Category Archives: Nassau County

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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Montesano Invites Local Business Owners to Attend Business Roundtable Discussion

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is excited to announce he will participate in a business roundtable discussion facilitated by Assemblyman Dean Murray on December 15. Topics will include how legislation regarding minimum wage will affect small businesses and tip workers (A.6203), wage compensation for schedule changes, paid family leave and other regulatory issues. The discussion will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rose Caracappa Auditorium at the Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown.

 

“As businesses are the backbone of any community, discussions on how to improve them should occur frequently,” said Montesano. “I look forward to learning more about what my colleagues and business owners have to say about these topics and sharing my own thoughts about passed and pending legislation which affects the business community. I would like to invite business owners from my Assembly District to attend and participate in this discussion and give testimony on topics such as wage compensation for schedule changes, paid family leave and minimum wage. Coming together to share ideas and thoughts is important when it comes to the growth of the business community.”

 

Business owners in the 15th Assembly District who would like to attend or learn more about this event may contact Montesano’s district office at (516) 937-3571.

 

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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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Massapequa International Little League Awards

Massapequa International Little League AwardsMassapequa International Little League recently hosted their 24th Annual Awards Dinner at the Royal Palm catering hall in Farmingdale and Legislator James D. Kennedy was on hand to congratulate the winning teams and all the little league participants for their commitment to the Little League program.

 

Pictured above with Legislator Kennedy are: NYS Juniors Manager Jerry Santangelo, Coach John Gillespie, Coach Chris Pomerico, Coach Steve Licata, Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Lou Imbroto, Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Tom Hand, NYS Juniors Champion Team Members Thomas Alcamo, Brendan Brookmeyer, Dominic Feniello, Patrick Gillespie, Connor Kelly, Gerald Kirchstetter, Luke Kirschbaum, Steven Licata, Daniel Meaney, Zachary Morana and Thomas Pomarico,  (Not shown in photo: Timothy Dorman and Aidan Gregory.)

 

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Dec 8: First Bilingual Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Prevention Seminar

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, invite residents to attend the County’s first free Bilingual Overdose Prevention Workshop with Naloxone (Narcan) training, on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 from 10 am-12pm at the Hispanic Counseling Center, located at 344 Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. The training will be provided in English, and Spanish, by way of a translator using nationally-recognized translation equipment.

 

Attendees will be trained to administer Narcan, which can reverse the fatal effects of an overdose on heroin, or prescription meds such as oxycodone and vicodin. They’ll learn the warning signs of drug addiction, new and effective treatment options, personal stories of recovery, and more. A free nasal Narcan kit is provided to each trainee.

 

“We bring this special training in response to community requests to give Spanish speaking residents an opportunity to be trained and, a daytime event for those who’ve been unable to attend any of our evening trainings,” said County Executive Mangano. “Residents need to become educated about the disease of addiction, and can do so by attending our free workshop. I encourage everyone, 18 years of age and older, to take advantage of this opportunity that could save a loved one’s life and give them a chance at recovery.

 

So far this year, at least 24 trainees used the Narcan they were given to save the life of someone overdosing on Heroin or prescription pain pills. In all, Nassau has trained more than 9,200 civilians to administer the overdose antidote, since becoming state certified in Sept 2012. In addition to thousands of non-medically trained civilians, the County’s trainees include school nurses, athletic directors, pharmacists, auxiliary and probation officers, firefighters and 911 dispatch operators.

 

At least 195 Nassau residents died from opioid overdoses in 2016. Naloxone—the main ingredient in Narcan—has been used by paramedics and emergency room doctors for decades to save lives, but a 2006 State law allows citizens to administer Narcan in an attempt to save a life, without fear of liability.

 

All residents are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. To attend the two-hour seminar provided by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, please RSVP at www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining.

 

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Nicolello Supports U.S. Marines Corp ‘Toys For Tots’ Program

Toys for TotsNassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and the other eighteen members of the Nassau County Legislature recently joined with Major Chuck Kilbride and the United State Marine Corps to participate in the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots Program. Each Legislator donated a new, unwrapped toy that will be distributed to disadvantaged children throughout Long Island.

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Legislator Nicolello, President of the Nassau County Detective’s Association John Wighaus, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, USMC Staff Sgt. JD Quintion, President of the CSEA Local 830 Jerry Laricchiuta, President of the Nassau County PBA James McDermott, and Co-chair of “Toys for Tots” John Blasig.

 

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Legislator Muscarella Offers Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but the hectic pace can also present increased risks, especially if you are on a quest for gifts. Overcrowded stores and an increase in online shopping offer greater opportunities for thieves to target your valuables.

 

Legislator Vincent T. Muscarella is joining with the Nassau County Police Department to help shoppers protect themselves against thieves by offering the following safety tips for holiday shoppers:

 

  • Park in a well-lighted space. Roll up your windows, lock your vehicle doors and lock packages and valuables in your trunk.
  • Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Plan ahead by taking a friend to shop with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Avoid carrying or flaunting large amounts of cash.
  • Save all receipts, including from your online purchases, to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in. Check your credit and bank statements regularly for fraud.
  • Deter purse snatchers and pickpockets by carrying your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket. Never place your purse in a shopping cart where it can be easily snatched.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings while shopping and remember to check your backseat and around your car before getting in.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle.
  • Do not advertise on social media that you will be away from home.
  • Shop only on secure websites that you know and trust. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
  • Make sure your personal computers are up-to-date on security software before surfing the Internet. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
  • Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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The NUMC Mobile Mammography Van Is Coming to North Bellmore

Presiding Officer Gonsalves is pleased to announce that the Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van will be coming to our area 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.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017 • 8:45 AM TO 12:00 NOON

North Bellmore Public Library – 1551 Newbridge Rd., North Bellmore

 

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 insurance) and must provide any past exam films, if 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 call Presiding Officer Gonsalves’ office at (516) 571-6213.

