Thursday, December 29, 2011

Receiver of Taxes to Host Taxpayer Forums

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced his winter series of taxpayer forums at local libraries. As part of his commitment to making government work effectively for the residents of the township, Clavin will discuss important issues such as assessment challenges, tax exemptions, tax discounts, property tax payment dates and convenient tax payment options.

“As we approach the annual grievance period during which property owners may apply for a reduction in assessed value of their property, it is important that residents understand the steps they can take if they believe that their home’s assessment is out of line (too high) with comparable properties in their neighborhoods,” said Clavin. “My taxpayer forums give residents an opportunity to ask questions, address any ‘taxpayer’ concerns that they may have and obtain valuable information about tax reduction programs in which the town participates.”

Tax Forums are scheduled as follows:

January 12- 2 p.m., Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert St.
January 17-1 p.m., Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Rd.
January 19- 1 p.m., Hewlett-Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett
January 25- 2 p.m., Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave.
January 26- 2 p.m., Levittown Library, 1 Bluegrass La.
February 2- 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead
February 8- 1 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.
February 9- 2 p.m., Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.
February 21- 2 p.m., Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.
“These forums are just another way in which Hempstead Town is doing its part to keep taxpayers informed so they do not have to pay one penny more than their fair share of taxes,” remarked Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

Forums are free, and all are welcome to attend. For further information about taxpayer forums, please call the Office of the Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

“I encourage residents to attend one of the upcoming forums and learn how they might be able to reduce their property tax burdens,” concluded Clavin.

Local Taxi Companies Offer Free Rides to Fight DWI

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter announced today a STOP-DWI initiative that will put more police officers on the streets during the holiday season, and also announced the Holiday Free Ride Initiative supported by local taxi companies. The County Executive and Acting Police Commissioner were joined by President of All Island Transportation Larry Blessinger; Margaret Rebholz of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and Marge Lee, Executive Director of DEDICATEDD.

The “STOP DWI” program is funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau County and will provide the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and police departments throughout the county with additional funding that will be utilized to implement an effective DWI saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past. The NCPD’s Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate and plan this initiative that will target certain areas throughout the county.

“Nassau County Police will be targeting drunk drivers and looking to prevent the kind of senseless alcohol-related accidents that too often occur during the holidays. My message is clear: if you drink and drive here in Nassau County you will be arrested and prosecuted,” said County Executive Mangano. “I urge everyone to be responsible and to plan accordingly so all can return home safely to their loved ones. Be smart -a taxi is a much better choice than the backseat of a patrol car. Choose your ride, don’t drink and drive.”

Since December 10th, local taxi companies have been offering free rides to those who need a ride home in an effort to deter drunk driving and prevent holiday celebrations from ending in tragedy or arrest. They will continue to offer free rides through January 1, 2012. This public service will be available throughout Nassau County and Eastern Queens by calling (516) 326-9090, and also includes rides back to the driver’s car the next day.

The following companies are participating in the Holiday Free Ride Taxi Initiative:
* Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service
* All Island Transportation
* Taxi Latino
* Luxury Transportation
* Glen Belle Car Service
* Deluxe Transportation

“I am pleased to support and promote this generous offer of public service by the local taxi companies listed above, said Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. There is no acceptable excuse for DWI with this offer of a free ride. If you do so in Nassau County, you will be arrested.”

“We want all of our residents and customers to be safe over the holiday season. During this joyous time of year, our goal is to prevent or stop any horrible tragedies. If we can avoid one accident or someone from being injured, it is well worth it. Don’t drink and drive, let your Transportation Companies be your designated driver and keep you safe,” said Marianne Blessinger, President of Ollie’s Taxi and Airport Service.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Project 21 Arrests

18:55 -
Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal
sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

12/7/2011 100 W MERRICK RD VALLEY STREAM 518
20:55 -
Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal
sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant . The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

20:00 -
Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal
sale of tobacco to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one pack of Marlboro Light cigarettes from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

Officers were working in plainclothes participating in Project 21 initiative, illegal
sale of alcohol to minors. Arresting officers were present at the above business when an underage agent working for the police department entered this location and bought one 24 oz can of Coors Light from the defendant. The defendant did not ask for or check the identification of this agent. Defendant placed under arrest and transported to the Fifth Precinct for processing.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nassau County Police Holiday Safety Tips

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter and the Police Department are taking affirmative steps to ensure the safety of the people of Nassau County during the upcoming holiday season. All of our regular marked and plainclothes patrols will be intensifying their coverage of shopping malls and commercial areas. The patrols will be augmented by patrol from our Mounted Unit and Bureau of Special Operations. Concurrently, dedicated patrols have been assigned to the major malls within the county, putting additional police officers at those locations during peak hours.

In addition to shopping safety, Nassau Police will also be on the outlook for drivers and occupants who are not complying with the Seat Belt Law. This includes children who are not in child safety seats or buckled in their seat. Police Officers will also be vigilant watching for drivers who are drinking and driving on all roads in Nassau. Handicapped parking violations will be strictly enforced. Parking in handicapped spaces are reserved for those with visible permits.

Before Leaving Home

Plan your shopping trip carefully. Know where you are going and what routes you will take to get there.

If possible, arrange for a friend to go shopping with you. There is safety in numbers.

Let someone know where you are going and what route you will be taking. Additionally, let them know when you expect to return.

Leave your home secure, engage alarms and give the appearance that your home is occupied by leaving the lights on in the most frequently used rooms.

Don’t leave valuable items out in the open. Secure them in closets, safes, etc.

When Parking

Always park in well-lit areas.

Note the location of your vehicle in the parking lot to conveniently return after shopping.

Always lock all your doors.

Remove all items, such as radar detectors, laptops or packages and hide them in the trunk, glove compartment, out of site.

Avoid parking near vans or other vehicles with covered cargo areas.

Avoid carrying large handbags. Carry only what is necessary.

