Category Archives: Howard Kopel

Legislator Kopel Announces 2018 Property Tax Exemptions Workshops

Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel would like to inform all owners of a house, condominium or cooperative apartment that they may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year. The Nassau County Department of Assessment is bringing its office operations to the public and will have representatives on hand to answer questions about exemptions and to accept applications on-site from homeowners wishing to file for Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, and Home Improvement exemptions. Enhanced STAR applications will also be processed for homeowners already enrolled in the STAR Program prior to January 2, 2015.


Wednesday, July 11 – 1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
Hewlett/Woodmere Public Library – 1125 Broadway, Hewlett


Wednesday, July 25 – 1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
Oceanside Public Library – 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside


Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment’s

website at:


For more information, please contact Legislator Kopel’s office at: 516-571-6207



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Next S.T.O.P. Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program: June 24

Legislator Howard J. Kopel 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, June 24th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop site is located at Bay Park in East Rockaway.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bay Park – East Rockaway (Use 1st Ave. entrance)


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.


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Legislator Kopel Honors Trailblazer Dr. Beth Raskin

Dr Beth RaskinNassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel had the pleasure to honor Dr. Beth Raskin as a 2018 Trailblazer for Women’s History Month on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Nassau County Legislature for District 7.


Dr. Beth Raskin, who has served in the education field for 42 years, is the founding Executive Director of Kulanu, an organization for those with special needs, and for the past 18 years has overseen all aspects of the organization’s operation involving education, social services, parent advocacy, adult services, Torah L’Kulanu and Kulanu Ba’Aretz in Israel.


Pictured above is Honoree Dr. Beth Raskin and Legislator Kopel.


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Legislator Kopel to Host Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections

Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel urges all parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their child car seats inspected on Tuesday, June 13th at the Rockville Centre Recreation Center.


TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 • 9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON

Rockville Centre Recreation Center – 111 N. Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre


Child car seats are required for children under the age of eight. “We must do all we can to protect our children when on the road. The proper installation of a child’s car seat is critical to ensuring safety in a vehicle. Take this opportunity to let a professional make sure your child seat is safely installed in your vehicle,” said Legislator Kopel.


A Nassau County Traffic Safety Coordinator will inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Appointments are required to have your child car seat inspected for safety, please call Legislator Kopel’s office at (516) 571-6204 to make an appointment.


If you would like to make an appointment to have your car seat installation checked, please contact Legislator Kopel’s office: 516-571-6207 –


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Legislators Call for Extension of Senior Tax Relief

The 12 members of the Nassau Legislature’s Republican Majority caucus, led by Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, filed a resolution calling on New York State to extend a tax abatement for Nassau County seniors.


Legislators learned on Friday of the expiration of a senior tax abatement that was enacted back in 2002 to offset a 19.3% property tax increase imposed by then-County Executive Tom Suozzi. The original abatement was set by New York State for a term of 15 years.


Legislator Howard J. Kopel joined together with Presiding Officer Gonsalves and the Republican caucus to file a “Home Rule Message” resolution and called upon New York State to extend the tax abatement, and to refund any excess taxes paid due to the expiration of the abatement.


Legally, the County cannot pass the legislation to enact the extension, the state must do so. “Thus, we hope that our state legislators accept our Home Rule Message and submit the appropriate extension legislation at the state level immediately,” said Presiding Officer Gonsalves. The Nassau Legislature’s next meeting is on January 23, 2017.


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Legislator Kopel to Host Upcoming Property Tax Assessment Grievance Workshops

If you are a homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment on your residence you may dispute the assessed value between January 2, 2017 and March 1, 2017.


You do not have to pay a law firm to file a grievance. Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel invites you to attend a workshop to help you file a property tax assessment grievance application. At the workshops, a representative from the Nassau County Assessment Review Commission will show residents how to use Assessment Review’s online tools to file a challenge online or via mail. Please try to attend one of these informative workshops. Reservations are not required at these workshops.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Oceanside Public Library – 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572


FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hewlett-Woodmere Library – 1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557


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NUMC Digital Mammography Van Coming to Oceanside

Legislator Kopel is pleased to announce that the Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van will be coming to our area to provide breast cancer screenings for women over age forty. The screening will include a breast examination by a nurse, a mammography and instructions for breast self-examination.


Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 • 8:45 AM to 12:00 Noon 
Oceanside Public Library – 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside


If it’s been at least a year since your last mammography and you are planning to receive an exam, you will need a prescription for the exam from your doctor (if you have insurance) and must provide any past exam films, if available. Women with health insurance will be required to make a co-payment. The mammography is free for uninsured women, based on eligibility guidelines.




For additional information or to make an appointment, please call Legislator Kopel’s office at (516) 571-6207.


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Kopel and Goldfeder Join to Save Local Business

Five Towns Mini-GolfNassau County Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Howard J. Kopel joined Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the Rosen family, owners of Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range, in calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to reconsider a recent 150% increase in use & occupancy fees on the state-owned property. This comes after a year-long effort by Assemblyman Goldfeder to seek consideration from Albany for the local Rockaway and Nassau County institution, which for nearly forty years has survived on a month-to-month lease from the state, despite frequent flooding, the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, and poor roadway conditions along Route 878 and the Rockaway Turnpike.


“This is a family owned business that provides a unique service to the area,” said Legislator Kopel. “We should be attracting local businesses, not forcing them out. I am pleased to once again join Assemblyman Goldfeder in bipartisan advocacy for our community.”



Pictured above (left to right) are Legislator Kopel, owner Marty Rosen, and Assemblyman Goldfeder.


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Narcan Overdose Prevention Community Forum

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.


Legislator Howard J. Kopel and County Executive Ed Mangano are sponsoring this event to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to help train residents how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and attendees will receive a free kit.




To reserve your seat and free NARCAN kit, please register online at:


Please note that Social Work & OASAS CE credits are available. “Nassau County OMHCDDDS & MHA of Nassau County SW CPE is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0083.


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Legislator Kopel to Host E-Waste & Shred It Event

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM



Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel is offering residents the opportunity to safely and securely recycle unwanted electronic equipment and dispose of e-waste.


Residents can also bring outdated personal documents, bills and other assorted unwanted paperwork to be securely destroyed by a professional shredding service.


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