Category Archives: Town of Hempstead

Calling All Classic Car Owners: The 12th Annual Seaside Car Show Cruises into Hempstead Town

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all classic car buffs to register for Hempstead Town’s 12th Annual Seaside Spectacular Car Show held on Saturday, September 16th at Town Park Point Lookout. With the beachside event featuring hundreds of cars, awards, live music and free giveaways, Long Island’s premier car show is not one to miss!

 

“Each year, Hempstead Town’s car show gets bigger and better and it’s all thanks to our wonderful car enthusiast community,” said Santino. “I encourage all car lovers to take a trip to the beach and enjoy everything our car show has to offer.”

 

As this is a classic car show, it is only open to cars 1992 and older. The event will take place from 12 noon to 4 p.m. with collector car check-in from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. There is a $10 entry fee for each participating car, but no charge for spectators. Additionally, this year’s show will feature a special “Rock Climbing” exhibit, showcasing Jeeps presented by Sammy’s Auto Repair in Hicksville. This year’s show is sponsored by Merrick Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Ram of Wantagh and Merrick Collision and Towing. This year’s media sponsor is WHLI 1100 AM.

 

Each year hordes of spectators enjoy hundreds of classic cars while registered owners vote for first, second and third place winners in over 15 different categories. Categories include Corvettes, Cobras, American and foreign favorites and the best of popular time periods. The Arnie Levey “Best in Show” Award is presented to the car with the most votes in the Best in Show category. The late Arnie Levey was a founder of the car show, an avid car collector and a racing champion.

 

The first 400 cars to register will receive a free dashboard plaque. Car owners can pre-register up until September 8th. Car owners can also register the day of the event, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, but space is limited. There is no charge for spectators, and parking is free! Snacks, refreshments and ice cream will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for the car show is Sunday, September 17th.

 

Car show applications can be obtained by visiting the town website at TOH.LI, calling the Office of Communications at (516) 812-3496 or by emailing Michael Caputo at mcaputo@tohmail.org.

 

“Come on down to Long Island’s largest collector’s car show and enjoy a day by the beach with hundreds of classic cars and fellow car buffs,” said Santino. “Hempstead Town’s 12th Annual Seaside Spectacular Car Show is the perfect opportunity to send off summer the right way.”

 

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Santino’s ‘Trash into Cash’ Initiative Yields Over $210K for Town

Town Auction of Equipment Supports Taxpayer Relief

 

Just two months after unveiling the town’s “Trash into Cash” program – which puts obsolete, old and broken down equipment on the online auction block – Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. have announced that the initiative has yielded more than $210,000 in revenue. The Town of Hempstead was the first local municipality to create such a program, which kicked off on May 31, 2017, and which immediately garnered $135,000. The program will continue to generate money for Town of Hempstead taxpayers as additional equipment and supplies are being considered for auction.

 

The auction revenues could supplant an equal amount of property tax revenues that might otherwise be required to meet expenses. Partnering with Auctions International, the town is inventorying items that are no longer useable in serving town residents. The auction company posts the surplus/obsolete inventory on the web, conducting Internet auctions.

 

“We’re literally turning trash into cash,” Santino said. “While other municipalities are discarding similarly old and obsolete equipment, our town is making money by auctioning the items online and turning them into taxpayer savings.”

 

“From day one, Supervisor Santino has been committed to discovering innovative ways to save taxpayers money,” stated Goosby. “This ‘Trash into Cash’ program will certainly go a long way toward helping the hard-working residents of America’s largest township.”

 

Some of the auctioned equipment includes 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 is currently listing 11,000 cubic yards of “clean fill” dirt that the town has accumulated through various projects.

 

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 over $9,000 for an international payloader.

 

Some of the auctioned items and sales prices included:

 

  • 1978 International Holmes Wrecker ($9,025)
  • 1979 FWD Dump Truck ($3,350)
  • 1982 Mack R60 Wrecker ($4,500)
  • 2000 Hyundai HL720-3 Front End Loader ($9,400)
  • 1972 Caterpillar D5 Bulldozer ($8,200)

 

“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino and my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board to discover new ways of generating revenue to help maintain our township’s top-notch programs and services,” said D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “This program spearheaded by Supervisor Santino is proof that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and town taxpayers will continue to benefit.”

