Officers in Seven Communities to Participate
PRESS CONFERENCE: Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter and other elected officials today announced a pilot program that will equip a number of Nassau County police officers with body cameras in an effort to increase transparency during interactions with the public. As part of the program, a total of 62 cameras will be assigned to 31 officers from the First, Third, and Fifth Precincts, which includes the communities of Baldwin, Elmont, Great Neck, New Cassel, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Crime is down 25% since I took office in 2010. Crime is at the lowest levels since statistics were first recorded and Nassau is the safest large suburban county in America. This success is directly attributable to our officers, intelligence-led policing models and strategic communication. Advancements in technology have also made it possible for police officers to receive and input valuable intelligence through the computers in their patrol vehicles, effectively turning these patrol vehicles into mobile police precincts. This body camera pilot program seeks to expand upon our efforts by using the latest technology to increase transparency during interactions with the public, strengthen officer performance by using footage for training and improve evidence documentation for investigations and prosecution.”
“We must always remember that transparency is the cornerstone to building public trust. Bringing body camera technology to Nassau is about protecting the police officers that risk their lives to protect us while fostering confidence in all our relations with each and every community. Today is a great day here in Nassau and I'm thankful of County Executive Mangano for supporting this important initiative," stated Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.
The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will select three camera models and assign each model to participating officers to test for three months at a time as the Department evaluates the best technology for its officers.
The cost of the pilot program, which will begin on August 1st, is estimated to be $150,000 and will be paid for through County operational funds. Upon its completion, the NCPD will provide final recommendations to the County Executive and County Legislature based on their experience with the pilot program.
Legislator Siela Bynoe stated, “Utilizing technology to capture interactions between police officers and residents will serve to de-escalate emotionally charged situations. I am very happy that Nassau County is taking the steps necessary to provide increased safety for our residents and our hard working police officers. This is a win-win situation.”
Legislator Carrie Solages added, “This is an extra layer of protection that helps keep our police and residents safe while also promoting transparency. I'm proud of our police and proud that Nassau is bringing this technology to our County.”
“The Nassau County Police Department is committed to exploring the latest technology in order to continue to keep Nassau one of the safest communities in the country,” said Acting Commissioner Krumpter. “This pilot program will benefit members of the community and as well as our officers.”
In creating the program, the NCPD collaborated with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and law-enforcement agencies across the country that already have body-camera programs in place.# vimeo.com/128331163 Uploaded 2 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
Roosevelt, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined today by generous sponsors and student athletes from the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County as he announced that his administration has once again raised the private sector donations needed to host the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged from May 28th through May 30th. With the support of private-sector donations, County Executive Mangano began saving the Games in 2011 after New York State eliminated funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.
“This year brings new excitement as wheelchair athletes will now use Upsee Harnesses to walk and compete in the Games for the first-time while standing upright,” said County Executive Mangano. “The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch. As they cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, these wonderful children have the ability to compete with their friends from across the State, share their stories and build friendships that will last a lifetime.”
With the general support of corporations such as Property Tax Reduction Consultants, this year’s Gold Medal sponsor, athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants, ranging from ages 5 to 21, face disabilities including blindness, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical challenges.
Sean Acosta, President of Property Tax Reduction Consultants, stated, "As the uncle of two amazing children with Autism, I can only begin to tell you the joy that comes to the hearts and minds of children when they participate in an activity they truly love. For that reason, my wife Debbie and I are proud to sponsor the Games for the Physically Challenged with a $30,000 donation from our company, Property Tax Reduction Consultants. We wish all our young athletes the best of luck.”
In its 31st year, the Games will take place in part due to contributions from King Kullen—America’s First Supermarket— who has been a long-time sponsor helping to feed the athletes, while Hofstra University has committed to housing the athletes with only minimal costs for maintenance. Nassau Community College is the venue hosting swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis events as well as the closing ceremonies. The Nassau County Department of Health and Medical Reserve Corp volunteers will once again work to provide onsite medical care and response during the games. In addition, NICE Bus will provide shuttle bus service for participants and has also generously donated $5,000 toward the Opening Ceremonies.
“The Games for the Physically Challenged are a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate achievement and to bring together young people from across New York State to compete in a great competition,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Hofstra University has a long history as a host for these games and we are pleased to continue this great tradition in partnership with Nassau County.”
“Nassau Community College is once again proud and privileged to be a host venue for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. And as members of the Long Island community, we are indeed fortunate observers and well-wishers because the participants' courage strengthens us, their indomitable spirit uplifts us, and their commitment to put forth their best efforts energizes us all,” said Acting President Kenneth K. Saunders, Nassau Community College.
“We’ve seen firsthand the joy and determination that surrounds this wonderful competition and the athletes who participate are an inspiration to us all. We’re excited to be a part of it again this year, and to be able to help make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Brian Edwards, Executive Vice President for Astoria Bank.”
“The New York Islanders are proud to support the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. The Games offer youth the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities adapted to their unique abilities. These games bring not only hope but joy to all the athletes participating. We look forward to participating in this great sporting event,” said Ann Rina, Community Relations representative from the New York Islanders.
