Honors For Rep. King

Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) was recently honored for his support of the Towers of Freedom 9/11 Military Monument located 20160128_161117at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa as well as for his efforts to pass the Zadroga 9/11 Health Act. Presenting the award, which includes an actual piece of World Trade Center steel, were FDNY Lt. (Ret.) Frank Haskell of West Islip and NYPD Det. (Ret.) Tommy Smith of Massapequa Park who worked long hours and many days at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. Frank and Tommy led the effort to construct this inspiring 9/11 monument which honors those who died that tragic day and also the men and women of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Simple Steps For Home Protection

HomeProtect_020316ALegislator Judy Jacobs reminds residents that burglary is a major crime and impacts homeowners in single and multi-family dwellings across the country. Here are some tips:
• Windows and doors should always be locked when leaving the house. This should include all rear gates as well.
• Do not post anything on the Internet that would indicate you and your family are away from the house.
• Make sure all alarm stickers are visible on doors and windows, and easily seen from the street or the sidewalk.
• Do not leave packages, mail or newspapers outside.
• You install outside motion detection lights at the corners of your house (make sure they are high enough so a burglar cannot unscrew the bulb).
• Make sure your doors are solid and avoid large glass panels that make it easy for an intruder to break.
• Ensure that sliding doors have metal pins or a metal bar installed.
• Leave lights on a timer to go on as soon as it is getting dark.
“This is not difficult to do, and so important for our piece of mind,” said Jacobs. The NCPD also wants you to be alert when entering or leaving your home. If you notice someone or something suspicious, call 911 immediately.

UPDATE: Precinct Stays

UPDATE: The plans had been shelved for the relocation of the police department 7th precinct.

Bank Robbery In Massapequa

Major Case Bureau detectives are investigating bank robbery that occurred on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. in Massapequa.

According to detectives, a male black and a female black entered the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 6257 Sunrise Highway. The male subject approached a bank teller and passed a demand note as well as verbally demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, both subjects fled the bank and were last observed on foot westbound towards Willow Street.

The subjects were described as a black male, 23-25 years old, 5’11”- 6’ tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark colored hat, a dark colored hooded jacket with red and white horizontal stripes, camouflage pants and red & white sneakers, and a black female, 23-25 years old, 5’2”- 5’3” tall with a heavier build. She was wearing a multicolored winter hat, black & white jacket, purple pants and dark colored boots.

During the robbery there were 9 employees and 2 customers present; none of whom were injured.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

7th Precinct Relocation

Recently, it was reported that there are plans to reconstruct the 7th police precinct, now located in Seaford. The current plans include relocating the facility to Cedar Creek Park, located in Wantagh. The plan would have been quietly approved if it was not for the objection of a few Wantagh residents and the County Legislator from that area.

It is unfortunate that the process for the reconstruction and relocation of the precinct was shrouded in secrecy. The location of the precinct, which jurisdictions encompass many neighborhoods, should have been fully and publicly vetted for the best location with all stake holders providing in put. It is difficult to imagine that the symbolism of this building of strength and authority is best suited nestled in a residential area located in a bucolic park.

The facility belongs in a location were it will be most effective as a deterrent to crime and best serve the public there should be little doubt it must be located on or near the vacant parcels on Sunrise Highway, Old Sunrise Highway or the Sunrise Mall locations.
As previously stated, due to objection of residents and an individual elected official who will be conducting a Town Hall meeting to gather input from the public in January at Wantagh High School, I hope all those that are concerned about public safety and are concerned the project is correct for the greater community, will attend and provide valuable input on the next location of the 7th police precinct.

—Phil Healey, president, Biltmore Shores Civic Association

Safety Tips From The NCPD

With winter finally arriving and the days getting shorter, the Nassau County Police Department has a few checklist items you should address to make your home and yourself safer. For more information, go to www.police.nassaucountyny.gov/
• Burglars look for dark homes. Consider keeping lights on when you’re not home and investing in motion detection lights on the corners of your home.
• Keep your bushes short, so you can see through your windows if anyone is approaching your property.
• Lock doors and windows when leaving the house as well as rear gates.
• Make alarm stickers visible on doors and windows and keep your car in the driveway if possible.
• Park in well-lit areas. Lock your vehicle and do not leave it running.
• Hide packages and shopping bags in the trunk and do not leave your GPS visible in the vehicle.
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

Arrest In Seaford

Seventh Squad detectives report the arrest of a Copiague man for a burglary that occurred in Seaford on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 4:45 p.m.Sean Tutt
According to detectives, Sean Tutt, 40, entered a residence on Jackson Ave. through a side window and removed assorted items, which he placed in a bag. The homeowner returned home while the defendant was still in the house, causing the defendant to flee the residence. The defendant dropped the proceeds after the homeowner attempted to grab him.
The defendant was later identified by latent fingerprints that were taken from the scene in addition to the victim positively identifying him in a photo array.
On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, the Bureau of Special Operations police officers located and arrested Tutt in Copiague. He is being charged with second degree burglary and was arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 in First District Court, Hempstead.