 

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. “From auctioning equipment from photography equipment to bulldozers, the Town of Hempstead is raising revenue and reducing the burden placed on local taxpayers.”

 

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Registration Open for Town of Hempstead Triathlon

Annual Race on September 9th at Town Park Point Lookout

 

The Town of Hempstead Triathlon tests the skill and endurance of hundreds of men and women each year, along the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and through the streets of the charming Point Lookout and Lido Beach communities. Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced that registration is still open for the 2017 installment of the Town of Hempstead Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, September 9th at 8 a.m. at beautiful Town Park Point Lookout.

 

When the Town of Hempstead Triathlon was introduced more than 30 years ago, it truly was a one-of-a-kind, and set the tone for similar races across Long Island for years to come. The Town of Hempstead Triathlon remains a premier athletic event offering a thrilling combination of swimming, biking and running. The Triathlon begins with a hearty three-quarter mile swim, followed by an 8-mile bike through the streets of Point Lookout and Lido Beach and concludes with a three-mile run to the finish line back at Town Park Point Lookout.

 

“The Triathlon is a premier event on the town’s athletic calendar, attracting competitors from across Long Island and our region,” Santino said. “The race showcases the athletic skill and competitive spirit of hundreds of participants. I encourage interested participants to register for our triathlon, and train for what is set to be an exciting race at Point Lookout.”

 

In addition to presenting each participant with a souvenir t-shirt and a special race memento, the Triathlon will honor the top male and female finishers in each of ten age categories. Championship trophies will also be presented to the overall men and women winners.

 

New York Community Bank is the primary sponsor of the Town of Hempstead Triathlon. The town also acknowledges the support of Empire Kayaks, Brands Cycle and Fitness, King Kullen, Arrow Produce and Ahloe Cal Cruz Surf Shop.

 

Entry applications are available online www.toh.li/activities/triathlon or by calling Lonnie Werner of the Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000, extension 7662 or by emailing lonnwer@tohmail.org. To receive a 2017 Triathlon application by mail, simply send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Town of Hempstead Triathlon, Department of Parks and Recreation, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, New York 11550. Registration fees, at $48.50 for a town resident, $72.50 for a non-resident and $24.25 for a town senior or veteran, are payable by check or money order made out to the Town of Hempstead. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 30th.

 

Race applications are also available at the Parks Department Administration Office, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead; the Lifeguard Office at Town Park Point Lookout; Echo Park, West Hempstead; New York Community Bank branches; Brands Cycle and Fitness in Wantagh; Empire Kayaks in Island Park and Ahloe Cal Cruz in Bellmore.

 

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Annual Photo Contest: Town of Hempstead Seeks Photographs for Complimentary Calendar

The Town of Hempstead is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Calendar Photo Contest for the 2018 Town of Hempstead Complimentary Calendar. Judges will choose from the submitted photographs that best depict a Town of Hempstead scene, event, park, or other happening. At least one photograph will be chosen for each month and many smaller photos will also appear within the calendar.

 

“Our complimentary calendar depicts the beauty and wonder of Hempstead Town’s vibrant parks, breathtaking beaches and everything the Town of Hempstead has to offer, including Long Island’s pristine south shore,” stated Supervisor Santino. “I encourage all Town of Hempstead residents who are eager photographers to submit their photographs to be considered for inclusion in next year’s calendar.”

 

The following criteria will apply to photograph submissions:

 

  • The contest is ONLY open to Town of Hempstead residents (including Town of Hempstead employees) and ALL photographs must be taken in the Town of Hempstead.
  • Deadline for submitting up to five (5) photographs is September 15, 2017. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to: Town of Hempstead Calendar Photo Contest, One Washington Street, Hempstead NY 11550 or e-mailed to jblenn@tohmail.org. No exceptions, the deadline will be strictly enforced.
  • Slides, transparencies or copies of photographs may NOT be submitted. Only photographically printed photographs (any size up to 8″ x 12″) or digital photos (saved as approximately 14″ x 9″ or larger, 300 dpi jpg images) e-mailed to jblenn@tohmail.org may be submitted. Please do not print your name/signature/copyright on the photograph. All photographically printed photographs submitted will be returned upon completion of the printing of the calendar. If you have any questions regarding the formatting of e-mailed photos, please call Joni Blenn at (516) 812-3300.
  • Photographs must be accompanied by a descriptive phrase indicating the photographer, address and phone number, the approximate month/season in which the photo was taken; the location and/or event and the individual(s) (first and last name(s)) in the photograph. The photographer is responsible for submitting the correct spelling of the names of the individuals in the photographs, as well as notifying the subjects that their likeness may be reproduced in the Town of Hempstead 2018 calendar. The town will NOT print the names of those in the photograph, but does require the information.

