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Kaiman Votes Down 2013 General Fund, Outside Budget

North Hempstead Supervisor voted against a proposal that would change his under-the-tax-cap budget.

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman voted against an amended 2013 budget that would include changes made by the councilmembers.

There was discussion during Tuesday night's meeting about amending the budget to create more of a cushion to absorb cleanup from disastrous storms such as Tropical Storm Irene and Super Storm Sandy.

Councilman Thomas Dwyer said he would have voted for a budget that was under the 2 percent tax cap three weeks ago, but following Sandy he wanted to be able to pay workers for cleanup for another potential storm without burdening next year's budget. The town has not yet been paid the FEMA money its due from Irene, although that funding is expected in a few months. Now the town has to lay out money for Sandy and will again be reimbursed to an extent by FEMA but will take a while to receive their funding.

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board requires that towns have two months of operating funds on hand, which would be about 8.5 percent of the general fund. The town rounds that number up to 10 percent of the fund balance in the general fund. Currently because the town is waiting for money from Nassau County, that fund has dipped to 7.56 percent, although when that money comes in it will hit 13.5 percent.

Although Kaiman said after the meeting that he could understand both arguments regarding the budget, he put forth a "sound budget" that was changed by town councilmembers to exceed the 2 percent tax cap, which he is against doing.

Besides Kaiman, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio and Councilman Angelo Ferrara voted against the budget. The remaining town councilmembers voted for it.

When DeGiorgio joked that this no-vote meant that Kaiman was changing political parties, Kaiman retorted "No, no, a thousand times, no."

Patronage Troll November 22, 2012 at 02:27 PM
But 'Boss Tweed" still doesn't list her either on the County Committee web page.
NH taxed November 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Never trust a politician , specially a lawyer turned politician
R Miller November 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM
How about the building department as everyone has mentioned and talked about over the years? Why can no one address this issue? If the Town wants more tax revenue promote growth within and that is where you will raise money. Instead we are dying on a vine. Somebody on the board make the big step for change on this issue alone
George November 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM
after the corruption and the arrests in the building department , Kaiman has lost the control of the building department. an Irish policeman with no experience has been in charge of the building department , instead of hiring qualified well paid people to run the department our taxes are paying for no-show jobs at the Building Department . None of the Board members have the spine or the intelligence to confront this issue . and here we are "dying on the vine" . nothing will change unless and until Kaiman is removed from OUR Town.

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