Earlier this month, along with Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, I submitted to the County Legislature a Community Policing (COP) Plan that reassigns 48 police officers from desk jobs to community policing positions. This plan includes the transformation of four current precincts into new Community Policing Centers to be located throughout the county, with a police presence maintained at all current locations. These Centers will have police officers posted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will have community rooms for residents to visit and for the police to host neighborhood meetings.
Keeping the families and senior citizens of Nassau County safe is my number one priority and this plan improves public safety, while increasing accountability and protecting our residents’ wallets.
Let’s flash forward to November 2012: The leaves are in full bloom, you’re getting ready for the holidays, and the Yankees have just won the World Series again (sorry Mets fans).
It’s also time to vote. You’re registered and ready to have a say in who represents your community. Democracy is about you, right?
But it’s too late. State politicians in Albany have already decided who will represent you when they drew district lines back in the beginning of the year. You’re stuck with Assemblyman X and Senator Y, whether you like it or not.
This isn’t a dystopian fantasy: In 2006, no incumbent lost a race for the New York State Senate or Assembly. That either means that New Yorkers think all state politicians are doing a fantastic job, or the system is rigged.
At the past two sessions of legislative committees, two major steps were taken by County Executive Mangano and Majority Leader Schmitt to show they have no respect for you, the people they are sworn to serve, or the governmental process by which they are supposed to serve you.
They have come into power through the idea of “tax revolt.” Unfortunately, while the easiest way to gain power was preying on the financial stress we all feel, the fact is they have no solid plan on how to run this county… except into the ground. And the only “revolting” I am seeing involves the way I would describe their behavior.
The New York Islanders will participate on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the first-ever National Hockey League (NHL) game to be played at either Barclays Center or in Brooklyn. But it may not be the last.
“We love the idea of the Islanders playing a game here,” said Bob Sanna, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), and head of construction for Barclays Center. When our conversation about the upcoming Islanders-New Jersey Devils preseason game turned to Barclays Centers’ extraordinary access to mass transit, Sanna added, “Getting here is no more complicated than going to Madison Square Garden on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to see a Knicks game.”
Every LIRR train line, with the exception of the Port Washington branch, can deliver passengers directly to the LIRR’s Atlantic Terminal station and Barclays Center is a short walk from there. Port Washington branch customers must first travel to Penn Station, and then take a 20-minute subway ride, to reach the venue.
Long Island residents benefit from some of the most abundant and most affordable drinking water in the entire country, but that makes it all the more vital that we preserve our precious natural resource. While the deep aquifers from which Long Island draws its water supply are much less susceptible to contamination than most other sources of drinking water, it is nevertheless important to be aware of possible hazards and take all necessary steps to avoid them. With 3 million Long Islanders living, working, and playing on top of our water supply, some contamination is inevitable. The Long Island Water Conference suggests that we all take the following steps to help conserve and protect our unique water supply.
Always ensure that hazardous materials, such as household chemicals, paints, oils and batteries are disposed of properly. Because Long Island’s drinking water supply is derived from underground aquifers, it is very important for residents to minimize their households’ runoff of hazardous materials. One quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply.
The collective efforts of local committees and task forces, who are combating the potentially deadly prescription drug abuse crisis, provides me with confidence that we can stop the abuse of pharmaceuticals.
There has been an alarming increase of deadly pharmacy robberies nationwide and it is imperative not to lose sight that a key cause of this problem is chemical dependency addiction.
This type of addiction can make people who otherwise would never behave in this manner, do unspeakable things to get their next fix. While chemical dependency abuse is a disease of addiction, it can be treated and people do recover.
Decreasing access to illicit substances by strengthening laws that make it harder for addicted individuals to fill forged prescriptions or to get an abundance of prescription drugs will help. However, addicted persons will not stop seeking drugs merely because their local pharmacy stops filling their prescriptions. The recent tragedies in Medford and Seaford are examples of the desperate measures that an addicted person may take to obtain a substance that will decrease their craving or help them achieve the state of euphoria they are seeking.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. In order for diagnosed children to partake in their wishes (trips to New York City, Disney World, baseball games, flying lessons and more), donations are necessary. Since the organization’s humble beginnings, it has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.
Each year, a “Polar Bear Plunge” is hosted in Long Beach to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, the event is on my 18th birthday, Feb. 5. I thought that instead of receiving gifts, I would give a gift to someone who really needs it. I, Erica Palladino, along with my team, which consists of North Shore Senior Allison Schefer and Junior Erin Sheerin will be running (“plunging”) into the ocean at 1:30 p.m. with hundreds of other people in order to raise money for the awareness of cancer and other threatening diseases. We are all trying to raise money before the big event, and even the smallest donations help.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice have announced that Nassau County’s Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Task Force will partner with InfraGard, an FBI public-private partnership, and the Long Island Pharmacy Crimes Task Force to offer a Pharmacist Security Summit on Feb. 7 from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. at The Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage.
“Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions nationwide. In Nassau County, we have felt firsthand the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse and will therefore take the lead in addressing this epidemic by implementing safety, awareness and educational initiatives for the public as well as local pharmacists,” stated Mangano.
“The rise in prescription drug abuse and the increasing boldness of addicts searching for a new source of pills makes this security summit a must-attend event for every Nassau County pharmacy,” Rice said. “It is incumbent upon law enforcement to provide whatever training, advice, and support we can to pharmacists and their employees.”
Assemblyman Charles Lavine announced his co-sponsorship of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Act. The legislation will establish a controlled substance reporting system by setting up an online, real-time database and would provide health care practitioners and pharmacists with centralized information to avoid over-prescribing. The bill will provide law enforcement with a powerful tool to combat prescription drug-related crimes during a time in which it has reached epidemic proportions.
According to a report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the number of prescriptions written for narcotic painkillers in New York State increased by 36 percent between the years 2007 and 2010. The increase mirrors a growing crime wave of pharmacy robberies, a threat all too real as more of these tragic events occur in Long Island communities and across the state.
Dear North Shore Residents,
We have all been very disheartened by and concerned about the incidents of racist and anti-Semitic vandalism and graffiti that have occurred within our community during the past few weeks. Clearly, this is an issue for our entire community to address, however, I do believe since the schools stand at the very center of our community, those of us at the North Shore Schools must take a very strong and proactive stance.
The very essence of the North Shore Schools, captured in our mission statement, is building a community of learners in which respect for one another is paramount.
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