FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Sump in a slump: Elmont residents worried over water basin pollution

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By Ronny Reyes

Elmont has long been a source pride for Andrew Prescia, 75, who grew up in the community in the 1950s. When he returned to his childhood home on Travis Avenue to care for his aging parents 20 years ago, he rebuilt their old house, which he inherited after their deaths. Prescia has maintained the home, but he has watched as the sump across the street has continued to fill up with trash and branches.

The sump is a storm water recharge basin that is maintained by the Nassau County Department of Public Works. Prescia has long had arguments with the department over maintenance at the site, which is littered with thousands of plastic bottles and bags of trash.

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January 22, 2019

Monique Hardial to make Democratic primary bid against Carrié Solages

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Democrat Monique Hardial, a lawyer from Elmont who also serves on the Elmont Library board, said she would mount a primary challenge to Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages.

Solages, also an Elmont Democrat, has represented the district since 2012.

Solages recently rejoined the Democrats' caucus after being stripped of legislative committee assignments and expelled from meetings following his arrest in June 2017 on domestic violence-related charges. The case was resolved in September, when he admitted to reduced charges of disorderly conduct.

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January 22, 2019

Elmont resident plans primary run against Carrie Solages

Elmont attorney Monique Hardial announced on Jan. 21 that she is planning to run against Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages for the Democratic ticket in this year’s primary race. Hardial, 37, who made her speech at the steps of the state Supreme Court in Mineola, said that she understood the needs of the people from Elmont, Inwood, South Floral Park and Valley Stream.

“They want change,” Hardial said. “They want someone who represents their values, the values we believe in here in these communities.”

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September 26, 2018

Elmont still waiting for answers: Activist founds organization to aid cancer efforts

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Five months after local elected officials hosted a town hall meeting in Elmont to address the community’s cancer rates, community members are still waiting for action. At the same time, the state Department of Health has been conducting a statewide investigation into cancer hot spots, including Long Island.

The April 26 meeting was organized by County Legislator Carrié Solages and State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, and included officials from the Nassau County Department of Health, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Western Nassau Water District.

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MARCH 14, 2018

Activists to county: more cancer tests

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Community activist Mimi Pierre-Johnson and congressional candidate Carl Achille met with a small group of supporters on March 9, along the banks of the greasy gray waters of Elmont Creek. Their purpose was to call attention to the elevated rates of certain cancers in the community, still unexplained after many years of effort by community groups, and to urge more extensive tests.

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Elmont to officials: Why are we sick? Despite regular monitoring, elevated cancer rates stymie residents

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No matter how the figures are calculated, Elmont residents have higher cancer rates than people in surrounding communities. They want to know why. It’s a question they have been asking for a long time.

The Nassau County Department of Health commissioner, Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, told the Herald last week that the number of new cancer cases in Elmont was “somewhat higher than expected.” But it was not so egregious as to warrant more than the normal concern that any responsible person ought to demonstrate with regular check-ups and screenings.

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Elmont cancer cases soaring cases soaring

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No one wants to downplay the seriousness of drug addiction and the multiple ways it can impact our communities. As a threat to both health and community safety, the dangers can hardly be overstated.

At the same time, so much has been written in the past year, particularly about the opioid crisis, that public health officials and elected leaders alike may be in danger of overlooking other long-term, persistent threats to local communities’ health and wellness. People may be tempted to conclude that, apart from pain medication, their communities are reasonably healthy.

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