Letter: Town Repeals Residency Law


On Dec. 15, 2009, at a Town of North Hempstead meeting, No. 38 on that night’s agenda was unanimously passed. Number 38 was a resolution repealing the residence restrictions for employees of the Town of North Hempstead. A bill enacted decades ago.

The resolution will repeal the residency preference for Civil Service examinations. In other words our newly re-elected North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and our elected board members felt that in the more than 250,000 residents of the Town of North Hempstead, there may not be qualified candidates for a town position and, therefore, felt compelled to open our jobs to other counties

This vote, as previously stated, was unanimous. Therefore meaning, not one of our councilman/women thought for a moment that maybe in their district there could be, or might be, a qualified candidate for an opening, so and without hesitation voted to repeal this law.

Mr. Kaiman, who made the motion for this appeal, repeatedly stated during his last campaign how much he cared about the residents of the Town of North Hempstead and how he understands the burdens we are under, and how this economy, interest rates, tax increases and loss of jobs have affected its people and repeatedly stated that he will do everything in his power to help change things if re-elected. So he begins by giving our jobs away?

Could this have anything to do with the majority having been swayed in this last election, and the recent job losses in other counties? Is this repeal a coincidence? Do we have to constantly baby sit these board meetings to ensure that the decisions made are based solely on the interest of the communities and not when they think no one is looking?

So if you have recently lost your job and/or are job-hunting, please feel free to call Mr. Kaiman and your councilman/women and say thank you.

Thank them for voting to give our jobs away. Thank them for allowing us to graciously pay the salaries of these new hires. But most of all thank them for their redundant ignorance towards the welfare and well – being of the residents who voted them him.

Michele Chambers,
New Hyde Park.

(Editor’s Note: The Illustrated News spoke to North Hempstead Town Councilman Angelo Ferrara, the only Republican on the board, who voted for this resolution and he said it was passed to allow the town to hire candidates for jobs from Nassau County, not just in the town, but the town is restricted to hiring just from Nassau County. This will enable the town to hire quality candidates who may be at the top of the civil service list but who do not live in the Town of North Hempstead ,he said.)


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