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One week after Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that she would run for her third term later this year, another potential Democratic candidate for county executive appears to have dropped out of contention.

Newsday's [paid link] Robert Brodsky reported Thursday evening that North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman is "not focused" on any kind of run for county executive in the November election.

"I am presently focused on my responsibilities as town supervisor and have not given much thought to a county executive run lately," Kaiman said in an email on Wednesday.

Still in the running for the Democrats is Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick.

Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund Now Accepting Applications

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Friday that the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund (NHRF) is now accepting applications from Nassau County residents who are not entitled to financial reimbursement from FEMA, do not have homeowners or flood insurance, are not receiving assistance from other government relief program, or whose losses and damage far exceed insurance and/or FEMA coverage, may now apply for financial assistance from the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund.

A new website, https://apps.nassaucountyny.gov/recoveryfund/, was launched to help disseminate application forms to Hurricane Sandy victims and also further solicit donations from those citizens interested in helping their friends and neighbors in Nassau County that continue to struggle from storm damage. Contributions can be made to:

  • The Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund
  • c/o Nassau County Police Department
  • Room 216
  • 1490 Franklin Avenue
  • Mineola, NY 11501

Mangano Orders Flags to Half-Staff for Fallen Firefighter

Mangano ordered flags on County government buildings to be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Plainview Fire Department Ex-Captain and Life Member Danny Levy who passed away from a 9-11 contracted illness.

“I join our citizens in mourning the loss of ex-captain and Life Member Danny Levy and send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow brothers and sisters of the fire service,” Mangano said.

Click here to read more about Levy.

Mangano & North Shore Animal League America Announce Emergency Foster Care Referral Program

Mangano and North Shore Animal League America announced Thursday an Emergency Foster Care Referral Program for pets who have fallen victim to Hurricane Sandy. The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) will utilize their resources to assist pet owners and potential foster parents to create an introduction so that homeless pets can be given a temporary home while their owners continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy. 

Each foster applicant will be thoroughly screened by a NSALA fostering specialist and will be provided with a list of potential animals that match their criteria. Upon matching, owners will be given the information of the foster parents that match their criteria, so that they can determine who they would like to place their animal with and if they are amenable to the program. Any agreement will be made between the animal’s owner and the foster parent. 

Nassau County has kept the shelter open to help ease the stresses of those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy by offering temporary shelter for their displaced pets and providing care to ensure their safety and well-being. Currently there are more than 100 animals in the shelter, including dogs and cats, that are looking for foster homes.

Members of the Public can call the Emergency Pet Shelter at 516-272-0017 if they have any questions. Anyone interested in fostering or volunteering is asked to email emergencypetshelter@gmail.com. The Shelter is located at the Mitchell Field Gymnasium at 241 Miller Ave. in Garden City.

Registration for Nassau Summer Recreation Program has Begun

Mangano announced this week that registration for Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program for 2013 has begun. The 2013 Summer Recreation Program runs from July 1 – Aug. 8 (closed on July 4). 

Nassau County’s Summer Recreation Program operates in five County Parks: Cantiague in Hicksville; Eisenhower in East Meadow; Grant Park in Hewlett; Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach; and Wantagh Park in Wantagh. The program is for children ages 5 to 12, separated in the following categories: early childhood (5-6); juniors (7-8); intermediate (9-10); and seniors (11-12).  Parents can choose between two sessions for their children: either 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Fees for the program range from $700 for one child for the shorter session to $850 for the full-day session, with discounts available for both sessions for additional children from the same family.

The registration deadline is June 1, 2013. There is a registration fee of $25 for returning campers (from 2012) who register by March 1, 2013, and a registration fee of $50 for new campers (regardless of registration date) and returning campers who apply after March 1, 2013. Registration fees are not refundable.  If all final payments are not received by June 1, 2013, your spot in the program may be lost and the registration fee will not be refunded. 

In addition to 45 minutes of open swim time at three of the parks, other activities include: arts and crafts, board and recreational games, Quick Start Tennis, 1st Tee Golf, and sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, golf, Kan Jam, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and wiffle ball. 

