Opinion

I wanted to inform you of the passage of an important piece of legislation that I sponsored this year in the Nassau County Legislature: the Natalie Ciappa Heroin Notification Law. I am proud to report that this week my colleagues and I passed this measure and it will go into effect immediately upon the County Executive signing the legislation.

This is the first bill of its type in the country, directing local law enforcement to inform school districts and other community organizations of heroin-related offenses that occur within the school district or involve a school district student. This will provide our schools with one more tool in the fight against this insidious epidemic that has invaded our suburban lifestyle. I have named the bill the Natalie Ciappa Law, in honor and remembrance of Natalie Ciappa, a 17-year-old Plainedge student who died of a heroin overdose at a party in June this past summer. The Ciappa family has been instrumental in the passage of this bill, and I want to thank them for their courage and strength in helping pass this legislation so that other families will not have to endure the tragedy they did.

I have made protecting our children and communities a hallmark of my career in the Nassau County Legislature. Working with community organizations and civic leaders we have successfully passed the Megan's Law Notification Bill, keeping you informed of sexual predators in the community, the Social Host Law, cracking down on parents who allow underage drinking at high school parties in their homes and the Violence in Video Games legislation, requiring retailers to inform parents of the violent content of video games they are purchasing for their child to be sure they are aware. Each of these measures is part of a greater push for safety and responsibility that has the FBI and Forbes Magazine rating Nassau County as one of the safest places to live in America.

We have worked hard together over the past few years to achieve these accomplishments. Through responsible parenting, proactive community leadership and accountable officials we can and we will continue to keep Nassau County among the safest places to live, work and raise a family.


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