 

“I look forward to seeing the tremendous talent displayed in the 2018 Town of Hempstead calendar, which will be distributed to all 246,000 homes in the Town of Hempstead,” concluded Supervisor Santino. “I also look forward to presenting all “winners” with an award certificate recognizing them for their contribution to a magnificent Town calendar.”

 

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Little Library Boxes: Hempstead Town Partners with Local Libraries

Instead of “take a penny, leave a penny,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino invites residents to “borrow a book, return a book!” The Supervisor unveiled Hempstead Town’s own “Little Library Box” that will be chock-full of books and stationed across town parks, beaches and pools. With participating libraries being represented by their closest box, the initiative will stimulate literacy and encourage residents to visit and re-visit their local library. Joining the Supervisor for the novel announcement was Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., Oceanside Library Trustee Tommy Beirne, Representative Tony Iovino and Head of Children’s Services Chris Marra.

 

“Libraries are a key component to the character of any community,” said Santino. “Hempstead Town is proud to be home to an abundance of tightly-knit communities with their public libraries at the heart of each one. Partnering with local libraries to deliver an excellent literary service to our residents will promote the practicality of libraries while sharing the special kind of entertainment that only a book can offer.”

 

Using in-house labor and materials from Hempstead Town’s Carpentry Shop, the Supervisor will be rolling out over fifteen little library boxes. Each box will contain an eclectic array of books that will appeal to children and adults alike. Whether you’re reading to your kids or reading to yourself, Hempstead Town’s little library boxes will always have something in stock.

 

The menagerie of books was donated by participating local libraries and Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology. If you wish to donate extra books to the little library box at your local park or pool, please bring them to the front desk of the intended park. In the occasion of overflow, park administration will keep a collection of books and replenish the displayed books on a daily basis.

 

“The little library initiative is an excellent and practical way to promote the resourcefulness of local libraries while also providing our residents with a little extra entertainment at our parks and pools,” said D’Esposito.

 

Participating libraries include West Hempstead, Levittown, East Meadow, East Rockaway, North Bellmore, Oceanside, Uniondale, Baldwin, Seaford, Elmont and more. Be on the lookout for a little library box coming to a park near you!

 

“I am excited to help station little library boxes across Hempstead Town and encourage our residents to take advantage of their wonderful public libraries,” said Dunne.

 

Little library boxes will be located at the following beaches, pools and parks:

 

  • Oceanside Pool, Oceanside
  • Echo Park, West Hempstead
  • Levittown Hall, Hicksville
  • Veterans Memorial Park, East Meadow
  • Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park
  • Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore
  • Shell Creek Park, Island Park
  • Harold Walker Park, Lakeview
  • Smith Street Park, Uniondale
  • Uniondale Park, Uniondale
  • Coes Neck Park, Baldwin
  • Baldwin Park, Baldwin
  • Seaman’s Neck Park, Seaford
  • Averill Blvd Park, Elmont
  • Rath Park, Franklin Square

 

“Now there’s even more of a reason to get out and enjoy a Hempstead Town park, pool or beach,” concluded Santino. “Nothing beats the warmth of the summer sun, the smell of the fresh outdoors and the comfort of a good book.”

 

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Santino Proposes Major Ethics Reform

Supervisor’s Proposal Would Limit Outside Income for Elected Officials, Enhance Public Disclosure & Target Conflicts of Interest

 

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that he will be proposing comprehensive ethics reform legislation, calling for a September 5th Town Board hearing on the matter. The reform package would place strict limits on outside income for elected officials, enhance public disclosure requirements and aggressively target conflicts of interest.

 

“I pride myself on holding our township’s elected officials, managers and all municipal employees to the highest ethical standards,” announced Supervisor Santino. “The package of reforms that I have assembled will comprise the strongest and most comprehensive ethics legislation of any local government on Long Island.”

