Category Archives: Steve Rhoads

Legislator Rhoads to Co-Sponsor Narcan Training Community Forum

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.

 

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads is co-sponsoring this event with the Garrett L. Kassler Memorial Fund, the Bellmore Fire Department and Bellmore Kiwanis 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.

 

Tuesday, July 17th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bellmore Fire House – 230 Pettit Ave., Bellmore

 

Seating is limited, and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat and free NARCAN Overdose Prevention Kit, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office at 516-571-6219 or srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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New Law Restricting Point-Of-Sale Advertising of Vapes, E-Cigarettes

On the heels of last month’s action to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, Juuls, vapes as well as all tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 throughout Nassau County, Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads is proud to announce that the County Legislature has passed through Committees new legislation, which was co-sponsored by Legislator Rhoads, that will restrict the point-of-sale advertising of vapes, Juuls, and e-cigarettes inside convenience stores.

 

The legislation will forbid these products from being displayed near candy or toys and require them to be sold from behind the counter. These dangerous products have been marketed towards children, with flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and others. By displaying them next to candy, trading cards or toys, they are encouraging children and young adults to think they are harmless when it is becoming increasingly apparent that the truth is very much to the contrary.

 

While the technology is still relatively new, recent scientific studies have already found a number of harmful metals and chemicals in e-cigarette vapors. Some are suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Additionally, recent studies have shown that substances in some e-liquids that were considered harmless at room temperature could become toxic — but only after they were heated by an e-cig’s internal coil which turns the liquid into vapor. Additionally, it has always been known that e-cigs, Juuls and vapes contain Nicotine, which is highly addictive and may itself be dangerous when consumed in large quantities.

 

In taking these actions, the Legislature is swiftly moving to combat a growing threat. The fine for stores for violating this policy will start at $250. Final consideration of the bill before the full County Legislature will be July 9th.

 

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Legislator Rhoads To Host Narcan Training, Overdose Prevention Workshop

You can save the life of a loved one from overdose.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Seaford Public Library
2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford, New York 11783

 

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.

 

To make this epidemic even worse, other deadly drugs called Fentanyl and Carfentanil, which are much stronger than heroin, have entered Nassau County and are having devastating effects on addicts. These synthetic opioids can be fatal if inhaled or absorbed into the skin and dealers are mixing them in with heroin and cocaine to amplify their potency

 

Legislator Steve Rhoads is co-sponsoring this event along with the Seaford Library to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to help train residents how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and attendees will receive a free kit.

 

 

Seating is limited and reservations are required, To reserve your seat and free NARCAN kit, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office: 516-571-6219 or srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

Registration is also available online: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/3378/Nassau-County-Overdose-Prevention.

 

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Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Fair a Success

Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps FairNassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads was happy to join with the community to attend the Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps held its 3rd Annual EMS at Island Trees Middle School on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

 

Volunteers welcomed local folks to the educational event, giving ambulance tours and teaching CPR. The fair, designed to inform community members about WLVAC’s services, featured safety lessons for kids.

 

Pictured above, left to righ, are Police Officer David Brohman, Legislator Rhoads, Legislator John R. Ferretti, Jr., NYD Assemblyman John Mikulin and members of Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp. Irene Sabatasso, Stephen Grippi and Chief Scott Kostolri with cadets of the Wantagh/Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

 

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Legislator Rhoads to Host Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads invites all parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their child car seats inspected for proper installation on Thursday, June 7th at Wantagh Park.  Child car seats are required for children under the age of seven.

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018 • 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Wantagh Park (first parking lot) – 1 King Rd., Wantagh

 

Chris Mistron, from Nassau County Traffic Safety, will be on hand to inspect child car seats for proper installation and security and will provide free hands-on advice.

 

We must do all we can to protect our children when on the road. The proper installation of a child’s car seat is critical to ensuring safety in a vehicle. Take this opportunity to let a professional make sure your child seat is safely installed in your vehicle.

 

Appointments are required to have your child car seat inspected for safety.  Please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office at 516-571-6217 or srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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Public Information Meeting: Proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads invites you to attend a Public Information Meeting about the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan

 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wantagh High School Auditorium – 3297 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh

 

 

Working with the Governor’s office, Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads has organized an initial Public Information Session regarding the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall Effluent Diversion Plan to be held on February 28th in the Wantagh High School Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Nassau County Department of Public Works will be on hand to explain and discuss the plan and answer questions from the community. All residents are invited to attend.

 

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Legislator Rhoads to Host E-Cig & Vaping Presentation in North Merrick

What Every Parent & Teen Needs to Know About E-Cigs and Vaping

 

The rising trend of vaping is one that many parents of teenagers are familiar with. Sadly, many people are unfamiliar with the dangerous consequences that are associated with using e-cigs and vaping.

 

Legislator Steve Rhoads is co-sponsoring this event along with Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, Bellmore/Merrick Community Coalition, Community Parent Center and Legislator Tom McKevitt to help parents and teens learn more about the dangers of using e-cigs and vaping.

 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 • 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Brookside School Board Room

1260 Meadowbrook Rd., North Merrick

 

For more information about this event, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office: 516-571-6219 – srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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Nassau County Legislature Unanimously Approves ‘Good Government’ Reforms

The Nassau County Legislature has unanimously voted to establish an office of the Inspector General, adding yet another layer of transparency to Nassau County government. The measure, which was the result of reconciliation of versions of the legislation introduced by the Republican majority and Democratic minority caucuses, was adopted at the final meeting of the Legislature’s 11th Term which ended on December 31st.

