Which Town Laws Are Most Ignored? [POLL]

The Town of Hempstead has all sorts of ordinances. Which ones are violated most, and which make you angriest?

The Town of Hempstead has ordinances governing noise, height of lawns, dogs and illegal apartments, to name a few.

Heavy machinery cannot be operated outside of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lawns must be less than eight inches tall. Dogs must be on leashes and can't leave anything behind.

And all those rental apartments in people's basements: virtually all are illegal, according to the town.

Have you ever complained? Did you feel like a rat?

Which of these town-ordinance violations anger you most? Remember, the town only enforces its ordinances when someone complains.

Take our poll and leave some comments. We'll take them to town officials for their reaction.

Jon L. April 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Mr. Scott- I like that the Enforcement officer can be turned away, it's called the Fourth Amendment. If one of those goons showed up at my door I would tell them to go get a search warrant. While I am no fan of the unsanctioned apartment in The People's Republic of Hempstead, I'll be dammed if I'm letting Code Enforcement or any other town employee in my home uninvited.
Al Scott April 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Jon the point I was trying to make is why have a law that you cant inforce .
Joe April 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Don't ever for a second believe the quality of life is provided by law enforcement. It's the residents that maintain their properties and the adults who comport themselves in order to maintain a society here. Bottom line is the PD doesn't enforce the law uniformly. Pretty much only when it's in their best interest (ie:overtime) or when their contracts are up. The plus side is that they do resolve disputes amicably without arresting everyone in sight. If you want results from illegal apartments, overgrown grass or the irresponsible kids/adults who have get-togethers in their yards to all hours of the night, make your calls, get names(badge numbers). If it appears that nothing or not enough is beind done, contact that officer's quality control office or department of Internal Affairs. My gripe; anything where someone's neglect creates a problem for me and my family. In the 21 years i've lived here that covers all of the above. I start by addressing the individual respectfully. I've found that it works the vast majority of the time. Good luck everyone
paul April 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Are you talking about the same Town of Hempstead that thinks there is not enough parking in East Meadow Plaza not if but when the "Sonic Drive-In" is built ?
Mich Menes April 18, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Too many illegal apartments in East Meadow, that it is getting worst. I too contacted the enforcement officer who was assigned the case to see the status of the complaint he told me he was refused entry and there was nothing they can do. The code enforcement officer too referred to the 4th Amendment. My Question same as Al Scout pointed out above, is why have a law in the first place, if the law cannot be enforced.


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