|Clavin Implores Homeowners to Challenge Assessments or Risk Tax Increases to Pay for Neighbor’s Assessment Reductions|
|Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:59:31 +0000|
Nassau County’s Property Tax Assessment System is in shambles, and if you have not regularly challenged your assessments, your taxes have likely increased to pay for the assessment reductions of homeowners who have successfully grieved their assessments. In fact, a recent Newsday report cited a $1.7 billion shift in taxes from property owners who won assessment challenges filed since the county’s assessment overhaul began in 2010 to those who did not successfully challenge their assessments. In response to this unfair shift in the property tax burden, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is holding 20 taxpayer forums focused on helping homeowners to challenge their property tax assessments.
“Nassau County, not the Town of Hempstead, sets your property tax assessments,” stated Clavin. “But, we can help homeowners avoid becoming victims of the county’s unfair and inequitable assessment system by educating property owners on the importance of challenging assessments routinely. What’s more, I am hosting 20 taxpayer seminars focused on demonstrating precisely how property owners may go about challenging their assessments.”
Earlier this year, a Newsday report uncovered unequal treatment among those who challenged their property tax assessments regularly in Nassau and those who did not. Further, the report even uncovered disparate treatment among those who did challenge on an ongoing basis. In fact, some homes that were the subject of regular challenges were deemed ineligible for what amounted to assessment reductions of 5 to 9 percent annually under the county’s “Carry Forward” provision. Unfortunately, the criteria of eligibility appear to change frequently, and the changes have not been shared with the public.
If your home is deemed ineligible, it will receive a new appraisal and a valuation readjustment that takes into account the neighborhood’s real estate market. Since most Long Island neighborhoods have been increasing in value, the new valuation is often higher, resulting in the same percent reduction from a higher price. By not challenging your home’s assessment, Nassau County will continue to take advantage of uninformed homeowners.
“Remember, your assessment can only be lowered as the result of a challenge, it can never be raised,” said Clavin.
“A few things are abundantly clear when it comes to Nassau’s assessment system,” announced Clavin. “The system is broken, it is rife with inequity, and many homeowners have been penalized with higher taxes to pay for the assessment reductions of neighbors who have challenged their assessments. One more thing is clear…Nassau has been secretive about the eligibility criteria for the ‘Carry Forward’ of assessment reductions, resulting in tax inequity even among those who have challenged assessments.”
Clavin noted that Nassau County’s broken assessment system makes it more important than ever for homeowners to challenge their assessments every year. He indicated that while challenging your assessment every year will not correct the underlying inequities in the system or guarantee a fair valuation, it is the best protection available when it comes to protecting your home from over assessment and property owners from unwarranted property tax increases.
“While Nassau’s inequitable assessment system needs a genuine overhaul based upon regularly updated market based valuations, homeowners need to take steps to protect themselves, to the extent possible, through challenging their property tax assessments each and every year,” said Clavin. “I encourage residents to attend one of my taxpayer forums to learn how to grieve their taxes.”
The free taxpayer forums have a strong focus on sharing “how to” information on challenging assessments. Outlining a step-by-step process on filing the grievance, the seminars will also offer information on property tax exemptions and other important information for property owners.
The Receiver of Taxes will be holding free taxpayer forums at the following locations:
· December 5 - 12:15 PM, Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh St., Garden City
· December 7 - 7 PM, Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream
· January 4 - 1 PM, Wantagh Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh
· January 8 - 2 PM, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
· January 8 - 7 PM, Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
· January 10 - 7 PM, Malverne Public Library, 61 St. Thomas Pl. Malverne
· January 12 - 1 PM, Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick
· January 16 - 7 PM, Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Ave., Floral Park
· January 18 - 7 PM, Levittown Library, 1 Blue Grass Lane, Levittown
· January 22 - 7 PM, Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh St., Garden City
· January 25 - 7 PM, Island Park Library, 176 Long Beach Rd., Island Park
· January 26 - 2 PM, Oceanside Public Library, 390 Davison Ave., Oceanside
· January 30 - 7 PM, Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
· January 31 - 6:30 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
· February 1 - 7 PM, Bellmore Public Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
· February 5 - 1 PM, East Meadow Public Library, 1186 Front St., East Meadow
· February 6 - 2 PM, Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
· February 8 - 7 PM, Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead
· February 9, 1 PM, Bellmore Public Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
· February 13 - 2 PM, Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square
· February 15 - 1 PM & 7 PM, West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead
“Nassau County’s property tax assessment system is flawed and out of control,” concluded Clavin. “It is time to take action by informing our residents on how they can fight back. Come on down to one of my free taxpayer forums, together we can take steps to protect ourselves from being victimized by unwarranted tax increases that are the result of an inequitable assessment system.”
