FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2018
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Supervisor Bosworth Delivers 5th State of the Town Address
Looking forward to 2018 with renovation of CGM pool; parks improvements; dog park at Tully Park; mobile beach mats; recycling educational campaign
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her fifth State of the Town address on January 26, which focused on the Town’s past accomplishments, including the Town’s Aaa bond rating by Moody’s Investor Service, the implementation of the Tobacco-21 law and a pilot program to introduce battery-powered landscaping equipment to Town parks. The Supervisor also announced several exciting new initiatives as well, including the Town’s first dog park, the installation of accessible mobile mats for the beach and a re-education campaign for our recycling program to improve its effectiveness.
The Supervisor quoted John F. Kennedy saying that “every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
“We have made that decision to try again and again over the past year,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “Whether it was to solve an unexpected problem, to improve an existing program, or to embark on a new initiative. I feel a wonderful sense of anticipation as we start this year. I am enthusiastic about so many projects that will be coming to completion this year and those that are just beginning. Everything we are doing began with our decision to try.”
For the full text of the Supervisor’s address see: www.northhempsteadny.gov/stateofthetown.
The speech at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington was part of a program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset and began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the members of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Committee. Supervisor Bosworth addressed a packed crowd of hundreds of individuals, including local officials and residents.
The Supervisor highlighted the Town’s upgraded bond rating to Aaa, the highest rating a municipality can attain; the new Alvan Petrus Park; the opening of the renovated Clinton G. Martin pool opening this summer; the new law prohibiting ATV’s from Town property; the restoration of the Schumacher House and the stormwater education campaign that urged residents to put “Only Rain in the Drain.”
Exciting initiatives for 2018 include the plans for a Town-wide leaf blower legislation that would restrict the use of noisy, gas-powered equipment; improvements at many of the Town’s parks; a sensory garden for Clark Botanic Garden; ADA compliant mobile beach mats for the Town’s beaches; and a re-education campaign for the Town’s recycling program to improve its effectiveness.
Supervisor Bosworth also reaffirmed her opposition to New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection’s plan to activate 68 dormant groundwater wells in Jamaica, Queens.
“This massive drain on our water supply system could have devastating effects on the future of our water supply,” she said. “I am opposed to these efforts to secure permits for these supply wells, prior to the completion of the Long Island Groundwater Sustainability Study. We all must safeguard our drinking water and protect our aquifers.”
The Town also received more than $1.6 million in federal, state and local grants for a variety of projects, including a $1.14 million in Regional Economic Development Awards that will fund the extension of the Hempstead Harbor Trail at North Hempstead Beach Park.
North Hempstead continues to be one of the most welcoming places for everyone as the Town participates in the national initiative “Not in Our Town”, which promotes that there is no room for hate, bigotry and intolerance. Last May North Hempstead partnered with the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County to present a unity & anti-hate conference that brought together community leaders from across Long Island to take a stand against hate crimes, violence and intolerance. This year the Town is partnering with The Long Island Press in sponsoring a photo contest for students using “Not In Our Town” as a theme.
Other initiatives for 2018 include:
• A five-year Capital Plan which includes $1 million dollars for sidewalk repair and $4.2 million for road repaving throughout the Town.
• The construction of a dock at the Stepping Stones Lighthouse which will give construction crews easier access to the lighthouse in order to begin renovation of the historic structure.
• The Town’s CARE program for disabled adults and youth in our community, will now be partnering with the Henry Viscardi School.
• New splash pads will be installed at Broadway Park and refurbished at Mary Jane Davies Park, which will also be getting a new playground.
• The construction of the first-ever dog park to be located in Michael J. Tully Park, will begin to take shape in the summer.
• A Sensory Garden is in the planning stages for Clark Botanic Garden.
• Narcan training for Town employees, in partnership with Northwell Health System.
As her speech came to a close, Supervisor Bosworth said, “It continues to be an honor to serve the residents, of the great Town of North Hempstead,” said the Supervisor. “Our Democracy functions best when there is active participation and input from all our residents. Our success depends on our working together as partners and making sure everyone has a seat at our North Hempstead table.”
Please call 311 or (516) 869-6311 from outside North Hempstead to request a copy of the State of the Town Speech. The video of the speech will be available on www.mynhtv.com in February.