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Is It Time for More Villages in North Hempstead?

Has the Town of North Hempstead failed in communicating with the residents? You tell me. Is it time for a Village?

Every day I receive phone calls and emails from neighbors, civic members, local business owners who, upon hearing a "rumor," call or email to advise the civic leaders of the "goings on" within the New Hyde Park community.  Had it not been for these "tips" we would NEVER have known about the new 7-Eleven on Union Turnpike or the new 7-Eleven on Hillside Avenue and New Hyde Park Road or the King Kullen that will move into the Ace Hardware Shopping Center on Nov. 8.

How can our elected leadership, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilperson Lee Seeman, think it's acceptable to not advise local civic leaders of changes within their community that will impact traffic, lifestyles and possibly safety? This current administration has grossly failed this community. 

Civic leadership is consistent and usually has the same people; this current administration knows our phone numbers and email addresses.  Guess Supervisor Kaiman and Councilperson Seeman don't want to deal with the backlash/criticism from civics when their proposals come up significantly short.  Do they know there's a food service truck parked on Union Turnpike and Lakeville Road in front of the Citibank next to one of the proposed 7-Elevens?  Probably not. Do they come into our community to see the consistent deterioration of the plans they keep approving - other than to campaign?

Past administrations, specifically former Supervisor Newberger and Councilman D'Urso, made sure New Hyde Park civic associations were kept informed. We knew what was being planned and, imagine this, actually had a say in the discussions.  We were treated with respect and were not viewed as a "negative" voting block or politically motivated. We were invited to meetings held at the Town prior to the proposals going before the Town Board.  Our opinions were solicited because the prior administration was actually concerned with maintaining the entire Town from North to South, East to West. Too bad we can't say the same for this administration, who has gone out of their way to block, trip-up and stumble any civic interaction.

As a civic leader, I am concerned with how the current leadership at Town Hall continues to blatantly disregard the needs of greater New Hyde Park when they should be seeking information from the community to make our neighborhood a safer and better place to live.

It is a sad commentary and makes me wish I lived in a Village where the local
government is in tune with the residents and really listens to what they say. Roslyn Country Club is another perfect example - we are told what the Town will do, no referendum, no input, just a few words at a public hearing where they may or may not be heard. I have to believe this is not just happening in New Hyde Park but elsewhere in the Town.

