Category Archives: Town of Hempstead

Clavin & Aviation Enthusiasts Celebrated National Aviation Week

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, town and state officials, as well as a major retail business and an aviation enthusiast recently celebrated National Aviation Week at one of the most hallowed locations in world aviation history, the site where Charles Lindbergh commenced his solo transatlantic flight. Joining Clavin at the Lindbergh Monument Historical Marker in Westbury were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Nassau Legislator Laura Schaefer, as well as aviation enthusiast Adam Sackowitz and a representative of Lesso Home, the owners of the property where the Lindbergh Monument is situated.

 

“Almost 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed August 19th National Aviation Day,” said Clavin. “Long Island is at the epicenter of aviation history, being the starting point of the heralded Lindbergh flight, not to mention the location where groundbreaking aircraft and spacecraft were developed and built. Now, we join with public officials, the business community and an aviation historian to celebrate National Aviation Day.”

 

The officials and other attendees noted that while the story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight is known throughout the world, not everyone is aware that the renowned aviator began his journey by lifting off from a site in America’s largest township. The flight, which was the first solo, non-stop transatlantic airplane crossing revolutionized air travel and inspired an explosion in aviation development and commercial air travel.

 

President Roosevelt declared August 19th National Aviation Day in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday 91 years ago. The nation’s 32nd President led the country during a period when Long Island aircraft manufacturers were building the fighter planes that saved the free world during World War II.

 

“It is only fitting that we celebrate National Aviation Week at the site of the Historic Lindbergh Monument,” said Goosby. “I am delighted that my council district includes the “Cradle of Aviation,” and this is a great day for our region.”

 

In 2013, Clavin and his colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board announced their intention to designate the site where Lindbergh lifted off on his transatlantic flight as a historical landmark. The Hempstead Town Board conferred the township’s historical designation upon the site in July 2013, ensuring that it would be safeguarded from development.

 

“When I worked to pass the resolution to declare Transatlantic Flight Day in New York in May, I knew it was important to preserve this important moment in our aviation history,” Ra said. “I enjoy visiting the Lindbergh monument because it’s inspirational and it reminds me of the amazing feats that occurred right here in our own town.”

 

“Thank you to all of the people who have been dedicated to the preservation of this historical site in Hempstead Town,” Clavin said. “The legacy of Charles Lindbergh and the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ will live on, and we’re proud that we have a monument here to celebrate that pivotal moment in American history.”

 

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Hempstead Town & Villages Explore Merging Tax Collections

Clavin’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Plan Could Enhance Efficiency, Reduce Taxpayer Cost

 

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin stood alongside a group of village mayors at the Hempstead Town Tax Office to announce that America’s largest township is working with local village officials to explore a change in the collection of village taxes that could increase governmental efficiency and reduce the operational costs associated with the collection of village tax receipts.

 

“How often does a Tax Receiver get to announce new innovations that could save taxpayers money?” asked Clavin. “I am excited today to be joining with some village officials who are committed to efficient and cost-effective governmental operations. Together, we are exploring ways to make local government work better while saving taxpayers money.”

 

Hempstead Town includes 22 villages that are either fully or partially encompassed within the boundaries of the township. And, those municipalities provide an array of services as well as being charged with a host of administrative responsibilities. Among the most important duties with which villages are generally tasked is the collection of village taxes. At the same time, Hempstead Town collects taxes for its own government as well as for Nassau County, local school districts and a host of special districts such as sanitation districts, water districts and fire districts.

 

Moreover, village tax collectors and the Hempstead Town Receivers’ Office perform similar operational tasks, which beg for a serious study on consolidation, cooperation and governmental efficiency.

 

“While the town’s enormous mail processing machines are laying idle between town, county and school tax collection periods, many villages are scrambling to get their tax bills in the mail and vice versa,” said Clavin. “Doesn’t it make sense to see if we can combine operations, reduce our costs and save taxpayers money?”

 

“When Don Clavin called me to discuss the possibility of consolidating governmental work tasks, I was enthusiastic,” stated Dominick Longobardi, Mayor of Floral Park. “After all, that is what government leaders are supposed to do—look at how we can make our operations more efficient and cost effective for the taxpayers whom we serve.”

