Category Archives: Nassau County

Legislator Ford Reminds Drives That School Is Open!

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious when driving now that school is open, especially when driving in school zones.


School zones are areas marked off near all schools. These areas usually have slower speed limits, especially during school hours. School zone safety laws prevent unnecessary accidents and getting a traffic ticket in a school zone will result in a much larger fine.


When school is in session there are kids walking or riding bikes to school, crossing streets everywhere in every neighborhood. To help keep everyone safe, drivers should follow these driving safety tips:



When you are in neighborhoods where there are a lot of children walking to school, be alert to children darting out into the street or riding their bicycles.

Be very careful when backing out of your driveway to look for children that may suddenly run across your driveway or are too small to see out of your rear view mirror.

Watch for crossing guards indicating you need to stop and wait for all pedestrians to be out of the cross walk.



Watch for school buses that are loading or unloading children in front of houses or schools. When a bus pulls to the side of the road or even stops in the middle of the road, you must come to a complete stop. Do this when you see the stop sign flip outward on the driver’s side of the bus. Sometimes children that leave the bus need to cross the street, the bus driver puts the sign out to warn you that a child may enter the street and you are not to pass the bus.



One of the most important driving safety tips is….slow down. Never speed in or near a school. Slow down in residential areas and anywhere there are children walking to school. Most school zones have reduced speeds during school hours. If you get a ticket for going faster than the reduced speed, the fine will most likely be double or triple the normal rate.



Many schools have an area where parents pull up to the curb to drop their child off or pick them up. It is important to use the designated drop off area and follow all the rules of the school for this area. If you can’t use the drop off area, you should get out of your car and walk your child safely to the sidewalk in front of the school. Do not let your child dart through the parking lot by themselves. The drop off zone may have rules for how long you can sit in your car. Do not park and leave your car in the drop off zone, this will cause a traffic back up or force parents to drive around your car which can cause serious accidents.


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Legislator Schaefer’s Tree Letter to Curran

Dear County Executive Curran,


My office recently received complaints regarding the imminent removal of several trees by the Nassau County Department of Public Works in the Garden City area. Several residents questioned the need to cut down these trees and the manner upon which the notifications for the removal was accomplished by the Department of Public Works.


It is our understanding that the administration is considering a policy to outline objective standards the County will use to determine when a tree must be pruned or cut down and the factors that must be considered in furtherance of that determination. I support the creation of such a policy and believe clear tree pruning/removal guidelines will assist us in more effectively communicating the County’s tree pruning and removal needs and restoration strategies.


I ask that once complete, the tree management policy be provided to my office.


Please contact me if you have any questions or ifl can be of any assistance.


Best Regards,

Laura Schaefer


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Save the Date: Sept. 15, S.T.O.P Hazardous Household Waste Collection

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 Saturday, September 15th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop site is located at Valley Stream State Park (Fletcher Ave. entrance).



8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Valley Stream State Park – Fletcher Ave., Valley Stream


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 Muscarella Announces NUMC Mammography Van Coming to W. Hempstead

Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella is sponsoring the Nassau University Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van to visit our neighborhood 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 at home.


Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 • 8:45 AM to 12:00 Noon

Echo Park (parking lot off Roosevelt Ave.) – 399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead


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 health insurance) and must provide any past exam films, if they are available. Women with health insurance will be required to make a co-payment. The mammography is free for uninsured women, based on eligibility guidelines.


Appointments are required and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact Legislator Muscarella’s office:(516) 571-6208  or


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Nicolello, Phillips to Host Community Blood Drive

Please join Nassau County Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello, New York State Senator Elaine Phillips and the New York Blood Center 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.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 • 1:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Hillside Public Library – 155 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park


Blood donation eligibility criteria:

  • Bring valid ID
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs
  • Age 16 – 76
  • Eat well (low fat foods) and drink fluids
  • No tattoos for past 12 months


For more information about our community blood drive, please contact either


  • Presiding Officer Nicolello – (516) 571-6209 email:
  • Senator Phillips – (516) 746-5924 email:


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Eagle Scout Unveils New Sign Promoting Awareness of Local 9/11 Military Monument

Eagle Scout Daniel HepworthEagle Scout Daniel Hepworth of Massapequa Troop 590 recently held an unveiling ceremony of two signs he erected for his Eagle Scout project. The signage is located at the Towers of Freedom 9/11 Military Monument in John Burns Park.


