Leaving teens and community leaders mourning the death of youth programs in Nassau County
(Hempstead, NY) On August 1, 2012 teens, parents, and community leaders will join STRONG Youth, Inc., in providing symbolic funeral services in memory of the Nassau County Youth System. The services will express the detrimental impact caused by the complete shutdown or pending shutdown of 37 programs that provide anti-violence and anti-gun services, heroine treatment, after school homework help, family counseling, and other needed services to an estimated 50,000 youth across Nassau County.
THESE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED TO RESIDENTS OF NASSAU COUNTY TAX FREE AS A RESULT OF RED LIGHT CAMERA FINES, UNTIL ED MANGANO IMPLEMENTED THE ‘MANGANO YOUTH TAX,’ WHICH KILLED YOUTH SERVICES IN NASSAU COUNTY. Ed Mangano supported this law as a legislator, but as County Executive he decided to rescind the law completely defunding programs for youth, seniors, veterans and other vulnerable populations. The funeral will serve as a visual of the harrowing effects that the death of youth services at the hands of the “Mangano Youth Tax,” will have on Nassau County.
This action is the first of many that S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. has planned for the upcoming weeks. It is meant to foretell the deadly effects of the TOTAL DEFUNDING of The Nassau County Human Service System from the voice of those impacted most. “The Funeral,” will be held at 600 Greenwich Street, Hempstead, New York 11550 at 9:15AM. At 10:30AM, two hearses carrying coffins with the Nassau County flag draped over them will lead a motorcade through the Village of Hempstead, Garden City, and Mineola. The procession will drive past the Nassau County Executives Building, back to the steps of the Supreme Court (100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY) for a scheduled 11AM press conference.
Ed Mangano has defunded drug counseling programs amidst a heroin and prescription drug epidemic. He defunded S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. the only county funded gang prevention/intervention agency providing services in “The Corridor,” (Hempstead, Uniondale, & Roosevelt) which are communities with the highest homicide rates. He has defunded suicide counseling, crisis intervention programs, as well as after school and preventative programs. The need for the milieu of services exists as did the tax free funding for implementation. The event will foretell the lasting consequences of the “Mangano Youth Tax.”
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. was founded in response to the brutal murder of Uniondale resident Eric Rivera, by alleged gang members. S.T.R.O.N.G. was the first youth-driven, multi-ethnic organization incorporated December 5, 2000 to address the issue of gang violence and work towards educating youth on the perils of living such a devastating lifestyle.
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