I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for Hempstead Town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency, such as a severe storm evacuation. Other situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a vast change in how Albany conducted business in recent years when the state outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases.
This is a new era in state government, one of fiscal responsibility. Passing increased burdens onto our overtaxed taxpayers is not acceptable. I came to the Senate this January after serving for eight years as a village mayor. There was no better experience to prepare me for the Senate than serving in local government.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the Elmont Summit this past Thursday evening. The community was disappointed in the lack of participation from our elected officials, but we improvised and in my opinion turned it into an even better event.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents that the month of May is Building Safety Month in an effort to increase awareness about the critical importance of this issue. I encourage Hempstead Town families to participate in Building Safety Month by promoting safe environments in their homes. Residents can participate by following some home safety tips.
It has been an historic past few months in New York State with the passing of this state budget. We kept our commitment to balancing the state’s budget without raising taxes or fees and have taken a significant step toward genuine, long-term fiscal health. However, our work is far from done. We must continue to explore options to ease the tax burden on our residents and business owners.
I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veterans booth at Hempstead Town Hall is serving more clients than ever!
After being closed in the summer of 2009 by the Governor and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, the veterans booth was reopened with the assistance of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can continue to come to our counseling center every Wednesday and Thursday at Hempstead Town Hall to discuss veterans benefits and other veterans issues.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently met with officials from Island Harvest, Long Island’s food bank, to discuss the issue of hunger on Long Island, specifically in the Fourth Congressional District. The Congresswoman also toured Island Harvest’s Uniondale warehouse to see firsthand how food is moved from those with excess to those in need.
On April 5, the last person to speak at the Town Board meeting, Laura Bonacasa was describing the crowded conditions at the Wantagh animal shelter, when Kate Murray and the Town Council just got up and walked out. Kate Murray did not even adjourn the meeting. The following week (at the April 12 meeting) Ms. Bonacasa asked Supervisor Murray why she walked out. Supervisor Murray indicated that she had spoken for one minute past the 3-minute time limit. This time limit isn’t enforced for all speakers. At the Town Hall meeting on August 3, 2010, Kate Murray let two speakers, who praised her in their statements, go on for over 10 minutes.
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest debates in this country deals with something most people take for granted: water — and more specifically bottled water versus tap water. There are many strong views on both sides of the argument, but the truth is that most people just don’t know the facts. The Long Island Water Conference wants you to know that our tap water is not only cheaper, healthier and more convenient, it is also much better for the environment.
Every year, Americans spend over $11 billion on bottled water. In fact, bottled water costs between 250 to 10,000 times more than tap water, and in blind taste tests people can’t even tell the difference. For the $1.50 price of a single-use bottle of water at the deli, you could drink a hefty 1,000 gallons of Long Island tap water.
The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2010 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its seventh anniversary season.
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