Category Archives: Rich Nicolello

Mineola Fire Department Installs 2018 Officers

Mineola Fire DepartmentNassau County Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello was on hand to congratulate Brian Santosus, Chief of the Mineola Fire Department, as he was recently installed for a second one-year term. Brian and his Assistant Chiefs Andrew Martone and Rob Connolly, have done an excellent job of leading the Department

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Assemblyman Ed Ra, 1st Assistant Chief Rob Connelly, Chief Brian Santosus, 2nd Assistant Chief Andrew Martone, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, and Presiding Officer Nicolello.

 

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Mineola Golden Age Club Celebrates 50 Years

Mineola Golden Age ClubThe Mineola Golden Age Club recently held its 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place. The event marked a major milestone for an outstanding organization that has provided Mineola seniors with a wealth of activities and memories. Mayor Scott Strauss, Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello, Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilman Angelo Ferrara all congratulated the leaders, including outgoing Treasurer Robert Geeher, for their service to the community.

 

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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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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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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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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 Nicolello Honors New Troop 298 Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 298Gregory Burger of Boy Scout Troop 298 was recently recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony in honor of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Gregory’s achievement is the culmination of years of commitment, effort and preparation. Gregory’s parents are very active in Troop 298 and his father serves as Scoutmaster.

 

Gregory’s Eagle Scout project involved cleaning, repairing, and refurbishing two closets in the Holy Spirit Church cafeteria.

 

Shown in photo above, left to right: Ann Burger, Eagle Scout Gregory Burger, Troop 298 Scoutmaster Rainer Burger, and Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello.

 

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County Legislature Approves New Law to Fight Drug Dealers

Directs Establishment of Illegal Drug Activity Tip Hotline

 

Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello and members of the Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved legislation that requires the Nassau County Police Commissioner to establish a hotline to receive tips regarding illegal drug activity and authorizes the Police Department to offer a standing reward of up to $5,000 for anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a drug dealer in Nassau County.

 

An individual may provide tips via text, internet, or telephone, and his her or identity will remain anonymous. The standing reward is funded by asset forfeiture funds held by the Nassau County Police Department.

 

“This legislation provides our law enforcement professionals with another weapon to combat the opioid epidemic that has taken and damaged so many lives in our county.” said Presiding Officer Nicolello. “The Tip Hotline will assist the Nassau County Police Department to target drug dealers and get them off our streets.”

 

The goal of this legislation is to focus on the dealers, who are the source of the drugs that are fueling the epidemic, and to encourage Nassau residents to contact police whenever use or sale of controlled substances is observed.

 

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New Hyde Park Fire Department Installs 2018 Officers

New Hyde Park Fire Department Installation DinnerNassau County Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello joined with other elected officials to congratulate ex-Chief Ann Mulloly at the New Hyde Park Fire Department Installation Dinner. Ex-Chief Mullooly, the first female Chief of the Department, was honored for her distinguished service. Brian Sherwood was installed as the new Chief. Brian served two prior terms as Chief, before taking up the reins of leadership again.

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Incoming Chief of the New Hyde Park Fire Department Brian Sherwood, Presiding Officer Nicolello, Outgoing Chief of the New Hyde Park Fire Department Ann Mullooly, Village of New Hyde Park Trustee Richard Pallisco, and New York State Assemblyman Edward Ra.

 

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