Hempstead Town Confirms Jack Majkut To Local IDA Board
Wed, 23 May 2018 14:15:48 +0000

Supervisor Gillen’s Nomination of Labor Representative to IDA Board is Unanimously Approved

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) May 23, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen announced the confirmation of Jack Majkut, of Levittown, to fill a vacancy on the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency Board and Local Development Corporation. Majkut, who was approved unanimously by the Town of Hempstead Board, officially becomes the only member of organized labor to sit on either the IDA or Local Development Board.

“My administration is absolutely committed to the future of Hempstead’s working-class families, which is why I’m proud to announce the appointment of Jack Majkut to the Town of Hempstead IDA Board and Local Development Corporation,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. "Jack is a dedicated professional with 29 years’ experience in the electrical industry and a decade focusing on the management, policies and procedures of Long Island’s growth and development from a unique and diverse perspective. It was imperative to give labor a voice and a seat at the IDA table.”

Previously, the IDA Board consisted of seven members, none with ties to labor unions.

“The appointment of Jack Majkut to the Board of the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency is a strong indicator that Supervisor Gillen and the Town Board are committed to building strong communities,” said John R. Durso, President of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “Jack brings a wealth of knowledge and unique understanding of development projects that will ensure the strongest possible benefits will be brought to the communities the IDA is meant to serve. As President of the Long Island Federation of Labor representing over 250,000 union members across Long Island, many of whom reside in the Town of Hempstead, I applaud this decision to give working families a voice in the conversation about how our local economy will move forward."

Gillen noted that the nomination of Majkut, an active member of IBEW local 25 and graduate of Harvard University’s Mediation and Clinical Program, would hopefully save time and create efficiency in the Boards by eliminating potential issues before they are too late. In March, the Town IDA Board held a special board meeting to hear testimony from union representatives regarding discrepancies in employment figures surrounding a commercial laundry in Hempstead Village that recently received hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks.

“I will be a strong advocate and will be looking out for our communities,” said newly appointed IDA Board Member Jack Majkut. “As a longtime resident of the Town, I look forward to putting the best interests of our residents first by acting as the watchdog that we need.”

Gillen’s appointment was lauded by members of the Town Board.

“It is important that the hard working people of our Town have a voice,” said Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “Jack has years of experience representing the men and women in Organized Labor and will make sure their point of view is heard."

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Majkut and discussing the role he would play on the IDA board and I was very impressed with his thoughts and ideas,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “He has the background we need to ensure that every facet of an application is considered.”

"I congratulate Jack Majkut on his appointment to the IDA. It is long overdue for a member of organized labor to have a voice on the IDA Board. I look forward to working with Jack and the labor movement in the Town of Hempstead," said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.

“Jack Majkut is a respected member of the community and an outstanding labor representative,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “I was proud to vote in favor of his appointment to the IDA because I think he will put the needs of the community first and use his knowledge of the trades to really be a strong advocate on that board.”

“As a proud member of NYC Detective Endowment Association, I understand the unique perspective that labor brings to every issue and I believe that Mr. Majkut will add an important voice to the IDA” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.

Senior Councilwoman Goosby Hosts Life-Saving Narcan Program At Town Hall
Mon, 21 May 2018 20:23:28 +0000

Issued by: Council Member Dorothy Goosby

Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby will host a Narcan Training session at Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,  May 29, 2018.  The training, which is being conducted by Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, a NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, is a continuation of the Councilman’s extremely successful Save-A-Life Program. 

“Our nation is facing an opioid crisis and here, in the Town of Hempstead, we are taking a pro-active approach to raise awareness about drug and pain medication abuse,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby.  “TheNarcan training program, presented by Councilman D’Esposito, can help an overdose victim so they will survive and be able to seek treatment available for those struggling with addiction.”

