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Murray Releases Budget Proposal, Town Employee Starts Prison Term

A weekly look-in at news in the Town of Hempstead.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has presented a 2013 budget proposal that reduces the total amount of taxes that will be collected in 2013, according to a release from the town. Murray stated that her 2013-planned budget also maintains all town services in full force.

Murray explained that her budget plan avoids the types of fiscal maneuvers that only forestall tough budgetary decisions, the release reads.

According to the release, while some governments have borrowed to unsustainable levels instead of making tough decisions, Hempstead Town is actually reducing its debt service for the fourth consecutive year under the 2013 budget. In fact, debt service is down almost 15 percent in the 2013-spending plan versus the 2010 debt service figure.

Another cost control initiative on the part of the town is a 1.2 percent reduction in budgeted salaries in the 2013 budget over the current year’s amount, the release says.

The town's 0.5 percent tax reduction in this proposal constitutes $1.3 million, according to the release. In addition to the $262.2 million in property taxes to be levied under this budget, non-property tax revenues include $15.3 million in mortgage recording revenues, $3.8 million in state per capita aid and $13.2 million in refuse disposal revenues. The 2013 budget totals $419.4 million.

Robert Core to Begins Prison Term

Former Hempstead Public Safety Officer Robert Core, who's car struck and killed a pedestrian while he was allegedly driving intoxicated in July of 2011, will surrender to Nassau County Court on Thursday to serve a nine-month prison term, according to Nassau County Court officials.

Core was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving, a misdemeanor, and sentenced on Sept. 27.

Click here to read more about the incident involving Core.