 

Clavin noted that the prospective savings span a host of areas. Indeed, programming and software, mail processing equipment, high-speed printers, as well as stationary, ink and delivery are all factors that could lend themselves to economies of scale.

 

While several factors in the tax collection process lend themselves to consolidation, challenges are also present. The wide array of dissimilar software programs that are being used by villages and the town to produce bills would have to be addressed. Potential overlap periods in billing and the generation of receipts in some villages and the town is also an issue that will be examined. Indeed, some villages produce two tax bills per year, while others generate one bill. As a result, timing factors become more complex. Finally, the town is exploring state legislative regulations that may have to be addressed. Nonetheless, Clavin and the mayors indicated their desire to enthusiastically research the issue with a focus on saving taxpayer dollars.

 

“The savings of consolidating tax collection duties cover a variety of areas,” stated Clavin. “There would be less need for printers, mail processing equipment, computers and associated software, among a host of other costs that could be subject to economies of scale. This is exciting work that we are undertaking.”

 

“Working together to explore synergies that can help us perform our governmental tasks in a responsible manner and at the lowest possible cost just makes sense,” said Atlantic Beach Mayor George Pappas. “I am eager to work with the Receiver of Taxes and other mayors to study this initiative.”

 

The Receiver and mayors moved to allay any prospective fears on the part of village workers who are concerned about their job security. The leaders said that the clerical functions and administrative tasks within their governments would lend themselves to re-assigning any affected workers, and personnel savings would be realized through attrition and the reduction of some overtime costs, not through layoffs.

 

“Working collaboratively, we can slash some costs from our government operations,” said Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty. “Now more than ever, it’s important to aggressively control government spending so that we can constrain the costs that are borne by taxpayers to the lowest possible level.”

 

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This Sunday: Clam Eating Challenge to Benefit Nassau County Firefighters Museum

Clam Eating ChallengeHempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and County Executive Laura Curran joined International Food-Eating Champion Ed “Cookie” Jarvis and local Long Island fire department officials to announce the annual Long Island Clam Eating Contest that will take place this Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m., at the world famous Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. D’Esposito, a former Island Park Fire Department Fire Chief, and current Fire Chief James Miotto coordinated the clam eating challenge as a benefit to the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center.

 

Joining D’Esposito at the pre-event press conference were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby; Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin; Butch Yamali, owner of Peter’s Clam Bar; Steve Klein, FASNY President; Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; Chief Instructor John Murray, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; Angelo Catalano, Board Chairman, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center; and several clam eating contest participants from local fire departments.

 

“The Nassau County Firefighters Museum is dedicated to informing the public about the importance of fire safety throughout America’s largest township, and as a former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I have seen firsthand the commitment and dedication our brave firefighters have for their local communities,” stated Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to assist the efforts of this dedicated museum with the help of International Food-Eating World Eating Champion Ed ‘Cookie’ Jarvis. And, what better place to have this contest than at Peter’s Clam Bar, where the world record for clam eating was set in 2010.”

 

Councilman D’Esposito and County Executive Curran witnessed Ed “Cookie” Jarvis providing expert instruction on competitive food eating to local firefighters who will be participating in Sunday’s contest. Jarvis, the world leader in competitive eating championships and a resident of Long Island, has entered eating contests ranging from chicken wings, to French fries, to dumplings and even ice cream. Firehouses from Island Park, Oceanside, Long Beach, Franklin Square & Munson, Baldwin, Point Lookout, East Rockaway, Stewart Manor, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Merrick, Garden City, Bellerose, North Lindenhurst and many more will be sending their best eaters to chow down on thousands of clams.

 

“We need to support our first responders,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “This annual event is a great way to give back to the dedicated members of our local fire departments. The Long Island Clam Eating Contest has become a staple of summer in Nassau. I hope to see everyone there.”

 

“On behalf of all the Nassau Firefighters who dedicate their lives to protecting their communities and neighbors, I express our sincere gratitude to the Town of Hempstead and Peter’s Clam Bar and Restaurant for their assistance and contributions so that fire safety and education can continue to remain in the forefront at the Nassau County Fire Museum,” added Chief James Miotto, Island Park Fire Department.

