Thursday, September 08, 2005

"No One Is Minding The Store"

Nassau County Comptroller Issues Audit Report on Sanitary Districts ~ In Town of Hempstead District 1, a Near-total Lack of Financial Controls; One Official Holds Four Public Jobs; Lack of Controls "An Invitation to Fraud"

An examination of expenses, procurement, and financial practices at three special sanitary districts has found examples of excessive compensation for administrators, extravagant travel and meal spending, and an utter lack of record-keeping in some districts, County Comptroller Howard Weitzman said today.

"At two of the three garbage collection districts we examined, the bottom line is that nobody is minding the store. The lack of control generates abundant opportunities for unscrupulous individuals to line their pockets with taxpayer money," Comptroller Weitzman said at a press conference this morning at which he released reports on the three districts.

In the case of one district, Sanitary District No. 1 in the Town of Hempstead, which serves the Five Towns and Valley Stream South, the examination uncovered excessive and unexplained payments to commissioners and top staff, lavish meals including one steak dinner for four that totaled nearly $700, and an inadequate - and for some employees nonexistent - timekeeping system. The district's treasurer, ostensibly a 20-hour-a-week position, was found to hold three additional public sector jobs, as well as operating a private tax practice. No records are kept of his time spent working for the sanitary district.

The three audits issued today are the first of five special tax districts to be audited by the Comptroller's Office. The reports focus on Town of Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 and sanitary districts in Syosset and Port Washington. The review of Port Washington found generally good financial practices and modest expenses, in contrast to the other two, particularly SD-1, where serious examples of overspending and lapses of management control were found.

"Considering that these districts have been operating for decades with virtually no oversight, we expected that in some cases we might find poor business practices," Comptroller Weitzman said. "But in two of the districts, and particularly in Hempstead's first sanitation district, what we found was worse than we feared.

"We know that some homeowners in Nassau pay two to three times as much as others for garbage collection," he said. "Now we know why - those who overpay for these services, often by hundreds of dollars per year, are paying to support wasteful spending that may include bloated payrolls, top-heavy management structures, non-competitive contracts, and in the case of District 1, lavish meals and business trips."

"A number of the preliminary audit findings of SD-1 raise the possibility of fraud, as they meet criteria specified in the New York State Comptroller's 2005 report, 'Red Flags for Fraud,'" Comptroller Weitzman said. Copies of the Comptroller's letter to District Chairman Jack Rose outlining the abuses have been sent to the Nassau County District Attorney and the New York State Comptroller, so they may take any further investigative actions they deem appropriate.

Describing them as "a hidden government that drains taxpayers' wallets," Comptroller Weitzman originally announced his intention to begin auditing some of the county's more than 400 special taxing districts in February 2005. The first group to be audited comprises five sanitary districts - districts Nos. 1, 2 and 6 in the Town of Hempstead, and districts in Syosset and Port Washington. The Comptroller plans to release reports on districts 2 and 6 within the next few weeks.

Town of Hempstead Sanitary District 1

"Town of Hempstead Sanitation District No. 1 is, to put it bluntly, totally out of control," Comptroller Weitzman said. "Not coincidently, it also had the highest costs to the taxpayers of the three districts studied."

"After three frustrating months, during which district managers restricted access to documents and personnel, the audit of District 1 was halted due to an unprecedented lack of cooperation. Nevertheless, we were able to make preliminary audit findings that raise serious concerns about the district's administration and operations," Comptroller Weitzman said. A letter detailing the preliminary audit findings was sent today to the chairman of the sanitary district's Board of Commissioners.

Sanitary District 1, with a budget of more than $14 million a year and 129 full and part-time employees, provides service to 16,514 residential and commercial properties. The preliminary audit for the district covers the years 2003 and 2004.

"Our analysis of the district found excessive and unexplained payments to commissioners and top staff, poor timekeeping, as well as a lack of written contracts, financial policies, or even a list of retired employees receiving health insurance benefits from the district.

"One of the more outrageous cases involves a top official, Sal Evola, who holds the title of district treasurer, ostensibly a 20-hour-a-week position. A review of New York State pension records found that Mr. Evola holds three additional public sector jobs and reported to the state a total of 733 days worked in 2004.

