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Dunne, Town Board Pass Legislation Requiring Signage at Businesses Selling Vape Products

The Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed legislation, proposed by Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, that requires businesses that sell electronic aerosol delivery systems, commonly known as vapes and e-cigarettes, to post large signage that would alert consumers that these products contain dangerous chemicals.

 

This new legislation, which creates subsection D of Chapter 121-4 of the Town Code, is part of a multi-prong approach, led by Councilman Dunne, to address concerns about e-cigarette/vape use in teens.

 

“I began a task force earlier this year to address the issue of vaping and one of the concerns I have heard consistently, is that the teens who are using vape products have no idea that they contain nicotine, which is addictive,” said Dunne. “This legislation is designed to correct this misapprehension that vaping is not hazardous to your health.”

 

E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

 

Dunne noted that just last week the FDA warned electronic cigarette makers that they need to find a way to keep these products out of the hands of kids, declaring teenage use of electronic cigarettes “an epidemic.”

 

Dunne’s task force consists of various entities, including school officials and counseling facilities. Many of the discussions have focused on ways in which to address the problem of young people using vape products and that many of those using the product are unaware of the dangers partially as a result of the flavors which are more appealing to them.

 

“I am proud to have worked with Councilman Dunne on many of these initiatives to address this frightening new trend,” said King Sweeney. “Public awareness has significantly decreased the use of traditional cigarettes and I am confident that this new legislation will help achieve that same goal with e-cigarettes.”

 

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. E-cigarette or “Vape” companies intentionally market products that are attractive to young people by having fun flavors and making them appear like a flash drive or pen that can easily be hidden from parents and school officials. Many students do not even realize that the products they are using contain nicotine. The products can even be easily purchased by kids online. These products are also being used to smoke illegal substances such as marijuana. Just this week a new study was released which found that 1 in 11 students have used marijuana in electronic cigarette.

 

In December 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” that made a number of important conclusions and findings about the use of e-cigarettes among youth. These included that the flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the main reasons youth use them, e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and that e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. In initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 different cartridges. Early studies have also revealed that when propylene glycol or glycerin are heated and vaporized, they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. The Surgeon General concluded that e-cigarette use among youth is now a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes.

 

The legislation will mandate that retail stores that carry the electronic aerosol delivery systems have a conspicuous sign that would say, “’WARNING: VAPE PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL’ – U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘VAPING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’- U.S. Surgeon General, Posted by order of the Town of Hempstead Town Board.”

 

“My sincerest hope is that once these kids see, in black and white, that these products are dangerous to their health, they will think twice before purchasing them,” concluded Dunne.

 

Visit Councilman Dunne’s webpage

Clavin Announces Supply Drive for Hurricane Florence Victims

As victims of Hurricane Florence brace for the devastating storm that is sweeping through the Carolinas other mid-Atlantic communities, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced that he and his staff at the Hempstead Town Tax Office collecting important supplies and necessities to assist them in the recovery.

 

“Countless Long Islanders, some of them who work in my office, have the unfortunate personal experience of recovering from Superstorm Sandy more than 6 years ago,” Clavin said. “So many people came to our township from across the country to help Sandy victims, and we want to do our part by lending helping hand to our neighbors living along the mid-Atlantic coast who are recovering from Hurricane Florence.”

 

Hurricane Florence pounded coastal communities of North and South Carolina, as well as neighboring Mid-Atlantic States, generating deadly storm surges of up to 13 feet and torrential rainfall. Thousands are without power and many lost their homes or suffered serious damage from the catastrophic floods and damaging winds.

 

“Supplies that may seem simple, everyday items are in demand for victims of Hurricane Florence,” Clavin said. “Items such as baby wipes and bottled water can make a difference for people who are trying to pick up the pieces after this catastrophic storm.”

 

Accepted items that can be donated are the following:

  • Bottled Water
  • Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Diapers/Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • First Aid Kits
  • Baby Formula
  • Garbage Bags
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Work Gloves/Safety Glasses
  • Extension Cords

A collection box will be stationed in the lobby of the Hempstead Town Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead). Collections will be accepted during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 4:45 p.m.)

 

“Hempstead Town’s residents always step up to help others,” Clavin said. “If you would like to donate supplies to Florence victims, come on down to the tax office and drop it off in our collection bin.”