 

The Nassau County Fire Museum and Education Center opened, in 2006 along Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard at Mitchel Field, educates and informs the public about fire safety and prevention while displaying the proud history of volunteer firefighting in Nassau County. Visitor and group tours, including school groups, are encouraged to experience the Center’s display of historic and contemporary firematic memorabilia and equipment while also participating in one of their many fire safety education programs.

 

“We are excited and honored to be the recipients of the money raised during this great event,” said Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum. “We want to thank our own Board member, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, County Executive Laura Curran, and Butch Yamali and the Dover Group for supporting the Museum. The money raised will go towards furthering our educational programs and promoting fire safety throughout Nassau County.”

 

“Long Island’s history, culture and traditions are closely linked to clams,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “This competition is a fitting tribute to Hempstead Town’s rich nautical history while benefitting an important cause for our brave firefighters.”

 

“Combining the fun of watching a clam eating contest with the raising of funds for the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center is a winning combination,” said Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. “I want to thank Butch Yamali, the owner of Peter’s Clam Bar, for hosting the competition, as well as Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, County Executive Laura Curran and Island Park Fire Department Chief James Miotto for promoting and organizing an event that has become a premier national competitive eating event.”

 

The first coastal inhabitants of New York called Long Island the “Island of Shells” in recognition of the vast numbers of clam, oyster and other shells deposited on its shore. According to the New York Seafood Council, in the 1970s more than half of the clams eaten in the United States were from Long Island. At their peak population, clams filtered 40 percent of the water within the bay and contributed over $100 million to the local economy. Peter’s Clam Bar has served the Long Island community for over 75 years.

 

“Our Volunteer Firefighters who have served their communities and continue to serve are a big part of why the Town of Hempstead is such a great place in which to live, work and raise a family,” concluded D’Esposito. “We encourage all residents to come down to Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park on Sunday to support the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, and do their part to give back to educating and promoting fire safety.”

 

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D’Esposito, John’s Crazy Socks Help Camp ANCHOR Celebrate 50 Years

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and John Cronin, the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks delivered special 50th anniversary commemorative socks at Camp ANCHOR. D’Esposito recently ran a sock competition, where all camp participants designed socks to celebrate the anniversary of the camp, with John selecting a winner that was then sent to production.

 

“The enthusiasm that we received for this competition was unparallelled,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “Our ANCHOR participants really got into the spirit and created some amazing sock designs. I am very happy that I was not the person who had to choose the big winner!”

 

ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs. Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.

 

John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Down Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.

 

“It is clear to see, from the socks that were designed, how much the campers love ANCHOR and how enthusiastic they were about celebrating its 50th Anniversary,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

Proceeds from the sale of the 50th Anniversary commemorative sock will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. So far, more than $9,000 has been raised through the pre- sale of the 50th anniversary socks and sales will continue at www.johnscrazysocks.com.

 

“Camp ANCHOR is such a special place and the Program Fund allows the campers to enjoy even more enriching activities,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “I can only imagine the wonderful things they are going to be able to do with the funds raised through this competition!”

 

John’s Crazy Socks donated the production costs of all the socks pre-sold so the ANCHOR Program Fund will be able to utilize all the proceeds from the nearly 600 socks that were delivered by the officials and John.

 

“I would like to commend Councilman D’Esposito for this incredibly creative way to raise funds for the ANCHOR Program Fund. The campers had fun creating their designs and they are the ones who will ultimately benefit from the sale of the socks,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino.

 

“For 50 years ANCHOR has been serving the special needs population in the Town of Hempstead and this program which brings together our camp and a successful company run by a young man with special needs is a winning collaboration,” said Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

 

“All the designs that were submitted were so great,” concluded D’Esposito. “Every camper who worked on one of these designs is a winner in my book and should feel an enormous amount of pride in their accomplishment!”

 

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‘Pet’ The Stress Away: Taxpayers Get 1st Ever Pet Therapy While Paying Taxes

There’s no denying it: paying taxes can be rather stressful. Luckily, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and some avid animal advocates, have invited the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter to bring some furry friends to the Receiver of Taxes Office in order to help taxpayers pet the stress away. During the last three days of the collection period, beginning Wednesday, August 8th, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will be visiting the tax office along with some eager cats and dogs with enough love to go around. What’s more, taxpayers can bring home a little “tax dividend” by adopting a cuddly dog or cat.

