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Issued by: Council Member Edward Ambrosino

Town of Hempstead Councilman Edward Ambrosino invites neighbors to attend a benefit concert performed by the “Dogs of War,” a 10-member classic rock band that features Ambrosino, Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and other local government officials.  The concert is being held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh.

Band members include Ambrosino (piano/guitar), Muscarella (guitar/vocals), Schaefer (vocals), Saladino (drums), Jonathan Crist (guitar/lead vocals), Patrick Owens (bass/vocals), Mark Ambrosino (drums/vocals), Mike Martino (lead guitar/vocals), Jeb Ambrosino (lead guitar) and Jack Vitale (percussion).

“As elected officials, it’s our duty to serve the people of our communities, but our mission on June 21 is to entertain them so we can give back to veterans who have done so much for all of us in protecting our freedoms as Americans,” Ambrosino said.  “I invite everyone to come to Mulcahy’s for a fun-filled night with friends, rock ‘n’ and Dogs of War.”

The band performs a variety of classic rock and R&B hits, including favorites from The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and much more. The band has been hosting this benefit concert for several years to support local veterans.

Admission is $25, and the band’s goal is to sell at least 500 tickets, with proceeds benefitting local veteran organizations.  Mulcahy’s of Wantagh is located at 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh.  For information of how to purchase tickets, call Mulcahy’s at (516) 783-7500 or visit http://dogs.of.war.ticketbud.com .  Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

The ‘Dogs of War’ was created in honor of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our nation,”  We’re excited for their next gig and hope it brings smiles to their fans and much-needed support to our local veterans.

Credit Rating Upgraded One Notch From ‘A+’ to ‘AA-‘ With Positive Outlook

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(Hempstead, NY) June 14, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and the entire Town Board lauded the Town’s recent credit rating upgrade from Standard and Poor’s Ratings Service (S&P) from ‘A+’ to ‘AA-' with a positive outlook. This action follows the previous ‘A+ positive’ outlook the Town most recently received, and is based on the Town’s 2016 audited financials.

The report credits the Town’s “recent and projected strong budgetary performance and increased budget flexibility,” in company with “focus on controlling expenses through numerous internal controls,” such as the town's “implementation of several levels of approvals for purchases, as well as inventory control to prevent extraneous purchases.” The report also credits the Town for “maintaining a formal capital plan with funding sources identified.”

In delivering the financial outlook, S&P said “The positive outlook reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectation that the town will likely continue to balance growing expenses with a now-more-stable revenue stream, resulting in available reserves in the general fund reaching and maintaining at least 15% of expenditures, a level the rating service considers very strong.”

The report noted the Town's full valuation “continues to experience downward pressure due to ongoing tax appeals,” but officials are hopeful that economic development projects such as the recently refurbished Nassau Coliseum and the construction of Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center, should help further stabilize and grow the property tax base.

“I’m pleased that our financial outlook is positive and I’m confident that the fiscally-responsible measures, along with the economic development strategies my administration has been putting in place, will move us toward even more secure footing in the future,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “My administration, in partnership with the Town Board, is fully committed to streamlining the cost of government and moving transformative economic development projects forward in order to create the best environment for taxpayers.”

“I am delighted with the news of this bond rating upgrade. This positive step forward will save significant money for our taxpayers,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “I remain focused on continuing our efforts to cut costs and reduce debt.”

“We had to make some very difficult financial decisions in 2016-17 and it is gratifying to see that our hard work paid off,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “This bond rating upgrade is good news for all Hempstead Town taxpayers. I would like to thank all the hard-working employees who helped make this possible.”

“Wall Street and Main Street have spoken,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino. “Thank you to my fellow members of the Town Board and our Comptroller Kevin Conroy and his office for passing a budget that is fiscally responsible and continues our long tradition of quality services to the residents of our Town.”

"I'm delighted that our conservative fiscal approach has been recognized with a Bond Rating upgrade," said Councilman Bruce Blakeman.

