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Resident Complaint: Lack of Questions at Last North Hempstead Meeting

Not much attention paid during Town's December vote to rezone Port Washington, one resident said.

Speaking before the start of Tuesday night's Town of North Hempstead meeting, Hank Ratner of Port Washington brought up the town's Dec. 12 meeting. He noted that at this approximately four-hour meeting, which focused largely on Port Washington's there weren't many questions from North Hempstead's councilmembers.

Ratner was referring to a controversial zoning change that was approved at that December meeting. The change allowed for some Main Street businesses to expand to a maximum of three stories in buildings that contain both residential and commercial uses. The plan also includes an idea of shared parking, where residents would park in spaces at night that commuters occupy during the day. Initially the plan included several consecutive blocks of Main Street, but the latest proposal took some of those blocks out so as not to create a "canyon effect," or in other words have too many tall buildings in a row.

At Tuesday's meeting, Ratner said that there was one question from Councilwoman Anna Kaplan about a petition related to the Model Blocks. He said he felt more questions should have been asked of some of the speakers at the public hearing.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that all of the councilpeople are informed about the issues presented before them.

Perhaps an issue that was "complicated" for a town resident did not require as many questions from a town board member, Kaiman said.

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Donna Rice January 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
It was a puppet show and the puppets had already been told how to vote. They did not need to ask any questions. I wonder why RFMBPW did not honor Dina DeGiorgio as well, considering she pushed their agenda through without informing most of her constituents? Maybe it was a conflict of interest with her husband on their board??
George January 09, 2013 at 03:39 PM
It is a proven fact over and over , Kaiman never picks a council members who can think for themselves . Perfect example was selection of Kaplan . She was picked by Kaiman because she would not and could not ask any questions . She was picked and USED so she could deliver the uninformed Persian Voters of Great neck. Kaiman has been a disaster from the first day he took office , that first night he gave himself a 30% salary increase He disguised his act by calling it "resolution to increase the salary of a certain town employee " On the second day he ordered all building inspector to sell tickets to all Builders at $2000 per table . Under Kaiman The corruption In the building department is alive and well . None of the SELECTED council members have the dignity or the courage to address any of theses issues.
Port Citizen January 09, 2013 at 04:20 PM
We poor people who are OBVIOUSLY without the superior intellect of Jon Kaiman and his non-verbal cronies. I say non-verbal because they only speak when Kaiman pulls the pupet strings behind them. What a clown ... The Chief clown in the circus that is the Town of North Hempstead. Does the town budget have line items in for: Red Noses, large floppy shoes, and lapel flowers that squirt water?
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Yes, there are budgetary line items for all those things...it's right under the line item for Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 04:35 PM
At the Town hearing there was also a petition signed by close to 25 Main Street BUSINESS OWNERS. All but 1 signed that they are AGAINST the proposal...these are the business owners, not the property owners. If business was so bad along Main Street, and if a few hundred additional residents would miraculously turn the future of of Main Street commerce around, don't you think that more business owners would be in support of such rezoning? This is all about Mr. Kaiman, Ms. DiGiorgio, the Main Street property owners and those individuals affiliated with RFMBPW who stand in line to directly benefit from the receipt of state / federal grants and future development. I am also thrilled that our tax dollars were GIVEN to RFMBPW to fund the ridiculous Model Blocks Rezoning proposal. Thanks Mr. Kaiman, but you are in luck...I think RFMBPW will be looking for another Board Member when you do not get reelected.
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 04:54 PM
With one of those RFMBPW "employees" also recieving income / benefits for her duties as Water Commissioner...she should just be on the ToNH payroll.
Just an engineer January 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
The winds of change are gaining strength, my PW brothers and sisters. Don't forget when election time comes back around!
Jason January 09, 2013 at 08:24 PM
We should all call Nassau County Comptroller and ask that the Buildings on upper Main St Be Re-assess. Ms. Digiorgio we were so wrong about you. a Strong Woman with her strings pulled by Kaiman.
Jason January 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Fred Should come back!
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM
...strings are also being pulled by RFMBPW.
Jason January 09, 2013 at 08:52 PM
LIPA DID ! and said no way to Kaiman. Perhaps that was to complicated for John-John to understand, The LPA Board asked a whole lot of Questions!and told John-John to hit the road.......
David NH January 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that all of the councilpeople are informed about the issues presented before them. Perhaps an issue that was "complicated" for a town resident did not require as many questions from a town board member, Kaiman said Like everything else Kaiman got this one wrong too Mr Kaiman your days are numbered, as they should have been many years ago . We can't wait til Election Day one wonders if you will have the nerve to run again .
Donna Rice January 09, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Jon Kaiman will do anything to be in a picture. Do you think he will wear that yellow emergency jacket he has so everyone knows it's him?
Fred January 10, 2013 at 02:46 AM
could the Patch stop printing this empty suit's picture over and over? why desnt Patch do a real indept investigative reporting on the corruption and the ineptitude and self serving actions of this disgraceful political hack ?