 

Visit Receiver Clavin’s webpage

 

Liberty Medal & Hometown Hero Award for Buy Buy Baby Worker Who Revives Unresponsive Infant

When the right person is in the right place at the right time, it can mean the difference between life and death. For a family that was shopping at Buy Buy Baby in Garden City on September 6, 2018, Katherine Falco, an employee at the popular retailer for infants and children, was the person who made a life-saving difference for an unresponsive infant. At an awards presentation for the “hometown hero” were Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senator Elaine Phillips, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Assemblyman Ed Ra, as well as family, proud co-workers and representatives from Buy Buy Baby.

 

“Today we salute a true ‘hometown hero,’” announced Clavin as he presented the town’s first-ever “hometown hero” award to Falco. “As a result of her quick actions, a beautiful infant is alive today.”

 

“Kathy is the veritable embodiment of the term ‘angelic,’” said Blakeman. “And, happily, a family that was facing a ‘life or death’ crisis was touched by an angel in the form of Katherine Falco.”

 

Falco, a retired registered nurse, was working as a part-time sales associate at Buy Buy Baby on Thursday, September 6th, when a customer yelled out, “Is there a doctor, does anyone know CPR?” Immediately, the good Samaritan and hero sprang into action, announcing that she did know CPR as she hurried through the store to the distressed mother of the newborn. As soon as Falco saw the baby, who was not breathing, unresponsive and turning blue, she advised the family to place the baby on the floor and to gently tilt his head back. The retired nurse began “rescue breathing” into the baby’s nose and mouth while also instructing bystanders to call 911. After administering the “rescue breathing,” the infant became responsive and began to cry.

 

Senator Elaine Phillips also celebrated Falco’s actions, announcing that she has submitted the retired nurse’s name to state officials so that Falco may be presented with the Liberty Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian New Yorker can receive.

 

“When I think of the type of person for whom the Liberty Medal was created, I think of heroes just like Katherine Falco,” said Phillips. “She is an ordinary neighbor who took extraordinary action in order to save the life of a beautiful infant.”

 

“I am proud to join with Receiver Don Clavin and Senator Phillips to recognize a wonderful friend and neighbor who also happens to be a genuine life-saver,” said Ra.

 

Falco was also surrounded by friends, family and co-workers at the ceremony in her honor. Since the incident occurred, co-workers at the retail store where Falco works have been talking about the hero in their midst.

 

“Kathy Falco is a great employee, always giving her best effort at our store and truly eager to help customers,” stated Jim Mahoney, manager at the Garden City store. “It really makes the entire Buy Buy Baby family very proud to know that one of our co-workers actually saved an infant’s life.”

 

As she graciously accepted awards, citations and accolades from officials and other attendees, Falco said that she felt blessed to have been able to make a positive difference for a family that was in crisis and a baby who was facing tragedy.

 

“I am so proud that Kathy Falco is a resident of Hempstead Town,” concluded Clavin. “I can think of no better recipient of the inaugural ‘hometown hero’ award than Katherine Falco.”

 

Visit Receiver of Taxes Clavin’s webpage

D’Esposito Urges Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Preventing Deceptive Practice of Leasing Cats and Dogs

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to help end the “dogged” practice of pet stores duping customers into expensive leasing contracts when the customers believed they were financing the purchase of a dog or cat. Joined at the press conference by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, New York State Assemblywoman Missy Miller, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Assemblyman Brian Curran, Councilman D’Esposito urged the Governor to sign legislation that has been approved by the state legislature that will prevent companies from leasing animals, as well as stopping the threat of repossessing animals.

 

According to recent news reports, some local pet stores offered financing plans to customers for the purchase of a cat or dog, but later revealed to the customers that they were actually locked into lease agreements. In many cases, customers are being stuck with bills that far exceed their anticipated loan payments, as well as the threat of having their pet “repossessed” in the event of non-payment.

 

“Today, the Town of Hempstead is demanding that local pet stores ‘call off their dogs’ in the form of harassing customers who were unwittingly entered into leasing contracts for the purchase of their animals,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “What’s more, we are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign state legislation that would end this deceptive practice.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito added that in the event a person cannot make lease payments on their dog or cat – payments they did not anticipate at the time – serious animal welfare issues can arise when taking a pet away from its family.

