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Local Businesses Set to Combat Sexual Violence

The newly formed Long Island Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Consortium met Friday in Hauppauge with the Crime Victims Center to kick off the “Just Do 1 Thing” campaign.


The consortium features more than 40 local businesses that aim to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and response.


Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Consortium“Each member has made a commitment to work with the CVC to ‘Just Do 1 Thing’ to raise awareness to prevent sexual violence,” said CVC Executive Director Laura Ahearn.


The CVC is a New York State rape crisis and crime victim and provides services to child and adult victims of sexual assault, victims of domestic violence and victims of all violent crime.


To help prevent crime and offer support to victims, the CVC offers a host of services including prevention education, crisis hotlines, counseling and more.


Ahearn was joined by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini, State Senator Phil Boyle, Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk Legislature Public Safety Chairwoman Monica Martinez, Nassau County Leg. Laura Schaefer, Leg. Leslie Kennedy, Assemblyman Dean Murray and Babylon Town Clerk Gerry Compitello.


Members include Altice, AT&T, BNB Bank, Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, CityMD, Clare Rose, Harris Beach, Hilton Long Island, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 25, J. Petrocelli Construction., Long Island Federation of Labor, Long Island Nets, Lindy’s Taxi, Long Island Pharmacists Society, Lyft, Modern Italian Bakery, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, New York State Parks, Northwell Health, PM Pediatrics, Smith Haven Auto Group, St. Josephs College, Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County Community College, Suffolk County Superintendents Association, SVAM Intl., Thrive Wellness Corp., TRITEC Real Estate Company, Uber and Verizon.


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March 29, Blood Drive

Please join Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer and come out to the Community Blood Drive to donate blood and benefit those who may need it in our community. Your donation will help save up to THREE lives. Our community hospitals need your help, please share this lifesaving gift.


Thursday, March 29, 2018 • 2:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Hicksville Fire Department – 20 E. Marie St., Hicksville

Valid ID required


All Donors Will Receive a McDonald’s Coupon for a FREE Large Sandwich or Salad with Any Purchase.


Blood Donation Eligibility Criteria:


  • Minimum weight 110 lbs
  •  Age 16 – 76
  • Eat well (low fat FOODS) & drink fluids
  • No tattoos for past 12 months


For questions about medical eligibility, please contact the New York Blood Center: 1-800-688-0900 or visit:  You can help, please donate!


For more information about the blood drive, please contact: Legislator Schaefer – (516) 571-6214, email:


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Legislator Schaefer Introduces Legislation Expanding Social Host Law to Combat Opioid Epidemic

social host lawNassau County Legislators Laura Schaefer, Steve Rhoads and Thomas McKevitt, along with Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello, held a press conference on Tuesday, February 13th, to announce new legislation to help combat the opioid epidemic. The new legislation will expand Nassau County’s current social host law to apply to controlled substances, including opioids. Currently, Nassau’s social host law is only applicable to alcohol.


By including “controlled substances” within the Nassau County Social Host Law, parents, guardians, siblings, friends, and anyone else over the age of eighteen will be held accountable for the consumption of controlled substances by anyone under age twenty-one, or for failing to take reasonable corrective action upon learning of the consumption of drugs, at his or her owned, rented, or otherwise controlled private residence. This crime is considered an unclassified misdemeanor and the fine for a first offense is $250. A second offense will accrue a fine of $500 and a third offense, and all offenses thereafter, will be $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed one year.


“Opioid use needs to be taken seriously by everyone,” Legislator Schaefer said. “By including controlled substances in our Social Host Law, we are all forced to take a closer look at what our children and their friends are doing under our own roofs. We must be vigilant as to the signs of drug use in our children and take action when necessary. A simple proactive measure like holding the homeowner responsible for underage drinking or drug use in his or her home can save a life.”


The original Social Host law was passed by the Nassau County Legislature on July 9, 2007. It prohibits any person over the age of eighteen who owns, rents, or otherwise controls a private residence from knowingly allowing the consumption of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 on such premises, or failing to take reasonable corrective action upon learning of the consumption of alcohol.


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Legislator Schaefer Announces a Property Tax Assessment Grievance Workshop

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, 2018 and March 10, 2018.


MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bethpage Public Library – 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage



Legislator Schaefer invites you to attend this workshop to help you file a property tax assessment grievance application. At the workshop, 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. Reservations are not necessary.


For information on your specific property, please visit:


For forms and applications, please visit:


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Laura M. Schaefer Sworn in for 12th Session of Nassau County Legislature

Schaefer 12th sessionOn Friday, January 5th, 2018, Nassau County Legislator Laura M. Schaefer took the oath of office for her new term in a ceremony at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.


