District Attorney Singas established the Nassau County School and Community Safety Task to enhance the security of schools, colleges, places of worship, and public buildings.
The Task Force will:
Explore the protocols in place at Nassau schools and colleges to share information regarding potential threats with law enforcement
Assess the training and support needs of educators, religious leaders, and private security officials at public buildings, including malls, to reduce the threat of a mass casualty event
Develop recommendations and guidance to ensure that timely disclosures regarding students or patients who may be a danger to themselves or others are made to the appropriate parties
Prepare a training curriculum for educators and mental health practitioners regarding the health and safety exceptions to FERPA and HIPPA
Issue a public report detailing the Task Force’s findings and recommendations.
In the wake of mass shootings at places of worship, the task force will also engage religious community leaders to address concerns regarding church safety. Reports of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim bias crime on Long Island have been rising since 2016 according to statistics gathered by the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit.
The Task Force, which is still in formation, includes the following members:
Mr. Malik Nadeem Abid, Amb. & Sec’y Gen., UN International Human Rights Comm’n.
Ms. Jamie Bogenshutz, President, Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services
Mr. David Candelaria, Major, New York State Police
Dr. Isma Chaudhry, President, Islamic Center of Long Island
Mr. Sean Ross Collins, Public Affairs Coordinator, The LGBT Network
Mr. John P. Dembek, Director of Life Safety, Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Mr. Ronald Ellerbe, President, Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Assn.
Rev. Philip E. Elliott, Bishop, Antioch Baptist Church
Dr. David Flatley, President, Nassau County Council of School Superintendents
Ms. Tatum Fox, Deputy County Executive for Public Safety
Ms. Eda Franco, Executive Director, Mental Health Assn. of Nassau Co.
Ms. Susan Gottehrer, Director, New York Civil Liberties Union, Nassau Co. Chapter
Mr. Gerald Handley, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations
Mr. Gerry Holler, President, L.I. Metro Area College & University Sec.’y. Consortium
Ms. Christie Jacobson, Attorney, Frazer & Feldman, LLP
Mr. Jared Kasschau, Nassau County Attorney
Mr. George Khouzamis, Asst. Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Ms. Sue Moller, President, Nassau Counselors’ Assn.
Ms. Karen O’Callaghan, Dir. of Public Safety, Hofstra University
Ms. Omayra Pérez, Coord. of Mental Health Services, Nassau County Dept. of Human Svcs.
Ms. Mindy Perlmutter, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Board
Ms. Lynn Petrofsky, Associate Director, Nassau Region PTA
Mr. James Romagnoli, VP Corporate Security, Northwell Health
Ms. Kyle Rose-Louder, Dep. County Exec. for Health & Human Svcs.
Mr. Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner
Mr. Christopher Shishko, Attorney, Guercio & Guercio, LLP
Ms. Tomia Smith, Teacher, Massapequa School District
Ms. Caryn Stepner, Assistant District Attorney & Hate Crimes Unit Chief, NCDA
Dr. Kathleen Walsh, Superintendent, Diocese of Rockville Centre Dept. of Education
Mr. Robert Zimmerman, Partner, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc.
The Nassau County School & Community Safety Task Force is an initiative of the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.