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Clavin & Cabana To Host Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

Expanding Hempstead Town’s services to Spanish-speaking residents, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana are hosting a first-ever series of bi-lingual tax reduction seminars, offering presentations and associated literature in both English and Spanish. The officials called the seminar series a great opportunity to help Spanish-speaking homeowners take advantage of property tax reduction programs such as property tax exemptions and assessment challenges. Joining Clavin and Cabana at an announcement of the new initiative were Gil Bernardino, Executive Director of Circulo De La Hispanidad; Margarita Grasing, Executive Director of the Hispanic Brotherhood; Rev. Daniel De Jesus, Pastor, Arc of Salvation Church in Oceanside and other Hispanic community leaders.

 

“The Hispanic community deserves access to the same tax relief as every other community in Hempstead Town,” stated Clavin. “By presenting bi-lingual tax reduction seminars, we will be delivering the tools needed for Spanish-speaking homeowners to take advantage of property tax exemption and assessment challenge information. I want to thank Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana for making this initiative possible.”

 

“It’s expensive to live on Long Island,” said Cabana. “That’s why presenting tax reduction seminars in a bi-lingual format is so important to Hispanic homeowners who live in our township. I am excited to be able to work with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin on this project.”

 

The seminars, which are a concept that Clavin developed, will focus on a host of property tax exemptions including home improvement exemptions and senior citizen exemptions, as well as tax reducing programs for volunteer firefighters (ambulance workers), veterans and those with limited incomes or disabilities. Additionally, Clavin and Cabana will discuss how homeowners may challenge their property tax assessments. What’s more, the Receiver and Clerk will provide information on the new federal tax code and its impact on the deductibility of property taxes. Other topics to be covered include taxpayers’ rights, tax bill payment reminders, third party notifications, e-Billing and online tax payments, among other issues.

 

The following is a list of the scheduled bi-lingual tax reduction seminars:

  • May 30 at 7 p.m. at Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • June 4 at 7 p.m. at Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • June 6 at 7 p.m. at Valley Stream, 123 South Central Ave., Valley Stream
  • June 7 at 7 p.m. at East Meadow Public Library, 1866 Front St., East Meadow
  • June 12 at 7 p.m. at Circulo Center, 605 Peninsula Blvd., Hempstead
  • June 20 at 7 p.m. at Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
  • June 21 at 7 p.m. at Uniondale Public Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale

 

Clavin said that he came up with the idea for the bi-lingual tax reduction forums after observing a lack of tax grievance and tax exemption related phone calls, office visits and tax forum attendance by members of the Hispanic community. The Receiver said it is clear that the language barrier has limited participation in such tax reducing programs. As a result, Clavin approached the Town Clerk, who is proficient in Spanish, asking her to present bi-lingual tax reduction programs with him.

 

“It became clear to me that we need to do more to make sure that the Hispanic community can take advantage of important tax reduction programs,” said Clavin. “That is why I have asked the Town Clerk to join me in presenting bi-lingual tax seminars.”

 

“This Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminar series will break down the language barrier that has hampered members of the Hispanic community from filing for tax exemptions and assessment grievances that can result in lower property taxes,” said Gil Bernardino, Executive Director of Circulo de la Hispanidad. “I commend Receiver Clavin and Town Clerk Cabana for reaching out to the underserved Hispanic community and providing them with this important information.”

 

“I am looking forward to this bi-lingual seminar series, and I am delighted that Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana is partnering with me to bring genuine property tax relief to the Hispanic community,” concluded Clavin. “I hope to assist many homeowners in taking advantage of property tax savings.”

 

Visit Receiver of Taxes Clavin’s webpage

 

Calvin Y Cabana Presentan Seminario de Reducción de Impuestos Bilingues – Asistentes aprenderán sobre exenciónes, desafíos fiscales y más

 

Extendiendo los servicios del Pueblo de Hempstead a los residentes que hablan español, el Recaudador de Impuestos Don Clavin y la Secretaria del Pueblo Sylvia Cabana están demostrando la primera serie de seminarios bilingues para la reducción de impuestos, ofreciendo presentaciones y literatura asociada en ambos Ingles y Español. Los funcionarios llamaron a la serie de seminarios una gran oportunidad para ayudar a los propietarios que hablan español a aprovechar los programas de reducción de impuestos de propiedad, como exenciones de impuestos a la propiedad y desafios de evaluación. Uniendose con Clavin y Cabana en el anuncio de la nueva iniciativa fueron Gil Bernardino, el director ejecutivo de Circulo de la Hispanidad; Margarita Grasing, la directora ejecutivo de Hermandad Hispana de Rockville Centre; Rev. Daniel De Jesus, Pastor, Arc of Salvation Church in Oceanside y otras líderes de la comunidad hispana.