State Senator Elaine Phillips swore in Legislator Schaefer and the other Legislators in the Majority Caucus for the 12th Session of the Nassau County Legislature, before a crowd of family, friends and other elected officials.


Legislator Schaefer has represented the 14th District of the Nassau County Legislature, encompassing Garden City, Carle Place and portions of Westbury, Jericho, Hicksville, Bethpage, Plainview, West Hempstead, Hempstead and Franklin Square, since she was first elected in 2013. Legislator Schaefer was re-elected by wide margins in 2015 and again in 2017 and is currently serving her third term in the Legislature.


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Cold Weather Safety Tips

Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer offers these 10 cold weather safety tips listed below to help you and your family stay safe and warm all winter long:


1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Always place space heaters on a level, hard surface and keep flammable items, such as paper, clothing, bedding, rugs and curtains at least three feet away.

4. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Always use a glass or metal fire screen to catch sparks or rolling logs when using a fireplace.

6. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent pipes from freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

7. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.

8. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Never operate a generator inside the home, in the basement or in the garage.

10. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring.


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Legislator Schaefer Public Advisory: Beware of Stranger Danger

Legislator Laura M. Schaefer and the Nassau County Police Department urge you to talk with your children about “Stranger Danger”. A stranger can be anyone you least expect to encounter your child, familiar or otherwise, and can lurk anywhere, from the local park to the internet.


Teaching Your Child About Stranger Danger

“Stranger Danger” is the important topic of teaching children about the inherent dangers they may face as they venture out into the world. Unfortunately, the world is a scary place and there are people out there who prey on children. “Stranger Danger” is a very important issue that all parents must address – and one that requires ongoing, open communication with their children.


The single most important thing to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instill confidence, rather than fear. You want to equip your child with the knowledge and strategies they will need to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Also, keep your child’s age and maturity level in mind and base lessons upon that. Again, stranger danger lessons should be ongoing – adapt the conversation as your child grows as he/she is likely to encounter different types of situations.


First and foremost, children need to understand what you mean by stranger. Not all people unknown to them are necessarily dangerous – they need to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” strangers. This is important so children understand where and to whom to turn if they are ever lost or feel scared, threatened, or if they think someone may be following them. Examples of “good” strangers may include police officers, security guards, teachers, store clerks, etc. These are all examples of people to turn to when your child needs help. If they are approached by a “bad” stranger who tries to lure or physically pull them away, the best thing they can do is get the attention of other adults – whether that is by running to the nearest home, or making enough noise to be heard by someone, the vast majority of adults will help a child in danger.


Stranger Danger Tips & Strategies

  • Know your name, address, and phone number.
  • Use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
  • If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”


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Legislator Schaefer Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween brings jack-o-lanterns, whimsical costumes, and visits from young neighbors in disguise. Legislator Laura M. Schaefer and the Nassau County Department of Health offer these Halloween Safety Tips to help keep this holiday safe and enjoyable for everyone.



  • If a child wants a carved jack-o-lantern, let an adult do the carving, or let the child use a knife especially designed for use by young children.
  • Use a small flashlight inside a pumpkin instead of a candle which may pose a fire hazard.
  • If a candle is used, light it only for short periods and keep it away from unsupervised youngsters as well as flammable furnishings.



  • In choosing costumes, keep safety in mind. Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen.
  • If a mask is part of a costume, make sure it will not slip and cover the eyes. The eyeholes should be large enough to see through clearly.
  • Consider using face paints or cosmetics to create an original “mask”.
  • Hats and scarves should also be tied firmly, so that they do not restrict vision.
  • Select light colored costumes.
  • Attach reflective tape or stickers to costumes or footwear and to Halloween treat bags so that they can be seen more easily by motorists.



  • Small children need a supervising adult with them when trick-or- treating.
  • Have children carry flashlights to light their way and be more visible to motorists.
  • Walk on sidewalks where available.
  • If children must walk on a road, walk facing traffic.
  • Trick-or-treaters should go only to houses where they know the residents, and where the outside light is on.
  • Children should stay on the porch or outside steps to get their treats, and NEVER go into a home without an adult.



  • For treats, parents should consider healthy options to candy. Healthful prepackaged snacks such as raisins, or treats such as coins, stickers, sports cards or coupons from local businesses are a welcome alternative.
  • Children should be warned not to eat any food until an adult has inspected it at home. Unwrapped treats and those showing signs of tampering should be discarded.