Look around the parking lot for suspicious persons before you exit your vehicle.

Don’t get out of your vehicle until you are ready. If you don’t feel safe, stay in the car or drive away.

While Shopping

Keep your money and credit cards in your front pocket and try to limit the number of credit cards and cash you’re carrying while shopping.

To avoid being a victim of “Identity Theft”, be aware of exposing credit cards, debit cards and other identification at the cash register and ATM’s. Thieves will utilize cell phones to capture card information without your knowledge.

Be cognizant of any other type of “Distraction” type of crimes that typically occur during this time of the year.

When Returning To Your Car

Never leave the store with your arms full of packages. Use a courtesy cart.

Have your car key in hand, ready to unlock your door.

Check the parking lot for suspicious people and look around before you exit the store.

Do not return to your vehicle if you see people loitering nearby.

Carry a whistle or other audible device. If you feel threatened, use it. If you’re inside your vehicle, lock your doors and honk your horn to attract attention.

Check underneath, in front and in back of your car as you approach it.

Check the front and rear passenger seats inside your car before you enter it.

If you are planning on returning to the store, never leave your packages in plain view inside your vehicle. Lock them in the trunk or place them on the floor and cover them with a blanket or jacket.

The Nassau County Police Department wishes everyone a safe and Happy Holiday season.

Monday, November 7, 2011

First Nationwide Alert of the Emergency Broadcast System

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.(EST),the federal government will be conducting the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three (3) minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30 second to 1 minute message.

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. A national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally. The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that need to be made to build a modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.

Below are two websites that will provide more information regarding this test:



Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Fire Prevention Week

It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!

Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2011

What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense. That’s why most local fire departments team up with NFPA during the October 9-15, 2011, to let the community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year’s campaign focuses on preventing the leading causes of home fires -- cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. Additionally, it urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” says (Your Name, Title) of the (Your City/Town) Fire Department. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”

The NFPA offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.

If you smoke, smoke outside.

Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.

Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

While preventing home fires is always the number one priority, it is not always possible, You need to provide the best protection to keep your home and family safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan which you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.”

The following tips will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:

Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).

Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home so when one sounds, they all sound.

Test smoke alarms at least monthly and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond when tested.

Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.

Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing home fire sprinklers.

Check with your local fire department to see if they will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the power of prevention and available technologies to protect their own families from fire.

To learn more about “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” visit NFPA’s website at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Free I.D. Cards for Seniors

Supervisor Murray, Town Clerk Announce Free I.D. Cards for Senior Citizens

Taking a page from the very successful Town of Hempstead Child Identification Program, Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla today announced that the town has begun offering free identification cards for senior citizens. The town introduced the program before 75 residents at the Wantagh Senior Center.

"These ID cards come not only with a person's name, description and photograph, but with detailed information on their allergies, doctor's contact data, family telephone numbers and other vital information, which can be very useful in the event of an emergency," said Murray. "We have seen great results from our Child Identification Program and we are hoping for the same for our seniors."

While many seniors are certainly enjoying their golden years here in the Town of Hempstead, several of them have physical ailments that can potentially put them at risk in certain situations. In an emergency, a town Senior I.D. card may help medical technicians to quickly determine how to treat a particular person, given their allergies and other related information.

This card can also be used for everyday activities: Heading to the movies? Doing some shopping? Show your Town of Hempstead Senior I.D. Card and take advantage of great discounts available to seniors.

So how can you get one?
For seniors who wish to participate in the program, the Town Clerk's office will provide them with easy-to-read information forms. The data is then immediately transferred onto small, wallet-sized identification cards and a larger 8" by 8" document that may be displayed on the senior's refrigerator door. The town is providing this service for free, and no records are kept by the town once an I.D. card has been created.

One of the great benefits of this program is that seniors no longer have to wait on long, slow-moving lines somewhere to get an identification card. Town Clerk staff will travel to libraries, senior centers and senior clubs to provide this service on location. It takes just a few minutes to create a Senior I.D. Card that will provide years of benefits for seniors.

"We encourage our seniors in the Town of Hempstead to take advantage of this great program," said Bonilla. "It's fast, it's simple and best of all, it's free!"

Supervisor Murray would like to thank Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Department of Senior Enrichment Commissioner Johanna Scarlata, and the staff at the Wantagh Senior Center for their assistance in organizing today's event.

"What's more convenient than having your personal information, physicians' contacts and emergency numbers all in the palm of your hand?" said Murray. "We in the town are happy to provide this free service for our Seniors."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Recalled Dehumidifiers

Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics

More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is urging consumers to check if they have recalled Goldstar or Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers. The firm is re-announcing the recall of about 98,000 of the dangerous dehumidifiers that pose a serious fire and burn hazard, and are believed to be responsible for more than one million dollars in property damage.

The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property.

The dehumidifiers were first recalled in December 2009 following eleven incidents, including four significant fires. Since that time, the company has received sixteen additional incident reports of arcing, smoke and fire associated with the dehumidifiers, including nine significant fires. No injuries have been reported. Fires are reported to have caused more than $1 million in property damage including:

Because of the severity of the risks, CPSC and LG Electronics are concerned with the lack of consumer response to the recall. Only two percent of the 98,000 consumers who purchased these units have received a free repair, which means that consumers and their property remain at serious risk.

Anyone who has the recalled dehumidifiers is strongly encouraged to immediately stop using them, unplug them, and contact LG Electronics for the free repair.

The recall involves the 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the Goldstar and Comfort-Aire brands. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control, and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model and serial numbers are located on the interior of the dehumidifier, and can be seen when the water bucket is removed.

Brand Model No. Serial Number Range Sold at
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001 through 08400
611TAxx08401 through 40600

612TAxx00001 through 20400

612TAxx21001 through 30600 Home Depot

Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001 through 00600

701TAxx00001 through 16800

702TAxx00001 through 03000 Walmart

Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TA000001 through 001697

612TA000001 through 004200

701TA000001 through 000578

710TA000001 through 000599

 Various retailers, including Ace Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.

