Friday, October 07, 2005

FOR HEMPSTEAD TOWN SUPERVISOR: PULL THE LEVER FOR LEVINSON

America’s Largest Township Can Do Better ~ Time To Abandon The Band-Aid Approach

When our business districts along “Main Street” look like festering sores – a hodge-podge of over-sized signs over vacant storefronts permeated by building Code violations that ooze onto filthy streets – What does the Town of Hempstead do? Put a Band-Aid on it!

When our essential services – fire, police, schools, water – are overburdened by scores of illegal apartments, supplanting suburbia’s vision of single-family homes with overcrowded boarding houses, what does the Town of Hempstead do? Put a Band-Aid on it!

When street signs are twisted, obliterated, illegible or simply missing; when roadbeds resemble moonscapes; when eyesores dot the suburban landscape, permanent reminders of ongoing neglect; what does the Town of Hempstead do? Put a Band-Aid on it!

We ask you, when our quality of life diminishes, seemingly in inverse proportion to the ever-increasing property taxes we pay, what does the Town of Hempstead do? That’s right. Put a Band-Aid on it!

Many of us came to the suburbs to escape the urban sprawl, the congestion, the ongoing deterioration in the quality of services and, in some cases, the inability to find a parking space in front of our own houses. We came to the Levittowns, the Bellmores and the Merricks in search of that vision of suburbia. We moved our families from Brooklyn to Lynbrook to follow that dream of a better life. We fled the concrete jungle for greener pastures, open spaces and that ideal of the white picket fence. And what do you know? Some are saying that we have become Queens. Folks, let’s not disparage the fine Borough of World’s Fairs. Face it – Queens has a leg up on us in the Town of Hempstead. As community leaders from Elmont have told us, “We’re not becoming Queens. We’re becoming the Bronx, without the elevated subway!”

The troubles of the city have followed us – and while the City has adopted a “zero tolerance” stance to return civility and livability to the five boroughs, what does the Town of Hempstead do? You guessed it – Put a Band-Aid on it!

We don’t know about the rest of you, but we’ve had enough of the Band-Aids applied over open wounds. Enough of the Around The Town portrayals of a utopian Town of Hempstead. Enough of the constant knee-jerk reactions to the same problems our hamlets and villages faced one year ago, five years ago, ten years ago. If we’re hearing the grumbling correctly, you’ve had enough too.

That’s why The Community Alliance today offers its enthusiastic endorsement of Harvey B. Levinson for Supervisor of the great Town of Hempstead, America’s largest township. A new direction for our hometown.

Now, you can’t fault the Town of Hempstead, or for that matter, Supervisor Kate Murray, for everything. Indeed, there are some aspects of Town life that are picture perfect. Our Town parks and beaches, for instance, are second to none. Clean, pristine, well cared for. No attention to detail is overlooked. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? How can the Town do right in the places we play, but fail us so dismally in the places we live, work and shop?

Then there’s the Town’s finances – you’ve heard the Supervisor tell us, time and time again: “The Town of Hempstead has the best Bond rating in the nation.” True enough. An excellent Bond rating – earned on the backs of Town of Hempstead taxpayers. By the way, whatever happened to that fifty million dollar surplus the Supervisor used to boast about? [We know. We know. Gone to pay for all of those patronage jobs at Town Hall!]

And how about those property taxes? For years we’ve been told that the Town of Hempstead has “held the line” on property taxes. Well, we all know, and the bottom line bears out, that Town property taxes - including those so-called "Special District" taxes - continue to skyrocket, with no relief in sight.

The Supervisor is right on the mark when she says that there is an “already lengthy list of taxes that citizens pay to finance local government…” The Town of Hempstead spends more - over $51 million - on “Highway Repair and Improvement” than the entire tax levy for County General Purposes. So it must be true - the streets of our Town really are paved with gold! [Given the call by Kate Murray in the proposed 2006 "Tax Freeze" Budget for a $113 million Bond initiative (a tax by any other name) "for numerous road improvements, infrastructure enhancements and upgrades to town facilities,” we call it highway robbery!]