Narcan kits can quickly reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose and will combat opioid deaths. The training includes identifying an overdose victim, administering the Narcan kit, and contacting emergency officials. By supplying communities with this information and Narcan kits, the town is taking crucial steps toward combating fatal overdoses. The Town has distributed its 1,700th Narcan kit since beginning the program in June 2016.

The 1,000 training kits have been distributed to emergency services personnel, community members and even Hempstead Town public safety officers, bay constables and parks and recreation staff. Hempstead Town staff members have specialized qualifications and experience in dealing with medical emergencies through its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) squad. The unit, based at the town’s oceanfront beaches, includes EMTs and advanced paramedics who respond to a host of safety and medical calls at the township’s beaches. These professionals can deal with issues such as heroin overdoses, and they also have the training and credentials to interact with local hospitals and ambulance corps. In 2016, Town Lifeguards used Narcan to revive an overdose victim.

“By training those who are on the front lines as well as training local residents, we can help beat the scourge of heroin and other opioids and save the lives of those who are battling this terrible affliction,” noted D’Esposito.

“Families are being devasted because of opioid abuse in every community on Long Island and across the country,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby.  “Trained individuals are allowed to administer Narcan to a person experiencing an overdose.  By training non-medical professionals such as family, friends and neighbors, we can save lives.”

According to published reports, in 2018 there were already 46 non-fatal heroin or opioid overdoses and 6 fatal overdoses in Nassau County and projections show as many as 600 opioid deaths occurred on Long Island in 2017.  Additionally, opioid overdose deaths were at an all-time high in 2016 on Long Island, with 190 opioid deaths in Nassau County alone. Emergency responders on Long Island stated they have saved more than 700 overdose victims with Narcan in 2016.

“I work closely with community and faith-based organizations in my district to support educational initiatives to combat this crisis. I greatly appreciate Councilman D’Esposito’s efforts in bringing this valuable program to my district and to Hempstead Town Hall,” concluded Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “It is important to raise awareness about this epidemic and the dangers of drug abuse. It is my hope that in the future we can eliminate the need for this type of program.”

The Narcan Training Session will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 21018 at Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead.  Please r.s.v.p. by calling (516)489-5000, ext. 4304.

Supervisor Gillen, Councilwoman Sweeney And Councilwoman Goosby Announce New Transparency Proposal For The Town Of Hempstead
Mon, 21 May 2018 16:45:25 +0000

Resolution Requires Full Disclosure of all Financial, Forensic and Performance Audits Relating to Town’s Departments, Agencies and Operations

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) May 21, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman and Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby announced agreement on a transparency proposal calling for the public online disclosure of Town documents and information. The proposal, which has the support of the Town Board, requires Town contracts over $10,000 to be posted online, along with full disclosure of all financial, forensic and performance audits relating to the Town’s Departments, agencies and operations.

Furthermore, the resolution ensures that all preliminary and final Town budget materials are posted online, as well as job specifications and documents relating to the Highway Capital Plan. And, in an effort to educate residents about the Town’s critical infrastructure needs, all roadway rating surveys will be posted online as well.

The Town has approximately 1200 miles of roadway that undergo regular inspection and assessment for repaving and repairs.

"Openness and transparency were hallmarks of my campaign, which are not only key to rebuilding trust in Town Hall, but vital for the functioning of basic Democracy,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We are proud to be working together on this initiative and look forward to implementing what will lead to greater civic engagement and public participation in our town."

“I am proud to have worked for more than 18 months to bring forth transparency legislation that will provide an extra layer of assurance for Hempstead Town residents,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “This is a common sense idea that deserves unanimous support. We must ensure that everything the Town of Hempstead is doing is clear for all to see. Our residents deserve nothing less.”

“The need for increased transparency at every level of government is something we can all agree on,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am very pleased that the entire board was able to work together on this proposal.”

A link to the New York State Board of Elections campaign finance disclosure webpage will also be listed so that residents are made aware of public information relating to the current and past political campaign contributions to candidates and committees.

