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Long Beach School District, Hempstead Town Collaborate on Philanthropic Recycling Initiative

Students from Long Beach High School’s Special Ed Life Skills Program are working together with Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Hempstead Town on a great recycling program that will benefit both the environment and children with special needs.


Today, Hempstead Town provided 100 plastic recycling bins to the school to help students collect bottles and cans. The school will donate proceeds from the collected beverage containers to not-for-profit organizations that assist persons with special needs, including the town’s Camp ANCHOR program.


“The Town of Hempstead is proud to partner with Long Beach High School to implement this great recycling program, which will help keep our beautiful seaside communities clean, and also provide resources to programs helping people with special needs,” stated Santino. “We are confident that the students of the Life Skills Program will do an excellent job on this project.”


“Recycling programs are a great way to get our young people involved in their community,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “We commend students from the Long Beach High School Life Skills Program for their selfless philanthropy on behalf of people with special needs.”


The Life Skills students will distribute the recycle bins into classrooms and also speak at the ceremony, which will include an artistic backdrop they created with an art teacher. This new Redeemable Recycling Initiative is an expansion of the Long Beach School District’s ongoing efforts to teach students the importance of protecting the local environment, particularly when it comes to keeping waste out of the waterways.


“We are excited to add this new feature to the districtwide recycling program, and we are grateful to the Town of Hempstead for supporting us through the donation of the bins,” Long Beach Superintendent David Weiss said. “This initiative is aligned with the Long Beach Public Schools’ mission to help students develop as global citizens who give back to their community.”


The Town of Hempstead has hosted many programs, services and initiatives that focus on protecting and rehabilitating the local environment. Just in this month alone, the town has hosted public events at which residents can dispose of electronics, hazardous waste and documents in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion. What’s more, the town recently unveiled a mattress-recycling program, detailing the ecological benefits of reusing the bedding’s steel, foam, metal and cotton components.


Over the years, the town has also demonstrated its commitment and dedication to persons with special needs. The Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp ANCHOR serves 1,200 children and adults with special needs, providing top-notch programs and activities for all. And, Camp ANCHOR recently announced a partnership with the Peninsula Kiwanis Club to create a community service organization for people with special needs. As part of this group, participants fundraise, plant trees, head up recycling projects, landscape community grounds and much more.


“With so many beautiful parks, beaches and waterways in the Town of Hempstead, protecting our environment is one of our township’s top priorities,” concluded Santino. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated students in action, who are helping to spread the word about the importance of recycling.”


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Santino: Senior Suicide Hotline Helps Over 200 Seniors During ‘Holiday Blues’

Only three months after Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced the launch of a senior suicide hotline, in tandem with the Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), over two hundred seniors have reached out for help. The 24/7 helpline assists mature residents who are in crisis. Experts indicate that the holidays and winter months can be a particularly difficult time for senior citizens who are battling depression. The LICC logged 242 calls from December 1st, 2016 through March 1st, 2017. The LICC also began a series of Senior Crisis Intervention seminars at Town of Hempstead senior centers that deal with grief, loneliness and depression.


“The fact that over two hundred seniors reached out for help proves the need for this crucial service,” stated Santino. “The goal is to prevent senior suicide, combat depression and help people who are in crisis. After only three months, I am pleased to say we are making a difference.”


“Most of the calls have dealt with family relationships, financial issues, resources for getting help in various aspects of their lives, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially now in the winter months,” said Linda Leonard, Executive Director of LICC. “It was also remarkable to see that even with their own problems, many of our senior citizens called because they were concerned about others – from their adult children with addiction crises to relatives voicing suicidal thoughts. Today’s senior population deserves our care and attention – we thank Supervisor Santino for taking a leadership role in this initiative.”


Counselors say the holiday season can be particularly difficult for seniors. Issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the “Holiday Blues,” can manifest themselves through depressive symptoms. The Senior Connection Helpline is a 24/7 service that will give seniors in crisis the critical help they deserve. The helpline is staffed with highly trained professionals and exceptional volunteers.


The LICC has over 45 years of suicide prevention experience and their staff members utilize the “Active Listening Skills” method to speak with the troubled callers. Thanks to a grant from the Town of Hempstead’s Planning and Economic Development Department, the service is available completely free of charge.


The LICC began visiting each of Hempstead Town’s 16 senior centers to spread the word of the helpline and their other services.For a list of dates, time and locations please go to


The Senior Connection Helpline is available at (516) 679-0000.