 

“La comunidad hispana merece el mismo acceso de Alivio de Impuestos como cualquier otra comunidad en el Pueblo de Hempstead,” indico Clavin. Al presentar seminarios de reducción de impuestos bilingües, nosotros estaremos entregando las heramientas necesarias para que todos los propietarios que hablan español tomen esta ventaja de exención de impuestos y desafíos de evaluación. “Quiero agradecer a la Secretaria del Pueblo Sylvia Cabana por hacer posible esta iniciativa.”

 

“Es caro vivir en Long Island” dice Cabana. “Por eso es muy importante demostrar un seminario de reducción de impuestos en un formato bilingüe a los propietarios que hablan español que viven en nuestro pueblo. Yo estoy muy emocionada de poder trabajar con el Recaudador de Impuestos Don Clavin en este proyecto.”

 

Los seminaries, que es un concepto que Clavin desarrolló, se concentraran en una serie de exenciones de impuestos a la propiedad incluyendo exenciones para el mejoramiento del hogar y exenciones para los ciudadanos mayores, tal como programas para la reducción de impuestos para bomberos voluntarios (de ambulancias), veteranos y aquellos con recursos limitados ó disabilidades. Adicional, Clavin y Cabana discutiran como los propietarios de sus hogares podran desafiar la evaluación de impuestos. Además, el Recaudador y la Secretaria van a proveer la información nueva del Codigo Federal de Impuestos y el impacto cuál traera la deducibilidad en el impuesto de su propiedad. Otros temas cuales seran cubiertos incluyen los derechos como contribuyente, aviso de pago de facturas de impuestos, notificaciónes de terceras partes, facturación electrónica y pagos de impuestos en linea, entre otros asuntos.

 

La siguiente es una lista de los seminarios de programas de reducción de impuestos bilingues:

  • 30 de Mayo, 7 p.m., Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • 4 de Junio, 7 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • 6 de Junio, 7 p.m., Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream
  • 7 de Junio, 7 p.m., East Meadow Public Library, 1866 Front St., East Meadow
  • 12 de Junio, 7 p.m., Circulo Center, 605 Peninsula Blvd., Hempstead
  • 20 de Junio, 7 p.m., Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
  • 21 de Junio, 7 p.m., Uniondale Public Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale

 

Clavin dijo que a él se le occurio la idea de los foros bilingües de reducción de impuestos después de observar una falta de agravio y llamadas telefonicas relacionadas con la exención de impuestos fiscales, visitas y asistencia a foros sobre impuesto por los miembros de la comunidad hispana. El Recaudador dice que está claro que la barrera del idioma ha limitado la participación en tales programas de reducción de impuestos. Como resultado, el se acercó a la Secretaria del Pueblo, que domina el español, pidiéndole que presente programas bi-lingües de reducción de impuestos con él.

 

“Quedó claro para mí que necesitamos hacer más para asegurarnos de que la comunidad hispana puedan beneficiarse de importantes programas de reducción de impuestos,” dijo Clavin. “Esa es la razón por la que he pedido a la secretaria de ayuntamiento a unirse a mí en la presentación seminarios de impuestos bi-lingüe.”

 

“Esta serie de seminarios de impuestos bilingües rompera las barreras del lenguaje que ha tenido la comunidad hispana para presentar exenciones de impuestos y reclamos de evaluación que pueden dar como resultado la reducción de sus impuestos de propriedad,” dijo Gil Bernardino, el director Ejecutivo del Circulo de la Hispanidad. “Yo elogio al Recaudador de Impuestos Clavin y a la Secretaria del Pueblo Cabana por tenderle la mano a la comunidad Hispana de desatendida, y ayudarla con esta importante información.”

 

“Estoy esperando esta serie de seminarios bilingües, y estoy encantado que la Secretaria del Pueblo Sylvia Cabana sea mi socia para traer un Alivio verdadero a la comunidad Hispana,” aviso Clavin. “Espero ayudar a muchos propietarios de viviendas en el aprovechamiento de los ahorros de impuestos sobre la propiedad.”

