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From the desk of Assemblyman David McDonough

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding Long Island residents and businesses to be on guard against repair scams and those who may try to exploit unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage. Despite the outpouring of support from volunteers and charitable organizations, there are still those who may try to take advantage of affected parties. 

“It is important that we protect ourselves against those trying to exploit this disaster for personal gains,” said McDonough. “There are many reputable organizations that are able to assist those affected by the storm. 

However, if you feel that you have fallen victim to a scam, it is important to report such an instance immediately.” 

If you have a problem with a contractor and are unable to resolve it yourself, you can file a complaint with the New York State Department of State at www.dos. ny.gov or by calling 1-800-697-1220. 

You can also report these instances to the Nassau Office of Consumer Affairs at 200 County Seat Drive, Mineola, NY, by phone at (516) 571-2600 or by visiting http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/OCA/index.html. 

Consumer Protection Tips:

-Beware of anyone who comes to your home or calls you on the phone and offers to make repairs

-Beware of anyone who talks quickly to confuse you and pressures you to sign a contract immediately

-Beware of anyone who has come to the area from somewhere else to “help”   

-Avoid unlicensed contractors

-Avoid contractors who do not supply proof of insurance; and

-Avoid contractors who demand payment in cash or want full payment up front, before work has begun.

A more detailed list of how to protect against scams can be found at http://www. governor.ny.gov/press/12022012-avoidscams.

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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