The Incorporated Village of Hempstead

Camp Kid Warrior

As a part of Mayor Hall's new fitness initiative, he is partnering with "Knockout Obesity Foundation" and celebrity fitness trainer Cara Castronuova to give Hempstead's youth the opportunity to learn the tools they need to live healthy lives, while having fun.

"Camp Kid Warrior" is an exciting kid's day camp for children ages 7 - 12, dedicated to mixing summer fun with teaching kids about fitness, healthy eating, exercise, self-confidence, empowerment, and how to push themselves towards goals.

Registration: June 1 - June 26, 2015
Cost: $450.00 per child
Session: Monday July 6th - Friday, August 14th 2015
Daily Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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A Message From the Mayor

Dear Residents:

Road conditions, in some areas throughout Nassau County, continue to be hazardous, with icy roadways and slippery sidewalks. Given these conditions, we are asking residents to take necessary precautions with their travel, whether driving or walking. If driving, give yourself extra travel time, do not speed and be careful not to text while driving. Seniors, take extra caution and do not hesitate to call the village at 516-489-3400, if you are in need of non-emergency assistance.

Our Department of Public Works will continue to make roads safe for drivers.

Emergency Numbers

• Remember to call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies; for non life-threatening issues, contact the Village at 516-489-3400.

• If you experience home power loss, please contact PSEG at 631-755-6000.

• Do not to go near a downed wire. All wires of any type should be assumed energized at all times. If you see a downed wire, carefully move away from the line and anything it is touching. Instruct others in the area to do the same. Report any downed wires immediately by calling 911 and PSEG Long Island at 1-800-490-0075. Fences, trees, automobiles and other objects may become energized if in contact with a downed wire. Stay at least 300' from any downed wires and keep children indoors until the area has been made safe by utility workers.

• We urge you to GET OUT if you suspect a natural gas leak. All occupants should leave the house immediately. DO NOT use the telephone or light switches for any reason. After leaving the house - Call the National Grid 24-hour gas emergency number at 1-800-490-0045 or call 911. Do not return to your home until National Grid tells you it is safe.

As always, your safety is our most important priority. Please take all precautions necessary to maintain your safety and your family's!

Wayne J. Hall, Sr.


Notice of Village Hall Closing:

Due to the inclement weather
Hempstead Village Hall will be closed
At 3:30pm today, Monday, Feb. 2nd.

Residents are advised to stay off the roads
and to take all safety precautions for
themselves and their families.


Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr.:

The Village of Hempstead has declared a state of emergency. The National Weather Service has announced that a blizzard warning is in effect for Long Island. The conditions are expected to be hazardous and we are asking residents to stay off the roads and take extreme caution with their safety. Snowfall is expected to intensify as the day progresses, with snow accumulation of 20-30 inches expected between tonight and tomorrow afternoon, and wind gusts between 40-60 miles per hour. Power outages may occur and road conditions are expected to be dangerous.

Hempstead continues to prepare for the upcoming winter storm. Our Department of Public Works staff is on duty, with over 15 plow vehicles, 4 payloaders and 5 sand/salt trucks being deployed throughout the Village. This is expected to be at least a 24-hour plowing event, through Tuesday afternoon, with all crews already scheduled to work straight through the overnight period. Following the snowfall, salt and sand crews will work Tuesday to continue to make roads safe for drivers.

In order to ensure your safety, residents should stay off the roads. We are asking residents to limit or avoid street parking so snow plows and salt/sand trucks can efficiently maneuver to effectively clean the road. We also ask residents to delay shoveling for several hours after the snow storm to allow our plow vehicles to clear the roads. (For more info on emergency numbers and safety measures, click here.)

Notice of Village Hall Closing:

Village Hall will be closed from
3pm today, Monday, January 26th
through Tuesday, January 27
because of severe weather conditions.

Our offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:30am.

There will be no court on Tuesday, January 27th. Individuals who were scheduled to appear in court on that date can contact the court at 516-478-6257 for more info. Be safe!

Summer Events & Concerts

Join NYS Attorney General
Eric T. Schneiderman

Free and Open to the Public/Refreshments Served

When: Thursday, June 26th at 6pm

Location: The Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion (adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall), One Washington Street, Hempstead
The Attorney General will discuss environmental protection, civil rights, health care and consumer fraud, and will focus on making sure you know your rights. (Simultaneous translation in Spanish.)

The event is open to the public and food and refreshments will be served. RSVP if you are able to attend: 212-416-6044. If you have any questions, you may call that number as well. Website : httyp://

Feel free to share this information with your friends, family members and other contacts. Click here for more info. in English or Spanish.)

Save the Date

Tuesday April 29th at 11am
Kennedy Memorial Park, Community
335 Greenwich Street, Hempstead

Join Secretary of the State of New York Cesar Perales
and Mayor Wayne Hall to Kick-off
the Pathway to Citizenship Program on LI.

The program will assist immigrants in their citizenship application process and the evaluation of foreign-received degrees and certifications. Financial education workshops will also be offered. Come learn how to get assistance and pre-register!

Click here for more info.
Click here for Spanish Version

NY appeals court hears activists' pitch that Hempstead Village deal was done in secret

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Opponents of the Hempstead Village downtown development on a bus at the LIRR, bound for a court hearing in Brooklyn to hear the final appeal on the future of the case on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in Hempstead. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A Hempstead Village contingent ventured into Brooklyn Monday to hear arguments asking the New York State Court of Appeals to block a $2.5 billion redevelopment downtown.