"Remarkably, he also finds time to conduct a private tax consulting business," Comptroller Weitzman added. SD-1 keeps no records of Mr. Evola's time spent working there.

The report also found:
  • Extravagant spending on travel and meals. Over the two-year period examined, the district spent a total of $14,610 to send four district managers to a waste conference in New Orleans and three managers to a similar conference in Dallas, "an amount that appears to be unreasonable for government officials exercising official duties." At these conferences, the managers treated themselves to exorbitant dinners. A steak dinner for four at Morton's Steakhouse in New Orleans cost $676; other dinners on the same trip cost $446 and $379. During the two trips, the employees also racked up $536 in limousine charges and $710 in lounge/bar charges. Also, the district spent $4,300 to provide coffee service in its administrative offices as well as $2,300 on catering for board meetings. The district has no written policy on travel or meals.
  • Inadequate timekeeping. The district requires no timesheets to be filled out by any of its employees. Instead, the timekeeping process consists of a supervisor checking off employee names on a list when he sees them arrive at work. The auditors observed limited attendance by several highly compensated employees during the three months when Comptroller's staff were on site. In addition, the hours that sanitation workers are required to work are not clear.
  • Excessive and unexplained payments. Compensation for commissioners in SD-1 (and other districts with budgets exceeding $800,000 per year) is limited by county law to $7,500 per year. Since commissioners are not regular employees, they do not ordinarily receive paid leave. Yet one SD-1 commissioner received an unexplained $5,000 payroll payment, which was coded as "sick pay." With this payment, the commissioner's total compensation for the year was brought to $4,000 more than the legal limit. Auditors who reviewed a pay period at random also found that that nearly 50 percent of all union members' base salaries exceeded the union pay scale.

Controls over cash receipts were alarmingly absent, the Comptroller said. "District 1 receives nearly $900,000 a year in fees from contractors seeking to dump construction debris and yard waste. Only cash is accepted," he said. "When we compared 'tip-fee' receipts to cash register records, the books simply didn't add up.

The lack of proper bookkeeping, and the concentration of such duties in the hands of one individual (the treasurer), with no oversight, represents an invitation to fraud," Comptroller Weitzman said.

Residents are encouraged to review the preliminary Audit Report for Sanitary District 1, which can be viewed (in PDF format) at Sanitary District No 1 Ltr to District (96 kb, 8 pages, pdf file - Adobe Reader® required).

Syosset Sanitary District

Unlike Sanitation District No. 1, Syosset contracts with a private hauler to provide refuse collection to its 762 residential and 108 commercial customers. The audit found that more than 25 percent of the district's annual budget ($383,000 in 2004) went to cover administrative expenses, over and above the cost of the private hauling contract. By contrast, such expenses in the Port Washington district, which also uses a private contractor, totaled only 2 percent of that district's budget.

"The $100,000-plus spent by the Syosset commissioners is equivalent to an extra tax of $115 per year on Syosset residents. Our audit shows that the money was used to compensate commissioners for meeting excessively, and to retain a second lawyer, reportedly to second-guess the decisions of their primary counsel" Comptroller Weitzman said.

In 2003 and 2004, the three Commissioners of the Syosset Sanitation District received combined total compensation of $44,640. In 2004 alone, the commissioners, who are paid per meeting, met 128 times, a minimum of 10 times per month. Most of the 128 "meetings" were described as off-site "compliance inspections."

Auditors also found the commissioners incurred legal fees of $67,243 and $55,113 in 2003 and 2004, respectively, representing a relatively high percentage of the district's annual budget. In addition to its law firm of record, Murphy, Bartol & O'Brian, the district also hired a second attorney as special counsel. Details of the second lawyer's work, examined by the auditors, indicate much of it was duplicative of items covered under the retainer agreement with Murphy, Bartol.

"The cost of garbage disposal per parcel in Syosset was surprisingly high, averaging $656 annually. Residents served by Syosset receive back-door pick-up, as do residents of Hempstead's SD-1. Although such service normally costs somewhat more than curb-side service, our auditors determined that residents of this district are paying substantially more than in other similar districts that also feature back-door service. We attribute the disparity to the excessive administrative expenses and the lack of real competitive bidding."

The Audit Report for the Syosset Sanitary District can be viewed at Syosset Sanitary District Audit Report (94 kb, 13 pages, pdf file - Adobe Reader® required).