 

The cornerstone of the Santino ethics legislation is a provision that limits the outside income that may be earned by town elected officials to $125,000 annually. This income limitation would be separate and apart from the town governmental salaries earned by elected officials. Additionally, the town believes that this is the first such “outside income limit” provision advanced by any township on Long Island.

 

“It is time for everyone in government to decide if they are going to put the people whom they serve before personal profits,” said Santino. “I stand on the side of the hard-working taxpayers who call Hempstead Town home, the people who I have been elected to serve.”

 

In addition to the outside income restriction for elected officials, a variety of other ethics regulations govern and control outside income, employment and consulting work for the township’s employees and officials. Among the Supervisor’s ethics provisions in this area are:

 

  • Engaging in employment or consulting activities with entities that conduct business with the town is expressly prohibited, except if such undertakings are vetted by the town’s ethics board and found to present no conflict with the interests of town taxpayers.
  • Speaking fees and honoraria are barred for elected officials and employees for presentations that are on/related to Hempstead Town.
  • Both elected officials and employees are barred from employment or consulting agreements with entities or governments that would require the town employee to engage in actions that are in conflict with the town’s interests.
  • Elected officials and managerial employees are prohibited from lobbying or engaging in the selling of materials or services to the town for a period of not less than two years after leaving town employment.
  • The use of town equipment or facilities by elected officials and employees for private business or other non-town use is expressly prohibited.
  • Service on boards of other public governing entities (except non-paying positions) by elected officials and town managers is not permissible.
  • The acceptance of any gifts, meals, trips, entertainment tickets or loans in excess of $25 by an elected official or town employee is forbidden.

 

“I take very seriously the oath that town elected officials take to serve the public, and I expect no less from all town employees,” stated Santino. “That’s why I am placing strict guidelines on outside employment, consulting agreements and all forms of compensation that are inappropriate or could present a conflict of interest.”

 

Another key area of focus in the Supervisor’s ethics reform proposal is that of public disclosure. Santino indicated that transparency in government is the best safeguard against public corruption and conflicts of interest. Some of the “public disclosure” reforms being advanced by the Supervisor include the following:

 

  • Online publishing of all public works contracts and contract bids will be required. The documents to be posted online shall include disclosure of all persons with interest in the bidding entities, as well as disclosure of relationship between those parties and town elected officials and employees.
  • Elected officials and managerial employees who learn that they have an economic interest in any business or entity that has a contract or is seeking a contract with the town must immediately publicly disclose such interest.
  • All elected officials and other employees subject to submission of financial disclosure will have copies of these documents posted on the town’s website.

 

“Public disclosure is the hallmark of transparent and accountable government officials,” said Santino. “This legislation opens a broad window on the operations of government, as well as the conduct of elected officials and town employees.”

 

The Supervisor’s ethics plan proposes powerful restrictions in dealing with relatives of elected officials and town employees:

 

  • Elected members of the Town Board are prohibited from voting on issues that affect immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother or child and step relatives). Such issues include hiring, promotions, transfers, leave of absences, extended sick leave, etc.
  • Elected officials, managers and all employees are barred from having direct managerial authority over immediate family members.

 

“We’re taking steps to ensure that the treatment of relatives of officials and employees is completely beyond reproach,” noted Santino.

 

Santino called public corruption “a scourge on government service,” and detailed additional steps that his legislation takes to protect against those municipal officials who violate the public’s trust:

 

  • Elected officials, town employees and others acting on behalf of the town are barred from continuing in such a capacity when convicted of a felony.
  • Persons convicted of a felony are banned from being a candidate for town elective office.

 

“Today, Hempstead Town is in the vanguard of accountable and responsive government with this sweeping package of ethics reforms,” concluded Santino. “From limiting outside income for elected officials and enhancing public disclosure to targeting conflicts of interest, our township continues to put people ahead of politics and personal profit.”

 

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Santino ‘Links’ Hempstead Town to Troops

Town Donates Stray Golf Balls to Soldiers Overseas

 

From the beautiful seaside Lido Golf Club in Lido Beach, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced an exciting new initiative that is sure to be a “hole-in-one” success story. Starting with today’s inaugural “golf bag” full of gifts for soldiers, Hempstead Town will be donating all recovered golf balls from both the Merrick and Lido golf courses to soldiers stationed overseas and wounded warriors who are stateside through the “Bunkers in Baghdad” charity. Joining the Supervisor for this uplifting announcement was Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., United Veterans Organization President Frank Colon and Secretary Lenny Goldstein.

