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A Nassau lawmaker is seeking to give military veterans the same discounts as senior citizens for use of the county’s parks and recreation facilities.
Legis. Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) has proposed an ordinance change that would allow veterans to pay a one-time $25 fee for Nassau’s “Leisure Pass” — as seniors do — rather than pay every three years, as most residents must.
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Contamination at the site of a former Hicksville lighting factory has been cleaned up, the New York State Department of Environmental announced last week. Alsy Manufacturing Inc. made electric lamps and lampshades on about four acres at 270 and 280 Duffy Ave. from 1975 through 1991.
“A significant threat to the public health and the environment no longer exists at the site,” the DEC said in...Read more »
Nassau County’s bus operator has selected a London-based company to create a new mobile application that will let customers pay fares with their smartphones.
Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE Bus, announced Tuesday that it signed an agreement with Masabi to bring smartphone ticketing to Long Island. NICE will begin testing the system this spring, and roll it out for all riders in the summer.
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The Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District is selling native trees, shrubs and seedlings to help restore vegetation destroyed when superstorm Sandy and other winter storms roared ashore starting in October 2012.
The plants — pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, dogwood, maple, elderberry and other varieties — are available to homeowners who want to replace trees and shrubs on their property,...Read more »
The Suffolk County Legislature plans to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on a proposal to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 19 to 21.
The American Lung Association praised the proposed law in a committee meeting Thursday, where it moved forward to the full legislature.
“Such a large percentage of smokers start at a young age,” said Michael Seilback,...Read more »
Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) and members of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s cabinet will offer a presentation on Cuomo’s 2014 budget and legislative agenda at 2 p.m. Friday in the Freeport Memorial Library.
“This will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the governor’s plans, and to ask questions about it as well,” said Curran, who was elected to the county...Read more »