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Hempstead Town Notebook: Arena Development Zone Approved by Town, Pet Adoption Program Announced

A weekly look-in at news in the Town of Hempstead.

Town Approves Development Zone for New Coliseum

Town of Hempstead officials said Tuesday that the town has approved a new development zone for the arena.

The approval allows for 5.4 million square feet of construction, including all building and parking structures.

The alternative zone is comprised of many of the same types of development that were sought by the Lighthouse Group. The town's zone, however, scales back the density contemplated under the Lighthouse Plan to a level that Supervisor Kate Murray termed "significant, yet reasonable."

Among the types of development permitted in the newly created zone are convention halls, hotels, retail, restaurants, offices, residential units, entertainment uses and a new or refurbished Coliseum.

According to town officials, the area surrounding the Coliseum now has the densest zoning in all of Hempstead.

Town Announces Pet Adoption Program

Hempstead Town is holding its “Summer of Love” pet adoption program from now until Sept. 25. During this time, the town is waiving a complement of fees at Hempstead Town’s Animal Shelter for pets that are adopted during the summer season.

The town will be eliminating all adoption fees, including the cost of vaccinations, and all spaying and neutering services as well. The town will also be microchipping the pets to provide a free method of identification in the event they are lost.

Anyone interested in viewing pets that are available for adoption can visit Hempstead Town’s website at www.TOH.LI and use the Petfinder link.

Additionally, pet lovers are welcomed to visit the animal shelter at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, prospective pet owners can call the shelter at 516-785-5220.

Santino Honored By Chabad Outreach Center

In celebration of 17 years of community and involvement on the South Shore, the Chabad Outreach Center honored Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino with its Public Service Award. The award was presented at the Center's annual fundraising dinner on June 16, at Temple Torah in Little Neck.

Councilman Santino joins other notable town residents who have each contributed to the Chabad Outreach Center's mission and work.

Felix Procacci June 26, 2011 at 01:12 PM
If Kate Murray really wants to do something good for the ANIMALS IN THE SHELTER and the TAXPAYERS, KATE MURRAY should let people VOLUNTEER at the shelter. For 8 months KATE MURRAY has said that a VOLUNTEER PROGRAM was going to be STARTED, but NOTHING has been done. Meanwhile KATE MURRAY doesn't mind that the AVERAGE SALARY of the ANIMAL SHELTER EMPLOYEES is $85000 PER YEAR. This is up from $82,000 PER YEAR in 2010. She doesn't mind that the budget for the shelter is 3 TIMES the COST of any other animal shelter on Long Island. She doesn't mind that 7 employees earn more than $100,000. IT'S NOT HER MONEY. This data can be found in the TOWN BUDGET AT toh.li. SEE THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FOR DETAILS : Newsday article : http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/9-hempstead-animal-shelter-workers-topped-100g-1.2646882 KATE MURRAY will soon be sending town residents a FLYER WITH HER PICTURE ON IT to advertise HERSELF and the summer shelter program. This flyer costs about $75,000 to print and send out. You can care for a lot of animals with that money, ESPECIALLY AT SHELTERS that are not fronts FOR GOP PATRONAGE MILLS.
Gary Port June 26, 2011 at 02:01 PM
The "development zone" is nothing but Public Relations. First, when Ms. Murray announced her plans last year, all the developers panned it. Now, she has enacted these zoning rules, but did she talk to Ed Mangano? Mr. Mangano has provided ever changing plans for the Coliseum. According to Newsday this week, the latest plan is for one stadium and a parking field. Mr. Wang is to get all 77 acres, but only for a parking field and not development. Remember the week before, Mr. Wang was only getting 11 acres for two stadiums, a Coliseum and a minor league team. There is no plan. The "new" zoning beside not being economically viable, is a mere sham. Everyone knows we lost the Lighthouse because of Kate Murray, now she is trying to gain cover with this sham new zoning. The people in the town and county aren't fooled.
Gary Port June 26, 2011 at 02:08 PM
The Animal Shelter's Summer of Love? Yet another PR effort by Kate Murray. Never one to fix a problem if she can just tell everyone she fixed it, Ms. Murray continues to refuse to fix the shelter and launches a PR blitz. The fact remains that volunteers are not allowed in the shelter. The shelter is still budgeted at over $7 million where Brookhaven and Islip are $1.7 million and $1.1 million. The workers are not qualified, ill trained and Republican party functionaries who draw massive salaries. The animals are still being mistreated and several continue to go "missing." We know that Ms. Murray is interested in patronage. The town is one big patronage mill. However, she could still have her patronage and hire qualified workers. She won't. The simple fact is that Ms. Murray is only interested in rewarding her friends, regardless of the cost. If you are not a member of the elite of the Republican party, then Ms. Murray believes that she does not have to listen to you. She will not change her ways. She will not correct the problems at the shelter. She will continue to provide bloated salaries to her party base. When Town hall won't change, it's time to change Town hall.
Riley June 26, 2011 at 11:15 PM
I agree with the above comments,on both stories! Kate Murray's own helpline as recently as March,when questioned, said that Kate Murray was NOT interested in the lighthouse project in any size or scaling down because Murray felt that it would only bring congestion and no jobs that would actually help the economy.Then right before she announces her re-election all of a sudden she is all about this..Why? Because she knows that the voters or NIFA will vote it down.This way she thinks she will look like a hero ,even though it wont get passed.She had to go that route because people remember her empty promises of 2009 with Wang and the Islanders and this was when Wang was going to put his own money in! And as far as that so called shelter in Wantagh.Another bogus smokescreen.Kate doesn't love the animals.If she did they wouldn't be half dead in their kennels while another summer of broken promises goes by,regarding the air conditioning STILL NOT INSTALLED! Oh ,but here is the kicker,the staff is all comfy in the a/c in their offices while the animals are in kennels that are well over 85 degrees.This is just one of the MANY problems in that terrible place! Kate has refused to do anything for these animals for well over 8 months and we the taxpayers get to fund this abuse and neglect.Go to the shelter and adopt please,especially now that it is free! These animals have you as there only hope to get out of this terrible place alive!

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