September 1, 2004
Contact: David Chauvin
Town Approves Domestic Partnership Registry
Manhasset, NY –The North Hempstead Town Council, in a vote of 6 to 0, unanimously approved a resolution establishing a domestic partnership registry in the Town last night at North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset. The resolution, which was sponsored by Councilman Wayne Wink, is intended to provide North Hempstead residents with greater access to health insurance benefits, hospital visitation rights and other family benefits. The measure makes North Hempstead the first Township in Nassau to establish a registry.
“Government needs to do all it can to help insure that everyone has access to affordable health care,” said Councilman Wink. “This legislation is an essential step forward in protecting the rights of all couples and will help ensure to everyone will have equal access to the same benefits.”
Those couples who wish to register must reside in the Town of North Hempstead, or be employed by the Town, and share a common household. In addition, applicants must be older than 18, and not formally bound by another partnership of marriage contact. All forms will be filed with the Town Clerk’s Office and a fee of $35 will be required to file for registration.
Several Long Island Towns have already established registries including: East Hampton, Southold, Huntington, and Southampton. In addition, several Nassau Villages have also established registries including: Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, North Hills, and Roslyn Estates.
“I commend Councilman Wink for taking the lead on this issue,” added Supervisor Jon Kaiman. “This is an important piece of legislation for the Town.”