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An astounding revelation took place at the May 9 meeting of the BOE. In the context of responding to BOE member Dean Nardone's question on a financial subject, Ms. Mary Callahan, Assistant Superintendent for Business, informed the BOE and the audience that the Town of North Hempstead is pervasively late in its payment to the school district of its share of taxes collected by the town. This practice is so exacerbating that according to Ms. Callahan, either she or a messenger has to go to Town Hall to collect the check, have it signed by the town's treasurer, and run to the bank to deposit it before the town has the opportunity to use these funds for a float of an overnight draft and/or any other such instrument, in order to make money using these funds which rightfully are not the town's to invest. Simply put, if Ms. Callahan's office doesn't resort to the aforementioned collection process, the town uses the school district's money to lend it out and collect interest on it. This is an absolute outrage not to speak of its illegality, immorality and total disregard of ethics! In effect, the town thumbs its nose at the PW School District! This practice by the town begs an investigation by the proper Nassau County authorities and possibly by the State Comptroller's office as well. Suffice it to say, that this abuse of power at the expense of the hard-working taxpayers must not be allowed to continue. Shame on you Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, shame on you town board for your wanton disregard of the trust placed with you by your constituents.

Stanley Ronnell


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