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Annual Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive at Hempstead Town

It’s the holiday season and there’s no better way to kick it off than with Hempstead Town. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has everyone on the holiday list, and he’s checked it twice, for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, Hanukkah Menorah and Kwanzaa Kinara. The celebration will take place at Town Hall Plaza on Wednesday, December 6th at 4 p.m.


The ceremony will feature a special guest from the North Pole as Santa Claus is coming to Hempstead Town! Although his reindeer are busy preparing for their flight, Santa will still be riding in style atop an antique fire truck. To help spread some holiday cheer, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will be singing holiday favorites alongside Oneg Shemesh and Peter Rapanaro.


“During the holiday season, we reflect on the good times of the past year as we look forward to the year ahead,” said Santino. “It is truly exciting to celebrate the tremendous generosity that is all around us.”


Hempstead Town officials have symbolized the spirit of giving by partnering with CSEA Local 880 and the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree Donation drive in an effort to help economically disadvantaged children during the holidays. Those attending the ceremony will have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy to the cause. Hempstead Town’s Department of Highways will be collecting toys through December 13th.


Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter will be “Home for the Holidays” along with a few of their furry friends. Volunteers from the shelter will also be on hand to answer any questions about adoption while the playful pups enjoy a meet-and-greet with holiday merrymakers.


“Join us for merry festivities and glad tidings,” concluded Santino. “This time of year is about togetherness, so come on down and celebrate with the Hempstead Town family.”


In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, the ceremony will be moved indoors, inside the Town Hall Lobby. Hempstead Town Hall is located at One Washington Street in Hempstead Village, between Peninsula Blvd. and Front Street.


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Hempstead Town Waiving All Pet Adoption Fees During ‘Home for the Holidays’

Preparing for the holiday season can be hectic and expensive, but through the Town of Hempstead’s “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is making it as “simple as apple pie” to adopt a furry friend into your loving home. In fact, it is even simpler and more affordable than “apple pie,” because loving people who adopt a cat or dog from the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter from Saturday, November 18th through Wednesday, January 3rd can get the gift of “furry love” for free!


Through the “Home for the Holidays” program, all pet adoption fees are being waived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. What’s more, all adoptions include free spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipping.


“During this holiday season, consider bringing one of our shelter’s cats or dogs ‘home for the holidays’,” Santino said. “It’s easier than ever before to adopt a pet at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter through the ‘Home for the Holidays’ program. In addition to all adoptions being free through January 3rd, our shelter will also provide spaying/neutering and age-appropriate vaccinations all free of charge.”


What’s more, the town has partnered with three local sponsors, Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville, Dog Grooming by Rachel in Bellmore and Fido Fitness Club in Woodmere, all of which will be providing free gifts for each pet adopted from the town shelter during the Home for the Holidays program.


Neighbors can get a head start on the adoption process by visiting the Animal Shelter’s website at, where they can view cats and dogs that are currently up for adoption. Staff and volunteers are also available to assist prospective adopters who visit the shelter, located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220.


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Free Movie Matinee for Seniors

Senior residents ages 55 and older are invited to join us for our next movie matinee: Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.


Friday, November 17, 2017 | 12 noon
Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville (Located on the Hicksville/Levittown border)
Doors Open at 11:30 am, Movie Starts Promptly at Noon
Light Refreshments For Sale


For further information, please call the Department of Senior Enrichment at 516-485-8100.


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Santino Auctions Obsolete Town Equipment, Garnering $436K In Only Seven Months

Continuing to deliver on his pledge to provide relief to taxpayers, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is realizing revenues byturning trash into cash. In only seven short months since America’s largest township began to auction obsolete, old and broken town-owned equipment on the Internet, Hempstead Town has garnered $436,000. The program will support taxpayer savings as the auction revenues could supplant an equal amount of property tax revenues that might otherwise be required to meet expenses.


“Hempstead Town is turning trash into cash,” said Santino. “We’re taking obsolete and broken equipment that some other governments discard, and our town is getting money for these items by auctioning them on the Internet. We are getting rid of broken trucks, obsolete equipment, very old pay loaders, and even boats that have been donated to the town.”


Partnering with Auctions International, the town inventories items that are no longer usable in serving town residents. The auction company posts the surplus/obsolete inventory on the web, conducting Internet auctions. Most recently, the town realized approximately $148,000 for an auctioned shredder which shredded bulky items, including large metal objects and mattresses at the town’s sanitation facility. The shredder has not been in use for several years. Some of the previously auctioned equipment included dump trucks, pickup trucks, communications equipment, cameras, vans, payloaders and road sanding vehicles, among other items. Currently, the town is even looking to auction boats that have been donated to the town, some of which were damaged in Superstorm Sandy. And, the town may have struck “pay dirt” as it will seek a purchaser to buy “clean fill” dirt that the town has accumulated through various projects.


