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Legislator McKevitt Honors Lisa Williams Schary as 2018 Trailblazer

Lisa Williams ScharyNassau County Legislator Tom McKevitt recently honored Lisa Williams Schary, a resident of North Bellmore, as Legislative District Thirteen’s 2018 Trailblazer Honoree. Each year, women from each legislative district are honored as a “Trailblazer” for their accomplishments in the community.


She has led a varied and exciting life. She has been a K-12 teacher, an artist, singer, dancer, actress, mountain climber, and paralegal. She has also parachuted out of planes. But her true passion is her love of nature and photographing it. She is a dedicated environmental advocate.


Lisa together with her husband, Richard, founded the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve, a non-profit organization which protects, cares for and conserves the Preserve’s 423 acres of undeveloped woods, ponds, lakes and fresh water wet-lands that is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. Lisa has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and educate residents about this natural treasure by sponsoring educational programs and even producing and narrating an award-winning video documentary on the preserve that has been used in local schools and libraries. She is a founding and current board member of the Friends of Norman Levy Preserve and the Friends of Tackapausha Preserve and sits on the boards of many other environmental organizations including the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Transportation’s scenic Bikeways Committee. An avid hiker, Lisa has been the dynamic force behind the creation of the Wantagh Nature Trail and Trailview State Park. She has helped supervise over 30 Eagle Scout projects in our parks and she is also a graduate of the Nassau County Citizen’s Police Academy.


“I have known Lisa for many years. She has served our community through these various organizations,” said Legislator McKevitt. “It was my pleasure to honor her as District Thirteen’s 2018 Trailblazer in recognition of all her accomplishments and achievements.”


Pictured are Honoree Lisa Williams Schary and Legislator McKevitt.


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Two Pieces of Substance Abuse Legislation Passes State Senate

Senator Elaine Phillips announced that the New York State Senate passed two bills, which she co-sponsored, providing more funding to substance abuse programs and prohibiting deceptive acts and practices against those seeking substance abuse treatment.


The first measure, S.6544, prohibits any individual, addiction professional, credentialed professional, health care provider, health care facility or substance abuse program from giving or receiving a commission, bonus, rebate, or kickback, directly or indirectly, to induce the referral of a potential service recipient in connection with the performance of substance abuse services.


“Individuals promising admission into addiction treatment programs and top-notch medical care have for too long been able to deceive and extort New Yorkers suffering from addiction,” Senator Elaine Phillips said. “This legislation will protect those seeking treatment while communities across New York, especially here Long Island, continue to be ravaged by the heroin and opioid epidemic.”


The second bill, S.898, authorizes the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to provide funding to substance use disorder and/or compulsive gambling programs operated by for-profit agencies.


“It is paramount that we continue to provide all alcohol and substance abuse treatment services with funding to ensure New Yorkers have a wide-range of access to adequate treatment,” Senator Phillips said. “This measure will allow for-profit facilities to receive funding, which will allow further access to treatment.”


The bills will be sent to the Assembly.


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Montesano Announces Passage of Bill to Provide Identification Cards to Individuals with Disabilities

Assemblyman Michael Montesano is pleased to announce passage of a bill (A.00249-C) he co-sponsored which would establish the use of identification cards for individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals or their guardians have the option of obtaining a card containing important information on the individual’s developmental disability, which could be essential in assisting first responders and others during interactions such as emergencies.


“There is no black or white way to interact with an individual with a developmental disability,” said Montesano. “Every person is unique and it is important to recognize that when it comes to assisting an individual with a disability, particularly in emergency situations. This is a step in the right direction toward improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and educating the public on how to better assist them should the need arise. Additionally, I am so excited to have this bill pass early in the 2018 Legislative Session and hope we can continue to move forward to get important bills passed in a quick and efficient manner.”


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Empire State Development Corporation Selects the New York Islanders to Redevelop Belmont Park

Islanders Belmont Park

Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has selected the New York Islanders as the winning bidder to redevelop Belmont Park.


“Today’s announcement that the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has selected the New York Islanders bid for redevelopment at Belmont Park is a long overdue decision, one that has unnecessarily stalled growth in the region for years,” Senator Elaine Phillips said.


“The foundation has now been laid to make Belmont Park a reinvigorated economic engine for our region, which will strengthen the already existing racing industry, and make Nassau County a destination location. This development will create much needed job growth, contribute to economic development and enhance the business district along the Hempstead Turnpike Corridor.”


