Town Hires Special Counsel on Levitt Park; Master Plan Implementation Board Defunct

A breakdown of the latest Town of North Hempstead meeting.

If you missed the latest meeting, here are some of the highlights:

  • The law firm Jaspan Schlesinger has been hired as special counsel to represent the town regarding the . A town spokesman explained after the meeting that some North Hempstead residents including Ed Scott organized a petition to have the Levitt Park property put to a referendum after the town board approved the potential acquisition and bonding. There were 3,343 signatures needed on the petition, the spokesman said, and he added that the group obtained about 4,000 signatures. Jared Shapiro, another North Hempstead resident, has brought a case regarding the validity of those signatures. During the board meeting, Supervisor Jon Kaiman explained that since the town is going to court, it needs reperesentation. Scott encouraged him to simply have a referendum.
  • A public hearing has been set for Aug. 21 regarding the Denton Green Apartments in Garden City Park. The proposal is for adding 1,152 square feet, including an elevator and a lobby.
  • The town's master plan implementation board has been named defunct. Marianna Wohlgemuth, who was previously part of this committee, asked that the town consider not ending this group or reinstating it in the future because she felt there were important things that were learned and gained from the committee. Supervisor Jon Kaiman said it could potentially be started again and that the group hasn't met for about a decade.
  • The town board authorized the renting of costumes for the annual North Hempstead Day.
  • The board approved of moving a previously-scheduled town board meeting from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12.
Catherine August 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I agree with Rick, I didn't sign the petition in NHP and would be happy to sign the petition if it comes to that. Why is everyone so emotional about this issue? Mr. Kaiman, have this put on the ballot in November and let the people decide.
Craig Baines August 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
ok shill
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Good spot for a cell tower, too.
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why the voter suppression POV?
Stephen August 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I smell the musk of a hypocrite (but this mutual admirantion society can just continue rubbing one anothers' tummies...as time goes on, press and residents will understand the hypocracy designed to do nothing but allow ranting politicians to steal the spot light by destroying value)! 4000 signatures by people misled on LIRR platforms told nothing about what they signing other than "sign here and save taxes." The same activists who cogitated and agitated in lovely port wash feel Alvan Petrus improvements are owed to them. What would be the likely result if residents of Great Neck or Roslyn or New Hyde Park were asked their views of a park they may choose not to use and given a vote? Or speak against the expense. Is Levit Park legitimacy enhanced by a "promise" from the past. Your arguments are simply hypocritical. READ THIS NEWSDAY, NY TIMES AND ISLAND EAR!!! You are being used and manipultated by Councilwoman Di Giorgio. She will claim she protected you from the very same self interest behind seeking TNH $$ for APP. When Petrus is voted down, perhaps you can ask Councilwoman Di Giorgio (degiorgiod@northhempsteadny.gov) why she started this ugly ball in motion. Ask the activists and agitators why they destroyed the climate that would have allowed APP to pass.


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