Category Archives: Nassau County

Ferretti Introduces Legislation to End ‘Little League Tax’

John FerrettiNassau County Legislator John Ferretti, along with members of the Legislative Majority, have introduced legislation to protect youth organizations such as little leagues, the Boys Scouts and other not for profit agencies from being charged fees for using athletic fields and picnic areas in county parks. In the past, usage fees had always been waived by the Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums for youth and senior leagues and other not for profit agencies. However, County Executive Laura Curran has directed the Parks Commissioner to no longer waive these fees. As a result, organizations have received bills for as much as $16,000, without any warning.


“I am shocked that the County Executive has attempted to balance the budget on the backs of little leagues, our children and senior organizations,” said Legislator Ferretti. “This ‘Little League Tax’ creates a hardship on organizations that are only trying to give back to the community. Studies show that kids who play sports are more disciplined, learn to work better as a team, and are more likely to stay out of trouble. In light of the opioid epidemic we face, we should be introducing more extracurricular activity for our youth, not devastating youth organizations by imposing fees to play on fields we already pay for through our property taxes. We must not allow this “Little League Tax” to stand.”


Under the current law, charging the fees is at the discretion of the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Museums. The proposed legislation would prohibit the commissioner from charging fees to organizations serving Nassau County’s youth and senior populations or for charitable purposes.


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This Weekend: S.T.O.P. Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program

Legislator Tom McKevitt 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 Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop site is located at Eisenhower Park, Parking Field #3, in East Meadow.


Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Eisenhower Park – Parking Field #3
Hempstead Tpke. & Merrick Ave., East Meadow


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.


For a list of acceptable/unacceptable S.T.O.P. recycling items, please visit:


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Legislator Kennedy Honors Laura Maier as ‘Woman Of Distinction’

Laura MaierIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Nassau County Legislature held their 20th Annual “Women of Distinction” Ceremony.


Laura Maier was recognized as Legislator Kennedy’s honoree this year for her accomplishments and contributions to the community. As a successful entrepreneur with numerous franchises on Long Island, Laura has sponsored many fundraisers throughout the years for schools, sports teams and local charitable organizations. Each summer Laura partners with the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation to raise funds for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.


“It was a pleasure to present this award to Laura for her achievements and for the positive impact she has had in Nassau County” stated Legislator Kennedy.


Pictured above are Legislator Kennedy and Honoree Laura Maier.


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Assemblyman Curran Meets Malverne American Legion Members In Albany

Malverne American Legion

Assemblyman Brian Curran met with Malverne American Legion members Carol Hassett, Yvonne Brunner and Maryanne Alesia.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Curran met with members of the Malverne American Legion during their visit to Albany for American Legion Legislative Day. Members Carol Hassett, Yvonne Brunner and Maryanne Alesia met with Curran in the Assembly Chamber to advocate for veterans’ rights, improved veteran healthcare services and financial assistance for veterans’ services and programs.


“I appreciate our local members coming to visit Albany,” said Curran. “Veterans rights have always been a top priority for me as well as projects to donate to veterans groups. I look forward to continuing working with local veterans groups to improve the quality of life for all of our vets.”


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Presiding Officer Nicolello Votes for Enhanced Sexual Harassment Training

Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello and the Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature recently approved legislation requiring all Nassau County employees to undergo sexual harassment training. The legislation also requires all employees to be retrained on the County’s sexual harassment policy each year they are employed. This proactive legislation aims to remove any ambiguity by teaching what conduct is and is not appropriate.


“There is no place for abuse or harassment anywhere, let alone the workplace,” said Presiding Officer Nicolello. “We strive to maintain a safe environment for all our workers in Nassau County, and given the reports of sexual harassment in media and government elsewhere, it is appropriate to update our training protocol in Nassau.”


The Rules Committee also passed legislation prohibiting business property owners or their contractors from shoveling snow onto a county road. This will allow snow plows to operate more easily, which makes the roads safer for pedestrians and motorists.


