operate more efficiently, just like a business. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the town’s CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), Local 880 President Charlie Sellitto for sharing my commitment to the town’s taxpayers, as well as the members of the CSEA.”

 

The agreement provides for no cost-of-living adjustment for the first two years of the contract period (2017 and 2018), but rather includes a one-time payment of 1.5 percent in each of those years which will not serve as part of base salary in the calculation of future compensation adjustments. This differs substantially from cost-of-living salary adjustments. For example, an employee who earns $50,000 would receive a $750 “one time” payment in both 2017 and 2018. However, cost-of-living increase included in the third year of the agreement (2019) would still be calculated based upon a salary of $50,000 since the $1,500 “one time” payments ($750 in 2017 and $750 in 2018) would not be counted as a salary increase, but rather “one time” payments. This innovative approach to employee compensation alone would save the town 3 percent in avoided salary cost increases for affected employees over the five-year term of the contract.

 

The agreement does include cost-of-living salary adjustments in the final three years of the agreement (2019, 2020 and 2021) totaling 1.75, 1.75 and 2.0 percent respectively, increases that remain significantly below the rate at which consumer prices have risen during the first five months of 2017 (the most recent period for which data is available). Indeed, the CPI (Consumer Price Index) for this period has risen by 2.36 percent.

 

A host of cost-cutting measures are also contained in the agreement. A health insurance cost containment measure would require all employees who select any of the town’s health insurance options, other than the least costly, to pay the difference in cost. This measure would save the town $109,000 in the first year. Another contract component would eliminate the ability of married couples who both work for the town to carry duplicative health insurance coverage (two separate policies). A savings of $300,000 annually would result from this change. More stringent reporting requirements for injured employees who are on workers compensation is anticipated to save up to $2 million per year.

 

“I am focused on making government run more cost effectively and efficiently for our taxpayers,” said Santino. “We’re controlling costs and operating in a manner that offers genuine accountability to the taxpayers. Doing ‘more with less’ is more than just a phrase in Hempstead Town, it is a way of doing business.”

 

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Santino Presents Veterans Service Awards During Patriotic ‘Salute to Veterans’ Event

Town Also Hosts Free Concert and Fireworks Show to Mark Our Nation’s Independence

 

In recognition of our nation’s independence, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Town of Hempstead recently held a patriotic “Salute to Veterans” at Town Park Point Lookout, thanking veterans for their service in preserving America’s freedom and democracy. Santino presented the town’s prestigious Veterans Service Award to seven veterans and recognized a civilian volunteer during the event. The evening’s festivities also included a concert and fireworks display.

 

“The Town of Hempstead Veterans Service Award is presented to vets who have dedicated their lives to helping fellow veterans in their time of need,” stated Santino. “It is my honor and privilege to recognize these outstanding men and women for everything they do in the veteran community.”

 

The 2017 recipients of the Veterans Service Award are Salvatore Chiaffitelli of East Rockaway, Robert Chiappone of East Meadow, Sharon Earley-Davis of South Floral Park, Joseph McCarthy of Lynbrook, Rafael Rivera of Baldwin, Joseph Santillo of Inwood, and Anthony Thomas of Roosevelt. Carol Hassett of Malverne received the Veterans Volunteer Service Award.

 

The seven honorees were selected by the Town of Hempstead’s Veterans Advisory Committee which chose each honoree based upon their service to other veterans. The committee gathered information and endorsements from veterans’ organizations throughout the township.

 

The town also welcomed many distinguished color guard units, including the Nassau County American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, Nassau County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars (Levittown VFW Post 9592), East Rockaway VFW Post 3350, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82, Vietnam War Veterans Association, and the 11th New York Regiment of the United States Volunteers.

 

Also attending was the Hempstead Plains Vintage Car Club, which provided an array of vintage vehicles.

 

Supervisor Santino also thanked the many local businesses that helped make the event possible, particularly the pre-ceremony veterans reception. Sponsors included Swingbellys Beachside BBQ (event sponsor), Chicken Carnival, Naturally Boulder Artesian Water, Dover Caterers, Key Food of Long Beach and Entenmann’s Family Bakery of East Meadow.

 

The Salute to Veterans event was immediately followed by a concert by country music sensation Jerrod Niemann, concluding with an extraordinary fireworks show sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.

 

Santino concluded, “Thank you to all of our veterans for helping to preserve all that we hold dear in America, and for making the Town of Hempstead such a great place in which to live, work and raise a family.”

 

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Santino Invites Residents to Kick Off Summer With Town’s July Independence Celebration: July 8

Event Features Salute to Veterans, Concert and Fireworks Show

 

The official 4th of July celebration may be over, but summer in America’s largest township doesn’t truly kick off until the Town of Hempstead Independence Celebration on Saturday, July 8th. Featuring a great country singer, Jerrod Neimann, a breathtaking fireworks display, a car show and a patriotic salute to veterans, this great event is the perfect way for friends and family to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The evening’s festivities are provided free of charge, and tickets are not required.

