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Steven Kroll has been named the new executive director of NYSARC, Inc., replacing Marc Brandt, who retired December 31 after serving in the position for 32 years. Brandt announced his retirement in early 2014, with plans to allow time for NYSARC to develop new leadership to continue carrying out its mission of serving and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Brandt was involved in the selection of his successor and the transition to new leadership.

Kroll previously spent 19 years as vice president of governmental affairs and external relations at the Healthcare Association of New York State. Brandt, who met with Kroll over the course of several months, noted that Kroll is an exceptional leader and has a strong sense of compassion and sensitivity for the people the organization serves and for NYSARC’s local chapters.

“I look forward to bringing my skills, experiences, and passion to NYSARC and to being a leader of this dynamic and wonderful organization,” Kroll said in a press statement.

Hallie Greene, a director at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., has served on the NYSARC Board of Governors since 2013.

AHRC Nassau will use $10,000 in grant funds from NYSARC Trust Services to pay for equipment and recreation programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than $5,000 of the grant went to the Weekend Walking Program, which includes weekly walks for club members and destination walks in the summer. The club has 186 members, and up to 25 attend each walk. The grant money will help the club to provide more healthy and social opportunities for members and more volunteer support.

About $3,000 of the grant money will be spent on equipment and uniforms for sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities. AHRC will buy bats, balls, essential oils for yoga classes, and music systems for dances and other organized activities. The money also will be used to buy uniforms for the new Special Olympics ski team. The remaining funding will go toward scholarships for people in the community who need help paying for recreational respite programs at Camp Loyaltown.

Bob Molloy, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates’ chief financial officer, is a member of the Nassau County AHRC Foundation’s board of directors.

AHRC Nassau recently celebrated its 65th anniversary at its annual membership luncheon that featured a video presentation highlighting the organization’s history and mission in the Long Island community. Over the decades, the program, which began as a small summer camp in the 1950s, has focused on helping people with developmental disabilities to follow their dreams and make their own choices.

As the agency grew, it expanded to include a residential program, a program for school-age children, and employment services. Now, AHRC supports more than 2,000 people with development disabilities and their families, providing comprehensive care for individuals with special needs and consolidated support services that range from respite care for families to residential placement for clients. AHRC also helps clients to find meaningful work through numerous job placement and training programs, including supported employment. Through this program, AHRC works with businesses such as Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, which hires people with developmental disabilities.

Hallie Greene, a director at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of AHRC Nassau.

Independent Living Centers (ILCs), a program of the New York State Rehabilitation Council, help people who have disabilities learn the skills they need to live independently. The centers are located throughout New York and overseen by a board of directors. ILCs’ programs provide training and support to help clients make their own decisions and become active members of the community.

ILCs also offer counseling services, resources, and support groups. Peer counseling pairs clients with another person with a similar disability so that they can share experiences and ideas. Information and referral services offer resources to help clients make smart choices about where they live and work. Additionally, ILCs work with business networks, government groups, and organizations to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and improve and implement laws that support people with disabilities.

The law firm of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., regularly provides job opportunities for people with disabilities. In addition, many of its employees serve in leadership roles in organizations across New York that support individuals with disabilities.

Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, New York, recently expanded its emergency department as part of an overall plan to renovate its facilities. The remodeled department is a 4,512-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with nine beds. The renovations include a decontamination chamber and isolation suite, a center dedicated to trauma and chest pain, and a patient nourishment center. The emergency department also has a space dedicated to triage and waiting, as well as outpatient services areas for diagnostic testing. The changes are designed to increase patient comfort and accessibility during treatment.

Moreover, the hospital is currently rebuilding its operating suites as part of a $4.5 million remodeling plan. The work was made possible through donations from the community, including the $250,000 lead donation from Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, the founding partners of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C. Plans call for a 1,500-square-foot addition on the north side of the hospital and major updates to the hospital’s four operating suites, which have not undergone significant renovations since 1976.

The Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA) is asking people to pledge to cut back on salt to improve their heart health and lower their blood pressure. By signing an online pledge, they declare their intent to take control of what they and their family eat and to reduce the sodium content in their food. According to AHA, high salt intake contributes to bloating, heart disease, stroke, and a number of other health problems.

AHA provides advice and tips for cutting back on salt on its blog, which is regularly updated with articles about the salt content in food and ways to flavor it without salt. For example, a recent article, shows how a new survey found that fast food in the United States has as much as 20 percent more sodium than similar items sold at fast food restaurants in other countries. The survey also contained encouraging data indicating that the sodium level in some foods has been decreasing in the past few years.

The Long Island chapter of the AHA hosts events throughout the year to teach people about heart health and raise money for research. Janet Ward a senior associate and managing attorney in the closing department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of the Long Island chapter’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Committee.

As one of the community partners and employers that work with Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB), Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., recently received an invitation to a breakfast on October 3 hosted by the nonprofit at its Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, New York.

Founded in 1893, HKSB was responsible for several firsts during the 20th century. In 1947, under the name Industrial Home for the Blind, it opened the first comprehensive rehabilitation center for people who are visually impaired or blind in the United States. Five years later, it hired New York state’s first traveling teacher of blind students to work on Long Island. Other firsts for the organization included the opening of the United States’ first low-vision clinic in 1953.

In the 21st century, HKSB has continued its pioneering legacy by opening the first resource center in Brooklyn for parents of children with blindness or multiple handicaps. More information about the organization and its initiatives can be found at HelenKeller.org.