Tina Postelli October 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I dont think you understand. The only way they are going to have a surplus is from our tax dollars - that is what runs the government. We should all agree there needs to be some surplus. We can disagree on the amount. I dont belix Mr Procacci in that the Town is planning ahead a year to budget $2.6M to postage but only spen $2.3M and we guarantee a $300K surplus. I just dont think theyplan ahead that much. But getting back to the surplus, there does come a point where it is too much and the right thing is to give it back to the residents. While I will agreew ith you there needs to be transparency in the budgetting process, I dont think you understand the residents do want these services.
Robert Demarco October 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Tina, they are taking from the surplus to create a small tax reduction. They are spending more. They are giving you nothing. Residents want services, but they do not want duplication of services, patronage, and all those mailers from Murray and the Councilpersons. If some of these items were controlled or eliminated, we could have reduced taxes without dipping into the surplus. That is my point.
Tina Postelli October 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Robert - lets be 100% honest the average resident could care less about the mailers. thats an issue a few people conitue to throw out there and again is used by politicians on both sides of the spectrum. Patronage is an issue for every politician democrat and republican and will never go away. These people dont get into office on their own looks, it takes a lot of money and hard work and people will always look for payback. Again for the surplus - They are giving me my money back and I am happy about that. If you and Felix really think some politican is going to do much better, you better stop drinking the kool-aid.
Robert Demarco October 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The problem is that people like you accept the patronage and other political shenanigans as business as usual. Yes, all politicians send mailers, but TOH politicians do it excessively, and it is costly. You are saying that it is ok for politicians to dole out patronage in exchange for contributions and help in getting elected. And you say I drank the Kool-Aid? If enough voters held these politicians accountable for their actions, via denying them re-election, the system would work better. I hope you enjoy the few pennies of your money that they returned to you; you will be giving alot more to that other bastion of corruption, the school district.
Felix Procacci October 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Tina, I do believe residents care when their government wastes taxpayer money whether it is on mailers or do-nothing patronage jobs, or anything else. The solution isn't always to change politicians but to pass legislation that forces a level of transparency that will encourage politicians to be accountable to their constituents. Currently their is little incentive for politicians to be totally honest. On Nov 7th at 7:30pm at the Elmont Library, I am having a presentation of the Freedom of Information Law, I encourage you, and everyone else to attend. In this forum, it will be easier for me to share my ideas on making government more accountable. Hope to see you there.
Tina Postelli October 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Robert - the real problem is that you think government is going to be some fantasy world where there is a politician that will make patronage dissapear. Guess what I live in the reality world knowing that whomever is in office there will always be some form of patroange. Whether it si getting your kid a job at the local pool because you were a donor or whatever, move up into the world of reality - patronage will always exist. Do you understand why all politicians send mailers? Lets stop trying to come to some middle ground where three mailers is ok and 4 mailers is bad. They all do it to keep their job. Again if you think there is some politican outh there that will eliminate all patronage - well Fantasyland is calling you.
Felix Procacci October 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Tina, if you can't make it Nov 7, I will be showing the following video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9ztmL2-JK8, and talking about practical ways to strengthen FOIL so government is becomes more accountable.
Robert Demarco October 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Trust me, Tina, I live in the real world. Like it or not, condone it or not, patronage is wrong. How would you like to be the deserving person who took the civil service exams, got on the list, and did not get the job because the local Councilman or whomever filled the job with one of his or her associates? I do not like to be the taxpayer whose tax monies are used for some make work BS job. It exists at all levels of government, but TOH seems to take it to unprecedented levels, and they always have. Now use your brain and figure out what the common thread in TOH government has been through the 60's, 70's, 80''s etc, right through today. Ergo you have the root of the problem. There are so many people directly or indirectly who benefit, that it affects elections. There are also uninformed people who don't care and don't vote. Then there people like you, who think it is ok. You are an enabler for the politicians who waste tax dollars. So, do not tell me that I live in Fantasyland. I live in a very corrupt town, and I want to see things improve.
Tina Postelli October 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Well Rob - here is where I am going to ask you yto put up or shut up - please prove that the TOH takes it to a higher level than anyone else. Why dont you tell us exactly how many patronage jobs the TOH has compared to another governmental entitiy.
Robert Demarco October 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Well, Tina, I do not have exact numbers. Read the papers, read the posts here, think back to when Al D'amato was Supervisor and got caught red-handed, draw your conclusions. And its more than patronage. How did the Animal Shelter budget go from $7M to $4M? Bet Kate won't explain that one. There are none so blind as those who will not see. Maybe you or someone close to you is a TOH patronage recipient. Maybe that is why you think its ok.
Robert Demarco October 08, 2012 at 08:27 PM
How about if you explain to me nine employees in the animal shelter each making in excess of $100K? And that Horan woman who should have been fired but was given a $90K plus job in another department. I read somewhere that she did not even live in the TOH but had ties to some Republican Committeeperson, and contributed to Republican causes. Yes, it goes on everywhere, but it is WRONG. That is my money thet are wasting. But its ok with you. Really, in what department are you employed?
Brent M. October 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Would anyone else like to see KATE "Miss PHOTO OP" MURRAY , in a photo with the TOH Rent a cop , in front of the Jail before he goes in???? I mean its a Town Issue and Everyone knows she LOVES taking photos!!!!!
paul October 09, 2012 at 12:17 AM
OK I will: Finish this sentence Paul: Opinions are like READING THE PATCH, everyone has one. So cool....
paul October 09, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The tital of this article is called: "Murray Releases Budget Proposal, Town Employee Starts Prison Term" Perhaps it should be modified to read: "Murray Releases Budget Proposal, Starts Prison Term" How is that?
