Category Archives: Town of Hempstead

Hempstead Town Continues Full Care of Feral Cat Colony at Waste Transfer Station

Protects Public by Restricting Access to Site That Processes 22k Tons of Waste & Utilizes Heavy Trucks, Equipment


Hempstead Town is maintaining its strong and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals in their natural habitat, including feral cats, by continuing the humane care of a colony of cats at a municipal sanitation site. At the same time, America’s largest township is continuing to protect the public at the waste handling facility in Oceanside. Specifically, town personnel are caring for a colony of feral cats at the sanitation transfer station, continuing the task of feeding, providing shelter and changing litter for the feline population at the site. Simultaneously, the facility has restricted access to the sanitation facility, which handles over 22,000 tons of waste a year, to municipal employees. Restrictions are in place as a matter of safety, as well as to minimize the liability exposure to the township and its taxpayers.


Feeding and care of the cats has continued without interruption at the site where cats benefit from a spacious shelter which offers protection from the elements. Further, the animals have been subject to a humane TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program to control overpopulation. The kind and competent caring of the colony was affirmed during a June 23rd inspection by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The independent and highly respected agency found no deficiencies in the care rendered and the inspector indicated that the agency was well satisfied with the conditions and care of the cats.


The Oceanside Transfer Station is a sanitation facility operated by the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation. Trained workers handle over 22,000 tons of material that pass through the facility’s gates on an annual basis. Bulky items (i.e. refrigerators and washing machines, etc.), municipal agricultural waste, landscaper waste, newspapers, metal, shredded paper, e-cycling waste and other materials are among the items processed and handled at the transfer station.


The site does not allow entry of the general public onto the property as serious safety risks exist for persons who are not familiar or trained to deal with the facility’s operations and equipment. Indeed, payloaders, large trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment present conditions that are not safe or suitable for the general public. Serious liability risks for the town and its taxpayers would result if the public were provided access to the site.


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Town of Hempstead’s Summer Car Seat Safety Check Program

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced the Town of Hempstead’s free Child Car Seat Safety Program’s summer inspection schedule is underway, and registration is open for communities across the township. The Town of Hempstead’s team of certified child passenger safety technicians hosted the first community inspection events at Rock Hall in Lawrence, Merrick Golf Course and Harold Walker Park in Lakeview in June and will be continuing inspections at various locations through the months of June, July, August and September.


“I urge all parents, guardians and caregivers to take advantage of this free program that aims to protect children by ensuring the proper installation of car seats according to strict standards,” Santino said. “All of our child car seat technicians have received rigorous training and are ready to inspect, install and educate on proper installation. “


State law requires that all children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a motor vehicle.Technicians will check to be sure that car and booster seats are properly positioned and correctly installed in vehicles in order to provide the best protection for youngsters. Hempstead Town’s certified child passenger safety technicians are certified and fully trained.


When registering for the program, guardians will be asked to provide the child’s age, weight, height and model of current car seat in use. Technicians can recommend appropriate car seats, and will check for notices of recalls or possible defects for the current model being used.


“This convenient, yet thorough inspection can help give parents and guardians peace of mind when it comes to properly securing young children in their child restraint system,” Santino said. “I encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this excellent free service and make an appointment today.”


The following is the summer community inspection schedule by location (all held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Appointmentsare required, and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an inspection, please visit or call the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900, extension 7709.


Remaining 2017 Summer Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Schedule

  • June 28 & 29: Elmont Road Park, 755 Elmont Road, Elmont
  • July 5 & 6: Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside
  • July 12 & 15 (Wed. & Sat.): Speno Park, 745 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow
  • July 19 & 20: Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin
  • July 26 & 27: Rath Park, 849 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square
  • August 2 & 3: Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
  • August 9 & 12 (Wed. & Sat.): Uniondale Park, 710 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
  • August 16 & 17: McLaren Field, 313 Loring Road, Levittown
  • August 23 & 24: Echo Park, 399 Nassau Road, West Hempstead
  • August 30 & 31: Forest City Park, 3099 Morgan Drive, Wantagh
  • Sept. 6 & 7: Shell Creek Park, Vanderbilt Avenue & Traymore Blvd., Island Park
  • Sept. 10 & 13 (Sun. & Wed.): Salisbury Park Ballfields, Salisbury Park Drive, East Meadow
  • Sept. 19 & 20 (Tues. & Wed.): Guy Lombardo Marina, 898 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport
  • Sept. 27 & 28: Hewlett Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park


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Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Gearing Up for Season

Located in the historic hotbed of lacrosse on Long Island, the Town of Hempstead’s heralded Lacrosse Academy provides youngsters with top flight instruction from some of the finest coaches and players in the region for an affordable price. Spots are still available for the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy’s weekly summer clinics, which started with the first clinic at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford on June 26th.


