Category Archives: Nassau County

Herricks Association of Girl Scouts Hold 2018 Recognition and Bridging Ceremony

Herricks Association of Girl ScoutsPresiding Officer Rich Nicolello recently attended the Herricks Association of Girl Scouts Annual Recognition Night and Award Reception, in which it honored girl scouts with various awards, including the prestigious Gold Award. This year the Gold Award was presented to Prerna Chaudhary, Briana Dusling, Jasmine Kamdar. Setu Mehta, Nida Mirza, and Connie Mule.


Pictured above (left to right) are Superintendent of Herricks Schools Dr. Fino Celano, North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink, Briana Dusling, Setu Mehta, Nida Mirza, Prerna Chaudhary, Jasmine Kamdar, Girl Scout Service Unit Volunteer Melissa Thorp, Presiding Officer Nicolello, Past President of the Herricks School Board Jim Gounaris, North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Troop 1667 Leader Sharon Sullivan, Troop 1887 Leader Kris Pepper, Troop 1887 Leader Maya Chaudhary, and Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar.


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Legislator Kennedy Attends Kiwanis 5K Walk/Run for Ryan

5K WalkRun for RyanNassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy, along with the Village of Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, attended the Annual Kiwanis 5K Walk/Run held at Brady Park in memory of Ryan Michael Oehl. The goal of this event is to raise awareness in our community about why mental health is so important, yet overlooked and under-treated. Funds raised help support the Massapequa Kiwanis Club’s Drug Awareness and Mental Health program.


Pictured above (left to right) are Massapequa Kiwanis President Phil Tesoriero, Katie Oehl, Legislator Kennedy, Men’s First Place Winner Anthony Beilman, Women’s First Place Winner Kristen Meyer, Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, Dennis Oehl, Maureen Oehl and Michael LiPetri.


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Presiding Officer Nicolello Passes Legislation Raising Age to Purchase Tobacco Products

During a recent meeting of the Nassau County Legislature, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello along with members of the County Legislature unanimously voted to prohibit the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, JUUL, vaping equipment, chewing tobacco and other “age restricted” products to individuals under the age of 21.


“Studies show that raising the age to purchase the products from 19 to 21 can have a significant impact in helping prevent addiction and fighting cancer. Prohibiting children access to dangerous products that are easily abused and can lead to a lifetime of addiction is an important step in helping to protect them.” said Presiding Officer Nicolello. “Additionally, this legislation will help combat the vaping problem that we see in our schools.”


Retailers who are found to be in violation of this new law will be subject to fines. This bill will bring Nassau in line with Suffolk County and New York City, both who have similar legislation.


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Presiding Officer Nicolello Salutes Mineola Fire Department 50-Year Members

Mineola Fire Department 50 Year MembersThe Mineola Fire Department recently hosted a dinner to recognize three members of Truck Company No. 2, who have served the Mineola Fire Department and the residents of Mineola for 50 years. Honorary Chiefs Donald Franz, William O’Connell, and Daniel Redmond were honored by MFD officials, Mayor Scott Strauss and the Village Board, Sen. Elaine Phillips, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello for their dedicated service.


Pictured above (left to right) are Presiding Officer Nicolello, Honorary Chief Daniel Redmond, Honorary Chief Donald Franz, and Honorary Chief William O’Connell.


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Legislator Ferretti Honored to Attend Musical Excellence Award Ceremony

JWV Bernard & Lilian Hein Memorial Brotherhood and Musical Excellence AwardNassau County Legislator John R. Ferretti, Jr. was honored to attend The JWV Bernard & Lilian Hein Memorial Brotherhood and Musical Excellence Award Ceremony on Mother’s Day – May 13, 2018.


Pictured above are (standing) Rick Hein, Director of Bernard & Lillian Hein Memorial Awards; Richard Howard, East Meadow High School Principal; Joseph Sheehan, General Douglas MacArthur High School Principal; John Coscia, Division Avenue High School Principal; Timothy Voels, W.T. Clarke High School Principal; Legislator Ferretti; Avidor Hercz, Judge Advocate, JWV Post #652; (sitting) Jasmine Kuman, Brotherhood Award, East Meadow High School; Ailish Goering, Brotherhood Award, MacArthur High School; Joseph Calvo, Musical Excellence Award, MacArthur High School; Caroline Doglio, Brotherhood Award, Division Avenue High School; Joy Kim, Musical Excellence Award, Division Avenue High School, Anaha Babu, Brotherhood Award, W.T. Clarke High School; Alexia Huang, Musical Excellence Award, W.T. Clarke High School; and Jolie Rebelo, not pictured but recognized for Musical Excellence Award, East Meadow High School.


