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Hempstead Town Approves Santino’s 2018 Budget in Bipartisan Vote

Financial Plan Cuts Spending for 3rd Consecutive Year

 

In an October 17th bipartisan vote, the Hempstead Town Board approved Supervisor Anthony J. Santino’s 2018 operational budget, which cuts town spending for the third consecutive year. The financial document reflects Santino’s priorities—cutting costs, reducing staffing levels, trimming payroll and holding managers accountable. In fact, the Supervisor’s 2018 operational budget is slashed by $3.7 million or .88 percent compared to the 2017 fiscal plan, producing a structurally balanced budget.

 

“I am proud to have crafted a 2018 budget that slashes spending and is accountable to taxpayers,” said Santino. “Further, this financial document is structurally balanced, including sufficient revenues to meet expenses, without any reliance on ‘one shot’ revenues or any other fiscal gimmicks.”

 

Additionally, the Supervisor indicated that he believed it was important to lead by example, noting that he had cut the Supervisor’s Office budget and the Supervisor’s Office payroll in 2018.

 

“‘Don’t ask anybody else to do anything that you aren’t willing to do yourself’ is an adage that has guided the work of my administration,” said the Supervisor. “That’s why I have cut my own office’s payroll by almost 6 percent at the same time as I’ve cut overall spending in the town’s 2018 operational budget by $3.7 million.”

 

2018 operational budgetSupervisor Santino has implemented cuts to both his office’s payroll and his office’s overall budget for 2018. The Supervisor is leading by example, cutting his office’s costs at the same time as the entire 2018 operational budget has been reduced.

 

The Supervisor’s 2018 budget continues a tradition of “doing more with less.” In fact, Santino is credited with reforming the 2016 budget that he inherited from a previous administration upon taking office as Supervisor. He transformed a budgeted 2016 operational deficit of $23.5 million into a $5 million operational surplus by slashing discretionary spending by 24 percent and cutting actual overtime costs by 56 percent vs. 2015 (excludes premium pay), among other financial reforms.

 

Santino followed up his 2016 successes by presenting an inaugural budget in 2017 that constituted the township’s first structurally balanced budget (budgeted revenues were equal to expenses) in over 25 years.

 

The Supervisor’s 2018 budget extends his trend of reducing salary costs and shrinking the workforce. In fact, the town’s administration is on track to slash salary costs by $14.6 million in 2017 compared to the 2016 budgeted amount. And, Santino’s 2018 spending plan will further trim salary costs by $200,000 below the 2017 total of $162.5 million. A key component of keeping a tight rein on salary costs lays in “rightsizing” the workforce. In 2018, the Supervisor will cut the number of full-time positions for the second consecutive year. The 44 person workforce reduction in his 2018 proposal represents a 2.3 percent cut compared to the 2017 figure. Indeed, staffing levels have been reduced by 4 percent compared to the headcount of just two years ago.

 

While Santino was preparing the 2018 budget, the town received an impressive “report card” acknowledging the Supervisor’s impressive fiscal reforms. A recently released “fiscal stress” report by New York State’s “fiscal watchdog,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, acknowledged that Hempstead Town’s level of “fiscal stress” dropped from 62.5 percent in 2015, the year prior to Santino becoming Supervisor, to 28.3 percent in 2016, the end of his first year at the helm of town government. The

 

55 percent improvement removes the township from the state’s designation list of municipalities with “moderate fiscal stress” and places it in the most favorable category available, which is entitled “no designation.” The report is a key indicator of the fiscal stability of local governments.

 

“My administration is ‘walking the walk’ while other governments simply ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to fiscal responsibility,” concluded Santino. “We’ve adopted a structurally balanced 2018 budget that cuts spending, reduces payroll costs, cuts discretionary spending, shrinks the town’s workforce and dramatically curtails overtime costs. But, I am most proud of the fact that this budget includes cuts to the Supervisor’s Office budget and the Supervisor’s Office payroll because ‘leading by example’ is the only way I know how to govern.”