 

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all residents to attend the Independence Celebration, which kicks off the Town of Hempstead’s Summer Concert Series, a slate of 24 shows that are being provided free of charge throughout America’s largest township. Over the next two months, residents will enjoy great original music, as well as bands covering Billy Joel, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Journey and much more.

 

“The Town of Hempstead Summer Concert Series is always a fun experience, and provides great evening and weekend entertainment for the whole family,” stated Supervisor Anthony J. Santino. “We encourage all neighbors to attend the concert, fireworks and veterans salute on July 8th, and take advantage of other great shows throughout the summer season.”

 

The Salute to Veterans event, honoring veterans who volunteer their time to help fellow vets in need, will begin at 7:30PM. A concert by Jerrod Neimann will commence at 8PM, and the festivities will conclude with a fireworks show presented by Bay Fireworks at 9:15PM.

 

Swingbellys BBQ of Long Beach is hosting a pre-concert reception for veteran honorees, with support from Chicken Carnival of North Merrick.

 

The rain date for the July 8th event is Sunday, July 9th. If the event is held on July 9th, Completely Unchained (a Van Halen Tribute) will be performing. For additional information on summer concerts or to receive a 2017 Concert Schedule, call the Town of Hempstead Parks Department at (516) 292-9000, extension 7480 or visit the town web site, www.toh.li.

 

Due to the large audience attending this event, residents should expect traffic while exiting this event. Please observe directions of traffic officers and safety officials.

 

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Hempstead Town Hosting First-Time Homebuyer Seminars

Buying your first home can be one of life’s greatest experiences. But, before you’re ready to move in, there will be documents to review, papers to sign and a great deal of information to sift through. Fortunately, the Town of Hempstead is giving residents the “keys” to home ownership through a series of First-Time Homebuyer Seminars, which provide a step-by-step guide to the home-buying process.

 

The seminars, presented by Supervisor Anthony Santino and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, offer detailed information about mortgages, inspections, title insurance, contracts, tax exemptions, how to challenge your new home’s assessment and property tax payment options.

 

We encourage first-time homebuyers to attend one of the seminars listed below for excellent tips and guidance, and receive the “keys” to home ownership! All seminars begin at 7 PM.

 

  • Monday, July 17th – Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Avenue, Floral Park
  • Thursday, July 20th -Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick
  • Tuesday, July 25th – Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown
  • Tuesday, August 1st – Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett
  • Thursday, August 3rd – Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
  • Tuesday, August 22nd – Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh

 

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Hempstead Town Continues Full Care of Feral Cat Colony at Waste Transfer Station

Protects Public by Restricting Access to Site That Processes 22k Tons of Waste & Utilizes Heavy Trucks, Equipment

 

Hempstead Town is maintaining its strong and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals in their natural habitat, including feral cats, by continuing the humane care of a colony of cats at a municipal sanitation site. At the same time, America’s largest township is continuing to protect the public at the waste handling facility in Oceanside. Specifically, town personnel are caring for a colony of feral cats at the sanitation transfer station, continuing the task of feeding, providing shelter and changing litter for the feline population at the site. Simultaneously, the facility has restricted access to the sanitation facility, which handles over 22,000 tons of waste a year, to municipal employees. Restrictions are in place as a matter of safety, as well as to minimize the liability exposure to the township and its taxpayers.

 

Feeding and care of the cats has continued without interruption at the site where cats benefit from a spacious shelter which offers protection from the elements. Further, the animals have been subject to a humane TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program to control overpopulation. The kind and competent caring of the colony was affirmed during a June 23rd inspection by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The independent and highly respected agency found no deficiencies in the care rendered and the inspector indicated that the agency was well satisfied with the conditions and care of the cats.

 

The Oceanside Transfer Station is a sanitation facility operated by the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation. Trained workers handle over 22,000 tons of material that pass through the facility’s gates on an annual basis. Bulky items (i.e. refrigerators and washing machines, etc.), municipal agricultural waste, landscaper waste, newspapers, metal, shredded paper, e-cycling waste and other materials are among the items processed and handled at the transfer station.

 

The site does not allow entry of the general public onto the property as serious safety risks exist for persons who are not familiar or trained to deal with the facility’s operations and equipment. Indeed, payloaders, large trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment present conditions that are not safe or suitable for the general public. Serious liability risks for the town and its taxpayers would result if the public were provided access to the site.

 

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Town of Hempstead’s Summer Car Seat Safety Check Program

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced the Town of Hempstead’s free Child Car Seat Safety Program’s summer inspection schedule is underway, and registration is open for communities across the township. The Town of Hempstead’s team of certified child passenger safety technicians hosted the first community inspection events at Rock Hall in Lawrence, Merrick Golf Course and Harold Walker Park in Lakeview in June and will be continuing inspections at various locations through the months of June, July, August and September.

