Category Archives: Denise Ford

New York Blood Center Declares Blood Emergency

Organizers hope the appeal will encourage an additional 1000 – 1500 donors each month throughout the summer to help save lives

 

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford would like residents to know that the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency. The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area.

 

In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are below that minimum.

 

These low levels are particularly dangerous leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

 

“Every single day, blood donations help save lives – and right now, the need is critical,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Senior Executive Director of Donor Recruitment for New York Blood Center. “We’re calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate.”

 

Community members are encouraged to find time to donate blood at a NYBC donor center or convenient mobile blood drive, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. O negative blood donors are considered “universal,” and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country. B negative is a particularly rare blood type.

 

Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply, especially during the months of July and August.

 

In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

 

How to help:

  • Donate blood or platelets at a donor center.
  • Donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • Host a blood drive in your community or at your organization.
  • Educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive.
  • Promote the need for blood donors on social media.

 

For more information on where to donate or how to set up your own drive, visit www.nybloodcenter.org/blood or call 1-800-933-2566.

 

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Nassau County Raises Age to Purchase Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products to 21

During a recent meeting of the Nassau County Legislature, Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Denise Ford along with members of the County Legislature unanimously voted to prohibit the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, JUUL, vaping equipment, chewing tobacco and other “age restricted” products to individuals under the age of 21.

 

Retailers who are found to be in violation of this new law will be subject to fines. This bill will bring Nassau in line with Suffolk County and New York City, both who have similar legislation.

 

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Legislator Denise Ford Honored by People’s Church of Long Beach

People's Church of Long BeachThe People’s Church of Long Beach recently honored Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford for her support of their Bible Art Program by dedicating a restored wood carving in her honor.

 

“I was humbled to be honored for my support of the Bible Art Program at The People’s Church of Long Beach, which many students depicted scenes from the Bible. Thank You to the parishioners for dedicating a beautiful, restored woodcarving in my name. Special thanks to Anita Shataka, Frieda Thommasson, Marilyn Wellisch, and Demerah Campbell” said Legislator Ford.

 

Legislator Ford is pictured above with the newly restored wood carving.

 

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Help is Available for Citizens Adversely Affected by Contractor Issues in The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy

During recent community forums regarding Super Storm Sandy held, a number of residents indicated that contractors/subcontractors are having liens filed against their property.

 

If that is happening/has happened to you, please contact the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs immediately with the details, including the name of the contractor or entity that has filed the lien as well as your address and Consumer Affairs case number, if you have one. Please contact:

 

Gregory A. May, Commissioner

Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs

1 West Street, Room 136A, Mineola, NY 11501

(516) 571-6005 – Office

(516) 571-1308 – Fax

 

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Next S.T.O.P. Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program: April 29

Legislator Denise Ford is pleased to announce that the Town of Hempstead Stop Throwing Out Pollutants Hazardous Waste Collection Program (S.T.O.P.) is coming to our area and will take place Sunday, April 29th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop site is located at the Long Beach City Hall parking lot.

 

The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) Program is designed to provide area residents with a safe, environmentally sound method of disposal of the many hazardous materials found in the average home. By bringing such toxins as antifreeze, drain cleaners and pesticides on any of the scheduled S.T.O.P. collection days, you and your family can make a significant contribution to the protection of our precious groundwater supply and the preservation of our bays and estuaries. Please join with us in cleaning our homes of hazardous material and ensuring their proper collection and disposal. Together we can ensure the continued integrity of our fragile ecosystem.

 

When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag or larger container. Make sure all caps and lids are tight. Place items securely in a box for transportation. Use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other. Place chemicals which may react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle. Do not leave products in a hot, unventilated vehicle for an extended period of time. Do not smoke near chemical products. Wear rubber gloves when handling containers.

 

Waste from commercial establishments, schools, churches, synagogues or home businesses will not be accepted. No commercial vehicles are permitted. Please note that electronic recycling items will only be collected at E-cycle events.