The recalled dehumidifiers were sold at The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orgill Inc., and other retailers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $140 and $150. They were manufactured in China.

For additional information about the recall and for the location of an authorized service center for the repair, contact LG toll free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firm’s website at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

See Something Say Something

Nassau In State Of Heightened Awareness

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter held a news conference today to discuss the state of heightened awareness here in Nassau County. As a direct result of the terror threat, the NCPD has stepped up its uniformed and plain clothes patrols, especially at our train stations and shopping malls.

“Our police department is a leader in the Secure Cities Program which coordinates all law enforcement in the Metro area,” said County Executive Mangano. “As the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on our nation approaches, all should know that the Nassau County Police Department has been preparing to secure our County for many weeks.”

Residents can do their part by participating in the See Something, Say Something Campaign. For example: you know your neighbors, you know the vehicles that belong on your block and in your area, if you see something suspicious, say something! If you notice any individuals who appear suspicious, such as being overdressed for the weather or hiding something under their clothes, say something! If you see unattended packages or notice strange odors, say something! If you see someone suspicious drawing diagrams or maps, using binoculars, night vision devices or taking photographs and videos in unusual places, say something!

“I cannot stress this enough,” said County Executive Mangano. “Help us, help you. If you see something, say something by calling 911.”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

School Bus Safety

It’s back to school time and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter would like to issue some school bus safety tips for students and motorists.

Some facts about school bus safety are as follows:

· The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus.
· Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
 The loading and unloading area is called the "Danger Zone".
· The "Danger Zone" is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver's blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).
 More than half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old in 1999.

Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
· Hurry to get on and off the bus
· Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
· Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street
· Don't always stay within the bus driver's sight
· Studies have shown that many drivers illegally pass stopped school buses that are loading/unloading students.

Students riding a school bus should always:
· Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
· Stand at least 5 giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
· Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says its okay before stepping onto the bus.
· Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps or dangling objects do not get caught in the handrail or door when exiting the bus.
· Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
· Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead.
· Be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
· Stop at the edge of the bus and look left-right-left before crossing.
· Tell the bus driver if you drop something beside the bus. Should you try to pick it up, the bus driver may not see you and drive into you.

During the school bus ride:
· Always sit fully in the seat and face forward
· DO NOT distract the driver
· Never stand on a moving bus
· Obey the driver
· Speak in a low voice
· NEVER stick anything out the window -- arms, legs, head, book bags, etc.

Motorists Should:
· Be aware it is illegal in every state to pass a school bus stopped to load/unload students.
Know and understand laws governing motorist's driving behavior near a school bus.
Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists if they are going to stop to load/unload students.
Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.
Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has
stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists MUST stop their cars.

· Begin moving only when the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins to move.

· Watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.

· Slow Down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.

· Be Alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking information in connection with a Petit Larceny that occurred in West Hempstead on Saturday June 11, and June 12, 2011 Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the subject wanted in connection with a Petit Larceny which occurred in West Hempstead, New York within the confines of the Fifth Precinct.

The above pictured subject was observed on two separate dates inside
Stop & Shop located at 50 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead, New York.
On Saturday, June 11, 2011 at approximately 10:30 PM, the subject removed cosmetic items (value $357.12) before passing all points of purchase and exiting the store without making payment.

On Sunday, June 12, 2011 at approximately 6:30 AM, the subject removed chewing gum (value $101.99) before passing all points of purchase and exiting the store without making payment.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the subject or with any information about this crime to call our toll free hotline: 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Date of Issuance: August 2, 2011



Up to $5,000 reward
All Callers will remain anonymous



Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fifth Precinct POP Unit Officers Reassigned

As you might have read in this weeks Newsday, all POP Units of the Nassau County Police Department have been severely cut. Officers have been reassigned to other positions in the Department.

It has been a humbling experience to have worked with the Officers of the 5th Precinct POP Unit. POP stands for Problem Oriented Policing. The 5th Precinct POP Unit consisted of 4 officers and one supervisor who handle quality of life issues and work very closely with the schools and community. The Unit is now down to one officer and one Supervisor.

I didn’t realize the scope of their jobs until I began working with them to produce this Blog as a tool to increase communication with the schools and community.

Our POP Unit Officers care for the students they encounter. As parents themselves they bring a genuine concern for the youth of our area.

Our officers have direct contact with the Superintendent’s and Principal’s of each school, in each School District, often exchanging cell phone numbers to be available on a minutes notice. When any need would arise for a student to be helped, these officers are known to diffuse the situation with a personal response to help the student and advisor for the best possible outcome.

Our officers attend many community meetings and sometimes became members of our local community organizations themselves such as Sgt. Grimm who is a Board Member of the Gateway Youth Outreach. He helped to start a program to help children everyday afterschool to study, tutor and help with homework. Other officers have joined the Valley Stream Youth Council and Envision Valley Stream a grassroots effort started by young adults living in Valley Stream. Helping to keep us informed of local Police Activity, officers also provided a voice for our concerns reporting it back to the precinct commander for further evaluation.

They lecture and educate our students and PTA’s. Speak at Civic Meetings, to local business and church groups.

Our officers present Scouting Awards to the local youth whose hard work and efforts have earned them the Highest Awards in Scouting the Girl Scout Gold Award and Boy Scout Eagle Award. They encourage the scouts to be a vital part of the fabric of our community.

Our Officers provide Prom Enforcement ensuring all limo drivers have and enforce a no alcohol or drug policy in their vehicles.

Our Fifth Precinct POP Unit also leads a NCPD Explorers Group. Exploring is an education and experience based program designed to help young people develop into mature, caring and responsible adults. With the guidance of the POP Advisors, area youth are mentored in life skills and are given the opportunity to participate in numerous law enforcement experiences and training sessions. The explorers are routinely involved in competitions that take place at venues throughout the country and that test their skills against other Law Enforcement Explorers. Local competitions are held with such groups as the New York City’s Explorers and US Customs.

