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Archive: October 2014
October 31, 2014
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October 28, 2014

Do you find yourself feeling a little confused about all the rules and regulations that pertain to voting in the upcoming local elections? All Island Transportation makes a habit of trying to make your life a little easier, so we’ve put together a Nassau County Voting FAQ list to help answer some of the questions that might be plaguing you!

First and foremost, though, we’d like everyone to be aware that if you’re a senior citizen or are physically challenged, All Island Transportation is offering FREE LOCAL RIDES in the areas we serve on Election Day!

To make a reservation, please call your local All Island Transportation Office:

Bellmore: 516-785-0412Bethpage: 516-931-2900

East Meadow: 516-731-1111

East Rockaway: 516-596-6767

Freeport: 516-868-2222

Garden City: 516-742-2222

Hempstead: 516-481-1111

Island Park: 516-431-2222

Levittown: 516-735-1111

Lynbrook: 516-599-1600

Merrick: 516-379-9999Mineola: 516-742-2222

Oceanside: 516-442-2222

Rockville Centre: 516-536-3333

Seaford: 516-221-1111

Uniondale: 516-489-3333

Wantagh: 516-221-1111

Taxi Latino (Hemp.): 516-489-2222

Taxi Latino (Freeport): 516-623-3333


 Nassau County Voting FAQ

When is Election Day?

General Election Day is Monday, November 4, 2014.

Who are the candidates?

Visit the Nassau County website here for a full list of General Election candidates.

Who can register to vote?

US citizens who are at least 18 years old by December 31 of the year that the register are allowed to vote. They must also live at their present address for at least 30 days before the election date, and can’t be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction. Lastly, they cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Where can I register to vote?

The Nassau County Board of Elections is located at 240 Old Country Road (on the 5th floor) in Mineola. You can go there and register in person, or you can register at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center, including:

The Department of Motor Vehicles

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

City Universities of New York (CUNY)

Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Department of Health – WIC Program

Department of Labor

Department of Social Services

Department of State

Division of Veterans’ Affairs

Military Recruiting Offices

Office for the Aging

Office of Mental Health

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

State Universities of New York (SUNY)

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Workers’ Compensation Board

Can I register to vote by mail?

Yes. You can either download a PDF of the New York State Voter Registration Form in Englishor Spanish or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE (307-8683) to request a form. After completing and signing it, mail it to Nassau County Board of Elections, 240 Old Country Road (5th flr.), Mineola, NY 11501-4800.

I’m registered with [X] party; can I change my enrollment?

Yes. You can change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form and either mailing it in or delivering it in person. You can also enroll in a particular party the same way if you’ve previously not chosen one. The Board will notify you to confirm that the changes were made, and they will take place after the next General Election.

I’ve moved since I registered to vote; how do I change my address?

You need to complete a new registration for and list both your old and new addresses. You cannot change your address over the phone. The Board will contact you by mail to confirm.

Does my voter registration ever expire?

No. Once you’ve registered, you are permanently registered. You can change your name, address, and party enrollment by submitting a new registration application if necessary.

Can I go to any polling location to vote?

No. Every registered voter is assigned a polling location to which you need to report in order to vote. The Board of Elections sent out postcards in August to voters, detailing where you should go to vote. If you’re unsure, you can either email your complete home address, and they will tell you where to vote, or you can look up all of your registration information, including your election district, party affiliation, and voting location by clicking here and entering your identification information. The search engine will show you the name and address of the polling place to which you’re assigned.

Can I register for an absentee ballot if I don’t want to go out to vote on Election Day?

No. If you have a legitimate reason for being unable to vote on Election Day, you can register for an absentee ballot, but not just because you don’t want to go vote if you’re able. In order to qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be unavoidably absent from Nassau County on Election Day, be unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability, be a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital, or be detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

How do I vote via absentee ballot?

You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Formhere, and after completing and signing it, mail it to: Nassau County Board of Elections, 240 Old Country Road (5th flr.), Mineola, NY 11501-4800 no later than the seventh day before the election, or deliver it in person no later than the day before the election. You can also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the Board of Elections, which must be received by the Board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:

Your address (where you’re registered)

The address where your ballot should be sent

The reason for your request

Your signature

You will receive an application form in the mail with your ballot. But must be completed and returned. If you choose to register for an absentee ballot in person, the Board of Elections office is operating with extended business hours on the following days:

Wednesday, October 29: 9AM – 7PM

Friday, October 31: 9AM – 7PM

Saturday, November 1: 9AM – 5PM

Sunday, November 2: 9AM – 5PM

What happens when I arrive at the polling center?

Tables and voting machines are set up and organized by election district (E.D.). Find the table designated for your district, find your signature on the computer-printed poll list, and sign next to it.

Can someone help me cast my vote?

Federal law allows a family member or friend to enter the voting booth with a voter who cannot read the ballot or has disability/impairment that prevents him/her from being able to vote on his/her own. In addition, there are election employees available at every polling location to help voters who need assistance.

If you have any further questions beyond this Nassau County Voting FAQ, you can contact the Nassau County Board of Elections here or leave a comment on our Facebook page and we can try to help you out!

