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DSS’ Diane Lorenzo Receives American Heart Association’s Spectrum Award

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently congratulated Diane Lorenzo, SWEX Supervisor I in the Nassau County Department of Social Services, who received the Spectrum Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) at their annual awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Spectrum Award bestows special recognition to those volunteers who have given of themselves above and beyond the call of duty. Diane received the award for the countless hours of volunteer service she gave to the AHA, as well as the thousands of dollars she raised for AHA research.


“I am so proud that we have employees like Diane Lorenzo who give of their time raising funds for the American Heart Association,” said County Executive Mangano. “Diane raised over $4000 in the past year for AHA, and is aiming for $5000 in the coming year. Knowing Diane’s dedication and resolve, she will most certainly reach her goal!”


The Department of Social Services also received the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for its on-going commitment to, and support of, the American Heart Association.


“Congratulations to the Department of Social Services for receiving the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for supporting the work of the American Heart Association,” said County Executive Mangano. “So many Nassau County DSS employees helped Diane reach her fundraising goal, and I’m confident they will continue to aid in this worthy cause.”


“Diane Lorenzo is indeed a wonderful and committed individual who spends so much of her free time raising funds for the American Heart Association. We are so proud of her being recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Spectrum Award,” said DSS Commissioner Dr. John Imhof. “As DSS Commissioner I am also proud and appreciative that our Department was recognized by the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award—the second year in a row DSS has received this acknowledgment.”


To learn more of the American Heart Association’s goals and mission in our communities, go to


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Mangano Thanks Veterans Organizations For Their Help In Collecting For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Veterans Orgs for Harvey VictimsNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, along with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, for their work in organizing a collection for Hurricane Harvey relief. Due to their efforts, and the generous donations of Nassau County’s Veterans, over $5,000 was raised in just 3 hours. The money was collected at the annual Nassau County POW-MIA ceremony on Thursday, September 7th at Eisenhower Park.


“I want to thank Director Ralph Esposito and the Veterans Service Agency, as well as VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their constant dedication to helping our veterans, and now for directing their generosity to the people of Texas who need it most,” said County Executive Mangano. “I also want to thank the Veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our homes and our freedoms, and now have given so generously to help our fellow Americans who are suffering.”


Veterans made monetary donations throughout the POW-MIA ceremony, as well as the annual Veterans BBQ picnic that followed. Collections were handled by VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. VVA Chapter 82 presented a check for $5100, which they are forwarding directly to the “One Star Foundation” in Houston, Texas, where it will be used for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.


The Vietnam Veterans of America is an organization dedicated to advocating for issues important to Vietnam Veterans, including: seeking full access to quality health care; seeking the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs; and supporting the next generation of America’s war veterans. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is an organization whose mission is to: foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans; promote patriotism; support necessary legislative initiatives; and to provide service to all veterans and their families.


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Nassau Agencies Unite to Aid Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with the Nassau County Hispanic Advisory Board and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, announced recently that the County will be partnering with local agencies to host several weekend donation drives to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Circulo de la Hispanidad, Feeding America, Island Harvest, Comite Civico Salvadoreno, Five Towns Association, Gilbane Building Company and various Hispanic leaders are joining in the efforts. The drives will all be held at Circulo de la Hispanidad, 605 Peninsula Blvd, Hempstead, NY 11550. There will be drives held on Saturdays, October 14th and 21st from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays: October 15th and 22nd from 9am-1pm.


“More than 3 million American citizens live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,” said County Executive Mangano. “Their communities have been decimated and they are in desperate need of help in order to rebuild their lives. I want to thank the Office of Minority Affairs, Hispanic Advisory Board, Circulo de la Hispanidad and all of these local agencies for partnering to help bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria down in Puerto Rico. I encourage any and all Nassau County residents to donate what they can, to help support these families in their time of need.”


Your thoughtful donations will be appreciated. Below are the donations that will be accepted. All donations must be closed and in their original packages. NO GLASS.


  • Baby Supplies: Diapers; Wipes; Baby Formula (No Glass); Baby Food (No Glass)
  • Personal Hygiene: Mosquito Repellent; Adult Diapers; Tampons; Sanitary Napkins; Body Wipes; Baby Wipes
  • First-Aid: Pain Reliever; Alcohol Pads; Cotton Balls/Pads; Gauze; Band-Aids; Iodine; Antibiotic cream; Topical antibiotics; First-aid kits; Latex gloves
  • Tools: Work gloves; Safety glasses
  • Housewares: Bed linens (New); Batteries; Portable radios; Flashlights; Trash bags; Cleaning products
  • Non-Perishable Food: Dried foods; Canned food; Powdered milk; Rice; Beans; Tea; Coffee; Cereal; Soup; Pasta; Nuts; Water; Pet food


“I am happy to announce our campaign with Nassau County for relief efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,” said Gil Bernardino, Founder and Executive Director of Circulo de la Hispanidad. “I am grateful to the many Hispanic leaders and non-profit organizations who have come together to collect these much needed items and funds.”


