Category Archives: Steve Rhoads

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


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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


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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 –


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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.


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


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 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 Fire District – 1500 Newbridge Road
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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 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 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:



No money or food items will be collected.


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Faith Laursen Meroke Preserve Clean Up Day Sunday 9/24

Help Legislator Steve Rhoads keep the preserve beautiful and join him for the Faith Laursen Meroke Preserve Clean Up Day on Sunday, September 24th at 9:00 AM. All are welcome to join Legislator Rhoads in this effort to help keep our community beautiful.



The Faith Laursen Meroke Preserve, located on the corner of Orange Street and Farmers Avenue in Bellmore, is a wonderful place and offers a serene and delightful experience for all those that visit.


The 25-acre Faith Laursen Meroke Preserve is part of 3,300 acres of preserves that Nassau County manages and keeps maintained so we may enjoy the natural beauty. It’s areas like these that really give our communities a sense of organic beauty. Taking care of these preserves is important to keep our history alive. Plus, they are great places for us to take our children so that they see the beauty in their everyday surroundings and learn how vital it is to appreciate nature.


Please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office if interested: (516) 571-6219 or email:


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Legislator Steve Rhoads Attends Eagle Scout Christopher M. Rattoballi’s Court of Honor

Christopher RattoballiNassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads attended Boy Scout Troop 192’s Eagle Court of Honor for Eagle Scout Christopher M. Rattoballi at the Bellmore Presbyterian Church. Christopher is a resident of Bellmore.


For his project, Christopher designed, built and installed map boards around Wantagh Park located in Wantagh.


Pictured above (left to right) are Presiding Officer Gonsalves, Eagle Scout Christopher M. Rattoballi and Legislator Steve Rhoads.


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Legislator Rhoads Calls on Elimination of Deadlines for Super Storm Sandy Victims

On Wednesday, June 21st, Legislator Steve Rhoads joined Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and dozens of south-shore residents in calling on New York State to abolish the New York Rising deadlines for homeowners participating in their Optional Elevation Program.


The program, designed to allow residents in flood-prone areas to raise their homes, has set an arbitrary deadline of September 1, 2017 for participating homes to be off of their foundations. The establishment of the short deadline has architects scrambling to complete plans and building departments to be innundated with permit applications requiring a review of those plans before a contractor can schedule an elevation. Complicating the matter is the fact that New York Rising has been slow in delivering the grant money to program participants and the fact that there are not enough qualified contractors to lift the number of homes still sitting on their foundations by the September 1st deadline.


In response to calls from Legislator Rhoads and other elected officials, New York Rising and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery announced in a letter sent on June 12, 2017, that it would extend the deadline to June 30, 2018 with one catch……that proof of the filing of your permit application be provided to New York Rising by a new deadline, which is June 30th of THIS year. Residents were only given 18 days notice of this new deadline to submit bulding permit applications, which require architectural plans that many do not yet have. This has exacerbated an already desparate situation for architects and building departments all across Long Island’s south shore as well as homeowners who are now in danger of being dropped from the program and forced to reimburse whatever funds have already been spent. Over 2,200 homeowners are part of the program. Some might not even know of the new deadline yet.


In a rally and press conference held Wednesday at Hempstead Town Hall, Legislator Rhoads, affected residents and Councilman D’Esposito demanded that Governor Andrew Cuomo intercede and eliminate the deadlines.


“New York Rising’s arbitrary deadlines do not take into account the realities faced by the very homeowners they are supposed to be helping and are making recovery more difficult, not easier”, Legislator Rhoads said. “As local elected officials, we stand united with the communities we represent to demand with one voice that the Governor exercise his authority to eliminate the deadlines- eliminate the red tape- and direct New York Rising to fulfill its mission to all still struggling to recover and rebuild. After 4 1/2 years, it is time for the Governor to deliver on the promises he made to these families in the aftermath of the storm”, he concluded.


This is not the first time that Legislator Steve Rhoads has stepped up to the plate for Superstorm Sandy families. Rhoads held a press conference back in February, successfully demanding modifications to the application of New York Rising’s March 1, 2017 deadline for Scope of Work Change Requests which New York Rising was requiring be fully submitted before the construction that would uncover many of the latent issues which would generate such a request, had even begun.


Rhoads also sponsored legislation at the Nassau County Legislature which extended fee waivers for all County fees required for Sandy-related recovery and rebuilding. “I represent south shore communities like Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh and Seaford who were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Rhoads said. “I want families in those communities and all across our south shore to know that after 4 1/2 years, many in government may have forgotten you. I have not. And while as a County Legislator I don’t have a say in programs like New York Rising, I will continue to use whatever influence I do have to fight for you.”


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Legislator Rhoads to Host Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads urges all parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their child car seats inspected on Thursday, June 22nd at Wantagh Park.


Thursday, June 22, 2017 • 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Wantagh Park (North Parking Lot) – 1 King Rd., Wantagh


Legislator Rhoads stated, “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.”


A Nassau County Traffic Safety Coordinator will inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Appointments are required to have your child car seat inspected for safety, please call Legislator Rhoads’ office at (516) 571-6219 to make an appointment.


Child car seats are required for children under the age of eight.


If you would like to make an appointment to have your car seat installation checked, please contact Legislator Rhoads’ office: 516-571-6219 –


Visit Legislator Rhoads’ webpage