The Town’s Refuse Disposal District rakes in over 46 million in tax dollars, more than double the County levy for Parks, Recreation and Museums. Of course, that doesn’t account for the additional $21,589,720.90 those in Sanitary District 6 have to cough up for refuse collection. Maybe we could ask our neighbors to make less garbage so we could save a buck or two!

As Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors, Harvey Levinson has poured over tax bills, trying to reconcile why a home in Oceanside, valued at $350,000, pays $1,616.55 in Town and “Special District” taxes, while a home with the same value in South Hempstead pays $2,234.40. He’s listened to the complaints of Franklin Square residents, who pay $655.68 to have their garbage collected by the “special” taxing jurisdiction known as Sanitary District 6, while neighbors served by the Town of Hempstead Refuse & Garbage District pay only $248.22. He’s run the numbers and has seen the great disparity in property taxes paid by homeowners – through a maze of self-governing, semi-autonomous “shadow governments,” most operating under seal of the Town of Hempstead, staffed by the Town of Hempstead, and answerable to no one other than a sputtering political machine – and he has dared to publicly ask, “When will this travesty end?”

Levinson has been chided and ridiculed by the current occupant of the Supervisor’s office for having the audacity to suggest that the Governor appoint a panel to consider whether the school portion of the property tax – a tax that will double in just five short years if we fail to act – should be replaced by a nominal income tax. Levinson has shown that he is willing to take the heat for what may be an unpopular idea, rather than to bury his head in the sand as the sitting Supervisor has done, barely acknowledging that we have a property tax, let alone that there is something terribly wrong with it.

The Town Supervisor, in one of many letters mailed to more than 200,000 households in the Town of Hempstead – letters mailed at the taxpayers’ expense, we must add - told residents that “We at Town Hall are vehemently opposed to this proposal,” offering no alternative, no practical solution, not even so much as a Band-Aid. Let the Supervisor curse at the darkness if she will. Harvey Levinson stands before us to say that he is opposed to a property tax that is unfair, unjust, and tied not to one’s ability to pay, but only to the value of one’s house.

Harvey Levinson has registered his opposition to the great disparity of tax rates within the Town of Hempstead, where, on a house valued at $350,000, a homeowner in Valley Stream pays $6,824 in school property tax, a homeowner in Floral Park-Bellerose pays $5,078, and a homeowner in Levittown pays a whopping $8,508. And Harvey Levinson has expressed what we believe to be genuine outrage when a senior, in tears because she has to decide whether to pay her property tax bill or put food on the kitchen table, tells him that she pays twice as much in property taxes as she paid for her home when she bought that piece of the American Dream back in 1962.

We admire Harvey Levinson’s courage and candidness, and share his sense of indignation over a system of government that is broken and in desperate need of repair.

The current occupant of the Supervisor’s office called Harvey Levinson “Robin Hood” for suggesting that we could more equitably "share the wealth" by distributing the whole of Nassau County's commercial property taxes, as collected, to all school districts within the County, rather than to the few that have a viable commercial tax base. Well, better a Robin Hood than an Alice In Wonderland, falling through that looking-glass filled with smoke and lined with mirrors.

The property tax crisis is out of control, and it will not suffice for the Supervisor of America’s largest township to dismiss this dilemma – one that threatens to consume every one of us, along with all of our money – ignoring the problem, hoping against hope and reason that it will just go away.

America’s largest township deserves better than what it is getting from this administration. Indeed, we deserve better than what we’ve gotten from nearly four generations of the appointed and anointed – since 1907, to be exact. The time has come for us to take back our Town.

We can and we must take back our Town from the ravages of benign neglect. You cannot bring vitality and vibrancy back to downtown by throwing a few pavers and Victorian lamp posts at Main Street, whitewashing the façade while ignoring the underlying decay. America’s largest township deserves better!

