Category Archives: Rich Nicolello

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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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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Presiding Officer Nicolello Announces 2018 Property Tax Exemptions Workshops

Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello would like to inform all owners of a house, condominium or cooperative apartment that they may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year. The Nassau County Department of Assessment is bringing its office operations to the public and will have representatives on hand to answer questions about exemptions and to accept applications on-site from homeowners wishing to file for Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, and Home Improvement exemptions. Enhanced STAR applications will also be processed for homeowners already enrolled in the STAR Program prior to January 2, 2015.


Manhasset Public Library – 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset


THURSDAY, SEPT. 20TH – 1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
Shelter Rock Public Library – 165 Searingtown Rd., Albertson


THURSDAY, OCT. 18TH – 1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
Hillside Public Library – 155 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park


Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment’s website at: For more information, please contact Legislator Nicolello’s office at 516-571-6209 or


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Presiding Officer Nicolello Approves Community Improvement Projects

Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello and members of the Nassau County Legislature approved an updated Capital Plan, which includes badly needed improvements to numerous county roads, parks and facilities that serve Nassau’s residents. This includes two local projects: The beatification of “Lions Triangle” in Mineola at Roslyn Road and Old Country Road, and funding for badly needed repairs at Christopher Morley Park.


The 2018 Capital Plan includes funding for a new police academy at Nassau Community College. This will replace the current police academy located in an old Massapequa school. Nassau’s law enforcement professionals have extraordinary responsibilities, including leading the fight against the opioid epidemic and gang violence, and working with federal authorities in the war against terror. The new academy will ensure that police recruits and recruits from other law enforcement agencies are trained in a state-of-the-art facility. The Legislature also approved a study to identify options for an opioid treatment clinic.


“Government works best when it is working for the people,” said Presiding Officer Nicolello. “Recognizing that much of Nassau’s infrastructure is in disrepair, my colleagues and I have been fighting for these projects for years but have been frustrated by political infighting and needless delays. It is time to get Nassau moving again!”


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Free NARCAN Overdose Prevention Kits Available

Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose. And those are only the ones we know of – the ones directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percoset or Oxycodone. If you don’t think it can happen to someone you care about, please think again. Overdoses can happen to anyone.


Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello is co-sponsoring this event with Senator Elaine Phillips, Assemblyman Ed Ra, Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar and East Williston Mayor David Tanner to help residents learn what to do in case of an overdose and to teach them how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and all attendees will receive a free kit. If you have an expired Narcan kit from a previous training, bring it and we’ll give you a new one.



Monday, August 6th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Williston Park Village Hall – 494 Willis Ave., Williston Park


Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve your seat and free NARCAN Overdose Prevention Kit, please contact Presiding Officer Nicolello’s office at 516-571-6209 or


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Nassau County Veterans Dedicate 300 Names on the Walls of Honor

Walls of HonorNassau County Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello recently joined with other elected officials and thousands of Nassau County Veterans to dedicate three hundred additional names on the Walls of Honor at the Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park. The event, organized by Nicholas Graziano and the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Fund, is dedicated to all those who have served and are currently serving our nation in the Armed Forces.



Pictured above (left to right) are Nassau County Legislator John Ferretti, John Schneider, Presiding Officer Nicolello, Bob Rydell, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Bob Selby, Kevin Carpenter, and Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman.


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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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