Exploring helps foster positive relationships among the Police Department, its officers and local youth. It builds an avenue for public/ private partnerships that provides a means to support our mission to protect and serve. As individuals, the youth involved give back to their community by completing hundreds of hours of community service each year. They become role models for their peers and friends and serve as catalysts for positive police relations in our communities.

In this ever-competitive world in which our children find it increasingly difficult to gain acceptance to the college or university of their choice, having the experience of Exploring on their resumes may very well be the unique qualification to help them gain entrance into their college of choice.

Our Officers work closely with the Social Service Department, visiting the homeless and making sure they are cared for by providing a place to go, food or money sometimes out of their own pocket.

Our Officers run Project 21 which visits local establishments who sell alcohol and tobacco and make sure they are not selling to any one under 21. Our officers have established relationships with Consumer Affairs Department, Town of Hempstead Building Dept., Valley Stream Code Enforcement, Probation and Parole Dept., to help clean up establishments that are selling cigerettes or alcohol to minors or known drug houses.

Our officers work with NCPD Crossing Guards to oversee the creation of future crossings and provide back up for Guards who need their support.

They are a fine group of officers whose passion, courage and dedication has served our community in so many ways for many years. I truly wish them all well. Their service to Nassau County Fifth Precinct is priceless.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Water Safety

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter would like to remind county residents that water safety is something that all parents should be aware of. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death among children ages 1 - 14. It can happen very quickly and in less than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of water, so filled bathtubs, swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, and even buckets of water and sinks can be dangerous.

To reduce your child's risk of drowning:


Never leave a small child unattended in the bath. If you must answer the telephone or door, don't rely on an older sibling to watch the child, bring the younger child with you.

Never leave a small child unattended near a bucket filled with any amount of water or other liquid.

Never use a bathtub seat with suction cups. The seat can overturn and flip a baby headfirst into the water.

Install a toilet-lid locking device or keep bathroom doors closed at all times. (Or you may want to install a doorknob cover.)


Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. An adult who knows CPR should actively supervise children at all times.

Practice ‘touch supervision’ with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm's length of the child at all times.

If you are planning a pool party, consider hiring a certified lifeguard to supervise those who will be in the pool.

Put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence at least 4 feet high around the pool. This fence will completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children's reach.

Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's hook or life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.

Do not use air-filled "swimming aids" as a substitute for approved life vests.

Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them.

After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they can't get back into it.

A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) may add to the protection of your children but should not be used in place of the fence between your house and the pool. Even fencing around your pool and using a power safety cover will not prevent all drowning.

Drain Entrapment occurs when part of a child’s body becomes attached to a drain because of the powerful suction of a pool or hot tub filtration system. The powerful suction can trap a child underwater or cause internal injuries. It can also occur when a child’s hair, swimsuit or jewelry becomes entangled in the drain. In 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act made it illegal to manufacture, distribute or sell drain covers that do not adhere to the standards for anti-entrapment safety set by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission.

Warn your children about the dangers of drain entrapment, and teach them never to play near a pool drain, with or without a cover.

Pin up long hair when in the water and remove loose parts of swimsuits and loose jewelry that can get ensnared.

Equip pools and hot tubs with an anti-entrapment drain cover and an approved safety vacuum release system and regularly check that drain covers are secure and have no cracks. Flat drain covers can be replaced with dome-shaped ones.

Be aware of public wading pools with missing or broken drain covers. Small children have direct access to the bottom drain in wading pools and sitting on open drains can cause serious internal organ damage.

Remember, teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water. Most young children who drown in swimming pools were last seen in the home, had only been missing from sight for a matter of minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time. There is no substitute for active adult supervision to prevent drowning.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Safety Belt Enforcement

Nassau County Police Department to Participate in
“Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket”

County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter announce that the Nassau County Police Department will participate in the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s grant for occupant restraint enforcement. The “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” will take place from May 23, 2011 through June 5, 2011.

This initiative will consist of high visibility enforcement, targeting occupant restraint non-compliance. A zero tolerance policy for such violations will apply. The goal of the program is to increase safety belt and child seat usage in an effort to reduce serious injuries and fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Courtesy Hotel Demolishion

Dispensing With Courtesy: Hempstead, Mill Creek Residential Demolish Seedy Hotel And Kick-Off Construction of Beautiful Apartments

As demolition equipment crashed through the walls of West Hempstead's shuttered Courtesy Hotel, neighbors cheered at the demise of a decrepit community eyesore. After years of casting blight over West Hempstead, Town officials dispensed with courtesy by tearing down the blighted hotel to clear the way for new train commuter-friendly homes. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joined with Councilmen James Darcy and Edward Ambrosino, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra and Maria Rigopoulos, Managing Director with Mill Creek Residential Trust, the developer of what promises to be a beautiful apartment complex along Hempstead Avenue. Also at the demolition event was Rosalie Norton, President of the West Hempstead Community Support Association and a driving force behind a movement to shut down the Courtesy Hotel.

"Today we bid a courteous goodbye to a community eyesore and hello to the construction of beautiful new apartment homes that will complement a great community," stated Murray. "I want to thank West Hempstead community leader Rosalie Norton, the residents of this lovely hometown and the developer for working with the town to deliver on the promise of a prosperous future at this site."

Hempstead Town officials paved the way for the 150 "train commuter-friendly" apartments abutting the West Hempstead railroad station in November of 2008 when the Town Board created a groundbreaking transit-oriented development zone. The new building zone provided greater development density for residential construction projects that encourage mass transit usage. In the case of the Mill Creek Residential project, the new apartments will stand immediately adjacent to the West Hempstead train (LIRR) station. Town officials called the new zone the first of its kind on Long Island and applauded Mill Creek for its investment in West Hempstead and its commitment to a new and innovative type of development geared toward railroad commuters.

