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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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