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Officially Speaking: Coffee and Conversation with…Howard Kopel

Join Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel for an informal chat. Learn more about him, what he does, and about the issues facing Nassau County. Ask questions over a cup of coffee and some dessert.

 

WHO: Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel (Legislative District – 7)

WHAT: Officially Speaking: Coffee and Conversation

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oceanside Library – 30 Davison Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572

CONTACT: Legislator Howard J Kopel – (516) 571-6207

 

“Officially Speaking: Coffee and Conversation” is a new program at the Oceanside Library designed to let constituents meet with public servants in an informal setting.

 

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Mangano and Kopel Announce Restoration of Rockaway Turnpike

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Legislator Howard J. Kopel announced that Rockaway Turnpike, in the Inwood/Woodmere area, is being resurfaced as a part of “Operation Restore Our Roadways.”

 

The Rockaway Turnpike milling and resurfacing project takes place from Peninsula Boulevard to East Avenue. The resurfacing of Rockaway Turnpike will be completed the week of December 7th, weather permitting.

 

“Rockaway Turnpike is a main artery for our County and my administration continuously makes it a priority to restore County roadways for the safety of our residents and communities,” said County Executive Mangano. “This critical road improvement project will benefit the residents that travel this road every day.”

 

“It’s thrilling to see the wheels of government turning in ways that positively impact our neighbors’ quality of life while also continuing to improve our infrastructure. Rockaway Turnpike is a roadway with shared jurisdiction between Nassau County and New York City. Thousands of area residents rely on this stretch of roadway in their daily commutes, as well as for shopping and as they go about their lives. I’m very excited that Nassau County is upgrading their part of the thoroughfare; the ball is now in New York City’s court to follow-through with their own needed upgrades on Rockaway Boulevard,” said Legislator Howard Kopel.

 

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Free Legal Consultations for Seniors at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola

The Nassau County Bar Association is offering free legal consultations for Nassau County residents 65 and older on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bar Assn., 15th & West Streets in Mineola, a block south of Old Country Road. There is no charge for these consultations with attorney members of the Bar Association, but advance registration is required, and you must arrive by 10:30. To register or request further information, please call 516-747-4070. Non-English speakers may ask the operator for the Language Line. Here is the schedule through June 2016:

 

Monday October 14, 2015

Tuesday November 17, 2015 Tuesday December 15, 2015

Tuesday January 19, 2016 Tuesday February 16, 2016

Tuesday March 15, 2016Tuesday April 19, 2016

Tuesday May 17, 2016 Tuesday June 21, 2016

 

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Free Legal Consultations for Seniors

Legislator Kopel Reminds Homeowners: September 15 Deadline To Review FEMA Claims

Legislator Kopel is reminding National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed a claim with FEMA as a result of Hurricane Sandy that they have until September 15th to register to have their files reviewed if they believe their claims were underpaid.

 

To be eligible for the review, policyholders must have experienced flood damage between October 27, 2012 and November 6, 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Policyholders can call the NFIP’s Hurricane Sandy claims center at 1-866-337-4262 to request a review. Alternately, policyholders can go online to www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims to download a form requesting a review. The downloaded form may be filled out and emailed to FEMA-sandyclaimsreview@fema.dhs.gov or faxed to 202-646-7970.FEMA will request the policyholder’s claim file from their insurance company and forward it to the NFIP review office within two business days. Files will be assigned to a highly skilled, NFIP-certified adjuster who will serve as a caseworker for the insured. The entire process should take less than 90 days. Caseworkers will contact policyholders to guide them through the review process. Additionally, there are several nonprofit service providers ready to offer free advice and answer questions policyholders may have. A list of these advocacy groups can be found on the claims review website atwww.fema.gov/sandyclaims.

 

Reminder: The deadline for requesting a FEMA review is SEPTEMBER 15, 2015.

 

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Kopel Announces Roadwork to Begin on NY 878

Nassau County Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Howard Kopel is letting residents know that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that mid-day, off-peak lane closures have started between Burnside Avenue and Rockaway Turnpike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. A single travel lane will remain open at all times. According to the NYSDOT, these lane closures are necessary to perform drainage improvement and repave this section of NY 878.

 

“These repairs are long overdue, but just the beginning of what needs to be done on NY 878,” said Legislator Kopel. “I will continue to advocate for the changes and improvements that we really need.”

 

Highway 878 faces continual and intolerable congestion, which poses a safety risk for the hundreds of thousands of residents who would need to use it as an evacuation route. Legislator Kopel has worked in a bipartisan fashion to try and resolve the many issues facing motorists who use Highway 878, meeting with Senator Charles Schumer and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder to work towards a resolution.

 

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Mangano And Kopel Offer Free Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Seminar, May 20

To help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Howard J. Kopel announced a free Overdose Prevention Seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Oceanside Library, located at 30 Davision Avenue. Residents will learn how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees will also learn the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more.

 

A 2006 State law allows ordinary citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability. Nassau County has already provided Narcan training for more than 3,600 people since 2012. At least a dozen trainees have used that knowledge – and a Narcan kit – to revive someone overdosing on Heroin or painkillers, and save their lives. Narcan is administered through a nasal spray, and is provided at no charge to trainees over the age of 18.