Port Washington Garbage District

In 2004, administrative costs accounted for less than 2 percent of the Port Washington Garbage District's total district expenses. The total cost to tax payers for garbage pickup and disposal was similarly low, averaging only $248 annually, the report found. The only areas of concern found by the auditors, said Comptroller Weitzman, were the lack of an established procurement policy for professional services (e.g. attorneys) and the absence of a written contract specifying the terms and scope of that work.

The Audit Report for the Port Washington Garbage District can be viewed at Port Washington Garbage District Audit Report (63 kb, 7 pages, pdf file - Adobe Reader® required).

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Editor's note: Whether the noted abuses, particularly in Sanitary District 1 in the Town of Hempstead, will resonate with voters come November 8th remains to be seen. Reform comes slowly to a Town that has not seen change in party control since 1907, the year Ringling Brothers Circus merged with Barnum & Bailey. And what a three-ring circus it continues to be!

There is no question that the abuses found through the Comptroller's Audits - in addition to the ones we long ago believed to exist - are a pervasive and costly part of the way the Town of Hempstead conducts business. A footnote to the "not under our control" posturing by the current occupants of Town Hall.

What is going down in the Town of Hempstead goes far beyond partisan politics. Pure and simple, it is local government run amuck - without constraint and completely devoid of anything resembling the best interests of the taxpayers.

There is only one question remaining to be answered: Will we opt to change management at Town Hall on Election Day and take back control of our Town, or will we continue to be forced to eat - and pay dearly for - the garbage we place outside our doors or at the curb?

19 comments:

  1. RE: Sanitary District # 1

    Suffice to say "I told you so". Believe me, this audit isn't even uncover the TIP OF THE ICEBERG. A criminal investigation is warranted and all management and commissioners should be fired. The CPA should go to jail.

    I saw district vehicles gassing up at the local volunteer fire department! Of course the CPA is also the treasurer there. Every entity this CPA is connected with should be investigated.

    Give back to the homeowners what they deserve: honest service at an honest rate.

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  2. These "abuses" signal but the tip of the iceberg, and are symptomatic of even deeper troubles in Hempstead Town.

    Whoever said "The only way to clean out Town Hall is with an enema" was absolutely right!

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  3. Iceberg. Goldberg. Greenberg. What difference does it make? In Sanit 1, even the Icebergs are disenfranchised, with "elections" being held on the Sabbath!

    Can hardly wait for the results of the Comptroller's Audits in Sanitary 2 and 6. Dinner in Paris, anyone? Perhaps a dance at the Garbage Collectors' Ball in the Bahamas.

    I wonder what the Town Supervisor, Kate Murray, will have to say about all of this? "Oh, those Sanitary Districts are not under my control." Better still, "No comment."

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  4. Let's see - Republican Committeemen by the hundreds on the Town payroll; GOP operatives on salary at and getting bennies from the Sanitary Districts; $700 dinners in New Orleans; District Treasurers puting in for working 733 days in 2004; Campaign mailings at taxpayer expense; Town tax increases even in times of surplus... Shall I go on?

    Will this merry-go-round ever stop? I'm so dizzy I can't even think straight. I suppose that's exactly what they want - a dizzy constituency. Who else in his right mind would vote for these stinkers?

    We have been played for fools by the people at Town Hall elected to serve our needs. It was "shame on them" all these years for raking us over the coals. If we return them to Town Hall, it will be "shame on us!"

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  5. Why don't all you people just simply SHUT UP!!!!

    There are corruption and greed in every branch of government, what makes me sick is that of course this audit happens NOW in an election year????

    Where were these audits years ago HUH???

    Doesn't seem a little strange to anyone that NOW the County decides to audit these special districts?

    And of COURSE this will all change if Harvey Levinson is elected on November 8th - BULL****

    When will Nassau County be audited ??

    When will we see the results of that??

    Probably after November 8th!!!

    CORRUPTION, GREED, OVERSPENDING LOOK AT YOUR TAX BILLS IT'S ALL IN THERE - EVEN YOUR PRECIOUS SCHOOL DISTRICTS!!!

    HOW MANY VOTED DOWN YOUR SCHOOLS BUDGETS???

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THEY WERE AUDITED???

