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Hempstead’s Redevelopment In Focus

In This Issue:

EXCITING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS UNDERWAY Restaurant Round-Up SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE


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a look at the progress to beautify our downtown

Contents

W i n t e r

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FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS

08 Safe Routes to School Initiative

03 Letter from Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr.

A plan to create secure walkways and pedestrian paths in our Village for students to get to & from school safely

04 Letter from Editor 06 Publisher’s Note 07 Village Beat 11 Happenings

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Restaurant Round-Up

18 Local Flavor

New eatery openings and the renovation of a familiar restaurant that has a 20 year history in our neighborhood

29 In The Mix

22 Exciting Development Projects Underway An overview of the development and beautification projects currently underway in the Village of Hempstead

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events around town


{ letter from the chairman }

Reforming State Mandates Is Critical for Property Tax Relief

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ocal governments across the state are facing the most

difficult challenges we have experienced in many, many years. A primary concern for local communities is that the state has imposed mandates requiring our schools and local governments to pay increasingly higher costs for such things as employee pensions and health insurance, while at the same time our state aid continues to decrease. These rising costs, over which local municipalities have no control, threaten our ability to provide essential services to Village residents at affordable prices. On January 28, Governor Cuomo forwarded his proposal to the state legislature for the implementation of a 2 percent property tax cap. The cap would limit increases in property tax levies to 2 percent or the annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is less. This sounds like a good thing…however, unless municipalities and local school districts are relieved of state mandates requiring them to pay skyrocketing costs for employee pensions, health insurance benefits and other demands currently outside their control, the tax cap will only dig us into a bigger hole. The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officers (NYCOM), of which I am a member, is strongly opposed to a property tax cap unless it is accompanied by relief from state mandated costs that burden our local communities. Although the Senate approved two measures related to mandate relief, these would not take effect until a later date—when the damage has already been done. NYCOM’s Mayoral Task Force has published a series of recommendations for mandate and property tax relief titled “You Can’t Cap What You Can’t Control.” Recommendations include allowing a temporary freeze on public sector wages, requiring local government employees and retirees to contribute to the cost of health insurance, restructuring pension cost-sharing and benefits and reforming existing labor relations laws. To learn more about these and other recommendations issued by the NYCOM Mayoral Task Force, please visit www.NYCOM.org. To stay on top of what’s happening in the Village, please join our electronic mailing list by sending your name and email address to Mayor@villageof hempsteadny.gov, and listen to the “Hempstead Happening” radio show every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. on WTHE-AM (1520).

Sincerely, Wayne J. Hall, Sr. Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead

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(Pictured): Esteemed group of community and civic leaders gather for a group photo taken at the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Dinner Dance on January 14, 2011. This event is held annually by the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County. Commissioner Gooding is pictured far left; Mayor Hall & Emmy-award winning actress Lynn Whitfield pictured center.

Pictured (L-R): Deputy Mayor Henry Conyers; Mayor Wayne J. Hall; Scott Schmid, VP , JPMorgan Chase; Ann Soja, President, First Sterling; Brian Lawlor, Commissioner, NYS Housing & Community Renewal; Timothy Fournier, President & CEO, Conifer Realty, LLC, Marianne Garvin, President & CEO Community Development Corporation of LI, Inc.; Ray Thomas, Director, Nassau County Office of Community Development; CDA Commissioner Claude Gooding; Trustee Don Ryan; Trustee Livio Rosario.


Development: What Does it Really Mean to You? PUBLISHER:

this issue of hempstead living, the first to be released in 2011, centers on the many development projects occurring in the village of hempstead. as we start off the new year,

Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency Commissioner Claude Gooding EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

it’simportant forustoprovideourreaderswithanoutlook

Rachel Breton

of exciting community development projects that are all in

The Noteworthy Group www.thenoteworthygroup.com

alignment with transforming and enhancing our Village. Inside, you will find a comprehensive overview of various housing redevelopment projects, beautification and façade improvement programs, as well as new small business openings and more. As we witness the development occurring in the physical structures all around us, it’s important to take stock of our own personal development. What does “personal development” mean to you? The start of a new year gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done in the past and what changes we’d like to see in our future. Focusing on your individual development can lead you down a path of identifying what your strengths are, as well as your weaknesses. It can also provide you with a better understanding of how to use the things that set you apart from the rest. By learning these skills and concepts—and integrating them into your life—you will find a renewed sense of purpose, joy and prosperity. So when you’re reading about the transformation occurring in Hempstead, remember that an investment in your own personal development can transform your life from the ordinary into the new, extraordinary you.

