|Councilwoman King Sweeney and Town Clerk Cabana Host Bilingual Story Time at Freeport Public Library|
|Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:45:18 +0000|
Issued by: Council Member Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana
Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana were proud to host Hempstead Town’s first Bilingual Story Time or Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües today at the Freeport Library. The officials read the same story aloud - Councilwoman King Sweeney reading it in English and Town Clerk Cabana reading it in Spanish. Additionally, each child was able to choose a book to bring home from a collection that has been donated by The Book Fairies and local libraries. The Book Fairies is a non-profit organization located in Freeport that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York.
“Literacy in children is critically important. It is the foundation for doing well in school, socializing with others and developing independence,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “I am so happy to have worked with Town Clerk Cabana to develop this program that will help promote bilingual literacy.”
“Hempstead Town is extremely diverse and we have a large Spanish-speaking population,” noted Town Clerk Cabana. “I am proud to acknowledge the important role that Hispanics have in our communities by working on programs that will support and uplift those for whom English is a second language.”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. More than 1 in 3 American children start Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read. Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to learn to read. Children who enter school with these skills have an advantage that carries with them throughout their school years.
“I’m so happy to have kicked off our first Bilingual Story Time at Freeport Library, and I look forward to future story times at libraries throughout Hempstead Town,” concluded King Sweeney. “I would like to thank the many libraries, as well as The Book Fairies, for donating books for this enriching program.”
The Bilingual Story Time/Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingües, which is open to children of all ages, will be visiting the Wantagh Library located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh on Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m., and the Seaford Library located at 2234 Jackson Avenue in Seaford on Thursday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m.
|Hempstead Town Unveils Plans For Re-Opening Of Water Testing Lab On Back Bays Of Long Island|
|Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:45:19 +0000|
(L-R Biologists Tara Schneider-Moran, Dr. Jim Brown, Hempstead Commissioner of Conservation & Waterways Tom Doheny, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Deputy Executive Director LI Regional Planning Council Elizabeth Cole, Photo Courtesy of Town of Hempstead)
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(POINT LOOKOUT, NY) – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney were joined by environmental and planning representatives from the Long Island Regional Planning Council and the Town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways to unveil plans for the re-opening of the Town’s water testing laboratory that was shuttered after the discovery of damage relating to Superstorm Sandy.
The laboratory was closed after the discovery of black mold and other contaminants. The prior administration planned to close its doors permanently and sell of its equipment for pennies on the dollar. Supervisor Gillen and the Town Board changed course, recognizing that the work done at the lab was vital to protecting Town residents and shorefront communities, including Point Lookout, where the lab sits.
The lab was made a priority in Supervisor Gillen’s five year Capital Plan, which was passed unanimously by the Town Board in order to safeguard the water quality in the back bays of Long Island.
Saving the lab will be crucial to safeguarding water quality, which has significantly deteriorated over the last century due in large part to the dumping of effluent from numerous sewage treatment plants, along with nitrogen pollution from septic tanks, and the increased use of fertilizers.
“This lab used to be a bulwark against high levels of pollution, alerting the public to rising levels of contamination,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Today, 50 years after this lab first began its important work; we’re here to say that we need this lab now, more than ever! I remain fully committed to pursuing an agenda that will protect residents, as well as our beautiful beaches and waterways.”
“I think it is great that the Town of Hempstead is moving forward and thinking about ways we can continue to protect our environment,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “By reopening this lab we are committing, not only to science and protecting the environment, but to the people of Point Lookout who are desperate to have this lab operating again.”
“Water is the lifeblood of Long Island. The renovation of the Town of Hempstead Marine Laboratory will provide the entire region with a vital and strategic asset as we work to preserve and improve the quality of our coastal waters,” said Richard Guardino, former Hempstead Town Supervisor and Executive Director of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. “The Long Island Regional Planning Council looks forward to continuing our work with the Town as we move ahead with the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan.”
“The Long Island Regional Planning Council congratulates the Town for its commitment to the environment. By restoring the functionality of its analytical laboratory and advancing the important work of its dedicated staff, the Town has recognized the great value of healthy coastal waters to its residents and in fact all of Long Island. We look forward to continued engagement with the Town as we advance the mission of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan,” said David Berg, Program Manager of the Long Island Regional Planning Council.