 

“I urge residents to visit the Town of Hemsptead Animal Shelter to adopt a furry friend rather than buy a dog or cat from a pet store that is not being ethically responsible to the pet or the customer,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby.

 

“There are times when a lease agreement can just be a bad deal. But, there are certain leased that should just never be allowed to happen because they are predatory, morally wrong and cruel,” added Assemblywoman Miller. “I believe that pet leasing calls into the latter category, and that is why I am committed to fighting to end the practice.”

 

“Pet leasing benefits no one but sellers,” said Assemblyman Ra, who co-sponsored the legislation. “For the protection of both consumers and our companion animals, we must end this deceptive practice.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito has been a steadfast supporter of the Town of Hempstead’s “Adopt, Don’t Shop” motto in urging adoptions from the town animal shelter. The town’s Summer of Love Pet Adoption Program – in which all pet adoptions were free from June 2 through September 2, 2018 – resulted in the adoption of 133 dogs and 165 cats. In addition, Councilman D’Esposito’s weekly social media campaign, “Furry Friend Friday” is a big driver of pet adoptions at the shelter. Recently, the program resulted in the adoption of Rocky, a beautiful 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.

 

For more information on pet adoptions at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/animal-shelter or call (516) 785-5220.

 

“I was extremely proud to vote in favor of Assembly bill 10082-B which would put an end to the increasing practice of pet stores offering lease agreements for the purchase of puppies. This leasing practice is deceptive in so far that it often is accompanied by high interest rates and hidden fees. Bringing a puppy into a family is a wonderful and happy event that no person should be deprived of because of the cost of purchasing a dog. But these lease agreements are not the answer. If a family can’t afford the purchase of a dog without entering into these types of agreements, I would encourage them to look to animal shelters that offer adoption at low or no cost,” added Assemblyman Curran.

 

“I would like to thank Assemblywoman Miller and Assemblyman Ra for sponsoring this important state legislation, as well as Assemblyman Curran for his support,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito. “This deceptive pet leasing practice needs to end for the benefit of our residents’ wallets, as well as the health and safety of the animals.”

 

Visit Councilman D’Esposito’s webpage

Local Kids Get Back-To-School with Thousands of Donated Books

As the famous children’s author Dr. Seuss once said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby intoned that message on “National Read a Book Day” as they donated a heaping helping of magic to Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center in Uniondale. Teaming up with the non-profit organization Reading Reflections, the pair of officials will convey over 2,000 new and unused books to the local school. They were joined by Ronald and Geraldine Clahar of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center, as well as Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck and volunteer Alexandra Zarka.

 

“Books are the essential tools for success,” said Clavin. “Reading opens up a whole new world, whether it’s a fictional fantasy story or a non-fictional piece about the 1800s, you begin a new adventure every time you open a book. I’m proud that Reading Reflections has made possible the donation of over 2,000 new adventures to the voracious readers of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center.”

 

Clavin and Goosby noted that the timing of this donation could not have been more perfect as families are in the swing of “back to school” week. With more than two thousand books in tow, Reading Reflections and the officials are equipping students with the vital keys to success. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children who read at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who do not. However, children from low-income households have less age-appropriate books readily available, thereby limiting the language and literacy opportunities presented to them.

 

“I find that it is of crucial importance to keep our children reading,” said Goosby. “By providing a local school and early childhood center with over two thousand new books, we’re empowering students with the knowledge they need to succeed.”

 

The non-profit organization Reading Reflections promotes literacy through the donation of more than 50,000 books annually to local and international youth. The local organization was founded in memory of founder Eden Schneck’s grandparents who instilled the importance of education and a passion for reading in her. The organization came to full fruition as they created a library for Al-Madinah Islamic Academy after sustaining the devastating loss of their close friend, a young police detective who was originally spearheading the campaign. Since then, the organization has flourished with assistance from the community; helping reopen the Island Park Library as it recovered from Superstorm Sandy and delivering a veritable truckload of books to the non-profit organization Gateway Youth Outreach.