“If you are in need or if you know of a family member in need, do not hesitate to call for help,” concluded Santino. “One call can truly make a difference.”


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Santino, Hempstead Town Host Pakistan Flag Raising on Steps of Town Hall

In celebration of Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution in Pakistan, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Consul General to Pakistan in New York Raja Ali Ejaz, and members of the Pakistani American Society of NY raised the Pakistani Flag in a ceremony on the steps of Town Hall. This year marks the 77th anniversary of the resolution and the third flag raising by the town.


“America’s largest township is proud of its diverse family, and we are happy to celebrate the myriad of cultures and traditions that make Hempstead Town a great place to live and raise a family,” said Santino. “Flying the Pakistani Flag alongside the American Flag is a wonderful symbol of unity and inclusion.”


March 23rd is a national holiday in Pakistan which celebrates both the Lahore Resolution of 1940 and Republic Day (1956). The Lahore Resolution called for the creation of an independent state. This led to the creation of Pakistan, which celebrates this occasion with the national flag being hoisted on public and governmental buildings at dawn.


“It is humbling and amazing to live in a great country like America, where we can raise the flag of other countries to celebrate great moments in their history,” Clerk Ahmad added.


The Pakistani American Society of New York participates in organizing the flag raising ceremony every year and will also be instrumental in the first Hempstead Town Pakistan Independence Day Celebration scheduled for August.


“Pakistan embraces many of the same ideals that we hold dear in the United States,” concluded Santino. “I am proud to salute Pakistani Americans as they celebrate Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution.”


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Town of Hempstead Shred Program Begins This Weekend, March 25

Supervisor Santino is proud to announce that this year the Department of Sanitation will be adding ten monthly shredding events beginning in March 2017.


The first shredding event of 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 7 AM to 12 Noon at the Town of Hempstead’s Merrick Waste Management Facility located at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick.  The event is open to non-business/ non-commercial vehicles only.


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Hempstead Town Seeks Nominations of Outstanding Volunteers for 21st Annual Make A Difference Awards

Hempstead Town is seeking residents’ assistance in finding neighbors, relatives and friends who are always doing for others and never asking for anything in return. These are exactly the town residents that Hempstead Town wants to honor at the 21st Annual Make a Difference Awards, which will be held on May 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.


“The selfless work of volunteers has a positive influence on the lives of many neighbors in our community,” said Supervisor Anthony J. Santino. “Hempstead Town is filled with numerous citizens who dedicate their lives to helping others. Now is the time to recognize these special individuals.”


The town’s Make a Difference Committee will select honorees who are residents of the Town of Hempstead to recognize for their extraordinary service. These are the people who, when you think about all they do, you may ask yourself, where does he or she get the energy or time to volunteer for so many activities?


Nominators are asked to supply a resume of a candidate’s community involvement and let the Make a Difference Committee know about the organizations with which the volunteer is involved. Please be sure to include the nominee’s full name, address and phone number as well as the name, address and phone number of the nominator. The candidate must be a Town of Hempstead resident.


Please send all resumes and documentation to: 2017 Make a Difference Awards, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead, New York 11550 by Friday, April 14, 2017.


“We are grateful to all those who will take the time to nominate those who go above and beyond in their daily lives and help make the Town of Hempstead a better place,” concluded Supervisor Santino.


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Santino, Ahmad Present Key to the Town to Brave Franklin Square Resident

Franklin Square Resident Rescued Senior Citizen during February Snowstorm


Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad presented a citation and a “key to the town” to Eddie Schellens, a Franklin Square resident who rescued a senior citizen who was trapped in deep snow during a major winter storm on February 9th.


Santino was joined by Assemblyman Ed Ra to make the special presentation to Schellens at Town Hall.


“We’re proud to present Eddie Schellens with a key to the town for his heroic efforts,” Santino said. “Thanks to Eddie’s swift actions, this man was brought to safety from what was a dangerous situation during a major snowstorm.


“Eddie is a humble, unsung hero who deserves recognition for his courageous deed,” Ahmad added.


In the midst of frigid temperatures and snowy conditions, at about 11:30PM on February 9th, Schellens was driving home and heard someone calling for help. At first, Schellens did not see anyone in distress. He decided to turn his vehicle around to investigate and see where the call was coming from.


