About Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr.
Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. is the son of Jamaican immigrants Beryl and Joseph Hall Sr. After immigrating to the United States, they worked diligently – Beryl cleaned offices, and Joseph was a chef who spent time in Panama cooking for canal workers – to overcome prejudice and instill in their children the value of hard work and sacrifice. Mayor Hall brought the values his parents taught him to his position as a Medical Corpsman during the Vietnam War, serving in Company D, 45th Medical Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Frankfurt Germany. Upon leaving Germany, he spent his remaining tour at Kenner Army Hospital, Fort Lee, Virginia, as an Emergency Medical Specialist.
After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he attended the City University of New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1978, he married his wife Derrah and moved to the Village of Hempstead. They had two sons shortly thereafter.
Mayor Hall received his certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Laboratory Technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and became a blood bank and biochemistry supervisor at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway. He soon became a dedicated community activist and leader, joining the United Methodist Church of Hempstead, the NAACP and the Hempstead School District Parent-Teacher Association. He additionally served as president of the Hempstead Little League and a surrogate father to youth in need of guidance, in addition to starting two athletic programs for local youth: the Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Youth Organization basketball and track teams.
In 1999, he took his passion for improving community life to Village Hall, becoming a member of the Village of Hempstead Board of Trustees. In 2005, he decided that his greatest opportunity to serve as a positive agent of change would be to challenge long-entrenched leadership with a bold vision for a better Hempstead. He campaigned for the mayoralty the old fashioned way: going door to door, business to business, barbershop to barbershop, talking to residents about his plans for the Village and listening to their concerns. He won the race and was elected Village of Hempstead Mayor by a broad coalition of supporters who responded to his message of fiscal responsibility, affordable housing, street and infrastructure improvements and strong social support services.
The achievements made in improving the Village’s financial position during the course of Mayor Hall’s tenure are numerous and significant. Village budgets underwent a stringent streamlining process by which nonessential spending was cut wherever possible; the Village secured deficit financing legislation that allowed it to assume borrowing power to pay off deficits worth $4.2 million; the Village was accepted as a tax-exempt economic development area, commonly known as an Empire Zone; and the Village eliminated deficit spending. Recognizing these positive steps, Moody’s Investors Services upgraded its appraisal of the Village’s financial outlook.
Under Mayor Hall’s leadership, the Village has made its streets safer through a variety of effective police programs; expanded affordable housing; rehabilitated many roads once in dire need of repair; introduced new beatification initiatives; stepped up code enforcement; supported small businesses through a revolving loan program; adopted strong protections against predatory lending practices; worked with community groups toward the aim of establishing a living wage for Village employees; and provided support for our community’s youth through tutoring, mentoring, reading, sports and after-school care programs.
Mayor Hall currently devotes his efforts and energy to meeting the challenges the Village faces and continuing to carry out the Village’s mission “to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all Village residents, to maintain our commitment to high quality public services and fiscal responsibility, to foster an attentive and open government that works hand-in-hand with community members, and to strive for ongoing progress in improving life and work in the Village.”