The Town of Hempstead plans to re-open the lab by next spring and is actively seeking joint partnerships with colleges, non-profits and other public and private entities that have an interest in the health of Long Island’s waterways.
“The goal of this lab is not only to safeguard the Town’s residents, but also act as resource to test water quality throughout Long Island,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “It will once again provide a valuable service that can be used to bolster our beaches and home values, as well as the commercial and recreational fishing industry - all of which are fundamental pillars of Long Island’s economic well-being.”
Gillen also noted that the marine economy alone makes up 9.7 percent of Long Island's total GDP, “so protecting this industry, which our communities rely on economically, should be everyone’s concern.”
The Town is diligently receiving estimates for the safe removal of the mold and other contaminants, as well as the replacement of electrical, heating and cooling components that are no longer functional. New equipment will be energy efficient and all lighting will be LED, fitting into the Town’s sustainability vision.
Furthermore, the building will be self-sufficient, utilizing solar panels to power the facility, along with receiving energy from the Town’s wind turbine here in Point Lookout via remote net metering.
|Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Congratulates Town's Newest Rookie Lifeguards With Ceremonial Whistles At Graduation Ceremony|
|Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:33:32 +0000|
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(LIDO, BEACH, NY) July 16, 2018 – With beaches and community pools around the region and country reporting shortages of lifeguards, Town of Hempstead Supervisor and former Town lifeguard Laura Gillen made a splash against the downward trend by presenting ceremonial golden whistles to the Town’s newest rookie lifeguard class. The whistles were presented to the class during a beach graduation ceremony at Point Lookout Park.
Every year, Town of Hempstead lifeguards make thousands of rescues, including over 200 saves during the recent, busy July 4th weekend.
Town beach lifeguards are certified through an extremely rigorous and physically demanding, week’s long training course, which includes rigorous running, swimming and extensive practice in such areas as spotting rip currents, shore breaks and sharks. Typically, 1 in 4 recruits are unable to complete the training.
The Town of Hempstead has approximately 560 lifeguards for its 23 pools and 11 beaches. It is the only ocean lifeguarding program in the country to be awarded four national awards from the United States Lifeguarding Association.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said, “As a former Town of Hempstead lifeguard, I was delighted to present ceremonial whistles to our newest rookie graduates! Our ocean lifeguards are the most highly trained in the country, which is why we are the only program in the country to be awarded four national awards from the United States Lifesaving Association. Congratulations to our new guards and their proud parents!”
|Hempstead Town Announces Proposal Granting Local And Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses Preference To Public Contracts|
|Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:55:29 +0000|
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(Levittown, NY) July 16, 2018 – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen joined with Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana and local veterans at American Legion Post 1711 in Levittown to announce a proposal granting local veteran owned small businesses and local service-disabled veteran owned businesses preference in the awarding of public contracts in the Town of Hempstead.
The proposal seeks to expand the participation of local veteran and disabled veteran owned small businesses in the county’s economy by granting them a preference to the Town of Hempstead’s contracting opportunities over non-local bidders.
The local preference policy would grant local veteran-owned small businesses located in Nassau County that submit a bid within 7.5% of the next overall lowest bidder, when the lowest bidder is an entity located outside of Nassau County, preference in the awarding of local Town contracts.
“We are aiming to expand opportunities, and in many cases help ease the transition to civilian life for our brave service men and women,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Service to our country deserves to be rewarded.”
“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,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “I am proud that this initiative gives back to our veterans who have done so much to protect us, and I look forward to providing an opportunity for local veteran-owned businesses to work with the Town of Hempstead.”
“I’d like to thank Supervisor Laura Gillen and the entire Board for putting forth this important resolution affecting our veteran community,” said Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana. “The Town of Hempstead is once again leading the charge for our veterans and their families.”
Local veteran and disabled veteran business enterprises will have to be registered with the federal or state government and show proof of registration.
There are over 75,000 veterans, and over 11,000 veteran owned firms, who call Nassau County home.
Levittown, an unincorporated community in the Town of Hempstead – America’s largest township – was the first home for many veterans and their families after World War II due to the availability of affordable homes and government sponsored financial incentives designed to support veterans.