King Sweeney, Hempstead Town Board Announce Establishment of Compliance Officer Post

Applications Being Accepted for New Town Position

 

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town Board are lauding the Town of Hempstead Civil Service Commission for their unanimous creation of the position of Town Compliance Officer. Councilwoman King Sweeney proposed the legislation for an oversight position as part of the Town’s ethics reform initiative last year and the legislation was passed by the Town Board in December, 2017.

 

“I commend the Commission for taking these positive, good-government steps to ensure ethics reform and transparency in the Town of Hempstead,” said King Sweeney. “This initiative is a step in the right direction toward ensuring transparency, openness and a strong vetting process for the review of town contracts and agreements.”

 

The new Compliance Officer will review all town contracts, and procurements for the purpose of identifying and preventing conflicts of interest, work and/or corruption involving contracts and procurements. This position will provide greater oversight over compliance with procurement guidelines and legal requirements.

 

“I look forward to the Commission beginning the process of screening qualified candidates for this important position,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

For details about the position please visit https://toh.li/employment-services/compliance-officer-position. The position is full-time and subject to meeting job specifications established by the governing body of the Town.

 

“It is important to have an independent voice to recommend policies to promote greater efficiency and operations in town government,” added Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.

 

“I am proud to have led the way to restore trust and confidence in government,” concluded King Sweeney. “I look forward to ensuring that we continue to act in the best interest of our residents.”

 

Visit the Town of Hempstead website

King Sweeney Named Fellow With LIU Global Institute

LI’s Leading Forum for World and Regional Leaders to Join Together

 

Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney has been selected as a Fellow with the Global Institute at Long Island University (LIU) and will be a co-chair for two events in May, which will both address global security. The Global Institute is Long Island’s premier platform for National Security and Global Leadership, and brings world leaders, thinkers and analysts to the LIU campus to connect them with regional leaders to promote dialogue of world events.

 

“I am honored to have been chosen as a Fellow with the Global Institute and I look forward to having insightful conversations with esteemed world leaders to affect critical thinking on a local level,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney. “I applaud Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the Global Institute at LIU, for his leadership in this unique forum and his commitment to bring significant dialogue to Long Island while educating students at one of Long Island’s leading Universities.”

 

The Bolla Global Fellows Program though the Global Institute at LIU will focus on developing leadership and global perspective among Long Island’s leaders. The program emphasizes the need for Long Island’s leaders to be aware of global issues and trends. The Fellows learn about leadership skills, strategies and expectations through sessions designed to inform and inspire.

 

As a Fellow, Councilwoman King Sweeney will participate in events through the Global Institute at LIU, including executive breakfasts and conference calls with international leaders, a leadership seminar and select trips. “As a Hempstead Town Councilwoman, I am committed to bipartisanship in order to represent my diverse district and provide the best possible services to residents,” added King Sweeney. “This Fellowship follows the same principles that I strive for by facilitating bipartisan and cross-regional cooperation with Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County representatives.”

 

Councilwoman King Sweeney will co-chair two events in May alongside Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, a Huntington Town Councilman. The first event on May 10th will feature a conference call on Global Cryptocurrency with Dr. Garrick Hilemann, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency experts at the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. The next event on May 14th is an Executive Breakfast on Global Threat Assessment with Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.

 

“I am eager to participate in both events, and I’m thankful to Congressman Israel for the extraordinary opportunity to partake in a global conversation which will greatly benefit Hempstead Town and Long Island,” concluded King Sweeney. “It is important for leaders to come together and work collectively while including students who will be our leaders of tomorrow.”

 

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Clavin To Host First-Time Homebuyer Seminars

Learn About Mortgages, Taxes, Inspections & More

 

Buying your first home can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. However, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is about to make the experience much simpler and less scary. Joined by financial expert Anthony Genova, who boasts almost 15 years of experience in presenting first-time homebuyer programs with a major international financial institution, Clavin will explain “need-to-know” information on mortgages, property taxes, home inspections, tax exemptions the new federal tax code and more.

 

“The purchase of a first home represents the accomplishment of a major life goal for many,” stated Clavin. “At the same time, the process can be intricate, presenting financial, legal and other hurdles. Accordingly, our seminars will provide answers to common questions, offer valuable information, help purchasers avoid common pitfalls and possibly even save purchasers money as they acquire their first residence.”

