Category Archives: Maureen O’Connell

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans. This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and the rollout of the ID card fulfills that promise.

 

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard

 

DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services that are currently offered to Veterans. To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

 

In addition to this new government program, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell’s long-running “Veterans Recognition Program” is still available to veterans in Nassau County free of charge in recognition of their service to our country. This program allows veterans the opportunity to record their Veteran Discharge (DD-214) papers for safekeeping with the Nassau County Clerk’s Office. Upon recording these documents, the veteran will be eligible to receive Clerk O’Connell’s Veterans Discount Photo ID card which provides discounts at participating businesses throughout Nassau County. For more information on the County Clerk’s “Veterans Recognition Program” please visit our website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/clerk.

 

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Boy Scout Troop #45 Honors Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 45Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell joined Boy Scout Troop #45 of Mineola at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Charles Austria, Nathan Bischoff, Thomas Randazzo, Brendan Mulrooney, James Reardon, Joseph Mueller and Ryan Duffy. County Clerk O’Connell, along with other area officials, the leaders and families of Troop #45 honored these outstanding young men who have demonstrated great commitment to community service.

 

Clerk O’Connell presented each of the Eagle Scouts with a County Citation in recognition of their individual achievements. Their dedication and many accomplishments earned them the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Charles, Nathan, Thomas, Brendan, James, Joseph, Ryan and the entire Troop #45 family on this special occasion and for all their great works on behalf of the community.

 

Pictured above are Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell with Eagle Scout Honorees Ryan Duffy, Thomas Randazzo, James Reardon, Joseph Mueller, Charles Austria, Brendan Mulrooney and Nathan Bischoff, New York State Senator Elaine Phillips.

 

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County Clerk Celebrates Irish Americans In Government Scholarship Honorees

Irish Americans In Government ScholarshipThe Irish Americans in Government recently held their 21st Annual Scholarship Reception at the Westbury Manor. The Irish Americans in Government is a charitable organization whose members of Irish heritage contribute to the community through government service. Honored at this year’s Scholarship Reception were Donal M. Mahoney, Esq and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder for their community activities and volunteer service.

 

The distinguished honorees were joined by family and friends, as well as area officials and presented with Citations in recognition of their life-long dedication to government, community service and the preservation of Irish culture and custom.

 

Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell took part in the celebration and expressed her congratulations to the honorees for their great commitment and service to the community.

 

Pictured above are NYS Assemblyman David McDonough, Superior Officers Association President Kevin Black, Honoree Donal Mahoney, Esq., Irish Americans In Government President Michael Murphy, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Honoree NCPD Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson, NCPD Detectives Association President John Wighaus, Acting Supreme Court Justice Jerold Carter and Town of Hempstead Councilman Dennis Dunne.

 

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County Clerk Attends West Hempstead Public Library 50th Anniversary Celebration

West Hempstead Public LibraryNassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell joined other area officials at the West Hempstead Public Library as they celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their Charter.

 

Clerk O’Connell was pleased to present West Hempstead Public Library Director, Regina Nascia with a citation to commemorate the special occasion.

 

As part of the celebration a carnival was set up in the back parking lot of the library featuring something for people of all ages including games, food, raffles and prizes. The carnival provided a fun filled day for family and friends in the West Hempstead area.

 

Pictured above are Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, Former NYS Senator Jack Martins, West Hempstead Public Library Director Regina Nascia, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, West Hempstead Historical Society President Joh Sohaud and NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra.

 

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Boy Scout Troop # 656 Honors Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop # 656 of WantaghNassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell joined Boy Scout Troop # 656 of Wantagh at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Brian Patrick Klotsche of Wantagh. County Clerk O’Connell, along with the leaders and families of Troop # 656 honored this outstanding young man who has demonstrated great commitment to community service. Clerk O’Connell presented Brian with a County Citation in recognition of his achievements. Brian’s dedication and many accomplishments earned him the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Brian and the entire Troop # 656 family on this special occasion and for all their great works on behalf of the community.