We can and we must take back our Town from the menace of illegal apartments, a scourge that threatens our economy, our schools, our tax base, our suburban lifestyle and, yes, life itself. We dare not lose another child to a fire in an illegal, below-code apartment or to carbon monoxide poisoning in an illegal cellar apartment, or risk the life of another firefighter, whose path to safety is blocked by an illegally erected wall. You cannot begin to get a handle on this horrendous problem by refusing to enforce Building Codes and Zoning Laws. And you cannot eradicate this blight on our communities – this pickpocket in our wallets – with half a dozen Building Inspectors assigned to cover the entire Town. America’s largest township deserves better!

We can and we must take back our Town from a system of patronage where Town officials are beholden to party leaders, and not to the people they serve. There are good, decent and hard-working people in Hempstead’s Town Hall. Too bad they’re not allowed to do the jobs for which they are getting paid. You cannot drive our Town forward into the 21st Century on the wheels of a machine mired in early 20th Century Tammany Hall politics. Boss Tweed would be proud of the accomplishments of a fossil-fueled machine whose legacy has gone the way of the dinosaur. America’s largest township deserves better!

We can and we must take back our Town from the indifference that passes for concern, and from yesterday’s broken promises and half-truths masquerading as today’s innovative ideas. Collective memories may fade over time, but the Supervisor can’t hold up an artist’s rendering of a “new Elmont” without expecting that at least some in the audience will recall that we’ve seen those drawings before – three Supervisors ago. The Supervisor can smile her way through the photo ops with cuddly dogs and cute kittens at her feet, but all the glossy brochures - those warm and fuzzy mailings at your expense - can’t disguise the fact that our quality of life is slipping away, our property taxes are spiraling out of control, and our children’s future is being ransomed. America’s largest township deserves better!

Walk along Hempstead Avenue in Malverne, with its quaint shops, tidy storefronts, and thriving business district, and get a sense of what a hometown is supposed to be, of what a hometown can be. Take a walk along Hempstead Avenue just a mile away in West Hempstead, and you get a sense of desolation, of despair, of a loss of what it is to be a community. Ask the Town about this difference of night and day, and they’ll tell you, “Malverne’s a village.” We can’t say for sure that it takes a village, but we will say that there is simply no excuse for the Town’s failure to give the residents of its unincorporated areas the same level of services, the same presence of hometown, the same sense of community as residents of the incorporated villages enjoy. America’s largest township deserves better.

The current occupant of the Supervisor’s office has suggested that "...government should be seeking ways to cut the costs of providing services." We wholeheartedly agree. The seat of government for the Town of Hempstead, where it is reported that some 36 million tax dollars per year go to keep the patronage mill in operation, would be a wonderful place to start!

America’s largest township, diverse in its peoples, rich in its heritage, proud of where it has come from and decisive as to where it wants to go, deserves a proactive Town government, one that puts people before politics, and practical solutions before platitudes. A Town government that leads by way of example, not by way of subterfuge. A Town government that recognizes our problems, shares our concerns, and strives for a long-term cure, not a short-sighted fix. America’s largest township deserves more than a Band-Aid approach to government. America’s largest township deserves better, can do better, and, with the appropriate choice at the ballot box, will, in time, be a better place to live, to work and to raise our children.

In the final analysis, the race for Hempstead Town Supervisor is not about Democrats versus Republicans. Neither is this campaign about defeating Kate Murray (Murraygrams, photo ops, and her father and brothers on the Town payroll aside). Kate Murray is an intelligent, endearing and truly capable public servant, who, left to her own devices, unshackled from the party machine, would make a most proficient administrator. In another time and place, cut loose from the puppet strings, our nod would likely go to Ms. Murray. Indeed, in the past, it has. Recognizing both her talents and her tenacity, we have faith that, in the future, we will again have the opportunity to stand beside her in service to community.