Learning from Long Island’s finest coaches and players, many of whom were All-Americans, youth lacrosse players from the ages of 5 to 15 will gain expert instruction and have plenty of opportunities to sharpen their shooting, passing, catching and defending skills.


“Though Long Island has long been at the epicenter of lacrosse, the sport has grown across the nation to astronomical levels,” Santino said. “Our Lacrosse Academy is here to provide youngsters with world class instruction to prepare them for top competition.”


The Lacrosse Academy offers registration online, by mail and in-person. To register in advance for the lacrosse academy’s weekly clinics (must be within 14 days of the clinic start date), simply log-on to and fill out the application form. Also, registrations can be sent by mail, but must be received 14 days in advance of the clinic start date.When online and mail registration is closed for a clinic, you may print out an application form on the website and register in person at the Parks and Recreation Department (200 North Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Hempstead) during business hours (9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays), or in person at the clinic location on the first day, space permitting.


In 2017, Fun Fridays will be held on July 14, 21 and 28, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Town of Hempstead youngsters, ages 7 to 15, can come to Seamans Neck Park and play in scrimmage-type games for two hours, at no cost. This free, non-instructional program is supervised by TOH Lacrosse Academy staff. TOHLA also offers one-on-one instructional sessions. Instruction begins in June. Times, dates and sites vary. Please call the lacrosse academy office at 783-3208 for pricing and for more information.


“Another championship season of lacrosse instruction awaits town youngsters this summer,” Santino said. “Some spots are still available and we encourage players and their parents to register quickly to reserve a spot in an upcoming clinic.”


2017 Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy Schedule


Seamans Neck Park, Seaford*

  • June 26 to June 29: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7 (not 7/4):9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 3 to July 7(not 7/4): 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Oceanside Park, Oceanside

  • July 10 to July 13:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)


Senator Speno Memorial Park, East Meadow

  • July 17 to July 20:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 17 to July 20: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Rath Park, Franklin Square (Boys Only)

  • July 24 to July 27:6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3:9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


Averill Blvd. Park, Elmont (Girls Only)

  • July 24 to July 27: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.(Ages 6 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 7 to 15)
  • July 31 to August 3: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Ages 5 & 6)


*There is still space available for the June 26th and July 3rd clinic at Seamans Neck Park, however, online registration is no longer available. You may pay in person at the Parks Department, 200 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead or pay at Seamans Neck Park on the first days of the session, June 26th and July 3rd.


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Santino Declares Partial Victory in Quest to Restore Lindbergh Monument

Town Calls on Source Mall Owner to Remove All Obstructions That Block Lindy Site From View


Pushing for further corrective action, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino called upon the owners of the Source Mall in Westbury to remediate conditions that detract from a town-designated landmark. The site at the southeast corner of the mall marks the location where Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” plane lifted off the ground as the famed aviator commenced his trip into the history books as the first person to complete a non-stop, solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Following the town’s granting of landmark status in July of 2013, a collection of mammoth rose bushes appear to have been planted, which completely obscured the monument from view. In a dramatic response to outrage on the part of town officials, the mall owner has already taken partial steps to restore the monument to its condition at the time of landmarking, substantially trimming back bushes that totally blocked the public’s view of the tribute stone. Joining Santino at a press conference at the monument site were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, along with Councilmen Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne.


“I want to thank the mall’s owners for taking a positive first step in restoring the monument,” said Santino. “Now, we would like the owners to take additional steps to completely remove the shrubs that still partially obscure the monument from the public’s view.”


Santino and his governmental colleagues visited the Lindbergh site on May 20th of 2017 to mark the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, discovering that the landmarked stone had been completely obscured from view by a huge array of bushes. The bushes were only in front of the monument, not in other locations surrounding the “Lindy” tribute marker.