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Donation drive to aid Sierra Leone center

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall, the board of trustees and the Freetown Secondary School for Girls Ex-Pupils Association in New York this week launched a drive to collect medical supplies and other dona-tions to help a school and health center in Sierra Leone combat the Ebola virus.

Sierra Leone, one of several African countries impacted by the virus, has reported more than 1,216 infected and 476 killed by the disease.

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John B. King orders special election for contested Hempstead board seat

Updated August 28, 2014 11:56 PM

The Hempstead school district must hold a new election for a contested seat briefly filled by longtime board president Betty Cross, state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. ruled Thursday in annulling that portion of the May 20 election.

King last month ordered Cross to step down as he weighed the merits of the vote after challenger Maribel Touré accused Cross and her supporters of fraud, coercion and abuse of the absentee balloting process. His decision came just 11 weeks after he was petitioned to weigh in; it could have taken some eight months.

King, in his decision, ruled that the district must comply with monitors he will select to oversee the vote. The term of the at-large board seat expires June 30, 2015.

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A Message from the Mayor

I am pleased to present this Summer Brochure highlighting some of the many EXCITING and FUN-FILLED family activities taking place in the village and surrounding communities this summer. Beyond Village events, we've included many activities occurring in the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County.  Many of them are free or low cost. They include concerts, movies, children's story-time, chess workshops, board-game days, swim meets, play days, football, and more. 

Summer is a time for getting out doors, enjoying music, family and friends. And there are few places that offer the diversity of events presented by our Village, Town and County.

It is my hope that by making these events available in this brochure, more of our residents will be made aware of them and will get out and enjoy them.
Take a look at the diverse offerings and see which ones you, your family and friends can attend. And, while you're at it, don't hesitate to share this brochure with your friends and neighbors. (For more information on activities you may visit the websites listed on the back of this brochure.) 

Have a great summer and Enjoy!

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Hempstead Village enhances ShotSpotter to counter gun violence

Originally published: June 16, 2014 6:52 PM
Updated: June 16, 2014 10:20 PM

Hempstead Village officials are increasing efforts to deter gun violence by enhancing the ShotSpotter network with night vision cameras, brighter streetlights, a high-tech mobile command center and additional police officers for patrols.

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Tricked-out Upper Manhattan stash apartments conceal $12 million in heroin and $500,000 in "crystal meth"

Prime location near major Northeast thoroughfares

(MANHATTAN, NY) – JAMES J. HUNT, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's New York Division (DEA), BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City's Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner WILLIAM J. BRATTON, THOMAS C. KRUMPTER, Acting Police Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, KATHLEEN RICE, Nassau County District Attorney, VINCENT F. DEMARCO, Suffolk County Sheriff, THOMAS J. SPOTA Suffolk County District Attorney, and MICHAEL MCGOWAN, Chief of Hempstead Police Department, announced the arrests of three members of a sophisticated drug trafficking operation based in an apartment building at 111 Wadsworth Avenue in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The location offered the traffickers easy access to out of state and Long Island transportation routes via the George Washington Bridge, Interstate 95 and the RFK Triborough Bridge.

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Hempstead Village leaders vote to exceed tax cap

Originally published: April 2, 2014 7:28 PM
Updated: April 2, 2014 9:07 PM

The Hempstead Village board has voted to exceed the state's tax cap, calling for a 3.56 percent tax increase and a proposed $75.81 million budget.

The spending plan calls for a tax levy of 4.06 percent, above the village's state tax cap limit of 1.48 percent. Homeowners would pay $77.48 per $100 of assessed valuation.

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Hempstead Village $2.5B redevelopment plan revived

Originally published: March 30, 2014 6:48 PM
Updated: March 30, 2014 10:29 PM

Hempstead Village's $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project is getting back on track after a year of disputes over the LIRR parking lot, a vacant community development leadership position and tensions about where the project would start.

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Nassau County Youth Court in Hempstead celebrates third anniversary

Originally published: March 16, 2014 5:33 PM
Updated: March 16, 2014 6:54 PM

The Hempstead Village courtroom was crowded with teenagers -- in the jury box, at the prosecution and defense tables, and in the audience -- as they heard the case of a 15-year-old boy charged with unauthorized use of a car.

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Hempstead in hunt for school construction funds

Originally published: March 9, 2014 6:33 PM
Updated: March 9, 2014 9:14 PM

Hempstead school district officials have embarked on a quest to secure state funding for nine new and bigger schools, citing outdated buildings and overcrowding throughout the district.

Officials are soliciting requests for proposal seeking a consultant to help obtain grants for the potential construction. The district hopes to demolish and rebuild nine of its schools, all of which are at least 70 years old, officials said.

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Hempstead Village OKs spending $7M on improvement projects

Originally published: March 9, 2014 6:33 PM
Updated: March 9, 2014 9:14 PM

The Hempstead Village board of trustees has unanimously approved issuing nine bonds totaling nearly $7 million to pay for villagewide capital projects, department vehicles and firefighting equipment.

Of that total, the board approved 5-0 Tuesday night the issuance of bonds for a maximum of $2,205,000 to acquire and install light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights throughout the village.

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Urban planning expert to run Hempstead Village Community Development Agency

Originally published: February 20, 2014 6:48 PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 9:05 PM

The cash-strapped Hempstead Village Community Development Agency has hired an urban planning expert as its new commissioner after last year's resignation of its former leader.

The five-member board unanimously approved the appointment of Danielle T. Oglesby during a meeting this week after months of looking for a replacement after Claude Gooding resigned in May 2013.