CREATIVE DESIGN & LAYOUT:

Andrew Bass Straight Design, www.str8tdesign.com CONTRIBUTORS:

Latasha Conyers Claude Gooding Sherina Gonzales Sarian Parker Dulce Zapata PHOTOGRAPHER:

Tyree Curry Photo credits:

Cover illustration: iStockphoto

Hempstead Living is a free publication provided to the general public

All the best in 2011,

by the Hempstead Community Development Agency.

Rachel Breton Editor-In-Chief

The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency 50 Clinton Street

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT HEMPSTEAD LIVING MAGAZINE!

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We’d love to hear your feedback! Please send an email to hempsteadliving@gmail.com

CDA Board of Directors

and let us know your thoughts on the magazine.

Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr., Chairman

You may already love it, or you may have some helpful

Mr. Inocencio Perdomo, Secretary

tips on how we can improve it – either way, we want to know!

Rev. Keith Harris, Member Ms. Della Hudson, Member

Give us your opinion…TODAY!

Dan Oppenheimer, Member Claude Gooding, Commissioner

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LETTERS

We recently received an endearing letter from a former Hempstead resident who now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Please read his words of encouragement!!

Rev. Dr. H. David Parker Pastor Emeritus

EMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH OF ELMONT, NEW YORK Baltimore, MD 21244-2078 PH: 410-655-7903 Fax: 410-655 7936

November 16, 2010 I begin this brief note by thanking you for sending me those two copies of the booklet, “HEMPSTEAD Living.” Sister Parker and I have read both of them from cover to cover, several times, and were impressed with the progress that the Village of Hempstead is making under the leadership of Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. and his wonderful team. The Village of Hempstead, in my judgment, is becoming one of the outstanding villages of our nation. I urge Mayor Hall and his team to keep up the “good work”. Yes, the wonderful personalities that were mentioned in the booklet and their professions; and the contributions that are rendering to the citizens of the Village of Hempstead, are noteworthy. As I scanned the pictures contained in the booklet, I can remember when the Village of Hempstead was absent of all of these professional and dedicated individuals. I know that you too have been one of those outstanding contributors to the progress in the Village. And please convey to Mayor Hall my best wishes for the continued and outstanding leadership that he continues to provide for the residents of Village. As I read the message from the Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Breton, with respect to the celebration of your first year of publication, I must state emphatically that all of you have much for which to be proud. God Bless you all! Please inform me as to how I might be able to receive a copy of all future issues of this wonderful publication. These copies will be a part of my library, for I have many pleasant members from the Village of Hempstead. When all the proposed work is completed, I look forward to paying a visit to the Village. So, please express my congratulations to all of the staff members of the Community Development Agency and the members of its wonderful Board. Yours most sincerely, Dr. H. David Parker Pastor Emeritus, Emanuel Baptist Church of Elmont

Corrections: • In our Fall 2010 issue, we did not recognize that October is also Italian Heritage Month. Thank you to Hempstead resident, Frank F. for bringing this to our attention!

photographed with Mayor Hall at the Gateway Unveiling Ceremony. She was mistakenly referenced as Barbara Patton in the photo credits. Her name is Barbara Powell. We apologize for the error.

• The “In the Mix” section of our last issue featured the former director of the Hempstead NAACP,

• The article about Jordan Boucicaut , the talented musician featured in the Fall 2010 issue, highlighted

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the high school student’s impressive list of accomplishments and performances. It was erroneously reported that he performed at the Metropolitan Opera. He actually performed with the Metropolitan Youth Organization.


