Murray Declares State of Emergency 1/26/15

From Town of Hempstead:


Town Crews Respond to Storm;
Programs to be Cancelled Today through Wednesday

Hempstead Town’s snow salting and plowing crews are responding as this year’s first major snowstorm bears down on our area. A forecasted major winter blizzard has prompted Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray to announce a state of emergency. The town will be cancelling all Parks Department programs and registration starting today, Monday, January 26th at 1 p.m. through and including Wednesday, January 28th.The Department of Senior Enrichment is also cancelling programs as of 1 p.m. today through and including Wednesday, January 28th. Additionally, the Town Board meeting, an India Republic Day Ceremony (at Town Hall) and a Taxpayer Forum (at the Baldwin Public Library) slated for tomorrow, have been cancelled.

“Our town’s salt spreader and plow crews are on the job, doing everything within their power to keep our residents safe,” announced Murray. “What’s more, I’ve declared a state of emergency, requesting that all cars be removed from roadways, and I would urge all motorists to stock up on food and medical supplies now. Once the snow begins, the town will ask drivers to limit road travel to essential trips.”

Again, the town is requesting that homeowners remove cars from roadways so that town snow removal crews can effectively and efficiently salt and plow streets. Finally, Supervisor Murray cautioned residents to limit exposure to the elements as temperatures drop. Frigid temperatures and high winds are forecasted to accompany the storm. Murray also advised motorists that high winds may create “white out” conditions, which can severely limit visibility.

“Hempstead Town will be working to keep neighbors safe and roads clear as this winter storm hits our area,” said Murray. “We ask residents to help us by removing cars from roadways and by limiting car travel during peak snowfall periods.”


Long Beach LNG Press Conference Today 1/15/15


The Long Beach City Council encourage you to come out to the Press Conference Against the Port Ambrose LNG Facility.

Today, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4pm
Long Beach Boardwalk at National Blvd (Allegria Hotel).

The Council will be joined by

  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice,
  • State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and
  • County Legislator Denise Ford


in their unanimous opposition against Port Ambrose, the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) site off the coast of Long Island.

Please share this information with friends, family and neighbors.

For more information on Port Ambrose and to leave a comment, visit

Welcome New Town of Hempstead Council Members

We welcome our new council members.

Thanks to Angie Cullen for your years of valued service.

From Town of Hempstead:

King Sweeney to serve 5th District, Blackman Named to 3rd District

The Hempstead Town Board has moved to fill two vacancies, appointing Erin King Sweeney as Councilwoman in the 5th District and Bruce Blakeman to the 3rd District’s Councilmanic seat. Sweeney will be replacing Councilwoman Angie Cullin, who has retired from her post after serving as an elected town official for 28 years. Blakeman will assume the Town Board seat formerly held by Councilman James Darcy, who has been appointed to the bench in Nassau County’s District Court. The new members were welcomed to the Hempstead Town Board by Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino as well as other Town Board colleagues.

“I am pleased to welcome Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman to serve on the Hempstead Town Board,” stated Murray. “They bring a wealth of talent and genuine dedication to public service to their positions as councilmembers.”

King Sweeney, an attorney who lives in Wantagh, has a background in transportation consulting, corporate affairs and involvement in local/community organizations. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and University of Notre Dame Law School, King Sweeney is a Board Member of the Wantagh Seaford Homeowner’s Association. The newly appointed Councilwoman has also been actively involved with the American Heart Association and is a Board Member of Holy Child Academy.

“I am eager to serve the residents of the 5th Council District on the Hempstead Town Board,” stated King Sweeney. “I have been privileged to have a close relationship with my predecessor, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, and I will work hard to build upon her legacy of excellent service to the community.”

Bruce Blakeman is marking a homecoming as Councilman, having formerly served on the Hempstead Town Board from 1993 through 1995. The Atlantic Beach resident has a vast record of government service, along with experience in the fields of health care, academia, business and finance. A graduate of California Western Law School and Arizona State University, Blakeman has served as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a Senior Fellow of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Department and a practicing attorney. Blakeman’s community roots run deep as the Chairman of Hewlett House (a breast cancer learning resource center) and as Vice President of the American Jewish Congress.

“Serving the residents of the 3rd Council District is an honor, and I am passionate about my work as a public servant,” stated Blakeman. “I share the dedication to good government and public accountability that Councilman James Darcy evidenced during his distinguished career on the Town Board.”

“I am proud to have Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman join the Town Board,” said Senior Councilman Anthony Santino. “They are talented, and both are committed to maintaining our town as a great place to live and raise a family.”

“The Hempstead Town Board is fortunate to have Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman join a group of distinguished elected officials who serve the residents of America’s largest township,” concluded Murray. “I know that they will be dedicated to the residents whom they will serve and accountable to all of the taxpayers in our township.”

Todd Kaminsky Inauguration

Photo Courtesy of Sue Hecht

Photo Courtesy of Sue Hecht

Hundreds gathered Sunday January 4, at the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach for the inauguration of Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky.

Speakers included US Senator Charles Schumer, who swore the new assemblyman in, our new Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, our County Legislator Denise Ford, James Hodge of MLK center, and State Senator Dean Skelos, amongst a dozen more.



“It’s about getting things done for our area and constituents” said State Senator Dean Skelos.

Todd Kaminsky said in his inaugural speech “You are owed, at the very least, a government that works for you.”
And he promised “Doing the right thing and the fair thing will always be the first thing. ”

Congratulations Todd!

Rally Against the LNG Port Saturday 1/3/15 In Long Beach



Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Port: the project no one wants didn’t go away. it’s back on the docket.


Title: “Stand Together Defend Our Shore from LNG!”

Groups: Sane Energy Project, No LNG Coalition + others

Date: Saturday January 3, 2015 10AM

Where: Long Beach Public Library

AD: 111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561


This event on 1/3/15 is to enable people to take action, draw wider attention to the issue, help people to share the information, garner more attendees to the hearing.
The ONLY New York hearing is Wednesday, January 7, in Jamaica, NY- an hour away from front-line towns of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout and Atlantic Beach
The 30-day notice of public hearing and public comment period fell during the holidays, obscuring public awareness and scrutiny.  We will draw attention to the issue, help people share the information, and facilitate residents to act, comment, organize and then attend the sole hearing on 1/7/15.

Speakers Include Assemblyman-elect, Todd Kaminsky, Members of Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Long Beach City Council, and more.”