Hempstead Town, NY – In keeping with quality-of-life ordinances designed to maintain the aesthetic of the township’s suburban locale, Supervisor Clavin and the members of the Town Board announced the shuttering of multiple massage parlors dealing in illegal practices – particularly prostitution. The parlors, located in communities throughout the township, were closed in coordination with the Nassau County Police Department and other Nassau County officials. Leading the push to prevent these businesses from blighting the township were Supervisor Don Clavin, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Christopher Carini and Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads.
“I am happy that we have managed to close these illicit businesses down so they no longer can pollute our community’s downtown corridors,” said Clavin. “I am proud of the partnerships my colleagues and I on the Town Board have fostered with our partners in government from Nassau County, and I am especially grateful for the dedicated work of our Town of Hempstead Building Department staff and the members of the Nassau County Police Department for getting this done.”
The parlors, which were allegedly dealing in illegal services, spanned multiple neighborhoods across the Town of Hempstead. One of the recently shuttered shops was Jade Reflexology, located at 615 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow. In addition to the East Meadow business, a parlor located at 822 Carmen Avenue in Westbury was closed through a joint effort between Hempstead Town Building Department personnel and Nassau County officials, including the Nassau County Police Department. What’s more, there are ongoing investigations taking place into additional businesses, including one on Merrick Road in Seaford, one on Merrick Avenue in Merrick, and another on Newbridge Road in North Bellmore.
“My colleagues and I on the Town Board will not falter in our commitment to safeguarding the suburban aesthetic of the Town of Hempstead,” said D’Esposito. “We will not allow malcontents peddling in illegal practices like prostitution to pollute our communities with their activities. I will continue working alongside my partners at all levels of government to ensure this blight does not spread here in our hometown.”
“Here in Hempstead Town, if you break the public’s trust by promoting illegal activities like these ‘massage’ parlors were doing, we are going to find you out and shut you down,” said Carini. “Whether it be my time serving in law enforcement as a member of the NYPD and Port Authority Police Department or during my tenure on the Hempstead Town Board, my career has consisted of stopping lawbreakers from wreaking havoc on our community – and that includes these illegal parlors.”
“We will not be deterred from enforcing Nassau County’s zero-tolerance policy against this type of lewd behavior,” said Rhoads. “I will continue working with community groups, local leaders and law enforcement to battle the growing pandemic of lawlessness affecting our communities and quality of life.”
Members of the public who credibly suspect businesses operating within the township are participating in illegal activities should contact the Town of Hempstead Building Department by calling (516) 538-8500 or the Nassau County Police Department at (516) 573-8800.