“It has been King Kullen's honor and privilege to participate and be the food sponsor to ‘The Games’ all these years. We continue to be proud of such an admirable event for the athletes & their families," said Jeff Prince, Director of Store Operations for King Kullen.
“The people at Transdev's NICE bus operation love to get involved with the Gam# vimeo.com/125178533 Uploaded 78 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
August Groundbreaking Expected for Coliseum Transformation, Cinema, Restaurants, Retail and Recreation
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray today announced that Nassau Events Center (NEC) has submitted a Conceptual Master Plan to the Town. Phase I of the project, estimated to break ground in August 2015, includes transformation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum into a world-class arena as well as renovation of the facility’s Exhibition Hall into the Filmore Theatre – a center for performing arts. Additionally, Phase I includes Plaza construction of a 1,500 seat cinema with restaurant, entertainment and recreation space, themed restaurants, retail, a veterans memorial and a new home for Island Garden Basketball. NEC is responsible for all construction, renovation and maintenance costs at the Coliseum and Plaza.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County is one step closer to transforming the Hub into an economic generator that creates and retains new jobs along with a vibrant, attractive destination for Long Islanders and those visiting our region. Our vision for the Hub will strategically grow Nassau County’s economy by transforming the current cement jungle surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum into a sports-entertainment destination with employers that complement existing educational and healthcare institutions, financial companies and research and development.”
Under the Conceptual Master Plan, the size of the Coliseum remains unchanged. Accordingly, the new seating capacity can be expanded to current size. The Conceptual Master Plan also positions the County to attract additional employers adjacent to the Coliseum that complement existing educational institutions, financial companies and research and development. In the weeks ahead, County Executive Mangano will advance plans for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to occupy 200,000 square feet of property at the Hub. This Phase II development brings 250 good-paying jobs, with an average salary of $150,000 annually to the property while serving as an anchor to attract research and development institutions.
“Hempstead Town has set a high standard for making the development review process more efficient by creating a forward-looking building construction zone and by pro-actively furnishing clear information on our zone’s requirements to developers,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “As a result, our Town Board is ready and eager to review NEC’s Conceptual Master Plan for this valuable Uniondale site.”
The Conceptual Master Plan offers a vision for the Hub beyond Phase II of the project. This vision includes designated areas of the property for office/medical/R&D space, recreation/entertainment/convention space, retail, hotels and parking garages. Traffic studies and environmental reviews have been conducted to ensure success is achieved in transformation of the Hub into a job-generating economic engine for Nassau County.
“Today's submittal to the town of Hempstead brings us one step closer to beginning work on the redevelopment of the Coliseum site. I want to thank Town Supervisor Kate Murray for working closely with us to get to this moment,” said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies. “We look forward to beginning construction in the near future so that we can bring all Long Island residents the reimagined venue they truly deserve.”# vimeo.com/125131104 Uploaded 55 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and RXR CEO Scott Rechler announced today that the 2015 RXR Long Island Marathon, which includes the traditional 26-mile race, a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run, Kids Fun Run and other festivities will take place Friday, May 1st through Sunday May, 3rd. Last year’s race was a great success with over 8,800 participants.
“The Long Island Marathon is one of the Island's most exciting athletic events, and I am pleased to once again team up with the community of runners and RXR for the 2015 Long Island Marathon,” said County Executive Mangano. “While no specific threat exists, the Nassau County Police Department will be putting putting forth enhanced security measures for the safety of the Long Island Marathon participants, spectators, and all members of our community. I also remind residents of our See Something Say Something Campaign - if something or someone seems out of place, please call 911.”
“We are very proud to once again sponsor the Long Island Marathon,” said Scott Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RXR Realty. “The Marathon weekend combines athletics and getting outdoors with healthy doses of economic activity and Long Island pride. I always enjoy running on that first Sunday in May and look forward to joining thousands of fellow Long Islanders and others from across the region and the country at the starting line.”
Nassau County and RXR thank NEFCU - the official credit union of RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend - and Newsday – the presenting sponsor of the Marathon – for their support as well as the following sponsors: WABC-TV, WBAB, WBLI, Blink Fitness, Long Island McDonalds Restaurants, All Round Foods, Jonas Chiropractic, Snapple Beverages and The Main Event Restaurant.
Festivities are as follows:
Friday, May 1:
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex
The Main Event Pasta Party, hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum
Saturday, May 2:
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 5K Race and 1 Mile Run
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Kids Fun Run hosted by Ronald McDonald (This event is free and open to kids 1 – 11 years of age)
Sports & Fitness Expo @ Mitchel Athletic Complex
Sunday May 3:
RXR Long Island Marathon
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Half Marathon
RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend 10K Race
Finish Line Festival, Eisenhower Park
**Advance registration is open until April 25, 2015.
**There is no race-day check-in for any RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Event
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March 31st | Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter joined with religious leaders at a press conference today to announce intensified police patrols around temples, synagogues, churches and houses of worship for the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays.# vimeo.com/124006619 Uploaded 2 Plays 0 Likes 0 Comments
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