 

“It’s a running joke that whenever I’m introduced as the Receiver of Taxes, everyone boos,” said Clavin. “It’s all in good humor, but it just reinforces the fact that taxes are all work and no fun. Well, I’ve enlisted the aid of some loveable animals to make my office a more exciting, fun-filled place to pay your taxes. And, you can make the fun never-ending by adopting a cat or dog while paying your taxes.”

 

This is the first ever pet therapy program to be held in a tax office. Interaction with an endearing animal has been linked to lower stress. According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information, contact with pets can counteract everyday stress and anxiety by lowering stress hormones and heart rate. What’s more, the National Institute of Mental Health states one of the best ways to deal with stress is to spend some quality time with a kitten or a puppy.

 

“The best part about this idea is that it promotes the practice of adopting a pet instead of shopping for a pet,” commented Clavin. “We receive an abundance of taxpayers who prefer to pay their taxes in person at the last minute. By showcasing our beloved animal shelter pets, we’re putting our ‘best paw forward’ and garnering interest in visiting the shelter.”

 

Hempstead Town Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will be microchipped and will receive all required inoculations free of charge. Located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, the shelter is open from 9am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday, 9am to 8pm on Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information regarding the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, please call the shelter at (516)785-5220.

 

“Playing with a cat or a dog is a great way to reduce the stress that can be associated with paying your taxes,” said Goosby. “I’m proud to support this program that benefits not only our residents, but also the rescued cats and dogs of the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter.”

 

“This pet therapy initiative makes the tax office a more enjoyable place to visit as well as showcasing some adoptable, loving animals. Remember to adopt, not shop when looking for a furry friend of your own,” said D’Esposito.

 

When paying your taxes, be sure to pick up a “Pet Fire Rescue Sticker” courtesy of Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. A Pet Fire Rescue Sticker is a waterproof decal that details the amount of pets living in a household. The stickers can be placed on the front door of a residence to inform first-responders as to the number of pets in the household in case of emergency.

 

“I want to thank the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter for bringing a few furry friends on over to the tax office to help reduce some tax-related stress,” said Clavin. “I look forward to inviting some of the shelter’s furry family to future collections and am confident that this exposure will lead to more rescue animals finding forever homes.”

 

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Clavin Announces Bi-Partisan Law Guarding Against Censorship on Government Website, Social Media

Nearly two months after Hempstead Town’s administration censored an official press release on the government’s website, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin thanked a bipartisan group of Town Board members for approving his legislation, which was sponsored by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. The legislation, approved at a recent Hempstead Town Board meeting, prohibits this unacceptable threat to free speech from happening again in the future. Also joining them in support of the measure were Councilmembers Ed Ambrosino, Bruce Blakeman and Dennis Dunne, Sr.

 

Proposed by Clavin, and introduced to the Town Board by the bipartisan coalition of councilmembers, the legislation protects free speech and guards against unwarranted censorship. Under the legislation, elected officials are now authorized to place press releases on the town’s website and social media outlets without securing approvals from the administration or other town officials.

 

“I thank the Hempstead Town Board for approving this important legislation that protects freedom of speech within our government,” Clavin said. “After all, as America’s largest township, we should be able to operate within the rights that are guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, and never be censored when it comes to serving our taxpayers.”

 

This legislation was drafted in June, shortly after the town’s administration removed a Clavin press release from the government website, toh.li. Clavin held a press conference on Monday, June 11, 2018, which announced a successful campaign by the Receiver, some county legislators and a group of angry senior citizens, calling upon the Nassau County Department of Assessment to reverse its decision to halt the mailing of important property value notices to Nassau homeowners. The notices provide important information, and the contents are the basis upon which many homeowners decide whether or not to challenge their property taxes. The press conference was accompanied by a press release, a key part of the effort to advise the public of the fact that they will continue to receive vital property tax information from county government.

 

The Supervisor’s administration approved the press release and posted it to the town’s website. However, almost as soon as the press release appeared, it was stricken from the town’s website by the administration’s staff on June 14, 2018. Clavin immediately wrote to the Town Board, asking for a legislative measure that would prevent such an action from happening again.