Monetary donations are also being accepted. Residents wishing to donate funds can make checks payable to: Circulo Relief Fund Puerto Rico or Circulo Relief Fund Mexico. All donations will go directly to the relief efforts.


If you would like to volunteer to aid in the relief efforts, please call or come down to the Circulo de la Hispanidad Center: 516-431-1135. For more information, call Melissa Figueroa at 516-524-6401.


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Overdose Prevention Training Program Saves Lives; Schools Urged to Follow Suit

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced recently that at least 50 people, who received lifesaving training by Nassau officials over the past 5 years, have reported using those skills to save the life of a friend or family member overdosing on opioids. These 50 were among about 9,000 (mostly non-medically trained) people trained by County officials to administer an overdose reversal agent called Naloxone (Narcan), which was provided to them for free, to reverse the deadly effects of an opioid overdose.


“As we approach the 5th anniversary of becoming the state’s first of its kind registered overdose responder program, we’re thankful to have spared so many families the horror of losing a loved one to drugs. Yet we are reminded that one untimely death is too many and there is much more work to do,” County Executive Mangano said. “We must continue our aggressive efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”


Since 2015, Nassau Police officers, and medics, who routinely respond to overdoses, have made at least 768 ‘overdose reversals’ or ‘saves’ with Naloxone. There were 354 reported overdose deaths during that time period. At least one Long Islander – and about 142 Americans – die each day from drugs. Narcan works on all opioids, which include the prescription pain meds such as oxycontin, vicodin, and morphine – as well as on heroin.


The kits Nassau has provided trainees over the years come free, courtesy of the AIDS Institute of the NYS Health Department, as part of its Harm Reduction initiative.


County Executive Mangano urged local school officials to utilize this free state program, to safeguard middle and high school students from a potentially deadly overdose. He asked that they join other school districts around the state already registered by the NYS Department of Health, which allows schools to receive Naloxone, and the training session, for free. The NYS Board of Education ruled earlier this year that Naloxone may be kept in school buildings, accessible to all trained staff to administer in the event of a possible overdose.


“It’s unfortunate that a program like this is needed today, in order to keep school-age children safe, but it is a reality,” County Executive Mangano said. “Statistics show that students as young as 11 and 12 are beginning to “experiment” with dangerous new drugs including narcotic pain pills, often prescribed to someone other than themselves.”


As of June 2017, eight of Nassau’s public school districts have become registered opioid overdose prevention programs: East Meadow, East Rockaway, Herricks, Jericho, Malverne, Mineola, North Shore and Rockville Centre. Others that have a naloxone use policy in place include: Bethpage, Long Beach, North Bellmore and Hewlett-Woodmere. See the NYS DOH webpage for instructions on becoming a registered program at:


Anyone who is in contact, or lives with, someone actively abusing opioids, can also now purchase Narcan in a simple, pre-assembled nose spray, at CVS, Walgreens and many other area pharmacies, without a prescription. The cost of the lifesaving medication is covered by Medicaid and private health insurance prescription coverage, and usually amounts to a minimal co-pay. A list of pharmacies that dispense Narcan can be found at For a list of other NYS registered opioid overdose prevention programs, which provide free training on recognizing an opioid overdose, visit:


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Nassau County Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness WeekNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Nassau County to recognize Mental Health Awareness week, on Monday, September 25th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. County Executive Mangano presented a proclamation to E. Eda Franco, Executive Director of the MHA, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week in Nassau County. The dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Building will be lit green in recognition of this important cause.


“I want to thank the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County for all they do in their efforts to educate the community and spread awareness about issues regarding mental health,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together we can help to ensure that everybody gets equal access to the services they need, and can then go on to lead full and productive lives.”


The Mental Health Association of Nassau County is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving mental health in our community through advocacy, education, program development and the delivery of direct services.


Pictured above is: (back) Ariana Adams, Associate Executive Director, MHA; Rachel Priest, Community Health Educator; Jayne Green, Nassau County Director of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; E. Eda Franco, Executive Director, MHA; Claudia Boyle, Associate Director of Hispanic Counseling Center; Kris Rampersaud, CFO, MHA; Jeff McQueen, Chief Program Officer; (front) Jennifer Rivas, Chief of HR; and Fern Schanback, Director of Business Development.


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Nassau IDA Helps Bring Extended Stay Hotels to Sites at Garden City & Jericho

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has approved economic development compacts that pave the way for development of Resident Inn by Marriott extended stay hotels at Roosevelt Field in Garden City and at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho.


The projects, proposed by separate developers, together would create 200 full-time-equivalent construction industry jobs, 75 full-time equivalent permanent jobs, generate total economic benefits of $64 million and $19.5 million in new tax revenues for the affected taxing jurisdictions.


“These are important hotel projects for Nassau County at a time when there is heavy demand for hotel rooms. They will create new jobs for our residents, provide convenient places to stay for business people and visitors on extended stays and will generate millions in economic benefit for the community,” said County Executive Mangano.