 

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Legislator Gaylor Announces Mega Job Fair at Nassau Community College

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III has announced that Nassau County’s 10th Mega Job Fair will be held on Friday, October 27th at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Employers from across Long Island will be seeking candidates for positions including entry and middle management level, licensed professional, hospitality, health, information technology and labor union jobs.

 

There is no charge for admission and parking at Nassau Community College is free. Veterans’ admission begins an hour earlier, at 9:00 a.m., while doors for General Admission open at 10:00 a.m.

 

The Job Fair is expected to draw several thousand job seekers. It is estimated that over 3,000 people were hired from the previous 9 private sector job fairs. Nassau County remains committed to helping our residents find meaningful employment opportunities as well as helping our local businesses recruit qualified employees in a large variety of industries.

 

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017

 

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (General Admission)
9:00 A.M. (Veterans Only Admission)

 

Nassau Community College
1 Education Drive, Building P (Gym), Garden City, NY

 

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Saladino, Town Board Pass Law to Restrict Invasive Bamboo

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his fellow Town Councilmembers announce the unanimous passage of legislation to control the damaging spread of invasive species of bamboo, to protect and preserve private and public property alike.

 

“This restriction on invasive species of bamboo is in response to numerous complaints of residents who have had to deal with this nuisance encroaching on their property from neighboring parcels, often times resulting in damaged tree roots, pipes, sidewalks and even foundations as a result of out-of-control bamboo growth,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The root system found in many types of bamboo tends to expand horizontally, making the plant difficult to maintain and more likely than not to cause damage to its surrounding area than any other types of plants.”

 

Through this new local law, residents are prohibited from planting what is deemed as ‘running bamboo,’ which is any species of bamboo where the roots of the plant tend to grow laterally outward from the bamboo at the rate of multiple feet per year. Additionally, homeowners who currently have running bamboo on their property must come into compliance with the conditions of the new local law if they wish to keep the bamboo on their property, and are urged to contact the Town’s Department of Planning and Development for assistance in facilitating compliance. Any bamboo owner who violates this new local law will be subject to a fine of up to $350.

 

“I’m proud to stand with our residents who have been affected by this issue, and after researching how neighboring municipalities have dealt with invasive species of bamboo, I believe this local law is a win-win for all involved, and a great way to protect the integrity of private and public property, indigenous flora and native wildlife of our Town, and preserve the general welfare of the residents of the Town,” Supervisor Saladino added.

 

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Legislator Nicolello Honors Local Girl Scouts for Silver Award Project

Silver AwardDuring a recent session of the Nassau County Legislature, Deputy Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello recognized Girl Scouts Grace Quinn (Mineola), Sage Silber (East Williston), and Madeline Lindenauer (East Williston) for their exceptional Silver Award project to benefit foster children under the care of the Nassau Social Services Department.

 

Grace, Sage, and Madeline developed a project to provide “Birthday in a Box,” composed of individualized gift boxes, for foster children, ages 2 to 14 years. The girls raised funds to purchase the gift box items, balloons, paper party plates, cups, and birthday cards for the foster children celebrating birthdays. The girls collected, wrapped, and delivered 40 unique, age appropriate gift boxes.

 

“I am very proud to honor Grace, Sage, and Madeline for their Silver Award project. Their compassion and commitment to service make them role models for other young adults. Through their project they are making a difference in the lives of the children in foster care”, said Legislator Nicollelo.

 

Pictured above (left to right) are Legislator Nicolello, Patricia Silber, Sage Silber, Bernadette Quinn, Grace Quinn, Chris Quinn, Madeline Lindenauer, Marian Lindenauer, Volunteer Coordinator for the Department of Social Services Lynn Campbell, Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Social Services Dr. John Imhoff, and Carol Durkin (Madeline’s grandmother).

