Category Archives: Rich Nicolello

Legislator Richard J. Nicolello Sworn in as Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature

A Statement from Presiding Officer Richard J. Nicolello


Nicolello Presiding Officer

I am proud and humbled to have been inducted as the Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature. As the Legislator for the 9th L.D., I am privileged to serve so many amazing residents. It is a tremendous honor to participate in governing Nassau County.


I thank Nassau’s residents for the trust they have placed in my colleagues and me. In the coming years, we must continue on the path of fiscal responsibility, while keeping the interests of taxpayers foremost in mind. We must continue to keep our communities safe and must find ways to keep our talented young people from leaving our great county. I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion with our new County Executive to meet these goals.


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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 Nicolello Honors Local Girl Scouts for Silver Award Project

Silver AwardDuring a recent session of the Nassau County Legislature, Deputy Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello recognized Girl Scouts Grace Quinn (Mineola), Sage Silber (East Williston), and Madeline Lindenauer (East Williston) for their exceptional Silver Award project to benefit foster children under the care of the Nassau Social Services Department.


Grace, Sage, and Madeline developed a project to provide “Birthday in a Box,” composed of individualized gift boxes, for foster children, ages 2 to 14 years. The girls raised funds to purchase the gift box items, balloons, paper party plates, cups, and birthday cards for the foster children celebrating birthdays. The girls collected, wrapped, and delivered 40 unique, age appropriate gift boxes.


“I am very proud to honor Grace, Sage, and Madeline for their Silver Award project. Their compassion and commitment to service make them role models for other young adults. Through their project they are making a difference in the lives of the children in foster care”, said Legislator Nicollelo.


Pictured above (left to right) are Legislator Nicolello, Patricia Silber, Sage Silber, Bernadette Quinn, Grace Quinn, Chris Quinn, Madeline Lindenauer, Marian Lindenauer, Volunteer Coordinator for the Department of Social Services Lynn Campbell, Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Social Services Dr. John Imhoff, and Carol Durkin (Madeline’s grandmother).


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NUMC Digital Mammography Van to Hold Hours in New Hyde Park

Legislator Nicolello & Senator Phillips Announce Breast Cancer Screenings from the NUMC Digital Mammography Van


Nassau County Legislator Richard J. Nicolello and New York State Senator Elaine Phillips are pleased to announce that the Nassau University Medical Center Mobile 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.


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.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 • 8:45 AM to 12:00 Noon 

Clinton G. Martin Park

Marcus Ave. & New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park


Appointments are required and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact Legislator Nicolello’s office at (516) 571-6209 or


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Legislator Nicolello Obtains School Speed Awareness Signals for New Hyde Park Road

speed awareness signalsNassau County recently completed installation of two new speed awareness signals on New Hyde Park Road near the New Hyde Park Road School. Working with NHP-GCP School District officials and local parents, Legislator Richard Nicolello obtained a county grant of $30,000 for the speed awareness signs, which were completed just in time for the start of the new school year.


“For the safety of school children, parents and staff, it is important to alert motorists to slow down for the speed zone on New Hyde Park Road adjacent to the school. It will be a permanent reminder for motorists to drive safely in the school zone,” said Legislator Nicolello.


The signals, which are located at the intersections of New Hyde Park Road and Lowell and Washington Avenues, detect and display the speed of vehicles as they approach the Road School. The signals are especially necessary at this location due to the heavy volume of traffic of New Hyde Park Road.


Shown in photo above, left to right: Director of Facilities Erik Nakutavicius, Principal Kim LaRegina, Superintendent Jennifer Morrison, and Legislator Nicolello.


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Legislator Nicolello Invites Residents to Attend a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Legislator Rich Nicolello would like to inform all owners of a home, condominium or cooperative apartment, that they may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year.



1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Shelter Rock Public Library – 165 Searingtown Rd., Albertson


The Nassau County Department of Assessment is bringing its office operations to the public. Department of Assessment staff will be on hand to answer any questions about exemptions and 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.


Due to the recent changes with New York State’s STAR exemption program, No NEW Basic STAR applications will be accepted. Enhanced STAR applications will ONLY be processed for home owners that were enrolled in the STAR Program prior to 1/20/15. If you would like to file a new STAR or Enhanced STAR application, please call the New York State Department of Finance: (518)-457-2036.


Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two (2) copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment website at:


Other Upcoming Property Tax Exemptions Workshops in Our Area:


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Westbury Recreation Center – 348 Post Ave., Westbury


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Great Neck Public Library – 159 Bayview Ave., Great Neck


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Port Washington Public Library – 11 Library Dr., Port Washington


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Legislator Nicolello Warns Residents to Avoid Becoming a Victim of IRS Phone Scams

Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello is joining with the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs and the Nassau County Police Department to warn residents to beware of any phone calls from con-artists claiming they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


Beware of Phony IRS Phone Scams & Shake Downs

Beware of any unsolicited calls, texts or emails that you may receive from someone claiming they are from the IRS. Many times, they often try to trick you into sharing private information and even alter the caller ID so it looks like the call is coming from the IRS office in Washington. In addition, these scam artists threaten to have police arrest you or even threaten to foreclose on your home if you don’t cooperate. The IRS will never employ any of these tactics. The IRS has formal procedures in place to resolve tax issues.


Watch out for these signs of a scam:

  • The caller demands immediate payment! – the IRS will never call about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill and giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount
  • Require that you use a prepaid debit card or iTunes card for your payment
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  • Threaten to have you arrested for non-payment of taxes


If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what to do:

  • File a complaint by calling the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or by going online: Go to “Scams and Ripoffs”; “Imposter Scams”. Make sure to include the words “IRS Tele-phone Scam” in the notes.


If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly to verify at 1-800-829-1040


If you believe you were the victim of a tax scam, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or online.


For more information, check out the IRS website for updates on the latest tax scams:


Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.


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Legislator Nicolello Calls for Reopening the 6th Precinct

A statement from Legislator Nicolello:


“I am calling for the Nassau County Police Department (“NCPD”) to reopen the 6th precinct. I believe a fully operational precinct is in the best interest of the residents and communities I represent.


“To be clear, the merger has not caused an increase in the crime rate in the communities in the former 6th precinct (now the 3rd precinct north). The major crime rate in these communities has declined in the years since the merger, as they have countywide. In fact, in 2016 the major crime rate for Nassau County was the lowest it has been since 1966 when such statistics were first maintained.


“The overall continued success of the NCPD must, however, be balanced with the persistent complaints from residents and community leaders that enforcement of quality of life laws and ordinances has become reactive and inconsistent. I believe the presence of a commanding officer and more supervisory personnel in a reopened 6th precinct will provide the direct oversight needed for active enforcement of these laws in our communities. I also believe that additional local supervision will help address Nassau’s chronic high police overtime costs.


“The precincts were originally merged to avoid contractual rules that require each precinct, no matter how active or inactive, to have the same desk-bound police personnel. Thus, for example, the 6th precinct was required to have the exact same staffing as the 3rd precinct, although the case load at the 6th precinct is 1/3 of the 3rd precinct. To require equal staffing of supervisors and desk-bound officers in every precinct is not a rational use of police resources. I urge the county executive and the police unions to negotiate an agreement that will permit the staffing of a reopened 6th precinct to be consistent with the caseload in the precinct.


“I am also renewing my demand that the county immediately commence a capital project to upgrade the 6th precinct. When I toured the facility in July 2016, it was in deteriorated, crumbling condition. While there has been increased maintenance since then, it is not enough. The building that exists now is old and outdated. Nassau has found tens of millions in capital projects for police projects across the county. It is time to provide the communities and our officers with a state of the art police facility in a reopened 6th precinct.”


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Boy Scout Troop 200 Eagle Scouts Honored

Troop 200 Eagle ScoutsLegislator Richard Nicolello was proud to be on hand as David Villani, Robert Earley III, and Kevin Parente Jr. of Boy Scout Troop 200 were recently recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony in honor of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Leaders of Troop 200, elected officials, community leaders, family, and friends gathered to recognize all of David, Robert, and Kevin’s achievements on their trail to becoming Eagle Scouts.


The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest in the Boy Scouts of America, and is achieved by only 3 % of boys who enter Scouting. David, Robert, and Kevin’s achievements are the culmination of years of commitment, effort and preparation.


Pictured above (left to right) are Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Village of Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar, Eagle Scout David Villani, Eagle Scout Robert Earley III, Eagle Scout Kevin Parente Jr., and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello.


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New Hyde Park Fire Department Salutes Ex-Chief Paul Sokol at Annual Installation Dinner

New Hyde Park Fire DepartmentEx-Chief Paul Sokol was recently honored at the annual installation dinner of the New Hyde Park Fire Department. Ex-Chief Sokol was honored for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the residents and to the members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department. The NHPFD responded to approximately 1100 calls in 2016 and continues to provide top-notch firefighting and emergency services to the residents.


The new Chief of the NHPFD, Ann Mullooly, was also installed. Chief Mullooly is the first woman to serve as Chief in the 117 year history of the Department.


Pictured above (left to right) are Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello, Chief of the New Hyde Park Fire Department Ann Mullooly, outgoing Chief Paul Sokol and Village of New Hyde Park Trustee Richard Pallisco.


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