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Dunne, Town Board Pass Legislation Requiring Signage at Businesses Selling Vape Products

The Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed legislation, proposed by Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, that requires businesses that sell electronic aerosol delivery systems, commonly known as vapes and e-cigarettes, to post large signage that would alert consumers that these products contain dangerous chemicals.

 

This new legislation, which creates subsection D of Chapter 121-4 of the Town Code, is part of a multi-prong approach, led by Councilman Dunne, to address concerns about e-cigarette/vape use in teens.

 

“I began a task force earlier this year to address the issue of vaping and one of the concerns I have heard consistently, is that the teens who are using vape products have no idea that they contain nicotine, which is addictive,” said Dunne. “This legislation is designed to correct this misapprehension that vaping is not hazardous to your health.”

 

E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

 

Dunne noted that just last week the FDA warned electronic cigarette makers that they need to find a way to keep these products out of the hands of kids, declaring teenage use of electronic cigarettes “an epidemic.”

 

Dunne’s task force consists of various entities, including school officials and counseling facilities. Many of the discussions have focused on ways in which to address the problem of young people using vape products and that many of those using the product are unaware of the dangers partially as a result of the flavors which are more appealing to them.

 

“I am proud to have worked with Councilman Dunne on many of these initiatives to address this frightening new trend,” said King Sweeney. “Public awareness has significantly decreased the use of traditional cigarettes and I am confident that this new legislation will help achieve that same goal with e-cigarettes.”

 

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. E-cigarette or “Vape” companies intentionally market products that are attractive to young people by having fun flavors and making them appear like a flash drive or pen that can easily be hidden from parents and school officials. Many students do not even realize that the products they are using contain nicotine. The products can even be easily purchased by kids online. These products are also being used to smoke illegal substances such as marijuana. Just this week a new study was released which found that 1 in 11 students have used marijuana in electronic cigarette.

 

In December 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” that made a number of important conclusions and findings about the use of e-cigarettes among youth. These included that the flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the main reasons youth use them, e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and that e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. In initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 different cartridges. Early studies have also revealed that when propylene glycol or glycerin are heated and vaporized, they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. The Surgeon General concluded that e-cigarette use among youth is now a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes.

 

The legislation will mandate that retail stores that carry the electronic aerosol delivery systems have a conspicuous sign that would say, “’WARNING: VAPE PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL’ – U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘VAPING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’- U.S. Surgeon General, Posted by order of the Town of Hempstead Town Board.”

 

“My sincerest hope is that once these kids see, in black and white, that these products are dangerous to their health, they will think twice before purchasing them,” concluded Dunne.

 

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Dunne, King Sweeney Announce Public Hearing to Require Signage at Vape Shops

Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney have announced the Hempstead Town Board will call a public hearing for September 20th to consider legislation that would require businesses that sell electronic aerosol delivery systems, commonly known as vapes and e-cigarettes, to post large signage that would alert consumers that these products contain dangerous chemicals.

 

This new legislation, which would create subsection D of Chapter 121-4 of the Town Code, is part of a multi-prong approach, led by Councilman Dunne, to address concerns about e-cigarette/vape use in teens.

 

“I began a task force earlier this year to address the issue of vaping and one of the concerns I have heard consistently, is that the teens who are using vape products have no idea that they contain nicotine, which is addictive,” said Dunne. “This legislation is designed to correct this misapprehension that vaping is not hazardous to your health.”

 

E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

 

Dunne’s task force consists of various entities, including school officials and counseling facilities. Many of the discussions have focused on ways in which to address the problem of young people using vape products and that many of those using the product are unaware of the dangers partially as a result of the flavors which are more appealing to them.

 

“I am proud to have worked with Councilman Dunne on many of these initiatives to address this frightening new trend,” said King Sweeney. “Public awareness has significantly decreased the use of traditional cigarettes and I am confident that this new legislation will help achieve that same goal with e-cigarettes.”

 

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. E-cigarette or “Vape” companies intentionally market products that are attractive to young people by having fun flavors and making them appear like a flash drive or pen that can easily be hidden from parents and school officials. Many students do not even realize that the products they are using contain nicotine. The products can even be easily purchased by kids online. These products are also being used to smoke illegal substances such as marijuana.

 

In December 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” that made a number of important conclusions and findings about the use of e-cigarettes among youth. These included that the flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the main reasons youth use them, e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and that e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. In initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 different cartridges. Early studies have also revealed that when propylene glycol or glycerin are heated and vaporized, they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. The Surgeon General concluded that e-cigarette use among youth is now a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes.