"The town thought 'outside the box' in addressing community priorities at the site of the Courtesy Hotel," stated Darcy. "By creating a transit-oriented building zone, Hempstead addressed the interests of young professionals who want easy access to the city and a beautiful home in the suburbs," continued Goosby. "This new project will replace a community eyesore and restore luster to West Hempstead's downtown while championing 'smart growth' principles like encouraging use of mass transit," added Ambrosino.

Mill Creek Residential Trust will be enhancing the 3-acre site with a four story apartment home development that is rich in amenities and luxury features. The four and a half story project features highly stylized architectural accents, a resort style swimming pool, landscaped courtyards, a clubhouse, a fitness center and internet lounge, theater room, cafe/coffee bar and garage parking. Individual units will feature gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Full size washers and dryers along with walk-in closets and nine foot ceilings will create the type of homes in which residents can "unwind" after a day at work. The project will also be environmentally conscious, meeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards.

"We've worked closely with West Hempstead residents to create a development that compliments the community and embraces the priorities of residents," said Maria Rigopolous, Vice President of Development in the Northeast for Mill Creek Residential Trust. "This project is the result of a public/private collaboration between the town and Mill Creek Residential Trust. Hempstead Town's building zone provided a unique opportunity for the development of commuter-oriented development and West Hempstead neighbors added their voices to a successful process."

Town officials noted that they had taken several steps over the past few years to rid West Hempstead of the Courtesy Hotel before reaching a successful conclusion to their efforts. Hempstead Town utilized a public nuisance law in 2004 to seek a court order to shutter the hotel based upon criminal activity at the site. Subsequently, Hempstead's town board adopted an Urban Renewal Plan and considered acquiring the Courtesy property through eminent domain. Ultimately, however, the creation of Long Island's first-of-its-kind transit-oriented housing zone proved the key to success for the site.

"This project is a symbol of the saying 'a bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you don't make the turn," stated Murray. "Thanks to my colleagues on the town board, people like Rosalie Norton and Maria Rigopolous, we have made the turn for neighbors in West Hempstead."

"When government officials, business and community residents work together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish," concluded the Supervisor.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Silver Alert




Age 16
                                                       Sex F
                                                       Height 4'11''
                                                       Weight 95 LBS
                                                       Hair BLONDE
                                                       Eyes BLUE
                                                       Language ENGLISH

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NCPD Headquarters Open House Invitation


Between 14th and 15th Streets
Mineola, New York

Wednesday, May 18th 2011
Friday, May 20th 2011

From: 9:30 A.M. -2:30 P.M.



(516) 573-7135



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Move Over Law Enforcement


The Nassau County Police Department’s Highway Patrol Bureau will be beginning a two week enforcement detail of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1144-a, the Ambrose – Searles Move Over Act that requires motorists to change lanes when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. This detail will run from Sunday April 10th, 2011 through April 22, 2011.

1144-a. Operation of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle.

Every operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle which is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder or any portion of such highway and such authorized emergency vehicle is displaying one or more red or combination red and white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter. For operators of motor vehicles on parkways or controlled access highways, such due care shall include, but not be limited to, moving from a lane which contains or is immediately adjacent to the shoulder where such authorized emergency vehicle displaying one or more red or combination red and white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter is parked, stopped or standing to another lane, provided that such movement otherwise complies with the requirements of this chapter including, but not limited to, the provisions of sections eleven hundred ten of this title and eleven hundred twenty-eight of this title.

Authorized emergency vehicle. Every ambulance, police vehicle, fire vehicle, civil emergency vehicle, emergency ambulance service vehicle, environmental response vehicle, sanitation patrol vehicle, hazardous materials vehicle, and ordnance disposal vehicle of the armed services of the United States.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekend Events

Friday April 8, 2011

Nassau Coliseum
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7pm

NYCB Theatre
Tribute to the Living Legends of Rock n Roll, 8:30pm

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
An evening with Debbie Reynolds, 8pm
Saturday April 9, 2011

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Midori, 8pm

West Hempstead Little League, 9:30-11:30
Route: New York Ave, Poplar St, Hempstead Ave, Nassau Blvd to Echo Park

Franklin Square Little League, 11am-1:30pm
Route: Franklin Ave, Hempstead Tnpk, Claflin Blvd, Benris Ave, Rath Park

Sunday April 10, 2011

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Awakening, 7pm

Testaverde Fund for spinal cord injury Parade, 9-10:15am
Route: HS, Daffodil, Jerusalem Ave, Wantagh Ave, Beltagh Ave to Middle School

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Safety Tips for Safeguarding Your Property

Here are a few tips regarding the ongoing problem we have seen regarding the theft and robberies of I- Pods and cell phones. This crime has been on the rise and is becoming a growing concern.

Here are a few safety tips in safeguarding your property and more importantly yourself:
· When walking try not to have your earphones in. This is a hazard walking across the street since car horns and sirens cannot be heard. This is also an obvious sign that you are in possession of an electronic device. This makes you more vulnerable as a target since you cannot hear someone approaching.
· While talking or texting on your cell phone in public, try to keep conversations short, for this again shows you’re in possession of one and again makes you vulnerable as a target to anyone approaching. Most cell phones are priced well over 100 dollars and can easily be converted for someone else’s use making them untraceable.
· Most of these crimes are done by large groups and not one on one. So be aware of large groups. Put your I Pod or cell phone away when being approached or walking by large groups because you are advertising.
· If you are a victim please notify 911, state your location and pertinent information i.e. race, age, what they were wearing, their direction of travel, type of phone stolen.
· If physical force is used this is considered a robbery which is a felony. Please do not put yourself in a bad position, be alert, be vigilante and try to get whatever description you can.

