Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00
County Executive Edward P. Mangano reflects on his first term and looks at what’s ahead.
Edward P. Mangano is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Feinman using a makeshift iPad Bible. Mangano’s son Sal, wife, Linda, and William F. Murphy, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, look on.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today.
Wow, what an amazing feeling to be joining with all of you here. Back at my alma mater—in fact my entire family’s alma mater, Bethpage High School. I am humbled and honored to be sworn in as your County Executive for the second time. Four years ago, we gathered in this very room and set forth a plan to address the many challenges we as a county faced and I am happy with the progress my team has made in creating jobs and making Nassau County more affordable. For the first time in a long time, we, in Nassau
County, can be proud of the fact that we are no longer the highest property taxed county in the nation. In fact, local governments around the state contact us to better understand how we cut taxes while closing a $400 million deficit.
We have slashed the payroll, cut our energy costs with cooperative purchasing and green energy initiatives, reduced the vehicle fleet, eliminated 2,500 copy machines and 1,700 phone lines. I would like to take a moment to thank my team for their hard work and success:
First, my Commissioner of Public Works, Shila Shah-Gavnoudias. She successfully converted all traffic lights to LED and instituted a state-of-the-art snow plow monitoring system. We have met every snow storm with the best possible service.
I thank Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Craft for his superior emergency management—best demonstrated by Nassau County’s response to Hurricane Sandy. I am proud Nassau County received the prestigious National Weather Service Award for being storm ready.
I also thank Social Services Commissioner John Imhoff for his outstanding delivery of social services while establishing our team of fraud investigators who recovered and prevented $15.3 million in Medicaid fraud.
Thank you to Sheriff Michael Sposato for leading the County in cost-cutting initiatives. From a public-private partnership that created inmate health care in the jail to a comprehensive energy-savings initiative, Sheriff Sposato has a proven record. I also commend
Fire Marshall Scott Tusa for his work in establishing a state-of-the-art training and education center at Nassau County’s firefighter training facilities.
Thank you, Health Commissioner Dr. Larry Eisenstein for bringing national acclaim to our County by winning three National Model Practice Awards, the highest number won by a local health department in the United States in 2013.
I also commend [technology] Commissioner Ed Eisenstein for his successful launch of efficient technology, including our smart application, Nassau Now.
Thank you, Executive Directors Eldia Gonzalez and Herb Flores for your exemplary work leading the Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans.
Retired Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and Acting Commissioner Vic Politi, thank you for overseeing consolidations in the police department, while reducing gun violence and overall crime by 10 percent. Working with District Attorney Kathleen Rice, our Nassau Gun buyback program took 3,000 illegal guns off the streets. Thanks and gratitude is given to our dedicated Nassau County Police force who keep our residents and neighborhoods safe.
I also commend Assessor Jim Davis and ARC Director Darlene Harris for launching a settlement program to eliminate $30 million of debt a year. We work with homeowners to settle challenges before demanding payment of their taxes. This plan has saved all
taxpayers money—to the tune of $58 million over the past two years. I would also like to thank them for their efforts to insure no Sandy-affected individuals suffer property tax harm and no unaffected property owner is made to pay more for losses in Sandy-damaged neighborhoods.
Former Parks Commissioner, now County Attorney, Carnell Foskey, thank you for expanding athletic and family entertainment options, such as our fabulous free summer concerts, Oktoberfest, Barkfest, the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and our Annual Cruise to the Show Car Show, just to name a few. We must continue to raise the funds necessary to save the Games for the Physically Challenged.
I also commend my Economic Development Team, led by Joseph Kearney, which has created thousands of jobs and launched my successful transit-oriented-workforce rental housing program. To date, over 1,000 apartments have been launched.
A priority of mine was to launch the film and TV industry in Nassau County. Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the movie and television industry. Most recently, Carrie Underwood performed a live television broadcast of the Sound of Music on NBC from Grumman Studios. And the most expensive motion picture in history—The Amazing Spiderman 2—was recently filmed in Bethpage as well.
I commend Commissioner Lisa Murphy, for successfully overseeing the merger of six departments resulting in a new Department of Human Services. I also wish to recognize Deputy County Executive for Finance Tim Sullivan for his steady and conservative approach to finances and to NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman for instilling a collegiate, cooperative approach.
Posthumously, I recognize Veteran Service Agency Executive Director Joseph Pascarella, the best director this agency has ever been led by. Joe leaves a legacy of unprecedented housing opportunities for returning veterans, single-parent veterans and active duty military.
Last, but not least, I thank my Chief Deputy Rob Walker.
What a team! Collectively their efforts have resulted in Nassau County receiving Governor Cuomo’s NYS Government Efficiency Award. Thank you, Governor Cuomo for being here today. Our successful working relationship is fostered by the leadership of New York
State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos! Thank you, Dean!
I want also to thank my colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature. Our next four years are already full of challenges and opportunities:
from breaking ground on a world-class Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and entertainment district to planning a job-generating phase three at the Hub;
from new opportunities at Belmont Park to the expansion of the film and TV industry;
from renovating the shuttered social services building to building a new crime lab;
from making certain every Sandy survivor is back in their home to rebuilding our wastewater treatment plant;
from planning emergency worker dorms to building a state-of-the-art public safety training center;
from increasing housing options for our youth to strengthening our transit system.
There is much work to accomplish. But as you can see, I have the team of colleagues in place, a dedicated workforce and intergovernmental cooperation in order to accomplish these goals. I love my job as County Executive, and am so grateful that you have provided me the opportunity of a second term. We want to make this place your home and your children’s home for years to come. God bless you, and these United States of America. And thank you all for being a part of Team Nassau.
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While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair takes place one day before the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees.
Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 19th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 20, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo, pony rides and a new children’s carnival, from New Hyde Park-based Send in the Clowns.
“We try to capatilize on all the elements of the fair that work and modify ones that need work,” said New Hyde Park Village Board Research Assistant/Fair
Coordinator Janet Bevers. “The fair has been in place for 19 years now so in essence we follow a similar format. We invite all the village merchants to participate.”
The pony rides will be stationed near the Green Meadow Farms petting zoo on Lakeville Road, with the carnival setting up shop in the village’s Central Boulevard parking lot.
“It’s exciting to see a local company taking on a big piece of the fair,” Bevers said.
Fair reps expect at least 220 vendors to line the street fair this year. In the fair’s inaugural outing in 1995, just 90 craft vendors showed up.
“I think it’s one of the biggest events in Nassau County,” Queens-based Craft-A-Fair President Tony Ciuffo said. “The fair accentuates the local merchants.
Every year it gets more and more exciting. I expect new vendors this year. Around 25 percent of the vendors will be new this year.”
Each year, vendors rent space on the turnpike from New Hyde Park Road, continuing west to Covert Avenue. Last year, a few extra blocks were added near Lakeville Road.
Former trustee Florence Lisanti was one of the first organizers of the street fair, who trustee Donald Barbieri commended for leading the charge.
“[The fair] is a great day for the community,” he stated. “We’re proud to have all our local organizations along the turnpike. The merchants get to showcase what they do. We are very proud of the street fair.”
Local merchants, Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce members, charity and service groups can set up tables on the sidewalk free of charge, Bevers said.
“We view the fair as the premiere street fair on Long Island,” Bevers stated. “It goes about a square mile. The community feel to the fair is crucial. It’s a big fair and still retains its local charact
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Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.
They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.
The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.
“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”