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Lakestater October 31, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Yes. Because the solution to all of society's ills are more politicians and more layers of bureaucracy.
Really? October 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Please. Back in the day you called Newberger a potted plant. You liked durso because he hired your family member to work for him. And people that aren't political don't show up at all the republican fundraisers like you've been doing. Start a village. Please!
Nicholas Capozzi November 01, 2011 at 08:23 AM
Form a village you will have the mayor and trustees you neighbours, call the Nassau Co. Village Association for information, you will not regreat it.
Nicholas Capozzi November 01, 2011 at 08:25 AM
For those who think it's another layer of govt. it's not ! In NY villages have municipal home rule, towns have no say only the local people.
I luv taxes November 01, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Excellent. If it's not another layer of government, I guess I won't have to pay for the infrastructure that you'll be inheriting, the taxes to make the village go, the multitude of new union employees that will be needed, the pensions and benefits of even more elected officials, the garbage pick up, the road maintenance, the village hall, the village court, .... and so on. Sign me up.
Just Not Right November 01, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Dear Ms. No Political Agenda: How do you explain the following: go to northhempsteadgop.com. When you get there, click on villages. Who is that quoted on the top? On a GOP website! "I didn't know that was there!". Fair enough. Then go to the Centrella and Tu Facebook pages. Look at the fundraiser pictures and see who's at both. Be honest with the readers.
Vincent November 01, 2011 at 04:31 PM
And what new village do you want to be Mayor of Ms. Wohlgemuth?
Merrick7 November 01, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Not trying to be subversive, but most elected officials in NY villages work for free, while all township officials are guaranteed pay and benefits, which they vote for without your say. And yes villages are required union employees with pensions and benefits. Did you know how much obligations for insurance and pensions are comparatively between villages and townships? Villages pay less on average salary wise and insurance wise for their employees. Its on the comptroller websites.
Merrick7 November 01, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Also sanitation costs are pretty consistent all over Long Island just some are patronage heavy according to a 2006 report. So it will probably cost less for garbage pick up with a tighter localized government. Road mainenance is expensive, but considering town roads are in horrific conditions at least you will get bang for your buck, knowing in a village the roads will actually be maintained. Village halls are less costly than town halls and are tax free. Village courts, which most village governments do not have in NY and many have abolished, are no more expensive than a town and are usually paid for by the ticketing proceedings they preside over. There usually is additional revenue to supplement the budget. Also in the Hewletts, three villages share the village hall. So I am sure you could look into that. Also state grants usually provide for the village hall, or assist in costs. Village police? Many are removing from NCPD and are joining village forces because it is cheaper and more service.
John Carway November 01, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Since when does attending a political fundraiser disqualify someone from speaking out and being a civic leader. Unfortunately it takes a lot of money to campaign for any office. Thankfully there are people who actually put their money where their mouth is. O live in Mineola and have been action e there for many years. But it wouldn't be necessary to even think about forming another village of Kaimanj and his cronies were doing their jobs and listening to the people. It's really sad when a person making a comment here has to resort to a personal attack rather than responding to the issue.
John Carway November 01, 2011 at 10:38 PM
By the way. My only political agenda is to see the end of the disgraceful Kaimanj regime. Lee Tu, a young and dynamic, but above all truthful Chinese-American candidate for North Hempstead Supervisor has been devastating Kaiman at all the candidate debates
I luv taxes November 01, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Some of what you say is correct Merrick. You have to remember though, that village residents also pay town taxes, albeit less. Can debate the other points but no interest in doing so other than to say there are wide disparities in the garbage costs municipalities pay on the island, and many village police departments are not equipped to handle processing of serious crimes. The county is now billing for providing those services. As for mr. Carway, did anyone say disqualify? This is about disclosure, particularly from one who has consistently maintained that she is apolitical. You, of course, having been soundly defeated when you ran (on the same tired issue) for supervisor, are hardly objective.
John Carway November 01, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Ah yes "Soundly defeated". Yes I was. It only takes one vote to lose. I got about 39%the of them in 2007. The "village" issue is interesting however. I wonder if one reason I was unable to energize the voters to come out against the corruption of.Kaiman's building Department was because they were relatively happy and content with their village government. About half the voters in North Hempstead live in incorporated villages.
John Carway November 01, 2011 at 11:51 PM
As a Mineola resident my village taxes take care of most of my needs like garbage and roads etc. My Town portion of my taxes are minuscule compared with the total. I don't need to wait a year for a building.g permit to put a covering g over my front door. If I wanted to sell my house it wouldn't take a year to get a Certificate of Occupancy .updated.. Neither would my village building department labor under the supposition that my request mentioned that I was trying to put something over the They would, instead, try to be helpful to the citizens.
I luv taxes November 02, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Zzzzzz. Old news from the old guard. Villages are wonderful. Stay there.
Rick Ueland November 02, 2011 at 12:42 AM