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Easter egg hunt held at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead

Published: April 18, 2014 6:45 PM

HEMPSTEAD - An Easter egg hunt was held today for kids at an Hempstead park.

Those who found a golden egg at Kennedy Memorial Park won a surprise.

After the eggs were collected, many kids decided to have a good time in the nearby playground.

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Hempstead trustees replace development board

Originally published: January 30, 2014 6:59 PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 9:18 PM

The Village of Hempstead board temporarily appointed all of the village trustees as members of the cash-strapped Hempstead Community Development Agency.

Trustees Waylyn Hobbs, Perry Pettus, Don Ryan and Luis Figueroa join Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., who also is the CDA chairman, on the agency's five-member board. The move was made to help stabilize the CDA's finances, Hall said.

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Hempstead Village's S&P bond rating rises from A to AA-

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has upgraded Hempstead Village's bond rating from an A to an AA-, the agency's second-highest credit rating.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall

Last Thursday, at approximately 8:50pm South African time, the great anti-apartheid activist and global humanitarian Nelson Mandela died.  He will lie in state for ten days until his burial in his home state, Qunu, on Sunday.  By the time this column is published, it is expected that over 100 heads of state will have gathered for his memorial in Johannesburg, including President Barack Obama, and three of his predecessors Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

While the world mourns Mr. Mandela, we, here in the Village of Hempstead, mourn him as well.  We mourn him because he stood for justice and equality among all men; because he sacrificed that which few among us would have been willing to sacrifice—27 years of the prime of his life spent in a tiny prison cell—in the fight to ensure that his nation would one day be free of the shackles of apartheid;

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Hempstead's Mirschel Park gets new playground

Photo credit: STEVE PFOST

Originally published: September 14, 2013 5:38 PM
Updated: September 14, 2013 9:18 PM

About 300 volunteers joined forces Saturday to build a new playground at Mirschel Park in Hempstead Village -- a project residents said will target childhood obesity and keep children entertained.

The volunteers, including residents, private company employees, government officials and members of nonprofit youth and business groups, spent the day assembling the brightly colored equipment and moving 43,740 square feet of safety surfacing by hand.

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Traffic light demanded at rally after Hempstead girl killed by car

Originally published: September 12, 2013 9:17 PM
Updated: September 12, 2013 9:55 PM

Nearly three months after a 10-year-old Hempstead Village girl coming out of a dance recital was fatally struck by a car, community leaders and parents are demanding a traffic light and stricter enforcement in the area to avoid another death.

More than 40 New York Communities for Change and Workplace Project members, residents and young students rallied Thursday afternoon near a makeshift memorial for Shamay Braham on South Franklin Street and Burnett Street, where she was struck.

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Mayor Wayne Hall and the Board of Trustees invite you to attend the Village of Hempstead’s 9-11 Memorial service for the victims, fallen heroes and families of the World Trade Center Tragedy. Join us as we memorialize our fellow Americans who were lost on that tragic day and help us commemorate the heroes who risked their lives to bring others to safety. All are welcome!

When: September 11th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Where: Denton Green (across from Village Hall)
99 Nichols Ct. Hempstead, NY 11550

For additional info., contact:
Juanita Hargwood at 516-489-3400 ext. 286.
Refreshments will be served.

Vote on Hempstead jobs center contract delayed

Photo credit: Google Maps | Hempstead Village Hall is located at 99 Nichols Ct. in Hempstead.

Originally published: September 5, 2013 9:54 PM
Updated: September 5, 2013 10:01 PM

Hempstead Village officials have expressed reservations about the location of the first building proposed as part of the $2 billion downtown redevelopment project, concerns that led the village board earlier this week to put off a vote on a $107,000 contract with a local nonprofit for a jobs and business referral center.

The board decided Tuesday to table a vote on a consulting agreement that calls for Hempstead-based ABBA Leadership Center to receive a $25,000 advance and $6,818 a month to fund the start-up.

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Vote on Hempstead jobs center contract delayed

Photo credit: JC Cherubini | Barack Obama Elementary School is at 176 Washington St. in Hempstead. (Nov. 28, 2011)

Friday August 30, 2013 2:47 PM

Hempstead Village police department officials along with AAA New York warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

Colorful “School’s Open — Drive Carefully” posters will be mounted throughout the village as part of the AAA’s 68th annual campaign to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.

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1,000 free school backpacks for needy in Hempstead Village

Originally published: August 29, 2013 4:01 PM 

More than 1,000 backpacks filled with free school supplies will be donated to students in need from Hempstead Village on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

The ABBA (Able Bodies of Believer’s Alliance) Leadership Center, in partnership with Judea United Baptist Church and Hempstead Promise Neighborhoods, will be giving away the backpacks during its eighth annual back-to-school backpack drive for disadvantaged children in and around the village.

The nonprofit faith and community-based groups in Hempstead will host the back-to-school event at the Judea United Baptist Church, 83 Greenwich St. in Hempstead.

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Volunteers to rebuild Hempstead Village playground in one day

Photo credit: News 12 Westchester | More than 200 volunteers from Kaboom, Morgan Stanley and Family Services of Westchester helped rebuild a park in June 2013.

Originally published: August 29, 2013 11:31 AM 

Hempstead Village’s parks and recreation department is partnering with the residents of Terrace Avenue, Hauppauge-based Amneal Pharmaceuticals, and national nonprofit KaBOOM! to install a new state-of-the-art playground in Mirschel Park — in one day.