 

Pictured above are members of the Klotsche Family Tim, Patricia, Keith and Shawn, Nassau County Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and Eagle Scout Honoree Brian Patrick Klotsche.

 

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Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 17 Celebrates 28th Annual Irish Heritage Day Parade & Festival

Annual Irish Heritage Day ParadeThe Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 17 recently celebrated the 28th anniversary of its St. Brendan the Navigator Irish Heritage Day Parade and Festival in the City of Long Beach. Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell joined area officials and community members to celebrate this exciting and happy occasion. As part of the celebration, there was also a street fair that provided an enjoyable fun filled day for families and friends with something for people of all ages.

 

Pictured above are Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Division 17 Ancient Order of Hibernians Grand Marshall Daniel MacPhee and New York Assemblywoman Missy Miller.

 

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County Clerk Hosts Senior Flu Shot Program

Senior Flu Shot ProgramThrough the generous support of Northwell Health System Syosset Hospital, community organizations, local volunteers and nurses, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell recently held a senior citizen flu shot program at the Williston Park American Legion Post No. 144. As a registered nurse County Clerk O’Connell knows the importance of protecting the health of seniors. The program is co-sponsored by Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, the Villages of East Williston and Williston Park, the American Legion Post No. 144 and the Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons. The success of this program was due to the numerous volunteers, nurses and support from the community who gave so generously of their time and talents.

 

Volunteers and nurses are pictured with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell.  They are : Margaret Mullarkey, Barbara Afonso, Gail Karcher, Diane Thorp, Heng Quinn, Ruth Valentine, Doreen Ehrbar, NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra, and members of the Williston Park American Legion Post #144.

 

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County Clerk Attends Portuguese American Leadership Conference

The New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference (“NYPALC”) in collaboration with the Portuguese Heritage Society recently hosted a luncheon in honor of Portugal’s Parliament Member and former Secretary of State, Dr. Jose Cesario. Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell was honored to attend the luncheon and present Dr. Cesario with a Nassau County Citation.

 

NYPALC is the non-profit association of the Portuguese-American organization in the State of New York representing over 180,000 Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans, with the mission to represent, promote and defend the interest and rights of the Portuguese American Community in New York.

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Honoree Dr. Jose Cesario, Portuguese Heritage Society President Isabelle Marques, and Portuguese Heritage Society Board Members.

 

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County Clerk Maureen O’Connell Opposes Fee Increases in 2018 County Budget

Maureen O’Connell, Nassau County Clerk, demands that the County Executive and County Legislature eliminate certain fees built in to the 2018 County Budget.

 

Maureen O’Connell said, “A review of the 2018 proposed budget revealed a startling increase in recording fees. The 2018 proposed budget calls for an increase of $100 in the fee to record a mortgage, a deed, a satisfaction. Less then ten years ago this fee was just $10.” O’Connell continued, “Furthermore the budget proposes an increase of $100 to the Assessment Department Tax Map Verification fee. I believe this is an illegal tax that has no bearing on the recording of land documents.”

 

“These proposed fees,” O’Connell explained, “are disproportionate to the services being provided and the courts have determined these disproportionate fees to be an illegal tax, which does not represent the cost of providing services.”

 

The County Clerk is an office created by the New York State Constitution, serving as Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts and as an agent for state and federal governments. In addition, the Clerk is responsible for recording documents relating to real property located in Nassau County and maintains the official index of real property ownership.

 

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Cathedral Nursery School Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

Cathedral Nursery School The Cathedral Nursery School recently celebrated their 50th year of providing quality Early Childhood Education and service to the Garden City community with a picnic attended by over 200 current and alumni families. Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell was on hand to help celebrate this auspicious occasion.

 

Pictured abve is former New York State Assemblyman Steve Labriola, Cathedral Nursery Administrator Cathy Summer, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, Garden City Deputy Mayor Theresa Touve, Cathedral Nursery Director Diane Cina, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Cathedral Nursery Assistant Director Monica Schoelle and New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra.

 

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