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Kaiman Stepping Down Soon

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who has served as town supervisor for 10 years, will leave his position the week of Sept. 23. 

 

“It’s bittersweet, but it’s time to move on,” Kaiman said.

 

Kaiman will be devoting more time to his new role as a special advisor on Long Island storm recovery to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. “This will be a full-time job come Sept. 23,” Kaiman said. 

 

With Kaiman’s departure, Deputy Town Supervisor Christopher Senior becomes acting supervisor, but without voting privileges on  the town board. The  board could appoint Senior or another as acting supervisor with such privileges, but hasn’t done so yet. The acting supervisor will serve until a newly elected supervisor  takes office on Jan. 1, 2014.

 

Kaiman had already decided not to run for another term as town supervisor in the upcoming November election, but instead  had announced a decision to run for county court judge.  When the storm recovery advisory appointment came along, he said he’d stay out of the judicial race.  The new $150,000-a-year advisory job includes offices in downtown Manhattan. However, much of the job involves serving as an advocate for Sandy-damaged LI towns. 

 

“This is an opportunity to do something important, time to meet new challenges, ,” Kaiman said. “There’s a lot of work ahead.” Candidates for North Hempstead town supervisor in the November election are Democrat Judi Bosworth, a Nassau County legislator, and Republican Dina De Giorgio, a North Hempstead town councilwoman.

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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