The playground, at 90 Atlantic Ave., will be rebuilt on Sept. 14, from 6:30 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m. That day, more than 200 volunteers will be needed, officials said. Food and drinks will be available, they added.

“Currently there is a playground which is in very bad shape,” said Madelon McCullough, the project’s community engagement committee chairwoman and public relations committee co-chairwoman. “This new playground would provide a safer and cleaner environment for the children to play.”

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Faith-based group praised for finding jobs

Originally published: August 21, 2013 7:39 PM
Updated: August 21, 2013 8:24 PM

Hempstead village officials and developers praised a local nonprofit group Wednesday for placing local hard-to-employ and at-risk residents in construction jobs, including some at the village's $2 billion downtown redevelopment project.

Faith-based ABBA Leadership Center has helped more than 200 men and women find full- and part-time work since June 2011.

Through its job-placement program, ABBA has prepared residents, some with criminal records, to fill some of the 25 percent of 10,000 construction jobs at the downtown project expected to be offered to village residents first.

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Hempstead in talks over job, contracting referral centers

Originally published: August 18, 2013 8:48 PM
Updated: August 18, 2013 9:37 PM

Hempstead Village officials are negotiating with a local nonprofit and a private Westchester firm to establish two centers -- a jobs and business referral center and a local contracting referral center -- as part of the village's $2 billion downtown redevelopment project.

The village board voted 4-1 this month to authorize Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. to negotiate an agreement with ABBA Leadership Center, of Hempstead Village, and Peekskill-based Crescent Consulting, a minority-owned management consulting services firm. ABBA would run the jobs and business center, while Crescent would manage the contracting center.

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Hempstead rally seeks an end to violence

Photo credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr. | A basketball tournament with 60 participants was the main event at the Help End Violence Now (HEVN) 9th annual Hempstead Community Day, which promotes ending violence in the neighborhood. (Aug. 17, 2013)

Originally published: August 17, 2013 6:02 PM
Updated: August 17, 2013 10:00 PM

More than 400 Hempstead Village residents and others from nearby communities gathered in Mirschel Park Saturday for the ninth annual Hempstead Day, to promote an end to violence.

The village of 54,000 has among the highest crime rates on Long Island, residents, and community activists and local officials are concerned about a spike in homicides this year.

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Hempstead can move ahead on site plan review

Photo credit: J.C. Cherubini | Hempstead Village has been awarded more than $1 million in FEMA funds for superstorm Sandy work. (Dec. 1, 2011)

Originally published: May 28, 2013 6:59 PM
Updated: May 28, 2013 8:30 PM

The Hempstead Village board of trustees has approved a contract for up to $7,500 with an engineering firm to review the first site plan relating to the village's $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project.

The board voted, 5-0, at last week's meeting to hire Hauppauge-based VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture P.C. to provide master development plan review services to the board. The contract calls for VHB to review documents submitted by master developer Renaissance Downtown UrbanAmerica for billing rates ranging from $35 to $300 an hour.

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April 16, 2013

Statement from Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr.

On behalf of the people of Hempstead Village and the greater Long Island community, I offer my support to the people of Boston, the runners, spectators, loved ones and thousands of others across the country who were stunned by the cowardly act that took place during one of our nation’s most beloved and historic events. We pray for the individuals who were killed or injured, and for their families. When we stand together, Americans have shown time and time again that we can overcome these traumatic events and grow stronger in the process. We have already witnessed touching moments of humanity and compassion amid this terrible crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this unbelievable tragedy.

Mayor's complaint prompts delay in board budget vote

Photo credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011 | Hempstead Village Hall is located at 99 Nichols Ct. (Nov. 28, 2011)

Originally published: April 7, 2013 7:32 PM
Updated: April 7, 2013 8:32 PM

The Hempstead Village board delayed a vote on the budget for federal grant funding proposed by its Community Development Agency after the mayor, who is also chairman of the agency, complained he was not involved in preparing that budget.

The village board held a hearing last week on the agency's yearly allocation of Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, money distributed by Nassau County. The agency was awarded $1.015 million for its 38th program year.

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Village gets 'A' bond rating by S&P

Newsday Originally published: March 21, 2013 7:57 PM
Updated: March 21, 2013 9:03 PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has assigned an "A" long-term rating to the Village of Hempstead's series 2013A general obligation bonds and series 2013B refunding serial bonds, pointing to a stable outlook on its overall finances.

In the report released Wednesday, S&P also affirmed its "A" rating on the village's existing general obligation debt. The agency cited its expectation that the village will continue to maintain good reserve levels within the two-year outlook horizon.

"A" is the agency's third-highest rating, with "AA" next and "AAA" the best.

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Nassau Police Demonstrate ShotSpotter Technology

Gunshot Location Technology Acts as Deterrent to Criminals

Photo credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011 | Hempstead Village Hall is located at 99 Nichols Ct. (Nov. 28, 2011)

HEMPSTEAD — Nassau County police demonstrated the use of the newly installed “Shotspotter” technology, designed to aid authorities in tracking down criminals. The gun location system has already picked up 43 reports of shots fired in 2013 alone. Supporters of the technology say it will act as a deterrent to criminals using firearms. FiOS1’s Jodi Golberg reports.

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Special fees could provide $18.5 million to Hempstead

Photo credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011 | Hempstead Village Hall is located at 99 Nichols Ct. (Nov. 28, 2011)

Originally published: March 6, 2013 9:06 PM
Updated: March 6, 2013 9:43 PM

Hempstead Village stands to collect $18.5 million in funds over an eight-year period from zoning fees relating to its $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project, village officials and developers said.

