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Town of Hempstead Notebook: Tax Budget Freeze, Pathfinder Awards

A weekly look-in at news in the Town of Hempstead.

Murray to Present Tax Freeze Budget

"Budgeting during an economic crisis is not easy," said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who announced earlier this week that she is crafting a budget that will freeze all town taxes for 2012. "I am working with my colleagues on the town board, and will present a tax-freeze budget that is accountable to taxpayers later this year. We will be able to do this because we have adhered to the simple yet profound Boy Scout credo, 'Be Prepared.'"

Murray pointed out that controlling the town's discretionary costs, as well as preparing a multi-year fiscal plan and adjusting budgeted amounts such as mortgage recording revenues for the current economic downturn have resulted in rock solid budgets that have earned the highest available Wall Street credit ratings (AAA, Moody's Investor Service; AAA, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services).

Murray's administration has also rejected reliance on "one-shot" (non-recurring) revenues to balance budgets and avoided increased borrowing to meet ongoing government costs. According to Hempstead Town, these measures have protected the township's residents from the fiscal instability that plagues the federal government, New York State and many localities.

Nine Women Honored With Pathfinder Award

Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored nine women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town's annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony Tuesday.

The nine women honored were:

  • For Arts & Entertainment: Katy Miller (Atlantic Beach)
  • For Business: Tanisha A'see (manager of Bethpage Federal Credit Union's Roosevelt branch)
  • For Community Affairs: Sister Christine Sammon (Director of Parish Social Ministry for St. Bernard's Church in Levittown)
  • For Education: Paula Lein (Principal of the Archer Street School in Freeport)
  • For Health Services: Suzanne Kornblatt (Woodmere)
  • High School Senior: Regina Zick (Baldwin High School)
  • Humanitarian: Bernadette Smith (Floral Park)
  • Volunteer: Nina Lanci (Bellmore)
  • Town of Hempstead Employee: Judy Zeitlin (Bellmore)

Town Starts Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

While shrink wrap serves a vital role during boat storage periods, the non-biodegradable plastic covering can clog landfills and find its way into local waterways when it’s discarded in the spring. The Town of Hempstead’s shrink wrap recycling program is making it easier for boaters to protect the planet and enjoy boating at the same time.

Marinas and private boat owners can bring their shrink wrap down to the town’s sanitation facility located at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. In addition, residential boat owners may drop off shrink wrap on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This service is free of charge. Shrink wrap deposited for recycling must be free of lumber, rope, nails and garbage.

Captain Kirk March 13, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Does the concept of lowering taxes ever occur to Kate or do we need the money for all those cushy jobs at the animal shelter? ( among other cushy jobs whether you use the correct residence address or not!)
Bob Rabey March 14, 2011 at 07:32 AM
Can anyone reading this, while paying taxes to the Town of Hempstead, take this seriously? The old Boy Scout credo? Come on! Just how stupid does Kate Murray think we all are? Sometimes I think she views us all as "meat with eyes", and extracts money from our wallets at will. But you know, she IS right in a way, because we let it happen. The Town of Hempstead has been getting away with murder for more years than I can count. They have never had REAL "budget issues" because their budget is so over inflated and their are TOH "tax laws" on the books, that have been there for years. They have so much of our money, and it keeps pouring in, that of course they have a triple A bond rating. Still, no matter how much we point this all out, every election the same old fat cats are placed back in office. So, like most things currently going on, we only have ourselves to blame.
Robert Demarco March 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM
How is it that salaries, healthcare, fuel, etc increase, but the Town of Hempstead taxes do not? The answer is that there is so much fat that the budget can live off its excesses. Kate Murray is not a real Town official, such as a city mayor; she presides over a vast patronage system for which all of us pay. They ghost write nice fluffy articles for her in the local newspapers, but I do not consider her a competent executive. She holds the party line.
Frank Scarangella March 17, 2011 at 12:43 AM
taxes are pushing young people out of the county, state. right out of college they don't come baac and who can blame them.......
PitBull March 17, 2011 at 02:42 AM
It's the greedy teachers union & administration and they would not care if we all left tomorrow as long as they got there money
Frank Scarangella March 17, 2011 at 04:47 AM
i believe that they would stop at nothing to get our money. cheating and misuse of our money is over looked and we know what they do and can't stop it. where is the FBI we have the highest taxes in the country and the feds won't give it a second look. it's not only the town government it's the school districts, villages they see the cost of food , gas, medical ins. and fed taxes ( crime) going up . they just don't care they want theirs. they don't care how hard we work for it . they got to have more and more of our hard earned money, just to make them feel better because they couldn't make it in a real busness or at an honest job.
Bob Rabey March 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM
Since we all seem to be in agreement here, allow me to point something out. Having fought many the fight against the state, county, town and villages over the years, there is a procedure that must be followed. 1. Establish that there IS a problem. 2. Point out the SOLUTION to that problem. 3. Point out whos authority the problem falls under. 4. Suggest funding solutions to that problem. Keep in mind that these "elected officials" have to be lead around by the nose. If you want them to move on any issue, the voting public must be educated and must show support for that issue. The spot light of public opinion must be shining of the elected officials in order for them to respond with any effectivness.

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