 

“Both of our beautiful Hempstead Town golf courses receive a large amount of play, so much so that our employees are constantly finding stray golf balls while tending to the courses,” began Santino. “‘Bunkers in Baghdad’ offers a gratifying way to deal with our surplus of golf balls while also giving us the extra opportunity to continuously support our troops.”

 

“Bunkers in Baghdad” is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends used golf balls, clubs and equipment to our troops around the world, with a focus on the men and women currently serving in combat zones. It was founded in 2008 when charity president Joe Hanna learned that stationed soldiers created makeshift driving ranges in the desert as a form of relief from the stress of war. Starting with a small initial shipment, “Bunkers in Baghdad” has sent over 8 million golf balls and over 600,000 clubs to Afghanistan and 64 other countries, as well as to facilities in each of the 50 states. “Bunkers in Baghdad” has been praised numerous times by scores of deployed units for raising morale and providing a positive recreational outlet for troops.

 

“Getting involved with ‘Bunkers in Baghdad’ is a wonderful way to utilize all of the extra golf balls collected by the golf course employees,” said Goosby. “I admire the Supervisor’s humanity in this kind gesture.”

 

In addition to collecting golf balls, Supervisor Santino is also inviting anyone who has extra golf clubs or equipment lying around the home to bring them to Lido Golf Club. From there, the town will ship the collected items, along with our golf ball packages, to hero soldiers currently stationed overseas or to wounded warriors.

 

“We are extremely grateful to the Town of Hempstead, and to everyone who plays at Merrick or Lido this season, for welcoming Bunkers in Baghdad into the strong golf community here. The Bunkers Day kickoff event and any equipment donations that may follow speak volumes about the warmth and generosity of the people who live, work, and play in Hempstead,” said Bunkers in Baghdad Founder and President Joe Hanna. “Every contribution — whether it’s a handful of golf balls from the garage, a single putter, or a second-best set of clubs — represents a comforting slice of home and a gesture of appreciation for the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military. To a U.S. soldier stationed overseas, a wounded warrior making her way through injury rehabilitation, or a veteran of foreign service, it means the world to know that the folks in places like Hempstead respect their service and are thinking of them. We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and consideration.”

 

“Next time the ball slices the way you don’t want it to, drop another ball and take a second shot,” said D’Esposito. “That stray ball will be found by a golf course employee and will be collected for a great cause.”

 

Hempstead Town operates two stunning public courses. Merrick Golf Course, a 9-hole, par 36 course right next to Merrick Cove, and Lido Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course in Lido Beach, overlooking the scenic Reynolds Channel. The Lido Golf Club has received a surge of players since it reopened this past Father’s Day after an extensive two-week rehabilitation period. Hempstead Town assumed the day-to-day management of the popular golfing destination after decades of private management. Since its reopening, employees have been finding and stockpiling stray balls by the hundreds. Additionally, Lido Golf Club now accepts online reservations, visit www.lidogolfcourse.com to reserve tee times.

 

“Thanking our troops only goes so far,” said Dunne. “Thanks to the Supervisor’s new initiative, we’ll be able to support our troops by sending them a ‘slice’ of home with ‘Bunkers in Baghdad.’”

 

“I invite players from all over to come to a Hempstead Town golf course and lose some golf balls for a great cause,” concluded Santino. “Now’s a perfect time to teach a friend or relative the game of golf, just be sure to bring plenty of balls.”

 

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Santino Thinks ‘Inside the Box’ to Trap ‘Bumper Crop’ of Beachside Terror Insects

A cool, wet Spring season, followed by hot, steamy summer weather, has resulted in a “bumper crop” of greenhead flies (aka green flies) along Long Island’s south shore. Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has declared war on the large pesky, blood-sucking insects while being environmentally responsible by deploying 25 new fly boxes (aka fly traps/fly cages) to trap and eliminate tens of thousands of these winged pests on a daily basis. Joining Supervisor Santino at a “fly-bye” demonstration at a waterside location in Lido Beach were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.