|Coping with the Federal Tax Code Overhaul, Clavin Urges Homeowners to Pay April 2018 School Taxes Now and Deduct Taxes on 2017 Return|
|Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:55:34 +0000|
As Congress wrestles with a major overhaul of the Federal Tax Code, which may eliminate or cap deductions for expenses such as property taxes, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is urging property owners to expedite certain property tax payments in order to take advantage of property tax deductions before a new tax code is enacted. In specific, homeowners who pay their second half school taxes before January 1, 2018 may be eligible to deduct the payment for federal income tax purposes on their 2017 returns. The second half taxes are due on April 1, 2018; however, if property owners wait until the due date to make payments, they will likely not be able to deduct the full amount of property taxes under the federal tax code being hammered out in Washington. Also joining Clavin at today’s press conference were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilmembers Ed Ambrosino, Bruce Blakeman, Erin King Sweeney, Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, Sr.
“The proposed federal tax overhaul will adversely impact many people in our area, and I am focused on finding any possible way to help local taxpayers,” said Clavin. “Many homeowners may be able to take deductions on their school taxes that are due in April of 2018 by paying them by December 31st of this year.”
School taxes are collected twice each year, once in October and again in April. Some homeowners have called Clavin’s office, expressing an interest in paying the April school property taxes prior to the end of this year in order to be able to deduct the payment. Clavin has consulted with tax professionals who indicate that property owners who fall below the Alternative Minimum Tax threshold may qualify to deduct their second half school tax payment on their 2017 income tax return if it is paid prior to the end of 2017. The Receiver did emphasize that individuals should consult with their tax professional to determine if they meet eligibility requirements.
“Don’t miss your opportunity to maximize your tax deductions,” said Clavin. “I urge homeowners to consult with their tax professionals to determine if they can reduce their income tax burden by paying their April school tax bill before December 31st of this year.”
“The new federal tax code could negatively impact our residents, and these valuable tips give our taxpayers one more opportunity to benefit from the current tax code before it expires,” Goosby said. “We encourage residents to consult their tax professionals to determine if it will be beneficial to pay school taxes before the end of this year,” Ambrosino added.
“Time is running out on the current federal tax code, and this is one way that our taxpayers could potentially benefit before it expires,” Blakeman said. “By paying your next tax bill by December 31st, you could deduct a portion of your property taxes that may not be deductible under the new federal tax code,” King Sweeney said.
While many taxpayers may elect to pay their second half school taxes (April school taxes) in the 2017 year, property owners will NOT be able to pay their 2018 general property taxes prior to the January 1, 2018 due date. In specific, Nassau County’s Administrative Code expressly prohibits the payment of general taxes in the year prior to the one in which they are due. The County’s Administrative Code states (in part) that general taxes “…shall be due and payable on the first day of January, and the remaining and final one-half of such taxes on real estate shall be due and payable on the first day of July…”
Clavin has staff prepared to answer questions about hours of operation, payment locations, payment options (cash, e-Check, credit card, check) and other issues related to the early payment of second half school taxes (staff will not be able to advise property owners on income tax questions, including eligibility for deductions).”