A June 5th public hearing on the resolution will be decided and voted on during the May 22nd Town Board meeting.

Time To Tee-Off At Lido Golf...Councilman Dunne And Town Board Propose To Extend Fee Discount For Veterans And Military Personnel
Thu, 17 May 2018 10:50:46 +0000

Issued by: Council Member Dennis Dunne

With only a week before Memorial Day weekend when our nation gathers to honor veterans and military personnel for their bravery and valiant efforts to protect our country, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. , Sr. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney announced a proposal to extend discounted fees at Lido Golf Club for veterans and active military personnel.  Joining the board members at the announcement were Sergeant Lebron and Sergeant Savange of the United State Marine Corps. and Commissioner Danny Lino, Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation.

“We owe our freedom to veterans and those currently serving to protect our country,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.  “As a Vietnam veteran and a town councilman, I am always looking for ways in which to help those who have answered the call of duty and I am proud to have led this initiative to honor those who protect us.”

Councilman Dunne, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and a former Director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency, is also president of the Levittown/Island Trees Veterans Council and was the president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council.

This proposed amendment extends the current discount to play golf at Lido Golf Club for veterans and active military personnel from two days a week to seven days a week for a savings of up to $7 for the 9 hole course and up to $17 for the 18 hole course.

“We are forever indebted to our veterans and military personnel for putting their lives at risk to protect our lives every day,” added Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.  “This simple gesture goes a long way to show our gratitude.”

The picturesque 18-hole, par 72, 6,896-yard classic links-style championship course in open year round from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. The Lido Golf Club is consistently rated among the metropolitan area’s top 10 courses by golf publications. Amenities include a beautiful bi-level clubhouse with a deck overlooking the golf course and scenic Reynold Channel.  The golf course also features a driving range, putting and chipping greens and daily-use locker rooms.

“Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to our veterans and military personnel for their selfless sacrifices on our behalf and in honor of my late husband, a proud World War II veteran, I’m proud to support measures that help those who protect our way of life as Americans,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

“Memorial Day weekend is set aside for remembrance, but is also the official kick-off of the summer season with many residents visiting Hempstead Town’s parks and beaches and golfers enjoying our beautiful golf courses,” concluded Councilman Dunne.  “It is fitting that veterans and military personnel will have the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to enjoy a round of golf at a discounted rate.”

Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.(second right) joins with Sr. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (second left) and United States Marine Corps, Sergeants Lebron and Savage, at Lido Golf Club to announce a proposal to extend discounted fees at Lido Golf Club for veterans and active military personnel. 

Hempstead Town Hall Added To National Register Of Historic Places
Mon, 14 May 2018 20:57:51 +0000

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

("Old Town Hall" Courtesy of Town of Hempstead)


(HEMPSTEAD, NY) May 14, 2018 - "I am thrilled to announce Hempstead Town Hall has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places," said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. "Walking through this building is a powerful reminder of the rich history upon which our Town was founded, along with all we still aim to achieve.”

The State Review Board voted unanimously in March to place Town Hall, including Hempstead's 1918 Georgian Revival Old Town Hall, to the State Register of Historic Places and unanimously nominated it for the National Registers of Historic Places.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of officials, including then New York State Governor Charles Whitman, laying the cornerstone for “Old Town Hall.”

“Not only does this recognition signify the importance of the building, but it also makes the Town eligible for federal grant funding to restore and refurbish many of the structure's iconic fixtures,” added Supervisor Gillen. “This is certainly something I plan to pursue for posterity.”

To qualify for the State and National Register of Historic Places, buildings are required to be at least 50 years old and associated with significant events, activities or developments of the past. Town Hall, along with the adjoining Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion and outdoor plaza, were constructed in 1968 and are considered part of “Old Town Hall,” since they are connected.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list from the National Park Service of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is “part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.”

