George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller, greeted commuters at the Massapequa Park train station on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Comptroller Maragos is pictured at right with Executive Leader Steve Labriola and the Massapequa Park Committee members.
NYS Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted his sixth annual "Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo" on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin alongside the Short Beach Coast Guard Station in Wantagh, NY. Saladino's free event attracted nearly 4,500 children and families, and provided them with the opportunity to kayak, canoe, fish and receive lessons from the pros.
Each year Assemblyman Saladino utilizes this venue to introduce children, families and enthusiasts of all ages to fishing, marine education, and other outdoor recreational activities. This year's event also included marine life touch tanks, solar and renewable energy demonstrations, environmental conservation exhibits, arts and crafts, New York's largest fish-shaped cake, Coast Guard and Police Boat tours and live music by a group that performs at some of Long Island's most popular clubs and restaurants.
In attendance was Long Island Rock and Roll Band "The "Rockin' 45's," Paddy the Clown, Coastal Conservation Association of New York, Long Island Maritime Museum, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, JonesBeach Lifeguards, Montauk Surfcasting Association, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, American Red Cross, SUNY Farmingdale, Fire Island Lighthouse, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops.
PBA Golf Tournament
Pictured left to right: Tom Mungeer, Joe Belesi, Joe Saladino and Gordon Warnock
On Monday July 18, 2011 Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi joined together with New York State Assemblyman Joe Saladino to attend the New York State Trooper PBA Signal 30 Fund Golf Tournament hosted at the Rockville Centre Links, where Legislator Belesi was honored to receive the elected official of the year award.
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY OFFERS BROCHURES ON TOWN ATTRACTIONS
Historical sites, museums, preserves…if you’re looking for something fun and enjoyable to do this summer, the Town of Oyster Bay has a variety of places of interest right at your doorstep, according to Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto.
“If you’re looking for some great places to take your family this summer, you don’t have to travel far from home, or spend a lot of money,” Councilman Pinto said. “A Town brochure entitled Visit the Town of Oyster Bay gives a brief overview of museums, preserves and historic sites right in our own Town. AGuide to Historical Places of Interest in the Town of Oyster Bay focuses on sites with links to our Town’s diverse history, from Sagamore Hill, the home of President Theodore Roosevelt, to the Northrop Grumman History Center, which houses a collection of memorabilia and exhibits recalling the historic accomplishments of Grumman in aerospace and defense, including the building of the Lunar Module, the first spacecraft to land on the moon. With these brochures in hand, you can plan some fun and educational outings that can easily be made in a day.”
The Councilman noted that any resident or organization interested in obtaining these free brochures can pick them up at Town Halls North (Oyster Bay) and South (Massapequa), the Department of Public Works (Syosset) and at major park facilities, or call or write to the Town of Oyster Bay Public Information Office, Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (624-6380). Copies can also be downloaded from the Town’s Web site, www.oysterbaytown.com.
Mangano Helps Save the
Games for the Physically Challenged
Calls on Public to Join the Cause
Due to New YorkState’s announcement that it willeliminateall funding forthe Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that NassauCounty will step in to save the Games. In an effort to continue this tradition, the County Executive created the Committee to Save the Games being chaired by Disability Opportunity Fund President & CEO Charles D. Hammerman. The Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place this year from June 2nd through the 4th.
“The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged have taken place in Nassau County for the past 26 years; so naturally, there is no better place to continue the tradition,” said County Executive Mangano. “We’re asking the public to get involved to help keep the Games alive.”
Charles D. Hammerman, President & CEO of the Disability Opportunity Fund, a Nassau County-based not-for-profit organization which supports people with disabilities, said, “I am very honored to be working with County Executive Ed Mangano and his staff on ‘Saving the Games’. As a parent of a daughter who enjoyed participating in this event many years ago, it will be very exciting to continue this tradition for the next generation.”