 

One of the most common areas of concern that has developed for first-time homebuyers centers around the new federal tax code and how it will impact them, especially with regard to the code’s limits on the deductibility of property tax payments on income tax returns. Other areas that will be addressed at the First-time Homebuyer Seminars include mortgages, inspections, title insurance, contracts, tax payment information/options and closings. Those in attendance will also obtain details on their eligibility for tax exemptions, tax information, tips on how to challenge home assessments and information on local governments, including the town, county and school districts.

 

Clavin announced that it is a great time to purchase a home with mortgage rates still at reasonable levels. Also, the Receiver noted that many homeowners are looking to purchase now as home prices are on the rise. In fact, the closing price for homes in Nassau County has risen by 8 percent year-over-year as of March, according to MSLI (Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc.).

 

“I am happy to partner with Don Clavin to make the home purchasing experience more rewarding and less challenging for first-time homebuyers,” stated Genova. “Helping purchasers navigate this process is rewarding, and we are offering valuable information that will help people avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes as they establish their first home.”

 

The seminars will be held on the following dates:

  • May 14th, 7 p.m., Uniondale Public Library (400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale)
  • May 16th, 7 p.m., Elmont Public Library (700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont)
  • May 18th, 7 p.m., Valley Stream Village Hall (123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream)
  • June 11th, 7 p.m., Oceanside Library (30 Davison Ave., Oceanside)
  • June 13th, 7 p.m., Merrick Library (2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick)
  • June 14th, 7 p.m., Levittown Public Library (1 Bluegrass La., Levittown)

 

For more information on the upcoming seminars, please call the Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Office at (516) 538-1500.

 

“Welcome to America’s largest township to all of our first-time homebuyers,” concluded Clavin. “By attending one of these informative seminars, you will be taking a great first step in becoming a member of our township’s family of property owners.”

 

Visit Receiver of Taxes Clavin’s webpage

D’Esposito Unveils Renovated Clock in Downtown Woodmere

Woodmere clock

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito (left) joins with local business members to view the newly renovated clock in downtown Woodmere. Pictured are: Jaime Azcona of Dance Xpress and past president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association; Loretta Camarda of FedEx Trade Networks; David Friedman, president of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association and Nick Arcuri of the Town of Hempstead.

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is pleased to announce the complete renovation of the Woodmere clock located on the corner of Broadway and Irving in downtown Woodmere. The Victorian clock has been an iconic fixture in the community for over a decade and had been in need of repair for several years.

 

“The clock told the correct time only twice a day, but now it proudly displays the correct time all day,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It was important to renovate the clock in the heart of the community, and I am proud to have been involved in beautifying Woodmere’s downtown.

 

The Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association partnered with The Town of Hempstead in this initiative for its local downtown, assisting the town with information regarding the clock.

 

“We are so happy that the Woodmere clock has been repaired,” said David Friedman, President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association. “Thank you to former HWBA President Jaime Azcona, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, and the terrific TOH electricians for making this possible.”

 

The restoration project commenced six months ago, and Hempstead Town employees were actively involved in the renovation which included researching the clock manufacturer to ascertain the parts which were needed. Employees were able to obtain the necessary parts, and then retrofit the parts to the clock.

 

“I’d like to extend my sincere appreciation to our hardworking CSEA workforce who tackled this project with enthusiasm and were tenacious in their efforts to ensure the clock was restored to its original grandeur,” concluded D’Esposito. “This improvement project is a great example of local government and its residents working together for the betterment of our community, and I am happy I was able to assist.

 

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Second Half School Tax Deadline Approaches, Clavin Offers Convenient Payment Options

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is reminding taxpayers of the array of convenient payment options available to them as the May 10th deadline approaches to pay the Second Half 2017-18 School Tax. Beginning on May 1st through May 10th, Clavin is extending office hours, setting up mobile and satellite offices throughout the Town of Hempstead and opening the Tax Office’s EZ-Pay Drive-Thru. What’s more, taxpayers also have the option to pay their bills online at any time.

 

“Paying your taxes may not be fun, but we work hard to make the process as convenient as possible for our taxpayers,” Clavin said. “When the deadline approaches, we try to help those with busy schedules by extending hours and opening our drive thru at our Hempstead Tax Office, reminding the public of our online payment system and bringing our mobile and satellite offices to communities across America’s largest township.”