The village board voted, 3-2, at Tuesday's night meeting to adopt fees for a special downtown zone for the revitalization project. Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., deputy mayor Henry Conyers and trustee Livio Rosario voted to approve the resolution. Trustees Perry Pettus and Donald Ryan voted against it.

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Hempstead launching village call help center

Photo credit: Barry Sloan | Office Aid Erica Lopez demonstrates the use of Hempstead Village's new 311-like system called Village Line in the mayor's office at Village Hall in Hempstead. (Feb. 27, 2013)
Published: February 27, 2013 9:09 PM

A new era in modern communications arrives in Hempstead Village tomorrow with the launch of its 311-style municipal call center and website.

The Village Line system will allow residents to get village government information, request nonemergency services, file complaints and report crime anonymously with a click, tap or call.

It will be accessible 24 hours a day through the village website,, and iPhone and Android mobile phone applications, or by calling 516-478-6333 on weekdays, officials said.

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Hempstead works to prevent future fatal fires

HEMPSTEAD - The Village of Hempstead says it is working to prevent fatal fires like the one that claimed the life of a mother and her 8-year-old son on Feb. 9.

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Hempstead OKs controversial agreement on downtown plan

Originally published: January 15, 2013 9:42 PM
Updated: January 15, 2013 9:44 PM

Hempstead Village has approved a controversial community benefits agreement for its $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment plan, despite protests from activists, residents and business owners opposed to the deal.

The board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the agreement with the project's master developer, Renaissance Downtowns UrbanAmerica.

Reaction to the decision was mixed, with some in the audience of about 100 people clapping, and others shouting "shame!"

Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. voted in favor of the resolution, along with trustees Livio Rosario and Henry Conyers. Trustees Donald Ryan and Perry Pettus opposed the move. "I feel this is the best way to protect my village," Rosario said.

The agreement requires the developers to make "good faith efforts" toward giving the first 25 percent of construction and permanent jobs to village residents, as well as 25 percent of contracts to local or minority contractors. In addition, at least 10 percent of residential units must be affordable housing. Failure to comply with the agreement could trigger fines, stop-work orders or even jail time.

The downtown project is expected to create about 3,500 permanent and 10,000 construction jobs. Now that the agreement has been approved, the developer can submit a site plan.

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Village of Hempstead to Provide Warming Station at Kennedy Park for Seniors, Homeless and Other Individuals in Need of Temporary Shelter

The Village of Hempstead will be providing a warming station to its residents at Kennedy Memorial Park, located at 335 Greenwich Street. The station will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day until the cold front passes. Additional hours may be considered based on demand.

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Mayor Wayne Hall’s Weekly Column

As We Honor Rev. MLK, Jr. This past Tuesday marked the passage of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 84th birthday. Our village will celebrate the great civil rights’ leader’s birth with our annual village parade on Monday, January 21st, beginning at 9am and marching from the Hempstead Town Hall Parking Lot (at Front St. & Greenwich St.) to the Faith Baptist Church Cathedral (145 N. Franklin St.) A brief ceremony will follow in the cultural arts theatre.

Quite fittingly, President Obama’s inauguration for his second term will also fall on that day. When we look at President Obama we see one of the tenets of Dr. King’s dream realized: That an individual could be elected to lead our nation without regard to the color of his skin; chosen because of the content of his character, ability and vision.

That our nation has obliterated that hurdle to its highest office is commendable, but it must not lull us into believing that all the battles for which Dr. King fought have been won.

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Hall: Redistricting plan violates Voting Act
by Commentary
Published: January 10, 2013

Mayor HallWith the latest redistricting proposal from Republicans in the Legislature, Nassau County voters face a transgression that is subtle but insidious.

Injustice does not always manifest itself in broad strokes – it is not always Jim Crow or gender-based suffrage – sometimes it’s harder to see; it’s hidden under endless layers of political policy and jargon.

The Republicans’ proposal is one such injustice. As outlined in the Voting Rights Act, citizens are protected from any procedure that could “deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” As a public servant, I am committed to upholding these rights.

Make no mistake; the redistricting proposed by the Republican Legislature is a violation of the Voting Rights Act. It is a calculated and manipulated process intended to minimize the impact of specific voting blocs and position Republicans to form a powerful majority in the county legislature. There is simply no other explanation for a proposal that moves over 600,000 people and vastly changes the structure of the existing map.

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November 18, 2012
Message From Mayor to Hempstead Residents

Dear Residents:

Over the last two and a half weeks I have met with many families and individuals impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Ihave spoken with seniors stranded by themselves during the storm, and to the loved ones of those who were sick and/or disabled and who were especially affected. Walking the streets and visiting the many blocks in our village, I witnessed the devastation of the storm’s aftermath. I felt the frustration of our residents who went without heat, hot water and/or electricity for days.

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November 9, 2012
My Administrations Efforts to get our
Village Back on Track After Superstorm Sandy.

Dear Residents:

Superstorm Sandy decimated much of Nassau County and other communities throughout New York, NJ and the northeast. Here in Hempstead we were also heavily impacted, with many homeowners suffering losses and damages to their property, along with major inconveniences.
I want to assure you that throughout the storm and in the days following I have been in ongoing contact with local LIPA representatives and management. I have informed them of the damages sustained by residents and of the frustrations, disruptions and inconveniences experienced by our village. In order to expedite recovery efforts we established a staging crew for LIPA’s various trucks and storm recovery/rehabilitation crews in the village. As a result of our efforts, the majority of the village is functioning at normal capacity, and power has been restored to virtually all homeowners and businesses.

