2021 09 VeteransNassau County’s first responders and other employees that have or continue to serve in the military put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is particularly proud to support legislation that provides greater support for Nassau County’s heroes.

Nassau County’s first responders and other employees that have or continue to serve in the military put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is particularly proud to support legislation that provides greater support for Nassau County’s heroes.

Recent actions by the Legislature ensure that public officers or employees will have five working days of paid leave each calendar year to obtain medical assistance for health issues specifically related to combat duty.

The Legislature also amended an existing ordinance that had previously only provided discounts to veterans of the military for the use of all facilities and activities offered by the Nassau County Parks & Recreation Department and County museums. Now, the program extends these discounts to current members of the military, Reserves and National Guard in addition to veterans as well as to existing and retired volunteer firefighters, volunteer ambulance corps personnel, police auxiliary units, ambulance medical technicians and police medics.

A resolution introduced by Legislator Josh Lafazan establishes a “Blue Alert” system, which is designed to engage the public in helping to potentially identify, locate, and apprehend a person or persons suspected of killing or seriously wounding a law enforcement officer. When the “Blue Alert” is issued, every possible communications outlet (TV, radio, cell phone service providers, etc.) will be notified to share details about an attack on a law enforcement officer with the public. Residents will be advised to call 911 if they think they have any information that might be helpful in locating the suspect(s).

The Legislature is honored to approve legislation that helps our brave military personnel and first responders in any way possible. Please join Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton in thanking them for their service at every possible opportunity.