 

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Ellsworth Allen Park Expansion Underway in Farmingdale

Ellsworth Allen Park ExpansionOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Joseph Muscarella, Councilwoman Michele Johnson, Councilman Louis Imbroto and Councilman Thomas Hand today unveiled plans for future development of the former Liberty Industrial Finishing site – adjacent to Ellsworth Allen Town Park – in Farmingdale. Town officials were joined by their colleagues in government, Nassau County Legislators James Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker, who have committed grant monies to assist in the funding of the project. The plans, which were developed in partnership with the community after the remediation process completed in 2011, include the construction of softball and baseball fields, a t-ball field, a multi-purpose field for sports teams, as well as a pedestrian/bicycle pathway, bathrooms and a parking area. The year-long project got underway this fall with Town crews already beginning site preparation. Ellsworth Allen Park will more than double in size once construction is complete.

 

Supervisor Saladino stated, “For way too long, the Liberty site has been an eyesore in our community. My administration is jumpstarting this community revitalization project so that the property can be enjoyed by seniors, children, and area sports teams. Ellsworth Allen Park will be the pride of Farmingdale when complete.”

 

“This project is long overdue and a dream come true for most residents in Farmingdale and the Town of Oyster Bay. I was proud to lead the fight for environmental cleanup of the property and I look forward to joining with residents in celebrating the expansion of Ellsworth Allen Town Park when complete,” stated Councilman Joseph Muscarella.

 

Plans for the park include the construction of three ballfields, including a: 90ft. baseball field with infield artificial turf and outfield natural grass; softball field with infield artificial turf and outfield natural grass; and an artificial turf t-ball field. Multi-purpose field space will also be constructed to accommodate sports teams. To save taxpayer money, Town staff has been working to clear the property, and will remove rough grading, install an irrigation system, run conduit for lighting and pave a temporary parking lot.

 

“The Liberty Site project has been near and dear to me throughout my entire tenure on the Town Board,” said Councilman Anthony Macagnone. “Our residents have waited a long time to see the development of this property come to light, and I’m proud to see that day coming for the betterment of our community.”

 

The Town anticipates completing the project by the summer of 2019. Subject to Town finances, future plans for the property could potentially include an upgrade to the western end of the property at Ellsworth Allen Town Park and construction of a community building.

 

“I am so proud to see that we are able to move forward with the expansion of Allen Park, to provide a beautiful facility for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Councilman Imbroto said. Whether you and your family enjoy bicycle riding, jogging, baseball, softball or soccer, this new venue will serve as a premier destination for young families and senior citizens like.”

 

Helping to offset the cost of development, Nassau County Legislators James Kennedy and Rose Marie Walker have committed $150,000 in Community Revitalization funding to the project.

 

“I am so pleased to join with my colleagues in local government to help make this long-overdue project a reality for our residents,” Legislator Kennedy said. “This facility will become a haven for residents of all ages to enjoy.”

 

Legislator Walker added, “Projects like the Allen Park expansion are proof of the good that can come of local government representatives working together for the betterment of our communities. I am proud to partner with Supervisor Saladino and the Town of Oyster Bay in making this facility a state-of-the-art destination for our residents.”

 

Background:

In the 1940s and 50s, private operators at the Liberty Aircraft Products Company caused hazardous substances to be disposed of, leading to the property eventually being deemed a federal superfund site. In the late 1990s, the site became a national priority for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which assumed the role of lead agency for the purposes of documenting the extent of the contamination and determining the best remediation plan. Ultimately, the EPA developed a remediation plan that would have cleaned the property to commercial/industrial standards. Based on extensive efforts of the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town, by committing to acquire 22 acres for recreational use, committed the EPA to require a higher level of cleanup. As a result, these efforts have resulted in removal of all industrial and commercial activity from the site; the demolition and removal of all structures; the construction and operation of a water remediation system; and the removal of tens of thousands of cubic yards of soil from the premises.

 

Pictured above is Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino (center second from right) joined by Councilman Joseph Muscarella, Councilwoman Michele Johnson, Councilman Louis Imbroto, and Councilman Thomas Hand, as well as Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker and James Kennedy, Town officials and crews, and local sports organization heads.