Click here to read more and to learn about the number of trees and roadways impacted by the storm and about cleanup efforts.

Invitation from Mayor Wayne Hall

This Saturday, October 20th from 2pm-5pm, I am hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit and Cultural Celebration. The event will take place at Village Hall (99 Nichols Court). I encourage you to come out and to bring your children. The program will include an exhibit of art from talented local Latino artists, traditional mariarchi music by Mariachi International Cuscatlan, piano music by Juan Carlos Guera and Ia Elisabeth Bibilashvili, poetry by Aracely Sanchez and Rafael Escobar, and traditional folklore dance by Conchaguenses Unidos en NY (CUNY). The art will also be available for purchase.

The cultural celebration will include traditional Hispanic foods and beverages. The event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome. Last year we had a wonderful time at the event as many members of our village turned out to celebrate Hispanic culture and the incredible diversity that makes Hempstead a community on the rise.

Join me and let us celebrate together. The theme of the event is: Ties of Brotherhood Through Cultural Diversity. Tell your friends and family.

Click here for flyers in English and Spanish:
Villa de Hempstead - Herencia Hispana Exhibicion
English version
Spanish Version

Dear Residents,

The election season is upon us. The presidential election is on Tuesday, November 6th. In order to vote you must be registered. I cannot impress upon you how important voting is. It is your chance to have your voice heard and to ensure that your candidate, whether Democrat or Republican, has a chance to be elected. The presidential election happens once every four years, so make sure you register and exercise your right to vote.

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At Hempstead rally, over 200 decry violence
Originally published: September 29, 2012

Photo credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa | Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. during a press conference outside Hempstead Village Hall calling for more bilingual police officers.

It has been almost two years since Diana Allie's 26-year-old son was fatally stabbed during a brawl outside a Queens nightclub, but her wounds have not healed and her tears have not stopped.

"I will never be the same again," Allie, 48, ofFranklin Square, said as she sobbed in front of more than 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon for a "Stop the Violence" rally in Hempstead Village.

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Nassau County District Attorney Residents, Clergy, Schools, and Elected Officials Stand Against Gun Violence

When: Saturday, September 29th from 12pm-3pm
Where: Village Hall, 99 Nichols Court.
(If rain, will be held in Kennedy Park gymnasium: 335 Greenwich Street.)

Say no to violence. Take a stand. Protect our youth. Take back our streets.

Click for rally flyers in English and Spanish.
Print and share with contacts.

The Village of Hempstead Hosts
2nd Annual Day of Play

Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 12pm-3pm
Kennedy Memorial Park
335 Greenwich Street
Click here for more info in English & Spanish

Hempstead Community Remembers 9/11
Attacks Killed Four Hempstead Residents
Reported by Carolyn Fortino.
Posted on: Sep 11, 2012, 7:56 pm.
Last update: Sep. 11, 2012, 8:31 pm

Nassau County District Attorney Residents, Clergy, Schools, and Elected Officials Stand Against Gun Violence

Click for rally flyers in English and Spanish.
Print and share with contacts.

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Rally to Protest Gun Violence
Newsday - 09-07-12

Call for Bilingual Officers
Originally published: September 5, 2012 8:39 PM

Photo credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa | Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. during a press conference outside Hempstead Village Hall calling for more bilingual police officers.

As the deadline looms for the police officer competitive exam, community advocates renewed calls Wednesday for Nassau police agencies to recruit more bilingual officers.

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Great News for Hempstead: S & P Gives Village’s Serial Bonds A rating

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has assigned an A long-term rating to the Village of Hempstead’s $7.19-million general obligation serial bonds, pointing to a stable outlook on its overall finances.

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Gunfire detection coming to Hempstead Village
Originally published: July 9, 2012 8:11 PM
Updated: July 9, 2012 8:18 PM

Photo credit: Handout (June 2008) | Graphic from ShotSpotter showing how the device helps police pinpoint the location of a gunshot.

Hempstead Village officials are turning to a high-tech crime-fighting tool in an effort to deter gun violence and make the village safer.

The village board voted July 3 to sign a yearly contract with ShotSpotter Flex, based in Mountain View, Calif., to install a gunfire detection system and cameras to help police locate shots within seconds.

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Group gathers ideas on revitalization plan
Originally published: July 12, 2012 7:32 PM
Updated: July 12, 2012 7:59 PM

Photo credit: Renaissance Downtowns | An artist's rendering of the proposed development on North Main Street in Hempstead Village.

A coalition of community activists promised Hempstead Village residents their voices will be heard in the forging of an agreement between the community and the developer of a $2-billion downtown revitalization project.

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Summer programs help LI kids get caught up
Originally published: July 7, 2012 8:50 PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 9:40 PM

Photo credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr. | Elementary school teacher Dyanne Case sits in a circle with young children at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead, N.Y. (July 5, 2012)

Thousands of children across Long Island are spending part of their summer in enrichment or remediation programs aimed at helping them retain material learned during the school year and avoid what sometimes is called the "summer slide."

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I am proud to announce that the Village, in partnership with Citi and the Small Business Development Center at  Farmingdale State College, is offering a free six-week Excellence in Entrepreneurship Workshop.  This collaborative venture is in response to the growing interest in small business ownership among village residents.  Designed by business experts from Citi and the New York State Small Business Development Center it addresses the key aspects of starting a successful business.