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October 24, 2014
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October 21, 2014

Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year for most youngsters—a night of tricks and treats (usually too many treats), costumes and decorations, and the opportunity to stay up a wee bit past bedtime (if they’re lucky). But while Halloween has the potential to be a super fun night for everybody involved, it can also become a nightmare if you’re not careful. Here are some trick-or-treating safety tips to share with your kids before you embark on your night of spooky fun.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Planning Your Route

Your trick-or-treating adventure can quickly wind up taking you far away from home if you don’t stick to a pre-planned route. Especially in neighborhoods with inconsistent terrain (such as blocks that suddenly don’t have sidewalks, construction zones, etc.), it’s important to have a plan before you head out, because you don’t want to end up somewhere unfamiliar or hazardous. Stick to neighborhoods that you know well, preferably well-lit streets with well-paved walkways. Also, think about how long you plan to be out, and your proximity to a bathroom during your outing. If you have small children in your party, knowing where nearby bathrooms are is key.

Costume Considerations

There are a number of things to take into consideration when choosing a costume for your child. First and foremost (and probably often overlooked) is whether or not the costume is potty-break-friendly. Avoid accidents with your little ghouls and goblins by choosing a costume that’s easy to remove in such a scenario. Costumes that drag on the ground are a recipe for disaster when you’re trick-or-treating. Whether they get caught on a bush, stepped on by another trick-or-treater, or wind up soaking wet after being dragged through a puddle, there are dozens of ways that a dragging costume can go horribly wrong. Make sure your child’s costume fits well before leaving the house.

Choose the Right Shoes

While your little princess looks precious in her sparkly heels as she poses for pictures in her costume in your front yard, it’s pretty much guaranteed that once you’re a couple blocks from home, she’ll be sitting on the sidewalk crying that her feet hurt. Sneakers are the best footwear for trick-or-treating, because they provide the best traction for walking around in the dark. Open-toed shoes are an invitation for stubbed toes, and uncomfortable shoes will inevitably end in children begging for piggy back rides.

Stay Safe by Staying Visible

Carry a flashlight to make your party easily visible to cars that are driving by. A flashlight is also helpful to see what’s ahead of you when it’s particularly dark. Always make sure you walk on the sidewalk (when available) and walk facing traffic; never run across lawns or driveways, because there could be tons of things you might trip on that you can’t see easily. Only trick-or-treat at houses that are lit up—if a house doesn’t want to be visited by trick-or-treaters, they turn their lights out. You can also use reflective tape, glowsticks, or light-up shoes to make your children easy-to-see in the dark.

Skip the Mask

Masks often become more hassle than they’re worth when you’re trick-or-treating. They make it hard to see or breathe, and usually wind up thrown in the child’s candy bag. Try compromising with non-toxic face paint instead. When using face paint, make sure you test a small area first to avoid skin rashes and irritation.

Check All Candy

Never let your children eat anything that’s been homemade by someone you don’t know. Go through your child’s goodies and discard anything that hasn’t been factory-wrapped.

Stranger Danger

Homemade or unwrapped treats aren’t the only things you shouldn’t accept from strangers. Stress the importance of never accepting rides from strangers to your children. Additionally, never enter a stranger’s home unless you’re with an adult who you trust. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups with trusted adults.

If you need a safe, dependable ride this Halloween, be sure to call All Island Transportation,Long Island’s first choice for local transportation! Call us anytime at (516) 742-2222!

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October 20, 2014
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October 14, 2014

This summer, social media was taken by storm as videos of people from all over the world dumping buckets of ice water flooded our Facebook newsfeeds. Initially, many were confused about the tremendous influx of people performing a seemingly ridiculous stunt, but word spread quickly to explain the purpose of the videos: creating awareness and raising funds for research to cure ALS.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease), is a horribly debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, one that many were unfamiliar with prior to the ALS ice bucket challenge. From children and families to politicians and celebrities, it seemed as though everyone joined forces to participate in a worldwide fundraiser to help find a cure for a terrible disease that takes far too many lives every year.

After the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, The New York Times reported that from July 29 to August 21, the ALS Association received $41.8 million in donations, which is more than twice the amount it received during all of 2013 ($19.4 million).

The team at All Island Transportation didn’t want to let the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge pass us by, so we spent two months putting our plans into action to host a big event last Thursday at our Bellmore headquarters on Pettit Avenue.

Owner Larry Blessinger, along with his assistant and Director of Operations, Steve Dash, kicked off the event by having freezing cold, ice water dumped over their heads. But we didn’t just stop at dousing the guys at the top—Larry sent out a company-wide announcement to notify all drivers that any of them who volunteered to also participate would be allowed to keep all the money they made that day. He gave drivers two hours to head back to HQ (since many were out in the field when the announcement was made), and ultimately lined 12 All Island Transportation drivers up to get drenched to support the cause

All Island Transportation is proud to have participated in such a worthy cause, and we hope that donations we’ve contributed to the ALS Foundation will help the researchers who are hard at work to find a cure.

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October 9, 2014
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