The Supervisor stated that he had written a letter to the Source Mall’s owner, CMAT 1909-C1 Old Country Road, LLC. and its agent, Newmark & Company Real Estate, Inc., insisting that the obstruction in front of the Lindbergh Monument be removed, and the grounds surrounding the historic marker be restored to the conditions that existed at the time of the location’s landmarking. He indicated that he is pleased that the owners have shown respect for the monument by beginning the process of removing the offending bushes.


“The right thing to do is to ensure that Charles Lindbergh’s legacy remains intact,” stated Goosby. “Completely removing the bushes from in front of the monument will allow people to learn more about this important moment in aviation history.”


The Hempstead Town Code has very specific regulations with regard to alterations of sites that have been landmarked by the town. In particular, the code states, “The Commission (Landmarks Preservation Commission) shall review all plans for moving, exterior construction, alteration or repair, landscaping…” Further, the code states, “It shall be the duty of the Commission to review the plans before the Department of Buildings issues a building permit therefor.”


“The town landmarks sites of historical significance for several reasons,” said D’Esposito. “And, one of the reasons we take action on historical sites is to preserve them, not hide them from public view.”


The Town Board acted on July 9 of 2013 on the recommendation of the town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, designating a 2,500-square foot plot surrounding the monument. The monument was clearly visible on that date.


“As a veteran, I know the importance of preserving our nation’s history,” said Dunne. “I was happy to join the fight for the restoration of this important monument.”


Upon conferring landmark status to the monument in 2013, a town press release noted, “Landmark status protects the monument from any developments or construction at the site. To make any alternations to a landmarked monument, property owners would be required to seek approval from the town’s Landmarks Commission.”


“Our town has a rightful place in aviation history, which was built upon the remarkable journey of Charles Lindbergh,” concluded Santino. “While I thank the mall owner for taking positive action on this issue, I call upon them to completely remove the shrubs which still partially block this historic location. The Lindbergh story deserves to be heralded from the highest ground in Hempstead Town, not hidden behind some bushes.”


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Santino Calls on NYC to Stay Away from Queens Groundwater Wells

Hempstead Township Cites Concerns about Future of Drinking Water in Hempstead Town


Concerned about the impacts on purity and safety of drinking water in the Town of Hempstead and across Long Island, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is calling on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to halt any plans to re-open dormant groundwater wells in southeastern Queens. Santino detailed his concerns in a letter to the DEP, sent in advance of a public meeting to be held on June 21st about the agency’s plan to conduct an environmental review on the potential to reopen the wells.


Santino is calling on New York City to stay away from the wells, which tap into aquifers that provide drinking water to more than 3 million residents in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including over 760,000 residents in America’s largest township of Hempstead Town. Concerns raised by local officials include the possible intrusion of saltwater into freshwater supplies, the redirection of harmful plumes to other parts of the groundwater system and other disruptions of Long Island’s groundwater supply.


“I want to send a simple, yet strong message to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, ‘don’t foul our water,’” Santino said. “Restarting the dormant wells in neighboring Queens could harm our drinking water. This decision puts the health and safety of more than 3 million Long Islanders at stake.”


The DEP holds permits to use the 68 former Jamaica Water Service wells, which have not been in use since 2007. But, with the permits set to expire at the end of this year, the DEP must file a renewal request with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by the end of November to retain the rights to use the wells. According to a Newsday report published on June 3, 2017, though there are no immediate plans to re-open the wells, the DEP is planning to conduct an environmental review and is seeking to renew its existing permit.


As recently as three years ago, New York City sought authority to use 20 of the 68 Queens wells while making repairs to its existing reservoir water system, but the city’s plan was ultimately abandoned.


Santino urges Hempstead Town residents to express their opposition to reopening the Queens groundwater wells during the DEP’s public meeting on the topic, scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at 7 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building on 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola. Comments on the plan can also be sent to, accepted through a deadline of July 10th.


“Through strict standards and methods, the Town of Hempstead, along with private providers and public water districts, work hard to provide clean and safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents,” Santino said. “Re-opening these long dormant wells in Queens could open up our source of groundwater to potentially harmful threats, which could be detrimental to the future of Hempstead Town and our region. We ask New York City to abandon any plans or studies regarding the restarting of the groundwater wells in Queens for the sake of generations of families in America’s largest township and across Long Island.”