 

“We’re proud to join with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby to help promote literacy and foster knowledge,” said Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck. “We love the eager students at Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center and are confident that our donation of books will help nurture a love of reading in them.”

 

Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center has been providing safe and affordable childcare facilities to hardworking families of Baldwin, Uniondale, Hempstead and Freeport for over 20 years. Originally opening their doors to children from ages 3-5, the school expanded their services to provide quality education to elementary students up to the fifth grade. Currently, the school provides a nurturing environment to 132 students in the preschool program and 100 students in the elementary school.

 

“Two thousand books is just the beginning,” concluded Clavin. “The lessons that these children will learn and the adventures they will be a part of will stick with them for years to come. What’s more, when the eager bookworms of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center crave more adventures, their local libraries will always welcome them with open arms.”

 

Visit Receiver Clavin’s webpage

Dunne, King Sweeney Announce Public Hearing to Require Signage at Vape Shops

Councilman Dennis Dunne and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney have announced the Hempstead Town Board will call a public hearing for September 20th to consider legislation that would require businesses that sell electronic aerosol delivery systems, commonly known as vapes and e-cigarettes, to post large signage that would alert consumers that these products contain dangerous chemicals.

 

This new legislation, which would create subsection D of Chapter 121-4 of the Town Code, is part of a multi-prong approach, led by Councilman Dunne, to address concerns about e-cigarette/vape use in teens.

 

“I began a task force earlier this year to address the issue of vaping and one of the concerns I have heard consistently, is that the teens who are using vape products have no idea that they contain nicotine, which is addictive,” said Dunne. “This legislation is designed to correct this misapprehension that vaping is not hazardous to your health.”

 

E-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid — usually containing nicotine mixed with the chemicals propylene glycol and glycerin, and often flavorings ranging from bubble gum to watermelon — into a vapor that users can inhale. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug, to the body without producing any smoke.

 

Dunne’s task force consists of various entities, including school officials and counseling facilities. Many of the discussions have focused on ways in which to address the problem of young people using vape products and that many of those using the product are unaware of the dangers partially as a result of the flavors which are more appealing to them.

 

“I am proud to have worked with Councilman Dunne on many of these initiatives to address this frightening new trend,” said King Sweeney. “Public awareness has significantly decreased the use of traditional cigarettes and I am confident that this new legislation will help achieve that same goal with e-cigarettes.”

 

Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General found e-cigarette use among high school students increased by 900 percent, with more teens now using e-cigarettes than cigarettes. E-cigarette or “Vape” companies intentionally market products that are attractive to young people by having fun flavors and making them appear like a flash drive or pen that can easily be hidden from parents and school officials. Many students do not even realize that the products they are using contain nicotine. The products can even be easily purchased by kids online. These products are also being used to smoke illegal substances such as marijuana.

 

In December 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” that made a number of important conclusions and findings about the use of e-cigarettes among youth. These included that the flavors in e-cigarettes are one of the main reasons youth use them, e-cigarette aerosol is not safe and that e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults. In initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in anti-freeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 different cartridges. Early studies have also revealed that when propylene glycol or glycerin are heated and vaporized, they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Both of these chemicals are considered carcinogens. The Surgeon General concluded that e-cigarette use among youth is now a significant public health concern and steps must be taken by parents, educators and especially policymakers to discourage use of e-cigarettes.

 

The legislation that Dunne is proposing would mandate that retail stores that carry the electronic aerosol delivery systems have a conspicuous sign that would say, “’WARNING: VAPE PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL’ – U.S. Food and Drug Administration ‘VAPING CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’- U.S. Surgeon General. Posted by order of the Town of Hempstead Board.”

 

“My sincerest hope is that once these kids see, in black and white, that these products are dangerous to their health, they will think twice before purchasing them,” concluded Dunne.

 

Visit Councilman Dunne’s webpage

D’Esposito Blasts American Water for Putting Profit Over Lives

Calls on Company to Restore Service to Fire Hydrants

 

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito joined Woodmere Fire Department officials in lambasting American Water for not prioritizing maintenance of fire hydrants and putting Woodmere residents’ lives in danger. At a press conference on the corner of Elm Street and Cedar Lane in Woodmere, he called upon the water company to reverse their previous decision to hold off on the replacement of a water main that feeds multiple fire hydrants, causing those hydrants to no longer work properly.

