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.

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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