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TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD APPROVES
NORTH SHORE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT PLAN
(Manhasset, NY – July 21) – North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman announced that the North Hempstead Town Board has approved, by a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Long Island North Shore Heritage Management Plan. The Town Board approved the Town’s participation in the Plan at its meeting held on Tuesday, July 18, 2006.
Supervisor Kaiman said: “I’m pleased the Town Board has chosen to participate in the Long Island North Shore Heritage Management Plan.” “Participation will not impact our Town’s local autonomy,” Kaiman continued, “but it will make us eligible to receive a variety of benefits.”
“Through participation,” Supervisor Kaiman added, “North Hempstead can strengthen its cultural and historical identity; qualify for increased funding—including funding available solely for projects within the Heritage Area; and collaborate in projects between and among municipalities within the Heritage Area with the potential for additional funding.”
A Heritage Area is a designation by New York State recognizing an area’s common heritage based on cultural, historic and geographic criteria. The Heritage Area Program was established in 1982, is administered by the New York State Parks Department, and is designed to preserve, protect and promote an area’s unique cultural and historic identity.
The North Shore Heritage Area was established in 1998 through legislation introduced by Assemblyman Steve Engelbright (Suffolk) and then Senator (former North Hempstead Supervisor) Michael Tully. The boundaries of this Heritage area run from Great Neck in the West to Orient Point in the East, and extends South to the Long Island Expressway or Jericho Turnpike (whichever is furthest South) and North to the New York/Connecticut border on The Long Island Sound. There are 65 towns, villages and a city located with the boundaries of the North Shore Heritage Area.
There are currently 18 state-designated Heritage Areas, including Long Island, throughout New York State. Final boundaries of the North Shore Heritage Area are expected to be established in the Fall of 2006. Participating municipalities are not subject to any governmental mandates.
“This is clearly a win-win situation for the Town of North Hempstead,” Supervisor Kaiman concluded, “and I urge all of our local municipalities to join with us in this endeavor.”