“The Town has a proud tradition of helping our service men and women once they return home,” said Supervisor. “In keeping with the Town’s longstanding values, we will continue to honor and help support our local veterans whenever possible.”
|1,000 Pets Start Fires Each Year! Ra, Clavin & "Carter" Mark Pet Fire Safety Day - "Pet Fire Rescue Stickers" Available for Animal Lovers|
|Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:08:19 +0000|
Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin
Carter, a happy and energetic shelter dog who was rescued by Assemblyman Ed Ra, joined with his adopted “dad” and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, to “mark his territory” on Pet Fire Safety Day. The officials announced that “pet fire rescue stickers” will be available through their offices at no cost. The decals, which are to be displayed on the front doors of pet owners’ homes, can alert firefighters and other first responders that a pet resides at the house and may need to be rescued in the event of a fire or other emergency. Clavin and Ra also discussed pet safety tips, noting that 1,000 accidental home fires are started by pets annually. The officials and Carter were joined at a press briefing by a representative of the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department, as well as animal welfare advocates.
“Carter has added a lot of joy to our family since we brought him home from the shelter,” said Ra. “By placing a ‘pet fire rescue’ sticker on my front door, Carter has the best chance to be rescued in the event of a home fire.”
In discussions between Clavin and Ra on the issue of Pet Fire Safety Day, the Receiver came up with the idea of producing “pet fire rescue” stickers and distributing them to pet owners at no cost. The officials agreed that the stickers would be an important part of safeguarding pets during emergency fires.
“What better way to celebrate our pets on Pet Fire Safety Day than by making ‘pet fire rescue stickers’ available to pet owners at no cost,” said Clavin. “Call our offices today for your sticker—it can be a lifesaver.”
The Assemblyman was the sponsor of a resolution that designated July 15th as Pet Fire Safety Day in New York, the same date as National Pet Fire Safety Day. The day was established by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the AKC is focused on the prevention of fires that can be accidentally started by pets, as well as all measures to safeguard pets and property in the event of a home fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1,000 house fires are started by pets each year. And, the United States Fire Administration estimates that 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. The officials recommended the following tips to prevent home fires being started by pets:
The pet fire safety stickers that Clavin and Ra are providing to the public can be customized. Pet owners can indicate the type and number of pets at a house. They can even write the name(s) of a pet(s). Pet owners can call Clavin’s Office at (516) 538-1500 or Ra’s office at (516) 535-4095 to secure stickers. Stickers can also be acquired by emailing Clavin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Pet Fire Safety Day presents an important opportunity for pet lovers to keep their pets and families safe,” said Clavin. “I want to thank Assemblyman Ra for passing a state resolution declaring July 15th as Pet Fire Safety Day.”
|Long Island Town Repurposes Seafood Shells To Launch Great Barrier Reef|
|Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:06:48 +0000|
- Shells from Area Restaurants Give New Life to Barrier Island that Protects South Shore from Powerful Storms -
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(LIDO BEACH, NY) July 12, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, along with State Senate Ranking Environmental Committee Member Senator Todd Kaminsky, Town Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, joined environmentalists and local officials to launch a living barrier reef composed of tens of thousands of discarded clam and oyster shells from nearby seafood restaurants around Long Meadow Island off the coast of Lido Beach.
Hundreds of mesh bags containing the discarded shells will be linked together and submerged in the western bays off the coast of Lido Beach in order to restore a nearby barrier island that serves as a natural defense against coastal storm surges.
Long Island’s south shore population centers are protected from storm inundation and the full force of powerful storm waves by this network of barrier islands.
“The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and the risks posed by climate change and sea-level rise justify bold actions,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We are dramatically improving coastal resiliency along the South Shore by fortifying and restoring these natural barrier islands to levels not seen in decades.”
“Restoring flourishing aquatic life on Reynolds Channel is great for the environment and can help the local economy. I look forward to advancing this project with Supervisor Gillen and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.
The reefs also attract new sea life to support the region’s growing marine economy, and help filtrate waters polluted by years of excess nitrogen from sewage and wastewater runoff.
Excess nitrogen pollution has led to the degradation of the coastal marshland complexes help protect Long Island’s south shore population centers from storm inundation.
Once the materials settle on the sea floor the reef structure will begin to fill with various species of marine life and over time the structure will create a habitat very similar to a natural reef.