No, this race is not about Kate Murray. In fact, it isn’t even about Harvey Levinson, per se, for no one person at Town Hall, not even the Supervisor, can, in short order, serve as panacea of ills that have, over the decades, become endemic. It is, rather, a race about responsibility, accountability and transparency. It is, as Mr. Levinson so aptly declared in announcing his candidacy for Town Supervisor, about beginning the fight to take back our Town!

The Community Alliance, acknowledging that change is necessary if the Town of Hempstead is to thrive on a Long Island still struggling to survive, urges the voters of the township to pull the lever for Harvey Levinson on Tuesday, November 8th. Let’s give Hempstead Town a new face, a fresh start, and a reason for hope of a better tomorrow!

22 comments:

  1. Elmont is just like Inwood - a third world county, unfortunately. "Surcharges, bonds, etc." IS ANOTHER FORM OF TAXATION. Tell me how many more fires are going to occur from basement apartments before someone dies? Our building department at Town Hall are short inspectors - sure Murray downsized government - at the safety and expense of our men and women who serve in our Volunteer Fire Departments who must fight fires in overcrowded homes and illegal basement apartments. Meanwhile, you don't see Town Hall downsizing their Parks and Recreation departments. You don't see them cut back on their mailings or use black and white print rather than expensive color print. Things don't add up to me. I don't like Suozzi's arrogance, but we cannot turn back to the way we were four years ago - on the brink of bankruptcy. Peterson's call for property re-assessment every five years is ILLEGAL because re-assessments were COURT ORDERED every year for eight years. The Republicans refuse to own up to the fact that THEY were RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DOWNFALL of NASSAU COUNTY's FINANCES!

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  2. WAHHHHHH

    First of DO NOT have the audacity to use the safety of the volunteer fire departments as a voice here; they are well aware of the dangers they face everyday!!!!

    They know damn well that ANY house in Long Island may or may not be converted into illegal housing and have to expect the unexpected, so do use that blatant accusation against anyone that they are putting firemen in harms way, they put themselves there everyday whether or not they want to or not!!

    You can blame the republicans all you want for the past economic donwfall of Nassau County, but understand that Harvey Levinson has done nothing for Nassau County resident and will do nothing for Town of Hempstead residents!!!

    Anyone can sit back and blame different parties for their own problems & sit back and come up with alternate solutions but inevitably it will be US the taxpayers and residents who will make the changes!!!!!

    I WILL SAY THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE THAT HAS DONE NOTHING BUT MOVE FROM POSTION TO POSITION IN NASSAU COUNTY AND RESOLVE NOTHING!!!!

    HARVEY LEVINSON IS A DO-NOTHING AND I DARE ANYONE TO PROVE ME WRONG ON THIS- SHOW ME HOW HE HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR TAX PAYERS!!!

    AND GREG PETERSEN IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT A YEARLY ASSESMENT IS CRIMINAL WHETHER ORDERED BY THE COURTS OR NOT - TAX PAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR ASSESMENTS INCREASED EVERY YEAR AUTOMATICALLY!!

    A YEARLY ASSESMENT MEANS JUST THAT THE HOUSES SHOULD BE REASSESSED EVERY YEAR NOT SENT A NOTICE IN 2005 THAT YOUR ASSESMENT IS $5K AND FOR 2006-2007 IT WILL BE $6K, IT'S WRONG AND THE APPEALS PROCESS IS SO BACKLOGGED IT WILL TAKE 18MONTHS FOR ANYONE APPEALING THEIR ASSESMENT!!!

    MAYBE HE SHOULD START WITH THAT FIRST!!!

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  3. TO ncres4change: Thank you for recognizing the efforts of the volunteer firefighter, and acknowledging the dangers we face every time we enter a building, whether for fire or rescue.

    As a volunteer firefighter for the past 17 years, I can tell you that those dangers are increased exponentially by homeowners and owners of commercial buildings who illegally subdivide the premises -- putting up illegal walls and code-deficient fixtures and appurtenances so they can rent out illegal space.