If you would like a representative from the 5th Precinct Police Department to speak to your group or organization please call us at 573- 6570 and any POP officer would be able to assist you.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hempstead Town to Join State Department in Passport Day in the USA

Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla have announced that Hempstead Town will join the State Department in celebrating “Passport Day in the USA,” providing convenient passport application services to U.S. citizens and sharing important information about travel requirements. This special passport event will be held at Hempstead Town Hall on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

“We want to make sure that everyone interested in traveling outside of the country will have the necessary documents to leave and re-enter the U.S.,” Supervisor Murray said. “Passport Day at Hempstead Town Hall will make it even easier for residents who might not be able to come to Town Hall during the work week to apply for a passport.”

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. American citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

“As it normally takes between four and six weeks for a passport application to be processed, we recommend that residents plan well in advance of their departure date to avoid a delay as the summer travel season begins,” said Town Clerk Bonilla.

In addition to hosting the Passport Day, Hempstead Town has taken numerous steps to make the process of obtaining a passport easy and convenient. The Town Clerk’s One-Stop Passport Shop provides applications and passport photo services to town residents without an appointment, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To make it easier for groups of travelers to obtain necessary travel documents, the Town Clerk’s Office offers a “Speedy Pass” mobile passport service that brings a mobile passport facility to organizations, teams and clubs who plan to travel abroad.

For information on how to apply for a passport book and/or a passport card, visit the town’s web site at www.TOH.LI or call the town’s One-Stop Passport Shop at (516) 812-3100 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

“Whether you are driving to Canada, cruising to Mexico, or flying to France, you’ll need a passport for any travel adventures outside of the U.S.,” Bonilla concluded. “Be ahead of the crowd and visit the Hempstead Town Clerk’s office to get your passport in time.”

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nassau County Police Congratulates Eagle Scout James Kaminski

Achieving the highest rank in scouting, takes perseverance and dedication. 18-year-old James Kaminski, member of Boy Scout Troop 240, earned the Eagle Scout status last weekend.

Kaminski chose to revitalize and restore the flagpole outside the St. Thomas School in West Hempstead — the school he had attended for 12 years. He added plants and stepping stones to the garden area around the flagpole, and replaced the rope along which the flag is raised and lowered spending more than 100 hours on the restoration. The purpose of the project, was to improve the aesthetics of the facility and “give back” to the school.

Kaminski started his scouting journey in the first grade as a Tiger Scout. Since then he has been dedicated to the scouts, earning 32 badges and taking on leadership roles whenever possible. It was only natural for him to advance to the Eagle Scout ranking.

Kaminski continues to stay involved in his parish, currently teaching in its Religious Education program and serving as a Eucharist Minister for the church.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Community Forum on Childhood Obesity

Stop & Shop Supermarket will host a community forum on childhood obesity at 11am on Thursday, March 31st at the Stop & Shop located at 50 Cherry Valley Road in West Hempstead.

The expert panel will be chaired y Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano. The other panelists will include: Dr Rene Bargman Director Pediatric Endocrinology Nassau University Medical Center. Rob Gewirtz, Health & Physical Education Instructor, West Hempstead High School and a member of the West Hempstead District Wellness committee. Deborah Colfer, Interim Executive Director, Nassau County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Sabrina Candelaria, MPH, RD, CDN, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University and Arlene Putterman, Coordinator Stop & Shop Childhood Obesity Initiative.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.

Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

The costs of treating obesity-related diseases are staggering and rising rapidly. Direct and indirect health costs associated with obesity are $98 billion.

Fewer than 25% of adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables each day.

64% of high school students don't meet currently recommended levels of physical activity.

· 85% of adolescent females do not consume enough calcium. During the last 25 years, consumption of milk, the largest source of calcium, has decreased 36% among adolescent females. Additionally, the average daily soft drink consumption almost doubled among adolescent females, increasing from 6 ounces to 11 ounces, and almost tripled among adolescent males, from 7 ounces to 19 ounces.

What: Stop & Shop Community Forum on Childhood Obesity
When: 11am on Thursday, March 31st
Where: Stop & Shop Supermarket located at 50 Cherry Valley Road in West Hempstead.

Congresswoman McCarthy's Annual Blood Drive

Dear Friends,

With a great need for Type O blood looming in the area, I will be hosting my annual blood drive in Garden City on Monday, March 21. Long Island Blood Services will administer the drive, in the organization’s bus in the parking lot of 400 Garden City Plaza between 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Blood donors save countless lives every day. Giving blood today may save the life of a child, a parent, or a grandparent tomorrow. While there’s a particular need for Type O right now, we need to help make sure all types of blood will be available to our hospitals and clinics.

Over four million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions every year. I urge you to make an appointment to donate blood to help fulfill this critical need today.

What: Congresswoman McCarthy’s Annual Blood Drive

When: Monday, March 21, 2011

10:45 am – 4:45 pm

Where: Blood Bus, 400 Garden City Plaza Garden City NY 11530

Eligibility: -ID with signature or photo

-Minimum weight of 110 lbs.

-Age 16 – 75 (Age 16 must have parental permission, age 76 and older must have a

doctor’s note)

-Eat well and drink fluids

-No tattoos within past 12 months

RSVP: Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are encouraged

Contact Toby Nussbaum in Rep. McCarthy’s office at (516) 739-3008

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Application Process Begins for County Summer Recreation Program

Affordable Camp Provides Summer Fun for Children

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the County’s Summer Recreation Program is on its way to success with scores of children already signed up to attend. Whether they’re in Cantiague Park, Eisenhower Park, Nickerson Beach Park or Wantagh Park, children attending Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program can count on real summer fun.

“These beautiful parks provide perfect settings for youngsters to enjoy a range of activities, from recreational sports to arts and crafts,” said Mangano. “This low-cost summer recreation program represents just one of the many steps my administration is taking to enhance the quality of life for children in Nassau.”

