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Nassau Notebook: First Human Case of West Nile, DWI Enforcement

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

The Nassau County Department of Health is reporting the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a Nassau County resident this year. The individual is an adult male between the ages of 40 and 50 who resides in the Town of Hempstead. He had a mild illness and has fully recovered.

To date, 22 mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Nassau County this year. Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and, when necessary, applying larvicide. Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the county.

For mosquito, stagnant water, or drainage problems, call the Nassau County Department of Public Works at: (516) 571-6900. 

Additional West Nile virus information may be found on the Nassau County Department of Health website.

Extra DWI Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter announced Thursday that this upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the Nassau County Police Department will participate in a “STOP-DWI” program that will allocate additional police officers to conduct an extensive DWI enforcement initiative.

The “STOP DWI” program is funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau County and will provide the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and police departments throughout the county with additional funding that will be utilized to implement an effective DWI saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past. The NCPD’s Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate and plan this initiative that will target certain areas throughout the county. There were 68 DWI arrests in Nassau County over last year’s Labor Day weekend and 55 over this year’s Memorial Day weekend.

“Our endeavor this weekend will be to seek violators of the law; there is no leeway for drunk drivers," Krumpter said. "The men and women of the Nassau County Police Department will show zero tolerance for anyone who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol."

Mangano and Krumpter remind everyone:

  • If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver.

Federal Disaster Aid Extended to Nassau

Federal disaster aid has been extended to Nassau County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. Click here for the full story.

Nassau DA Warns Against Irene Clean Up Scams

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, is encouraging residents to use caution when hiring contractors to assist with debris removal and property repairs.

“In the aftermath of this major storm, it is essential that everyone be wary of scam artists promising immediate debris removal and home repairs,” Rice said. “Some insist on advance payment for work they never do, quote outrageous prices, or simply do not possess the skills, licenses, and insurance to legally do the work.”

If you believe that you may have been the victim of a scam, call the District Attorney’s Office immediately at (516) 571-3505 to file a complaint. The DA’s Office conducts regular stings to catch unlicensed contractors, and will be dedicating additional special resources to monitor clean-up contractors this week.

For more information on resources available in Hurricane Irene’s aftermath, contact the Nassau County special hotline at 1-888-684-4274.

Dolores Kazanjian O'Brien September 03, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Yes, the mosquitos are worse than ever. i noticed that the increase seems coincident with the decision to do massive spraying in Nassau County. Can we be creating a drug-resistant strain of mosqutos? Sorry, Gina, there is not always something that can be done. Sometimes life is just tough.
Jason September 03, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Take the wet June combine it with warm temperatures and a 20 inch rainfall in August and you'll get a recipe for mosquitoes, unmatched in decades. Spraying in residential areas wouldn't do anything except spread carcinogens. You can fog your plant beds to kingdom come, use enough pesticides to kill an elephant, unless all your neighbors do the same, they will travel and find you.
Diane Stephan September 04, 2011 at 01:54 AM
I moved from Queens to Wantagh this year. I have never had so many mosquito bites in my life. I have used Off spray but it doesn't do much good. I smacked one on my leg and the amount of blood that came out of it was amazing. If I come out of this summer without contracting West Nile it will be a small miracle.
bass September 04, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Yes the mosquitoes this year are horrible, worse than I have ever seen and I am no spring chicken. My wife was bitten horribly one day on Meadowbrook Pkwy when she had car trouble. My daughter was suffering in our yard so much it was nutty. We sprayed the yard and put Yankee Candle repellents out and they seemed to help but it is very unusual. I think the county or state or town should spray as they did in past years but budgets I guess means our health suffers where it hurts.
Jason September 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Nassau to spray for west nile between 7PM and 1AM 9-14? My wife and I as most other neighbors are resigned to the fact, this year,we stay indoors. To spray toxins at this late stage,particularly since the first frost is days away is in our view wasteful spending for unproven methodology.

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