 

On business days between May 1st and May 10th (May 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th), extended hours of operation (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) will be in effect for tax payments at the main tax office located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead. When making payments in person, please bring the entire tax bill; do not detach payment stubs from the bill.

 

In addition, the EZ-Pay Drive Thru Payment Window will be open behind the main tax office (follow the signs on the corner of North Franklin and Bedell Streets) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th). The Drive-Thru Window accepts only check and money order payments.

 

Satellite offices at Rock Hall Museum (199 Broadway, Lawrence) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville) serve communities that are a distance from the Tax Office. Satellite offices will be open to receive checks and money orders for tax payments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th.

 

The Mobile Tax Office is scheduled to visit four locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please note that only checks or money orders are accepted at the Mobile Tax Office. The Mobile Tax Office locations and dates are:

 

May 1st – Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick

May 2nd – Town Parking Lot O-3, Davison Ave., Oceanside (directly across from Oceanside Library)

May 3rd – Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

May 4th – Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl., Franklin Square

 

Online tax payments may be made via credit card or e-check by logging onto the town’s website at www.TOH.LI and following the “Receiver of Taxes” link to “Online Tax Payments”. Credit card and e-check payments can also be made by phone by calling 1-833-378-1236. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.3 % service fee, with a minimum charge of $1.50 for all credit card transactions. A flat fee of $0.90 will be charged for electronic check payments. VISA Personal Debit transactions will incur a flat rate fee of $3.95 per transaction. Hempstead Town receives no portion of these service fees which are charged by eGov Strategies, the company which processes the transactions.

 

While on the Town of Hempstead website, taxpayers can register for e-Billing, and sign up to receive future tax bills electronically via email instead of through the U.S. Mail. Recently implemented, the e-Billing service will allow taxpayers to go “paperless” and receive their tax bills electronically, while saving the town production and mailing costs associated with traditional tax bills. Visit bit.ly/tohebill to register.

 

“By offering convenient payment options, whether online or in-person, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch services for our constituents,” Clavin said.

 

For event announcements and important updates, follow the Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@tohreceiver). For further information, please visit the town’s website at www.toh.li/tohtax or call the Office of Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

 

Visit Receiver of Taxes Clavin’s webpage

Town Tax Office Helps 20k Homeowners Deduct $120 Million On 2017 Income Tax Returns

Surrounded by dozens of tax office staffers, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin recounted the almost 20,000 concerned taxpayers who were served by his office during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve as homeowners scrambled to prepay their 2018 property taxes ahead of the January 1st deadline when the new federal tax code would take effect. The property owners mobilized to “beat the clock” on the new code in order to be able to deduct the 2018 property tax payments on 2017 income tax returns before the federal government imposed a $10,000 cap on deductions. As a result of the efforts of Clavin’s staff, Hempstead Town residents will deduct $118,047,794 in 2018 prepaid property taxes on their 2017 income tax returns. Celebrating the effort of his staff, the Receiver presented tax office workers with a 4-foot tall trophy, replete with a “piggy bank” topper, to commemorate the income tax savings that his team of government employees helped to facilitate for town homeowners. Joining Clavin and office personnel at a celebration was Hempstead Town CSEA Local 880 President Charles Sellitto and a taxpayer who took advantage of the program which has allowed her to deduct prepaid property taxes.

 

“When property owners were desperately seeking relief from the overwhelmingly negative consequences of the newly minted federal tax code, Hempstead Town workers in the Receiver’s Office threw out a lifeline to homeowners,” stated Clavin. “Municipal employees at the tax office worked overtime, came to the office on weekends, canceled planned vacation days, skipped lunch breaks and went the extra mile to help taxpayers prepay their 2018 property taxes so they could deduct the payments on 2017 income tax returns. Because of their efforts, over 20,000 taxpayers will deduct almost $120 million on their income taxes. I am proud to present my staff with a trophy for their Herculean efforts on behalf of Hempstead Town taxpayers.”

 

Indeed, Clavin’s office staff opened the doors to the Receiver’s Office between the hours of 8 a.m. through 6 p.m., commencing the day after Christmas and continuing each weekday through December 29th. What’s more, the Receiver’s Office took the unprecedented step of opening the office for payments on a weekend; Saturday, December 30th and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st. Finally, tax office staffers and other town personnel worked during the weekend before Christmas to prepare property tax data in response to a Governor’s Executive Order that directed local Receivers to accept the prepayment of certain 2018 property taxes.