The 2011 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place at Mitchel Athletic Complex and NassauCommunity College. Athletes compete in track, field, slalom, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants, ranging in age from 5 to 21, face disabilities of blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical disabilities.
“I am so pleased that the young athletes from the Games for the Physically Challenged will continue to be able to compete at Mitchel Athletic Complex and NassauCommunity College on June 2-4. NassauCounty has been the home to the Games since we began them in 1985,” said Founder of the Games for the Physically Challenged and Committee to Save the Games Event Chairwoman Susan Gordon Ryan. “This year with generous support of County Executive Ed Mangano and the countless volunteers who work every year to make the Games happen we will all be planning to celebrate our 27th year of watching our athletes Win and Inspire again.”
The cost of participation is free and the numbers of athletes increase each year, boasting up to 1,100! The dedication brought forth by the parents, families, teachers, coaches and volunteers are crucial to the success of these games. Operating with a small staff, the games are facilitated by those who return year after year to a program they love.
In its 27th year of competition, the Games will take place due to the generosity of sponsors, private donations and in-kind resources from NassauCounty. King Kullen – America’s First Supermarket – has committed to helping feed the athletes and HofstraUniversity has committed to housing athletes for free minus their costs of maintenance.
“King Kullen has always supported the Games for the Physically Challenged,” stated King Kullen Vice President Thomas Cullen. “To be able to watch these athletes return year after year to compete in sports they love is absolutely amazing. Being a part of their lives and dreams has provided King Kullen the opportunity to want to sponsor the Games once again.”
“We are happy to welcome the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and the athletes back to Hofstra, and are pleased to contribute our housing facilities. Hofstra is committed to providing access and opportunity to our community and to partnering with government and other not for profit groups to ensure that important events such as these games remain available for New Yorkers,” said Stuart Rabinowitz, President, HofstraUniversity.
“As Honorary Co-Chair of the 2011 Games for the Physically Challenged, I am pleased that the College can play a vital role in this event which honors the resilience, determination and athletic prowess of these marvelous competitors and their families," said Dr. Donald P. Astrab, President of Nassau Community College.
On Saturday January 15, Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi and Legislator Rose Marie Walker along with Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Muscarella and New York State Assemblyman Joe Saladino attended Farmingdale Soccer Board’s annual Dinner.
Pictured left to right: Joe Muscarella, Joe Belesi, Rose Marie Walker, Ralli Chadeayne, Natalie Bassa and Joe Saladino
On Saturday September 18, 2010, Nassau County Legislators Joe Belesi and Rose Marie Walker Joined together with New York State Assemblyman Joe Saladino and Town of Oyster Bay Officials, Councilman Joe Muscarella and Councilman Anthony Macagnone to attend the annual opening day ceremonies for the Plainedge Bobcats Football League, hosted at John H West Elementary School in Bethpage.
Pictured in photo:Gina Moscato, Melissa Lynan, Lori Porciello, Doreen Wheeler, Cathy Flannigan, Maryanne Capone, Joe Muscarella, Anthony Macagnone, Joe Saladino, Joe Belesi, Rose Marie Walker and the six year old cheerleaders for the Bobcats
On Saturday September 18, 2010 The Farmingdale Hawks Midget Football and Cheerleading Organization welcomed Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi, Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Anthony Macagnone and The Village of Farmingdale Mayor George Starkie to their annual Parade day at 3:00 P.M. The Parade commenced at HowittMiddle School in Farmingdale and ended at Alan Park in Farmingdale.
Pictured in photo:Anthony Macagnone, Joe Belesi, George Starkie, Anthony Biello, Scott Wilson, Steve Licata
On Sunday September 12, 2010 Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi joined together with Town of Oyster Bay Officials, Supervisor John Venditto, Town Clerk Steve Labriola, Councilman Anthony Macagnone and candidate or for State Senate Bruce Blakeman for the Farmingdale Unit ofthe Nassau County Police Activity League 7th Season of organized Youth Flag Football kick off of the 2010 Season.