 

This training is provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, through the Behavioral Health Awareness Campaign, and is co-sponsored by Legislator Howard J. Kopel.

 

No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. Anyone can attend, but seating is limited. Residents MUST pre-register either by emailing elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov or by calling (516) 571-6105.

 

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Nassau County Declares May as “Melanoma Awareness Month”

May is Melanoma Awareness MonthLegislator Howard J. Kopel announced Nassau County’s annual “May is Melanoma Awareness Month” campaign. Spearheaded by Colette Coyne, the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) was formed in 1998 after Colette Coyne’s thirty-year old daughter died from skin cancer. The foundation’s mission is to raise public awareness about skin cancer/melanoma, while changing behavior towards excessive sun exposure.

 

Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. Melanoma statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that approximately 73,870 new individuals will be diagnosed in 2015 and approximately 9,940 citizens are expected to die of melanoma. Malignant Melanoma is the most prevalent cancer among women ages 25-29 and the 2nd most common cancer for young adults ages 15-29.

 

The rates of melanoma have been rising over the last 30 years. In 1935, one in 1,500 were diagnosed with melanoma. Currently, one in 50 will get melanoma in their lifetime. There are precautions that one can take to help avoid developing Melanoma. Sunscreen should be worn daily all year round, not just when going to the beach. Hats, sunglasses and protective clothing are important when being exposed to damaging UV Rays. Even the cloudiest day can have high levels of dangerous UV rays.

 

Colette Coyne, founder of the CCMAC, also warned about the dangers of tanning beds.

 

To promote awareness, Nassau County will be lighting the dome of the Nassau County Legislative and Executive Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola in yellow during the month of May.

 

The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign will be hosting their 11th Annual “Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk” on Sunday, May 31st at Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park, Field 2, East Meadow. To find out more information about this please visit http://www.ccmac.org.

 

 

Pictured above are Melanoma Survivor and Nassau County Police Officer Sharon Galvin, Legislator Rose Marie Walker, North Shore LIJ Senior Administration Director Holly Koehler, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Nassau County Health Commissioner Larry Eisenstein, Colette Coyne, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Founding Faculty member of North Shore LIJ’s Dept. of Dermatology Dr. Katy Burris, Health & Safety Chair of the New Hyde Park Memorial HS PTA Helen Sanudo, Legislator Kopel, Legislator Judy Jacobs, and 10 year Melanoma survivor Kelli Martucci.

 

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May 20: Narcan Training Community Forum

Legis. Howard J.Kopel & County Exec. Ed Mangano Invite You to Attend a Narcan Training Community Forum

 

Narcan Training

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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

 

Many of us know a loved one or relative that may be abusing opioids like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone or Heroin. Unfortunately, many Long Islanders are losing their lives to their addiction, and it can happen to your child or your loved one.

 

County Executive Mangano and Legislator Kopel are sponsoring this event to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to 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.

 

Please attend this important community event.  It could be the difference between life and death.

 

SEATING IS LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

 

To reserve a seat and kit, call or email: (516) 571-6105, elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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In Memoriam: Andrew J. Parise

Statement From Legislator Kopel on Passing of Longtime Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew J. Parise

 

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and neighbors of the great and beloved Cedarhurst Mayor Andy Parise, who passed away at his Cedarhurst home this morning at age 90.

 

Mayor Parise was a giant and a good friend. He also may have been a Cedarhurst institution, but he was well-known and respected throughout – and outside of – the Five Towns.

 

As the Mayor of Cedarhurst for the past two decades, Mayor Parise’s unwavering leadership was evident in the fact that he could be found behind his desk in his Cedarhurst Village Hall office virtually every day.

 

The high quality of life enjoyed by Village of Cedarhurst residents, and that which attracts tens of thousands of annual visitors to Cedarhurst’s famed Central Avenue shopping district, are a direct result of Mayor Parise’s personal involvement in every facet of the Village of Cedarhurst’s day-to-day operations.

 

More than a hero to our community, Mayor Parise was also a hero to our nation, having fought for the U.S. Army during WW II during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

I always appreciated Mayor Parise’s warm smile and wise words. I know I speak for multitudes of neighbors when I say he will be truly missed. He was a good friend, patriot and beloved community leader.

 

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Legislator Kopel Honors Lev Leytzan Clowning Program

Lev Leytzan Medical Clowning program

Avi Schwartzblatt, Legislator Kopel, Yitzy Biderman and Tzvi Korman

Legislator Howard Kopel held a Point of Personal Privilege at a recent Legislature Meeting to present Legislative Citations to members of the Lev Leytzan Medical Clowning program.

 

“Serious Clowning: A Story Behind Every Smile” is the Lev Leytzan slogan, and it captures the two most important elements in every compassionate clowning experience: the discipline and dedication of our clowns, and the fragile humanity of the children and adults they interact with.

 

We believe that clowning is a “serious business” because of the rigorous training our compassionate clowns must undergo, and the commitment they must be willing to make on an intellectual, emotional, and physical level. Lev Leytzan clowns know that nothing less than their very best will do, because the goal is not just to entertain, but to alleviate pain, loneliness, and suffering wherever they go and lift fragile spirits and heal fragile bodies through the power of laughter.

 

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