 

The legislation that Dunne is proposing would mandate that retail stores that carry the electronic aerosol delivery systems have a conspicuous sign that would say, “’WARNING: VAPE PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL’ – U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘VAPING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’- U.S. Surgeon General. Posted by order of the Town of Hempstead Board.”

 

“My sincerest hope is that once these kids see, in black and white, that these products are dangerous to their health, they will think twice before purchasing them,” concluded Dunne.

 

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Councilman Dunne Solves Levittown Historical Mystery, Announces Plans to Refurbish Landmark Beacon

Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne took notice when Levittown residents began wondering about a strange cement cylinder that they recently noticed on Hempstead Turnpike, near Staples. Dunne began furiously researching the structure’s origins and recently proudly reported his finding and his plans to restore the structure to its former glory.

 

The structure, which had not been visible until recently, had been uncovered when Town workers cleared brush from the municipal parking field.

 

“Most people know about Levittown’s rich history related to being the home of returning World War II Veterans,” said Dunne. “This concrete structure was obviously a piece of Levittown history that had been forgotten by many, but I am proud to be able to solve this mystery.”

 

Dunne announced that what remains is a piece of a lighthouse that was installed by Hempstead Town in 1977 as part of a federal beautification program. Dunne explained that, according to news reports, the lighthouse had been built at no cost to taxpayers through funding from the federal government during Lyndon B. Johnson’s tenure as President. At the time, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce praised the initiative as a way to attract shoppers to the center at a time when malls were increasing in popularity.

 

With the mystery solved, Dunne now has moved forward with the process of getting the lighthouse refurbished. He has met with Hempstead Town carpenters who will restore the landmark to its former glory and has begun pursuing grants to finance the lighting of the lighthouse.

 

“Today our small businesses are facing even more hurdles then they were in the 70s,” concluded Dunne. “Now, in addition to malls our shopping centers are facing competition from the internet and if we can restore this beacon to its former glory and attract some more people to this area it will be a victory for history and for our business community.”

 

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Dunne, King Sweeney Call to Eliminate ‘Breastfeeding in Designated Areas Only’ at Pools

Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King were deeply concerned when it was brought to their attention that a Hempstead Town Code still stated that breastfeeding was only allowed in designated areas. They have asked that the Town Code be revised to eliminate that subsection of the code. A public hearing on the matter will be called on August 7th and the hearing is anticipated to be held on September 4, 2018.

 

“I was not happy to hear that this antiquated code is still on our books in the Town of Hempstead,” said Dunne. “As soon as I found out about this I contacted our Parks Department and immediate steps were taken to remove that section from the Pool Rules that are given to patrons. While that was an important first step, I also feel it is extremely important that we codify this change by updating our Town Code.”

 

“As a mother who breastfed my two children, I cannot stress enough how important it is to me that we change our code to reflect a woman’s right to feed her child in public,” said King Sweeney. “Breastfeeding is one of the most natural functions of a woman and to imply in any way that it is shameful or should be hidden goes against my belief system.”

 

Historically, many businesses, governments, schools, etc., felt that having a designated breast-feeding area was appropriate but oftentimes those areas were inside a restroom which was not the best accommodation for a nursing mother.

 

“I had a career in the medical profession as a registered dietician for decades and I nursed both my daughters, so I know the benefits of a mother breastfeeding and believe that women should be able to choose if, when and where they want to breastfeed their child,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “Updating this code is very important so we ensure that there is no question as to where our board stands on this issue.”

 

This summer, a Levittown resident contacted Councilman Dunne’s office after receiving a copy of the antiquated rules with their pool pass. The Councilman had the Parks Department immediately edit the rules that are distributed in the Levittown Joint District Pools where the issue was discovered. The board has also directed the Parks Department to ensure that no other pools are distributing rules that include a stipulation where mothers can nurse. Removing the wording in Town Code that stipulates that mothers must only breastfeed in designated areas removes any confusion on this subject that may exist or occur in the future.

 

“I think this change in the code is vitally important for our Township,” concluded Councilman Dunne. “It certainly does not preclude a mother who wants some privacy from finding a quiet area to nurse but it ensures that a mother who is breastfeeding one child while watching her older child in the pool is able to do so.”

 

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King Sweeney, Dunne Invite Vets to July 31st Veterans Job Fair at Levittown Hall

More Than 75 Companies Will Be in Attendance

 

Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne are calling on local veterans to “fall in” at the Town of Hempstead Veterans Job Fair on Tuesday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville). The Veterans Job Fair is being organized by the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources at HempsteadWorks.