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Santino Moves to Halt Short-Term Rentals in America’s Largest Township

Town Proposes Rental Permits, Restricts Rentals to One-Month Minimum


Standing in front of one of Hempstead Town’s oldest and most historic homes, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced his proposal to prohibit short-term residential property rentals. Accompanying the rental restriction proposal, the Supervisor detailed his plan to establish a rental registry and permit program that would help ensure the safety of residential units and compliance with fire safety regulations, building codes and zoning provisions. Santino said the new rental restrictions and the rental permit and registry requirements have become necessary as a result of the proliferation of short-term residential rentals, which has been evidenced through a sharp increase in transient rental listings in the town on websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and Home Away. At the announcement of proposed rental regulations, which occurred at the town’s Rock Hall colonial-era museum and house in Lawrence, Santino was joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Councilmen Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, Sr.


“Ensuring the safety of properties in our township and preserving the residential character of our communities and neighborhoods in Hempstead Town are among my top priorities,” said Santino. “Prohibiting short-term residential rentals and establishing a rental permit and registry program will help achieve the important goals of keeping residential houses safe and maintain community character.”


Under Santino’s proposal, residential property rentals would be restricted to a minimum of 28 days. The Supervisor also announced accompanying provisions that would establish a residential property rental permit and registry program. The permits provide for property inspections to ensure that rental units are safe and compliant with fire safety, zoning and building codes and regulations. The officials specifically pointed to the need to ensure that carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operational and that adequate egress exists in residences that are rented within the town.


“Keeping people safe in residential rental properties is very important,” said Goosby. “A well-run rental registry and permit program can help save lives by making certain that properties have proper safety equipment and construction.”


The Santino home-rental registry and permit program would entail a fee of $500 for the initial two-year permit and a renewal fee of $450 thereafter. The fees would cover the administrative costs of processing applications and the expenses associated with building department inspections to ensure compliance with building regulations and safety requirements.


“As a former fire department chief, I know the importance of ensuring the safety of residential properties,” stated D’Esposito. “Property inspections will ensure the presence of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, among other safety precautions.”


The proposed new law would also guard against transient or short-term residential listings by prohibiting certain rental and real estate listings. In specific, listing of properties for short-term rental or listing real estate as accommodating “transient rentals” would not be permitted under the Supervisor’s proposal. Santino indicated that the town’s building department would be monitoring short-term rentals sites and real estate listings to ferret out violations.


“By carefully monitoring short-term rental advertisements and real estate listings, our town can actively regulate short-term rentals in our town,” observed Dunne. “This initiative is an investment in the preservation of our suburbs.”


A small group of existing rental properties that are subject to other building department regulations would not fall under the new rental-permit program. In particular, mother-daughter and senior-accessory apartments, which are subject to other existing inspections and permitting requirements, would not fall under the proposed rental permit and registry program.


The Supervisor said that the proposed short-term rental prohibition would be included on the June 20th town board calendar and be the subject of a public hearing at a July 11th meeting.


“Today we are standing in front of one of our town’s oldest and most historic homes, which stands as a emblem of the residential character of our township,” concluded Santino. “This proposal to restrict residential property rentals will preserve the suburban nature of our area and keep people who rent homes safe.”


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Santino & Hempstead Town Seek Gillibrand’s Support of Bipartisan Federal Anti-BDS Proposal

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is leading the effort to convince United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to sign on to a bipartisan federal proposal that fights back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its economic warfare against the State of Israel.


Supervisor Santino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito urged New York’s junior United States Senator to co-sponsor the bipartisan Combatting BDS Act of 2017, designated as S.170. In a recent letter to Gillibrand’s Capitol Hill office, the Hempstead Town leaders said that her co-sponsorship of the measure is needed to respond to the dangerous Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


“Congress has a distinguished history of defending the Jewish State from attacks like the BDS Movement, which seeks to financially and commercially discriminate against the Jewish State. That’s why it’s important for Senator Gillibrand to help lead the charge on the anti-BDS measure. We hope she can stand on the right side of history with us,” said Supervisor Santino.