 

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Councilman Hand Reminds Residents of Building Permit Amnesty Program Deadline of December 31

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Thomas Hand reminds residents that the deadline for building permit amnesty – designed to allow residents the time to obtain the necessary permits required on building improvements previously done to their homes without incurring stringent penalties – will end on December 31, 2017.

 

Councilman Hand stated, “There are six weeks remaining for residents with existing, unpermitted home improvements to legitimize their projects without penalty by following the application and inspection procedure. All homeowners are eligible, including landlords of residential rental properties at the standard fee rate.”

 

The Town amnesty program addresses both public safety concerns and homeowner convenience. The Town requires building permits on home improvements as work needs to done in accordance to standards and codes. These standards ensure that construction on your home meets workmanship and safety requirements. The building permit process is not the time to cut corners. Quality workmanship that meets legal building codes is a wise investment, creates peace of mind and ultimately saves time and money down the road. This will be especially important when a resident needs to sell or refinance their home and they do not have the proper approvals.

 

To begin the process for a building permit, residents can call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Planning and Development’s Building Division at (516) 624-6200, where residents will be directed through the process. Residents may also visit the Building Department at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay (74 Audrey Avenue) or its newly designated satellite office at Town Hall South in Massapequa (977 Hicksville Road). The new location makes it equally convenient for both north and south shore residents.

 

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Legislator Walker Reminds Homeowners About Property Tax Savings

Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker reminds homeowners that there are a variety of tax exemptions that can help reduce your property taxes. Nassau County homeowners may be eligible for one or more of these property tax exemptions. There is no cost to the homeowner to file for any of these tax exemptions.

 

For applications and brochures, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html or call 571-1500.

 

NYS STAR tax exemption savings include:

 

Basic STAR Exemption

STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences. The Basic STAR Exemption is for all homeowners, regardless of age, with an annual household income of $500,000 or less.

 

Enhanced STAR Exemption

The Enhanced STAR Exemption is available to senior citizen homeowners who are 65 years of age or older, during the year in which the exemption takes effect, and whose annual federal adjusted gross income does not exceed $86,000. (Senior citizens whose annual income exceeds $86,000 may still be eligible for the Basic STAR Exemption.)

 

Cold war Veterans Exemption

The exemption provides a partial property tax exemption (as adopted by your local municipality) to veterans who served during the Cold War period. The law also provides an additional exemption to disabled veterans, equal to one-half of their service-connected disability ratings. The basic exemption is limited to 10 years, but there is no time limit for the disabled portion of this exemption. In both instances, the exemption is limited to the primary residence of the veteran, and is applicable only to general municipal taxes, not to school taxes or special district levies.

 

Home Improvement Property Tax Exemption

The Home Improvement Exemption is an eighth year decreasing exemption on alterations, reconstructions or improvements that increase the assessed value of a one or two-family home. For the first year of the exemption, 100 percent of the assessed value of the improvement is exempt. In the second year, 87.5 percent; in the third year, 75 percent; and so on. Please refer to the brochure for list of taxable and non-taxable improvements.

 

Low – Income Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption

Senior Citizen homeowners in Nassau County age 65 or over whose incomes are $37,399 or lower are eligible to receive an exemption on their real property taxes.

 

Persons with Disabilities and Limited Incomes Partial Property Tax Exemption

To be eligible, homeowners whose incomes are $37,399 or less must have a physical or mental impairment not due to current use of alcohol or illegal drugs. Proof of disability is required. Please refer to brochure for eligibility guidelines. Note: If your property is receiving an exemption under the Low Income Senior Citizens’ Exemption, it cannot receive this exemption.

 

 

Physically Disabled Tax Reduction Program for home improvements

The real property tax exemption granted is equal to the amount of any increase in value of property attributable to improvements made for the purpose of facilitating and accommodating the use and accessibility of the property by (a) a resident owner of the property who is physically disabled or (b) a member of the resident owner’s household who is physically disabled, if the member of the household resides on the property.

 

 

Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption

Qualifying applicants will receive an exemption from county and town taxes, but not from special district taxes. Applicants may also receive an exemption on school taxes if the local school district has opted in. The exemption is equal to 15% of your assessment for service during war-time and an additional 10% for service in a combat area, or for having received an Expeditionary Medal.

 

Volunteer Firefighter/Ambulance Worker Property Tax Exemption

The primary residence owned by an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department or ambulance service will be granted a partial exemption from municipal/school taxes and special ad valorem tax levies, so long as the property owner has been a member for at least five (5) years. Nassau County offers a lifetime exemption to members with over 20 years of volunteer service.

 

The deadline for all applications is January 2, 2018. There is no cost to the homeowner to file for any of these tax exemptions.

 

For more information please contact Legislator Walker’s office at 516-571-6204 or rosewalker@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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