Mangano Recognizes Crown Ford Of Lynbrook For Handicapped Accessible Veteran Van Donation

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today acknowledged the corporate generosity of Crown Ford of Lynbrook for their donation of a 2012 Econoline handicap accessible 12 passenger van to the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency. The van will be used to provide transportation to veteran healthcare facilities in East Meadow, Valley Stream, the Northport VA Hospital and the Vet Center in Hicksville. There is no charge for this transportation service and appointments can be made by calling the (516) 572-656


County Executive Mangano stated, “My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring they have a respectful transportation, housing and job opportunities in Nassau County. I thank Crown Ford of Lynbrook for their corporate generosity as their donation recognizes our brave men and women for their service in protecting our nation.”

Chris Anderson, President of Crown Ford, said he and his partner Bob Carra agreed it would be a great idea to donate the van, rather than return it or sell it, after an ordering error resulted in them having an extra handicap accessible vehicle. Anderson stated, “Crown Ford of Lynbrook is proud to support local veterans, as well as churches, temples and schools. After having donated a passenger van to Hope for the Warriors three years ago and after having met Rockville Centre American Legion Commander Joseph Scarola, this donation to the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency seemed natural. It’s the perfect place for a donation and we’re happy to be a part of any cause that helps local veterans.”



Congratulations to United States Army veteran Tina McGrory and to Marine Corps Sergeant Ryan Donnelly. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, Westbury’s Viana Hotel & Spa, Village of Westbury, Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank made it possible for an all-inclusive wedding package for up to 50 guests includes a full menu and house drinks, a DJ, photo, and videographer services.



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Winthrop-University Hospital has been recognized for its ongoing commitment and dedication to Nassau County and local veterans. In grateful appreciation, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently presented John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop, and George P. Rainer, former Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Winthrop, with keys to the County.

Mr. Mangano commended Winthrop for its sponsorship of the County’s “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veterans Jobs and Support Services Fair, as well as the recent Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall display at Eisenhower Park and the Second Annual Veterans BBQ, which brought together 2,000 veterans to thank them for their service to our country.

Winthrop-University Hospital is committed to supporting Nassau County’s service men and women who are returning home from military service through its Welcome Home Heroes Program – a free training and job search assistance program. For more information, call 1-866-WINTHROP



Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Eisenhower Park August 1, 2012


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has the honor and privilege of welcoming the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall (an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.) to Eisenhower Park, courtesy of American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT). The event kicks off with a motorcycle escort of the trailer carrying the Wall on Wednesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. from Mitchel Field to the field adjacent to parking field 6A in Eisenhower Park. Public viewing hours will begin Thursday, August 2nd at 1:00 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. featuring New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly, a Vietnam Combat Vet, as the keynote speaker. Public viewing will conclude with a Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th.


Mangano & Former UFC Chamption Matt Serra Partner To Support Local Veterans With New Athletic Competition

Brick 26 Challenge to Test Athletic Ability, Support Local Veterans & Fund New Veteran Monument


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined today by Veterans Service Agency Director Joseph Pascarella; Deputy Director Scott Castillo; former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra; MMA Fighters Eddie Truck” Gordon, Pete “Drago” Sell, and Tom “The Terror English”; members of the Band “Non Stop to Cairo;” along with members of the newly incorporated non-profit organization Brick 26 Board; and local veterans at a press event to kick off the inaugural year of the County Executive Brick 26 Challenge. A unique walk/endurance run event, the County Executive Brick 26 Challenge is aimed at raising money to support our local veterans and for the construction of a new monument in Nassau County. The event is scheduled for August 4th in Eisenhower Park.

County Executive Mangano stated, “With many of our heroes returning home and a growing number of local veterans in need of financial, emotional and physical assistance events such as the Brick 26 Challenge can be of great assistance. I want to thank all of the supporters and sponsors who have gotten behind this idea and given of their time and talents to help and make this event a success. Their generosity will go a long way in helping our local heroes who have given up so much to protect our freedom.”

The County Executive Brick 26 Challenge, which is appropriately named for the weight of the five bricks that participants carry throughout the 10K race course in a backpack, is designed to test participants with a variety of obstacle courses along the route. From a one mile Honor Walk to a 10k course in which participants carry 26 pounds of bricks in a backpack with 4 military represented bootcamps. The event will appeal to all levels of athletes. Some 1,000 individuals are expected to participate.

Each course for the event is designed for many levels, from the walker to the ultra-athlete. In each case, at least one brick is carried by the participant throughout the course and collected at the end. All bricks will be used toward the construction of a monument to be placed outside the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency building in East Meadow. Each tower of the monument will stand 26 bricks high and feature an engraved dedication to our veterans. Personalized bricks may be purchased for a $100 donation. The name and rank of the veteran will appear on a metal plate attached to a monument brick.

Funds are raised through registration as well as participants who are urged to reach out through their social networking platforms, co-workers and others for support. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to non-profit veteran groups including Semper4Soldiers, Honor Flight and a Veteran Hofstra Scholarship. Ninety five percent of the proceeds will remain on Long Island while 5 percent is earmarked for a national veteran organization. In February, Brick 26 launched Project 26 in Long Island Schools, with children each contributing 26 cents. The event resulted in the collection of more than $3,400.

The Brick 26 Challenge is sponsored by True Honor Clothing, Crossfit 516 and Pepsi, whose products include Gatorade, Aquafina, and Gatorade Energy Bars. It coincides with a Salute to Veterans on the evening of the event. For general information, email For volunteer questions, email

Mangano And Winthrop-University Hospital Announce “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veteran Jobs And Support Services Fair

Assists Large Number of Returning Veterans Find Employment Opportunities


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was today joined by John Javis, Director of Special Projects for the Mental Health Association of Nassau County,George Rainer Co-Chairman;"WBW, All Veteran Jobs and Support Services"Scott Castillo Deputy Director of VSA, John Collins, Winthrop-University Hospital CEO, Chuck Cutolo, General Counsel for Governmental Relations for Nassau Community College, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Jeff Matassa and Andy Roberts,Director of the Rosen Family Wellness Center to announce the 2012 “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veterans Jobs and Support Services Fair which will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Nassau Community College at the Physical Education Complex.

“My administration is committed to creating economic development and private-sector job opportunities wherever possible. Attracting new employers, supporting small business development and helping businesses find qualified employees is essential to Nassau’s future,” said County Executive Mangano. “We must never forget the veterans who answered our nation’s call to duty and fought to defend our nation’s freedom. Our soldiers risked their lives to protect us afar and we need to protect them while at home.”

Winthrop-University Hospital is the proud sponsor of County Executive Mangano’s 2012 “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veteran Jobs and Support Services Fair. Dozens of companies will be there with job opportunities, along with experts who will help to improve job-hunting skills, the G.I. Bill and other services for returning veterans.

For more information on how to participate in the 2012 “Welcome Back Warriors” All-Veterans Jobs and Support Services Fair, please contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at: (516) 572-6565.


Mangano Celebrates “Valentines For Veterans” Program

Thousands of Handmade Cards and Letters from Students to Brighten the Lives of Disabled Area Veterans

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that more than 20,000 valentines cards and letters handmade by students across the County for disabled veterans have been collected as part of the “Valentines for Veterans” program.