 

“I pride myself on thinking ‘outside the box’ when it comes to developing solutions to issues that confront our government,” stated Santino. “When it came to dealing with the problems presented by hordes of large, green, biting flies, however, we actually had to think ‘inside the box’ to help provide relief for residents.”

 

Thinking “inside the box”, Santino and Hempstead Town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways are deploying a fresh batch of 25 fly boxes just ahead of the peak greenhead season. These traps will augment the 35 existing boxes that the town has located across the township’s salt marshes. Each trap is capable of catching up to 2,500 flies per day. Accordingly, the newly deployed traps will keep over 60,000 greenhead flies per day away from area residents, beachgoers and boaters. Combining the 25 new traps with the existing 35 fly boxes, the town can trap over 150,000 flies per day.

 

“Supervisor Santino is putting forth an aggressive and proactive agenda to control the problem of greenhead flies,” stated Goosby. “Because of this effort, more people will be able to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.”

 

While the exact science behind the attraction the flytraps hold for greenheads is a subject of debate, it is known that the flies are attracted to heat and dark colors. The dark-colored boxes absorb sunlight, becoming very hot, and the insects enter the boxes, which are suspended on stilts, from below. Once entering the trap’s internal screens, the flies are unable to escape and they dehydrate.

 

“The greenhead fly can turn an enjoyable day at the beach into a nightmare,” said D’Esposito. “These traps help reduce the number of biting flies, providing welcome relief to beachgoers.”

 

Greenhead flies live in salt marshes along coastal areas, appearing in waterside areas from late June through August. The flies are much larger than the common housefly, reaching as long as a half of an inch. On a quest for blood, the main source of nutrition for the greenhead, the winged pest is capable of flying a couple of miles inland. Adult greenheads have a lifespan of three to four weeks.

 

The female greenhead fly lays approximately 200 eggs at a time. Upon producing eggs, the female greenhead fly requires a fresh supply of blood to be able to produce another batch of eggs. Unfortunately, the period when the greenhead flies are most active coincides with the popular beach and fishing season. Mid-July through early August is the peak period of activity for the greenhead, resulting in a high volume of bites.

 

“Summertime is a great time to live in and visit Hempstead Town,” said Dunne. “Having fly traps will ensure fun outdoor trips are not interrupted by these annoying insects.”

 

Because of their size, greenhead flies are relatively resistant to insecticide. In fact, insecticide generally eradicates the weaker flies, leaving behind a strong stock of “super greenheads.” The amount of insecticide required to kill greenheads would have undesirable effects on the environment and be incompatible with Santino’s environmentally conscious approach to pest control. The fly traps are completely environmentally friendly and are produced at a cost of approximately $100 each (includes labor and materials).

 

“Sometimes you have to think inside the box, especially when it comes to catching big, blood-sucking greenhead flies,” concluded Santino. “By deploying more fly boxes to catch these summertime pests, we can make outdoor summer activities more enjoyable for south shore residents, boaters and beachgoers.”

 

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Santino Negotiates Lean Labor Agreement with Hempstead’s Union Workforce

Town Board Approves Agreement That Holds Salary Adjustments Below Rate of Inflation, Includes Health Insurance Savings and Other Cost-Cutting Measures

 

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has negotiated a lean labor agreement proposal between the town and its unionized workforce. The agreement, which was approved by the town board at its July 11, 2017 meeting, constrains annual cost-of-living salary adjustments and other wage-based payments well below the rate at which consumer prices have risen. The agreement also features a number of cost-cutting measures in several areas including employee health insurance and worker’s compensation. The taxpayer-friendly wage and benefits agreement would cover a five-year term, spanning 2017 through 2021.

 

“Showing the highest regard for our township’s taxpayers and aggressively controlling governmental costs are among my top priorities as Hempstead Town Supervisor,” said Santino. “Keeping cost-of-living salary increases well under the rate of inflation demonstrates my administration’s commitment to living within a strict budget. What’s more, cutting costs in areas such as health insurance and worker’s compensation will demonstrate that government can operate more efficiently, just like a business. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the town’s CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), Local 880 President Charlie Sellitto for sharing my commitment to the town’s taxpayers, as well as the members of the CSEA.”