Daniel’s goal was to increase awareness of this beautiful monument that is dedicated to those who gave their lives that day and to honor first responders, firefighters, police officers and military servicemen.


Pictured above (left to right) are Mike LiPetri, Mayor of Massapequa Park; Jeffrey Pravato, Eagle Scout Daniel Hepworth;, Legislator James Kennedy; and Town of Oyster Bay Clerk James Altadonna.


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Legislator Denise Ford Announces the 15th Annual F. F. Harry S. Ford Community Blood Drive

National statistics have proven that one in three people will require a blood transfusion at some point in their life, yet far too few people donate blood. The result is periodic blood shortages in some communities. Since there is no substitute for human blood, we can look only to ourselves to meet this challenge. If you needed blood, you’d expect it to be there. Wouldn’t you? Please do your part. Your donation will help save up to three lives.


Thursday, September 6, 2018 • 3:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall – 970 W. Beech St., Long Beach


For medical and travel questions concerning blood donations call: 1-800-688-0900


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bring ID with signature or photo
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs.
  • Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission/76 & over must have doctors note)
  • Eat well (low fat) & drink fluids
  • No tattoos for past 12 months


To schedule an appointment please call Legislator Ford: 516-571-6204.


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Learn to Administer NARCAN

Overdose PreventionTo help save lives and combat the Heroin epidemic, Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello, New York State Senator Elaine Phillips, and Village of Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar recently sponsored a free Overdose Prevention Seminar at Williston Park’s Village Hall. Residents learned how to administer the lifesaving antidote known as Narcan and reverse the fatal effects of an Opiate overdose. Attendees also learned the warning signs of drug addiction, available treatment options, and listened to a panel who shared personal stories of recovery.


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.


No prior medical experience is necessary to participate in the training. All trainees will receive a certificate of completion. For more information please visit:


Pictured above (left to right) are Village of Williston Park Trustee William O’Brien, New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra, Director of Program Development at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County David Hymowitz, Senator Phillips, Village of Williston Park Mayor Ehrbar, Presiding Officer Nicolello, and Village of Williston Park Trustee Michael Uttaro.


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Legislator Walker Welcomes New Girl Scout CEO Bynum

New Girl Scout CEO BynumNassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker recently met with members of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to welcome Ms. Randell Bynum, the Scouts’ new CEO. Attendees listened to Ms. Bynum’s plans to expand and continue the success of the Girl Scouting programming Nassau County. After the presentation, the Girl Scouts led a tour of their newly renovated Service Center in Garden City.


Shown in the photo above from left to right are: Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker, Girl Scout Board Members Milagros Vicente and Julie Strachan, Legislator Tom McKevitt, Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello, Nassau County Girl Scouts CEO Randell Bynum, Girl Scout Board Members Carol Ransom and Sharon Ramnauth, and Legislator Walker.


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Legislator Ford’s Helmet Giveaway a Success

Helmet GiveawayOn Tuesday August 14th, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford distributed free bicycle helmets to nearly 50 children and adults in Point Lookout.


Legislative District 4 and its surrounding communities have the most bicyclists on the streets at any given time in Nassau County. Bicycle safety information, educational materials, and helmets were provided by the New York State Coalition for Transportation Safety.


Legislator Ford, who donated more than two dozen helmets to the giveaway, urges her constituents to ride their bikes carefully and responsibly. “I hope that promoting bicycle safety will improve the well-being of our residents, reduce injuries, and save lives!”


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