Tina Postelli October 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Robert your whole argument boils down to a couple of people working at the animal shelter who you do not even know if they were patronage jobs or not. We both can agree that patronage jobs are not the best way to hire and place people. What we cant seem to agree on the view that patronage willl always exist regardless who is in office. Lets face it, you dont like Kate or the republicans in office regardless of patronage or not. What you fail to see is that regardless of who is in office there will ALWAYS be patronage jobs.
Robert Demarco October 09, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Tina, you are correct. I do not like Kate or the local Republicans. I will continue to vote Republican in national elections. That's out of the way. You would have to agree that nine people making over $100K at the Animal Shelter is over the top. I am sure that that group does not include the Director or the Veterinarian. That is why I rant about patronage. I have answered your questions, now answer mine: What TOH department do you or yours work for?
Robert Demarco October 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Tina, you fail to understand that just because patronage jobs exist, that does not make it right, and I am opposed to it. What is wrong with that. By condoning it, you empower it.
Tina Postelli October 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Robert You seem to be stuck on this issue that I or someone in my family works for TOH. Sorry to dissapoint you but neither I or anyone I am related to work in the TOH. But But if that fantasy gets you through the night then fine. But again in the real world no matter who is in that office or any other elected offfice from President on down - patronage will always exist.
Robert Demarco October 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It will exist, but it is wrong. Let's agree to disagree.
Tina Postelli October 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Robert - two of the biggest patronage positions in all of government will be debating tonight - enjoy it.
Robert Demarco October 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Hey, Tina, we agree!! With Biden in there, this is must see TV!
Brent M. October 10, 2012 at 03:12 AM
JUST ASKING...How come we never see the Town Supervisor in a photo op in Roosevelt, or the soup kitchens.. JUST ASKING...
Felix Procacci January 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Latest Town Hall news you won't get from Kate Murray or Newsday : http://youtu.be/4xMVJ7Qb5_M NOTE : Turn up the volume at about 3:10, that's when my mic gets turned OFF.
Joe January 24, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I have family there, trust me, the Poconos is far from the promise land!
paul January 24, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Doesnt that picture of Kate MUrray look cold. Perhaps she should go to a warming center..... Oh, I am sorry she is just a stone cold person.....
Robert Demarco January 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM
What a demonstration of the lack of democracy in action. Every one of those people who got up and walked away are parties to this misrepresentation. The people have no voice in TOH. What a disgrace for Murray and the rest of the miscreants on the so called Town Board. But I do expect a flyer in the mail within the next week, probably designed by Gary Hudes' daughter extolling the great legislation passed by the Board requiring generators in gas stations.
Chris Albanese January 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I've been in at least 3 photos with Kate over the last 5 years in Inwood, which is a very diverse community, in case that's what you were alluding to Brent. Not only did she take the photos, but I was standing in line as she answered questions from the guests for about 5-10 minutes and some of them were pissed. <Can I say that Stephen?> No speech, no press conference and this was after the staff photographer had left so it was not a photo op. She could have pulled a Hillary and faked a fainting spell to avoid answering th equestions, but she stood there and took the criticisms and questions like a leader should. Enough with the personal attacks-she is a good woman, yes she's taller than most men, but don't let her stature, physical or political, intimidate you into saying things that are more opinion than fact. Does she have a tough job? You bet. Does she make all of the right decisions? As an Islander fan I say not even close. However, I think she operates in an environment where everyone has their hand out, no one wants to take responsibility or a pay cut and rarely do you ever get both sides of the story. Now make a decision right now and by the way if you don't keep your constiuents happy you're fired. That is politics. PS-No I do not work for her or any government agency.
Robert Demarco January 24, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Murray is a sleazy politician, who marches to the Party beat. She, like the rest of them, doles out patronage to her friends and benefactors. She may stand there and answer questions occasionally, as long as the questions are not controversial. Her biggest concern, like all of them, is her popularity, and she follows the Nassau Republican template for reelection. If you really examine her record, and her actions, you would not vote for her, unless your livliehood depended on it.
Felix Procacci January 24, 2013 at 08:45 PM
To Chris Albanese, Kate Murray is a good politician, but she really doesn't treat everyone equally, and the truth about her doesn't get into the press. Watch video from Jan 22 meeting : http://youtu.be/4xMVJ7Qb5_M. The fact that Kate Murray has a judgment in her name for violating the Constitutional rights of Town Residents isn't a well known fact because Newsday, and none of the press did a good job reporting it (it just got filed on Jan 7th see http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/trio-settle-suit-in-hempstead-animal-shelter-case-1.4422321). The article indicates a judgment which means some wrong doing occurred. The article also states the Town has done nothing wrong. There is a contradiction, how can you have a judgment with NO WRONG DOING!!! If that was the case then it isn't a judgment. All her wasteful spending also doesn't get reported. I provide the press with the information and they ignore it. Did you know we have 2 new graphics artists working for the Town (triple from just one year ago). This is costing taxpayers an additional $220,000. This isn't a lot of money in the scheme of things, but it isn't going to help residents. She also hired, I believe, 4 additional community research assistants. For the last 8 years we never needed them, now we do. If you go to Town Hall and ask why, you get the run around.
Robert Demarco January 24, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Chris, its not a matter of being nice, its a matter of being competent, honest, and transparent. It is also a matter of representing the Town and what is best for the citizens. If you look at Kate's record, the Party comes first, the friends and benefactors come second, and if there are any crumbs left over, they are scattered for the rest of us to pick up. We are so poorly represented by Kate Murrat and the TOH board.

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