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From The Desk Of Legislator Michael Venditto: April 19, 2013

Spring is a great time of the year. The temperature is rising, the amount of daylight continues to increase and a feeling of renewal fills the warmer air. In our 12th Legislative District, the season brings many exciting events, with one of these being the opening of the Little League season.  After a cold winter, the beginning of the Little League season is always a welcome event. With the season having just begun, let’s send the young athletes our best wishes for a successful season while also thanking the coaches and parents who make the games possible.

The spirit of community involvement is demonstrated at Massapequa Park’s annual Earth Day program when many of our local Scout troops, as well as other residents help clean up the village and make it even more beautiful. This year, it will take place on Saturday, April 20. Groups will begin assembling around 9 a.m. in Brady Park. I’m looking forward to joining village officials at the park to support and thank those who will be giving back to our district with their efforts.

Although, the weather is getting nicer, the effects of Superstorm Sandy remain for many of our residents. My office is working to help victims recover, and one such way is to inform residents of programs and events that can assist Sandy victims. On Saturday, April 29, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., the Nassau County Bar Association, located in Mineola on 15th Street at the corner of West Street will hold a free legal clinic for Nassau County residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. Those with legal questions or concerns related to the storm may stop by for a free one-on-one consultation with an attorney.

Also, be advised that because of Sandy, the deadline for Nassau County homeowners to challenge their property tax assessment has been extended to May 1. Forms are available online and at many local government buildings.

Lastly, I want to stress that my office is here to help with these or any other concerns residents may have. Please feel free to call 516-571-6212 or speak to me at any of the events that will be occurring in our district. I look forward to being of assistance.