The federal measure is sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and has 33 total co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Gillibrand is not.


In the previous Congressional Session, Gillibrand also did not sponsor similar legislation entitled the Combatting BDS Act of 2016, designated as S.2531. That bipartisan bill was also co-sponsored by Schumer.


Santino, Blakeman and D’Esposito contrasted the junior senator’s historical silence on Anti-BDS measures with her published position, which states she will “continue to strengthen America’s close relationship with Israel, our historic and closest ally in the Middle East.” (Source: Gillibrand Senate website)


Santino noted that the federal proposal supports efforts by local communities, like Hempstead Town, and state governments to use the power of the purse to counter the BDS movement’s economic warfare targeting Israel.


“This federal legislation is an important step forward for our federal government to reassure Israel that we are protecting our shared national security interests, while also protecting our joint economic interests,” stated Councilman Bruce Blakeman.


“We are jointly asking Senator Gillibrand to co-sponsor this bipartisan proposal to gives state and local governments, like Hempstead Town, another legal way to combat the shameful boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel – our strongest ally in the Middle East,” added Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.


Last year, Santino, Blakeman and D’Esposito sponsored and passed in a unanimous bipartisan vote one of the first Anti-BDS measures in any New York municipality. Their local law bars town contracts with individuals and companies that boycott not only Israel but also the United States’ allies.


Specifically, the Hempstead Town law requires individuals or companies seeking to do business with the town to submit a certification that they do not – and will not for the duration of the contract – engage in a boycott of the United States of America and its allies, which include Israel, all NATO member nations, signatories of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization, signatories of the Rio Treaty of 1947 (excluding Venezuela), Ireland, Japan, and The Republic of Korea. Violations of this law could result in the town rescinding a contract.


While Hempstead Town took it’s own affirmative steps to lead the way in a growing nation-wide effort to stand firmly opposed to the BDS Movement – which attempts to isolate Israel and other U.S. allies from the international community – Santino, Blakeman and D’Esposito are seeking support of this federal proposal from Senator Gillibrand. Her co-sponsorship would send a strong message: like Hempstead Town, both Senators from New York will not tolerate bigotry and anti-Semitism within the United States.


“Standing up for what’s right is part of being a leader. BDS is just another term for anti-Semitism. Senator Gillibrand has an opportunity to co-sponsor this commonsense, pro-Israel proposal. It will signal that both United States Senators from New York State will not tolerate bigotry and anti-Semitism anywhere in the nation,” Santino concluded.


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Hempstead Town Helps Planet with Bottle Filling Stations

Hempstead Town is conserving resources, and it’s as easy as H-2-O! Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino recently launched a water-saving initiative by installing ezH2O Bottle Filling Stations at Town Hall. The initiative will reduce the use of plastic water bottles by employees and constituents while at the same time promoting an easy-to-use healthy alternative to sugary beverages.


“Hempstead Town is continually cutting down on waste,” said Santino. “Instead of bringing disposable plastic water bottles to Town Hall, we are encouraging our employees, as well as constituents, to bring along a reusable water bottle and reduce resource usage by utilizing our water bottle filling stations.”


The stations were easily installed as an attachment to pre-existing water fountains. Each station is sensory activated, providing a sanitary, touch-free alternative to traditional water fountains. Included in the stations is a counter displaying the number of water bottles each station has filled, a filter indicator light that shows when the filter needs to be replaced and an energy efficient L.E.D. light that lets users see when their water bottle is full; minimizing the amount of water going down the drain. Each station can be programmed to turn off at a specific time, thereby lowering energy usage when not in use.


This is only part of the Supervisor’s green energy agenda which led to Hempstead Town being deemed a “Clean Energy Community” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Recently, the town oversaw the replacement of 50,000 conventional streetlight lamps with high-efficiency L.E.D. lighting. Additionally, Hempstead Town Hall and the Receiver of Taxes Office converted 4,000 interior light fixtures from conventional fluorescent and incandescent fixtures to energy efficient L.E.D. lamps.


“There are many important benefits that come from these conservation initiatives,” concluded Santino. “Aside from promoting healthy alternatives and cost savings for taxpayers, we are on our way to a greener future.”