Details on Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program:
Open weekdays, for children aged 5-12, from July 5th to August 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at four locations: Cantiague Park in Hicksville; Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach; and Wantagh Park in Wantagh.

Activities include: swimming (three parks), arts and crafts, board games, scavenger hunts, disk golf, horseshoes, potato-sack races, and sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Registration deadline: June 11, 2011. On-site registration is available at the Eisenhower Park Administration Building (located just south of the Hempstead Turnpike entrance to the park) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays.

Fees: $750 per child from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $600 per child from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additional sibling option (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. only): $570 for the second child and $540 for the third child in same family.

More information, contact: (516) 572-0245 or

For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, call (516) 572-0200 or visit

Monday, March 7, 2011

Peanut Butter Recall

Some 16.3-ounce plastic jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, which may be contaminated with salmonella have been recalled.

The organism can cause fever and abdominal problems in healthy people and serious and even fatal infections in the young, old and frail.

The jars were sent to stores in in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected jars have UPC numbers 048001006812 and 048001006782 and have "best if used by" dates of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1, and MAY2112LR1. Details: by phone at 800-453-3432.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Town of Hempstead Offers Free Child Seat Safety Inspections

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced the 2011 spring schedule for Hempstead Town's Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program. Hempstead Town's certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect and properly install child car safety seats and instruct guardians on their proper installation.

"According to safety experts, a properly installed safety seat is the most effective way to prevent injuries to a child in a vehicle crash," stated Supervisor Murray. "In 2010 our technicians performed over 500 child car seat inspections and we hope that many more families with infants and young children will avail themselves of this free program this year."

Town technicians have received rigorous training and are certified by Safe Kids Worldwide, a coalition of 450 health and safety experts, educators, foundations, governments and volunteers. During the months of March, April and May the Child Car Seat Inspection Team will be available to perform car seat safety inspections on most Wednesdays and specified Saturdays at either Veterans Memorial Park or Speno Park in East Meadow. From June through September, the inspection team will visit communities throughout the town twice weekly.

All inspections take place by appointment only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guardians are asked to provide information about the child's age, weight, height and current car seat. Inspectors can provide recommendations for appropriate car seats, as well as information about recalls and possible defects. The service is provided free of charge.

"The safety of our children is our most important responsibility. Through this program, we can ensure that Hempstead Town's youngest residents are safer when they are on the road," concluded Supervisor Murray.

The Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Program schedule is available online. To schedule an appointment, please visit or call the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900, extension 217.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

15th Annual Community Food Drive

The West Hempstead Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts is organizing it’s 15th Annual Community Food Drive on February 28 – March 13. Food will be donated to St. Catherine’s Outreach, St. Thomas the Apostle Outreach Center, St Vincent DePaul and Long Island Cares, Inc. who notified us their cupboards are bare.

Long Island Cares, Inc., was founded by the late Harry Chapin in response to the problem of hunger and poverty on Long Island. This is the only regional food bank serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties by providing emergency assistance. Member agencies include, Homeless Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Group Homes, Day Care Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Senior Nutrition Sites.

Public drop off locations are: West Hempstead Library, Franklin Square Library, Ridgewood Savings 1010 Hempstead Turnpike, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Catherine of Sienna and St Vincent DePaul Churches.

Suggested Donations for the Food Pantry, Kitchen or Shelter
Tuna Fish, Soups, Vegetables, Fruits (canned or dried), Juices, Beef Stew, Rice/Beans, Pastas and Sauces, Dry or Evaporated Milk, Peanut Butter/Jelly, Crackers, Tea/Coffee, Cereal, Personal Hygiene Products, Enfamil with iron, Diapers # ‘s 3, 4 or 5

As we prepare for our 15th Annual Community Food Drive, we’d like to thank the community for all the generous support you’ve given over these past years. One thing we have learned running this event is how generous and compassionate our community truly is.

Your anticipated support, as always, is so greatly appreciated.

Jo-Lynn Tripp
Chair of WH/FS Girl Scouts
Community Food Drive

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

County Announce Dental Network Card Program for Residents

County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a voluntary Dental Network Card Program designed to make going to the dentist easier and more affordable for individuals and families in the county. County residents can purchase a card for reduced rates on dental services for themselves and their families.

“Proper dental hygiene is often out of reach for many retirees and families. Dental care is a key ingredient to overall good health, and this new program puts a trip to the dentist in reach for more families in our county,” said the County Executive. “We are pleased to provide residents without dental insurance with more affordable access to participating dentists in our communities.”

The Dental Network Card Program provides cardholders with information they can use to locate dentists who have agreed to charge reduced fees for dental services. This is not an insurance program. It is an educational and access program that is intended to help patients for whom cost is a barrier to receiving dental treatment.

“Too often people avoid going to the dentist because they don’t have insurance,” said NYSAC President William J. Ryan. “Counties can now provide their residents with access to this card so they can receive the same rates that insurance companies pay.”

The Dental Network Card Program is a partnership created by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the Health Economics Group (Rochester, New York) so that counties can offer the program to residents in their communities.

“We saw the need in our communities and we identified one more way that we can help connect our residents with the care they need to stay healthy,” said the county executive.

The Dental Network Card program makes use of the extensive DenteMax network of dentists, with more than 100,000 dental access points throughout the country. Dentists in the network have agreed to charge the prevailing DenteMax network fee schedule when a patient presents an identification card bearing the DenteMax name or logo.

For more information and to enroll in the program, visit

Capital One Bank Robbed

Robbery Squad detectives are investigating a Robbery that occurred on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM in West Hempstead.

According to detectives a male black subject entered the Capital One Bank, 611 Hempstead Tpke, and displayed a robbery demand note to the teller. After obtaining an undetermined amount of U.S. currency, the subject fled the bank in an unknown direction.