The workshops are available to village residents and will take place once a week from 6-9pm at the Hempstead Public Library.  Classes start Monday, April 23rd and end Thursday, May 31st.  (Class dates: Mondays   – 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
Thursdays – 5/17, 5/24, 5/31.)   Class space is limited and qualifying participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration is available now: visit:, click on workshop in the left panel, fourth from the top, or call 631-420-2765.

The workshop is a great opportunity for new business owners or for individuals who desire to start a business but don’t know exactly how to go about doing so.    Workshop topics are listed in the attached press release.

Greater economic development is coming to Hempstead.  If you’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, take advantage of these workshops.  For more info, click here to see the attached press release and flyer, and feel free to share the information with your friends and neighbors. 


$1.2M to fund Hempstead street, youth programs
February 2, 2012

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Tuesday the allocation of a nearly $1.2-million Community Development Block Grant to Hempstead Village — the largest grant to any incorporated village so far this year, county officials said.

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> Mangano Awards Over $1 Million To Hempstead Village For Downtown Revitalization, Neighborhood Improvements, After School Programs & Safe Routes To School

"One Town's Anti-Bank Statement" - CBS News


News12 - Mayor Wayne Hall, the Village of Hempstead and the United People Organization celebrate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. 

MLK's message of fighting injustice lauded
January 16, 2012

Attorney Frederick K. Brewington cited Scripture as he told more than 600 people at a memorial breakfast Monday that they were all called to continue Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of fighting "the spiritual hosts of wickedness" behind racism and social injustice.

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Events mark MLK Day on Long Island
Originally published: January 15, 2012 7:10 PM
Updated: January 15, 2012 9:09 PM

Ronald J. Taylor will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by standing before congregants at Faith Baptist Church in Hempstead Monday morning and delivering a short monologue inspired by the civil rights icon's last speech.

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Message from Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr.

“Hempstead youth continue to move forward.  Below is a WPIX Channel 11 news segment featuring Ronald Taylor, a local Hempstead youth, who is currently an intern in my office. 

Ronald is a high achieving and enterprising student attending Syracuse University.  A Coronat Honors Freshman, he is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Policy Studies and Political Science.  He is involved in numerous academic and civic participation projects aimed at enhancing both himself and his community.

I am proud of Ronald’s accomplishments.  He is an example of what Hempstead’s many talented and aspiring youth can do if they are provided with opportunities and access. 

Given that he is only 17, his accomplishments are even more noteworthy.”

> Click here to read more or Click here to watch the video

Hempstead Village police chief to retire

Thurs. Dec. 8, 2011

Hempstead Village Police Chief Joseph Wing announced Thurs. that he will retire in January after 30 years on the force, the past four as chief.

Assistant Chief Michael McGowan will take the top spot on an interim basis while the village seeks a permanent replacement. McGowan, 58, has been on the force since 1978 and became assistant chief in May.

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LI wins $101.6 million in state jobs aid

Thurs. Dec. 8, 2011

ALBANY -- Long Island was awarded $101.6 million Thursday in state aid to help jump-start job creation.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the funds would go toward 66 building projects, education initiatives and business expansions in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The grant money and state tax credits would provide momentum for key developments such as the Wyandanch Rising blight transformation project, Brentwood's Heartland minicity and the Ronkonkoma LIRR-MacArthur Airport transit hub.

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LI projects' advocates cheer state grants

Thurs. Dec. 8, 2011

Nassau & Suffolk officials cheered Thursday's announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that dozens of Long Island's most promising projects would receive state grants.

The region was among four in New York awarded more than $100 million each in state aid for initiatives deemed economic and job engines.

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Why Hempstead Village Chose to Divest $12.5 Million from Chase Bank

This past spring, before protesters occupying the financial capital of the world captured all our imaginations, the Village of Hempstead made a decision to stand with the 99 percent in our community when we voted to close our account with JP Morgan Chase.

We made this decision because our village, whose residents are overwhelmingly people of color - hardworking families and homeowners - is among the hardest hit by the bank-driven foreclosure crisis.

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Long Island group recognizes Hempstead Village makeover

Thursday November 3, 2011 11:49 AM

The $2 billion plan to revitalize downtown Hempstead Village has been designated as a “Project of Regional Significance” by the Long Island Regional Planning Council.

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Long Island Development Called “Significant”
The New York Observer

Hempstead revamp dubbed ‘regionally significant’
Long Island Business News

FEMA Extends New York Deadlines to Register for Disaster Assistance

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Cops trained to interact with mentally ill

Originally published: October 31, 2011 7:32 PM
Updated: October 31, 2011 9:15 PM

Some Hempstead Village police officers have gained one more skill that could help them defuse dangerous face-to-face situations.

The force this year became Nassau's first to undergo special training to improve interaction between police officers and people with mental illness or suicidal tendencies. Twenty of the village's 126 officers are part of a Crisis Intervention Team that grew out of an effort to prevent dangerous situations.

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Coalition Launches "Our Lives, Our Laws" Campaign to Oppose National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Message from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

‘Today, Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched a major, new advocacy campaign – “Our Lives, Our Laws” – to oppose the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R.822), a dangerous proposal that would force every state to recognize every other state’s concealed carry permit, no matter how lax the standards. The campaign includes a website and online petition, available here: The coalition’s press release is available here:

This new campaign was launched in anticipation of a hearing on September 13, in the U.S. House of Representatives.’ 

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“I urge all Hempstead residents to prepare for the worst case scenario with Hurricane Irene.  Follow the recommendations of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: Be proactive and prepare emergency supplies that you may need for three days of survival and have an Emergency Go-Kit ready:
  in case you need to leave your home.  (Click here for a list of Go-Kit supplies needed or click below for the complete list.) 