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Legislator Laura M. Schaefer Invites You to Attend a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Legislator Laura M. Schaefer would like to inform all owners of a home, 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. Department of Assessment staff will be on hand to answer any questions about exemptions and 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.


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Westbury Rec. Center – 348 Post Ave., Westbury


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
West Hempstead Public Library – 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Hicksville Public Library – 169 Jerusalem Ave., Hicksville


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Bethpage Public Library – 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage


Due to the recent changes with New York State’s STAR exemption program, No NEW Basic STAR applications will be accepted. Enhanced STAR applications will ONLY be processed for home owners that were enrolled in the STAR Program prior to 1/20/15. If you would like to file a new STAR or Enhanced STAR application, please call the New York State Department of Finance: (518)-457-2036.


Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two (2) copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment website at:


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Legislator Laura M. Schaefer Offers Summer Health Safety Tips

Nassau County Legislator Laura M. Schaefer would like to remind you that while summer is a time of sun and fun, it can also be a dangerous time as temperatures rise higher.


According to a National Health Statistics report, about 250 people die in the U.S. every year from exposure to excessive heat. Heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. Your body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces? Most of the time, you’re hardly aware of it – unless your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle.


There are several heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke (the most severe), heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Those most at risk include:

  • Infants and young children
  • Elderly people
  • Pets
  • Individuals with heart or circulatory problems or other long-term illness
  • People who work outdoors
  • Athletes and people who like to exercise – especially beginners
  • Individuals taking medications that alter sweat production
  • Alcoholics and drug abusers


Heat cramps

Heat cramps are muscle spasms that usually affect the legs or abdominal muscles, often after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the body, which can result in heat cramps.


Workers or athletes with pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs should not return to work for a few hours. Instead:

  • Sit or lie down in the shade.
  • Drink cool water or a sports drink.
  • Stretch affected muscles.
  • Seek medical attention if you have heart problems or if the cramps don’t get better in an hour.


Heat Exhaustion

When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion can set in. People who work outdoors and athletes are particularly susceptible.


Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and can include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea. Other symptoms include profuse sweating, clammy or pale skin, dizziness, rapid pulse and normal or slightly elevated body temperature.


Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke, so make sure to treat the victim quickly.


  • Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area
  • Give them water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages
  • Apply wet towels or having them take a cool shower



Heatstroke can occur when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises quickly. The brain and vital organs are effectively “cooked” as body temperature rises to a dangerous level in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke is often fatal, and those who do survive may have permanent damage to their organs.


Someone experiencing heatstroke will have extremely hot skin, and an altered mental state, ranging from slight confusion to coma. Seizures also can result. Ridding the body of excess heat is crucial for survival.


  • Move the person into a half-sitting position in the shade
  • Call for emergency medical help immediately
  • If humidity is below 75%, spray the victim with water and fan them vigorously; if humidity is above 75%, apply ice to neck, armpits or groin
  • Do not give aspirin or acetaminophen
  • Do not give the victim anything to drink


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more information on heat-related illness in this FAQ.


The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Air conditioning is the best way to cool off, according to the CDC. Also:

  • Drink more liquid than you think you need and avoid alcohol
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat
  • Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks
  • Avoid time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself
  • Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body


Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Yes, dogs and cats can get heatstroke too. Heatstroke (or hyperthermia) happens when an animal, particularly a dog, overheats. Body temperatures of 102°F and greater usually bring with them the onset of heatstroke.


Symptoms of Heatstroke in Dogs

Knowing the signs of heatstroke and being observant of your pet while outside is critical. Signs of heatstroke include, collapsing or fainting, uncontrolled diarrhea or vomiting, excessive panting, an increased heart rate that you can feel just by touch or profuse salivation.


If you see any of these things, get your dog to drink some water and get him somewhere cool immediately. Cover him with cool, wet towels and aim a fan at him. Take his temperature and make sure it stays below 104°F. After any incident of heatstroke, your dog (or any pet) should see their vet as soon as possible.


How Do You Prevent Heat Stroke In Dogs?

Never leave a pet in a hot car, not even for a few minutes. On a day where the outside temperature is 90°F, the temperature inside the car will rise to 120° within about five minutes, and a scorching 160°F within about 20 minutes, whether you “crack the windows” or not.


If you and your pet are going to be outside for long periods, make sure water is always available and that there is somewhere they can take shelter from direct sunlight.


A doghouse in a shady spot is ideal. You can also provide a picnic table or canopy that a dog can slip under to cool off.


Never douse an overheated dog with cold water; it could send them into shock. However, an occasional spritz from a spray bottle full of ice water will be very much appreciated on a hot day, and help regulate body temperature.


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