 

“Town of Hempstead workers are the finest employees anywhere,” exclaimed Clavin. “They are caring, dedicated and embody the true spirit of the phrase ‘public service.’”

 

Clavin’s office was flooded with a stream of homeowners looking to prepay taxes on the day after Christmas. In fact, over 1,000 property owners lined up at the tax office in frigid temperatures to prepay taxes, ask questions and receive information on the prepayment of property taxes.

 

December 27th saw a line of over 2,000 property owners wrapped around the block surrounding the Receiver’s Office. Clavin capped off a frenetic week of tax office assistance to residents by hosting a New Year’s Eve session of tax collections, replete with coffee and donuts instead of the more traditional New Year’s Eve fare of champagne and noisemakers.

 

“I never thought I would be spending New Year’s Eve at the tax office,” stated Clavin. “However, it was a really rewarding experience to be able to help taxpayers during a very difficult time.”

 

“I was proud of the men and women who work in the Receiver’s Office, along with other town employees, who responded in a selfless and dedicated manner for the benefit of our taxpayers,” said Sellitto. “I am happy to join with Don Clavin in saluting the members of his staff who made a ‘Happy New Year’ a reality for many homeowners.”

 

The Receiver presented the trophy to his staff and closed the celebration by saying, “I couldn’t pick a better group of people with whom to work. They have made a tremendous and positive contribution to our residents, helping them to be able to deduct $120 million in 2018 property taxes on their 2017 income tax returns. Congratulations!”

 

Visit Receiver of Taxes Clavin’s webpage

Hempstead Town Has A Heart For Highway Workers

highway department AEDsCouncilwoman Erin King Sweeney was joined by Town of Hempstead Highway Department Commissioner Thomas Toscano and Medical Director Dave Neubert at the Franklin Square Highway Yard as she announced that automated external defibrillators (AEDS) would now be placed at the three Town of Hempstead Highway yards to help protect those employees.

 

These highway department AEDs are part of 50 AEDs that were part of a partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center to provide protection at facilities across the township. The defibrillators – valued at $1,500 per device – were secured through a state contract by the hospitals so there was no cost to the town.

 

“Defibrillators are often utilized by police, fire and other emergency personnel due to their proven ability to save lives,” stated Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “Our highway workers are hard at work during extreme temperatures and needed to be considered as well.”

 

According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 reported cardiac arrest cases per year in the United States, and only 10 percent of those victims survive. In instances where a victim is immediately administered CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival are doubled. What’s more, for every minute that a victim is in cardiac arrest without help, their survival odds are decreased by 10 percent.

 

In addition to the Franklin Square Highway Yard, the Highways Yards in Roosevelt and Inwood will also each be equipped with a life-saving AED. Other AEDs are located in Town parks, senior centers, Camp ANCHOR, marinas, Town Hall and more.

 

“In the event of a cardiac emergency, time can make the difference between life and death and AEDs allow bystanders to respond and intervene quickly,” noted Supervisor Laura Gillen. “The Town has been adding AEDs to locations throughout Hempstead and we are proud that these three new devices at our highway yards will help keep residents and workers safe.”

 

“We sincerely hope that we never have to use any of these lifesaving devices, but our employees and neighbors can rest assured that they will be close by in the event of an emergency,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

Town personnel receive specialized training on the proper use of the defibrillators. Highway department personnel will be trained in-house by a retired paramedic who serves as the Town’s training director/coordinator. However, the devices also come with step-by-step instructions, so in the event of an extreme emergency, anyone can quickly learn the steps to help someone in cardiac arrest. What’s more, the devices – produced by Cardiac Science Corporation – include bilingual (Spanish/English) instructions, making them accessible to a broad population across the town. In 2016, town employees were able to save the life of a fellow coworker by performing CPR and using a defibrillator located nearby. Unfortunately, in 2013 before the Town had defibrillators available, a Highway employee did not survive a cardiac event at the Franklin Square Highway yard.

 

“The Hempstead Town Board is committed to keeping our employees safe, as well as our residents and we believe that these AEDs being located at our local highway yards will help us achieve that goal,” concluded King Sweeney. “We never again want to experience another tragedy like the one experienced at the Franklin Square Highway Yard in 2013.”

