Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County jail was ordered to enact a long-overdue oversight panel.Nassau County lawmakers appointed members to the Nassau County jail Board of Visitors, an oversight agency inmate advocates successfully sued the county to enact after 23 years of neglecting to do so.The county legislature made the appointments in the last votes cast Thursday, their final scheduled meeting of the year, five months after the move was inexplicably adjourned this summer and nine months after a judge ordered the county to name appointees.“This has been a long time coming,” Legis. Diane Ford (D-Long Beach) said before she and her fellow legislators voted the long-stalled panel into creation.Acting State Supreme Court Justice James McCormack ordered Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in March to name seven appointees to the board after the Nassau County chapter of the Civil Liberties Union sued to enact the board, which had not been empaneled since being created in 1990.Mangano and County Sheriff Michael Sposato, who runs the jail, had resisted, arguing that it would be redundant despite a recent string of suicides and other incidents brought state scrutiny on the East Meadow correctional center, which also had been under federal oversight until several years ago.Nassau County Jail: Suicides, Health Care Changes, Budget Cuts Prompt Calls For OversightThe Board of Visitors will have the power to review jail records, investigate inmate complaints and issue recommendations to remedy issues its members find.The volunteer appointees include several members who, like Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), also sat on the Nassau County Jail Advisory Committee, another volunteer panel that aims to address quality-of-life issues in communities surrounding the facility.They include Richard Bivone, a building and electrical inspection company owner, Helen Meittinis, an East Meadow civic leader and Leon Campo, an East Meadow School District official.The other three appointees are Alphonzo Albright of Long Beach, a former deputy commissioner in the New York City probation department, Dr. Philip Eliot, the Deputy Nassau County Executive for Health and Human Services and Michael N. Califano, a Nassau County budget analysis manager whose son, Michael M. Califano, was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty two years ago.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Matt Kemp has suddenly found his power, and it’s helping keep the Dodgers atop the NL West.Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.“Boy, is he locked in right now,” Atlanta starter Alex Wood said.The Dodgers lead San Francisco by three games. Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and departed with the lead, but didn’t factor in the decision. He is 14-3 at Dodger Stadium with a 2.27 ERA in 23 home starts with the team.“All the pitches were working,” he said. “A lot of stuff came together.”Kemp scored the Dodgers’ first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second.“He’s been swinging the bat pretty well now,” Greinke said of Kemp. “The biggest difference is the power that comes with it. The past week the ball’s been driven. It’s pretty exciting to see.”Kemp notched his ninth career walk-off hit, and first since July 18, 2012, against Philadelphia. He hadn’t homered in consecutive games since last July. “It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” he said. “We’re pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I’m not as fast as I want to be, but it’s coming.”Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th and took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3). Kemp followed with the winning single to left.J.P. Howell (3-3) got the win in relief, walking two and striking out one in one inning.The Braves tied the game 2-2 on Justin Upton’s home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth. Upton’s three hits tied a season high.“As soon as it left my hand I just prayed for Justin not to hit it,” Jansen said.Upton’s brother, B.J., struck out four times.Juan Uribe gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the eighth on a hard-hit single with two outs to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose throw home sailed wide as Kemp crossed the plate.Greinke allowed one run and five hits in eight innings while walking one. He was making his first start at home since June 28.Kemp, who homered twice on Tuesday night, tied the game 1-1 on his 11th homer of the season.Simmons had an RBI single that gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second.Wood gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two.“Greinke’s pretty impressive,” Wood said. “I was happy I was able to go toe-to-toe with him for seven innings.”