“This program goes to show that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “This effort is a great way to eliminate waste and maximize revenues.”


Under the contract with Auctions International, the town receives 100 percent of the sales price of auctioned items while Auctions International charges a “buyer’s premium.” The company has extensive experience in Internet auctions that market the types of equipment and surplus material that Hempstead Town is seeking to sell. The town commenced its partnership with the auction company in March of 2017. Sales prices range from $130 for some used cameras and printers to $148,000 for the industrial shredder.


“Supervisor Santino is being innovative in his approach to government,” said Councilman and Deputy Town Supervisor Anthony D’Esposito. “He is looking at issues that have been taken for granted, finding new approaches that are increasing town revenues and offering relief to our taxpayers.”


Santino explained that the revenue gained from the auction of obsolete town equipment can actually result in relief for town taxpayers. In specific, the Supervisor noted that revenues gained from the program will help to meet the town’s budgeted expenses. He emphasized that he greatly favors the use of revenues such as auction proceeds to meet expenses as opposed to drawing upon sources that impact town taxpayers.


“Programs like this are a ‘win-win’ for our taxpayers,” concluded Santino. “Our town is turning ‘garbage into gold,’ and we are using the revenue we receive from auctioning off surplus items to meet town expenses, which helps minimize the burden placed on property taxpayers to fund town services.”


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Santino Honors Outstanding German-American Residents

Santino Hosts a “Guten” Time For All – Honors Outstanding German-American Residents at Town’s German Heritage Celebration


Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino held an Oktoberfest of his own by kicking off the township’s 2nd annual German-American Heritage Celebration. This event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional German-American residents who have had a positive influence in their communities while embracing and promoting German heritage and culture.


“There are many diverse cultures in Hempstead Town, but there’s no better month than October to recognize our hard-working, overachieving German-American residents and their impressive culture.” stated Santino. “I’m excited to be back for the 2nd year of our German-American Heritage Celebration.”


This year’s honorees include: Matt Buck, the General Manager of Plattduetsche Park, the hub of almost all of the German organizations on Long Island; Theodore Heim, a successful baker with a heart of gold; Frank Honerkamp III, a decorated Scoutmaster and dedicated volunteer; Mary-Ellen Kreye, a founding member of the Uniondale Community Council and active member of a dozen more Uniondale community groups; Nicole Radske Miskiewicz, a former Miss German America who continues to be the Vice Chair of the annual Steuban Day Parade; and John Wellenreuther, a retired Nassau County Police Officer who won numerous awards during his time in the department’s Mounted Unit and avid volunteer of many German community groups.


Glenn Meyran, a second generation German-American and Purple Heart Veteran, will be the distinguished keynote speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the New York Spitzbauam Orchestra, Bremervoerder Chorus, and Gemuetlichen Enzian Dancers. Delicious German delicacies were provided by the Ugly Gourmet Mobile.


“I would like to thank our honorees, our keynote speaker Glenn, our entertainment and Ugly Gourmet Mobile for their assistance in celebrating German culture and making this event truly ‘wunderbar.’” concluded Santino.


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Santino Purchasing ‘Like New’ Dump Trucks, Salt Spreaders $250K Below Retail

Santino “Keeps Truckin,’” Purchasing “Like New” Dump Trucks & Salt Spreaders for $250K Below Retail; Planned Purchase of 5 Additional “Pre-Loved” Trucks Could Add $900K in Savings


When it comes to saving taxpayers money, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino just “keeps on truckin’.” With the winter season approaching, Santino announced that the town has saved more than $250,000 compared to retail prices by purchasing two “lightly-used” dump trucks, along with two “almost new” salt/brine spreaders which attach directly to the heavy duty vehicles. At the same time, the town is poised to purchase five “pre-loved” salt spreading trucks that could present an additional savings of $900,000 compared to “showroom new” pricing. Supervisor Santino made the announcement today at the Roosevelt Highway Yard, joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad.


“Keeping our roads clear of snow is one of the Town of Hempstead’s most important functions … being able to do it while saving taxpayers money is my number one priority,” stated Supervisor Santino. “These ‘like new’ salt and brine spreaders and dump trucks will be put to excellent use on town roadways, while offering substantial savings for local taxpayers. Now that’s ‘doing more with less!’”


The two used salt and brine spreaders, which were used for demonstration and display, were purchased at a total cost of $92,832 ($46,416 each), nearly half of the price to purchase new equipment. The spreaders will be affixed to the backs of town trucks to spread rock salt and/or brine as needed. The “like new” dump trucks – each of which have only about 10,000 miles of use – were purchased for a total cost of $309,828, a total savings of $171,000 over purchasing new equipment. All told, the town realized a total savings of $251,974 by purchasing “like new” equipment versus brand new.


