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Town Topics Supervisor Jon Kaiman

As North Hempstead Town Supervisor I’ve been actively engaged in the sustainability of Long Island.   Sitting as a board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council and working with the Regional Economic Development Council on its Long Island Sustainability Plan has also given me a unique perspective on this issue. 

 

The subject took center stage recently at a meeting of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council hosted by the Long Island Association in Melville. With the Town of North Hempstead designated as the lead agency for Long Island’s Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan, I had the opportunity to present to the REDC our 21st century vision outlining tangible actions the region will need in order to move forward.

 

The Cleaner, Greener Communities Program was announced by Cuomo in his 2011 State of the State address and is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA, the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program, empowers regions to create more sustainable communities by funding smart development practices. The plan outlines tangible actions that are targeted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and target job growth in the areas of land use and livable communities, transportation, waste and water management, energy and community development.

 

Many of the priorities outlined in our consortium’s Long Island Sustainability Plan mirror programs that we in North Hempstead have instituted over the course of my administration.

 

For example, recycling is an integral part of any sustainability program.  Here in North Hempstead in 2008, the Town’s Comprehensive School Recycling program has become our marquee environmental initiative. Since its initiation, the groundbreaking effort has connected with nine of the Town’s 11 school districts to collect and recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and glass (commingles). Last year alone, the program reaped more than 450 tons of paper and 140 tons of commingled recyclables. A sister initiative, the “Caps Back” program, collected more than 3,940 pounds of bottle caps.

 

Of course, North Hempstead’s commitment to protect the environment goes beyond recycling.  

 

With evidence mounting that medications flushed down the toilet or tossed into the municipal waste stream damage the environment and eventually reach drinking water supplies, we became the first municipality in Nassau County to implement a pharmaceutical take-back program. Since its inception in 2009 the Town of North Hempstead has collected more than 4 tons of unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals. Acknowledging the program’s crucial role in helping protect the environment the US Environmental Protection Agency presented the Town with its Environmental Quality Award for this groundbreaking effort.

 

North Hempstead’s environmental initiatives continue to evolve, from our electronic waste collection program, to our rain barrel and composting initiatives to our brand new Platinum LEED-certified community center in Westbury. 

 For us, protecting the environment boils down to protecting our residents’ quality of life. As we like to say, North Hempstead is doing more and doing it greener!

News

Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.

 

Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.

 

Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



Calendar

Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


Columns

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

Sustainable LI: Getting Good Things Done
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

LI’s ‘Most Prominent Lady In Politics’
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com