 

“The First Amendment is near and dear to my heart, as I have fought tirelessly to protect free speech and our constitutional rights for decades,” Goosby said. “Censorship is unacceptable here in America’s largest township, and I support this legislation because it will protect us from those who would limit our right to free speech.”

 

“To achieve true transparency in government, we must ensure that our town’s website and social media channels are free of censorship,” King Sweeney said. “The town’s website, in particular, is a key resource for residents seeking municipal documents and contracts, as well as event listings and important public service announcements. I proudly support this legislation to protect the free speech of elected officials representing America’s largest township.”

 

“Government press releases are vital sources of information for our residents, and no elected official or staffer has the right to block another elected official from distributing them through the town’s website or social media channels,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “It’s quite disturbing that the current administration decided to expunge an informative press release submitted by our tax receiver’s office. However, under the new legislation, no one will be above the law.” D’Esposito also cited that at least one of his office’s press releases was censored by the administration from appearing on the Town of Hempstead website.

 

The legislation that Clavin and his colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board championed provides all Hempstead Town elected officials with direct access to the township’s website and social media channels, providing them with the ability to post press releases, videos and other content that is related to activities, proposals, statements and other undertakings done in the course of their work on behalf of the residents whom they are elected to represent. The content can relate to local, county, state, federal or other governmental issues or other topics of interest or which promote the general welfare of the town’s residents. Further, the legislation prohibits any town official or his/her staff from overseeing, approving, disapproving, removing, altering or otherwise editing the press releases, videos or other related content of the town’s elected officials.

 

“Communicating with residents is so crucial to governing,” said Councilman Ed Ambrosino. “To censor materials created by town officials is a violation of the principles upon which our nation was founded. This legislation protects our First Amendment rights, and I fully support it.”

 

“My late father was a proud veteran who courageously fought for our rights as Americans, and he would be proud of all of us for protecting our right to free speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Councilman Bruce Blakeman said. “This legislation safeguards our ability as elected officials to disseminate important news and announcements to our residents without being censored. That’s something we can all rally around as Hempstead Town residents, and as Americans.”

 

“Being a veteran, I know a thing or two about protecting the freedoms which comprise the building blocks of our nation,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “To try to tamper with our right to free speech is an insult to all of those who have fought or sacrificed their lives for our country. I support this legislation because it solidifies our right to express free speech in Hempstead Town without censorship.”

 

Clavin thanked the Town Board members for their support of the important free speech legislation.

 

“The First Amendment can never be taken for granted,” Clavin said. “Censoring elected officials from communicating with the constituents whom they represent violates our constitutional rights. I thank my Town Board colleagues for their support and for approving this vital legislation.”

 

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Receiver Clavin Launches Long Island’s First Taxpayers’ Podcast Series

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin will be riding the Internet airwaves as he is set to premiere the first episode of “Taxpayers First”; Long Island’s first taxpayers’ podcast series. “Taxpayers First” is a brand new podcast where the Receiver himself will interview prominent community leaders and elected officials, as well as feature important information for local taxpayers. The podcast will be available for free and featured on the Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes social media pages @TOHReceiver and at TOHReceiver.buzzsprout.com.

 

“Podcasts offer the opportunity for broadcasters to reach out and connect with the community right through the listener’s headphones,” said Clavin. “I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to keep residents informed about how they can reduce their tax burden and other important issues.”

 

As Long Island property owners clamor for more information on how to challenge their property assessments and take advantage of tax exemptions, the Receiver is making it more convenient than ever to learn about the necessary intricacies of school and property taxes. In the wake of a looming property assessment overhaul in Nassau County, “Taxpayers First” will keep residents up to date on all important assessment information, as well as offering advice for homeowners.

 

The Receiver already has a slew of interviewees slated to appear on his podcast “Taxpayers First,” starting with New York State Senator Elaine Phillips. The two will converse about the increasing cost of living on Long Island and what that means for its “golden-aged” residents. The Senator and the Receiver partnered earlier this month to propose an increase to the income eligibility limits for the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Exemption.

 

“I’m excited to be the inaugural guest on Receiver Clavin’s ‘Taxpayers First’ podcast,” stated Senator Phillips. “Podcasts reach a great amount of listeners, whether they’re commuting to work or simply doing some chores around the house. It’s a convenient tool for residents to stay up to date on their local government.”