“Doing more with less is a motto that I have lived by since joining the Hempstead Town Board and I couldn’t be prouder that the efforts that we made in the last two years have resulted in this bond rating upgrade,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “Not only has our rating been upgraded but we continue to have a positive outlook and I plan to do everything possible to ensure that these conservative fiscal policies are continued.”

“This bond rating upgrade is terrific news for Hempstead Town and its residents,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.

The Public Hearing on the Golf Course currently scheduled for the Tuesday, June 19th at 7 pm Board Meeting will in all likelihood be postponed.

As always. residents are invited to attend the meeting and speak on any of the business before the Town. If an item of concern is tabled, residents may address that matter during the public comment section.
 
Please note that the study related to the Woodmere property can be found in the "Highlights" section of the website.
 
Thank you for your participation in our Town.

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(LIDO BEACH, NY) - Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura A. Gillen and Clerk Sylvia Cabana joined with Audubon New York and a group of young piping plover loving conservations from the Brandeis School in Lawrence to launch an awareness campaign about the endangered species that nest on Hempstead Town Beaches.

The fourth grade students placed artistic billboards that they designed in class along sand dunes to alert beachgoers to stay away from piping plover nesting areas.

The town of Hempstead is home to over a dozen nests belonging to the small, federally-protected birds.

“Hempstead’s beaches are among the most beautiful and most visited on Long Island,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “This is a great way to learn about coexisting, often literally side-by-side, with our endangered, feathered friends. We are thankful to these students, along with our friends at the Audubon Society, for their efforts to protect these birds.”

“We are tremendously proud of these students for using their artwork to inspire beach-goers to ‘Share the Shore’ with nesting birds,” said Audubon New York Executive Director Ana Paula Tavares. “The Town of Hempstead’s beaches are cherished by the community and incredibly valuable to numerous at-risk birds. We encourage everyone to respect designated nesting areas and learn more about what beach-nesting birds need to safely and successfully fledge their young.”

“These billboards will serve as an important reminder throughout the entire summer season,” concluded Clerk Cabana.

Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin

Declaring victory for government transparency and local homeowners, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced that Nassau’s Assessment Department has reversed its plan to halt mailing Nassau neighbors’ property value notices, the foundation upon which residents’ taxes are based, after the Receiver and angry senior citizens assailed the county’s policy decision.  Additionally, Clavin thanked the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello for drafting legislation that will mandate that the “Notices of Tentative Assessment” continue to be mailed to property owners.  The Assessment Department’s poorly thought-out scheme to cancel mailing home values would have forced homeowners to seek the data on the Internet, creating a significant hardship for many senior citizens, the economically disadvantaged and others who lack access to computers and on-line service.  Joining Clavin at the press announcement were Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello, Legislator Laura Schaefer and a group of grateful senior citizens from Wantagh.

“Nassau’s assessment system is broken, and the only thing worse than a dysfunctional tax system is trying to keep homeowners’ property values a secret,” said Clavin.  “I am happy that the Nassau Assessment Department has reconsidered its plan to halt the mailing of homeowners’ property values to Nassau residents.  This is a victory for government transparency.  I want to also thank Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello and the majority legislators for crafting legislation that will mandate the mailing of ‘Notices of Tentative Assessed Value.’”

On June 1, 2018, Clavin mailed the Acting Nassau County Assessor, demanding that his department abandon a plan to curtail the long-standing practice of mailing residents an annual Notice of Tentative Assessed Value.  The Receiver observed that the scheme to restrict access to property value information to the Assessment Department’s website would place senior citizens, those with limited incomes and others without Internet access at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to making important decisions based on home values.  Further, Clavin said that the maneuver, which would only continue mailing tax assessment updates to those who made written requests through the U.S. Postal Service, would be a serious defeat for transparency and accountability, thereby further eroding trust and confidence in the county’s much maligned assessment system.  Finally, Clavin called the timing of the effort “totally misguided” as Nassau’s Assessment Department is poised to embark on a major property tax assessment revaluation project.