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Troop 544 Eagle Scouts Honored

Boy Scout Troop 544Raymond Gresalfi and Angelo Ferrigno of Boy Scout Troop 544 were recently recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony in honor of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Raymond and Angelo’s achievements are the culmination of years of commitment, effort and preparation.


Raymond’s Eagle Scout project involved the purchase of a “Paragolfer”; an all-terrain wheelchair that helps those with limited mobility play a game of golf. Through his project fundraising efforts, Raymond was also able to build a shed at Huntington’s Crab Meadow Golf Course and donate the leftover funds towards the purchase of a second Paragolfer.


Angelo’s Eagle Scout project entailed the construction of a 24-foot raised flower bed surrounding the seating area at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. Angelo and his Troop also planted several Arborvite bushes to help beautify the school’s seating area.


Pictured above (left to right) are New York State Senator Elaine Phillips, Eagle Scout Angelo Ferrigno, Eagle Scout Raymond Gresalfi and Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello.


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Challenger Baseball Opening Day Ceremony a Success

Challenger BaseballNassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy had the pleasure of attending Challenger Baseball’s opening day festivities held at John Burns Park in Massapequa Park.


“Challenger Baseball is a wonderful Little League program that is specifically designed for children and young adults with special needs” stated Legislator Kennedy.


Pictured above are Legislator Kennedy, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, Director of Massapequa Challenger Baseball Al Freise, Michael LiPetri, team coaches and players.


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Help is Available for Citizens Adversely Affected by Contractor Issues in The Aftermath Of Super Storm Sandy

During recent community forums regarding Super Storm Sandy held, a number of residents indicated that contractors/subcontractors are having liens filed against their property.


If that is happening/has happened to you, please contact the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs immediately with the details, including the name of the contractor or entity that has filed the lien as well as your address and Consumer Affairs case number, if you have one. Please contact:


Gregory A. May, Commissioner

Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs

1 West Street, Room 136A, Mineola, NY 11501

(516) 571-6005 – Office

(516) 571-1308 – Fax


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Presiding Officer Nicolello Honors New Troop 200 Eagle Scouts

Troop 200 Eagle ScoutsNicolas Gorbea and Robert Dodson of Boy Scout Troop 200 were recently recognized by Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony in honor of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Nicolas and Robert’s achievements are the culmination of years of commitment, effort and preparation.


Nicolas’ Eagle Scout project involved the creation of a beautiful seating area by the lower pond in Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson. The new seating area consists of two newly constructed park benches, five large planters with a variety of plants, a long Bluestone walking path along the pond, and a retaining wall to help prevent erosion.


Robert’s Eagle Scout project improved several portions of the Christopher Morley Park community campsite. Robert recreated a new and safe fire ring surrounded by hand-made log seating. He also installed two new picnic tables at the campsite.


Pictured above (left to right) are Eagle Scout Thomas Dodson, Eagle Scout John Gorbea, and Presiding Officer Nicolello.


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Legislator Muscarella Announces: Auxiliary Police Needed in 5th Precinct

Nassau County Legislator Vincent T. Muscarella is making residents aware that volunteers are needed to serve as members of the Auxiliary Police. “Our Auxiliary Police Officers do a great job in assisting our Police Department in keeping our County one of the safest places to live in the entire nation,” said Legislator Muscarella. “I urge interested residents to contact the Nassau County Auxiliary Police to gain more information about this important public service.”


The Auxiliary Police are volunteers dedicated to making their community a safe place to live. Members patrol in marked cars equipped with a two-way radio and emergency equipment. Auxiliary Police Officers patrol seven days per week in our community in addition to assisting the Police Department with crowd control and traffic at community events. Another function of the Auxiliary Police is to assist the Police Department at any disaster scene or during any countywide emergency.


Auxiliary Police Officers must be 18 years of age, a Nassau County resident, a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma or G.E.D. All applicants must also have a valid New York State driver’s license. A 36-session training course held at the Nassau County Police Academy must be completed.


For additional information on becoming an auxiliary police officer, please call (516) 573-5512 or email


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