Kaiman Delivers State of the Town Address

Building Department is a top issue in the address.

 delivered his 2012 Annual State of The Town Address at in Port Washington on Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington and Manhasset.

Kaiman highlighted such accomplishments as expanding the town's ; growing , allowing senior citizens to age in place; enhancing a school recycling program; establishing an e-waste collection program and increasing attendance in town parks and recreation programs, including two revamped facilities.

He said that in 2011 the town was recognized for its outstanding and comprehensive “performance measurement” system by the International City/County Management Association. And, that in 2010 both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s upgraded the town’s bond rating to Aa1 or its equivalent, the highest credit rating in the town’s history.

Kaiman also focused on the town's controversial Buildings Department, pledging to turn it into "a model for others throughout the region and throughout the country."

"We are not there yet, but we are well on our way," he said.

Kaiman said that when he first took office in 2004, he reviewed all town departments. During that process, he found that the department was "broken."

"I made the decision, to virtually shut down the department, clean house and start over," he said. "We added new technology, new managers, new personnel, new policies, made new laws, and advanced a new approach. It was painfully slow and it was frustrating."

The slowdown saw a dramatic decrease in certificates issued, with as few as 2,734 permits and 1,891 certificates of completion in 2007, versus 4765 permits and 3,500 certificates in 2005. And there were as few as 1,300 certificates issued in 2009, Kaiman said. 

Fast forward to 2011, when the town issued issued 4,753 permits and 3,589 certificates. The department is also striving to becoming nationally accredited, he said.

"Our permit and certification processes are much faster than they once were although problem applications can find themselves delayed for months," he noted. 

Still, he said the department was striving to achieve additional improvements.

"We have learned that even strict enforcement, ultimate code compliance, and intense investigation are not the only goals," he noted. "We have learned that we need to respect the impact of our policies on our residents and businesses.  Delays cost money, strict enforcement of violations, new and old, create stress, frustration, and have financial consequences."

To address those concerns, he said the town now meets regularly with architectural, contractor and real estate broker associations along with attorneys, government managers and those involved in code enforcement. And in March, Kaiman aims to hold a public conference where residents can share their experiences and ideas.

"We are on solid ground and always striving to do better," Kaiman said. "Our good works have been recognized and acknowledged by independent analysts in various fields and the public is getting the benefit of a government that truly works for the people on so many levels in so many ways."

Read the full address. 

