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

(LIDO BEACH, NY) - Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney joined Town of Hempstead Bay Constables during National Safe Boating Week to remind residents about safe boating practices before the busy Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day weekend kicks one of the busiest periods of time for boating traffic on Long Island.

“We want to ensure smooth sailing this summer for all of our residents and visitors during the busy holiday weekend, which marks not only the unofficial start to summer, but also to boating season,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “With over 110,000 registered boaters in the Long Island area, we take boating safety very seriously.”

In 2016, the Coast Guard counted 4463 accidents that involved 701 deaths, 2903 injuries and approximately 49 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.

“Everybody enjoys the waterfront that we have here in the Town of Hempstead. We want to ensure that this experience is a safe and fun one for all so as we enter the holiday weekend we are reminding residents to be mindful of their speed, don’t drink alcohol while operating your boat and make sure you have all the proper safety equipment on your vessel, ” said Councilman Bruce Blakeman.

Other steps all boaters should take include familiarizing their selves with local boating laws and regulations, wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, having a radio on board, and making a “float plan,” so that other know where you will be boating and for how long.

“I am lucky enough to represent many of the communities on the south shore of the Town of Hempstead and we treasure our waterways,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “We urge everyone who is out on the water during this great summer season to respect all safety rules and our environment.”

The Town of Hempstead regularly holds free boating safety classes for residents. The next session will be on June 7th, 14th, and 21st from 7 to 10 pm in the Conservation and Waterways building at 1401 Lido Blvd, Point Lookout. Upon completion of the nine-hour course, boaters will receive a certificate of completion required to obtain a boating license. New York State requires all individuals born after May 1, 1996 to complete an approved boater education course before operating a motorboat.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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2018-05-28

Holiday

Town Hall closed in observance of Memorial Day.

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2018-05-29

Mobile Passport Unit Event

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Malverne Public Library- 61 St. Thomas Pl., Malverne, NY 11565

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-05-30

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd., Freeport
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2018-05-31

School Tax Levy Closes

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2018-05-01

EASEL Art Exhibit

Hempstead Town Hall Lobby, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead
Exhibit continues through May 30th.

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Building & Zoning

2018-05-02

Board of Appeals

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Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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2018-05-02

Child Safety Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rascal House Day Care -55 Fairview Ave. Oceanside, NY 11572

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2018-05-08

Town Board Meeting

10:30 AM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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2018-05-08

EASEL Meet the Artists Reception

12 noon to 2 PM
Hempstead Town Hall Lobby, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead
Exhibit continues through May 30th.

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2018-05-08

Senior ID Event

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Floral Park Public Library - 17 Caroline Pl, Floral Park, NY 11001

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2018-05-09

Board of Appeals

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Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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2018-05-09

President's Recognition Day

11:00 PM
President's Recognition Day @ Camp Anchor

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2018-05-10

Thin Blue Line Flag Raising

10:00 AM
Location: Town Hall

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2018-05-10

Second Half 2017-2018 School Taxes Due

Last day to pay Second Half 2017-2018 School Tax without penalty.

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2018-05-11

Mobile Passport Unit Event

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Bellmore Memorial Public Library 2288 Bedford, Bellmore, NY 11710

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2018-05-14

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Monday, May 14th at 7 p.m.Uniondale Public Library400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale

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2018-05-14

Israel Flag Raising

9:00 AM
Location: Town Hall

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2018-05-16

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 16th at 7 p.m.Elmont Public Library700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

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2018-05-16

Civil Service Commission Meeting

9:30 AM
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MEETING MAY 16, 2018 9:30 A.M.

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2018-05-17

Senior ID Event

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
West Hempstead Public Library 500 Hempstead Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552

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2018-05-17

Economic Development Funding Forum

9:00 AM
Town Hall Pavilion at 1 Washington St Hempstead NY 11550
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2018-05-18

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Friday, May 18th at 7 p.m.Valley Stream Village Hall123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream

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2018-05-18

Mobile Passport Unit Event

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Seaford Public Library-2234 Jackson Ave, Seaford, NY 11783

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2018-05-19

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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Garden City Public Library- 60 7th Street, Garden City, NY 11530

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2018-05-21

TVASNAC Meeting

7 PM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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2018-05-21

Narcan Training and Opioid Poisoning Prevention

7:00 PM
Garden City Public Library (60 7th Street, Garden City, NY 11530)

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2018-05-22

Town Board Meeting

10:30 AM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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2018-05-23

Board of Appeals

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Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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2018-05-23

Sunscreen Awareness - Summer Safety

12:00 PM
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2018-05-23

Sunscreen Event

12:00 PM
Hewlett Point Park, 130 Hewlett Point Ave., Bay Park
(516) 599-4064
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2018-05-25

Senior ID Event

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elmont Public Library -700 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont, NY 11003

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2018-05-25

Mobile Passport Unit Event

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Freeport Memorial Library-144 West Merrick Road, Freeport , NY 11520

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2018-05-25

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Flag Raising

11:30 AM
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2018-05-28

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2018-05-29

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Malverne Public Library- 61 St. Thomas Pl., Malverne, NY 11565

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2018-05-30

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd., Freeport
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2018-05-31

School Tax Levy Closes

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