 

“Our brave men and women in uniform have fought throughout the world to protect our freedoms and way of life,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney. “This Veterans Job Fair is one small way that the Town of Hempstead can offer a great service to assist local veterans.”

 

“As a veteran of the United States Marines, I know the struggle that many veterans face when they return home and transition back to civilian life,” added Councilman Dunne. “I am proud to partner with Councilwoman King Sweeney to offer this Veterans Job Fair, and we encourage all local veterans to attend.”

 

More than 75 companies will be on hand during the Veterans Job Fair, which include jobs in health care, retail, veterans services, the auto industry, security, hotel services, restaurants, technology and much more. The Veterans Job Fair is an equal opportunity employer/program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress appropriately for interviews.  For more information on this Veterans Job Fair, please call 516-485-5000 ext. 1110 or 1129.

 

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Councilman Dunne, Town Board Propose to Extend Fee Discount for Veterans and Military Personnel

With less than a week before Memorial Day weekend when our nation gathers to honor veterans and military personnel for their bravery and valiant efforts to protect our country, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. , Sr. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney announced a proposal to extend discounted fees at Lido Golf Club for veterans and active military personnel. Joining the board members at the announcement were Sergeant Lebron and Sergeant Savange of the United State Marine Corps. and Commissioner Danny Lino, Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

“We owe our freedom to veterans and those currently serving to protect our country,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. “As a Vietnam veteran and a town councilman, I am always looking for ways in which to help those who have answered the call of duty and I am proud to have led this initiative to honor those who protect us.”

 

Councilman Dunne, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and a former Director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency, is also president of the Levittown/Island Trees Veterans Council and was the president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council.

 

This proposed amendment extends the current discount to play golf at Lido Golf Club for veterans and active military personnel from two days a week to seven days a week for a savings of up to $7 for the 9 hole course and up to $17 for the 18 hole course.

 

“We are forever indebted to our veterans and military personnel for putting their lives at risk to protect our lives every day,” added Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “This simple gesture goes a long way to show our gratitude.”

 

The picturesque 18-hole, par 72, 6,896-yard classic links-style championship course in open year round from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. The Lido Golf Club is consistently rated among the metropolitan area’s top 10 courses by golf publications. Amenities include a beautiful bi-level clubhouse with a deck overlooking the golf course and scenic Reynold Channel. The golf course also features a driving range, putting and chipping greens and daily-use locker rooms.

 

“Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to our veterans and military personnel for their selfless sacrifices on our behalf and in honor of my late husband, a proud World War II veteran, I’m proud to support measures that help those who protect our way of life as Americans,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

“Memorial Day weekend is set aside for remembrance, but is also the official kick-off of the summer season with many residents visiting Hempstead Town’s parks and beaches and golfers enjoying our beautiful golf courses,” concluded Councilman Dunne. “It is fitting that veterans and military personnel will have the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to enjoy a round of golf at a discounted rate.”

 

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Dunne, King Sweeney Honor Active Military With Reserved Parking at Town Facilities

Active Military reserved parking sign

Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. (right) and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeny (center) are joined by Matthew DeGregorio, Commander of the VFW Post 9592 to erect the Active Military reserved parking sign at Seaman’s Neck Park in Seaford.

In an effort to honor those who defend our freedoms and put their lives on the line, Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney announced that America’s largest township is establishing Active Military reserved parking spaces at popular town facilities. Joining Dunne and King Sweeney at the announcement, which included the unveiling of the first reserved parking sign at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford, was Matthew DeGregorio, Commander of the VFW Post 9592.

 

“As a Vietnam veteran and a town councilman, I am always looking for ways in which to help those who have answered the call of duty,” said Councilman Dunne. “I am proud to honor those who protect us by providing Active Military parking.”

 

Councilman Dunne, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and a former Director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency, is also president of the Levittown/Island Trees Veterans Council and was the president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council.

 

“Active Military members put their lives at risk to protect our lives every day,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney. “They perform selfless work to keep residents safe and in return we can make their day a little easier for them by providing reserved parking spaces for their use at town parks, pools beaches, golf courses and offices.”