Finally, the Rules Committee passed two items aimed at helping those who have given so much to the community. The first extends discounts for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums to retired auxiliary police, volunteer firefighters, and volunteer ambulance corps. The discount would apply to the Nassau County Leisure Pass, entrance to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, and other Nassau County parks fees. The second item extends the Cold War Veterans Exemption. Previously, the exemption expired after ten years. Now, the exemption is extended for as long as the veteran is the owner of the qualifying property. Additionally, the maximum amount of the exemption was increased from $50,000 to $75,000.


All of this legislation will be considered by the full Nassau County Legislature on Monday, March 26, 2018.


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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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Presiding Officer Nicolello Honors May O’Boyle Deegan as Woman of Distinction

May O’Boyle DeeganAt the 20th Annual Nassau County Legislature’s “Women of Distinction Awards”, Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello honored May O’Boyle Deegan for her tireless leadership in the community and county and for her many years of dedicated service in promoting and preserving Irish culture and heritage.


May, a first-generation Irish-American, born and raised in Queens, New York, moved to Garden City Park in 1991 with her husband Tommy and daughter Melanie. She was President of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, where she ably led one of the area’s foremost Irish-American organizations. May was a dynamic and dedicated leader, and also served as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade.


May has also run numerous Irish dancing competitions for various organizations in the community and is the proud owner of a small business, Feis Head, where she sells accessories for Irish dance competitions.


May was a Girl Scout leader in Garden City Park and has taught Religious Education at both Notre Dame and Holy Spirit. She is also a member of the Holy Spirit Pastoral Council, festival committee, website manager and a Eucharistic Minister.


Legislator Nicolello stated: “May is a selfless leader who consistently gives of her time and talent to serve. It is my great privilege to honor May as a true Woman of Distinction and proud daughter of Ireland.


Pictured above (left to right) are Thomas Deegan, Madge O’Boyle, Honoree May O’Boyle-Deegan, and Presiding Officer Nicolello.


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Legislator Ford Recognizes Women’s History Month Honoree

Christina Tisi-KramerNassau County Legislator Denise Ford had the privilege of Co-Chairing the 20th Annual Women’s History Month celebration at the Nassau County Legislature.


As part of the celebration, each Legislator chooses a woman from their district to honor. Legislator Ford chose Christina Tisi-Kramer as an honoree. Christina had an idea of paying it forward and started the Hurricane Harvey donation site which in just 6 days collected enough supplies to fill 5 fifty foot semi-trucks and have them driven to Texas to deliver to a small beach community.


Christina and her family recognized that “we too are capable of helping others in times of need”. So they established “Waves of Hope USA” and helped the victims of the California Wild Fires delivering 1,000 toys for the 2017 holidays.


Thank you Christina, keep on sharing your spirit with us and making a difference in so many lives!


Pictured above with Legislator Ford are Honoree Christina Tisi-Kramer, her husband Tim and their two sons.


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Veterans Award Nursing Scholarships at the 48th Annual Nurses Training Ball

Nurse’s Training BallThe Veterans organization Nassau County Voiture #803 Forty & Eight held their 48th Annual Nurse’s Training Ball at the Malverne American Legion Post #44. Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, a registered nurse, joined the members of Forty & Eight along with other area officials in awarding scholarships to twelve nursing students from all over Nassau County.


This year’s recipients were Ashley Ambrico, Justine Bo, Maureen Brady, Gabriella Carrigan, Samantha Cestare, Jack Cusssen, Madison Dietrich, Jenna Doherty, Carly Howard, Vanessa Mauri, Kristina Moncayo and Rory Sloan. Forty & Eight is a national organization originally formed as an honor society for members of the American Legion who had served in World War I. Primarily focused on charitable service today, the Nurses Training Program aims to encourage nursing education and student achievement.


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Legislator Ford Secures Funding for Pt. Lookout-Lido Fire District Ambulance

Point Lookout Lido Fire DistrictNassau County Legislator Denise Ford was able to secure the funding needed to provide the Point Lookout-Lido Fire District with a new ambulance.


“I was proud to take a tour today of the new Point Lookout-Lido Fire District Ambulance # 258 that I was able to obtain the funding to provide this much needed vehicle for our First Responders” said Legislator Ford.


Legislator Ford is pictured above with 1st Assistant Chief Jared Siegelman, Commissioner Chas Thompson, Chief Brian Guerin, and 2nd Assistant Chief James Guerin.


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