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Bosworth to preside over first meeting

North Hempstead Supervisor-elect Judi Bosworth will preside over her first town board meeting Thursday during a special work session at which the body is slated to vote on her new hires.

Last month, Bosworth, a Democrat, announced her picks for several positions that will be confirmed at the 2 p.m. meeting.

Nassau County Legis. Robert Troiano, a Democrat from Westbury who was re-elected to represent the 2nd District, will be director of operations for the town. Elizabeth Dvorkin Botwin, who most recently served as deputy commissioner for administration and planning for New York City, will be town attorney, while Bosworth's legislative assistant, Cindy Cardinal, will be chief of staff.

Aline Khatchadourian will be director of finance. She most recently served as director of finance for the minority caucus in the Nassau County Legislature.NASSAU COUNTY

Hurricane fund gets $25G donation

United Way of Long Island has contributed $25,000 to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund Inc. to assist victims of superstorm Sandy.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Father Kevin Smith, chair of the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, received the check last month from Theresa A. Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island, based in Deer Park.

The Nassau Hurricane Recovery Committee was created on Nov. 21, 2012, by executive order of Mangano. The fund, a not-for-profit corporate entity, accepts and distributes money donated by the public to address the losses and damage suffered.

More than 35,725 Nassau residents were displaced and requested housing assistance from FEMA and more than 34,602 cars were damaged or destroyed in the October 2012 storm, according to the fund's Web page. The fund received more than 1,100 applications from homeowners for grants.

To respond to the disaster, United Way established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address the near and long-term recovery needs of communities that FEMA declared disaster areas. The fund does not provide direct assistance to individuals.

For more information, call Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund at 516-573-7810.


Starbucks customer treats strangers

For about an hour yesterday morning, customers of the drive-through lane at the Starbucks in Nesconset were treated to free purchases thanks to the generosity of an anonymous regular.

At about 8:30 a.m., a male customer bought a $90 gift card at the main register and asked that the money be used for purchases at the drive-through, said Lisa, a shift supervisor at the store who sold the man the gift card.

Lisa, who did not give her last name, said the man is a regular at the store, at 465 Smithtown Blvd., but wanted to remain anonymous. "He just wanted to pay it forward," she said.

She said some drive-through customers were taken aback by the donor's generosity, and some even decided to keep the spirit going by adding money to the gift card.

"Others kept filling it up," Lisa said. "It lasted about an hour."

All told, 30 to 40 purchases were made thanks to the card, she said.


Firefighters recorded while saving house

John Senia studies fire science at Nassau Community College in hopes of someday joining the New York City Fire Department.

But the 19-year-old says the practical experience he's getting as a Farmingdale Fire Department volunteer is invaluable. Now, two videos showing him fighting a fire Saturday morning -- which he caught on a camera attached to his helmet -- tell the story of his training as well as anything can.

The videos, shot with a Fire Cam device on the left side of Senia's helmet, show him and Farmingdale Fire Department Capt. Ryan Tortoso, 30, entering the basement dwelling of a home on Vernon Street in Farmingdale. Tortoso said the fire apparently started when a power surge caused a coffee maker to ignite.

Senia, who has been with the department as a member of its Junior Brigade since he was 15, entered carrying the hose. Tortoso joined him, carrying a thermal imaging camera to direct Senia where to shoot the hose in the thick smoke.

The videos, which total 22 minutes and 28 seconds, begin with Senia picking up his helmet when the call was made at 8:37 a.m., and ends with him exiting the basement.

Tortoso has been a FDNY firefighter for six years, and said Farmingdale department members looked at the video -- synced to recordings of their audio transmissions -- on Monday night for training purposes. He said while there's always new things that can be learned, "For the most part everything went very smoothly."

The department's work prevented the fire from engulfing the entire house.

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