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Roundup: Consumer rights, India Day fest, women's awards
Community meeting topic: consumer rights
The Levittown Community Council meeting on Jan. 27 is expected to focus on consumer rights, and the featured guest will be a representative from the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs.
The meeting, led by Kenneth Heino, executive assistant to the Nassau County commissioner of consumer affairs, is scheduled to take place in the Community Room of the Levittown Public Library at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and there is no fee to attend.
The Office of Consumer Affairs offers a variety of services to Nassau County and its residents, such as handling consumer complaints and matters related to identity theft and the social-host law.
Its mission is to protect consumers and businesses from fraudulent enterprises and business practices; enhance consumer safety; enforce consumer legislation; support competitive business practices, and provide education.
For information, email email@example.com or call co-presidents Pat Patane at 516-579-2831 or Tom Kohlman at 516-221-6590.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM
Supervisor to make ‘State of Town’ talk
Judi Bosworth plans to deliver later this month her first “State of the Town” address as North Hempstead’s supervisor, in a speech that will be open to the public.
Bosworth was elected the town’s 37th supervisor in November and took office in January. She succeeded John Riordan, who served about three months after longtime Supervisor Jon Kaiman resigned in September. Bosworth will speak about “increased government transparency, a renewed focus on customer service, new environmental initiatives and maintaining the Town’s strong finances,” according to her office.
The address will be held Jan. 31 at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links, 1 Fairway Dr. in Port Washington, at 1:15 p.m.
The address is part of a luncheon program the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset hosts. The lunch costs $35, and it starts at noon.
— SCOTT EIDLER
Kehoe will not seek re-election as trustee
Northport Village Board member Thomas Kehoe has announced he will not seek re-election this year.
Kehoe, 64, is one of five trustees, including the mayor. Mayor George Doll and board member Henry Tobin, who is deputy mayor, are also up for re-election, and they have said they will be running. All of the seats are for four years.
“It’s been a wonderful, wonderful eight years,” Kehoe said. “It is time for me to move on.”
Kehoe served as the village’s police commissioner, a position he said he will miss. He also said he thinks Doll and Tobin “deserve to be re-elected.” He has joined a new political action committee on Long Island and plans to keep working on veterans issues.
Village Justice Paul Senzer, who has held the post since 1994, is also running again for the four-year post, officials said.
Petitions for this year’s election are due on Feb. 11 by 5 p.m. to village hall. The election is on March 18.
— MACKENZIE ISSLER
Town to hold 11th India Day celebration
The Town of Hempstead plans to hold its 11th annual India Republic Day celebration on Wednesday, four days before the actual holiday.
Co-sponsored by the India America Forum, it is Long Island’s only India Republic Day ceremony, marking India’s liberation from British rule in 1950 and becoming a republic.
“As Americans, we share India’s values of democracy and independence, and we are proud to commemorate a special day for those who trace their roots to India,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray.
The celebration begins at 9 a.m., when Murray and forum members raise the flag of India in front of Town Hall. But the main festivities start at 7 p.m. at the town’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion.
There will be cultural dances and musical performances, appearances and speeches by distinguished guests and a cultural food reception provided by Akbar Restaurant of Garden City.
There also will be a presentation of the 2014 India Republic Day Awards to honorees Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, of Lawrence, and Bina Sabapathy, of Old Bethpage, for their contributions to the town community.
— SID CASSESE
Nominees sought for women’s awards
North Hempstead Town officials are seeking nominations for the town's 21st Women’s Roll of Honor Breakfast in March.
The event will be held March 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington.
Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 19.
The town held its first breakfast in 1994 to honor Women’s History Month. It is now called the 21st Annual May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor Breakfast, named for former Supervisor May W. Newburger, who ran the town from 1994 until 2003, and died in 2012.
Residents seeking more information or who want to submit a name for consideration can call 311 or 516-869-6311 and should ask for Stephanie Sajous. Residents can download nomination forms at www.northhempsteadny.gov/Roll-of-Honor.
— SCOTT EIDLER
Children’s car seat inspections available
Certified technicians will inspect the safety of children’s car seats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Miller Place Fire Station No. 2, 220 Miller Place-Yaphank Rd., the Brookhaven Highway Department said.
The technicians will check whether the car seats are installed correctly and discuss tips on how to properly install the seats, the department said in a news release.
The program is funded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee to fund road safety programs for local children.
The grant also provides a limited number of free seats to residents. Appointments for inspections must be made by calling 631-363-3770.
— CARL MACGOWAN