    Sure, we know that every time we respond to a call there may be an illegal apartment -- a wall we can't break through or a basement we can't get out of -- but knowing that risk is not the same as doing everything within our power to remove the risk.

    I guarantee that our brother firefighter from Malverne - who lost his life while on duty with the FDNY when an illegally erected wall forced him to jump out a building window to escape the smoke and flames - knew the risks before he selflessly went into that building. This tragic loss could have been avoided had there been proper code enforcement.

    You don't know how many times we enter a home and find apartments below code. Fact is, on most occasions we DO report these violations to the Town. Unfortunately, when we are called back to the same premises 6 months down the road, we find the very same violations.

    Illegal apartments are killers -- of their occupants (I witnessed first-hand some years back a young boy die in a basement apartment fire because he had no way to get out), and of the volunteers who put their lives on the line day in and day out.

    We risk life and limb -- that's our choice. The Town of Hempstead chooses to do next to nothing to protect life and limb with respect to accessory apartments, in particular, and code enforcement, in general. That's the sad truth, and a poor choice for those of us who do, indeed, put people before politics.

    I don't know if a Democrat in the Supervisor's seat would make a difference. Look, we've never had a Democrat there in our lifetime. I'm willing to take the chance, though, that a regime change would be for the better. Face it, for the taxpayer and the firefighter, things couldn't get much worse!

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  4. Oh the feathers you do ruffle -- like no other before you.

    Shame on THEM when they neglect the needs of our communities, day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. [Need we go on for yet a 2nd century?]

    Shame on US if we return them to office. Fools and their money are soon parted -- or so sayeth the tax bill!

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  5. We should be ashamed!

    How do we answer our children - faced with a debt they can never repay, houses and property taxes they can never afford, and a quality of life unacceptable by any standard - when they ask, "How could you let this happen?"

    It is far time we had a changing of the guard at Town Hall. We've seen what the GOP hath wrought. Either they go, or we will be forced to!

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  6. First off the volunteer firefighters safety is ALWAYS an important issue !!!

    I am merely stated shame on anyone for using them as a political "pawn" in this game!!!

    And yet still noone has answered the tell tale question of the day....Prove what Harvey Levinson has done for the taxpayers of Nassau County since he has taken office???

    Concrete accomplishments that have made OUR lives better!!!

    And how do you answer your children ???

    How about the present the here the now many of us can't afford what is happening in our lifetime!!!

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  7. TO ncres4change: You say, "How about the present the here the now many of us can't afford what is happening in our lifetime!!!," yet to ask us to vote for more of the same.

    You say you are for "change," yet the only change you endorse is a move back to where the County used to be - and no change at all at Town Hall.

    What has Harvey Levinson done? For one thing, he has opened the eyes of many a taxpayer to the true costs of illegal housing, special districts, and party patronage.

    Clearly, you put party before the interests of the people - and probably before your own, if you actually looked at what's happening in the Town of Hempstead from a "bread and butter" perspective.

    Some of us just aren't into S&M. We've seen the light, and we've had enough!

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  8. franklin square resident said...

    What has Harvey Levinson done? For one thing, he has opened the eyes of many a taxpayer to the true costs of illegal housing, special districts, and party patronage.

    You actually needed Harvey Levinson to do that for you???

    Opened your eyes???

    Guess you have been living either a very sheltered life or you have been living under a rock???

    Illegal Housing & Special Districts how long have they been around??? Guess noone until Harvey Levinson came along knew anything about Illegal Housing or Special Districts???

    Party Patronage? Are you kidding me???

    So I guess the Republican party are the only ones that can be accused of that HUH????

    Give me a break-

    Look at who runs Nassau County???

    Patry Patronage across the board!!!

    Why don't we speak of all the MASS overspending by the Democrats who are in office now!!!