Publisher’s Note the month of january, 2011 is already behind us and it is very important to set goals in order to measure one’s progress and or success. for hempstead, 2011 promises to be a year of challenge, but good in many respects. Challenges that will ultimately determine whether we will recede into a bedroom community or rise to realize our potential as the thriving hub we are destined to be. Poverty of the spirit is far more detrimental than financial poverty. As a proud, diverse community, I see our rich tapestry, buoying our local economy in the face of a dismal regional economy. Look around you, Hempstead slowly but surely, is standing the test of time and will re-emerge as a center of commerce in Nassau. This I assure you is not idle rhetoric, but an informed peek into our window on the world. Just this past year, we have seen a commitment of over $200 million in reinvestment in and around the Village and this bodes well for our Village’s fiscal outlook. Standard and Poors’ in their last rating stated that the Village’s outlook was stable and reflects S&P’s expectation that the Village’s financial profile will continue to strengthen. On that note, I wish you and yours a blessed and prosperous 2011. Claude Gooding, AICP Commissioner

(Pictured L-R): Commissioner Claude Gooding; EOC Board Chairperson Anne J. Wells; Emmy award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield; the CEO of the Nassau County EOC, Iris Johnson at the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Dinner Dance on January 14, 2011 held by the (EOC) Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County.

(Pictured L-R): Commissioner Claude Gooding pictured with award recipients Joyce Shackley and Wayne Haughton; event emcee Carolyn Harding and Mayor Wayne Hall at the CDA’s 5th Annual Holiday Concert in December 2010.

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VILLAGE BEAT

Committed to Education HEMPSTEAD IS A COMMUNITY THAT OFFERS VIABLE EDUCATIONAL opportunities for our youth. There are two charter schools in our area that are committed to fostering the growth and education of our children. The Academy Charter School & Evergreen Charter School are dedicated to shaping and developing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. Academy Charter School The Academy Charter School’s mission is to offer an exceptional interdisciplinary curriculum in a technology rich environment that challenges students to explore connections across subjects and use experiential learning to bridge the gaps between theory and practice. The school opened in Fall 2009 with Reverend Barrington Goldson and Wayne Haughton as its founders. The Academy recently announced that their Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Nicholas Stapleton to serve as their new principal. Dr. Stapleton is a distinguished educator with many years of experience leading high quality public schools. Most notably, Dr. Stapleton was the principal of one of the highest performing charter schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

Currently, The Academy is located at 94 Fulton Street, however, the charter school has announced that in Fall 2011, the vacant site located at 117 North Franklin Street (pictured above) will be renovated into a state-of-the-art learning facility for its pupils.

Evergreen Charter School The mission of the Evergreen Charter School is to nurture the intellectual, physical and social development of children, through a comprehensive program that promotes academic excellence and prepares its students for success in school and in life. The charter school was founded in 2009 and Evergreen’s concept was developed by Gil Bernardino, Founder and Executive Director of Circulo de la Hispanidad and Sarah Brewster, Supervisor of Circulo de la Hispanidad.

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VILLAGE BEAT

Safe Routes To Schools DURING THE VILLAGE’S COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING EXERCISES, THE safety of our children walking to and from school was identified as an issue needing immediate attention. Since the district is considered a walking district, children attending district schoolsare not provided with bustransportation.An accident analysiswasdone and it was found that there are several hotspots in the Village that urgently need to be addressed. The Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) in collaboration with the Hempstead Public School District, conducted a series of stakeholder workshops in an effort to explore the issues and identify funding that would assist in addressing some of these problems. The Federal Government through the New York State Department of Transportation, issued a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) and the CDA retained the services of Traffic and Transportation Planners. Through diligent efforts, we are happy to announce

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that funding has been obtained for all 3 sites applied for, including: ABGS Middle School, Fulton Elementary School, Jackson Main Elementary School. The proposed plan will include both physical (hard) and soft improvements. A steering committee comprised of community organizations, village departments, the school district, and our engineering and planning team (Gibbons, Esposito, & Boyce Engineers)hasbeenestablishedtooverseetheexecutionofthe projects including establishing the content of the plan and the materials for the education, encouragement, and enforcement opportunities. —Sherina Gonzales

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THE CDA WEBSITE HAS A FRESH AND EXCITING

NEW LOOK!

Community Photos! Important Announcements! You can even view Hempstead Living magazine online! Please be sure to visit the new CDA website at www.hempsteadcda.org and let us know what you think by sending us an email at hempsteadliving@gmail.com.


VILLAGE BEAT

Have You Visited… with locations all over the United States, Harbor Freight Tools recently opened a site in the Village of Hempstead. At the Harbor Freight Tools store located at 270 Peninsula Boulevard, you’ll find one of the largest selections of brand-name discount tools, including hand tools, power tools...anything that fits into your tool box, and bigger equipment too! The store also offers a lifetime warranty on all their hand tools! Visit them today!