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ANY OF YOU GOT OUT AND ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST ANY OF THESE SPECIAL DISTRICT PROCLAMATIONS???

    WROTE A LETTER TO THE TOH COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SANITATION DISTRICTS???

    YOUR ALL A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITS; NOW YOU COME OUT TO VOICE YOUR OPINION RIGHT BEFORE ELECTIONS; POINTING THE FINGER OF BLAME AT THE TOWN & THE SPECIAL DISTRICTS.

    HOW ABOUT THE COUNTY, THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND ESPECIALLY THE NC ASSESORS OFFICE???

    OOH NO THEIR NOT TO BLAME AT ALL - YEAH RIGHT THERE ALL IN THE SAME - THEY ARE THE ONES WHO YOU TRUST WITH YOUR MONEY AND GO OUT AND JUST SPEND IT LIKE IT'S AN ENDLESS SUPPLY NEVER TRYING TO CONSERVE OR LIMIT THEIR BUDGETS!!!

    SO STOP ALL THIS BULL AND SEE IT HOW IT IS - INSTEAD OF HOW YOUR PARTY TELLS YOU HOW TO SEE IT!!!

    AND IF DON'T LIKE WHAT I POSTED TOUGH!!!!

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  6. TO ncres4change: In answer to your question, "Where were all these audits years ago?" - Those "years ago" were all under the thumb of the Nassau County GOP. Who was going to look into what the Mondello Machine was up to, Joe Mondello?

    You call yourself a Nassau County Resident for Change. Change to what, the way we were? No thank you, sir. No more back to the future for us.

    Okay, so you want us to shut up. Only your voice should be heard. Well, that's a fine how-do-you-do. For my part, I hope you keep on posting on a regular basis. Clearly, your comments make the most fundamental - if not eloquent - case for voting these snakes out of office.

    By the way - Its after 5 o'clock. What are you still doing at Town Hall? Don't let Kate catch you tooling on the Internet. [Unless, of course, that's your job title - Internet Interloper, Grade III. Salary: $125,000.]

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  7. And here we go back to the "OLD" blame it on the old Gulotta/Mondello speech

    Guess you didn't feel like fully responding to my posting?

    I guess it's ALL the TOH fault?

    And know I don't work for the TOH

    I always post on the community alliance look over the past topics of discussion

    And no I don't want you to shut up I want you to OPEN your eyes and realize that just because Harvey Levinson is running for Town of Hempstead Supervisor that he will be the cure all for the Democratic party.

    And since it's my turn again who are you to call anyone a snake seems like recently there has been alot of press regarding lets see ooh thats right CORRRUPTION & FRAUD in Nassau County - Hmmm what was that again ooh yeah Seasonal workers one being paid $25/hr & the other $75/hr for SEASONAL WORK and to mention they falsified their timesheets, robbed Nassau County of payroll & of course their BOSS resigned right after this was out in the open!!!!

    You want the truth you people can't handle the truth & the truth is that ALL you want to do is BLAME the TOH for your tax problems!!

    WELL NOW YOU GOT ME GOING!!!!

    IF YOU THINK YOUR TAX PROBLEMS ARE ONLY FROM THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD THEN YOUR ALL MORONS!!!!

    TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR TAX BILL WHERE ARE YOUR TAXES DERIVED FROM???

    ANYBODY???

    THE ANSWER IS TOH SETS THE TAX RATE, THE COUNTY SETS THE ASSESMENT ON YOUR PROPERTY PLUS ADD IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!!

    HELLO THIS IS SIMPLE YOU LEARNED IT IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL IT'S CALL ADDITION???

    ADD THEM ALL UP AND THAT'S YOUR TAXES - IT IS NOT SIMPLY A SANITATION DISTRICT ????

    AND WHY NOT WAIT UNTIL THE COMPLETE AUDIT ON SANITATION DISTRICT #1 IS POSTED RATHER THAN SPECULATE ON "HEARSAY" & GUESS WHAT IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS THEN THEY WILL BE FIXED !!!

    AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO IS THE TOH SUPERVISOR THE PROBLEMS WILL BE FIXED!!!