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Pregnancy doesn't stop call to duty
Originally published: August 31, 2011 8:34 PM

Photo credit: Steven Sunshine | Hempstead Village police officer Mandi Smith, entering her ninth month of pregnancy, volunteered to work long hours during what should have been time off as Tropical Storm Irene came on shore. (Aug. 31, 2011) Like many emergency responders around Long IslandHempstead Village police officer Mandi Smith volunteered to work long hours during what should have been time off as Tropical Storm Irene came on shore.

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Celebrating Diversity
Originally published: May 29, 2011 7:44 PM
Updated: May 29, 2011 8:05 PM

Gillibrand files urban-youth jobs billIt was a familiar tradition, with different faces.

Amid the solemnity and pomp of the 127th Annual Hempstead Memorial Day Parade, there was a celebration of the village's diversity: a car carrying Tuskegee Airmen, black cowboys on trotting horses, schoolchildren dancing to percussive music, and civic groups representing Panamanians, Salvadorans and African-Americans.

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Hempstead mayor on rumors: I'm not dying
May 21, 2011

Gillibrand files urban-youth jobs billWayne Hall, the mayor of Hempstead Village, was in a local grocery store last week when a woman offered her condolences on his health. She thought he was fighting off cancer, which Hall welcomed as optimistic since others in the village thought he was close to death. Hall, who had been tight-lipped on his health for months even as rumors swirled through local and political circles, does not have cancer. And, his doctor said in an interview, Hall is not dying.

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Gillibrand files urban-youth jobs bill
May 20, 2011

Gillibrand files urban-youth jobs billAt-risk persons in urban areas could get help finding jobs under a new bill that New York's Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand touted Friday in Hempstead.

Gillibrand's Urban Jobs Act would funnel competitive grants to national not-for-profits to provide job training, educational programs and case management to young adults ages 18 to 24, Gillibrand told community leaders at the Urban League of Long Island.

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Village of Hempstead Welcome Senator Gillibrand as She Announces New Urban Job Act for At-Risk Youth

Seat belt checkpoints in Hempstead Village
May 20, 2011
By Aisha Al-Muslim  

Gillibrand files urban-youth jobs billThe Village of Hempstead Police Department is cracking down on drivers who don’t buckle up.

Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. and Police Chief Joseph Wing announced that the police department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization campaign.

Starting Monday, and continuing until June 5, village police will be setting up day and nighttime seat belt checkpoints, as well as increased patrols, targeting drivers and passengers, officials said. The seat belt campaign is funded by a grant from the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board.

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Village police: 'click it' or get a ticket
(NEWSDAY, 5/23/2011)

Hempstead collects 30 pounds of drugs
May 12, 2011
By Aisha Al-Muslim 

Hempstead collects 30 pounds of drugsThe Hempstead Village Police Department collected nearly 30 pounds of prescription drugs from village residents on April 30, the second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, village officials announced Wednesday.

Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. and Police Chief Joseph Wing said the drug collection, held at police headquarters, is part of an ongoing effort to minimize drug use in the village and increase the community’s safety.

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Hempstead Police Dept. Collects Nearly Thirty Pounds of Prescription Drugs

Hempstead Mayor Vows to Fight Census Tally
Originally published: April 19, 2011 8:25 PM
Updated: April 19, 2011 10:26 PM

Claiming the 2010 Census undercounted Hempstead Village, Mayor Wayne Hall vowed Tuesday to file a formal challenge.

"The numbers that we got don't add up," Hall said.

The new census counted 53,891 people in Hempstead, a 4.7 percent decrease from the original 2000 tally of 56,554. The U.S. Census Bureau recently repeated that 2000 number when it released the 2010 data.

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Largest Village In New York Closes Chase Account To Protest Foreclosures
First Posted: 04/ 5/11 06:25 PM - Huffington Post

The Village of Hempstead, a relatively low-income, minority-heavy municipality on Long Island, pulled its money out of JP Morgan Chase bank on Tuesday as part of a statewide campaign protesting the bank's dismal mortgage modification record.

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Village joins protest against Chase

Hempstead, in Protest, Is Severing Ties With Chase

Hempstead Village cuts $12.5M tie to Chase

Hempstead Urged to shun Chase Bank

Hempstead Village Touts Drop in Crime

Originally published: March 10, 2011 3:02 PM
Updated: March 10, 2011 3:10 PM

Crime in Hempstead Village has gone down by almost a quarter so far this year -- and officials said its due to more officers policing the streets. The overall crime rate in the Village of Hempstead went down 22 percent from Jan. 1 to March 6, when compared to the same period last year, Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. and Police Chief Joseph Wing announced at a news conference Thursday. "We are happy with the results that we have so far," Hall said. "We are doing the best that we can."

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Hempstead Mayor Targets Liquor Licensing

It would be hard to go dry in the village of Hempstead, but that is not something village Mayor Wayne Hall considers a selling point.

Just the opposite. According to Hall, there are 167 businesses in the 3.7-square-mile municipality licensed to sell alcohol. That means, Hall said, there are 45.1 businesses selling booze, wine or beer per square mile in the village.

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Hempstead mayor opposes liquor licenses
by John Callegari
Published: March 2, 2011

The Village of Hempstead has an alcohol problem, according to Mayor Wayne Hall.

Hempstead is home to 167 establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol - a significant number for a village that is only 3.7 miles in area.

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