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Top North Hempstead Headlines of 2012

Patch looks back at some of the biggest North Hempstead stories that made headlines in 2012.

Roslyn Country Club: After a controversial stance that would have seen all town residents foot the bill for a country club and pool as well as charging membership fees, the town backed a special district for Roslyn residents to help restore and maintain the facility which had fallen into disrepair.

Will He or Won’t He? Turns out the answer was no, but that didn’t stop speculation from running wild that Supervisor Jon Kaiman would head up the troubled Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in the days following Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup: the impact of the storm continued to linger at least a month afterwards as the economic inpact was still being calculated and in some North Hempstead neighborhoods, piles of chopped trees still await carting. As of the end of November, the town had collected nearly 10,000 tons of debris, a portion of which is stored in a corner of a North Hempstead Beach Park parking lot. Some is being carted upstate and to Pennsylvania, while still more is designated for composting.

New Cassel Corruption Trial: after several years and partial verdicts, a judge declared a mistrial on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy and miscounduct against two former Nassau County legislators and a former North Hempstead executive in a trial concerning a plot to steer development of a New Cassel site toward a preferred developer in exchange for money.

May Newburger Passes: Former town supervisor May Newburger passed away in August at the age of 92. She was a former councilwoman, and a state assemblywoman as well as the first female town supervisor on Long Island.

Redistricting: The town board voted to keep Plandome Heights with two other Plandome villages despite the town redistricting committee’s recommendation that Plandome Heights become part of the fourth district. A petition submitted to the town contained 618 signatures asking that Plandome Heights remain in the sixth district.

Main Steet Debates: with many storefronts vacant, the topic of how to boost local businesses in the town was a hot topic.

No on 2013 Budget: Supervisor Kaiman voted against an amended 2013 budget that would include changes made by the councilmembers, saying that he was against approving a budget that overrode the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap.

No Televised Meetings: The town board voted in February against having meetings televised on the town's channel or be streamed live online.

Parking Wars: The cable-tv series Parking Wars was filmed in North Hempstead, bringing its unique brand of ticket-frustration to living rooms everywhere. The town has been asked to be featured on another season.

Arguendo December 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Take a look at your "open government" -- no televised meetings, back room deals, special interests greasing the skids. Next step: ToNH corruption trial? Happy New Year.
Rick Ueland December 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The top headline I'd like to see in 2013 is that the TONH was abolished! If these are the top TONH headlines in 2012 why do we need the TONH! TONH is just an added level of unneeded bureaucracy for a VIllage resident.
Patronage Troll December 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
We just bought a new park District and we still can't get an accounting of the New Hyde Park Park District. Nothing like going to court to try and hide an outside accounting. We pay these people and (occassionally) they walk among us.
george December 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
abolish Town of North Hempstead Now ,we are all paying to support a corrupt government that secretly passes laws , ignors what is in the interest of the people , fights to avoid transparency , pays it's Cronys for no show jobs, goes to court to prevent county from checking it's books , payscfor art failed art centers , pays for failed country clubs, selects dumb spineless Board members who only have the right to say AyE AYE....... has a cop for Building Commissioner who thinks every homeowner is a crook , its building department takes months to review application if it does not lose it , on and on and on...... shame on you Jon Kaiman
Jimmy Vanderbilt December 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The town of Oyster Bay has taken it's fallen trees from Sandy and turned it into firewood that can be used by town residents. Don't you think this would be a good idea for the town of north hempstead to emulate instead of carting it away. It would help both our dumpsites as well as the residents.
David December 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Do you really expect Town of North Hempstead to do something that make sense? ha. ha. ... not under Kaiman
Jimmy Vanderbilt December 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Just seems reasonable...common sence.

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