 

The agreement provides for no cost-of-living adjustment for the first two years of the contract period (2017 and 2018), but rather includes a one-time payment of 1.5 percent in each of those years which will not serve as part of base salary in the calculation of future compensation adjustments. This differs substantially from cost-of-living salary adjustments. For example, an employee who earns $50,000 would receive a $750 “one time” payment in both 2017 and 2018. However, cost-of-living increase included in the third year of the agreement (2019) would still be calculated based upon a salary of $50,000 since the $1,500 “one time” payments ($750 in 2017 and $750 in 2018) would not be counted as a salary increase, but rather “one time” payments. This innovative approach to employee compensation alone would save the town 3 percent in avoided salary cost increases for affected employees over the five-year term of the contract.

 

The agreement does include cost-of-living salary adjustments in the final three years of the agreement (2019, 2020 and 2021) totaling 1.75, 1.75 and 2.0 percent respectively, increases that remain significantly below the rate at which consumer prices have risen during the first five months of 2017 (the most recent period for which data is available). Indeed, the CPI (Consumer Price Index) for this period has risen by 2.36 percent.

 

A host of cost-cutting measures are also contained in the agreement. A health insurance cost containment measure would require all employees who select any of the town’s health insurance options, other than the least costly, to pay the difference in cost. This measure would save the town $109,000 in the first year. Another contract component would eliminate the ability of married couples who both work for the town to carry duplicative health insurance coverage (two separate policies). A savings of $300,000 annually would result from this change. More stringent reporting requirements for injured employees who are on workers compensation is anticipated to save up to $2 million per year.

 

“I am focused on making government run more cost effectively and efficiently for our taxpayers,” said Santino. “We’re controlling costs and operating in a manner that offers genuine accountability to the taxpayers. Doing ‘more with less’ is more than just a phrase in Hempstead Town, it is a way of doing business.”

 

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Santino Presents Veterans Service Awards During Patriotic ‘Salute to Veterans’ Event

Town Also Hosts Free Concert and Fireworks Show to Mark Our Nation’s Independence

 

In recognition of our nation’s independence, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and the Town of Hempstead recently held a patriotic “Salute to Veterans” at Town Park Point Lookout, thanking veterans for their service in preserving America’s freedom and democracy. Santino presented the town’s prestigious Veterans Service Award to seven veterans and recognized a civilian volunteer during the event. The evening’s festivities also included a concert and fireworks display.

 

“The Town of Hempstead Veterans Service Award is presented to vets who have dedicated their lives to helping fellow veterans in their time of need,” stated Santino. “It is my honor and privilege to recognize these outstanding men and women for everything they do in the veteran community.”

 

The 2017 recipients of the Veterans Service Award are Salvatore Chiaffitelli of East Rockaway, Robert Chiappone of East Meadow, Sharon Earley-Davis of South Floral Park, Joseph McCarthy of Lynbrook, Rafael Rivera of Baldwin, Joseph Santillo of Inwood, and Anthony Thomas of Roosevelt. Carol Hassett of Malverne received the Veterans Volunteer Service Award.

 

The seven honorees were selected by the Town of Hempstead’s Veterans Advisory Committee which chose each honoree based upon their service to other veterans. The committee gathered information and endorsements from veterans’ organizations throughout the township.

 

The town also welcomed many distinguished color guard units, including the Nassau County American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, Nassau County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars (Levittown VFW Post 9592), East Rockaway VFW Post 3350, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82, Vietnam War Veterans Association, and the 11th New York Regiment of the United States Volunteers.

 

Also attending was the Hempstead Plains Vintage Car Club, which provided an array of vintage vehicles.

 

Supervisor Santino also thanked the many local businesses that helped make the event possible, particularly the pre-ceremony veterans reception. Sponsors included Swingbellys Beachside BBQ (event sponsor), Chicken Carnival, Naturally Boulder Artesian Water, Dover Caterers, Key Food of Long Beach and Entenmann’s Family Bakery of East Meadow.

 

The Salute to Veterans event was immediately followed by a concert by country music sensation Jerrod Niemann, concluding with an extraordinary fireworks show sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.

 

Santino concluded, “Thank you to all of our veterans for helping to preserve all that we hold dear in America, and for making the Town of Hempstead such a great place in which to live, work and raise a family.”

 

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