“Our knowledgeable Receiver of Taxes office staff is prepared and ready to accept school property tax payments before the New Year for neighbors who want to deduct them on their 2017 tax returns,” D’Esposito said. “Take this advice, speak with your tax professional, and consider paying your school bill by December 31st to benefit from the current tax code before it’s replaced by new regulations,” Dunne added.
“Now is the time to consider your options when it comes to making an early payment of your April 2018 school taxes,” concluded Clavin. “Speak to your tax professional today to determine if you are eligible to make an early payment of second half school taxes or any other possible payments, and deduct the amount on your 2017 income taxes.”
|Happy Holidays from Hempstead Town – Supervisor Hosts Holiday Lighting Ceremony|
|Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:39:20 +0000|
With glad tidings and holiday cheer, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and members of the Town Board along with the Hempstead Town family kicked off the holiday season today with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, Hanukkah Menorah and Kwanzaa Kinara. The ceremony also featured bundles of toys collected for economically disadvantaged children.
Gracing the town with his presence was a very special visitor from the North Pole known for his presents. Although he left his sleigh and reindeer with the Mrs., Santa Claus was riding in style atop a 1951 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck driven and maintained by the Baldwin Fire Department. His entrance was hailed by a chorus of singers from Jackson Main Elementary School. Joining in with the holiday entertainment was Oneg Shemesh and Peter Rapanaro.
“Though it may be a hectic time of year, the holiday season gives us the opportunity to show our loved ones how much we care,” said Santino. “There’s no better home for the holidays than Hempstead Town.”
Hempstead Town officials have symbolized the spirit of giving by partnering with CSEA Local 880 and the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree Donation drive in an effort to help economically disadvantaged children during the holidays. Toys were collected by the town’s Department of Highways and attendees of the ceremony had an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy to the cause. The Angel Tree Drive will continue to accept donations up until December 12th.
Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter joined in on the festivities along with a few of their furry friends. The cheery pups and cats enjoyed a meet-and-greet with many merrymakers and brought the kind of holiday joy only found in man’s best friend.
“I’d like to thank the Jackson Main Elementary School chorus and our special guests Oneg Shemesh and Peter Rapanaro for making our holiday extra special,” concluded Santino. “I’d also like to thank my good friend Santa Claus for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be here and celebrate with us. I wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday season filled with love and joy.”
|Dunne Seeks Legislation Banning (New) Hookah Lounges Near Homes, Schools and Community Centers; Partners with Levittown Community Organizations to Discuss Hookah’s Health Risks|
|Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:23:50 +0000|
Seeking to protect local residents, schools and businesses, Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne is seeking to “snuff out” hookah lounges in America’s largest township. Standing outside of Levittown Memorial Education Center, Councilman Dunne proposed a town law that would restrict the operation of hookah lounges in the Town of Hempstead to light manufacturing and industrial zones. Also attending the press event were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Levittown school officials, the Levittown Board of Education, the Levittown Chamber of Commerce, the Levittown Community Council and members of the Levittown PTA.
“The Town of Hempstead prides itself on being a community that is dedicated to the safety and quality of life of our residents,” stated Councilman Dunne. “The smoking of hookah tobacco can be harmful, particularly for young people, and may serve as a gateway to illegal drug use. That is why I am proposing the restriction of these hookah lounges to prevent their location near homes, schools, community centers and shopping areas.”
Councilman Dunne will call for a public hearing on the proposed law at the December 12th meeting of the Hempstead Town Board. The legislation will apply to hookah lounges that open in the future or are currently in the process of opening.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking hookah tobacco can lead to cancer of the mouth, lungs, stomach and esophagus, among other diseases. In addition, the charcoal used to heat the tobacco produces high levels of carcinogens, carbon monoxide and other chemicals, making them just as toxic as cigarettes. What’s more, many young people believe that hookah smoking is less harmful than cigarettes. In fact, the long-term sessions involved with hookah smoking can result in even more chemicals being inhaled than with the average cigarette.