    SO IF YOUR GOING TO REPLY TO A POST THEN REPLY TO EVERYTHING RATHER THAN THE OLD-
    GOP TOM GULLOTTA / MONDELLO BANTER BECAUSE THAT A TOKEN WILL GET YOU ON A SUBWAY BUT IT WON'T SWAY ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE PROBLEMS IN THE COUNTY OR THE TOH WILL BE FIXED WITH HARVEY LEVINSON & TOM SOUZZI AT THE WHEEL!!!

    BECAUSE THE ONLY PLAN THEY HAVE IS TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL & WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL & WHO WILL ROLL UP THERE SLEEVES AND MAYBE GET A LITTLE DIRTY IN THE PROCESS AND THEY WILL NOT BE MUDDYING UP THEIR HANDS BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES !!!!

    HAPPY NOW - HOPE YOU FEEL THESE ARE MOST ELOQUENT ENOUGH FOR YOU

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  8. I would like to know how the Town of Hempstead is legally responsible for sanitary district 1?

    As everyone on this site is aware, each district elects commissioners to the board of commissioners. These boards conduct day to day operations of their districts. As fiduciary agents, they are ultimately responsible for maintaining adequate fiscal controls.

    The residents of these districts are the ultimate arbiters of how the districts operate. The key is to participate and vote! Apathy equals acceptance of the status quo. You get the government you deserve.

    While I applaud the Comptroller for performing these audits, why did he wait so long into to his elective term to perform these audits? While the audit results stand are their own, the timing doesn’t help. Politics are important but they should never become a question when asserting independence of an audit.

    It is clear that the agenda here is to defeat a political party then to debate public policy in an honest manner. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for the facts. Let’s talk about all of the municipal entities who have increased our taxes. The Town is responsible for the sanitary districts just as much as Nassau County is responsible for school districts.


    The Town has increased taxes. Were the increases necessary? What has the town done to save money? What reforms were enacted? Are more increases on the way?

    If we are going to debate, let’s keep it honest. I think the people deserve nothing less.

    Nassau County Civic Association, Inc

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  9. You are absolutely right with your posting!

    The articles being posted by the "Community" Alliance are nothing more than pot shots at the Town of Hempstead, Kate Murray & Greg Petersen.

    I feel they are disgusting to say the least they do nothing but try to point the blame at one party in particular the Republicans.

    Bring up the past all you want about the GOP & Tom Gulotta but show me how things have significantly change under the Democratic Pary, Tom Souzzi & Harvey Levinson?

    The issue at hand is government overspending, increases in taxes, increases in property taxes, assesments, & school taxes what has caused the increases and what are the County & the TOH going to do for the future for us the taxpayers?

    As I have said in the past the people we elect should have nothing more on their agenda than to resolve the issues they were elected for- Tom Souzzi should be fixing the County's problems rather than trying to increase the amount of housing and creating the "HUB" over by fortunoffs & Old Country Rd.

    Harvey Levinson was elected over Charles OShea for the County Assesors office - I don't know about you I have looked at my assesments for this year and the intended tax year - I do not like what I am seeing except increases!

    I have fought my assesment and guess what I still have not heard anything about it yet - 6months have gone by and not a word?

    I feel that certain stipulations should be placed on candidates when they win; such as they cannot run for any other office while they are currently in office; example Harvey Levinson he is currently the County Assesor now he is running for TOH Supervisor if he loses he still has his position ?

    Yet when the campaign wagon really kicks off he will doing more campaigning then work for you & I and we pay his salary through our taxes!!!

    Same will be with Tom Souzzi when he runs for Governor- It's bad business and bad ethics because when these 2 gentlemen were elected they made promises that they are no longer willing to honor.

    I think if Harvey Levinson wants to run for TOH Supervisor then he should have to resign from the County first it's only fair that we have someone in office who will stay the course and work hard with no distractions or interruptions.

    I know this will cause a HUGE debate now but someone tell me am I being Honest about the situation we are all in???

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  10. Is Sanitary District 1 a "legal entity" seperate and distinct from the Town of Hempstead? Absolutely. Yet, much like the subsidiaries of corporations - having "legal" lives of their own - the theory of the "Chinese Wall" on paper - a thinly disquised veil easily pierced by anyone willing to look behind the curtain - is readily displaced by the reality of, shall we say, a shared Board of Directors.

    Indeed, it doesn't take much more than a simple connection of the dots to show that Town Hall and the Town of Hempstead's Sanitary Districts are part and parcel of an intricate web - a web woven by the slowly spinning wheel of a long-entrenched political machine.