"I am proud that Hempstead Town has been at the forefront of being environmentally responsible, and continues to propose innovative ways to maintain our ecosystems while local businesses can continue to thrive," stated Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.”
“This is a great day for the Town of Hempstead and for our collective safety and environment,” said Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana.
“Artificial reefs act as nursery grounds and habitat for shellfish, fin fish and critically needed sea grass. Healthy bays mean happy people! Long islanders love living by the water and it’s our responsibility to restore this magnificent resource. Kudos to the Town of Hempstead for a stride forward in restoring our waterways,” said Adrienne Esposito, Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
When complete, these living reefs will add up to over a half mile when combined with pre-existing Town reef projects along barrier islands in Baldwin Bay, Black Banks and Mill River.
“Not many may realize that these islands are responsible for protecting Long Island’s south shore population centers. They protect thousands of homes and major roads from storm inundation and the full force of powerful storm waves,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Added to this, the reefs will also attract new sea life to support our region’s growing marine and eco-tourism economy.”
Long Island's history, culture and traditions are closely linked to shellfish. 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.
“I think there’s something very special and fitting about turning once again to these shells in order to help protect our homes and our environment from future disasters,” said Supervisor Gillen.
|Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Clavin Collecting Second Half General Taxes, Makes Convenient Payment Options Available to Taxpayers|
|Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:07:04 +0000|
Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin reminds taxpayers that second half General Tax payments are due and payable by August 10, 2018 without penalty. To make the collection process easier, Clavin offers taxpayers a number of payment options including extended office hours at the Hempstead Tax Office, two satellite offices, drive-thru payment windows and mobile tax office stops.
“These payment options are provided at no additional cost to taxpayers, and enhance the level of service provided to our residents,” said Clavin. “In addition, taxpayers have the option of using our online payment center to pay their tax bill from the comfort of their home for a little as ninety cents ($ .90) per transaction for an electronic check.”
Tax bills can be paid online using a credit or VISA debit card or an electronic check (ACH) via the Receiver’s Payment Center at www.toh.li/tohtax. Individuals who do not have Internet access can make a credit card or e-check payment by telephone by calling 1-833-378-1236 and following the prompts using the telephone keypad. eGov Strategies, the company that processes the online payment transactions, charges a convenience fee for credit card and e-check transactions.
During the last ten business days of the collection period (August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th), hours at the Tax Office in Hempstead will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to further accommodate residents. The Receiver’s ‘EZ Pay’ drive-thru payment windows, located behind the Hempstead Tax Office, will also be open these dates to receive check and money order payments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Satellite offices at Rock Hall Museum, located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence, and Levittown Hall, located at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th to receive checks and money orders.
The Mobile Tax Office will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the following locations (only checks and money orders accepted):
Adding to his legacy of innovation, earlier this year Clavin unveiled the first property tax e-billing service in New York State. Hempstead Town taxpayers who subscribe to this service can enjoy the convenience of receiving their property tax bills via e-mail on their electronic devices with the option of going paperless. To learn more or to subscribe to this free service, please visit https://hempstead.egovpayments.com/egov/apps/bill/pay.egov.
“I am proud to be the first Tax Receiver to introduce an e-billing service in New York. This program can better serve the public, while reducing costs to produce and mail property tax bills to property owners twice each year,” Clavin said. “What’s more, the town will see further savings from e-billing subscribers who pay their tax bills online.”
When paying in person, please bring your entire tax bill; do not detach the tax stubs from your bill. If paying by mail, enclose the payment stub(s) with your check. Checks should be signed and dated, made payable to Donald X. Clavin, Jr., Receiver of Taxes, numerical and written amounts should agree, and the property’s school district, section, block and lot numbers should be written on the check. Pursuant to New York State Law, payments made or postmarked after August 10th will be assessed a penalty. After the General Tax levy closes on August 31st, all tax payments must be made to the Nassau County Treasurer’s Office and will be subject to an additional county fee.
|D'Esposito Reminds Residents About Importance Of Pool Safety|
|Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:15:29 +0000|
Discusses precautions and preventative measures
Issued by: Council Member Anthony D’Esposito
In the wake of two recent pool drownings, with one right here on Long Island just days ago, Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is reminding residents of the importance of pool safety so this summer can be a safe summer. Councilman D’Esposito, a first responder, outlined preventative measures, including a cpr demonstration, at a pool safety press conference as part of his campaign to promote life-saving measures. Standing poolside at Malibu Shore Club in Pt. Lookout with Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Malibu Shore Club owner Butch Yamali, and expertly trained lifeguards, D’Esposito encouraged pool owners to be more diligent than ever in safeguarding their backyard pools.
