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DeGiorgio, Ferrara Vote Against Capital Plan Bonds

2 North Hempstead council members oppose adding more debt to the town.

councilmembers and voted for a new five-year capital plan on Tuesday night during the board meeting. Yet how that funding is used and where it comes from caused a divide in the board.

Kaiman explained to the handful of people present toward the end of the town's meeting Tuesday that the five-year capital plan is used to maintain parks and roadways, among other things, and that the bonding that would be voted on a little later in the evening is just for the following year.

When it came to the bonds, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, R-Port Washington, and New Hyde Park Councilman Angelo Ferrara, R-New Hyde Park, both voted against every bond.

DeGiorgio explained before she voted against the last bond that she is not against most of the services that the town is looking to provide through these bonds. Still, she was voting no because she sees how much debt the town is in and that a lot of short-term debt is becoming long-term.

"Until I have a clear picture of what that's going to look like and how that's going to affect our debt service, we really shouldn't be borrowing additional funds," DeGiorgio said.

After the meeting, Ferrara explained that his vote against these bonds "is a symoblic vote to the board and the public that I take this seriously." He added that he would like to see more "pay as you go spending."

All of the other board members voted in favor of each of the bonds. These bonds include a maximum of:

  • $115,000 toward grounds maintenance equipment to be used by the parks department.
  • $500,000 for sewer system improvements at .
  • $456,000 to buy and install computer software, hardware and security cameras.
  • $74,000 to buy golf course furnishings and equipment for .
  • $165,000 to make improvements to parks.
  • $80,000 to buy a pump-out vote to deal with waste management.
  • $400,000 to improve the solid waste management facilities.
  • $200,000 to replace kennels.
  • $195,000 for grounds maintenance equipment for Harbor Links.
R Miller May 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree with this. I understasnd bonds for capital improvements. I do not like the fact we have to pass a bond to buy lawn equipment, etc. That should be allocated into the general budget. Just need a little common sense here and it does not have to get politcal where everyone starts slinging arrows at each other
Richard Brody May 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Unfortunately, it is becoming an ever- increasingly used tactics for various governing/ taxing bodies/authorities to go the bond route rather than plan these through the regular budget. While bonds are needed and should be used for extraordinary or unplanned for/unanticipated needs, it seems like merely a maneuver to use bonds in order to be able to claim that taxes haven't been raised (or raised less). We witness this on the Town level, schools level, County and State, and Federal levels, as well. What ever happened to fiscal responsibility and adequate planning?
Robert J. Pape, Jr. May 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Where does the town tax money go? Thank you Council members DeGiorgio and Ferrara for standing up for the taxpayers of the TNH.
Nassau Taxpayer May 09, 2012 at 02:57 PM
It's as if equipment and infrastructure deterioration with use and the need to maintain it is a foreign concept and unknown requirement. These "bond it out" people have never repaired their own equipment or planned for replacement. That goes for R's and D's, both, local, state and national, all of them.
George Mulligan May 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I agree with Mr. Model. If a bond is issued to cover capital improvements that will outlast the life of the bond that is fine. But operational costs should definitely come out of the yearly tax revenue. When I purchase a car I take out a loan. When my lawn mower needs replacement I pay for it from regular income. I don't know what the annual income for Harbor Links is, but i would question the need for a $74,000 bond for golf course furnishings. To me that would be an operational expense. And perhaps kennels could be replaced in increments over four years instead of doing $200,000 in a one shot deal.
George Mulligan May 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
By the way, a few weeks ago The Patch said two ball fields at the Hempstead Harbor Park were costing 1 million dollars. I questioned that number and never heard a word. Are these some kind of turf fields? I am flabbergasted that a little league baseball field would cost $500,000. I would appreciate a response concerning this expenditure. Thank you.
Anne D. May 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Congratulations to those two Council members who voted against increasing the bonded debt. How muchof the bond issue are all the Town residents going to contribute to the purchase of the Roslyn Country Club? Wake up people - Mr.Kaiman is going to have all the residents pay for what only a few of his friends will be able to use!!!!!
matteo May 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Bonds are a euphemism for kicking the can down the road. Our elected officials must stop their Manana attitude. I understand that the benefits and pension requirements for public employees and retirees are really tough, but the items Kaiman wants to bomnd are everyday expenses that the taxes should pay.
Nassau Taxpayer May 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Kaiman's Roslyn CC deal stinks as bad as Mangano's PPP sewer service deal.
Nassau Taxpayer May 10, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Not to mention I have yet to see them in use.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. May 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Yes. We are running out of road!
Craig Baines May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The school district is what is killing us taxpayers NOT the Town. Why dont these two Republicans on the board go and lecture the school boards? Just a few politicians in the minority trying to score cheap political points, nothing more. Kaiman today, Kaiman tomorrow, Kaiman our next Nassau County Executive. Wayne Wink for Supervisor!!

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