 

The Inspector General will have sweeping powers to investigate corruption, waste and fraud in Nassau County government operations. The position will also have the authority to subpoena witnesses during the course of any investigations.

 

In addition to creating the Inspector General position, the Legislature also passed a law limiting the amount of time a commissioner of a department can serve as an “acting commissioner.” Currently, a commissioner may be appointed by the County Executive with a temporary “acting” title. The use of “acting” title interfered with the oversight obligation of the Legislature.

 

Under the new law, the County Executive must forward the appointment of a commissioner to the County Legislature within six-months of the appointment for a confirmation vote, absent some extenuating circumstances.

 

“These initiatives are the latest in a series of measures passed by the Legislature to ensure that Nassau County government is the most transparent and accountable in New York State,” said Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello.

 

Legislator Steve Rhoads, a co-sponsor of both initiatives, was excited by the progress. “Good government shouldn’t just be a slogan candidates use at campaign time”, said Legislator Rhoads, “it is a duty which every elected official owes to their constituents.” “Independent oversight through an Inspector General together with true legislative oversight through the confirmation of executive appointments brings us closer to that goal”, he concluded.

 

These measures were added to the list of comprehensive reforms sponsored by Legislator Rhoads and the Republican majority which became law during the Legislature’s 11th Term, including the banning of convicted felons from holding County elected or appointed office; the addition of a Director of Procurement Compliance; the strengthening of the powers of the County’s Board of Ethics and Commissioner of Investigations and an overhaul of the County’s contracting and procurement process to require additional disclosures of lobbyist activities; campaign contributions to elected officials and an expansion of legislative oversight by mandating legislative review to all County contracts with a value in excess of $1,000.

 

“For as long as the people of the 19th Legislative District allow me to serve, I will strive to make County government more open, more transparent and more accountable to them”, said Legislator Rhoads.

 

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Bellmore-Merrick Drug Take-Back Day: Oct. 28

Legislator Steve Rhoads announces Bellmore-Merrick drug take-back day

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Grand Avenue Middle School – 2301 Grand Ave., Bellmore

 

Legislator Steve Rhoads is joining with Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, Community Parent Center, the Nassau County Police Department, Community Action for Social Justice and the Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick and North Merrick Elementary School districts at the Bellmore-Merrick Drug Take-Back Day event to combat abuse and misuse of prescription medications by safely disposing unwanted and expired medications.

 

The drug take back program provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the community about the potential for abuse of medications. Additionally, the event helps the environment by discouraging people from using the typical disposal method, flushing unused pills or dumping them in the solid waste stream. This event is open to residents of all communities.

 

We hope you will join us to fight Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse. Let’s work together to combat this issue. The more educated we become, the better we can protect our children.

 

Bellmore-Merrick Drug Drop Instructions:

 

  • Keep all medications in the original container
  • Block out name on container for anonymity
  • Do not cross out medication information
  • Illegal drugs may also be dropped off anonymously
  • Syringes and sharps will be accepted
  • No thermometers, IV bags, chemo drugs or liquids of any kind will be accepted.

 

For more information, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office at: 516-571-6219 – srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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Legislator Steve Rhoads Sponsoring Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection Effort

Southeast Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes and have lost nearly everything due to unprecedented flooding in the area.

 

Help Legislator Steve Rhoads provide relief to the victims whose lives have been upended by the damage wrought by this historic storm. Please visit any one of the convenient locations listed below to drop off items desperately needed to help our fellow Americans re-build their lives.

 

BELLMORE
King Kullen – 2730 Sunrise Highway
6 a.m. Monday – Saturday 24 hours, Sunday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 

FREEPORT
Freeport Fire Department Headquarters – 15 Broadway
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Ben’s General Contracting Corp. – 19 Suffolk Street
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Nawlins Seafood Company – 301 Woodcleft Avenue
Daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

MERRICK
Merrick Fire Department Empire Hose Company – 2300 Merrick Avenue
Monday – Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Merrick Public Library – 2279 Merrick Avenue
Mon.-Wed. & Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Sunrise Chiropractic – 2260 Hewlett Avenue
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

NORTH BELLMORE
North Bellmore Fire District – 1500 Newbridge Road
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

NORTH MERRICK
North Merrick Fire Department – 2095 Camp Avenue
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

SEAFORD
Seaford Fire Department – 2100 Southard Avenue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Uniquely Yours – 3839C Merrick Road
Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

WANTAGH
Wantagh Fire Department Annex—2530 Neptune Avenue, Seaford Harbor
Tuesday – Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

King Kullen – 1340 Wantagh Avenue
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Items Needed:

  • DIAPERS (CHILDREN AND ADULT)
  • BABY FOOD/BABY FORMULA
  • SEALED PACKAGES OF NEW UNDERWEAR/SOCKS
  • NEW BLANKETS
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES
  • GLOVES
  • UTILITY KNIVES
  • BROOMS
  • SHOVELS
  • BATTERIES
  • FLASHLIGHTS
  • FIRST AID KITS

 

No money or food items will be collected.

 

For more information, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office: (516) 571-6219 or email: srhoads@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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