When there is a presidential election, there is usually a “buzz” about it. Folks seem to get excited about national, state and even county elections. However, when it comes to local politics, particularly school issues, the interest level seems to be one of apathy. Many complain about school taxes, but it seems that few actually attend their school board meetings and participate in them. This is perplexing as school boards and the budgets they pass often have the greatest impact of property taxes as well as the quality of education afforded to children.
When I was elected County Executive, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, I knew I would need some creative ideas, call it a new way of thinking, to help people who had lost their jobs get back to work.
Recognizing that jobs are the key to a growing economy, I instituted job fairs to link the unemployed with businesses and corporations in need of workers. I also invested funds in job training and retraining centers with our local towns. In partnership with the County’s Industrial Development Agency, I offered incentives that helped create and retain more than 3,500 private sector jobs. My administration worked hand-in-hand with businesses and corporations to ensure they–and their employees—stayed in Nassau County.
Building on my efforts to help put people back to work and reduce citizens’ reliance on social services, I launched a free job-finding application–Nassau Works—that notifies job seekers of job opportunities. This innovative jobs platform provides a comprehensive and integrated social and mobile job solution that connects job seekers and employers. This new platform is offered to County businesses for free to help reduce their recruiting costs and ensure they gain access to qualified candidates. One of the largest databases of available jobs on the Internet, Nassau Works also allows seekers to view job openings in the geographic proximity of their smartphone.
Available at www.NassauWorks.com or at the App Store for your mobile device, this app quickly gets your search underway, and is as easy to use as pushing a button to find jobs or for employers to instantly distribute job listings to every corner of the digital landscape.
Job seekers can choose to receive job notifications via text message on their phone, e-mail or through social media networks such as Twitter. Nassau Works is also integrated with Facebook, so job seekers can easily see if any of their friends are connected with the hiring company. Through the site, seekers can request a referral from a friend to the hiring company, making the chances of getting the job 20 times higher.
Going forward, all of the County’s economic development compacts through the IDA will require that businesses post job openings on Nassau Works, thereby expanding the database.
This innovative jobs platform is the perfect complement to the initiatives I have already instituted. Utilizing this technology, Nassau County will gain access to data and analytics that offer unprecedented insight into the County’s local employment needs, and will help steer key decisions that will provide the foundation for future job growth. It is a vital tool in today’s economy.
A parade is always a special event for a community - no matter how big or small the community is. In small towns, all across the country, residents eagerly look forward to a parade through their town, as do citizens of New York City when Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or any other special event rolls around.
As Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino raises his right hand and is sworn in to a new term in the New York State Assembly, he is looking ahead to a new year of working in Albany with legislative leaders to solve the problems facing Long Island. Assemblyman Saladino is focused on 2013 to provide funds for storm victims in the region.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has called for stronger penalties for drivers who kill or injure police officers, emergency personnel, or hazard workers. Senator Fuschillo’s call for the new law comes after a driver who killed Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano pled guilty and will not face any jail time for his actions.
January is National Radon Action Month and the American Lung Association would like to raise awareness of how radon can affect your lung health. Many may not be aware of what exactly radon is; radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is found in soil and forms radioactive by-products which eventually can damage tissue inside your lungs and cause lung cancer. Radon enters your home, school, or office building through cracks in the foundation or even through pipes and/or the water supply. People who have private wells are more at risk than people with community water supply.
Prolonged radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There are countless health risks to those living inside a home with high levels of radon. According to EPA, smoking combined with radon exposure is considered a severe health risk.
Testing your home is the best way to find out whether you are being exposed to high levels of radon. The Lung Association sells radon kits for only $12. They are available at www.LungNE.org/products or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA.
Jeff Seyler, President & CEO
American Lung Associatio
of the Northeast New York City
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that a law he supported to improve early breast cancer detection is now in effect. The new law will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.
“Raising women’s awareness about a known breast cancer risk factor will help save lives,” said Senator Fuschillo. “Providing this information to those with dense breast tissue, when combined with routine breast cancer screenings, will help increase early detection of breast cancer and improve patients’ ability to make educated decisions about their health.”
The new law requires educational information to be provided to women with dense breast tissue. Patients will receive a mammography report in plain, non-technical language about a finding of dense breast tissue and will also be given information about how they should discuss the potential benefit of further screenings with their physician.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. is sponsoring legislation to raise penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident, which causes injury or death. Under current law, drivers who leave the scene of accident and are caught later on often face lesser penalties than they would if they were caught at the scene, especially if they were driving under the influence.
As an example, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident that involved serious physical injury faces a class “E” felony charge, which carries a penalty of up to four years in jail. However, had the driver stayed at the scene of the accident, they could face a class “D” felony, which carries a penalty of up to seven years in jail. This disparity encourages drivers to flee from the accident scene rather than stay and get help for their victim.
Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.
Governor Cuomo deserves high marks for putting forth solid proposals that will help raise student achievement.
Proposals to provide full-day pre-kindergarten, extend the school day, and offer “wrap around” community services in schools all make perfect sense. We support them wholeheartedly.
“Effective January 19, a new state law will enhance the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau).
The new law requires that all mammography reports provided by doctors must now include a notification to patients when it is determined that they have dense breast tissue. Patients also must be informed about the importance of discussing additional screening options with their doctor.
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