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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

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.

On Monday, July 7, Vincent J. Calamia, 48, of Floral Park, was arrested on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that between approximately 2005 and the date of his arrest, Calamia engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minors and possessed and produced child pornography. The complaint further alleges that approximately 10 videos seized from the defendant’s computer depict the defendant engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as between 15 and 17 years old.


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