Ira Maltz started in the security business in 1972 at the Academy of Music on 14th Street in Manhattan as a security guard. In 1975 he founded CSS (originally Concert Service Specialist, Inc.) at the Calderone Concert Hall on Franklin Avenue in Hempstead as he says, “thanks to two men named Mark Puma and Phil Basile who gave me that chance.”
A short time later Maltz received calls from various venues. Promoter Larry Vaughn hired CSS to handle backstage security at Nassau Coliseum. CSS handled security for Aerusomith after they played the Calderone and did a small theater tour for Aerosmith across the East Coast and a club tour across Long Island at Speaks in Island Park and Hammerheads in Babylon. The Calderone closed in 1980 and Maltz went out on tour with Aerosmith.
Maltz was next approached by RIchard Flanzer, who produced the SUnset Concert Series at Belmont Racetrack. In the summers of 1981 and 1982, to bring in security for rock concerts after the races. When Maltz came off the road Don Delsener asked him to open the Jones Beach Theater in 1983 and handle security there, where he remained for the next 22 years.
Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee Denis McNamara requested his services for what was to be the first of many WLIR parties in the park at FIremen’s Field in Hempstead and throughout the years for many other WLIR events.
Maltz and CSS have handled security for the Rolling Stones, LIMHoF Inductee Billy Joel, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Paul McCartney – from rock and roll to hip hop, country and folk to Broadway openings. CSS has also handled Long Island concert security for Brookhaven Amphitheater, SUNY Stony Brook, the Waldbaum’s Balloon Festival, the Woodstock Festival in Yaphank, Great South Bay Music Festival and shows at the Vanderbilt and C.W. Post College, and many others.
In New York City, CSS provides concert security at the Roseland Ballroom; Central Park’s Summerstage and Great Lawn; Randall’s Island; Governors Island; Shea Stadium/Citifield; and Yankee Stadium.
Ira Maltz has lived on Long Island since 1965 and is proud to have helped make the concert business on Long Island a success over the past 36 years. He and CSS will continue to do so well into the future.
CSS Security, Inc. is committed to providing individuals, corporations and special events the highest level of security protection. We understand the complexity of our industry, and have developed programs to meet the unique and special needs of businesses and individuals. We are frequently employed as security at live events, for the entertainment market, corporations, special events, politicians, individual personalized artist protection, and crowd control, among a plethora of other security jobs.
The backbone of our services and company is our professionally trained staff who are licensed, bonded and fully insured. They constantly take a proactive approach when providing security services to our valued clients, and take the path of least disruption whenever possible.
Perhaps the most unique thing about CSS Security is the scalability of our security services. From the protection of international political figures to crowd protection up to 85,000 patrons, or from the employment of one guard to 500 guards, we can handle any and all events no matter the location. And if you’re unsure about the amount and type of security services you require, we can help with that. CSS Security will work closely with you to assess your needs through a confidential security survey and determine the most appropriate security package for your situation.
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