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Letter: Kaiman Says Goodbye

After serving ten years as your town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.

 

In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances.  NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil. 

 

 

While I look forward to these new and challenging roles, I will most certainly miss being the supervisor of this most extraordinary Town.  There is much ground that my administration has covered over the last ten years.  We brought in 311 and TownStat, created Project Independence, initiated our award winning school recycling program and so much more.  

 

Of most significance, and that of which I am most proud, is my administration’s management of Town finances.   The great success that we have had and that has been recognized by leaders in the municipal finance world is of critical importance.  In the last ten years we have seen our bond rating rise to the highest it has ever been and then hold the line during one of the worst recessions in history.  We have balanced our budgets while rebuilding infrastructure, adding and improving services, developed award winning programs and improving the quality of life throughout our town.

 

In fact, we have achieved a net reduction in town debt of over 100 million dollars while building new facilities, acquiring open space and new parks, and investing in numerous environmental and public safety measures on behalf of our community.  It is time for me to move on, but I would like to thank and acknowledge all those that have served our Town during my administration.  So many have given of themselves in ways that often go unnoticed by the general public, but have, in fact, had a positive impact on our lives.

 

I also want to thank you, the residents of North Hempstead for allowing me to serve as I have done.  I have done my best and hope that I have met the challenge of governing to your satisfaction.  Thank you.

 

Jon Kaiman


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


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