    We will cite but one glaring example of how Town and Town Sanitary District are meshed, and leave to you the task of looking just beneath the surface to uncover the rest. In Sanitary District 6, the General Counsel is one Joseph J. Ra. In Hempstead Town, the Town Attorney is one Joseph J. Ra. Connection or coincidence? Conflict or common purpose? "Legal" or legal fiction? You decide!

    Certainly, the ties that bind Town to Town Sanitary District are evident and notorious - and the abuses glaring, even absent an audit by the County Comptroller. The problems and concerns - some of which may well rise to the level of outright fraud - must be addressed and fixed. This cannot and will not happen when the Town of Hempstead proper denies any responsibility - "legal" or otherwise - for the staffing and operation of the Town's Sanitary Districts. There can certainly be no change when the Town's Supervisor asserts - as she does on so many issues - that the Town has "absolutely no jurisdiction" over the Sanitary Districts.

    If the Town does not have control, it should.If it says Town of Hempstead, walks like Town of Hempstead, and has the same face as the Town of Hempstead, maybe, just maybe, it is the Town of Hempstead.

    If, on the the other hand, control, as Nat Swergold, Counsel to Sanitary 1, puts it, rests in the hands of the residents served by the Sanitary Districts, then clearly, we haven't been watching the pot as it boils over.

    Let's look at this from another angle. Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co., subsidiaries of Haliburton, - "legal" entities seperate and distinct from their parent - sold $73 million worth of oil production equipment to Iraq during the tenure of Haliburton's then-Chairman and CEO, one Dick Cheney.

    Time and time again, Cheney denied that Haliburton had any dealings with Iraq, citing "seperate governing structures" for the subsidiaries, over which neither Haliburton nor Cheney had control. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

    So what if Haliburton - and Cheney - made a mint thourgh questionable dealings of Haliburton subsidiaries with Iraq, while publicly maintaining that there was neither connection nor control. Legally speaking, Cheney -like Murray at the TOH - may have been correct. For those who choose to pierce that corporate veil - both at Haliburton and at the Sanitary Districts - the connections are real and most troubling.

    As for our "spin" at The Community Alliance, its not about politics or party, per se, but about charting a course to restore the suburban quality of life long-lost from the Town of Hempstead's landscape.

    For those who believe in their heart of hearts that all is well - that we should stay the course - so be it. In our view, to continue to flounder in the midst of a raging storm, without direction or, for that matter, control, is a course most perilous. We've been there and done that. It simply does not work.

    At The Community Alliance, we've made the connection. Hopefully, others, willing to join the debate and - advancing fact, not fiction ("legal" or otherwise) - will make that connection as well!

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  11. This getting REALLY old the only thing & I repeat the "ONLY" thing you are posting about is the TOH?

    You want to pierce the "vail" then comment on it across the board.

    Your fixated on the TOH the special sanitation districts have there own Board of Directors, Commissioners, treasurers and attorneys- If they are not LEGALLY under the jusrisdiction of the TOH and Kate Murray has proclaimed that over and over then why do you keep on insisting that there is?

    Get over it already, the TOH has no legal power to act in regards to them but the County does and you know as well as I do that Harvey Levinson has spoken out against these special tax districts, so then why has it taken so long for the audit to come along and why hasn't Tom Souzzi gone after this earlier???

    All good questions; but of course you and all of your friends don't to answer any of these questions because you just want the public to see Kate Murray standing in the grassing knoll with the smoking rifle!

    You haven't made ANY connection just ACCUSATIONS of what you and your "friends" perceive to be reality.

    And I know exactly what someone will reply back with:

    WELL IF IT WASN'T FOR THE COUNTY ALMOST GOING BANKRUPT UNDER THE REPUBLICAN GOP & TOM GULOTTA BLAH BLAH BLAH

    When are you going to wake up already - I have pierced the vail & I don't see Nassau County & the TOH under Democratic rule being any better - Audits will occur corruption and overspending will e revealed and guess what things will change with or without those 2 at the helm.

    You want to debate audits?

    Every facet of Nassau County should be audited and EVERYONES payroll be posted for all to see just as the "Community Alliance" did with the TOH payroll then we'll really see something!