The Islanders’ proposal includes an 18,000-seat arena, as well as a full service hotel, expansive retail area and community space.


The Empire State Development Corporation was responsible for picking the winning bidder to develop at Belmont Park.


“Ensuring the surrounding communities voice remains heard during the redevelopment is paramount, and I will continue to advocate that the ESDC and NY Islanders keep an open dialogue throughout this endeavor to ensure residents remain informed and have their concerns addressed,” Senator Phillips said.


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Nassau’s Newest Recovery Program

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites all Long Island residents to come and learn about Nassau’s newest and successful treatment program for those who are dependent on heroin or pain pills, by attending one of the County’s free weekly education and support groups. Those suffering from addiction, as well as their family members and friends, are welcome to attend the informational meeting which is held every Tuesday, from 7pm-9pm, at Saint Bernard’s Parish school, 3100 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, Room 206.


“I invite all Long Islanders to attend our Tuesday night meeting and hear from those currently on this medication-assisted treatment program. Come learn about this proven pathway to recovery,” said County Executive Mangano. “You can live a life free from opioids. Recovery is possible.”


Statistics indicate that 195 people died in Nassau last year from opioid overdoses. In 2017, as of July 15, 98 residents have died from an overdose of prescription and/or illegal drugs. The County’s program, called a ‘Shot at Life’ combines monthly injections of long acting Naltrexone—an opioid blocker—with substance abuse counseling or other treatment, for about 15 months.


Vivitrol—the brand-name of the non-narcotic, non-addictive shot—is administered by a healthcare professional, and therefore can’t be abused or diverted. It works by capping the brain’s opiate receptors for about 28 days, blocking the user’s high and reducing the cravings for opioids. It’s FDA-approved for relapse prevention, is covered under most private insurance and Medicaid, and is available at more than a dozen substance abuse treatment agencies across the Island. Recipients should be willing to stop, and be opioid-free for 7-10 days, before receiving the initial shot or risk precipitated withdrawal.


The FDA first approved Vivitrol for alcohol dependence, in 2006, and was approved to prevent relapse to Opioid addiction in 2010. About 25 states currently use Vivitrol in their criminal justice systems, resulting in reduced recidivism and incarceration rates, and costly ER visits. Nassau’s Opioid Treatment Program, located in Building K on the grounds of Nassau University Medical Center, offers Vivitrol, Methadone and Suboxone treatment tracks – on an outpatient basis.


To be screened for possible admission into the County’s “Shot at Life” program, call the clinic’s intake number at 516-572-5801.



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Firefighters Honored at Badge of Courage Gala

Badge of Courage GalaPresiding Officer Norma Gonsalves recently attended the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center 2017 Badge of Courage Gala to present Special Legislative Citations to the evenings honorees. Those receiving awards that night were Brett Yormark, Gerard Presta and the Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association, the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors and the late Keith Lane, who posthumously received the Inaugural Keith Lane Memorial Excellence in Journalism Award.


“I am proud to recognize these individuals and groups for their commitment to our community,” said Presiding Officer Gonsalves. “Thank you for all you do.”


Pictured above  (left to right) are Lakeview FD Ex-Chief Heather Senti, Presiding Officer Gonsalves, Honoree Brett Yormark, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer and Lakeview FD Commissioner Fred Senti.


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Hempstead Town Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Supervisor Presents Awards to Hispanic Americans Making a Difference in America’s Largest Township


In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Hempstead Town Board hosted a festive celebration at Hempstead Town Hall to recognize local Hispanic-Americans who are making a difference in America’s largest township. Supervisor Santino welcomed distinguished honorees, talented musical performers and inspirational speakers during the event, which was themed “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”


Supervisor Santino presented the 2017 Town of Hempstead Hispanic Heritage Award to Byron Alvarado of Inwood, who founded a local soccer club for young men and also assisted victims of Superstorm Sandy; Kawaljit Chandi of Hempstead, who has helped raise money and collect supplies for underprivileged youth; Frank Colon of Rockville Centre, a war veteran who is actively involved in veterans’ organizations and outreach throughout the Town of Hempstead; Hector Granados of Bellmore, the owner of a successful deli and catering business in Bellmore; Thea Lopez of Elmont, who manages the Nassau Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team; William Miranda of East Meadow, a real estate extraordinaire and member of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce; and Juan Rodriguez of East Rockaway, a dedicated member of the East Rockaway Fire Department.