Pictured left to right: Ray Webb, Anthony Macagnone, Bruce Blakeman, Joe Belesi, Steve Labriola, Rebecca Alesia, George McLaren and the Pee Wee 4 Ravens and Cardinals.
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Long Island Laser Bounce Opens
On Friday August 13, 2010 Legislator Joe Belesi along with Legislator Dennis Dunne joined together with Town of Hempstead Councilman Gary Hudes and Assemblyman Dave McDonough to attend the Grand Opening Ribbon cutting ceremony of Long Island’s Laser Bounce.
Pictured left to right:Gary Hudes, Joe Belesi, Lois Cornibert, Charlie Kick, Dean Baer, Joseph Homan, Steve Philmus, Ann Torcivia, David McDonough, Mark Bonilla and Dennis Dunne.
MANGANO ANNOUNCES BORDER COLLIES TO BE ON “GOOSE PATROL” AT COUNTY PARKS
Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that the County has acquired two Border Collies as part of a broader effort to create a dedicated team to tackle the problem of Canada geese. The specially-trained dogs will be utilized in EisenhowerPark, and the County plans to purchase two additional Collies to patrol other NassauCounty parks. Border Collies are particularly effective at controlling geese, because the geese perceive them as predators. No geese are harmed; the Collies are trained to silently chase the geese away from lawns, water bodies and other open spaces. “This is an environmentally-safe and effective way of controlling geese in the County’s parks,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our new ‘employees’ will keep our golf courses, playgrounds, ball fields and picnic areas clean and enjoyable for everyone.”
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino recently joined members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary at Wantagh Park to promote life jacket awareness and boating safety. Assemblyman Saladino stressed the need for parents and operators of watercraft to make sure everyone, from children to the most experienced swimmer, wears their life jacket when boating. On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the United States; nearly 70 percent of these are fatalities caused bydrowning. The Coast Guard Auxiliary was on hand for assistance and provided free safety inspections to boat owners at the park to mark the start of Safe Boating Week in New York state. In the photo, shown from left to right are, Vice Commander John Geiger, Assemblyman Saladino, and Stu Cohen.
MANGANO ANNOUNCES PARK IMPROVEMENTS
ON FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
Construction of New Ball Fields, Hiking Trails, Playgrounds, and Restoration of
Historic Landmarks after Years of Neglect
Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a variety of recreational improvements throughout the NassauCounty parks system just in time for the summer season. Following a decade of inattention and deterioration, improvements to county parks include new playgrounds at Christopher Morley Park and NickersonBeach, a new soccer field in Hicksville, the renovation of two Little League baseball fields in Seaford, and the creation of a new water trail for kayaks and canoes along the SouthShore.
While operating funds for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have been cut 25 percent in the past two years, Ed Mangano has pledged to renovate and restore NassauCounty’s parks and keep them open for business all summer long.
“Our parks are intended to offer relief, relaxation and fun to residents who are facing increased stress from a poor economy and high taxes,” said County Executive Mangano. “We will continue to offer the same great cultural events, concerts and other activities at our wonderful facilities, and I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy them.”
NassauCounty has 70 parks, preserves, museums, historic properties and athletic facilities comprising 6,000 acres. These range from the 930-acre EisenhowerPark in East Meadow to the renovated 2-acre CentennialPark in Roosevelt to the GarviesPointMuseum and Preserve in Glen Cove. There are facilities for swimming, ice skating, golf (18 or 9 hole courses, including mini-golf), camping, and boating, along with a variety of fitness and hiking trails.
“Whether you catch a concert at Eisenhower, hike at Garvies Point, watch an old-time baseball game at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, or enjoy a day at the beach, there’s something for everyone. With more and more people staying close to home, a ‘staycation’ right here in NassauCounty is a great way to spend the summer,” said Mangano.