In addition, the town is currently seeking to purchase five refurbished heavy-duty salt/brine spreading trucks. These trucks are the same type as the town purchased earlier this year. If the cost is comparable to the previous purchase prices, savings compared to showroom models, the town would realize a savings of approximately $900,000 for all five trucks.


In total, Hempstead Town could realize $1.15 million in savings, combining the already purchased equipment and the planned acquisition of five new vehicles, when compared to brand new equipment.


“Supervisor Santino continues to produce innovative methods of providing important municipal services while doing so at the lowest possible cost to Town of Hempstead taxpayers,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We are confident that this lightly used equipment will work like new once put to use on town roadways.”


“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino on the procurement of these ‘like-new’ salt and brine spreaders as he follows through on his promise to ‘do more with less’,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “With these ‘like new’ trucks and salt/brine spreaders on the road, the Town of Hempstead is certainly prepared to take on Mother Nature this winter.”


Just as the salt/brine spreaders represent a significant cost savings to the town, so too does the brine solution that is utilized when compared to the use of 100 percent rock salt. Experts estimate that using brine entails a 66-75 percent cost reduction factor over the use of rock salt, and that the town could realize nearly $300,000 in savings during a substantial storm. As brine can be applied to local roadways up to 48 hours before a storm, the town can avoid potential overtime costs that would previously be required when using rock salt, which is most effective when put down during a storm.


“We are working hard to save taxpayers money,” concluded Santino. “This winter we will be clearing snow from our roads in an even more effective and cost-efficient manner.”


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Town Rebuilds Sandy-Damaged Bulkheads in Pt. Lookout

Santino Saves $525K on Protective Sea Wall, Fishers Welcome Project


Five years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed a protective coastal bulkhead in Point Lookout, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino watched as town workers replaced sections of the sea wall that were decimated in the Superstorm. At the same time, the Supervisor, who was joined by Senior Councilman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, detailed a $525,000 project cost savings compared to the tab for which the town would have been responsible if private sector contractors were used. The new bulkhead is also being welcomed by local fishers who traverse the sea wall as an access point to a popular area fishing pier.


“Protecting the public and our infrastructure from storm damage, while maintaining our coastal areas for public enjoyment, is an important priority for our government,” said Santino. “We are rebuilding storm-damaged bulkheads along the waterfront in Point Lookout. In addition to safeguarding buildings and other infrastructure, this location is an access point for a popular public fishing pier.”


The town’s “in-house” workforce has already completed over 400 feet of bulkheading on this project, and is now engaged in replacing another 300 feet in the hamlet of Point Lookout. The construction site is along the north shore of the Point Lookout barrier island, commencing west of the Loop Parkway Bridge near the landmark wind turbine. The sea wall fortification which borders Reynolds Channel, continues west from the turbine, running along the northern boundary of the township’s renewable energy park and the Conservation and Waterways Department administration building. The dock work will terminate just east of the local West Marina.


“The area that we are rebuilding abuts important structures and equipment,” stated Goosby. “A renewable energy park, government offices and a marina are all steps away from this protective sea-wall.”


The estimated cost of materials for the project will amount to $315,000, averaging $450 per linear foot. Utilizing an outside (private sector) contractor to perform the work would have cost the town an estimated $1,200 per linear foot, totaling $840,000 for the entire 700-foot project. By executing the bulkhead work with municipal employees, the town will realize a saving of $525,000 or 62.5% compared to private sector pricing.


“I am excited to demonstrate that our team of government workers is delivering a top-quality project while saving taxpayers over half a million dollars,” stated D’Esposito. “We have the best workforce anywhere, and our residents are benefitting from their dedication and hard work,” added Dunne.


The cost for an outside dock building company includes both labor and materials. The cost for the “in-house” town project is only comprised of material costs since there is no incremental cost to the town for the municipal laborers who are performing the work. More specifically, no additional employees were hired to perform this work, and the crew of craftsmen performs a host of other duties at town marinas and conservation facilities when not engaged in dock building.


The materials used to construct the bulkhead are top quality, providing an estimated useful life of over 50 years. The bulkhead sheathing consists of heavy gauge extruded vinyl, which is secured by wooden piles that are vertically oriented. The piles are driven into the bay bottom. Securing the sheathing to the piles are horizontally oriented 8”x8” whalers. Additionally, a “dead man” structure behind the bulkhead sheathing helps provide stability to the bulkhead.


The bulkheading project began in late April. While the first 400 feet are completed, the second phase, comprised of 300 feet of bulkhead, is underway. The town anticipates completion of this phase by mid-winter, depending on weather conditions.


“In Hempstead Town, we are committed to keeping our residents and property safe,” concluded Santino. “At the same time, we are facilitating top-quality recreational enjoyment for fishers, and we are saving taxpayers over $500,000 by building new bulkheads with town workers instead of using private sector dock builders.”


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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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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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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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