North Hempstead city lawmakers held their first in-person town hall last Thursday since March 2020, authorizing a Long Island steel company to build a 9/11 memorial in Manhasset Valley Park.
Although council members unanimously approved more than 60 resolutions on the agenda, the recent expiration of an executive order issued by Governor Cuomo meant that nearly 13 items had to be carried over from their original dates.
Previously, Cuomo’s COVID-19 state of emergency allowed local government meetings to meet virtually via video conference.
That order then expired on June 24, after North Hempstead posted legally required notices stating that upcoming meetings were to be held virtually. Since the end of the power of virtual meetings, these notices no longer comply with the law.
As a result, new notices for the in-person hearings were issued and the dates were pushed back.
North Hempstead Town supervisor Judi Bosworth said she was happy to be face to face with residents at Town Hall again.
“One of the best things about this is interacting with people,” Bosworth said in an interview with Blank Slate Media. “We had a lot of interactive things going on, but there’s no substitute for seeing people in person and having that kind of interaction. It’s a different dynamic.
Before voting on the resolutions, the municipal council heard from the inhabitants during a free time session. A resident said he was concerned about the city‘s enforcement of a partial ban on gasoline-powered leaf blowers.
“There are 230,000 people in the town of North Hempstead,” Bosworth said. “I’m not going to tell you that I know all of them, but I know the ones that are active.”
The town of North Hempstead received two beams from the collapsed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. One is currently displayed in the lobby on the second floor of City Hall. The other, which will be displayed at another location in Manhasset, is about 19 feet tall.
“The goal is for him to be there to recognize the 20e anniversary, ”said Bosworth. “The best-laid plans often go astray, but that is certainly the hope.”