    Who are Tom Souzzi's top aides??
    Certainly don't live in Long Island guess they don't have to worry about OUR Taxes!!!

    How about the SCANDALS with the part time temporary employees this past summer - $75/hour for part time seasonal employees in the parks department that had "No Show" jobs???

    Look at the MESS at the Nassau County Sewage treatment plant in Cedar Creek - Guess thats the Republicans fault also, maybe someone can figure a way in to blame Tom Gulotta for that mess too!!

    If you want to be fair then look at both sides of the coin!!!

    And again show me some concrete proof of what Harvey Levinson has done for the Taxpayers while in the Assessors Office!!!

    And not the same old bull, CONCRETE proof of HIS accomplishments!!!

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  9. Ncres4change states that volunteer firemen have to expect the unexpected? I am sure they do but for those brave men who protect us everyday and night 365 days a year the least the town can do is enforce and rid the unexpected, something that has never been done and has grown. Who will volunteer in the future if we don't fix the mistakes of the past? You say you don't like Harvey and that's fine but where is the GOP plan? At Least give me something new to hear don't sell me an old newspaper or photos that I have seen many times in the past. I would support anyone with a plan or new idea and the only man talking is Harvey Levinson so he gets my vote and that of my entire family and friends.

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  10. TALK TALK TALK Thats all Harvey Levinson is doing is TALK!!!

    Nothing more

    ANYONE answer my question yet of course not because he has not done anything for the taxpayers except raise their taxes!!!

    And what has Nassau County done for illegal housing or is it just the Town of Hempstead who has to take care of this problem?

    Answer the question at hand

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  11. One more time Harvey doesn't raise taxes anymore than Don Clavin, it's all the taxing districts. BUT YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY. As far as illegal housing only the town has juristriction over that matter. But you know that also. You say Harvey only talks well why aren't the Republicans talking. Why do I hear nothing when we have so many problems? How do you feel about Steve Levy in Suffolk County? If you tell me you hate what he has been doing than I'll understand who you really are. The tax payers are demanding action and change not a pretty picture with cats and dogs.

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  12. Really? Harvey Levinson doesn't raise taxes so what does he do???

    I guess he has nothing to do with the Assesment process either?

    I know he doesn't set the tax rate, but he is in CHARGE of the assesments and you take the tax rate and the assesment and what do you get????

    EVERYONE.....YOUR TAXES!!!!

    So don't claim he has nothing to do with it!!!

    He is instrumental in all of it!!!

    SO LISTEN UP I AM TIRED OF HEARING THIS GARBAGE!!!

    ANSWER THE QUESTION!!!!

    WHAT HAS HE DONE TO BETTER OUR LIVES THE TAXPAYERS???

    WHAT HAS HE DONE SINCE HE TOOK OVER AS THE NASSAU COUNTY ASSESSOR???

    AND I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE DEMOCRATIC BULL ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS, TOM GULOTTA OR KATE MURRAY AND THE TOH ANSWER THOSE 2 QUESTIONS, AND DON'T SAY HE'S AT LEAST TALKING ABOUT A "PLAN" ACTUAL CHANGES HE HAS MADE TO BETTER THE TAXPAYERS & NASSAU COUNTY!!!!

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  13. I agree with NC4change on most of what he/she writes. I actually sick of both the democrats and republicans. Nassau County or the County I grew up in is long gone. Both parties sold out the residents. It is all about greed. Greed on the part of civil service employees, party hacks, real estate lawyers and anyone who ever needed a favor. Wake up everyone we are already Queens. I am sick of all the filth, variances, traffic, crime( I don't care what the stats are; I don't feel safe anymore)and illegal housing.
    Our fire departments are what is best in Long Island however, the burden upon members and their families are unfair. I admire the dedication and safety should be paramount.
    A vote for Harvey or Kate, it does not matter.

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  14. How odd that anyone would say that it makes no difference - Harvey or Kate. That's rather sad. To think we've become so jaded, or so indifferent.

