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Supervisor Bosworth Delivers 6th State of the Town Address, Unveiling Plans for North Hempstead Beach Park
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her sixth State of the Town address on January 25, which concluded with the unveiling of the design for the of North Hempstead Beach Park. In addition to revealing the park’s new master plan, the Supervisor also announced several exciting new initiatives, including a water-saving plan for the Harbor Links Golf Course and a comprehensive recycling educational campaign.
The speech at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington was part of a program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset and began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the members of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Committee and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Margaret Harper of Schreiber High School. Supervisor Bosworth addressed a packed crowd of hundreds of individuals, including local officials and residents.
Supervisor Bosworth began her speech recognizing the Town’s number 8 rating as Money Magazine’s top places to retire in the nation and the top Aaa bond rating by Moody’s Investor Service.
“This news never gets old for me,” said the Supervisor. “This top rating results in lower borrowing costs and passes on savings to you, our taxpayers.”
Included in the list of accomplishments, Supervisor Bosworth said, “None gave me more pleasure than cutting the ribbon on the Clinton G. Martin pool renovation project. The newly-renovated facility is the state-of-art and I know the first season was thoroughly enjoyed by the residents of the Special Park District. It also fulfilled our promise of having the pool closed for just one season.”
The Supervisor also spoke about the team effort involved in getting the Northport VA Medical Center mobile unit at Clinton G. Martin Park three days a week.
“Our Veterans Advisory Committee worked hard to turn this dream into a reality – collecting petitions and letters showing community support. This could not have happened without their help and advocacy. Now, instead of having to travel for hours to the Northport VA hospital, our veterans are served right here in their own backyard. This mobile unit is a temporary measure until we get a permanent Community Based Outpatient Clinic,” she said.
Other highlights of 2018 included:
• The construction of a new dock at the north end of North Hempstead Beach Park, for non-motorized boaters and local crew teams
• A partnership with C.L.I.M.B., the Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists, to begin construction of approximately five miles of mountain bicycle and hiking trails at no cost to taxpayers
• The installation of 25 sunscreen dispensers at our various parks, at no cost to our taxpayers through a partnership with NYU-Winthrop Hospital
• The addition of ADA compliant beach mats at North Hempstead Beach Park and Manorhaven Park to ease mobility and access to the beach
• Historic preservation projects, including a gravestone restoration workshop, and historical markers added to the Monfort Cemetery in Port Washington and two locations in New Cassel
• The institution of the Supervisor’s Chamber of Commerce Roundtable to see how the Town can work together with the Chambers to address some of the challenges faced by downtowns
• A cultural master plan initiative got underway last summer, funded by a state grant. The project is being led by the Town’s Planning Department and an experienced cultural planning team called CivicMoxie. The Plan is an opportunity to weave together the cultural, historical, and business assets that exist within the Town, and to identify the best ways to use them. CivicMoxie has been distributing surveys throughout the Town to gather the opinions of residents. To fill out a survey see: www.northhempsteadny.gov/nhbpvisioning
The highlight of the address was the unveiling of the Master Plan for North Hempstead Beach Park.
“We are very excited to move the visioning of the North Hempstead Beach Park to the next phase. The plan for the park will be truly transformative, with features including a year-round restaurant and outdoor cafe, a performance stage, seasonal ice skating rink, sledding hill, volleyball, horse shoes, bocce court, ping pong, a soccer and baseball field, climbing wall, BMX bike track, game tables, swings, pickle ball courts and a multitude of places to sit, relax and look out at the water. To move this project forward we will retain an engineering firm to undertake the detailed design work, as well as create a resiliency plan that addresses future climate change and sea level rise,” said Supervisor Bosworth. To see the master plan, residents can visit: www.northhempstead.com/nhbpvisioning
The Supervisor ended her address with: “You have placed your trust and confidence in me as your supervisor and I do not take that lightly. It is truly an honor to serve you. The residents of North Hempstead are among the most educated, enthusiastic and civic minded citizens I know. I am proud to work together with all of you as my partners in government and you can be assured that you will always have a seat at the North Hempstead table.”
Please call 311 or (516) 869-6311 from outside North Hempstead to request a copy of the State of the Town Speech. You can also log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/stateofthetown to view the full text of the Supervisor’s speech. The video of the speech will be available on www.mynhtv.com in February.