“I am proud to partner with Councilman Dunne to restrict the number of hookah lounges in our suburban communities,” stated Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Said Councilman D’Esposito, “This proposal will serve to help maintain the superlative quality of life that we have come to expect in America’s largest township.” Added Councilman Ambrosino, “We are confident that this proposed law will help protect residents from the health risks associated with hookah smoking.”
Councilman Dunne also detailed plans to restrict the selling of other dangerous substances, such as those found in so-called “vape shops.” Many parents might be unaware that their children are using JUUL e-cigarettes, which can be easily mistaken for a computer flash drive. This method of vaping, while harmful to the smoker, also provides a health risk to nearby children and pets. Another dangerous substance is Kratom, which can provide a “high” that is similar to opioids, which are highly addictive.
“As a veteran of the Vietnam War, it will always be my mission to look out for my fellow residents and keep them safe from harm,” concluded Councilman Dunne. “I think we can all agree that restricting hookah lounges to light manufacturing and industrial zones is in the best interest of all residents in the Town of Hempstead.”
|A Holly Jolly Good Time – Annual Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive at Hempstead Town|
|Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:08:17 +0000|
It’s the holiday season and there’s no better way to kick it off than with Hempstead Town. Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has everyone on the holiday list, and he’s checked it twice, for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, Hanukkah Menorah and Kwanzaa Kinara. The celebration will take place at Town Hall Plaza on Wednesday, December 6th at 4 p.m.
The ceremony will feature a special guest from the North Pole as Santa Claus is coming to Hempstead Town! Although his reindeer are busy preparing for their flight, Santa will still be riding in style atop an antique fire truck. To help spread some holiday cheer, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will be singing holiday favorites alongside Oneg Shemesh and Peter Rapanaro.
“During the holiday season, we reflect on the good times of the past year as we look forward to the year ahead,” said Santino. “It is truly exciting to celebrate the tremendous generosity that is all around us.”
Hempstead Town officials have symbolized the spirit of giving by partnering with CSEA Local 880 and the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree Donation drive in an effort to help economically disadvantaged children during the holidays. Those attending the ceremony will have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy to the cause. Hempstead Town’s Department of Highways will be collecting toys through December 13th.
Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter will be “Home for the Holidays” along with a few of their furry friends. Volunteers from the shelter will also be on hand to answer any questions about adoption while the playful pups enjoy a meet-and-greet with holiday merrymakers.
“Join us for merry festivities and glad tidings,” concluded Santino. “This time of year is about togetherness, so come on down and celebrate with the Hempstead Town family.”
In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, the ceremony will be moved indoors, inside the Town Hall Lobby. Hempstead Town Hall is located at One Washington Street in Hempstead Village, between Peninsula Blvd. and Front Street.
|Hempstead Town Waiving All Pet Adoption Fees During “Home for the Holidays;” Residents Will Also Take Home Great Gifts|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:12:55 +0000|
Preparing for the holiday season can be hectic and expensive, but through the Town of Hempstead’s “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is making it as “simple as apple pie” to adopt a furry friend into your loving home. In fact, it is even simpler and more affordable than “apple pie,” because loving people who adopt a cat or dog from the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter from Saturday, November 18th through Wednesday, January 3rd can get the gift of “furry love” for free!
Through the “Home for the Holidays” program, all pet adoption fees are being waived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. What’s more, all adoptions include free spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations and microchipping.
“During this holiday season, consider bringing one of our shelter’s cats or dogs ‘home for the holidays’,” Santino said. “It’s easier than ever before to adopt a pet at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter through the ‘Home for the Holidays’ program. In addition to all adoptions being free through January 3rd, our shelter will also provide spaying/neutering and age-appropriate vaccinations all free of charge.”
What’s more, the town has partnered with three local sponsors, Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville, Dog Grooming by Rachel in Bellmore and Fido Fitness Club in Woodmere, all of which will be providing free gifts for each pet adopted from the town shelter during the Home for the Holidays program.
