At the recent West Hempstead Civic Association town meeting, a brief overview of the current state of West Hempstead was given, outlining subjects such as the Courtesy Hotel issue, illegal rentals of single family homes and the continued efforts through town and county officials.
Inspector Wayne Atkins, commanding officer of the 5th Precinct was the keynote speaker. After a brief opening statement, Inspector Atkins answered numerous questions pertaining to police presence in the community. Also on hand was Sergeant Grinn of the "P.O.P." unit of the 5th Precinct. Detailed explanations were offered explaining the role of the Nassau County Police, and what this all means to this community. Also in attendance were officials from the Town of Hempstead's Building and Sanitation Departments.
West Hempstead Civic Association Executive Vice President Rose Norton spoke briefly about the up-coming events for October such as the street fair, West Hempstead High School's Homecoming and 50th Anniversary, Fire and Safety Month through the West Hempstead Fire Department. School board member and former president Martin Kaye spoke briefly about West Hempstead High School and its upcoming 50th anniversary.
The meeting turned toward the subject of what can be done for the betterment of West Hempstead. Suggestions included the possibility of incorporating West Hempstead and what it would mean and cost the people of the community and the formation of a Community Court/Adjudication Bureau. Detailed explanations were given on each subject.
Paul Margiotta from the Town of Babylon was on hand to explain the subject of Community Court/Adjudication Bureau, and what it could mean to the community, and more importantly how to go about forming such an extension of our existing court system. The audience seemed to be in great favor of this idea since it would bring the benefits of incorporation to the community, without the large associated cost to property owners.
West Hempstead Civic Association President Bob Rabey would like to thank all in attendance including the representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, the West Hempstead School Board and the other supporters who were there as well.