 

“American Water Company is putting profits over lives by not immediately addressing the proper maintenance of fire hydrants in the Woodmere community,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “As a former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I am deeply concerned that this ill conceived plan jeopardizes lives, and inhibits fire fighters from doing their jobs that they are called to do. It is vital for fire hydrants to be fully operational, and American Water Company’s decision for the hydrants in this community to be operating with water pressure at less than one third of what is necessary is appalling.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito cited emails in which a representative from American Water Company responded to a inquiry regarding the low pressure fire hydrants and explains that they are not doing work in order to “do more work with our budgets.” According to American Water Company, the hydrants are currently served by 4” mains, constructed in 1910 and they are planning to replace the mains with new 8” mains, however, there is no scheduled date for completing this work.

 

“Not only is the water pressure so low that fire fighters would not be able to extinguish the fire, the low pressure would also harm the fire truck by causing damage to its engine,” added Councilman D”Esposito.

 

The Councilman spoke about his telephone conversation with Senator Todd Kaminsky regarding working together to immediately remediate this problem. Senator Kaminsky stated, “Having adequate access to water is critical for our fire department, and when that is compromised, so is the safety of our communities. We are working together in a bipartisan matter to fix this as soon as possible.”

 

“American Water needs to make restoring fire hydrants a priority for the safety of all residents,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito. “This is an issue of life and death, and profits shouldn’t come before lives.”

 

Visit Councilman D’Esposito’s webpage

Phillips, Clavin Make ‘Back to School’ Trek Safer with Hi-Tech L.E.D. Stop Signs

Senator Elaine Phillips and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced an initiative that will make the “back to school” trek safer for students and all pedestrians. Thanks to a grant provided by Senator Phillips, targeted intersections and crosswalks will soon be equipped with hyper-visible stop signs that are illuminated with flashing L.E.D. lights. Joining the officials at the announcement were administrators, parents and students at the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont.

 

“Thank you Senator Phillips,” exclaimed Clavin, as grateful community members admired the new traffic safety device. “Because of your efforts, our children and families will be safer, and these L.E.D. stop signs might even save some lives. What’s more, as a result of the stop signs being acquired through a state grant, there will be no direct cost to local taxpayers.”

 

Clavin noticed some highly visible stop signs that were solar powered and featured flashing L.E.D. lights around the perimeter of the signs during his travels across Long Island. During the same timeframe, the Receiver had been discussing with residents the issue of school crossing areas and intersections that begged for increased safety and traffic calming. Immediately, Clavin thought of how he could secure the L.E.D. signs for use in areas of concern across Hempstead Town. That’s when he and Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino decided to reach out to Senator Phillips for assistance. And, the Senator immediately responded, “YES” to the request.

 

“The safety of school children and all pedestrians is a topic to which I am deeply committed,” said Phillips. “To me, the request was a ‘no brainer’…we had to do it to make people safer. These stop signs are literally a ‘life-saver.’”

 

The “safety-enhanced” stop signs generally cost under $2,000. Accordingly, the town plans to acquire at least 25 units to be deployed in the township. Clavin indicated that he is hopeful that other state senators can also secure state grant monies to fund additional signs. The signs, which are solar powered, do not need to be connected to the electric grid. Additionally, battery back-up power ensures continuous operation of the sign’s flashing L.E.D.s during evening hours and cloudy days. The signals will operate 24/7.

 

“These L.E.D. stop signs are a cost-effective safety tool that will pay dividends by protecting school children and all pedestrians,” said Ambrosino. “I want to thank Senator Phillips and Receiver of Taxes Clavin for making our communities safer.”

 

Clavin addressed the question of why a receiver of taxes is dealing with a traffic safety matter at the press event. “Some people might ask why I am concerned with stop signs and safety when my job is the township’s Receiver of Taxes. I have three really great reasons for seeking funding for these L.E.D. stop signs and their names are Margaret, Catherine and Donnie,” said Clavin, as he referred to his young children. “What’s more, as a tax receiver I am always looking for ways to reduce the property tax burden. If it were not for the grant funding that will pay for these L.E.D. stop signs, Hempstead Town’s taxpayers would have to ‘foot the bill.’”

