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Town Hires Special Counsel on Levitt Park; Master Plan Implementation Board Defunct

A breakdown of the latest Town of North Hempstead meeting.

If you missed the latest meeting, here are some of the highlights:

  • The law firm Jaspan Schlesinger has been hired as special counsel to represent the town regarding the . A town spokesman explained after the meeting that some North Hempstead residents including Ed Scott organized a petition to have the Levitt Park property put to a referendum after the town board approved the potential acquisition and bonding. There were 3,343 signatures needed on the petition, the spokesman said, and he added that the group obtained about 4,000 signatures. Jared Shapiro, another North Hempstead resident, has brought a case regarding the validity of those signatures. During the board meeting, Supervisor Jon Kaiman explained that since the town is going to court, it needs reperesentation. Scott encouraged him to simply have a referendum.
  • A public hearing has been set for Aug. 21 regarding the Denton Green Apartments in Garden City Park. The proposal is for adding 1,152 square feet, including an elevator and a lobby.
  • The town's master plan implementation board has been named defunct. Marianna Wohlgemuth, who was previously part of this committee, asked that the town consider not ending this group or reinstating it in the future because she felt there were important things that were learned and gained from the committee. Supervisor Jon Kaiman said it could potentially be started again and that the group hasn't met for about a decade.
  • The town board authorized the renting of costumes for the annual North Hempstead Day.
  • The board approved of moving a previously-scheduled town board meeting from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12.
Port North Resident August 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I cannot understand how Jared Shapiro (the gentleman who is challenging the petition for a referendum in court) and other Roslyn County Club residents are so opposed to this item going before the voters to decide. If there is as much public support for the pool club project as has been stated what is the problem with letting the voters decide the way we did with the Nassau Coliseum referendum. If there really is a support than the item will easily pass in November. To invest in a large scale public works project during a significant economic downturn is a large undertaking, I see no problems with letting the taxpayers weigh in if this is how they want to spend their tax dollars. Just because the town has not put these projects to referendum in the past is no reason that we as the electorate shouldn't demand referendums for this and other large scale projects in the future, after all it is our tax money and the public has the right to be informed than heard! Our system of democracy requires public participation, I see no problems with letting the public have our say pro or con!
Craig Baines August 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I guess you and Dina Esq the mighty GOP functionary on the town board want to apply the same standard to a new park in Port Washington or do you have two sets of standards, one for each neighborhood? Where do you think the money to pay for Petrus park is going to come from-the same Environmental Legacy Fund (ELF) Do as I say, not as I do?
Port North Resident August 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Craig you have it completely wrong, what is at stake with this referendum is not the purchase of the property through ELF, that has already been approved via a town wide referendum a decade ago and cannot be challenged. It is the 7.5 million for renovations, the people of the town will have to decide with this referendum whether they want the project to go through as proposed or if the town should take a different direction. The actual purchase is not what is being posed to the voters, and it will be up to the town to decide on whether they want to continue with the purchase if the voters reject the borrowing. As for Alvin Petrus in PW, this is a completely different situation as this was a park that was dedicated by then Supervisor Ben Zwirn, Councilwomen May Newburger and Barbara Johnson. In fact Barbara Johnson even donated the money to pay for the basketball court for this park. It was the Kaiman administration who destroyed the park (I believe against state law), the potential usage of ELF fund will simply restore the park to the community, not acquire a new facility. To make it sound like these two projects are mutually exclusive is disingenuous, one has nothing to do with the other, and since when do Democrats have a problems with letting the people vote?
Craig Baines August 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
PWN you make some very good points in your last comments and I should have probably been more clear but you ignored the fact that it will take 2.25 million to develop it into a park, this is after the purchase, per a study just commissioned by the town. Just taking down the fence is not the whole answer the place is a mess and unsafe in its state of disrepair, if it going to be this wonderful playground money will need to be invested-millions. I personally support investing into developing the property into a functioning park facility. In closing they very much alike, first they both need to be purchased and second they need investment. Where do you and your councilperson propose the 2.25 million and the money to purchase the property from the housing authority come from because you can not venture into a project of this size and scope without a plan to fully fund it and its operations into the future. Dina says take it from the ELF, what do you say sir? Regards Craig.
Lee Kalinsky August 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@Port North Resident Great points! @ Bobby, I was thinking of starting a petition asking Supv. Kaiman to broadcast the Town Board Meetings. If it's good enough for Congress it should be just for for ToNH.
David of port August 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Isn't John Kaiman stepping down (or forced out )? Then why is he hiring some big shot connected law firm To oppose the wishes of the taxpayers ? I yes. Didn't he hire another big shot law firm to oppose Nassau County's audit of the new Hyde park park district ? And when he lost , didn't he hire more lawyers to oppose And appeal the ruling of the supreme Court ? What is going on here ? Politicians are like diapers they need to be changed often If you don't you get characters like Jon Kaiman
Rick Ueland August 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
If Mr. Shapiro is successful in his case and gets signatures throw out, I know a lot of folks in Mineola who did not get an opportunity to sign the petition. I'm sure it's the same in many of the other areas. A petition defeat will just increase the amount of resentment to this project. A second petition will blow you away with numbers. Let the people vote!
george August 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
GOOD IDEA sunshine is the best disinfectant , that's why Kaiman is opposed to broadcasting Town Board's meetings. He thrives in secrecy , survives by fraud. that's why he is being forced out .
Nassau Taxpayer August 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Follow the money...
press August 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Islamic Society of Roslyn, NY With a Jewish synagogue down the street and Baptist church around the corner, the Islamic Society of Roslyn is a model of interfaith cooperation. It would like to open a new mosque and community center in the Roslyn Country Club September 2015 and invited neighbors in for a tour. Then, at the end of Ramadan, the society would invited members of the synagogue and church to join them for Eid-al-Fitr celebrations. Leaders of the mosque participate in an annual interfaith walk in Nassau County, and students from the society’s weekend Islamic school will be part of an interfaith event each year. We will start to work with the town to make this happen. The mosque will serves about 60 families in the Roslyn Area.
Catherine August 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I agree with Rick, I didn't sign the petition in NHP and would be happy to sign the petition if it comes to that. Why is everyone so emotional about this issue? Mr. Kaiman, have this put on the ballot in November and let the people decide.
Craig Baines August 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
ok shill
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Good spot for a cell tower, too.
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why the voter suppression POV?
Stephen August 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I smell the musk of a hypocrite (but this mutual admirantion society can just continue rubbing one anothers' tummies...as time goes on, press and residents will understand the hypocracy designed to do nothing but allow ranting politicians to steal the spot light by destroying value)! 4000 signatures by people misled on LIRR platforms told nothing about what they signing other than "sign here and save taxes." The same activists who cogitated and agitated in lovely port wash feel Alvan Petrus improvements are owed to them. What would be the likely result if residents of Great Neck or Roslyn or New Hyde Park were asked their views of a park they may choose not to use and given a vote? Or speak against the expense. Is Levit Park legitimacy enhanced by a "promise" from the past. Your arguments are simply hypocritical. READ THIS NEWSDAY, NY TIMES AND ISLAND EAR!!! You are being used and manipultated by Councilwoman Di Giorgio. She will claim she protected you from the very same self interest behind seeking TNH $$ for APP. When Petrus is voted down, perhaps you can ask Councilwoman Di Giorgio (degiorgiod@northhempsteadny.gov) why she started this ugly ball in motion. Ask the activists and agitators why they destroyed the climate that would have allowed APP to pass.

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