 

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Santino Continues Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Collection

It has been three weeks since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and only 16% of the island has power. Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced an extension of the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Collection deadline to be held throughout the end of October.

 

“Puerto Rico is still in the early stages of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria,” said Santino. “Hempstead Town is here to help in any way possible.”

 

Following the success of Hempstead Town’s partnership with the United Mavericks, the two will be teaming up once again to ship the much-needed items to Puerto Rico. The United Mavericks are a group of local businesspeople who spearhead a variety of charitable efforts to assist individuals in need. Recently, the United Mavericks arranged for a transport of relief supplies collected by Hempstead Town to storm-ravaged communities in Florida.

 

If you wish to donate money, please donate through the American Red Cross or a trusted organization. Donations will be accepted up until October 31st. Accepted items that can be donated are the following:

 

  • Extension Cords
  • Shovels
  • Crowbars/Hammers
  • Tarps and Rope
  • Work Gloves/Safety Glasses
  • Bottled Water
  • Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Diapers/Baby Wipes
  • First Aid Kits
  • Baby Formula
  • Garbage Bags
  • Towels/Blankets
  • Mosquito Repellent

 

Collection boxes are stationed at the following locations:

  • Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)
  • Hempstead Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead)
  • Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)
  • Newbridge Arena (2600 South Newbridge Road, Bellmore)
  • Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville)
  • Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)
  • Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
  • Hewlett Point Park (130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park)

 

“The generosity of Hempstead Town residents is unparalleled,” stated Santino. “The families of Puerto Rico remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

 

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Oyster Bay Town Plants 250+ Trees in Superstorm Sandy Impacted Communities

Reforestation Effort Restores Trees in Areas Plagued by Asian Long-Horned Beetle Infestation

 

Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino (left) and Town Councilman Tom Hand (right) join with Cornell Cooperative Extension to plant one of nearly 250+ new trees that have been planted in Massapequa in the last year as part of a reforestation grant.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand announced the Town’s ongoing reforestation efforts for south shore communities plagued by the Asian Long-Horned Beetle and Superstorm Sandy. Under this program, which consists of a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC), the Town will have planted more than 250 trees in the hardest hit areas.

 

“Through our recent partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, the Town has been the proud beneficiary of grant funding for scores of new trees planted throughout our Town in areas hardest hit by the Asian Long-Horned Beetle infestation and in Superstorm Sandy impacted communities,” stated Supervisor Saladino.

 

Through this initiative, CCE-NC received a grant award from the US Department of Agriculture to replace trees which were previously removed from communities during the Asian Long-Horned Beetle infestation of the late 1990s. The Asian Long-Horned Beetle damages trees by their chewing, ultimately weakening the tree’s integrity and eventually killing it. The Massapequa area was specifically subject to the infestation and, as a result, hundreds of trees were removed.

 

“The Town’s pride in our environment is evident in our being recognized as a ‘Tree City USA’ for nearly three decades,” Councilman Hand said. “This latest partnership helps enhance our environment and beautify our communities.”

 

“CCE-NC is pleased to be working in partnership with federal, state and local agencies to successfully implement this important tree replanting grant. Over the few years we have planted over 1,200 trees throughout the ALB Quarantine Zone and see these plantings as tangible long term environmental investments in our south shore communities. It has been a real pleasure working with all of our partners, especially with Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Saladino and all of the great staff,” said Gregory M. Sandor, CCE-NC Executive Director.

 

To date, the Town has planted over 180 trees at various Town facilities, including 90 at Marjorie Post Community Park, 40 at John J. Burns Town Park, 32 at Field of Dreams, six at Bayfront Park, and 13 in various traffic islands throughout Massapequa. Another 70 trees will be planted this fall as part of an extension of the grant.

