Written by Pat Grace Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Number 17 on the agenda at the Town of North Hempstead board meeting on July 13 was a resolution authorizing the appointment of a commissioner to the Manhasset Park District. Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Maria-Christina Poons accepted applications from residents for the open position, made available following the retirement of former Commissioner Patricia J. Roberts.
Kaiman explained that the Town of North Hempstead fills positions in special districts—does not rely on the district itself to do it. Thus the town opened the position to the entire community, and received five applications.
Kaiman thanked each individual for putting herself/ himself forward, stating any of the candidates would have been a fine choice.
The new Manhasset Park District Commissioner is Ann Marie Curd, who, Kaiman stated, clearly had full understanding of how town and district government works. Curd is a corporate attorney. She was president of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations from 2006-2009 and 1st vice president from 2002-2006; member Citizens Advisory Committee on Legislative Affairs to the Manhasset Board of Education (2007-present); treasurer Strathmore Village Civic Association; and named Woman of Distinction 7th Senatorial District. Kaiman added she is the designee to the town board and he wished her well. Curd will serve out Roberts term until the next election, usually the first Tuesday in December.
Curd commented she is “looking forward to serving the Manhasset community as the park commissioner. It is something new for me and I will approach it with the same dedication as always.”
Job Description of a New York State Special Improvement District Park Commissioner
• Attend semi-monthly commissioner’s meetings and any other special meetings as needed.
• Maintain, manage, operate and control such parks and parking places, and keep lots safe and clear in the winter.
• Oversee all publications in local and area newspapers.
• Organize and authorize voting for elections of commissioners.
• Resolve constituent complaints and criticisms.
• Listen to ideas for improvement.
• Resolve parking summons issues.
• Determine parking fee and fine rates.
• Hold public hearings for the purpose of:
• Acquiring real property for parks and parking.
• Proposed improvements
• Presentation of the budget to the Town of North Hempstead.
• To respond and justify to a New York State Comptroller’s audit.
• Assume responsibility for all financial documents, books, records and annual financial audit of the district.
• Maintain and develop a system of internal control that will safeguard the assets of the district.