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Letter: Open Governmment?

Late in the evening of February 10, 1998, a Manhasset resident approached the Town of North Hempstead board to propose a playground be built for Manhasset’s children in Mary Jane Davis Park. With the overwhelming support of the Manhasset community and after a necessary campaign including bumper stickers, petitions and editorial support from the Manhasset Press, the town board agreed to build the playground.

Unfortunately, getting things accomplished for Manhasset has often been difficult when dealing with Town Hall. Concerned residents are forced to wait until the end of the official town board meeting, sometimes past midnight, to address the board.

The Nassau County Legislature permits residents to address the legislature before it begins its official business. It is time for the North Hempstead Town Board to adopt a similar policy.

The candidates for town supervisor should go on record, before the November election, supporting or opposing the above resident friendly initiative.  

John Minogue