Tuesday, December 11, 2007

There's More Democracy In Putin's Russia. . .

. . .Than There Is In Murray's Hempstead Town

Post-election raises. You expected otherwise?

A 25-year, property tax free, lease with Covanta for that lovely incinerator. Breathe it all in, folks. That all-encompassing carbon footprint belching forth over the Archstone mausoleum. Money for them. Garbage for you!

Taxpayers picking up the tab to defend the Town Hall plumber accused of wrongdoing while on the Town's payroll.

Who will the Town hire to conduct sensitivity training? Don Rickles? Nah. He doesn't hail from Levittown.

But wait. Who said the Town of Hempstead isn't responsive to the needs of the people? Four (count 'em, 4) new affordable homes to be built in Roosevelt. Wow!

Is that Courtesy hotel still open in West Hempstead? Gosh, Kate, what's going down on the fourth floor?

And yet another patronage anointment -- the latest in a long line -- from Kate Murray's home town.

Its all fun and games at Levittown Hall. Enjoy the show. After all, you're paying for it!
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Raises on tap in Hempstead

Town of Hempstead board members will consider Tuesday a host of items that include a $10,000 raise for Supervisor Kate Murray and the closing and redevelopment of the Courtesy Hotel in West Hempstead.

Residents will also have a chance to question board members about the Franklin Square Water District's $6.5 million plan to rehabilitate its water tanks and wells.

The town board will meet to vote on these items and more during the public hearing section of Tuesday's regularly scheduled board meeting.

The seven-member panel will hear developer Trammel Crow's condo proposal for the Courtesy property, should it be awarded the right to buy the site and build there.

Board members are expected to vote on whether to adopt the town's urban renewal plan for the blighted area around the hotel, which would allow them to proceed with condemning and acquiring the hotel and then selecting a developer.

The part-time board members will also vote on $45,000 in pay raises for themselves, the tax receiver and the town clerk -- increases proposed by Murray just weeks after last month's election.

The Board is expected to approve a new 25-year lease with incinerator operator Covanta.

Officials said the deal will save millions of dollars in reduced tipping fees and increased host fees for the hundreds of thousands of tons of waste the town disposes of each year.

Covanta would also assume disposal of the waste ash under the new deal, a job that had been left to the town since the 1980s.

The town is also expected to approve the purchase of a parcel of land in Roosevelt and construct four affordable homes and sell a piece of property in Roosevelt to a developer who plans to put in a sorely-needed bank.

Lawmakers are also expected to hire a company to provide sensitivity training to town workers in the wake of multiple noose incidents earlier this year. The board is expected to amend the deal with the Meadowbrook Pointe condo complex, to lower the age requirement from 55 to 48 in order to allow more people the opportunity to relocate from the nearby Archstone development.

Hundreds are being forced to leave their Archstone apartments because of mold infestation.

The board is also expected to approve the appointment of John Rottkamp as the new building commissioner. He will replace John Loeffel, who left in February after it was reported that he renovated his Levittown home without required permits.

Lawmakers are expected to approve payment to an outside attorney to defend former plumbing board examiner Anthony DiSabato in the lawsuit filed by Baldwin homeowner Janice Crippen.

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