 

Reserved parking for Active Military will be available at the following town facilities:

  • Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)
  • Town of Hempstead Dept. of Parks and Recreation (200 North Franklin Avenue, Hempstead)
  • Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)
  • Town Park Point Lookout (1300 Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout)
  • Town Park Lido Beach (630 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
  • Town Park at Malibu (1150 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
  • Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
  • Baldwin Park (3232 South Grand Avenue, Oceanside)
  • Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore)
  • Seamans Neck Park (2700 South Seamans Neck Road, Seaford)
  • Lido Golf Course (255 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
  • Merrick Golf Course (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)

 

“Military personnel deserve our respect and gratitude,” concluded Dunne. “I am so proud of our military personnel, and this is one small way in which we can say ‘thank you.’”

 

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Dunne Seeks Legislation Banning New Hookah Lounges Near Homes, Schools and Community Centers

Seeking to protect local residents, schools and businesses, Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne is seeking to “snuff out” hookah lounges in America’s largest township. Standing outside of Levittown Memorial Education Center, Councilman Dunne proposed a town law that would restrict the operation of hookah lounges in the Town of Hempstead to light manufacturing and industrial zones. Also attending the press event were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Levittown school officials, the Levittown Board of Education, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce, the Levittown Community Council and members of the Levittown PTA.

 

“The Town of Hempstead prides itself on being a community that is dedicated to the safety and quality of life of our residents,” stated Councilman Dunne. “The smoking of hookah tobacco can be harmful, particularly for young people, and may serve as a gateway to illegal drug use. That is why I am proposing the restriction of these hookah lounges to prevent their location near homes, schools, community centers and shopping areas.”

 

Councilman Dunne will call for a public hearing on the proposed law at the December 12th meeting of the Hempstead Town Board. The legislation will apply to hookah lounges that open in the future or are currently in the process of opening.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking hookah tobacco can lead to cancer of the mouth, lungs, stomach and esophagus, among other diseases. In addition, the charcoal used to heat the tobacco produces high levels of carcinogens, carbon monoxide and other chemicals, making them just as toxic as cigarettes. What’s more, many young people believe that hookah smoking is less harmful than cigarettes. In fact, the long-term sessions involved with hookah smoking can result in even more chemicals being inhaled than with the average cigarette.

 

“I am proud to partner with Councilman Dunne to restrict the number of hookah lounges in our suburban communities,” stated Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Said Councilman D’Esposito, “This proposal will serve to help maintain the superlative quality of life that we have come to expect in America’s largest township.” Added Councilman Ambrosino, “We are confident that this proposed law will help protect residents from the health risks associated with hookah smoking.”

 

Councilman Dunne also detailed plans to restrict the selling of other dangerous substances, such as those found in so-called “vape shops.” Many parents might be unaware that their children are using JUUL e-cigarettes, which can be easily mistaken for a computer flash drive. This method of vaping, while harmful to the smoker, also provides a health risk to nearby children and pets. Another dangerous substance is Kratom, which can provide a “high” that is similar to opioids, which are highly addictive.

 

“As a veteran of the Vietnam War, it will always be my mission to look out for my fellow residents and keep them safe from harm,” concluded Councilman Dunne. “I think we can all agree that restricting hookah lounges to light manufacturing and industrial zones is in the best interest of all residents in the Town of Hempstead.”

 

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Legislator Dunne Welcomes IHOP to Levittown

Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr. was delighted to welcome IHOP to the Levittown community and to help celebrate their Grand Opening.

 

Levittown IHOP

 

Pictured above at Levittown IHOP’s ribbon cutting are (left to right) Nicholas Terzulli, Nassau County Executive Representative, IHOP Owner Daniel Chun, Town of Hempstead Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Nassau County Chief Deputy Registrar Clerks Office John Ferretti, Jr., Town of Hempstead Councilman Gary Hudes, IHOP Corporate Representative Carlos DiPardo, Nick Capri, John Frohnhoefer, IHOP – Jonghoom Kim, Heeju Yum, Harry Gottlieb, President Levittown Chamber of Commerce Joan Lynch, Levittown Chamber of Commerce Members Donald Patane, Tom Diiorio, Les Rumel, Mauro Cassano, Louise Cassano, Mike Levy, Tara Cassano, Robert Ryan and Mary DeRosa.

 

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Legislator Dunne Honors Patricia Patane as 2017 Woman Trailblazer of the Year

Patricia PataneNassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr. was delighted to celebrate the 2017 Trailblazers 19th Annual Awards Ceremony with Honoree Patricia Patane on March 27, 2017.

 

“Patricia is truly deserving of this recognition for her extraordinary commitment to her family, community, career and all that she is involved in” said Legislator Dunne.

 

Legislator Dunne is pictured above with Honoree Patricia Patane.

 

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