Firefighter Recruitment Weekend, $1 Million in Joint Savings

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RecruitNY Searching for Firefighters

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano joined firefighters from across Nassau County earlier this week to announce a statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers in New York State. Recruit NY has made its way to Long Island in hopes of recruiting and retaining members during the Recruit NY Weekend, which will be held on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

During RecruitNY weekend, fire departments will conduct tours of their firehouse and fire apparatus, allow visitors to try on turnout gear, and provide visitor activities and stations throughout the firehouse. Members will discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and let visitors know how to join their fire department.

For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to http://recruitny.org/opendoors.php and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, etc. via http://recruitny.org/resources.php to help a firehouse hold a recruitment open house.

Mangano, Bellone Announce $1 Million in Savings on Cooperative Purchase

Nassau and Suffolk Counties together stand to save more than $1 million this year as a result of a cooperative bid for the purchase of wastewater treatment and pool chemicals – the second in a series of cooperative purchases under the Long Island Intergovernmental Purchasing Council (LIPC), County Executives Mangano and Steve Bellone announced Monday.

The LIPC issued a bid that included sodium hypochlorite, sodium hydroxide (Caustic-Soda) and calcium hypochlorite. Nassau alone uses approximately four million gallons of sodium hypochlorite at its two sewage treatment plants – Bay Park & Cedar Creek – and about 30,000 gallons a year at various county pools for a total cost of more than $10 million between 2009 and 2011.

In 2012, the counties, towns and water districts will enjoy savings of between 37 and 74 cents per gallon of sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide.

Nassau County expects to save about $600,946 on these chemicals this year. In addition to the two sewer treatment plants, Nassau County uses thousands of gallons of chemicals for its pools located in Cantiague Park, Nickerson Beach, Christopher Morley Park, North Woodmere Park and Wantagh Park.

Ninth Annual PGA Play Golf America Announced

County Executive Mangano announced Tuesday that the Ninth Annual PGA Play Golf America will take place on April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the driving range in Eisenhower Park. PGA Play Golf America includes free mini-lessons from PGA professionals, hands-on testing of different products on the market and free golf balls. Also, the pro shop at Eisenhower will be offering specials.

Additionally, Nassau County in conjunction with BP Golf, The Met PGA, The First Tee of Nassau County and the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) will be hosting "Get Golf Ready Day" at Eisenhower Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The First Tee Training Area and on the Red Course Practice Green.

Liver Life Walk Set for May 12

Nassau County has announced that the American Liver Foundation Long Island Liver Life Walk will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Those interested in participating in the Long Island Liver Life Walk at Eisenhower Park can register online or call: (212) 943-1059.

Meg April 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
David- what about west hempstead,lakeview, and Franklin square? Are they recruiting as well this weekend?
DS April 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM
What about any departments in the Five Towns? I hear Woodmere is pushing people out instead of trying to bring more in. They said it was one of their commissioners that is doing it.
Frank April 23, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Nice. We dump over 11,000 gallons a day of bleach into the Western Bays on top of the 7 million gallons of sewage a day. And we wonder why all shellfishing in South Nassau has been banned? Mangano, do the right thing and extend the outflow pipes into the Atlantic, where a much larger body of water may literally dilute this crap rather than dumping it, and with it treatment chemicals, into our small salt water estuary.
David April 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Where are you getting this information from?
Chris white April 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM


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