 

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This Weekend: Rock Hall Country Fair

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all residents to the 32nd Annual Country Fair at the historic Rock Hall. This popular community event is being held on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11AM to 5PM, and features historical presentations, craft vendors and even a Great American Vaudeville Show. All proceeds benefit The Friends of Rock Hall.

 

“The Town of Hempstead Country Fair at Rock Hall offers fun and educational programs for children, families and people of all ages,” stated Supervisor Santino. “I invite all residents to come on down and enjoy the pumpkin patches, animal farm, historic exhibits and much more.”

 

The Country Fair includes a Great American Vaudeville Show on both Saturday and Sunday at 1PM, 2:15PM and 3:30PM. There will also be historical demonstrations, vendors, a harvest tent, antique cars, children’s craft area, great food, a pumpkin patch, an animal farm, pony rides and a display of early American open hearth cooking. There will also be a special exhibit entitled “Trinkets, Treasures and Trade,” during which a Dutch historian and curator will display an array of 17th-century and 18th-century European and Native household, personal and trade items, and cools.

 

Rock Hall, built in 1767 and located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence, is considered one of the most impressive pre-Revolutionary War houses on Long Island. Constructed of wood in the Georgian style, this Colonial house was home to only two families, the Martins and the Hewletts, before being deeded to the Town of Hempstead in 1948. After an extensive restoration process, Rock Hall opened as a museum in 1953, owned and operated by the town and affiliated with the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities. Rock Hall is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Admission and parking is free on both days.

 

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Boy Scout Troop # 656 Honors Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop # 656 of WantaghNassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell joined Boy Scout Troop # 656 of Wantagh at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Brian Patrick Klotsche of Wantagh. County Clerk O’Connell, along with the leaders and families of Troop # 656 honored this outstanding young man who has demonstrated great commitment to community service. Clerk O’Connell presented Brian with a County Citation in recognition of his achievements. Brian’s dedication and many accomplishments earned him the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Brian and the entire Troop # 656 family on this special occasion and for all their great works on behalf of the community.

 

Pictured above are members of the Klotsche Family Tim, Patricia, Keith and Shawn, Nassau County Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and Eagle Scout Honoree Brian Patrick Klotsche.

 

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Legislator Schaefer Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween brings jack-o-lanterns, whimsical costumes, and visits from young neighbors in disguise. Legislator Laura M. Schaefer and the Nassau County Department of Health offer these Halloween Safety Tips to help keep this holiday safe and enjoyable for everyone.

 

JACK-O-LANTERNS

  • If a child wants a carved jack-o-lantern, let an adult do the carving, or let the child use a knife especially designed for use by young children.
  • Use a small flashlight inside a pumpkin instead of a candle which may pose a fire hazard.
  • If a candle is used, light it only for short periods and keep it away from unsupervised youngsters as well as flammable furnishings.

 

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

  • In choosing costumes, keep safety in mind. Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen.
  • If a mask is part of a costume, make sure it will not slip and cover the eyes. The eyeholes should be large enough to see through clearly.
  • Consider using face paints or cosmetics to create an original “mask”.
  • Hats and scarves should also be tied firmly, so that they do not restrict vision.
  • Select light colored costumes.
  • Attach reflective tape or stickers to costumes or footwear and to Halloween treat bags so that they can be seen more easily by motorists.

 

VISITING NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Small children need a supervising adult with them when trick-or- treating.
  • Have children carry flashlights to light their way and be more visible to motorists.
  • Walk on sidewalks where available.
  • If children must walk on a road, walk facing traffic.
  • Trick-or-treaters should go only to houses where they know the residents, and where the outside light is on.
  • Children should stay on the porch or outside steps to get their treats, and NEVER go into a home without an adult.

 

TREATS

  • For treats, parents should consider healthy options to candy. Healthful prepackaged snacks such as raisins, or treats such as coins, stickers, sports cards or coupons from local businesses are a welcome alternative.
  • Children should be warned not to eat any food until an adult has inspected it at home. Unwrapped treats and those showing signs of tampering should be discarded.

 

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