 

For a list of acceptable/unacceptable S.T.O.P. recycling items, please visit: http://toh.li/sanitation-department/stop-throwing-out-pollutants

 

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Legislator Ford To Host Narcan Training, Overdose Prevention Workshop

You can save the life of a loved one from overdose.

 

Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose. And those are only the ones we know of – the ones directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percoset or Oxycodone. If you don’t think it can happen to someone you care about, please think again. Overdoses can happen to anyone.

 

To make this epidemic even worse, other deadly drugs called Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which are much stronger than heroin, have entered Nassau County and are having devastating effects on addicts. These synthetic opioids can be fatal if inhaled or absorbed into the skin and dealers are mixing them in with heroin and cocaine to amplify their potency

 

Legislator Denise Ford is sponsoring this event to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to help them learn how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and all attendees will receive a free kit.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Woodmere Fire Department
20 Irving Place, Woodmere, NY 11598

 

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat and free NARCAN kit, please contact Legislator Ford’s office: 516-571-6204 – dford@nassaucountyny.gov.  You may also register online at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/3378/Nassau-County-Overdose-Prevention.

 

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Legislator Ford Recognizes Women’s History Month Honoree

Christina Tisi-KramerNassau County Legislator Denise Ford had the privilege of Co-Chairing the 20th Annual Women’s History Month celebration at the Nassau County Legislature.

 

As part of the celebration, each Legislator chooses a woman from their district to honor. Legislator Ford chose Christina Tisi-Kramer as an honoree. Christina had an idea of paying it forward and started the Hurricane Harvey donation site which in just 6 days collected enough supplies to fill 5 fifty foot semi-trucks and have them driven to Texas to deliver to a small beach community.

 

Christina and her family recognized that “we too are capable of helping others in times of need”. So they established “Waves of Hope USA” and helped the victims of the California Wild Fires delivering 1,000 toys for the 2017 holidays.

 

Thank you Christina, keep on sharing your spirit with us and making a difference in so many lives!

 

Pictured above with Legislator Ford are Honoree Christina Tisi-Kramer, her husband Tim and their two sons.

 

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Legislator Ford Secures Funding for Pt. Lookout-Lido Fire District Ambulance

Point Lookout Lido Fire DistrictNassau County Legislator Denise Ford was able to secure the funding needed to provide the Point Lookout-Lido Fire District with a new ambulance.

 

“I was proud to take a tour today of the new Point Lookout-Lido Fire District Ambulance # 258 that I was able to obtain the funding to provide this much needed vehicle for our First Responders” said Legislator Ford.

 

Legislator Ford is pictured above with 1st Assistant Chief Jared Siegelman, Commissioner Chas Thompson, Chief Brian Guerin, and 2nd Assistant Chief James Guerin.

 

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Legislator Ford Celbrates Read Across America Day at Lawrence Primary School #2

Read Across America DayNassau County Legislator Denise Ford took part in the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

 

To celebrate this annual event, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Legislator Ford read “The Tooth Book” by Dr. Seuss to students at Lawrence Primary School Number Two.

 

“I’d like to thank Ms. Christine Gibbons for her invitation to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday by allowing me to read one of my favorite books to your class at Lawrence Primary School Number Two. So much fun.” said Legislator Ford.

 

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Legislator Ford Honors Councilwoman Anissa Moore

Anissa MooreAt the February 26th Meeting of the Nassau County Legislature, Legislator Denise Ford had the great privilege of honoring City of Long Beach Councilwoman Anissa Moore as one of The Nassau County Legislature’s 2018 Black History Month Honorees.

 

Ms. Moore was recognized for her service as an Educator at Nassau Community College and as a Public Servant of the City of Long Beach. Ms. Moore is the first African-American elected to the position of Councilperson for the City of Long Beach.

 

Also honored at the Legislative Ceremony was Bea Bayley for her service to the Lakeview community.

 

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