“As a former New York City Police Officer and former chief of the Island Park Fire Department, I have responded to one too many pool-related accidents throughout the New York area,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “It takes just a split second for an accident to happen and a tragedy to occur, but by following simple precautions we can ensure the sound of laughter and fun and not distress from homeowners’ pools.”
According to the US. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is a national average of nearly 400 accidental fatal drownings of children 15 and under a year, with nearly 75 percent of those children younger than 5. There are also thousands of pool-related injuries to children each year.
“Summer is time for family-fun, especially for residents with backyard pools,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney. “But with that fun, comes responsibility and simple steps to safeguard our most precious town residents.”
In 2008, the Town Board passed a comprehensive law that requires a pool alarm for all swimming pools installed or maintained in unicorporated areas of the town. The alarm must be capable of detecting a child entering the water, and an 85-plus decibel warning must sound within 20-seconds both poolside and at another location on the premises.
“Watchful eyes are the best precaution, but an effective alarm is the next best thing to having your very own lifeguard poolside,” commented Councilman Dennis Dunne.
D’Esposito urged pool owners to ensure that their pools are protected by physical barriers as town code requires, including a minimum five-foot, non climable fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate (equipped with lock). Further precautions include the availability of personal flotation evices, life rings and a shepherd’s hook, as well as keeping a phone with emergency numbers poolside. D’Esposito also noted that teaching children to swim at an early age is a critical, preventative measure and each summer, the Town of Hempstead teaches thousands of kids to swim at various town pools.
In addition, D’Esposito encouraged parents, grandparents and caregivers to learn CPR and noted the CPR is first line of defense in the event of a drowning. “We live on an island, surrounded by water, with many residents having pools in their backyards,” added D’Esposito. “Just as it is a good idea to be trained in Narcan administration just in case you are ever in a position to save the life of an overdose victim, it is just as important to be trained in CPR.” For information on CPR classes in your local community, please contact the American Red Cross on Long Island at (516) 747-3500, visit www.redcross.org or contact your local fire department.
“While our first goal is always to prevent a tragedy, it is critical that we are prepared for the worst,” concluded D’Esposito. “We are committed to the well-being of all our residents and for an enjoyable summer filled with fun and laughter in the pool, and we urge you to take the necessary precautions to be safe this summer.”
|Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Directs Town Departments To Give Preference To Purchasing Goods And Vehicles On State 'Green Procurement' List|
|Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:16:47 +0000|
Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
(HEMPSTEAD, NY) July 10, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen has directed all Department heads and Commissioners within the Town of Hempstead, America’s largest Township, to start giving preference to the purchase of commodities, services and technologies, including Town vehicles, that are on the New York State approved green procurement list. The directive comes on the heels of the Town becoming the latest and largest municipality in the state to take the New York “climate smart communities” pledge; which includes a commitment to reducing community energy use and the discharge of pollutants into the environment, while increasing the use of sustainably managed renewable resources.
“It is important that the Town of Hempstead demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship through the use of green procurement and sustainable practices,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We can minimize potentially negative health, environmental and economic impacts by making sound choices in the commodities, services, and technologies we utilize.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, carbon emissions in the form of carbon dioxide make up more than 80% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the United States. In New York State, a whopping 34% of greenhouse gas emissions are derived from transportation vehicles.
“By making thoughtful vehicle purchase decisions, there is immense potential for reducing our transportation carbon pollution while maintaining or improving accessibility to the places, goods and services we enjoy,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen “I am committed to increasing the number of zero-emission, alternate fuel and fuel efficient vehicles in the Town’s fleet to help reduce noxious fumes and greenhouse emissions, and improve the health and quality of life for countless residents.”
The Town of Hempstead has over 1500 vehicles that are utilized on a regular basis.