New for 2013 is a Multi-Sport camp, in affiliation with the U.S. Sports Institute, which will be offered at the conclusion of the Summer Recreation Program. This new program will run the weeks of Aug. 12 and Aug. 19. For further information please call (516) 572-0245. 

For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, call (516) 572-0200 or visit the Parks website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

Nassau Announces Training Programs for LI Marathon Weekend

Nassau County is once again teaming up the Greater Long Island Running Club to offer the RunSmart training program, which is designed to help residents prepare for the marathon, half-marathon or 10K race.

The first in a series of 14 training sessions for runners of all ability levels will begin Jan. 26 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and will be held on one day every weekend through April 27. Each session will be based at a different Nassau County Park under the direction of head coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers.

The cost for the entire RunSmart Program is $30.

For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646 or visit www.thelimarathon.com and click the “RunSmart Training Program” link.

Jason January 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Kaiman could never run the County, Look what he has done here! He is so high on himself that he is Thinking About it.....
Chris Wendt January 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I want to put in a personal plug for Dave Denenberg, certainly he has become the logical Democrat nominee for County Executive. I say this based on having worked with Dave on local issues over the years, but especially because of his tireless efforts and seemingly boundless energy supporting the people of Nassau County, and not just in his own District. In a head-to-head match up between Ed Mangano and Dave Denenberg, I think Dave would win the day.
Robert Demarco January 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I agree 100%. Denenberg does alot for his constituents and although I do not live in his district I admire his efforts. He would be a worthy and qualified opponent to Mangano.
David January 12, 2013 at 01:44 PM
why is news day trying so hard to keep Kaiman politicaly relevant? I guess the big cable company's greed and appetite for more money takes precedence over the right of the taxpayers to have competent and honest representation. But then, who really cares what News Day prints . Isn't this the paper that delivered truck loads of it's papers to the dumps , so it could claim big circulation numbers and fraudulently charge advertisers ? Kaiman , NewsDay , perfect together .
eileen A. January 13, 2013 at 06:40 AM
AMEN! Dave would be perfect!
Local Resident January 13, 2013 at 02:48 PM
This is the year of "ANYONE BUT KAIMAN". That includes County Executive, ToNH Supervisor, LIPA Chief, etc.
Donna Rice January 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Quick game of trivia: How many employees of the Town of North Hempstead's building department went to prison under Jon Kaiman's supervision?
Local Resident January 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Here's another game... Who has been waiting the longest for a Building Department permit? For me, 5 months and counting...
John E. Capobianco January 15, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Why no mention of Adam Haber?
george January 15, 2013 at 04:20 AM
another trivia question. Why is Kaiman's Building Department so dysfunctional ? answer: because the building commissioner who is in charge is a retired cop who does not know a thing about ,codes ,or plans ,or construction , he was put there to make sure Kaiman does not use the building Department as his own cash machine .
Carl Potak January 15, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Let's take back Nassau County and convince Tom Suozzi to run for County Exec! http://letsconvincetomsuozzi.com & http://youtu.be/3WbYPEzWb2w
jonathan winant January 15, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Ed Mangano why did the county wait this long to enact the listed programs to help victims of storm Sandy?
jonathan winant January 15, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Carl I think your going to get a lot of hate e-mail after posting that thought. If you ask me most of the politicians on Long Island need to be replaced. Wipe the board clean and start from scratch. Start with North Hempstead first
Ms. A.J January 15, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Many would like to see Tom Suozzi reappear on the political scene as County Executive or if possible, a Mayoral candidate in Glen Cove again.
jonathan winant January 15, 2013 at 08:18 AM
you must be kidding
Chris Wendt January 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Re Ms.A.J re: "Many would like to see Tom Suozzi reappear on the political scene...." Many what? Democrats, for sure. But, despite my potential support for Dave Denenberg, I doubt you'll find any Republicans getting on a Suozzi bandwagon. Dear Democrats, if you want to assure Ed Mangano of another term in office, then run Tom Suozzi against him.
Robert Demarco January 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
You think North Hempstead is more corrupt than TOH? Kaiman vs. Murray. I don't know much about Kaiman, but I know what I see in TOH and Murray is a disgrace.
jonathan winant January 15, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Well said Chris: I trongly believe that many of the current politicians in Nassau County need to be removed.

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