LI gets state funds for summer jobs
Long Island will receive nearly $1.9 million from the state for summer employment of youth from low income families, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in a news release.
"By funding these positions we are giving businesses the summer help they need, as well as creating the opportunity for youth to both earn a paycheck and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime," Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.
Suffolk County will get $1,061,171, and Nassau, $828,381, from a total of $30 million for the entire state.
Those eligible must be ages 14 to 20 and have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $39,850 for a family of three.
Employers can use the funds to subsidize wages, support education and training activities, as well as offer counseling and employment related services, such as transportation to and from work. Youth interested in participating can contact their local department of social services.
The release noted that an additional $20 million annually is available to businesses in tax credits through the Urban Youth Jobs program, which encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth age 16 to 24 in certain municipalities around the state, including the towns of Brookhaven and Hempstead.
Board OKs bond for fire safety equipment
Lindenhurst Village is planning to bond for safety equipment for its fire department.
The village board of trustees last week approved spending $344,226 on air packs for the fire department. Village officials had announced in 2011 that more than 125 of the department's 20-year-old packs needed to be replaced in the next few years.
The cost of the air packs will be offset by a $175,350 FEMA American Firefighters grant and a $50,000 New York State Regional Economic Development Program Grant. The remainder of the costs -- $118,876 a will come from a proposed Fire Department Safety Gear bond anticipation note. The village board previously approved $11,907 from the bond to be used for safety harnesses for the department.
Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said the total amount of the bond has not been finalized but will increase to include other safety equipment and possibly capital improvements on some of the firehouses.
Work is nearing completion on the department's new main firehouse on South Wellwood Avenue. The village bonded for $5.9 million for the building, which replaces a smaller, outdated facility.
Hospital officials to address expansion
Representatives from Southside Hospital plan to make a public presentation tonight in Deer Park to address concerns that increased development in Babylon and Islip towns may lead to increased congestion at area hospitals.
Anthony Macaluso, chairman of the board of fire commissioners in Deer Park, said EMTs have noticed a logjam in the summer months at Southside and Good Samaritan hospitals, in Bay Shore and West Islip, respectively. The wait to drop off patients sometimes reaches 30 to 40 minutes, Macaluso said. He said planned apartment complexes in Wyandanch, North Amityville and Brentwood will only add to the congestion at the hospitals.
"We have strong concerns regarding the capabilities of the hospitals providing care to our residents," Macaluso said.
Representatives from Southside will use the meeting to talk about plans to begin a multimillion dollar expansion of their emergency department, a spokeswoman said.
Local fire departments and ambulance corps as well as government officials have been invited to the presentation, Macaluso said. Outreach to Good Samaritan Hospital is next, he said.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Deer Park Fire Department's main firehouse, at 94 Lake Ave.
Training to prepare for emergencies
Nassau County Legis. Siela A. Bynoe, (D-Westbury), with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, is to host Citizens Preparedness Training Programs in Hempstead, Lakeview and Westbury on the first three Mondays in June.
The first session is Monday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hempstead Public Library at 115 Nichols Dr. in the village.
The next is June 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Public Library at 1120 Woodfield Rd.
The last session will be June 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the "Yes We Can" Community Center, at 141 Garden St. in Westbury.