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From the Desk of Assemblyman Rob Walker: August 28, 2009

Long Islanders Reminder to Donate at September 11 Blood Drive

New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF – Hicksville) has joined with Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) to ask that his constituents and all of Long Island donate blood on Sept. 11. NUMC and the Long Island Volunteer Center will be hosting a blood drive to honor those who lost their lives eight years ago in the worst terrorist attack on domestic soil ever.

“Even before September 11, 2001, blood supplies throughout Long Island and New York were critically low,” said Walker. “Now, more than ever, we must join together and spare a half-hour to give blood which could save the life of a neighbor, a co-worker or even a stranger who is in need. It is my hope that this blood drive will be successful with the help of 15th Assembly District residents and Nassau County as a whole.”

The blood drive will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Blood Donor Center, located on the ground floor of NUMC. Participants can park in the Visitors Parking Lot and parking vouchers will be validated at the Blood Center. All blood donors must present valid photo identification at the time of donation.

For questions regarding who can volunteer to give blood or for further information, call the Blood Center at 572-6348.

Praises $100K Grant to Stop Domestic Violence

New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF – Hicksville) thanked the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for their $100,000 grant to the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. to enhance the collaboration of domestic violence-child protective services (CPS) in Nassau. The grant was part of the more than $800,000 budgeted for the purpose of collaboration improvement in the 2009-10 state budget.

“I’m proud to have supported this grant and glad to see that the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has recognized the positive impact this collaborative effort has already had in Nassau,” said Walker. “At a time when budgets are being strained more than ever, state efforts to increase joint endeavors between private and public groups are critical to creating new solutions to problems that have plagued New York for far too long.”

According to the OCFS, the allocated funds will allow for domestic violence victims’ advocates to be located at county CPS offices stateside. These advocates work jointly with CPS caseworkers to provide essential services. Within a few years this program will be expanded by using the results of current efforts to yield standard protocols in each county throughout New York.