Neighbors can get a head start on the adoption process by visiting the Animal Shelter’s website at www.toh.li/animal-shelter, where they can view cats and dogs that are currently up for adoption. Staff and volunteers are also available to assist prospective adopters who visit
the shelter, located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220.
|Hempstead Town Continues to Turn “Trash into Cash”— Santino Auctions Obsolete Town Equipment, Garnering $436K In Only Seven Months|
|Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:16:16 +0000|
Continuing to deliver on his pledge to provide relief to taxpayers, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is realizing revenues by literally turning trash into cash. In only seven short months since America’s largest township began to auction obsolete, old and broken town-owned equipment on the Internet, Hempstead Town has garnered $436,000. The program will support taxpayer savings as the auction revenues could supplant an equal amount of property tax revenues that might otherwise be required to meet expenses.
“Hempstead Town is turning trash into cash,” said Santino. “We’re taking obsolete and broken equipment that some other governments discard, and our town is getting money for these items by auctioning them on the Internet. We are getting rid of broken trucks, obsolete equipment, very old pay loaders, and even boats that have been donated to the town.”
Partnering with Auctions International, the town inventories items that are no longer useable in serving town residents. The auction company posts the surplus/obsolete inventory on the web, conducting Internet auctions. Most recently, the town realized approximately $148,000 for an auctioned shredder which shredded bulky items, including large metal objects and mattresses at the town’s sanitation facility. The shredder has not been in use for several years. Some of the previously auctioned equipment included dump trucks, pickup trucks, communications equipment, cameras, vans, payloaders and road sanding vehicles, among other items. Currently, the town is even looking to auction boats that have been donated to the town, some of which were damaged in Superstorm Sandy. And, the town may have struck “pay dirt” as it will seek a purchaser to buy “clean fill” dirt that the town has accumulated through various projects.
“This program goes to show that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “This effort is a great way to eliminate waste and maximize revenues.”
Under the contract with Auctions International, the town receives 100 percent of the sales price of auctioned items while Auctions International charges a “buyer’s premium.” The company has extensive experience in Internet auctions that market the types of equipment and surplus material that Hempstead Town is seeking to sell. The town commenced its partnership with the auction company in March of 2017. Sales prices range from $130 for some used cameras and printers to $148,000 for the industrial shredder.
“Supervisor Santino is being innovative in his approach to government,” said Councilman and Deputy Town Supervisor Anthony D’Esposito. “He is looking at issues that have been taken for granted, finding new approaches that are increasing town revenues and offering relief to our taxpayers.”
Santino explained that the revenue gained from the auction of obsolete town equipment can actually result in relief for town taxpayers. In specific, the Supervisor noted that revenues gained from the program will help to meet the town’s budgeted expenses. He emphasized that he greatly favors the use of revenues such as auction proceeds to meet expenses as opposed to drawing upon sources that impact town taxpayers.
“Programs like this are a ‘win-win’ for our taxpayers,” concluded Santino. “Our town is turning ‘garbage into gold,’ and we are using the revenue we receive from auctioning off surplus items to meet town expenses, which helps minimize the burden placed on property taxpayers to fund town services.”
|Santino Hosts a “Guten” Time For All – Honors Outstanding German-American Residents at Town’s German Heritage Celebration|
|Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:37:36 +0000|
Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino held an Oktoberfest of his own by kicking off the township’s 2nd annual German-American Heritage Celebration. This event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional German-American residents who have had a positive influence in their communities while embracing and promoting German heritage and culture.
“There are many diverse cultures in Hempstead Town, but there’s no better month than October to recognize our hard-working, overachieving German-American residents and their impressive culture.” stated Santino. “I’m excited to be back for the 2nd year of our German-American Heritage Celebration.”
This year’s honorees include: Matt Buck, the General Manager of Plattduetsche Park, the hub of almost all of the German organizations on Long Island; Theodore Heim, a successful baker with a heart of gold; Frank Honerkamp III, a decorated Scoutmaster and dedicated volunteer; Mary-Ellen Kreye, a founding member of the Uniondale Community Council and active member of a dozen more Uniondale community groups; Nicole Radske Miskiewicz, a former Miss German America who continues to be the Vice Chair of the annual Steuban Day Parade; and John Wellenreuther, a retired Nassau County Police Officer who won numerous awards during his time in the department’s Mounted Unit and avid volunteer of many German community groups.
