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Be Sure You’re Notified in Emergencies

As the ranking Minority Caucus member of the County’s Superstorm Sandy Review Committee, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton recently attended a Sandy Committee meeting held in conjunction with the County’s Office of Emergency Management. The purpose of the meeting was to review what worked during Superstorm Sandy and what could be improved upon in response to a future natural disaster.

Roslyn Grist Mill Refurbishment Underway

Before electricity powered industry, shoreline gristmills harnessed the energy of incoming and outgoing tides to turn the mechanisms that ground grain into flour. Built by Jeremiah Williams sometime between 1715 and 1741, the Roslyn Grist Mill on Old Northern Boulevard is one of the few remaining mills on the North Shore. From 1920 to 1974, the grist mill building served as a teahouse and museum.

Federal Funding For Long Island Sound

Working with representatives of multiple water protection organizations, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton helped advocate for federal funding for studies and protective measures for the Long Island Sound and its bays and harbors. All of their hard work has paid off. The new federal budget includes $14 million specifically for Long Island Sound. By comparison, previous funding was only $3 million.

Recently Proposed Legislation

As Ranking Member of the County’s Public Safety Committee, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is intent on ensuring that Nassau County protects its residents to the best of its ability. Here are some recent public health and safety bills proposed by the Legislative Minority. All have been passed with the exception of the Gun Storage bill, which has not yet been called for discussion by the Legislative Majority.

Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Applauds Hiring of Jodi Franzese as Nassau County’s First Inspector General for Contracting

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D - Glen Cove) congratulated Jodi Franzese after her nomination to serve as Nassau County’s first Inspector General was unanimously approved by the full Nassau County Legislature on Monday, Dec. 17.

Following a series of high-profile indictments related to procurement and contracting reached the highest levels of county government, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton and her Democratic colleagues lobbied for nearly two years to create the position of inspector general. In this new role, Franzese, currently a senior inspector general in the New York City Department of Investigation, will be equipped with subpoena power and tasked with rooting out waste, corruption and fraud.

Legislators Bynoe and DeRiggi-Whitton File Legislation To Ensure Tuition Grants for Firefighters and EMS Workers Remain Funded Despite Loss of Federal Funds

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - After learning that Nassau County has been denied critically important federal funding that assists volunteer firefighters and EMS workers with college tuition costs, Nassau County Legislators Siela A. Bynoe (D - Westbury) and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D - Glen Cove) are co-sponsoring legislation that would direct the County to restore funding that was previously provided through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate and Emergency Response

Grants (SAFER) tuition assistance program.

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