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Supervisor Santino Invites Hempstead Town’s Golden-Aged Residents to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Senior Summer Beach Program

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Sr. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby invite all golden-aged town residents (ages 60 and over) to celebrate the 50th year of the free Senior Summer Beach Program at Lido Beach Town Park. The 10-week program is packed with fun activities including crafts, entertainment, dancing, movies, games, health services, presentations and more.


“The summer is a great time of year to live in America’s largest township, and it is even better for seniors who take advantage of our amazing Senior Summer Beach Program as we celebrate our golden anniversary,” said Santino. “The crashing of the waves and the warm summer rays of the sun are just around the corner and so is our great lineup of activities. See you at the beach!”


“Our Senior Summer Beach Program boasts activities that are second to none and offer a great way to spend many summer days,” said Goosby. “Good times are sure to be had by all who attend.”


The program at Lido Beach Town Park runs from June 26th to September 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities include favorites such as bocce ball, shuffleboard, line dancing, swimming and daily aqua aerobics classes.Or, why not unwind with pastimes such as crafts, painting, movies and games presented in an air-conditioned building. Health services, including blood pressure screenings, are also offered. The highlight of each day is special live entertainment under an outdoor tent. Giant-sized mushroom shelters ensure maximum comfort for picnicking as well. Residents participating in the Senior Summer Beach Program gain free admission and parking. For those who prefer not to make the drive, our Department of Senior Enrichment will pick you up with free buses from designated gathering stations.


Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, but refreshments are also available for a fee on program days. For more information on the Senior Summer Beach Program, or any other services offered by the Department of Senior Enrichment, please call (516) 485-8100.


“This summer the place to be is at Lido Beach Town Park celebrating the 50th year of the Senior Summer program,” concluded Santino.


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Santino, Audubon New York & Students Protect Plovers at Beaches

Kid-Crafted Billboards Alert Beachgoers to Avoid Protected Birds’ Nesting Area


Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino joined with Audubon New York and a group of young nature lovers to proudly proclaim, “Hempstead Town is for the birds!” The township and the Society worked with local students to place kid-crafted billboards along sand dunes where the protected Piping Plover nest and fledge their young. The signs alert beachgoers to avoid the plovers’ natural habitat. “Flocking” with the Supervisor at the event were Kaley Donovan of Audubon New York, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilmen Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, Sr. and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, along with students from the Brandeis School.


“The ability of the Piping Plover to survive is largely dependent on the actions of human beings who visit their beachside habitats,” said Santino. “Thankfully, the Town of Hempstead, Audubon New York and students from the Brandeis School are taking action to safeguard this federally protected bird and make sure that people know to share the beach with these feathered shorebirds.”


Brandeis students in the fourth grade competed in a poster contest sponsored by the Town of Hempstead and Audubon New York. The winning posters, which were selected by Audubon New York, were enlarged and converted by the Town of Hempstead into weatherproof billboards that are being placed along beachside sand dunes.


“Partnering with Audubon New York and area students, we are helping to preserve endangered birds,” said Goosby. “This is a lesson for students and a victory for shorebirds.”


“By placing these kid-made signs on our beaches, we are reminding beachgoers to share the planet with other living creatures,” stated Dunne. “This is a great way to educate people and protect a protected species of bird.”


The beaches of Hempstead Town, and across New York and New Jersey are key nesting sites for species of concern, including the Common Tern, Black Skimmer, Piping Plovers, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers. Predators, extreme weather conditions and human disturbance pose serious threats to these birds. This Audubon project is supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For more information, visit


“We are tremendously proud of these students for using their artwork to inspire beachgoers to ‘Share the Shore’ with nesting birds,” said Audubon New York Director of Bird Conservation Jillian Liner. “New York’s beaches are a critical community asset and we encourage everyone to learn more about the needs of beach-nesting birds so we can all give them the space they need to safely and successfully fledge their young.”


“I am impressed with the young students of the Brandeis School for being so committed to the health of our planet and the birds who inhabit our barrier beach coastline,” stated D’Esposito. “Their efforts will pay dividends for nature lovers and anyone who cares about ecology.”


“Thank you to Audubon New York and the students of the Brandeis School for working hard to protect Piping Plovers in our township,” concluded Santino. “Your billboard posters will remain on our beaches throughout the summer beach season so that beachgoers and these protect birds can co-exist.”


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