Mangano Announces Summer Recreation Program Nassau's Children Welcome to Enjoy County Parks Program
On Saturday, April 3, 2010, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced a new Summer Recreation Program for children at four county parks. "This summer children throughout the county have an opportunity to enjoy our parks through this new recreation program," said Mangano. "From scavenger hunts to horse shoes, sports to arts and crafts, our children will have a terrific time at our parks."
The Nassau County Summer Recreation Program will take place July 6th to August 12th, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to attend at a cost of $450 for one child and $400 for each addition child. Locations include Christopher Morley Park, Cantiague Park, Nickerson Beach Park, and Wantagh. Registration deadline is June 15th. For more information, call 516-572-0200. Pictured below are photos taken at the press conference.
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14’ GREAT WHITE SHARK SIGHTED AT ASSEMBLYMAN SALADINO’S 3rd ANNUAL MARINE EXPO
On Sunday, September 7th, Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino held his third annual MARINE AND OUTDOOR RECREATION EXPO at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin.This free event attracted some 4,000 Long Islanders who were treated to a day of boating, fishing, kayaking, recreation activities and environmental conservation education. Along with a Kiteboarding Air show by Best Kiteboards, a highlight of the day was a concert featuring one of Long Island’s original rock & roll music bands “The Trees” and Bluegrass and country rock with “Tornado Alley.” Nothing grabbed the public’s interest more than the sight of a great white.
Attendees watched in awe as a fourteen foot long predator was created by Farmingdale’s Merritt Bakery. “Mike the Baker” Benes (MikeTheBaker.com) delivered 13 large sheet cakes to the event. Assembly Saladino and Mike cut, shaped and positioned the pieces to form the shark before the wide eyes of scores of children. Kim and Danielle of Merritt Bakery iced and colored the life-sized shark dessert to closely resemble the star of Jaws. The process created the largest fish-shaped cake in New York State history! In 2006 they created a striped bass and in 2007 a nearly 14’ fluke.
Assemblyman Saladino said, “Our Expo was a huge success. I’ve spent my entire life on the waters of the Great South Bay and Atlantic Ocean, learning about and enjoying Long Island’s shores and marine life. This event is an excellent opportunity for us to educate our children about the local marine environment in a fun and engaging setting.This is also a powerful opportunity for us to instill the need to protect and conserve our vital marine resources, our wetlands, and our sea life, so our children and future generations can enjoy it as we have. This year we placed a large emphasis on teaching the public about such worthy subjects as solar energy, hydrogen and bio fuels, conservation of water and lifesaving, water safety, and CPR instruction.”
This year’s event introduced the crowd to scores of hands on activities. Groups such as SUNY Farmingdale’s Science Department, Built Well Solar, and environmental organizations from all over Long Island taught families about the need to conserve energy and natural resources and save money in the process.
As a new addition this year, the Expo included a kite-boarding air show by Best Kiteboarding of Amityville, which excited all who watched. This air show built upon Long Island’s tourism and recreational opportunities in an effort to improve recreational and eco-tourism in our region.
This expo is designed to bolster Long Island’s economy, introduce families to marine sports and educate the public to sustainable environmental technologies and ways of life. Assemblyman Saladino is a member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, as well as the Education Committee in the New York State Assembly.
MEJIAS & ROLLING THUNDER - SPECIAL NEEDS ATHLETES TRAIN FOR 2008 LI MARATHON
Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias competed for the fourth consecutive year in the Long Island Marathon. In preparation, he trained with some very special athletes. Recently he joined the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program (RTSNP), a non-profit organization for physically and mentally challenged athletes. Rolling Thunder gives athletes an opportunity to train in all aspects of running, walking and fitness as they compete at all levels in mainstream competitions. Pictured at left are Legislator Mejias and members of Rolling Thunder.
Massapequa Road Runners' Alex Flyntz (Race Director) and Diane De Lissio (President, MRR) at the 27th running of the Firecracker 5k Race at Brady Park
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