In the area of “good and open government” how can the Town of North Hempstead keep its constituents better informed of pending Town Board actions?
Town government sometimes publishes short and vague, almost cryptic, synopses of its Town Board Agenda and public hearing items which hinders constituent involvement. What are your thoughts about increasing the level of detail made public, and made public in a more timely way?
At the very start of the extremely long Herricks Board meeting that extended past midnight, the board named Grant Seltzer Richman and Sheryl Bohan as its student representatives and Dana Curtin and Samuel Oh as alternatives.
The board also announced that they have had very productive meetings with the Herricks Teacher’s Association and those meetings are ongoing. Board president Christine Turner added, “Naturally, we can’t discuss those meetings as yet, but we are happy that they will continue.”
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?
The New Hyde Park/Garden City School Board meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m., did not start until almost 8:30 p.m. due to the board’s late arrival. They apologized profusely due to the executive session that they would have to resume after the meeting ended.
Because of the nature of the executive session, Superintendent Robert Katulak said he was not able to discuss the topic of the session with the public.
How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the county eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to county assessment errors?
Prior to the start of the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, the mayor and trustees honored the 11-12-year-old girls baseball team for its second consecutive season winning of the District Championship for their age category.
The girls presented Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar with a signed ball and with a trophy to put in the village trophy case. All of the girls were present with village trustee Kevin Rynne, who is one of the coaches, along with Dennis Gannon and Steve Gilhooly.
The candidate submitted the following statement.
“Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His four terms in office have been underscored by his continuation of the town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.
“Under Kaiman’s administration, CNN Money Magazine ranked the town one of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” In addition, CNN rated North Hempstead as the Second Best Place to Live for a healthy retirement in the United States of America. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to promote accountability and transparency, to better the quality of life for seniors, to maintain sound finances and to protect the town’s environment.
Residency Investigator Joseph Wendling was at the last Herricks School Board meeting and spoke to residents.
Prior to introducing him, superintendent Dr. Jack Bierwirth said, “You asked that Joseph Wendling be brought back to talk to the board. First, let me get you up to speed.
“We brought Joe over to the Town of North Hempstead and introduced him to the official that we have contacted. So, we have now established an official working relationship with them. We have taken him around to various organizations. He came to the administration meeting recently so they all know who he is so that if he is doing surveillance they don’t call 911 and have him carted away.
Jason Watson issued the following statement:
“Jason Watson is the Democratic candidate running for the Nassau County Legislature in the 9th District. He has been working with children and adults with autism since his graduation from Quinnipiac College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in May of 2000. Since July of 2000, he has been employed by Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism where he currently holds a position as Coordinator of Adult, Vocational, and Family Support Services.
“Mr. Watson is also a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. He is a member of NSSA’s Human Rights and Peer Review Committees and a participant in the Long Island Task force for Aging Out, the National Town Hall Meeting for Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, the LI Family Support Advisory Council, and the LI Quality Assurance Task Force.
The candidate issued the following statement.
“Charles Berman was originally appointed to the office of Receiver of Taxes in 2003 and January 2010, and was elected in November 2010.
“Berman is a proven government affairs professional with a solid administrative background in business. His career in public service began when he was appointed Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of Oyster Bay in 2000.
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