When he drove up a hill, he saw a hand raised up from the snow. Eddie got out of his car and saw the man struggling on the ground in several inches of snow. The man, whose leg was noticeably broken, was trembling from the freezing temperatures. Eddie immediately called 911. While they waited for first responders to arrive, Eddie gave the man his jacket and gloves to warm up from the frigid conditions.


“As a Franklin Square native, I’m especially proud to salute a neighbor for his efforts in rescuing a fellow member of the community,” Ra said. “Eddie’s sharp instincts led him to help a man in need and bring him to safety.”


“Thank you to Eddie Schellens for his brave actions during a ferocious snowstorm,” Santino said. “Eddie’s courage and caring attitude guided him to help a fellow neighbor in need and we congratulate him.”


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Hempstead Town Hall to Host First Greek American Heritage Ceremony, March 22

As Greece prepares to observe 196 years of independence later this month, the Town of Hempstead is getting ready to host its first ever Greek American Heritage Ceremony. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino invites the community to the celebration of Greek American culture on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. at Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion (One Washington Street, Hempstead).


“Hempstead Town is near the epicenter of the New York Metropolitan area, which is home to the largest population of Americans with Greek ancestry,” Santino said. “While Greece celebrates its Independence Day on March 25th, we’re proud to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Greek Americans in America’s largest township on March 22nd at Town Hall.”


The exciting cultural program will feature traditional dances, a keynote speaker and the presentation of six Greek American heritage awards. This year’s honorees include: Nick Boultadakis, owner of the Sand Castle in Franklin Square; Harry Demiris, Jr. Esq., attorney and distinguished past president of the East Meadow Kiwanis Club; Father Nikiforos Fakinos of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Merrick; Despina Forakis, a math teacher at Roosevelt High School; Gus Potaris, owner of Pop’s Seafood Shack of Island Park and Chris Stefanakos, owner of Stefan’s Florist in Lawrence. Fr. Fakinos is also the keynote speaker of the evening’s program.


Entertainment will be provided by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. All attendees can enjoy free Greek specialties and refreshments, donated by the Empress Diner of East Meadow.


“In recognition of Greek Heritage Month in March and the upcoming Greek Independence day, I encourage neighbors to join us for this free, fun event on March 22nd at Town Hall,” Santino said. “I look forward to celebrating Greek American culture and honoring six fine individuals from the Town of Hempstead with our first Greek American Heritage Awards.”


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Town of Hempstead Honors Regeneron Science Talent Scholars

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino honored students from throughout the township at a reception held at Hempstead Town Hall. The students include scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search contest.


“We have such an extraordinary amount of talent in the Town of Hempstead and these students represent the best and brightest that our town has to offer,” said Santino. “Not only is their high level of work extraordinary, but the dedication to their elite projects is commendable.”


The Town of Hempstead is very proud to honor the following students for making it to the semifinals: Claire Kelly, Jennifer Rakhimov and Michael Sternbach of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore; Rachel Jozwik of Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore; Matthew Perkins of Hewlett High School: Nathan Gershengorin of Oceanside High School and Alby Joseph of W.T. Clarke Sr. High School.


“The Town of Hempstead is very proud of these exceptional students,” said Santino. “I would like to congratulate the students, their families, and schools for their outstanding achievements. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”


For almost two decades the competition known formerly as the Intel Science Talent Search Contest recognized the nation’s most talented high school scholars. This science talent search competition for high school students has been renamed the Regeneron Science Talent Search Contest.


This year, 58 seniors from Long Island schools were among 300 students nationwide who were named scholars in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search. In New York State, 98 students were named scholars and 7 of those scholar students reside in the Town of Hempstead. Each scholar receives a $2,000 award and $2,000 for his or her school.


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Hempstead Town Named ‘Clean Energy Community’

State Designation Qualifies Town for $150,000 Grant to be Used for Solar Energy Projects


Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino stood proudly at his government’s one-of-a-kind renewable energy park as he announced that his township has been named a “Clean Energy Community” by New York State. The designation recognizes important clean energy accomplishments while qualifying the town for grant funding for additional projects focused on reducing the carbon footprint that our communities leave on the planet. Joining Santino at a press conference were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.


“It is exciting to work hard to create a cleaner environment for our families and future generations,” stated Santino. “The ‘Clean Energy Community’ designation by New York State recognizes our work on behalf of the environment and will also provide valuable grant funding so that we can pursue additional ecological priorities.”