At the time of the Robbery there were eight employees and three customers present in the bank. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

The suspect is described as a male black, 35 years old, 6’ tall, with a thin build. He was wearing clear glasses and a dark hooded jacket.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this Robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Friday, February 11, 2011

George Washington School Crossing Guard Says "Thank You" to Community

Each day, no matter what the weather, Sharon McCarthy guides our children to safety. She is positive, pleasant and extremely conscientious.  Her post at William Street and New York Avenue has afforded her the opportunity to get to know a great many of the George Washington families.  This past holiday season in particular she found a tremendous outpouring of gratitude and appreciation from the West Hempstead community.  Whether is was a card,  a warm smile or a hot cup of coffee, Sharon wanted us to know that the "little gestures" made a big and lasting impression.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey announces with great sadness the line of duty death of a Nassau County Police Officer. Police Officer Michael J. Califano was killed while performing a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway on February 5, 2011. Officer Califano was assigned to the Highway Patrol Bureau and was one of Nassau’s finest. His department family mourns the loss of a fellow officer and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.

Donations for the family of Nassau County Police Officer Michael J. Califano who was killed in the line of duty on February 5, 2011 can be made to the Michael J. Califano Memorial Fund, c/o Nassau County P.B.A., 89 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola, NY 11501. Officer Califano leaves behind a wife and three young boys

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nassau County Police Department Fifth Precinct POP Unit Project 21 Arrest

On February 2, at the Sunoco Gas Station located at 1200 Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream, police made an arrest for selling drug paraphernalia. In response to numerous community complaints for local convenience stores selling drug paraphernalia to youths, Police Officers conducted an investigation using an Undercover Police Agent who purchased one package containing 100 drug bags (glassine envelopes) from the defendant. Officers observed a large quantity of drug paraphernalia behind the counter in plain view.

Fifth Precinct Problem Oriented Policing Unit or POP Officers were also conducting Project 21 which targets underage sales of alcohol products to minors. The defendant sold an alcoholic beverage to an undercover Police Agent who is under the age of twenty one. The defendant did not ask for any form of identification in showing proof of age. Officers made an arrest at: Roniely Deli 691 Woodfield Road, Lakeview.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Town of Hempstead Rescues Animals from House of Horrors

January 15, 2011

For the second time in three days, Hempstead Town Animal Control Officers rescued profoundly neglected and abused animals from squalid condition. Fifteen animals survived a Rockville Centre house of horrors while the carcasses of 26 less fortunate victims littered the filthy residence. Twelve dogs and two cats were transported to Hempstead's Animal Shelter for examination and treatment by a veterinarian before being groomed and cleaned. One dog was taken directly to an animal hospital for emergency care.

Joining Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at a briefing on the condition of the surviving animals were Senior Councilman Anthony Santino, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, members of the animal rescue group Rescue Ink, and the heroic rescuers of the town's animal shelter.

"Nothing could prepare our Animal Control Officers for what they found at a filthy house of horrors in Rockville Centre," stated Murray. "They rescued 15 animals from a 'living hell' and braved a stench-filled house strewn with the corpses of 26 animal victims."

The officials called animal shelter staff "unsung heroes" for working late into Friday evening to remove matted hair and clean feces and urine encrusted fur from dogs.

Animals rescued from the house include six chihuahuas, three dachshunds, a Yorkshire terrier, an English Bulldog, a Shih Tzu, a Boxer and two cats. Additionally, a Collie-mix dog was transported to animal hospital for emergency care. Beyond the survivors, Hempstead Animal Control Officers recovered 26 animal corpses, many of which were badly decomposed. The dead animals included five dogs, eight cats, five ferrets and five parrots.

"Kate Murray, Angie Cullin and I want to thank the men and women of the town's animal shelter for rescuing these innocent animals and showing such compassion and caring," said Murray. "They are the true heroes in this tragic incident," added Santino.

Murray indicated that she and her colleagues in town government were working closely with the Rockville Centre Police Department and the District Attorney's Office to pursue justice on behalf of the rescued and deceased animals. The town immediately reported the incident to the district attorney's animal cruelty division upon arriving at the grisly scene on Friday evening.

"These animals need us to demand justice," announced Murray. "They were victims that are voiceless in the face of evil. I will demand that the person(s) responsible for what we have found are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The animals that were rescued were found to be emaciated and dehydrated upon examination. After medical attention and grooming, the dogs and cats received nourishment and fluids.

"Seeing the condition of these animals is heartbreaking," observed Cullin. "But, now our veterinarian and caring shelter workers will help these cats and dogs return to health."

Murray and the other town board members stated that they will move swiftly to take legal ownership of the animals, work to restore their health and find loving homes for the furry pooches and felines.

"These animals have been through enough," stated Santino. "We're going to work hard to find them the loving homes that they deserve."

Murray concluded the briefing by renewing her call on the public to report instances of suspected animal abuse and cruelty. "I am renewing my plea to neighbors everywhere," said Murray. "If you see something, say something. We can all help prevent tragedies like this from recurring by speaking up when we suspect cruelty, abuse or neglect. We need to speak up for the beautiful voiceless animals that are victims across this nation on a daily basis."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Storm Watch

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Nassau County from Tuesday Evening through Wednesday afternoon.

Snow should develop across the county from 8-9pm Tuesday evening. Expect snow to last through the day on Wednesday before finally coming to an end by 1-2am Thursday morning. The heaviest snow should fall from 11pm-12am Tuesday night through 10am Wednesday morning. Expect the activity to taper to scattered light snow showers or flurries for the rest of the day Wednesday and into Wednesday night. Snow accumulations of 5-10 inches are expected right now. There is potential for slightly higher snow totals if the track is just right, but this is a little uncertain at this time. Winds will be relatively light through the night on Tuesday. Winds should pick up Wednesday out of the northwest with gusts to 25-30 mph as it looks right now. As far as tidal departures, the winds should be light on the side of the storm that would pile water up along the coasts of your county. We may get maybe 1-1.5 feet above normal and this should not be enough to produce any coastal flooding.