Glenn Meyran, a second generation German-American and Purple Heart Veteran, will be the distinguished keynote speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the New York Spitzbauam Orchestra, Bremervoerder Chorus, and Gemuetlichen Enzian Dancers. Delicious German delicacies were provided by the Ugly Gourmet Mobile.
“I would like to thank our honorees, our keynote speaker Glenn, our entertainment and Ugly Gourmet Mobile for their assistance in celebrating German culture and making this event truly ‘wunderbar.’” concluded Santino.
|Santino “Keeps Truckin,’” Purchasing “Like New” Dump Trucks & Salt Spreaders for $250K Below Retail … Planned Purchase of 5 Additional “Pre-Loved” Trucks Could Add $900K in Savings|
|Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:32:52 +0000|
When it comes to saving taxpayers money, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino just “keeps on truckin’!” With the winter season approaching, Santino announced that the town has saved more than $250,000 compared to retail prices by purchasing two “lightly-used” dump trucks, along with two “almost new” salt/brine spreaders which attach directly to the heavy duty vehicles. At the same time, the town is poised to purchase five “pre-loved” salt spreading trucks that could present an additional savings of $900,000 compared to “showroom new” pricing. Supervisor Santino made the announcement today at the Roosevelt Highway Yard, joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad.
“Keeping our roads clear of snow is one of the Town of Hempstead’s most important functions … being able to do it while saving taxpayers money is my number one priority,” stated Supervisor Santino. “These ‘like new’ salt and brine spreaders and dump trucks will be put to excellent use on town roadways, while offering substantial savings for local taxpayers. Now that’s ‘doing more with less!’”
The two used salt and brine spreaders, which were used for demonstration and display, were purchased at a total cost of $92,832 ($46,416 each), nearly half of the price to purchase new equipment. The spreaders will be affixed to the backs of town trucks to spread rock salt and/or brine as needed. The “like new” dump trucks – each of which have only about 10,000 miles of use – were purchased for a total cost of $309,828, a total savings of $171,000 over purchasing new equipment. All told, the town realized a total savings of $251,974 by purchasing “like new” equipment versus brand new.
In addition, the town is currently seeking to purchase five refurbished heavy-duty salt/brine spreading trucks. These trucks are the same type as the town purchased earlier this year. If the cost is comparable to the previous purchase prices, savings compared to showroom models, the town would realize a savings of approximately $900,000 for all five trucks.
In total, Hempstead Town could realize $1.15 million in savings, combining the already purchased equipment and the planned acquisition of five new vehicles, when compared to brand new equipment.
“Supervisor Santino continues to produce innovative methods of providing important municipal services while doing so at the lowest possible cost to Town of Hempstead taxpayers,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We are confident that this lightly used equipment will work like new once put to use on town roadways.”
“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino on the procurement of these ‘like-new’ salt and brine spreaders as he follows through on his promise to ‘do more with less’,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “With these ‘like new’ trucks and salt/brine spreaders on the road, the Town of Hempstead is certainly prepared to take on Mother Nature this winter.”
Just as the salt/brine spreaders represent a significant cost savings to the town, so too does the brine solution that is utilized when compared to the use of 100 percent rock salt. Experts estimate that using brine entails a 66-75 percent cost reduction factor over the use of rock salt, and that the town could realize nearly $300,000 in savings during a substantial storm. As brine can be applied to local roadways up to 48 hours before a storm, the town can avoid potential overtime costs that would previously be required when using rock salt, which is most effective when put down during a storm.
“We are working hard to save taxpayers money,” concluded Santino. “This winter we will be clearing snow from our roads in an even more effective and cost-efficient manner.”