 

“I urge all parents, guardians and caregivers to take advantage of this free program that aims to protect children by ensuring the proper installation of car seats according to strict standards,” Santino said. “All of our child car seat technicians have received rigorous training and are ready to inspect, install and educate on proper installation. “

 

State law requires that all children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a motor vehicle.Technicians will check to be sure that car and booster seats are properly positioned and correctly installed in vehicles in order to provide the best protection for youngsters. Hempstead Town’s certified child passenger safety technicians are certified and fully trained.

 

When registering for the program, guardians will be asked to provide the child’s age, weight, height and model of current car seat in use. Technicians can recommend appropriate car seats, and will check for notices of recalls or possible defects for the current model being used.

 

“This convenient, yet thorough inspection can help give parents and guardians peace of mind when it comes to properly securing young children in their child restraint system,” Santino said. “I encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this excellent free service and make an appointment today.”

 

The following is the summer community inspection schedule by location (all held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Appointmentsare required, and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an inspection, please visit www.toh.li/public-safety-department/child-car-seat-safety-program or call the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900, extension 7709.

 

Remaining 2017 Summer Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Schedule

  • June 28 & 29: Elmont Road Park, 755 Elmont Road, Elmont
  • July 5 & 6: Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside
  • July 12 & 15 (Wed. & Sat.): Speno Park, 745 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow
  • July 19 & 20: Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin
  • July 26 & 27: Rath Park, 849 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square
  • August 2 & 3: Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
  • August 9 & 12 (Wed. & Sat.): Uniondale Park, 710 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
  • August 16 & 17: McLaren Field, 313 Loring Road, Levittown
  • August 23 & 24: Echo Park, 399 Nassau Road, West Hempstead
  • August 30 & 31: Forest City Park, 3099 Morgan Drive, Wantagh
  • Sept. 6 & 7: Shell Creek Park, Vanderbilt Avenue & Traymore Blvd., Island Park
  • Sept. 10 & 13 (Sun. & Wed.): Salisbury Park Ballfields, Salisbury Park Drive, East Meadow
  • Sept. 19 & 20 (Tues. & Wed.): Guy Lombardo Marina, 898 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport
  • Sept. 27 & 28: Hewlett Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park

 

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Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Gearing Up for Season

Located in the historic hotbed of lacrosse on Long Island, the Town of Hempstead’s heralded Lacrosse Academy provides youngsters with top flight instruction from some of the finest coaches and players in the region for an affordable price. Spots are still available for the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy’s weekly summer clinics, which started with the first clinic at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford on June 26th.

 

Learning from Long Island’s finest coaches and players, many of whom were All-Americans, youth lacrosse players from the ages of 5 to 15 will gain expert instruction and have plenty of opportunities to sharpen their shooting, passing, catching and defending skills.

 

“Though Long Island has long been at the epicenter of lacrosse, the sport has grown across the nation to astronomical levels,” Santino said. “Our Lacrosse Academy is here to provide youngsters with world class instruction to prepare them for top competition.”

 

The Lacrosse Academy offers registration online, by mail and in-person. To register in advance for the lacrosse academy’s weekly clinics (must be within 14 days of the clinic start date), simply log-on to toh.li/activities/lacrosse-academy and fill out the application form. Also, registrations can be sent by mail, but must be received 14 days in advance of the clinic start date.When online and mail registration is closed for a clinic, you may print out an application form on the website and register in person at the Parks and Recreation Department (200 North Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Hempstead) during business hours (9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays), or in person at the clinic location on the first day, space permitting.

 

In 2017, Fun Fridays will be held on July 14, 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Town of Hempstead youngsters, ages 7 to 15, can come to Seamans Neck Park and play in scrimmage-type games for two hours, at no cost. This free, non-instructional program is supervised by TOH Lacrosse Academy staff. TOHLA also offers one-on-one instructional sessions. Instruction begins in June. Times, dates and sites vary. Please call the lacrosse academy office at 783-3208 for pricing and for more information.

 

“Another championship season of lacrosse instruction awaits town youngsters this summer,” Santino said. “Some spots are still available and we encourage players and their parents to register quickly to reserve a spot in an upcoming clinic.”

 

2017 Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Schedule

 

Seamans Neck Park, Seaford*

  • June 26 to June 29: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7 (not 7/4):9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7(not 7/4): 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)

 

Oceanside Park, Oceanside

  • July 10 to July 13:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)

 

Senator Speno Memorial Park, East Meadow

  • July 17 to July 20:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 17 to July 20: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)

 

Rath Park, Franklin Square (Boys Only)

  • July 24 to July 27:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)

 

Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont (Girls Only)

  • July 24 to July 27: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.(Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)

 

*There is still space available for the June 26th and July 3rd clinic at Seamans Neck Park, however, online registration is no longer available. You may pay in person at the Parks Department, 200 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead or pay at Seamans Neck Park on the first days of the session, June 26th and July 3rd.

 

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