As a resident of the Village of Mineola, I strongly believe that if we want to reduce government that the Town structure should go. I wish there was a way for a Village to secede from the TONH - I believe that the residents would be better served. For example, the Roslyn Country Club issue puts all TONH resident on the hook for what should be a local issue in the worst economy we have seen in decades. Kaiman and his supporters are out of touch with the average Village taxpayer. If you removed the requirement for Villages to belong to the TONH, unicorporated areas could either incorporate as a Village, join an exiting Village or remain in some Town structure where the costs of services are paid by them and not residents of Villages. Before someone chimes in that my comments are political - I do not know the writer nor am I active in politics - just a plain old taxpayer who thinks the entire system is so screwed up that if we don't make some changes we are mortgaging our children and grandchildren. I rather give my taxes to my Village Board to spend rather than to the TONH. I firmly believe that the money would be better spent!
I luv taxes November 02, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Fair enough. You are certainly entitled to your opinion.
Nicholas Capozzi November 02, 2011 at 04:49 AM
If you were not so sarcastic and think I'd be more than happy to explain. You may set up your Village in different ways and contract out services. My home is worth 700,000 I pat 1012.00 in village taxes, garbage 3 times a week, streets cleaned 2 times a week, services are faster, less time to get a building permit and you can set up your Hall in a rental store front or any other place available. But it seems from your posts you have a one track mind. Or you or someone near and dear works for the Town. I will not waste anymore time with you. Also State Grants are easier to obtain when your a Village.
Nicholas Capozzi November 02, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Sad to say that is the way it is here on L.I. we are so bright and so smart here on L.I. many of us just don't deserve good people trying to makr things better. Sad
Nicholas Capozzi November 02, 2011 at 04:55 AM
John some people just don't ever get it and this guy sounds like he's mad and disapointed, let him have his town
Nicholas Capozzi November 02, 2011 at 04:59 AM
And you also, but try starting trying to reduce the school taxes, since we never get fair bang for our buck, $20.000 per student in a public school, the problem is the families recently moving here want a private school education in a public School.
Marianna Wohlgemuth November 02, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Since some of you want to cloud issues by questioning intentions, which is not what this issue is about, allow me to express them clearly. I am supporting a change in the current administration which is based on my many years of community experience. Civics and the Public have no voice in zoning, we endure overbuilt McMansions which we report to no avail, no say or even discussion in our local special park (tax) district, the possibility of supporting Roslyn Country Club adding to our tax burden, a dysfunctional building department that retards growth, and my town continues to happily tax and borrow. The word "political" is vague and easy to hide behind, the same as the monikers that some of you use to personalize your comments. I call on you to identify yourselves and then let’s have a serious debate about this issue and the true state of the Town.
Merrick7 November 02, 2011 at 05:46 PM
just to respond not to debate as you made clear, town taxes are not juss less they are about 80 percent less than the average town tax payer. So I would not belittle the lesser costs of town taxes. I am glad we agree on garbage argument. Villages do get a better sanitation service. You are incorrect about what the county is charging villages for is for atypical services like an alarm going off or smelling a gas leak and calling NCPD instead of village police. By law the county police must ahndle major crimes, nothing to do with whether a village is equipped to handle it. Garden City and Lynbrook Police departments are much more equipped to handle crimes than most NCPD. Research a little more do not just skim facts.
Merrick7 November 02, 2011 at 05:49 PM
This is where I luv taxes is partially right. Your claims are not always the case. Mineola is a very well-managed village but was not always. When Jack Martins became Mayor the permit process was a mess and our debt was horrific. Bad leadership can lead to a bad village same as a town.
Carmine Festa November 02, 2011 at 06:42 PM
" It takes a village" ........
Townie November 02, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Merrick, I am fairly confident that my town sanitiation bill is substantially less than your village sanitation bill. 3 pickups a week, not sure how much more could be needed. Your village also pays for the equipment, disposal and employee costs. Also pretty confident that my town tax portion of the bill is less than your village and town portion combined. Mineola voters also rejected their own police department. Guess the majority felt it wasn't cost effective. Not sure, don't live there. At the end of the day, your are entirely correct about the pivotal point. Village or town...doesn't matter. Leadership matters.
Townie November 02, 2011 at 09:13 PM
And on a related note, I see New Hyde Park village is holding a hearing to override the tax cap.
Merrick7 November 03, 2011 at 08:49 PM
ha ha I apologize for the implication I live in an unincorporated area of TOH. I favor villages though. Mineola's rejection of police was do to misinformation, which could not be fully grasped from a Newsday article. I would not be so confident on the sanitation front, then again I do not know your district. But it seems irrelevant. Point being as you and I have said all that matters is leadership
Better Government November 03, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I favor villages too
Stephen November 07, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Marianna - I think with respect to your situation, most believe that "political" means that you endlessly criticize and accuse elected representatives because you are a committed supporter of their political opponents. I think they mean you are speaking from the standpoint of personal differences with them. Ultimately, I think they mean that you are intellectually dishonest and take positions on issues and people for reasons other than the ones you state. You asked....

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