Clavin & Cabana Host Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars - Attendees To Learn About Exemptions, Tax Challenges & More
Tue, 15 May 2018 12:27:00 +0000

Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin
Spanish version below/Versión en español a continuación

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.”


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, Town Board Announce Establishment Of Compliance Officer Post
Mon, 07 May 2018 16:32:44 +0000

Applications Being Accepted for New Town Position

Issued by: Council Member Erin King Sweeney

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 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.”

Clavin & Cabana Host Narcan Training Session in Garden City with Councilman D'Esposito
Fri, 11 May 2018 20:17:06 +0000

Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin

The scourge of opioid abuse has shattered families across Long Island and the nation. Additionally, studies have shown an alarming increase in the number of young children hospitalized for accidental opioid-related poisonings. In an effort to save lives from opioid-related overdoses, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana are partnering with Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito to bring his Narcan Training and Opioid Poisoning Prevention Seminar to Garden City. D’Esposito, a former NYPD Detective and Ex-Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, will lead the training session.

The Narcan Training and Opioid Poisoning Prevention Session, free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (60 7th Street, Garden City, NY 11530). Those who attend the training event will also receive a free Narcan kit.

“Unfortunately, the opioid crisis in our nation has reached such an alarming level that the federal government has declared it a public health emergency,” Clavin said. “No community is immune from this dangerous trend that is devastating families, and I thank Councilman Anthony D’Esposito for bringing his life-saving Narcan program to Garden City.”

“It’s heartbreaking to see how many families are impacted by opioid abuse,” Cabana said.  “By learning how to use Narcan on someone who is overdosing, we could prevent another family from enduring a tragedy. Thank you to Councilman D’Esposito for providing this important public safety service for the Garden City community.”

Narcan, also known as naloxone, can reverse an overdose by stopping the effects of opioids. After a dose of Narcan, the person should begin to breathe more normally and it will become easier to wake them.

Published reports estimate that as many as 600 people on Long Island died in 2016 as a result of opioid overdoses, with 195 of those in Nassau County.

The Town of Hempstead has distributed more than 1,000 Narcan kits to Hempstead Town public safety officers, bay constables, parks and recreation staff, town lifeguards and emergency medical technicians, as well as local emergency responders and community members.

“By training neighbors, in addition to our first responders and government employees, we are providing more people with the ability to help save the lives of those who are suffering from opioid addiction,” D’Esposito said. “What’s more, our session will provide families with critical information on how to safeguard their medications and protect them from getting into the wrong hands, especially those of youngsters.”

“By taking part in this valuable course on Narcan and Opioid Poisoning Prevention, people of all ages will leave with key skills to help fellow neighbors,” Cabana said. “I encourage students and adults to take time out to take advantage of this free training seminar.”

“Though opioid deaths have been rising nationally, there are ways we can prevent and save lives,” Clavin said. “By learning how to keep harmful medications away from curious young children and learning how to use Narcan, we’re equipping neighbors with the tools they need to wage war against opioid related deaths in our own communities.”

Supervisor Gillen To Issue RFP For Consultant To Review Building Department Finances And Operations
Fri, 11 May 2018 20:35:47 +0000

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen will be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for an independent consultant to optimize the operations of the Town’s Building Department. The consultant will look at the overall department, workspace, staffing, and current systems used, and see where greater efficiencies can be created.

“Our Town Building Department is one of the busiest in the nation, and has been additionally burdened over the last six years with increased permitting levels because of Super Storm Sandy. I am committed to finding ways to improve customer experience, and bring technology based solutions that provide a streamlined process and enhance service delivery,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen.

The Town’s building department processes, on average, over 9,000 applications each year for new and existing homes, and is the first line of defense for property owners when it comes to safety code compliance. The Department also processes 7,000 permits required for plumbing work. This review will help identify ways in which technology, automation, mapping, and real time data capturing can further modernize the operation, making the permitting process seamless and safety standards transparent.

The RFP will be posted online the week of May 7 in anticipation of a consultant being selected in June.