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Health care drive planned in Nassau

Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, in partnership with the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island and several Nassau County legislators plans to hold an Affordable Care Act enrollment drive on Sunday.

The health care enrollment drive is scheduled from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Iglesia Restauracion, on 221 Jerusalem Ave. in Hempstead Village. The free event is also sponsored by Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, and legislators Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) and Laura Curran (D-Baldwin).

The drive is part of a national effort to provide eligible, uninsured members of the community with information and support they need to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask health coverage questions, sit down with a trained bilingual navigator to get enrolled, or to set up an appointment for a later date.

For more information about this event or to access enrollment services, call 516-750-2560. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM


Two businesses get tax breaks for hiring

The Town of Islip’s Industrial Development Agency has penned deals to offer tax incentives to two businesses that would create 20 new jobs and keep dozens more in the area.

The town is offering Carson Optical and M&M Canvas & Awning a 10-year property tax abatement and sales and mortgage recording tax exemptions totaling $714,000, according to officials, as incentive to keep and bring business to the town.

The IDA has given more than 70 businesses similar tax incentives since 2004, records show.

The inducement resolutions were unanimously approved by the Islip Town Board during the IDA meeting Tuesday at Town Hall.

Residents will get a chance in the coming months to speak on the project proposals at a public hearing before the final votes are taken.

Carson Optical — which develops optical equipment such as binoculars, magnifiers and telescopes sold at major retail chains — will invest $3 million to relocate and expand its 24,000-square-foot operation in Hauppauge to a 50,000-square-foot facility on Fifth Avenue in Ronkonkoma. Eight new full-time jobs will be added while 25 jobs will be retained, town official said.

Twenty-five news jobs will be created and 15 others retained at M & M Canvas & Awning, which has created manual and motorized retractable awnings for iconic buildings such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Since the business has grown by 60 percent last year, town officials said, the company is looking to relocate its 11,000-square-foot business in Huntington to Islandia, where it plans to invest $2 million and inhabit a 20,000-square-foot space.

“At the end of the day, the more businesses located in Islip Town, the better for our taxpayers,” Councilman John C. Cochrane Jr., the Town Council’s Economic Development liaison, said in a statement. — SARAH ARMAGHAN


$17G gift for fund to help residents

The village’s community fund to aid village residents faced with emergency financial needs is $17,646 richer after a check for that sum was presented to Mayor Francis X. Murray at the March Board of Trustees meeting.

The money resulted from the village’s sixth annual Enchanted Winterland Celebration. which drew more than 500 participants to a Margaritaville themed event on February 1.

The check was presented Monday by Joan MacNaughton, the chairwoman of the one night affair. — SID CASSESE

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