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Town Investigates Hateful Bulletin

Following recent reports of a racially charged incident — surrounding allegations that an unknown Town of Hempstead employee intentionally posted a picture of a monkey, as a hate-fueled reference of an African-American co-worker — town officials announced they will mandate intensive diversity training for all highway and parks department employees working at the facility in Levittown, where the incident occurred.

“We have united as brothers and sisters to say ‘NO’ to hatred in our communities,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “We are speaking out, letting everyone know that acts of hatred will not be tolerated in Hempstead Town.”

The incident was first reported by Jimmy Howard, an African-American employee with the town’s highway and parks department, who was outraged to see that a co-worker had posted the image to the department’s bulletin board, with the label “Jimmy’s baby picture.”

On April 29, town officials, clergy members and community leaders gathered in prayer circle to demonstrate a powerful and unified voice calling for an end to acts of hatred, violence and discrimination.

“Today I stand here to condemn such an act of racism to Mr. Howard,” said Melvin Harris with the NAACP in Hempstead. “No one in America should have to come to work to take care of their family and be met with such an offensive act.”

Taking swift action, town officials said they plan to conduct their own investigation to find the culprit(s) responsible for posting the picture to the Highway Department bulletin board. The incident has also been referred to the Nassau County Police Department and District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office.

Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said that as an African-American citizen she was offended and repulsed to learn of the allegations and vowed to work towards bringing an end to the displays of ignorance and hatred.

“Employees must be sensitive to their colleagues at work and respectful of each other,” Goosby said. “Every worker needs to clearly understand that despicable actions like this are offensive and hurtful to others, and are entirely unacceptable.”

As a result of the incident all 25 town employees in the department will take a new and intensive diversity training.

News

On Sunday, Aug. 20, Genna Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, was named Miss Long Island Teen 2015 at the annual pageant held in Patchogue, in conjunction with the Miss Long Island Pageant. Thirty-two women, between the ages of 14 and 26 years old represented towns from across Long Island to compete for the Miss and Teen 2015 titles.

Cardalena told the Floral Park Dispatch, “It’s really surreal; it took me about 24 hours for it to really sink in that I was Miss Long Island Teen 2015.” This is her third competition. Her cousin originally turned her on to pageant competitions. “I entered on a whim and placed in the Top 10 in a 2013 competition in Westchester,” said Cardalena. She then entered the 2014 pageant on Long Island and placed in the top five and also won Miss Congeniality.

Village Trustee Mary Grace-Tomecki updated residents on the road repairs at Beverly Avenue at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting. The reconstruction of Beverly Avenue which is located between Covert Avenue and Orchid Street began this past week. The contractor for the construction is the Roadwork Ahead Incorporation based out of Westbury.

“Approximately 10 years ago, the greater part of Beverly underwent an overlay. However, at the time, it was deemed that the segment between Covert and Orchid was not a good candidate for an overlay,” said Tomecki. “The crown of this portion of Beverly was much higher than the rest of the street, causing substantial ponding and in turn, drainage issues that could not be resolved by simply applying asphalt to the existing road surface.”


Calendar

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Friday, August 22

Town STOP

Saturday, August 23

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Tuesday, August 26



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