Local Resident January 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Or a story about: The ties between Mr. Kaiman, Ms. DiGiorgio, the Board of RFMBPW, and those who stand to gain from the rezoning & redevelopment of Main Street. How RFMBPW, a "not-for-profit, volunteer based civic group", could receive public funds from ToNH to develop Model Blocks, lobby strongly for it and turn it into town rezoning legislation. How the original proposal was "sold" as a beautification project with rezoning as a side issue. How RFMBPW disseminated enormous amounts of misinformation and direct lies regarding the proposal. How Ms. DiGiorgio, despite the very vocal public opposition to rezoning, supported it in letters to the Port News, supported it in the Town Hearings, and then did even cast a vote on the legislation. How Ms. DiGiorgio is married to a local contractor who is a "former" owner of one of the properties in the Overlay District...a property that was added to the district at the last minute. The potential conflicts-of-interest that have yet to even be addressed much less cleared up. How the Director of RFMBPW was appointed to a paid position as Water Commissioner after fronting the Model Blocks proposal. How RFMBPW is full of contractors, developers, attorneys, realtors, etc. all ready to benefit from the development of Main Street. How the Town Bored sat by, "listened" to 8 hours of comments and asked not one question, and still somehow decided to approve the proposal. I think this may be too big for the Patch.
Bryan Jay January 10, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Dear "Local resident" you are so dead on, as this whole deal spanks of corruption and not even an attempt to veil the obvious cronyism! We need to start focusing on getting this arrogant, snide, self serving politician out of office at the next election. He has single hand idly laid out plans too destroy the character of our beloved Main Street. His goal is to make PW as ugly and congested at the town he lives in. We also need to expose RFMBPW for the sham that it has become. They use their past assistance in fighting the incinerator as their platform, but now have been bought and paid for by Kaiman. As usual, with corruption, you always follow the money trail. If only we could get DA Rice to do a full investigation starting with the new and revamped TONH building dept. and ending with this council and this ruling. Kaiman's hands are so dirty it is ridiculous! he has been bought and paid for by real estate investors and and developers dying to get their hands on our town.
Donna Rice January 10, 2013 at 03:53 PM
It will be very difficult to get Kathleen Rice to do an investigation on her buddy Jon. Maybe since she is up for election we should put her to the task - it's time DA Rice - investigate or possibly lose votes for yourself. What is the TRUTH about our Buildings Department?
Gerald McNamara January 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Has anyone asked where the water for this expansion is coming from? The Port Washington neck of Long Island is almost cut off from the rest of the island because of salt water intrusion. That's coming from overuse. You won't be happy with your water bill when you have to buy all your water from outside of your water district. More development means more water use. No one is watching the henhouse.
Gerald McNamara January 10, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Also, when did RFAMBPW stop being a group of concerned citizens?
George January 10, 2013 at 05:00 PM
There is corruption in building department , Kaiman , Kaplan both know about it , Kaiman has to let it go on Kaplan is powerless , start making calls to the FEDS The local system , ( Rice, the courts , politicians ) can not and will not police itself .
Ed Shendell January 10, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Glad I'm not the only one to notice Mr. Kaiman's touch of arrogance
Donna Rice January 10, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Ask your water commissioner, Mindy Germain. Oh yeah, she's the director of RFMBPW.
George January 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Here is a perfect example of corruption in North Hempstead. it's about how the rich and the connected get their way, and the rest of us pay for it , sometimes with our lives please read the comments
George January 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Please read http://www.topix.com/forum/county/nassau-ny/TL0E7V6I9JJKB0N4D#.UOwo8LXW5Bc.mailto
Kaiman Must Go January 10, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I'm surprised no one has told the Supervisor what he can do with that finger he keeps pointing at everyone
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I think it is well past the point to webcast the ToNH Bored Meetings. More of the public needs to witness the contant badgering, condescension and arrogance displayed by Mr. Kaiman and the entire Town Bored during these meetings. The Board of Education provides webcasts, it is time for the ToNH to do the same.
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Hello Patch...I think you need to correct your article above. The rezoning proposal does not allow for "some Main Street businesses to expand to a maximum of three stories in buildings that contain both residential and commercial uses". This proposal is for the PROPERTY OWNERS to redevelopment their properties, not the business owners. In fact, most of the existing businesses on Main Street are against the rezoning proposal and would be, in all likelihood, displaced and out of business should any development occur. This proposal has NOTHING to do with the local businesses and EVERYTHING to do with local property owners.
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Actually the RFMBPW is also "watching the water henhouse"...this is only one of the problems with the rezoning proposal. RFMBPW originated, developed, lobbied for and got this proposal through to the ToNH Town Bored. Water Commissioner Mindy Germain is also the Executive Director of RFMBPW. Water Commissioner David Brackett is also the Treasurer of RFMBPW. Having 3 Water Commissioners should ensure some level of independence of balance of power. But with 2 of the 3 both belonging to the RFMBPW and being supporters of the rezoning proposal, RFMBPW has started to consolidate power within the Port community. Our Councilwoman is also married to a member of the RFMBPW Board of Directors, so the conflicts-of-interest and consolidation of power is just furthered.
Local Resident January 11, 2013 at 02:41 PM
They are still a group of concerned citizens...they are just more concerned about themselves and their "friends". A better question is: When did they stop being a not-for-profit?
local concerned resident January 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM
i agree!!

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