Almost immediately, Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello and Legislator Laura Schaefer responded to Clavin’s call for action.  The legislative duo has drafted legislation that will mandate the mailing of the Notices of Tentative Assessed Value to the county’s property owners, leaving no discretion to the county’s Assessment Department on the matter.

“I want to thank Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin for bringing this issue to everyone’s attention,” said Nicolello.  “I am proud that we can help Nassau homeowners by crafting legislation that will mandate the continued mailing of crucial home value data to Nassau homeowners.  Our neighbors deserve unrestricted access to this information in the interest of government transparency and accountability.”

“I was pleased to stand with Don Clavin and senior citizens on June 1st to demand that the Nassau County Assessment Department provide complete transparency on its assessment of residents’ properties,” stated Schaefer.  “Mailing property value information to homeowners is the right thing to do.  Access to home values is critical to making important decisions on issues such as challenging property tax assessments.”

The Receiver and several seniors noted that most residents were unaware of the Nassau Assessment Department’s plan to curtail the mailing of the home value notices.  Clavin said that this fact came as no surprise to him since the information regarding the termination of mailed assessment valuation notices was “buried” in the January 2018 Tentative Assessed Value notification.  In fact, the words “…the Department of Assessment will no longer produce mail Notices of Tentative Assessed Value…” were buried in a 400-word document in which residents were solely focused on information concerning their latest “tentative assessed value.”

While the “seemingly secret” notification that the mailing of home values would be discontinued resulted in significant frustration, the “taxpayer-unfriendly” method of dealing with exceptions to the new policy was equally exasperating.  The County Assessor didn’t advise readers to whom their requests to continue receiving assessment value notices by mail should be addressed.  It also failed to offer convenient alternatives, such as Internet or phone-based options, to request the maintenance of Notices of Tentative Assessed Value by U.S. Mail.

“I strongly believe that the county Assessment Department’s decision to halt the mailing of home values to residents and the complicated and difficult steps required to receive an exception to this policy were part of an intentional effort to limit access to information,” said Clavin.  “It would have especially hurt our most vulnerable residents the hardest—senior citizens, the poor and others without Internet access.  Thankfully, Rich Nicolello has taken steps to ensure that the County Assessor will never again be able to restrict access to property value information for Nassau homeowners.”

“As Nassau County embarks upon a major property revaluation, it’s more important than ever that homeowners have greater access, not less, when it comes to their property values,” concluded Clavin.  “By working together, we can enhance government transparency, openness and accountability.”

Events

Today (06/18/2018)

Town Resources

2018-06-18

Senior Summer Beach Program

The 11-week program begins and runs weekdays through August 31, 10 AM to 3 PM, at Lido Beach Town Park. Adults ages 55 are invited to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment.

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-18

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Property Tax Reduction Seminar

7 PM
Cradle of Aviation Museum, 1 Davis Avenue, Uniondale
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Town Clerk

2018-06-18

Senior ID Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lido Beach Summer Program 630 Lido Beach Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561

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Town Wide

2018-06-18

SUN %26 BEACH SAFETY EVENT

2:15 PM
Town Park at Point Lookout, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout
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This Week (06/18 - 06/25)

Town Resources

2018-06-18

Senior Summer Beach Program

The 11-week program begins and runs weekdays through August 31, 10 AM to 3 PM, at Lido Beach Town Park. Adults ages 55 are invited to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment.

