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Hempstead Town Responds to Claims About Senior ID Cards

Town says no medication information is included on the ID cards.

Hempstead Town officials responded Monday afternoon to claims made by Steve Anchin, the Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town Clerk, about the town's senior ID program.

The town, along with Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, announced in early October that it had begun offering free identification cards for senior citizens.

Last week, Anchin claimed that the ID cards were "dangerous" due to ever-changing medication and prescription information. But the Town of Hempstead responded Monday by saying that no such information exists on the ID cards, specifically for that reason.

"Because of the reason that senior's medication changes, we did not include that in the program," said Mike Deery, a spokesman for the town. "... It includes emergency contact information, it includes a home address, it includes doctors' names, and family and friends' names for contact. It does not include medication."

The October release from the town said, "In an emergency, a town senior ID card may help medical technicians to quickly determine how to treat a particular person, given their allergies and other related information." However, no information about medication or prescriptions was included in the release.

Anchin said on Monday that the medical information isn't his only concern.

"Of equal concern is that the town clerk has left seniors open to identity theft," he said. "Personal information, birthdate, contacts' information, photo and more are all included on this card. ... An official NYS Non-Driver photo ID is encrypted and cannot be used for identity theft."

Anchin added: "Frankly, the town clerk should admit his mistake, recall all those cards issued and destroy them. There are systems in place for hospitals and doctors to obtain up-to-date medical information during an emergency."

terry November 08, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Yes, dem2008 seems like such a credible source!
Catherine Mary November 08, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Too bad your boy didn't bring it up a month ago then.
Holly Lapinel November 09, 2011 at 09:55 PM
The whole business of Id cards is a waste to Town resources and a duplicate of services provided free of charge by the Masonic Lodges. They have been providing digital fingerprints and digital photos on a CD that is given to all, Seniors, Children as well as teens. The Masonic Safety program has been available for 20 years and has evolved from video tapes to CD to intregate with computers. No data is kept and this is a great way to keep the community safe, don't waste tax dollars in duplicating the service!!! MSID programs are held thru fire depts and school as well as fairs and festivals. Proud volunteer for Masonic safety identification programs.
Dr. Murray Vindaloo November 10, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Yes, we Mason's are wonderful people and we do great civic things... we do - the right thing!
Vincent November 10, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Holly Lapinel, Masonic Lodges are still in business? Didn't know that. Where is the one in Mineola?

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