 

Studies have indicated that the L.E.D. stop signs increase traffic compliance by motorists. In particular, the devices boast a reduction in “blow-throughs”, which often occur when motorists fail to see a stop sign. The increased visibility of the flashing L.E.D. lights significantly reduces the chances that the new stop signs will not be noticed by drivers.

 

The $50,000 funding for the L.E.D. stop signs is being secured through a SAM (State and Municipal) Grant. The SAM initiative was established in 2013 and is part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. The program funds capital costs of construction acquisition, improvement and rehabilitation of facilities and equipment that support health, safety, technology and innovation.

 

“These L.E.D. signs will keep our students safer as they walk to and from local schools,” said Elmont School District Superintendent Al Harper. “Keeping our kids safe is the bottom line.”

 

Clavin and Ambrosino said that the township’s street lighting division and engineers will work with members of the town board, as well as residents to determine the most appropriate locations for the new signs.

 

“Partnerships like this are what good government is all about,” stated Phillips. “I am eager to come back to the locations where these signs are deployed and watch as motorists come to a full stop, keeping our families safe from traffic accidents.”

 

“Our town’s residents owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Elaine Phillips for making our town safer,” concluded Clavin. “If just one life is saved or injury avoided, these new signs will have been a worthwhile investment.”

 

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Councilman Dunne Solves Levittown Historical Mystery, Announces Plans to Refurbish Landmark Beacon

Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne took notice when Levittown residents began wondering about a strange cement cylinder that they recently noticed on Hempstead Turnpike, near Staples. Dunne began furiously researching the structure’s origins and recently proudly reported his finding and his plans to restore the structure to its former glory.

 

The structure, which had not been visible until recently, had been uncovered when Town workers cleared brush from the municipal parking field.

 

“Most people know about Levittown’s rich history related to being the home of returning World War II Veterans,” said Dunne. “This concrete structure was obviously a piece of Levittown history that had been forgotten by many, but I am proud to be able to solve this mystery.”

 

Dunne announced that what remains is a piece of a lighthouse that was installed by Hempstead Town in 1977 as part of a federal beautification program. Dunne explained that, according to news reports, the lighthouse had been built at no cost to taxpayers through funding from the federal government during Lyndon B. Johnson’s tenure as President. At the time, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce praised the initiative as a way to attract shoppers to the center at a time when malls were increasing in popularity.

 

With the mystery solved, Dunne now has moved forward with the process of getting the lighthouse refurbished. He has met with Hempstead Town carpenters who will restore the landmark to its former glory and has begun pursuing grants to finance the lighting of the lighthouse.

 

“Today our small businesses are facing even more hurdles then they were in the 70s,” concluded Dunne. “Now, in addition to malls our shopping centers are facing competition from the internet and if we can restore this beacon to its former glory and attract some more people to this area it will be a victory for history and for our business community.”

 

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Clavin Helps Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

On National Senior Citizens Day, Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin celebrated with hundreds of Long Island’s most beloved golden-aged residents at Cafe Lido, a senior summer beach program by the Atlantic Ocean. Live music, dancing, mini-golf, a customized giant cake and a 5-foot-tall greeting card set a festive mood for throngs of “65 and better” residents who were ready to party on their special day.

 

“Today is a day to celebrate our golden-aged residents who are a vital part of Hempstead Town’s great big family,” announced Clavin. “Our township boasts a senior citizen population of over 190,000 people and they are part of what makes our town one of the greatest places in which to live.”

 

Celebrating with the seniors included live music by the Tommy Sullivan Band, dancing under Café Lido’s large seaside tent, as well as mini-golf and other activities. Clavin and guests unveiled a 5-foot-tall greeting card to mark the occasion in addition to a spectacular cake, which was inscribed for the special event.

 

“I think every day should be Senior Citizens Day,” stated the Receiver. “I am happy to make the day a little more memorable for Long Island’s mature residents.”

 

President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. Prior to that, many recognized August 14th as a special day for seniors as the date coincided with the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

“The number of senior citizens in our township outpaces the entire population of many towns and cities,” concluded Clavin. “Let’s celebrate this great generation today and every day throughout the year.”

 

Visit Receiver Clavin’s webpage