    Every School District in Nassau County should be audited !!!

    They are the HIGHEST taxes on you tax bill & no Harvey & Tom your plan to consolidate all of the schools into the NC School District will NEVER happen this is not the 5 Boros of NYC

    I've said enough for now- stew on that for awhile

    And you want to reply to this post try and remark on ALL of the points I've brought up not just Kate, TOH or the Republicans because your starting to sound like broken records and nobody listens to broken records they get tossed in the garbage instead

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  12. Nearly $1 million paid by contractors to Sanitary District 1 - IN CASH - much of it unaccounted for. And no one sees anything wrong with that? Apparently, not the learned counsel for Sanitary 1, Nat Swergold, whose comment to the media to the effect that you can't expect landscapers to carry around checkbooks is so absurd as to be laughable.

    What next? Will homeowners be asked to deliver cash to the Receiver of Taxes? Why not? After all, with our accounts bled dry, should residents be expected to carry around checkbooks?

    Where did all of that CASH paid to Sanitary District 1 go to, aside from dinner for 4 at Morton's? Maybe the next step in the investigation is to follow the money. Or should I say, "follow the Murray?"

    If residents truly do have control, as everyone seems to be telling us, then as voters we should take control by replacing those at the top of the pyramid. You know - those at whose desks the buck used to stop!

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  13. See this is exactly what I mean sinking in sanitary 1 you are a prime example-

    OF A MORON!!!!

    Let me ask you where do you live?

    FANTASY LAND

    How about this why not wait and see the FULL AUDIT RESULTS instead of speculating ????

    Prove to me that Kate Murray is responsible for this!!!!

    Show me solid proof; can you ?

    When you and all of the other "followers" show clear cut evidence to these accusations then you can say what you want, but until then it is nothing more than SLANDER what you are saying!!!

    Because the ONLY thing you people want to do is point a finger of blame at one person because you have an agenda to keep!!

    You can't win on JUST the truth so you have to make your REALITY seem believable.

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  14. Now that's a fine kettle of fish. Being called "moron" by the Village Idiot. Or should I say Town idiot?

    If Murray is re-elected and Peterson gets in, I nominate ncres4change for Director of Communications. No doubt he could handle both jobs, and perhaps draw a salary from the Sanitary District as well.

    There's not proof enough for you of fraud and abuse at Sanitary 1? What more evidence do you want?

    Geez, if I ever rob a bank in broad daylight and get caught on videotape, with 100 eyewitnesses fingering me, I want YOU to sit on the jury that acquits me.

    You sir, have the capacity to make a 1/2 watt light bulb appear bright. Apparently, in considering the darkness that envelopes our township, that's all the light we need!

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  15. Proof, evidence, as in writing from the people who performed the audit - Those people not the rantings & hearsay of MORONS who heard this & heard that!!!

    Seems like this is the only Sanitary District that the results were not posted here????

    Wonder why?? Maybe because their under investigation still maybe we should wait to hear the final results???

    Where is your proof besides what you have read & heard here on "THE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE BLOGGER" funny I haven't seen anything on the news reagarding it yet?

    And answer me this smart guy if this was such a problem why weren't they audited last year or a year before that?

    OOH that's right because this is an election year for Tom Souzzi, Harvey Levinson, & Kate Murray

    Funny how you can't seem to reveal the truth about that but you can banter on and on!!!

    And no I don' work for the Town, who do you work for -Hmmmmm????


    Did the mental hospital test too many drugs on you today?

    Did you eat paint chips when you were a kid?

    Don't you have a terribly empty feeling ---- in your skull?

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  16. All right, fellas. Let's at least try to stick to some semblence of the issues, and lay off the personal attacks and name calling.

    As we recollect, many posts ago, this blog had to do with the Nassau County Comptroller's Audit of, among other Districts, Sanitary District 1. There was no mention of either Kate Murray or Harvey Levinson. And yet, we always come back to that.

    Perhaps this is so because Town government - the closest thing to local control most residents have - is so vital and critical to our basic quality of life. To be Supervisor of America's largest township, yet to disavow the capacity to actually supervise such basic Town functions as sanitation, not only flies in the face of credibility, it portends, if true, a breakdown of a government's ability to, well, govern.