“Whether it’s managing a deli, running a soccer club, helping veterans or simply ‘doing the little things’ to help others in need, these outstanding Hispanic-Americans are making our township a great place in which to live, work and raise a family,” stated Supervisor Santino. “I congratulate each of our honorees on receiving the Town of Hempstead Hispanic Heritage Award, and for their hard work and dedication on behalf of the residents of America’s largest township.”


The town also welcomed Deputy Inspector Jeiver Espinosa, the highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the Nassau County Police Department, who gave a rousing keynote address. Musical entertainment was provided by Monica Portillo, a professional electronic violinist from El Salvador, as well as vocalists Kristen Nicole and Isabella Mendez. Pastor Derek Garcia, who is renowned for his work in the local Hispanic-American community, also provided inspirational remarks.


Coinciding with the beginning of national Hispanic Heritage Month, the IKARUS Gallery Cultural Program presented a Latino art exhibit entitled “Nurturing Our Roots” in the lobby of Hempstead Town Hall. The display, featuring original paintings, drawings and photography from local Latino artists, will be on display through October 15th.


“America’s largest township is proud of its diversity and proud to recognize the accomplishments of those with Hispanic roots, as their contributions continue to enhance the high quality of life offered by our town,” concluded Santino.


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September is Free Adoption Month at Oyster Bay Town Animal Shelter

Free Adoption MonthOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand announced that the Town’s Animal Shelter will waive adoption fees throughout the month of September.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “We invite residents looking for a new pet to come down to the Town’s Animal Shelter during the month of September. Our animal shelter has a wonderful reputation for providing great care to the pets housed there, and has a long history of uniting those looking for the perfect new furry companion!”


During the month of September, the shelter will waive the general adoption fees of $80 per dog and $84 per cat. All usual adoption services will be provided, including the spaying or neutering of the animal, vaccination and microchipping.


“In addition to free adoption month, the Town will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Animal Shelter on September 16th from 10 am to 2 pm,” added Councilman Hand. “No reservations are necessary for the clinic, and the clinic will also be offering to microchip pets for $25, so if they ever get lost, they can be taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter where they will be scanned for a microchip ID and returned to their rightful owner.”


The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter is located at 150 Miller Place in Syosset. The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


To view photos of some of the animals available for adoption, or to link to the shelter’s Facebook page, visit the Town’s website, or call (516) 677-5784 for more information.


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Mangano Issues Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil, Free Info Session

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano issued a Deadly Drug Alert to warn the public of a new and potentially deadly narcotic known as Carfentanil – a synthetic opioid which has reportedly been causing increased fatal overdoses in the Midwest and may be making its way to New York. First responders and citizens trained to administer the lifesaving opioid reversal drug Naloxone should take extra precaution.


County Executive Mangano stated, “In the case of Carfentanil, both the person overdosing and the rescuer are in danger if they come into contact with this potent drug, as a miniscule amount of the powdery substance—that gets absorbed into the skin or is unwittingly inhaled—can cause overdose or death. Anyone attempting to assist a person overdosing on Carfentanil is advised to wear protective gloves and a face shield.”


Nassau County will be holding a free training and information session on April 13th from 7-9pm, where Nassau County Firefighters, EMTs and Ambulance Corps members, as well as those whose loved ones suffer with substance abuse disorder, will learn how to safely treat people under the influence of Carfentanil. Nassau County’s Toxicologist Joseph Avella will conduct the training session, along with Keith Scott from PSCH (formerly Pederson-Krag). Reports indicate first responders have exhibited signs of distress after providing first aid to Carfentanil overdose victims. Reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, please contact Eden Laikin at or (516) 571-6105.


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McKevitt Continues School Tours

McKevitt School ToursAssemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) continued his tour of local schools with a visit to McVey Elementary School in East Meadow. The assemblyman met with the entire fourth grade to discuss the legislative process and importance of being civically engaged.


“Meeting with fourth graders across our district is a great reminder of the important work we do in Albany to build a brighter, more affordable future for our children, and future leaders,” said McKevitt, who met with 133 students at the elementary school. It was just one stop of his tour of schools throughout the 17th Assembly District.


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