    Okay, I guess it would have made no difference if, during the Great Depression, it had been Herbert Hoover in the White House and not Franklin Roosevelt. And say what you will about Bill Clinton, but you know that his response to a national disaster such as Katrina would have been night and day from the inaction of his successor.

    After 100 years of the neglect, property tax increases, broken promises, and in-your-face attitude of one-party rule, maybe people figure this is as good as it gets.

    Sweeping reform, you're never going to get. Not on Long Island, the rockbed of complacency. But to forego the opportunity to change, with the hope that we can do better (or that we should at least try), is, to me, is the saddest thought of all!

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  15. You may feel that the individual running for TOH Supervisor may be up for the task, but I don't if change in that perspective means giving HIM the reins then I say NO WAY!!!

    He has done NOTHING for the Taxpayers of Nassau County NOTHING, except open his mouth and spew out garbage and "HIS" plans of how he would make it better!!!

    We hope that things can get better by pointing them out to the individuals in charge currently but to say change means automatically things will get better is a very blind statement!

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  16. You may feel that the individual running for TOH Supervisor may be up for the task, but I don't if change in that perspective means giving HIM the reins then I say NO WAY!!!

    He has done NOTHING for the Taxpayers of Nassau County NOTHING, except open his mouth and spew out garbage and "HIS" plans of how he would make it better!!!

    We hope that things can get better by pointing them out to the individuals in charge currently but to say change means automatically things will get better is a very blind statement!

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  17. If you think who is in Town Hall will make a difference in your little lives, you are wrong. The only people it will effect are the party hacks, real estate lawyers and if you actually work for the town. People who benefit not the average "Joe".
    I guess that is where you get your name from, "Insider".
    It's depressing here and the politics are dirty.

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  18. To joe321: Yes, it is depressing. Do we give up, lay down on the floor, roll ourselves up into a ball, and wait to die? Or do we do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING within our power (and who we elect and how they represent us IS within OUR control) to change things for the better?

    I'm not quite ready to lay down and die, and after 100 years of same old, same old, I say, let's vote for a change at Town Hall. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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  19. To Franklin Square:
    I am glad to see the blog attracts our seniors but to be computer literate and over 100, now that is amazing.
    I still believe that Nassau is on a slippery slope and no party has the ability to make any real difference. In the 30 years I have lived here Nassau only becomes more like the place I moved away from.

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  20. To joe321: I think you misunderstood. I'm not 100. The GOP has had total control of Hempstead Town Hall for 100 years. That's a heck of a long time, and I think it has been downhill ever since - certainly over the last twenty years, our quality of life has gone down, down, down. [As you say, the TOH is "more like the place I moved away from." Only the taxes are three times higher for half the services!]

    After 100 years, it may be time for the glue factory or the pasture. Time for a cake and a congratulatory HELLOOOO from a TV weatherman. If nothing else, it is time for a change!

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  21. ANSWER THE QUESTION WHAT HAS HARVEY LEVINSON TO DATE DONE FOR THE NASSAU COUNTY TAXPAYERS, NOT JUST TALK BUT REAL HONEST EFFORT THAT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE????

    YOU WANT PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THIS MAN THEN SWAY MY OPINION OF HIM!!!

    HE HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BETTER THE LIVES OF NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS!!!

    PROVE ME WRONG I DARE ANYONE TO SHOW ME EVIDENCE THAT HE HAS ABSOLUTELY CHANGED OUR LIVES IN THE LEAST LITTLE BIT!!!

    I WILL NOT BE PULLING THE LEVER FOR ANY DEMOCRATS IN NASSAU COUNTY OR THE TOH - HEAR THAT HARVEY & THAT GOES FOR YOU TOO TOM!!!!

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  22. A house in Hempstead 63 Remsen Ave.
    Has Been Renting rooms For an average of $600 to $800 a Month. The Landlord has excessive garbage, Smells, People in his home I think the town shall do something about this.

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