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North Hempstead,

N. Hempstead ban on Ben & Jerry’s sparks backlash

Local elected officials expressed strong opinions against Ben & Jerry’s recent decision to stop selling its ice cream in the West Bank, calling the move dangerous and anti-Israel. An independent Palestinian organization criticized the officials’ reaction, saying their stance infringed on the group’s First Amendment rights. Town of North Hempstead...
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Great Neck,

Great Neck surgeon pleads guilty to gun possession

Great Neck resident and plastic surgeon Matthew Bonanno pleaded guilty to a felony in the Nassau County Court District Wednesday after two county police departments seized a cache of guns, ammo, and other weapons from him in 2019, officials said. The 49-year-old Bonanno pleaded guilty to possessing a 9mm pistol...
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Nassau's water lesson for the nation

Long Island American Water, a local subsidiary of a massive multinational corporation, has been gouging Nassau County’s residents for years. With the company’s most recent rate hike, bills went up by almost a third. In response, Long Islanders turned outrage into organizing to demand public control over the water system.
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Sands Point,

The Sands Point Preserve

The jewel in the crown of the Nassau County Parks Department. When most of the world was frozen in place by COVID-19 and all that came with it, the Sands Point Preserve was in a unique position to pivot while proving to be a refuge for people seeking a respite from the pandemic. Situated on 216 acres, the Preserve’s huge expanse provided a place for visitors to safely social distance and hit the metaphysical reset button in a way that temporarily banished the emotional heft of the coronavirus, enforced mask-wearing notwithstanding. The estate’s role as an inadvertent outdoor oasis was one it was uniquely suited to play according to Executive Director Beth Horn.
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Stagnant no more, Nassau County is building a new future

In the nation’s worst moment of isolation, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran stayed focused on bringing people together to shape the county’s future. In March 2020, as everyone was locking down, Curran created an economic advisory panel that brought together leaders from local chambers of commerce, the hospitality industry, labor and the nonprofit sector.
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Making waves

Long Island radio personality Cindy Grosz has launched a new series of conversations with political candidates since "2021 is the year of local elections." Grosz ran in the Republican primary for CD4 last cycle, and has been an avowed supporter of former President Donald Trump to the point that back in December 2020 she encouraged Twitter users to reach out to her if interested in "Making Arrangements To Attend The Washington DC Events On January 6, 2021" — a date readers might recognize. The tweet asked who is joining "@realDonaldTrump and @jewishvotegop to fight for fair and honest elections and #AmericaFirst #4MoreYears #TRUMP2020ToSaveAmerica."

Curran Announces Upcoming Student Vaccination Days in Partnership with Northwell Health

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced upcoming student vaccination days with Northwell Health at the Kennedy Park pod in Hempstead. Nassau County continues to lead New York across all demographic groups including young people and this initiative aims to build on that progress by getting more residents 12 and older vaccinated before the upcoming school year.
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Bankrupt Amsterdam retirement community granted more IDA help

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has agreed to help a retirement community in Port Washington recover from its second bankruptcy in seven years, citing concern about the elderly residents’ welfare. A divided IDA board voted last week to issue additional bonds and grant more tax breaks to the Amsterdam...
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15 Nassau beaches closed due to elevated bacteria levels from heavy rain

Elevated bacteria levels caused by heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff have forced the closure of 15 beaches in Nassau County on Monday, health department officials said. The affected beaches include: Centre Island Sound, Sounside Beach, Stehli Beach and Ransom Beach in Bayville; Creek Club and Lattingtown Beach in Lattingtown; Laurel Hollow Beach in Laurel Hollow; Morgan Sound and Pryibil Beach in Glen Cove; North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington; Piping Rock Beach Club in Locust Valley; Theodore Roosevelt Beach in Oyster Bay; Sea Cliff Village Beach in Sea Cliff; Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing; and, Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa.
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Nassau County Haitian Americans reach out to troubled homeland

Since the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, Nassau County’s Haitian Americans have reached out to help the Haitian community, both those living in the county and those in the crisis-ridden nation. Maryse Emmanuel-Garcy, of Baldwin, executive director of the Freeport-based organization Haitian Families of Long Island...
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The Second Amendment and Vacated Ex Parte Domestic Protection Orders

From Henry v. County of Nassau, decided today by the Second Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Steven Menashi, joined by Judges John Walker and Susan Carney:. In 2014, the daughter of Plaintiff-Appellant Lambert Henry commenced an ex parte proceeding against Henry in Nassau County Family Court. {Henry's daughter alleged that she and Henry were having a discussion when Henry blocked her from leaving a room and "put [her] in a headlock and squeezed," causing her to "fear for [her] safety." Henry, for his part, characterizes the case as arising out of an argument about his daughter's grades in school.}
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Another Side of Laura Schaefer

The Nassau County Legislator will show off her singing chops with accompanist Bill Blais at Cassariano Italian Eatery, 348 East Jericho Turnpike, Mineola. Call 516-280-8990.
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Helicopters and marine patrols to monitor Long Island beaches for sharks

NEW YORK - Nassau County is expanding shark patrols at all of its beaches. "Last summer, Nassau County had about 20 shark sightings, which was extremely unusual and started around the same time that we're starting to see them this year," said Nassau County Executive, Laura Curran. "The first sighting close to shore last year was around July 28th. So we are anticipating and preparing for a similar situation this summer."
Garden City,

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites

For additional guidance on finding a testing center near you, please reach out to our Health Services Center at These facilities offer rapid and PCR testing. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, and does not guarantee availability at each testing site. Supply is subject to change based on site demands each day.