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John B. King orders special election for contested Hempstead board seat

Updated August 28, 2014 11:56 PM
By JO NAPOLITANO

The Hempstead school district must hold a new election for a contested seat briefly filled by longtime board president Betty Cross, state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. ruled Thursday in annulling that portion of the May 20 election.

King last month ordered Cross to step down as he weighed the merits of the vote after challenger Maribel Touré accused Cross and her supporters of fraud, coercion and abuse of the absentee balloting process. His decision came just 11 weeks after he was petitioned to weigh in; it could have taken some eight months.

King, in his decision, ruled that the district must comply with monitors he will select to oversee the vote. The term of the at-large board seat expires June 30, 2015.

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A Message from the Mayor

I am pleased to present this Summer Brochure highlighting some of the many EXCITING and FUN-FILLED family activities taking place in the village and surrounding communities this summer. Beyond Village events, we've included many activities occurring in the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County.  Many of them are free or low cost. They include concerts, movies, children's story-time, chess workshops, board-game days, swim meets, play days, football, and more. 

Summer is a time for getting out doors, enjoying music, family and friends. And there are few places that offer the diversity of events presented by our Village, Town and County.

It is my hope that by making these events available in this brochure, more of our residents will be made aware of them and will get out and enjoy them.
 
Take a look at the diverse offerings and see which ones you, your family and friends can attend. And, while you're at it, don't hesitate to share this brochure with your friends and neighbors. (For more information on activities you may visit the websites listed on the back of this brochure.) 

Have a great summer and Enjoy!

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Hempstead Village enhances ShotSpotter to counter gun violence

Originally published: June 16, 2014 6:52 PM
Updated: June 16, 2014 10:20 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Hempstead Village officials are increasing efforts to deter gun violence by enhancing the ShotSpotter network with night vision cameras, brighter streetlights, a high-tech mobile command center and additional police officers for patrols.

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Tricked-out Upper Manhattan stash apartments conceal $12 million in heroin and $500,000 in "crystal meth"

Prime location near major Northeast thoroughfares

(MANHATTAN, NY) – JAMES J. HUNT, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's New York Division (DEA), BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner WILLIAM J. BRATTON, THOMAS C. KRUMPTER, Acting Police Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, KATHLEEN RICE, Nassau County District Attorney, VINCENT F. DEMARCO, Suffolk County Sheriff, THOMAS J. SPOTA Suffolk County District Attorney, and MICHAEL MCGOWAN, Chief of Hempstead Police Department, announced the arrests of three members of a sophisticated drug trafficking operation based in an apartment building at 111 Wadsworth Avenue in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The location offered the traffickers easy access to out of state and Long Island transportation routes via the George Washington Bridge, Interstate 95 and the RFK Triborough Bridge.

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Hempstead Village leaders vote to exceed tax cap

Originally published: April 2, 2014 7:28 PM
Updated: April 2, 2014 9:07 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

The Hempstead Village board has voted to exceed the state's tax cap, calling for a 3.56 percent tax increase and a proposed $75.81 million budget.

The spending plan calls for a tax levy of 4.06 percent, above the village's state tax cap limit of 1.48 percent. Homeowners would pay $77.48 per $100 of assessed valuation.

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Hempstead Village $2.5B redevelopment plan revived

Originally published: March 30, 2014 6:48 PM
Updated: March 30, 2014 10:29 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Hempstead Village's $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project is getting back on track after a year of disputes over the LIRR parking lot, a vacant community development leadership position and tensions about where the project would start.

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Nassau County Youth Court in Hempstead celebrates third anniversary

Originally published: March 16, 2014 5:33 PM
Updated: March 16, 2014 6:54 PM
By SID CASSESE

The Hempstead Village courtroom was crowded with teenagers -- in the jury box, at the prosecution and defense tables, and in the audience -- as they heard the case of a 15-year-old boy charged with unauthorized use of a car.

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Hempstead in hunt for school construction funds

Originally published: March 9, 2014 6:33 PM
Updated: March 9, 2014 9:14 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

Hempstead school district officials have embarked on a quest to secure state funding for nine new and bigger schools, citing outdated buildings and overcrowding throughout the district.

Officials are soliciting requests for proposal seeking a consultant to help obtain grants for the potential construction. The district hopes to demolish and rebuild nine of its schools, all of which are at least 70 years old, officials said.

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Hempstead Village OKs spending $7M on improvement projects

Originally published: March 9, 2014 6:33 PM
Updated: March 9, 2014 9:14 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

The Hempstead Village board of trustees has unanimously approved issuing nine bonds totaling nearly $7 million to pay for villagewide capital projects, department vehicles and firefighting equipment.

Of that total, the board approved 5-0 Tuesday night the issuance of bonds for a maximum of $2,205,000 to acquire and install light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights throughout the village.

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Urban planning expert to run Hempstead Village Community Development Agency

Originally published: February 20, 2014 6:48 PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 9:05 PM
By AISHA AL-MUSLIM

The cash-strapped Hempstead Village Community Development Agency has hired an urban planning expert as its new commissioner after last year's resignation of its former leader.

The five-member board unanimously approved the appointment of Danielle T. Oglesby during a meeting this week after months of looking for a replacement after Claude Gooding resigned in May 2013.

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