 

Recently, Clavin held the first Facebook Town Hall, where he went live on Facebook and fielded questions from viewers concerning property tax exemptions, assessment challenges and personal tax-related questions. Additionally, the Receiver is very active on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts @TOHReceiver.

 

“Right now, we are living in a world that is heavily influenced by social media and there is an abundance of resources out there to truly bring good government to the residents,” concluded Clavin. “Be sure to tune in to my new podcast ‘Taxpayers First,’ as this will set the tone for government leaders to better connect with their communities in the future.”

 

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Town Officials, Library Reps Respond To Call For ‘Amazon To Replace Libraries’

Leaders Urge Residents To Rediscover Local Libraries

 

An “opinion piece” that briefly appeared in Forbes this past Saturday has evoked strong public outcry in defense of public libraries and has also presented Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, other local officials and public library administrators with an opportunity to highlight the manifold programs and services which are being offered at these centers of education, culture and socialization. The op-ed piece, entitled “Amazon Should Replace Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money,” claimed that libraries don’t provide the same value to the public that they once did. The opinion item further contended that libraries have been largely replaced by Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Amazon Prime, Netflix and other private for-profit resources. Clavin and the library officials called the opinion piece ill-conceived, evidencing a lack of appreciation for the depth and breadth of services, programs, activities and other resources that are provided by local libraries. They also observed that libraries serve as a uniquely vital link to educational services, after school activities and other programs for residents of economically disadvantaged communities where many lack computer and Internet access. Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Oceanside Public Library Director Christina Marra and Oceanside Public Library Assistant Director for Community Services Anthony Iovino joined together at the Oceanside Library to speak out against the op-ed piece and to call upon the public to visit their local libraries, explore and learn.

 

“This is a great opportunity to remind the public of all of the things that our local libraries offer area residents,” stated Clavin. “The opinion piece that was written by a LIU economist missed ‘the mark’ on so many important facts and facets when it comes to the offerings of local libraries. My office has presented hundreds of taxpayer seminars at area libraries, many children get their first introduction to socialization and the joys of reading at libraries, and neighbors attend educational programs, art exhibits and more. Perhaps most important, many children in economically disadvantaged communities are afforded access to after school resources, the Internet and computers that they might not otherwise enjoy.”

 

The officials pointed out a host of programs that are offered at the Oceanside Library, as well as many other public libraries. Of course, the facility offers a vast collection of reading and research materials from novels and reference volumes to “how-to” guides, biographies, historical records and classical literature. Online access and video rentals complement a robust network of library resources such as hard-to-find and rare documents. Art exhibits, lectures, performances, movies and classes abound at the library. Literacy classes, “Baby Playhooray” and “Teens N Tots” are also popular with members of the community. Additionally, Clavin, Cabana and D’Esposito all offer educational lecture seminars at area libraries. Clavin presents programs on how to reduce your taxes, D’Esposito offers lifesaving lectures on how to administer “Narcan” to opioid overdose victims and Cabana has recently brought bi-lingual reading programs to area communities. In fact, Anthony Iovino, Assistant Director for Community Services at the Oceanside Library, was slated to offer a lecture, entitled “An Introduction to Birding”, immediately after the press briefing in response to the Forbes op-ed piece.

 

What’s more, in addition to an enormous collection of books, magazines, newspapers and other publications, many libraries offer a wide array of e-books to borrow for Kindles and tablets. Library cards also offer access to a variety of databases some of which are used for scholarly and ancestry research, as well as educational tools for children that are available both at the library and from your home computer, laptop or tablet. Most libraries also offer free Wi-Fi, as well as computer and printing stations. Additionally, libraries also offer also a giant selection of must-see DVDs and Blu-rays for recent and classic movies as well as music albums and audio books. Library cards also provide patrons with access to free passes, by availability, to a long list of museums and attractions, including the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and even a free day at the beach with an Empire Pass.

 

“I love our local library; it is part of the very fabric and identity of the Oceanside Community,” said Iovino. “You couldn’t remotely match the expansive collection of programs, services, activities and resources offered at this and other public libraries if you were to try to substitute them with the private sector, for-profit resources discussed by the Forbes’ opinion piece author. More importantly, the social aspects and human interaction that take place here are not available in the private sector.”