    The headquarters of the Sanitary Districts all have signs that read "Town of Hempstead" and bear the Town of Hempstead seal. [Indeed, we'd be most surprised if, somewhere at each of the Districts, there wasn't a sign that reads, "Kate Murray, Supervisor!"] It is incredulous to believe - let alone to say - that there is no connection between Town and Sanitary District, and near embarrassing to hear the folks at Town Hall say that they have no control or jurisdiction over what goes on at these "autonomous" fiefdoms.

    If there is no control of Town functions by elected Town officials, then we darn well better get control. And if, as the real world scenario portrays, there is control, those who stand in our shoes at Town Hall ought to fess up to it, and start to make things right.

    Meanwhile, as concerns these posts, please refrain from the personal attacks. POSTS THAT ARE DEEMED OFFENSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE WILL BE REMOVED!

    Remember, it is sometimes better to keep one's mouth shut and appear to be a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. Much better!

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  17. If the TOH says that they have no jurisdiction over them, how do you expect them to take control?

    It's seems that the County has some jurisdiction over them if not then why else would the County be doing there audits?

    Your right get back to the basic answering to the posting instead of still playing the blame game on the TOH.

    If the TOH is not in control then who has the jurisdiction to take over that is the question of the day & forget that they have signs posted what the hell does that mean?

    Remember, it is sometimes better to keep one's mouth shut and appear to be a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. See sinking in sanitary 1 even their talking you!!!

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  18. The Town of Hempstead doesn't have control over the special districts, such as Sanitary District # 1, but all the commissioners and superintendents are part of the Republican Machine which feeds the Machines at Town Hall. The CPA, Superintendent (Inwood's Executive Leader's brother) and the Assistant Superintendent are on the Repubican feeding machine. 9/10ths of the workers at Sanitary District #1 belong to the Inwood-North Lawrence Republican Club, are forced to buy tickets and raffles at the club (which is then turned over to the Nassau County Republican Club) and the Executive Leader's Cadillac is even leased with insurance paid for through the Inwood-North Lawrence Republican Club! There is a DIRECT RELATIONSHIP between these special districts and Town Hall.

    As far as Levinson goes, I have to give the guy a lot of credit. Sure there has been bad things happening in Nassau County government where people have been busted - BUT they've been busted! They were caught quite appropriately and busted. You can't hire people thinking "will they or won't they commit a crime in the future". They were caught and brought to justice in a timely manner. Suozzi has no control over people who intend to commit crime in the future, but there are checks and balances in the system that have caught these people quite quickly and removed them from the government. Unlike our predecessors who REWARDED crooks by moving them from county government and gave them Town of Hempstead jobs or elevated them to another position, the responsibility of presenting good government to the people has been upheld.

    Levinson cannot counter a court order for property re-assessments to occur every year for the next eight years. O'Shea tried to appeal the decision and lost. Levinson is trying to reduce our total tax so that the burden that WE ALL FEEL can be reduced, and that is applaudable. He is not in control of the fact that re-assessments occurred at the same time that home values skyrocketed. Of course my family has been socked with $1000 real estate tax increase over the last few years, which we really cannot afford, but our house also increased by $282,000 at the same time. My goodness - you can't have it both ways Mr. NC 4 Change. I do question the intelligence of your posts since you don't look at facts or issues, but you would rather rant, rave and blame everyone else except those who are truly in charge of our problems. Can you tell me how a $113 million bond is going to be paid? It is another form of taxation dearie. With all the money that the town has for road maintenance and highway projects, they tout "NO NEW TAXES", yet want to float a bond. Unfortunately, Nassau County has to float bonds to pay for tax refunds from assessments - NOT FOR ROAD AND HIGHWAY REPAIRS WE'VE BEEN PAYING TAXES FOR and yet they have to FLOAT A BOND FOR THIS!

    Peterson cannot, as he said today, reduce reassessments of real estate to every five years. That is such a joke, I wonder if he was drinking at the time he said that. COURT ORDERED reassessments were ordered each year for an eight year period in an effort to balance out the real estate taxes for everyone. It is ILLEGAL to reduce assessments to every five years at this point. I'm sure that it will be done AFTER THE COURT ORDERED ASSESSMENTS ARE OVER, but that won't be because of Peterson's or anybody else's doing. That will be up to the County Assessor's office to do.

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