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-18

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Property Tax Reduction Seminar

7 PM
Cradle of Aviation Museum, 1 Davis Avenue, Uniondale
Get Directions

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Town Clerk

2018-06-18

Senior ID Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lido Beach Summer Program 630 Lido Beach Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561

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Town Wide

2018-06-18

SUN %26 BEACH SAFETY EVENT

2:15 PM
Town Park at Point Lookout, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout
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Town Board

2018-06-19

Town Board Meeting

7:00 PM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-20

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
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Town Clerk

2018-06-20

Senior ID Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lido Beach Summer Program 630 Lido Beach Blvd., Lido Beach, NY 11561

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-21

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Uniondale Public Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
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Town Resources

2018-06-25

TVASNAC Meeting

7 PM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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This Month (June 2018)

Town Wide

2018-06-01

Belmont Stakes Triple Crown Scavenger Hunt

June 1st - June 5th
Hempstead Town residents are invited to participate in a town-wide Belmont Stakes Triple Crown Scavenger Hunt for the chance to win four tickets to the big event.

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-04

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
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Town Board

2018-06-05

Town Board Meeting

10:30 AM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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Building & Zoning

2018-06-06

Board of Appeals

TIME TBD
Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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Town Resources

2018-06-06

Creative Writing Workshop Readings

1 PM
Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-06

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 South Central Ave., Valley Stream
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Town Clerk

2018-06-06

Senior ID Event

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Peninsula Public Library 280 Central Ave. Lawrence, NY 11559

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Town Resources

2018-06-07

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

10 AM to 2 PM
Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach

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Town Wide

2018-06-07

LGBT Flag Raising

10:30 AM

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-07

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
East Meadow Public Library, 1866 Front St., East Meadow
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Town Clerk

2018-06-08

Senior ID Event

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Franklin Square Public Library 19 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square, NY 11010

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-11

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Monday, June 11th at 7 p.m.Oceanside Library30 Davison Ave., Oceanside

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Town Clerk

2018-06-11

Senior ID Event

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Freeport Public Library 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport , NY 11520

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-12

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Circulo Center, 605 Peninsula Blvd., Hempstead
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Building & Zoning

2018-06-13

Board of Appeals

TIME TBD
Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-13

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 13th at 7 p.m.Merrick Library2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-14

First-time Homebuyer Seminars

7:00 PM
Thursday, June 14th at 7 p.m.Levittown Public Library1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown

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Town Resources

2018-06-14

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MEETING

9:30 AM

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Town Resources

2018-06-18

Senior Summer Beach Program

The 11-week program begins and runs weekdays through August 31, 10 AM to 3 PM, at Lido Beach Town Park. Adults ages 55 are invited to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment.

View Event

Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-18

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Property Tax Reduction Seminar

7 PM
Cradle of Aviation Museum, 1 Davis Avenue, Uniondale
Get Directions

View Event

Town Clerk

2018-06-18

Senior ID Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lido Beach Summer Program 630 Lido Beach Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561

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Town Wide

2018-06-18

SUN %26 BEACH SAFETY EVENT

2:15 PM
Town Park at Point Lookout, Lido Blvd., Point Lookout
Get Directions

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Town Board

2018-06-19

Town Board Meeting

7:00 PM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-20

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
Get Directions

View Event

Town Clerk

2018-06-20

Senior ID Event

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lido Beach Summer Program 630 Lido Beach Blvd., Lido Beach, NY 11561

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Receiver of Taxes

2018-06-21

Bi-Lingual Tax Reduction Seminars

7:00 PM
Uniondale Public Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
Get Directions

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Town Resources

2018-06-25

TVASNAC Meeting

7 PM
Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington Street, Hempstead

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Town Clerk

2018-06-26

Mobile Passport RV Event

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elmont Public Library 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003

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Building & Zoning

2018-06-27

Board of Appeals

TIME TBD
Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, 1 Washington St., Hempstead.

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Town Wide

2018-06-27

Public Meeting on the Contractorís Work Plan and Schedule

7:00 PM
Presented by:
US Army Corps of Engineers and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead, and the City of Long Beach.

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Town Wide

2018-06-28

Public Meeting on the Contractorís Work Plan and Schedule

7:00 PM
Presented by:
US Army Corps of Engineers and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead, and the City of Long Beach.

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Town Wide

2018-06-30

Salute To Veterans - Free Fireworks And Concert On The Beach

8:00 PM
Town Park Point Lookout, Lido Blvd, Point Lookout
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