Bryan Jay January 26, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Kaiman is proud of what he has created with the new building department? They went from being one of the most corrupt building departments in the state to one of the most punitive, and ridiculously encumbered departments I have heard of. They now have taken aim at the very residents that pay their salaries and have created new laws that gouge the residents that have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with them and apply for any type of permit. A good example of one of the new laws is that we must apply for permits, and have our furnaces and hot water heaters certified by a licensed plumber, because they were not on the 1938 assessments??? What??? Kaiman has cited the new laws and is taking credit for them? I wish I had known this before the last election, but I will certainly remember this for the next one!
R Miller January 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Glad to see that the building department still can be improved. I feel the improvement has been incremental at best. But keeping good thoughts in respect to the fact the TONH is finally addressing the problems
Donna Rice January 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Supervisor - During the last debate you stated that there was NOTHING wrong with your buildings department - and now you are fixing it. Which is it??
Nicholas Capozzi January 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
We have heard this song before about the building dept. too little to late. I have a friend waiting over a year to get an answer from that bunch of Farfalle that work in the dept. WAKE Up people it's time to incorporate the Nassau County Village Officials Ass. will give you all the answers about incorporation, the whys and why nots. The village boards move faster the Zoning, Planning & ARB boards are your friends and live close to you, they move faster, the Village Building department gets you heard sooner and results are offered quicker. I have offen heard Supr. Keamen complain about how many villages he has in North Hempstead , perhaps the residents saw the hand writing on the wall when dealing with townships.Some have tried to desolve Villages, My thought is to desolve townships and all their hundreds of oveer laping employees overlaping departments and mandating from the throne in Manhassett. The way the Town Board is set up who cares about Port except the one representitive on the Board. The rest of the Board only shows up for photo opps. they have their own problems to deal with. It's time for a group to investagate the profits of incorporation. The longer you wait the longer this big goverment will hold you up.
Nassau Taxpayer January 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Sounds like a "problem application". Spoken like an ex- what are you again?
JP January 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The Building Department is a DISASTER!! I will never improve my property in the Town of North Hempstead again. Everytime I think we are finished and going to get our final inspection they come up with a new "Law" which cost me more money and time. Wake Up Kaiman!! Talk to the people going through the process and not the building department. I believe all of us currently or recently going through the process need to show up at the next election.
Nicholas Capozzi January 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Are you afraid of losing your job. and again any time you would like to have a face to face meeting, I would be happy to do so, As far as X or former, everyone and everthing ends. I served the public well for 12 years, being paid hardly nothing,people like you hide behind your keyboard and fake names,
Nassau Taxpayer January 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Mr. Still Whining About A Problem Application tosses out "farfalle" and certifiably clueless comments. A real keyboard kommando. Why waste your time whining here? Go downtown. Your "farfalle" comment ought to put you in good graces and grease the skids. To be very clear, it's not and never has been my job. Capiche?
Nicholas Capozzi January 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I fell sorry for people like you not only are you a coward hiding behind a fake name you're a bigot you have no idea what faralle means, It's a butterfly more commonly used to call a man that acts as a Fop. So Droga the word to UNDERSTAND in Italian is capise, now I know you're non istruito. You have to own something to pay Tax. You're blocked because you only know how to discard what everyone thinks if it's not your left wing leanings. I'm only one the computer maybe 2 hours a week to find out the local news, you must live on it.
Nassau Taxpayer January 27, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Bigot? Go downtown and ask for those you term the "farfalle". See how far that gets your "problem application". Buona fortuna!
Nicholas Capozzi January 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
You are nut job it's a friend app. Did I touch a nerve, I won't be playing your game anymore just hope I never find out who you are I'd like to see how brave you are in person.
Nassau Taxpayer January 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Have a nice day.
David pays tax February 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Kaiman is a law school flunky who can't even manage a candy store I know it , He constantly lies . the only thing he cares about is staying on as supervisor because he knows no way he can make the same money in private life he is the biggest kiss ass crony ever imposed on a Town he is an idiot no good piece of crap . he steals money from the tax payers to give to his rich and corrupt supporters . he thinks he can fool all the people all the time . soon he will know better he will soon either be arrested and jailed or at best be forced to resign in disgrace. stay tuned .
john agilaiaro February 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
you said it can't wait
Unfortunate North Hempstead homeowner April 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Jon Kaimen can't raise real estate taxes to bring in more revenue so he is using the Buildings Dept. as a cash cow. Anybody unfortunate enough to come into the cross hairs of the Buildings Dept. will have their constitutional rights violated. The Buildings Dept. gets into your house, for whatever reason, as an opportunity for a fishing expedition to find ways to create more revenue. My rental apt. passed inspection, but under threat of not passing inspection, the inspector insisted over my objections on inspecting my owner occupied space. After not being able to find a violation, they went and created one. Their newest ploy is historical investigations. This is the letter I received: “After further review of the historic file of the property, it has been determined that a certificate of completion was not issued for the partition walls in the cellar of the house. You are given 30 days to produce a certificate of completion, remove the cellar walls and return the cellar to the original unfinished condition or a submit a permit application to maintain the alterations. The rental permit cannot be approved until this item is addressed. Failure to comply may result in an appearance ticket.”
Unfortunate North Hempstead homeowner April 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The Buildings Dept. can’t find a Certificate of Completion on file from 60 years ago. Obviously the building plans, which show every wall, were approved and the house has a certificate of occupancy. Was it not their job to get a certificate of completion if that was what they needed 60 years ago. Why is it a problem now? And how can they require it be ripped out in 30 days or re-permit. 30 days coincides with the next court date I have for which I'm being fined $1000 because I was dealing with medical issues and forgot about scheduling the inspection though I paid the fee. Why is this being dug up now, and made a reason to not issue a rental permit – which will allow for additional opportunities to levy more unjust fines. Supposedly the Rental Permit is for safety reasons. What does a 60 year old Certificate of Completion have to do with a rental permit?
Unfortunate North Hempstead homeowner April 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The Court is a joke. The only thing the Judge does is levy fines, large fines, most people were pleading guilty to fines over $5000 and being made to re-permit what was already permitted, costing homeowners thousands in duress, architect fees, and more inspections giving the inspectors more opportunities to find reasons to fine you. My next door neighbor ended up with 18 violations. Everyone is afraid to speak up or go to the media for fear of retaliation. Jon Kaimen is holding meetings to help homeowners who are in danger of going into foreclosure. Levying thousands of dollars in permit fees and excessive fines is sending overburden tax papers into foreclosure. Is there any wonder that people hate government?


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