The economic development compacts, approved by the IDA board at a Sept. 27 meeting, are for:

  • A four-story, 163-suite, 118,000-square-foot Residence Inn by Marriott on 5.92 acres on Ring Road close to Stewart Avenue at Roosevelt Field. The developer, Palmetto-RPT Owner LLC, is a joint venture of South Carolina-based OTO Development and Simon Property Group, the owner of Roosevelt Field Mall. The proposed hotel has been approved by the Village of Garden City and construction is expected to begin soon after the closing of the economic development compact and will last about 15 to 18 months.
  • A 127-suite, 85,102-square-foot, four-story Residence Inn by Marriott at 410 Jericho Tpke., Jericho, proposed by Twenty Six Sunset, LLC, owned by the family of Long Island hotel developer John Danzi. The site, a part of the parking lot of the well-known restaurant and catering complex, is less than one-quarter mile from the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway. Construction is expected to take approximately 14 months.


“These hotels will bring in new tax revenues as they are being developed on vacant sites,” said IDA Executive Director Joseph Kearney.


About the Nassau County IDA

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. It is a resource for businesses in Nassau County and those considering relocation. The IDA provides assistance to business interested in relocating, expanding and financing new investments. It has provided assistance to a wide range of companies, from Arizona Iced Tea and Sleepy’s Mattress to Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit or call (516) 571-1945.


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Nassau County Department of Health Awarded National Accreditation

1st Large Local Health Department in New York State to Receive This Distinction


Nassau County Department of Health announced that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Nassau County Department of Health is the first large local health department in New York State, and one of fewer than 200 nationally that has achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.


“I congratulate and am extremely proud of the Department of Health for obtaining this distinction and for their exemplary leadership in promoting the health of our residents,” said County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Department of Health staff who have been consistently recognized as innovative leaders, as demonstrated by their National Model Practice awards.”


New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, said: “Local health departments play a critical role in the State’s mission to promote and protect the health of New Yorkers. I congratulate the Nassau County Department of Health and its Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein for meeting the high quality standards established by the Public Health Accreditation Board and achieving public health accreditation.”


“The Nassau County Department of Health is proud to have achieved accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board which recognizes that the quality of the programs and services that we provide are responsive to protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Nassau County,” said Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “This accreditation means that our department and the efforts of our dedicated staff have met or exceeded a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment of quality standards and measures for public health departments.”


“Achieving accreditation indicates that Nassau County Department of Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.


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Mangano Congratulates Sheriff’s Recruit Graduates

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker and Sheriff Michael Sposato to congratulate the 28 sheriff’s recruit graduates for 2017. 27 of these men and women have successfully completed their training to join the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department as Corrections Officers, and one will be joining the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office as a Fire Marshal.


“The job of a corrections officer is a very difficult and often dangerous one. It demands the utmost professionalism, vigilance and a distinct skill set,” said County Executive Mangano. “Each of you and your families should be extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations on your new journey and thank you for your service.”


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Mangano Offers Free Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar In Farmingdale

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites residents to attend a free Overdose Prevention Workshop on Monday, Sept. 25th from 7pm-9pm at Farmingdale High School, located at 150 Lincoln Street. Attendees will be trained to administer Naloxone, which can reverse the fatal effects of an overdose on heroin, or prescription meds such as oxycodone and Vicodin. They’ll learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. A free nasal Naloxone kit is provided to each trainee.


“It’s not just heroin that’s causing the overdose deaths on Long Island each day—it’s also misuse and abuse of prescription pain pills,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents need to become educated about the disease of addiction, and can do so by attending our free workshop. I encourage everyone, 18 years of age and older, to take advantage of this opportunity that could save a loved one’s life and give them a chance at recovery.”


So far this year, at least 18 trainees used the naloxone they were given to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills. In all, Nassau officials have trained more than 8,700 civilians to administer the overdose antidote, since becoming state certified in Sept 2012. In addition to thousands of non-medically trained civilians, the County’s trainees include school nurses, athletic directors, pharmacists, auxiliary and probation officers, firefighters and 911 dispatch operators.


At least 195 Nassau residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Naloxone has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives, but a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Naloxone in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.


All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at For dates and locations of additional Overdose Prevention Seminars, visit


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Recovery Community to Unite in Support of Hurricane Victims

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and his wife Linda invite residents to a dome lighting ceremony on Wednesday, September 13th, 7pm-8pm, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola, in honor of National Recovery Month in September. The event — recognizing the federal campaign to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support services — will also be a way for those in recovery from mental health or substance abuse disorders to “give back” and help others. As part of this “gratitude ceremony,” those in recovery and their family members are asked to donate much needed items for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which will be transported to the affected areas. Currently, the need is greatest for baby wipes, diapers and baby food.


“Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders are prevalent in our community, and it’s imperative that individuals understand how to seek help,” said County Executive Mangano. “Not everyone seeks or receives the help and support they need to get better. The strength of the recovery community is in its goal to help others. We all need to give back. Recovery for Recovery.”


Information and resources on recovery support services will be made available in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Building from 6:30-7pm, preceding the dome lighting event.


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