GLIRC Presents Check To Firefighter’s Museum

Fireman's Museum 2

Pictured from left: Museum Board of Directors Chair Angelo Catalano, Run Director Myron Bellovin, Museum Executive Director Alana L. Petrocelli, Sherry Bellovin and GLIRC Executive Director Linda Ottaviano

The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was pleased and proud to be able to present a check in the amount of $500 to The Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center out of the proceeds of the Club’s Fred von der Heydt Memorial 6 Hour 60th Birthday Run.  The check was presented by Six Hour Run Director Myron Bellovin, Running Club Executive Director Linda Ottaviano, and Running Club Membership Chair Sherry Bellovin. Myron and Sherry Bellovin are long time residents of Massapequa.

The Museum and Education Center is a nearly 10,000 square foot interactive facility where individuals, families and groups can experience first-hand the proud tradition of firefighting in our communities . Visitors can also trace the history of firefighting in Nassau County with hands-on exhibits that feature antique and contemporary fire apparatus and gear.

Francis X. Pendl was a 50-year active member of the Bethpage Fire Department, serving as Chief of Department. He also served as assistant chief fire instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage, and was one of moving forces behind the establishment of the Museum that bears his name.

 

 

 

GLIRC Presents Check To Firefighter's Museum

Fireman's Museum 2

Pictured from left: Museum Board of Directors Chair Angelo Catalano, Run Director Myron Bellovin, Museum Executive Director Alana L. Petrocelli, Sherry Bellovin and GLIRC Executive Director Linda Ottaviano

The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was pleased and proud to be able to present a check in the amount of $500 to The Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center out of the proceeds of the Club’s Fred von der Heydt Memorial 6 Hour 60th Birthday Run.  The check was presented by Six Hour Run Director Myron Bellovin, Running Club Executive Director Linda Ottaviano, and Running Club Membership Chair Sherry Bellovin. Myron and Sherry Bellovin are long time residents of Massapequa.

The Museum and Education Center is a nearly 10,000 square foot interactive facility where individuals, families and groups can experience first-hand the proud tradition of firefighting in our communities . Visitors can also trace the history of firefighting in Nassau County with hands-on exhibits that feature antique and contemporary fire apparatus and gear.

Francis X. Pendl was a 50-year active member of the Bethpage Fire Department, serving as Chief of Department. He also served as assistant chief fire instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage, and was one of moving forces behind the establishment of the Museum that bears his name.

 

 

 

Until We Know Who’s Knocking

No doubt the recent Paris terrorist attacks followed by events in San Bernardino have left you as shocked and as angry as I am. Like many of you I spent these past few weeks trying to understand the violence and frankly, I just don’t.

Currently, the Obama administration has undertaken the controversial resettlement of thousands of refugees from war-torn Syria into the United States. At first glance, there would seem to be a clear moral imperative to us as Americans to take in some of this displaced population. After all, most of these innocents have been victims of the same type of violence that we saw in Paris, except more brutal and systematic. Yet at the risk of sounding insensitive, I would respectfully suggest that Governor Cuomo join the 31 other governors from around the United States who object to such action and here’s why.

The vetting process: It looks good on paper but is truly without substance. The lack of data is simply too great for the FBI to be expected to perform the task adequately. In many cases, there are no government records, no police records, no fingerprints and often, no official paperwork at all on these refugees. Even if there were, we don’t have sufficient access to it. Syria’s government has been decimated by years of civil war and corruption. Furthermore they recognize us as enemies and actively resist cooperating in the world community’s effort to resettle its population. So precisely what are we checking?

Numerous failures: For starters, we’ve “vetted” so-called allies in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 11th for security roles only to be met by regular “green on blue” attacks on our military personnel. From 2008 to 2015 alone, 91 attacks claimed the lives of 148 coalition troops and wounded 186. Then just recently here at home, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) admitted that as many as 73 people on their “terrorist watch list” somehow obtained aviation jobs around the country. They blame “sloppy record keeping” and “inter-agency red tape.” So I ask you plainly: If the federal agencies charged with protecting us and our military here and abroad drop the ball, why should we believe that they can root out subversives from among the thousands who have no paperwork? It’s preposterous. But it’s an election year, folks.

Historical precedent: In 2011 President Obama’s State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation declared dozens of Iraqi terrorists had come here through the refugee program. ISIS already claims to have sleeper cells among Syrian refugees and a local, New York Syrian leader maintains that Syrian corruption is so rampant that authentic, official identification papers with fake names are routinely obtained via bribery. Throw in the five Syrian nationals on their way to the U.S. that were apprehended two weeks ago in Honduras with fraudulent passports and we have a clear picture of imminent danger. The president took sound advice in 2011, so why not now?

There are those who claim that any reluctance on our part in accepting the Syrians betrays some engrained American ethos; that we would have to “give back” the Statue of Liberty and her promises per se. But nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the United States has historically been and today remains the most generous and welcoming nation in the history of civilization. In that light an even more outstanding element of our national character is prudence. We should not discard our national prudence at such a critical moment under pressure from revisionists who would have you believe otherwise.

My friends, when the political posturing ends, the simple question remains: Could the influx of Syrian refugees pose a terrorist threat to our nation? The honest answer is yes.  The bloodshed and carnage caused by ISIS is sickening, as is their pledge to exploit the refugee crisis to cause even more devastation elsewhere (which they did in Paris). Our hearts break for the people who are truly suffering, because they are fleeing the same terror we are trying to prevent here. But without appropriate safeguards to keep terrorists from infiltrating our borders, we should not proceed. On that note, I leave you with an observation I read that certainly applies to us as a nation: “I don’t lock my door at night because I hate the people on the outside, but because I love the people on the inside.”

-Senator Jack M. Martins