The Town of Hempstead was recently notified that it had been selected for the prestigious designation of “Clean Energy Community” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation recognizes the municipality’s leadership in reducing energy usage, cutting costs and promoting renewable energy. Hempstead Town was selected based upon four specific initiatives in the area of clean energy. First, America’s largest township has implemented a unified solar permitting initiative, which freezes permit fees for homeowners and business owners who wish to install solar technology at a low rate of $100. The permitting process has also been streamlined for quick processing and ease of use. The township’s second undertaking encompassed the installation of a compressed natural gas/ hydrogen fueling station which powers natural gas and fuel cell vehicles. The third town effort recognized by New York State was the township’s massive conversion of 50,000 streetlamps from conventional bulbs to high efficiency L.E.D. fixtures. The new fixtures will save taxpayers $43 million over 20 years, largely as a result of the reduced energy usage associated with the new lighting elements. Finally, Santino has overseen the implementation of Energy Code Enforcement training for the municipality’s building inspectors. The training promotes energy efficient construction of new homes and commercial structures.


“Congratulations to the Town of Hempstead on their Clean Energy Community designation and for taking control of their clean energy future,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we are empowering community leaders to drive broader adoption of renewable energy and clean technologies to protect the environment and cut energy costs.”


“Our township has taken a leadership role in helping to conserve and protect natural resources,” said Goosby. “Our one-of-a-kind renewable energy park is demonstrating the tangible benefits of our planet-friendly agenda.”


The officials indicated that the town will complete its application for the $150,000 NYSERDA grant associated with the township’s designation as a “clean energy community.” They intend to use the monies for increased solar energy applications at town facilities. Santino’s government has already put in place approximately a dozen solar applications across the town. These solar installations include a 40Kw unit on the roof of town hall, a solar/wind powered shellfish nursery in Point Lookout, solar car ports/charging stations, hi-tech solar tracking devices at the renewable energy park, a solar field, and a variety of applications at town parks and the municipality’s highway yard. While Santino’s administration has not determined the locations for the planned solar installations that will be constructed with the grant money, his “clean energy team” is looking at parks and other municipal facilities as prospective sites for the new photovoltaic technology projects.


“Hempstead Town has taken a leadership role in protecting the environment,” announced D’Esposito. “I am looking forward to implementing new projects that will help keep our planet ‘green and clean’ for generations to come.”


Announced by Governor Cuomo in August, the $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local government leaders across the State to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Clean Energy Communities advances the Governor’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.


“Hempstead Town’s future will be bright, thanks to additional solar energy projects that our government will be able to pursue with NYSERDA’s $150,000 in grant funding,” concluded Santino. “I am proud of the environmental record we have built and excited about the challenge to create an even ‘greener’ legacy.”


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The Road Rises to Meet Hempstead Town for Its First Ever Irish American Heritage Celebration

While Hempstead Town may not be overflowing with four-leaf clovers or located at the end of the rainbow, it is home to a significant, thriving Irish community. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced Hempstead Town’s first ever Irish American Heritage Celebration. The event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional Irish American residents who have made a positive difference in their communities while embracing and promoting Irish heritage and culture. The celebration will take place on March 14th at the Nathan Bennett L.H. Pavilion at 7PM.


“Here in Hempstead Town we have many diverse communities,” said Santino. “We are proud to take the time to honor and acknowledge the very best of each unique heritage. March, specifically a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, is the perfect opportunity to recognize our outstanding Irish residents.”


This year’s honorees include: Kathryn Driscoll Hopkins of Garden City, Chief Clerk of Nassau County Supreme Court;John Murray Jr., owner of Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh; Sean O’Rourke of Woodmere, retired NYPD Detective heavily involved in the Ancient Order of Hibernians; Don Ryan of Hempstead, treasured long-time coach, trustee and public servant; Donna Ryan, Levittown community volunteer; and a posthumous tribute to the great Steven McDonald, NYPD Detective from Malverne who became an international hero when he forgave the teen who shot him and left him as a quadriplegic.


Michael Byrne, current Nassau County Feis Chairman, will be gracing the ceremony as the keynote speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the Schade Academy of Irish Dance in Levittown and the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance in Mineola. The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band and the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums will supply the music. The event is sponsored by Stop & Shop, who will provide Irish specialties and refreshments.


“Come on down to the first of many Irish American Celebrations run by Hempstead Town,” stated Santino. “I would like to thank our honorees, our keynote speaker Mike Byrne, our entertainment, our pipes and drums, and our sponsor for making this event truly special.”


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