 

“The looks on the faces of the children who attend my bi-lingual reading programs at local libraries speaks volumes about the value offered by public libraries better than anything else I can imagine,” said Cabana. “You will only find these types of magical and heartwarming experiences at your local library.”

 

“The natural choice for a location to present my ‘Narcan’ training seminars was the center of our local communities, our public libraries,” stated D’Esposito. “These types of programs, not to mention all of the other programs, services and resources available at your public library, are part and parcel of the quality-of-life experience that we enjoy on Long Island.”

 

“You just can’t put a price tag on the priceless offerings that you can only find at your public library,” concluded Clavin. “What’s more, there is no other place where people can find the enormous array of educational, cultural and social offerings under one roof except for our public libraries. And, our libraries serve as a lifeline for many economically disadvantaged residents when it comes to computer resources, after school activities and a host of programs. I encourage our residents to rediscover their public libraries today.”

 

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King Sweeney, Dunne Invite Vets to July 31st Veterans Job Fair at Levittown Hall

More Than 75 Companies Will Be in Attendance

 

Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne are calling on local veterans to “fall in” at the Town of Hempstead Veterans Job Fair on Tuesday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville). The Veterans Job Fair is being organized by the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources at HempsteadWorks.

 

“Our brave men and women in uniform have fought throughout the world to protect our freedoms and way of life,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney. “This Veterans Job Fair is one small way that the Town of Hempstead can offer a great service to assist local veterans.”

 

“As a veteran of the United States Marines, I know the struggle that many veterans face when they return home and transition back to civilian life,” added Councilman Dunne. “I am proud to partner with Councilwoman King Sweeney to offer this Veterans Job Fair, and we encourage all local veterans to attend.”

 

More than 75 companies will be on hand during the Veterans Job Fair, which include jobs in health care, retail, veterans services, the auto industry, security, hotel services, restaurants, technology and much more. The Veterans Job Fair is an equal opportunity employer/program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress appropriately for interviews.  For more information on this Veterans Job Fair, please call 516-485-5000 ext. 1110 or 1129.

 

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D’Esposito Launches ‘Crazy Sock’ Competition to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Camp Anchor

Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was joined by Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Slyvia Cabana as he announced that, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ANCHOR, he will be partnering with John’s Crazy Socks and the participants in the Camp ANCHOR Summer Program to create a 50th Anniversary sock. ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs

 

“The partnership between our Camp ANCHOR, which is an amazing program for those with special needs, and a company run by a young man with special needs is very symbiotic,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “To put these two together to create something that will celebrate our program’s 50th anniversary and help fund other programs for those of differing abilities is just perfect!”

 

“I have down syndrome and down syndrome never holds me back,” said John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks. “Our mission is to create happiness.”

 

Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.

 

“There is no other program on Long Island for those with special needs that is as comprehensive as Camp ANCHOR,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am so happy to be able to celebrate this program’s 50th anniversary.”

 

Camp ANCHOR participants will create socks during their arts and crafts class and then John will choose a winning design. That design will be announced at a celebration in the first week of August. Families will be asked to pre-order the commemorative socks and the proceeds will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. Councilman D’Esposito and John created a special video to announce the program to the partipants at the kickoff.

 

“I love outside-the-box thinking and I think this program is the perfect way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a place that has almost become a second home to the participants,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.

 

John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Downs Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.

 

“As a former Camp ANCHOR volunteer, I am especially excited that John is supporting our camp with his amazing socks,” said Supervisor Gillen. “The Town of Hempstead is fortunate to be able to offer Camp Anchor to children and adults with disabilities thanks in part to the creative and innovative thinking from our friends at John’s Crazy Socks.”

 

“No one has bigger hearts than those with special needs and those who work special needs people, and I know that all our Camp ANCHOR participants will put their hearts and souls into creating the perfect design to mark the anniversary of the place that they all love so much,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.

 

“Camp ANCHOR is one of the best places on earth and I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a fun program that will get everyone involved and will actually raise some money for the Camp ANCHOR Program Fund,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito.

 

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