 

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D’Esposito Announces Improvements at Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park

Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is pleased to announce that several park improvements projects at Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park have been completed just in time for the arrival of warmer weather and little league openings. D’Esposito toured both parks with the Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Danny Lino, and met with hardworking CSEA Local 880 members, who completed most of the improvements.

 

“I was thrilled to visit both Oceanside Park and Shell Creek Park to see the progress of projects I have initiated as we approach nicer weather and warmer temperatures,” said D’Esposito. “I have countless memories with friends at Shell Creek Park, and now, I want to make sure that Shell Creek is in perfect shape so my youngest neighbors can create their own lifelong memories.”

 

The majority of the upgrades and renovations were done in-house with work completed by parks department employees as well as some work completed by a contractor, including completely refurbished bathrooms, new pavers and expanded walkways at Shell Creek Park. Baseball and softball fields are ready for eager little league players on opening day.

 

“The fields look great and are guaranteed to provide a safe, fun season for all!” added D’Esposito. “I am happy to see projects that we envisioned come to fruition, and I am grateful to our talented workforce who has beautified our parks with their excellent workmanship.

 

Oceanside Park is ready for Oceanside’s Little League baseball and softball seasons to commence with the installation of home run fencing, new batting cages and pitching tunnels which will provide a safe, successful season.

 

“Now is the perfect time to play ball! All we need is some spring weather and we will be ready for a great season,” concluded D’Esposito.

 

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D’Esposito Responds To Rise In Child Opioid Poisonings & O.D.S

Responding to a study that details an alarming increase in the number of kids, both youngsters and teens, who require hospital treatment for accidental opioid-related poisonings, along with overdoses from intentional use, Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is scheduling an opioid poisoning prevention program and is offering safety tips for parents, grandparents, caregivers and guardians. Joined by Dr. David Neubert, the township’s Narcan training coordinator, as well as Island Park School District Superintendent Rosmarie Bovino and school district officials, D’Esposito discussed his plan to deal with the rapid increase in child opioid ingestion.

 

“The opioid crisis in our area and across the nation is heartbreaking,” stated D’Esposito. “The fact that children under six years of age are falling victim to opioids underscores the severity of the situation, and the issue demands strong and immediate action.”

 

The Councilman, who has hosted dozens of Narcan training sessions to help the public to save opioid overdose victims, is now taking new steps to help the youngest victims of the effects of both illicit and prescription opioids, as well as other drugs. In specific, D’Esposito and Neubert will be hosting a special opioid poisoning prevention program geared toward parents, grandparents, babysitters, caregivers and guardians. The session will discuss the dangers of opioid poisoning, emphasizing special risks for children. Additionally, the program will detail practical safeguards, tips and educational steps parents and others can take to protect kids.

 

D’Esposito has announced that he will host his first Child Opioid/Drug Poisoning Prevention program at the Island Park PTA meeting on April 23rd at Lincoln Orens Middle School in Island Park starting at 7 p.m. The program is targeted toward parents, grandparents, caregivers, guardians, teachers and other adults who supervise and watch children in home settings.

 

“By taking simple precautions, you can save a youngster’s life from the perils of drug poisoning,” stated D’Esposito. “As an NYPD Detective, I know the importance of locking guns in the home to safeguard kids. By not having a medication safe with a lock in your home, you are exposing your children to the same type of deadly dangers associated with unlocked and unsecured firearms.”

 

D’Esposito and Neubert discussed some sobering facts on children and opioid poisoning and overdoses. The number of opioid-related hospitalizations requiring PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) care at 31 major hospitals between 2004 and 2015 totaled 3,647. One third of those hospitalizations were of children under the age of six years old. The number of opioid-related hospitalizations requiring PICU care doubled between 2004 and 2015. Poisonings from prescription medications continue to be a major cause of morbidity among children. Even in children under six years of age, opioids now account for the majority of drug poisonings.

 

D’Esposito’s program comes on the heels of the Surgeon General’s pronouncement that everyday Americans should start carrying Narcan. This was the office’s first public health advisory in more than a decade, a clear indication of how prevalent opioid overdoses have become.

 

“It’s evident that opioid overdoses are not just haunting adults and older teenagers,” said D’Esposito. “I am urging parents, caregivers and grandparents to attend this program and learn how to protect youngsters from the ravages of opioids and other drugs.”

 

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