Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
The candidate submitted the following statement.
“Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His four terms in office have been underscored by his continuation of the town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.
“Under Kaiman’s administration, CNN Money Magazine ranked the town one of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” In addition, CNN rated North Hempstead as the Second Best Place to Live for a healthy retirement in the United States of America. Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to promote accountability and transparency, to better the quality of life for seniors, to maintain sound finances and to protect the town’s environment.
“Central to his efforts has been the establishment of a 311 Constituent Response System. This new technology provides North Hempstead residents greater access to government, while enhancing efficiency and accountability.
“To date, North Hempstead’s 311 Call Center has responded to over a half-million service requests and expects to receive more than 170,000 in 2011.
“TownStat, another one of Kaiman’s key initiatives, is gaining momentum in the town. A performance measurement and management tool, TownStat tracks and reports performance in departments throughout the town with the goal of monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of how constituents’ concerns are addressed.
“In September of 2011, the Town of North Hempstead was the only municipality in the Northeast United States to be awarded the prestigious Certificate of Distinction for superior performance management efforts from the ICMA Center for Performance Management.
“In Kaiman’s continuing quest to be responsive to the needs of the community, Kaiman also initiated Project Independence, a town-wide program that assists and enables aging residents of the Town to remain in their own homes and familiar surroundings as they grow older.
“In August of 2011, Project Independence was featured at the region’s first Aging-in-Place conference at Hofstra University. Special Keynote speaker was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who believes Project Independence is a model for local governments across the Nation.
“The town has achieved a balanced budget for eight years in a row, and has among the lowest local taxes of the 13 Long Island towns. In addition, amidst a faltering Long Island economy, North Hempstead has maintained its highest bond rating in town history.
“In May of 2011, the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recognized Supervisor Kaiman’s efforts to keep prescription medications from the water stream, by awarding North Hempstead’s Pharmaceutical Collection Program with the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award. The EPA, which granted North Hempstead the award for its Pharmaceutical Collection Program, cited the town for its “outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health.”
Steering the town towards environmentally friendly alternatives, he has engineered the establishment of the School Recycling Partnership Program that has located recycling containers in nine of North Hempstead’s 11 school districts. With over 30,000 students participating in the comprehensive program, the School Recycling Partnership Program reaps an average of 25 tons of paper and 6 tons of comingled recyclables a month. This innovative program won the 2009 New York State Environmental Excellence Award.
“Jon Kaiman received a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University. Jon was elected in 1999 to the Nassau County District Court, where for two consecutive years he received the highest rating possible from the Nassau County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee.
“Kaiman is a longtime resident of Great Neck, where he lives with his wife Kim, sons Shaun and Jared and daughter Iyana.”
The candidate submitted the following statement.
“Lee Tu, a resident of Albertson since 1993, is well-qualified to be the Supervisor of North Hempstead. Lee’s education (New York University’s Stern School of Business) and practical management experience in both the private sector and as a municipal auditor are essential in North Hempstead Town’s next supervisor, who will be faced with paying down historic debt and balancing a budget without raising taxes.
“Lee Tu gained valuable governmental experience as an auditor in New York City’s Department of Real Estate Services. He performed compliance and contract audits for an agency with one of the nation’s largest municipal real estate portfolios. Moreover, as Lee notes, “my colleagues and I saved city taxpayers millions of dollars.”
“Further as the Director of Administration at Cornick, Garber & Sandler, LLP, Tu manages the day-to-day operations of the firm and has saved money by negotiating affordable health insurance contracts and maintained the firm’s retirement benefits.
“He says his interest in government and community affairs dates back to his days at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, where he was selected to serve on the New York City Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. While at NYU, he was chosen to be a part of the prestigious Dwight Eisenhower Fellowship program in Washington, D.C.
“Tu states that his administration would “take proactive steps to protect against general fund property tax increases, excessive spending, and lax management that have too often been a staple of North Hempstead town government.”
“Tu says that, “Property taxes is the most important issue on voters’ minds.” In addition, “Voters are acutely aware of debt. North Hempstead, with a population of 222,000, has three times the per capita debt of the Town of Hempstead, with 750,000 residents. Lee states that this is not the time to be borrowing tens of millions of dollars to buy the Roslyn Country club, take it from the tax roll and then charge between $1,000 and $2,000 per year to our taxpayers, who will be the owners.”
“Tu states that one of the key components of his platform is an overhaul and reform of the town’s mismanaged building department. He will instill a “taxpayer first” attitude as a first step to making the building department responsive to the needs of the taxpayers.
“He also says he wants to enact a “Property Owner’s Bill of Rights” aimed at ensuring that the residents’ rights are respected when interacting with the building department. “The bureaucrats who allow applications to sit for months, even years, will be held accountable. I will hire people to work for the taxpayers, residents and businesses.”
“Tu also wants to increase and enhance the number of town-sponsored concerts, firework displays and other quality of life initiatives. He says, “These programs can be allocated more money after my administration identifies and eliminates the excesses which have been built into the town’s general fund budget since 1992.”
His statement also says he would:
“Protect local governments, such as villages, water and park districts, and volunteer fire departments, that are proven to be cost-effective and ensure local control of municipal affairs.
“Work with our residents on important local issues such as preserving Alvin Petrus Park in Port Washington.
“Make sure street sweeping is on a reliable schedule known to the community.
“Address the flood prone areas in Carle Place, Mineola and Herricks.
“Revitalize our downtowns in areas and work with residents, civic associations and other concerned groups and make them a part of the decision-making process.
“Tu asks the residents of the town to cast their vote for him and choose a new beginning. “I believe that Town government is about serving the community and not about the same old party politics,” says Tu. He added, “Only together we can preserve our quality of life and make the town that we love a better place.”