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Roundup: Protecting children with special needs

Booklets on ID theft, home ownership
Free booklets on home ownership and a Spanish version of a guide on identify-theft protection are now available to Huntington residents.

Town board member Mark Mayoka created the guides in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the Huntington Small Business Resource and Recovery Center at Town Hall.

“I’m proud to make these guides available,” Mayoka said recently. “They are tools to be used while making one of life’s biggest decisions; and the other helps a growing segment of our town.”

The guides are a Spanish version of “Helping you Protect your Identity” and “Veterans and Home Buyers Guide to Home Ownership.”

Both booklets, along with the English version of the identity-protection booklet, are available free at local libraries and Town Hall. They are also available on the town’s website: Mayoka said he recognizes that Spanish-speaking residents are the town’s largest minority so it is vital they have access to information on the strategies to assist in protecting identity and safeguards that the IRS has recently put in place.

He added that buying a home is a huge investment for anyone, so a guide is needed for the first-time home buyer or a veteran. But there are special offers available for veterans.

“This guide is extremely useful for our veterans and offers special opportunities they might not have known about,” he said.

Protecting children with special needs
State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) plans to host a free seminar next week on legally and financially protecting children with special needs.

The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St. in East Meadow.

Scheduled speakers include attorney Andrew Cohen and financial adviser Mitch Weisbrot, who will focus on the legal and financial preparations needed to safeguard assets and benefits for special needs children.

Topics also to be discussed include government benefits, how to accumulate and preserve assets without disqualifying eligibility for benefits, establishing guardianship, estate planning, wills and special needs trusts.

“The two speakers are fathers of children with disabilities, and their experiences and expertise will be invaluable to anyone who has any questions or concerns about best planning for the future needs of their disabled children,” Hannon said in a statement.

For more information and to reserve a seat, visit or call 516-739-1700.

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