Coming Soon! construction is underway at the new site of the TD Bank Hempstead Branch located at Hempstead Village Commons. The branch’s grand opening is scheduled for Spring 2011.

New Beginnings aj wright, located at 300 Peninsula Boulevard, has closed its doors. TJX, the company which owns the discount chain store recently announced that it will be closing all of its AJ Wright locations. The good news is that TJX is planning on converting thestoretoHomeGoods which will be opening soon. Stay Tuned… | WINTER 2011

on friday april 15, 2011, City National Bank’s Hempstead Office located at 90 Main Street, will close. The accounts currently maintained at this branch will be transferred to their Roosevelt Office located at 302 Nassau Road, Roosevelt, NY 11575. Please be advised that City National Bank customers are not required to take any action and there will be no interruption in banking services during the transition. For additional information, feel free to call the Roosevelt Office directly at 516-623-7444. 10

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HAPPENINGS

Upcoming Community Events AS ALWAYS, THE VILLAGE OF HEMPSTEAD is bustling with activity. Please take a look at our events calendar to find out what’s going on in our community! AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 110 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550 PHONE: (516) 572-0730 www. aamoflongisland.org January 3 - March 26, 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King & The Civil Rights Exhibition/Juried Show The Moneta Sleet Foundation and The African-Atlantic Genealogical Society, Inc.

Through March 30, 2011 New Orleans Exhibition Martin Hochberg, Photographer February 26, 2011 Diaspora Exhibition Shona Sculpture Every 4th Sunday of the Month “Meet the Author” The African-Atlantic Genealogical Society, Inc. Admissions: Adults : $2.00 Children (Under 12) : $1.00

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY 115 NICHOLS COURT HEMPSTEAD, NY 111550 (516) 481-6990 February 23, 2011 • 6:30 pm - 8pm How to Find Your Dream Job This seminar is designed for job seekers who need updated job placement skills in order to land their dream job. Topics will include resumes, references, networking, classifieds, web searches, internet postings, interviewing and negotiating. Registration is required for this free program.

February 24, 2011 • 4pm Talking Drums The audience will discover the music of Africa through chants, drums and other instruments in a hands-on, culturally enriching experience. March 4, 2011 • 10:30am - 12:30pm First Friday Stitching Club Join the Hempstead Public Library’s First Friday Stitching Club! Socialize with your stitching buddies in a casual, relaxed group setting in our spacious Community Room! This is NOT a class, just a fun place to meet and do your stitching crafts! Seating is first come, first served! March 5, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm Cooking Healthy with Acquillia Gourmet Chef Acqullia Bailey will be at the Hempstead Public Library to present a culinary program all about cooking healthy! Chef Bailey will present delicious and easy to prepare recipes the entire family can enjoy. Registration is required at the Reference Desk for this free program. March 9, 2011 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm ZUMBA! Come to the Hempstead Public Library to enjoy the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation! Burn off those holiday calories and have fun in the process. Working out has never been so much fun. Registration at the Reference Desk is required. There is a $20.00 Village of Hempstead residents fee/$30.00 non-Village residents fee, payable at the time of registration. Payment of this fee entitles you to attend all four scheduled classes. March 11, 2011 • 10 am – 2pm St. Francis Hospital Community Outreach Bus The St. Francis Hospital Community Outreach Bus will be at the Hempstead Public Library to provide a FREE basic health screening to adults over 18 years old. For further details about the screening process, please call the St. Francis Community Outreach Department at (516) 629–2013

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March 19, 2011 • 2pm – 4pm Breast Health Seminar “Healthy Hempstead 2011” continues with a free breast health seminar geared specifically for African American and Hispanic women living on Long Island. Become educated about ways of preventing and treating breast medical issues. This program will have bilingual presenters. Registration at the Reference Desk is required for this free program. March 23, 2011 • 6:30pm – 8pm Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop This workshop will teach participants how to effectively utilize software to generate professional looking documents that will stand out above the crowd. Free floppy discs will be distributed to help participants save their resumes and cover letters in the future. Registration is required for this free program. March 29 & 31, 2011 • 1pm – 4pm AARP Defensive Driving The AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered in two sessions, Tuesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 31, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Successful completion of this class will remove up to 4 points from your driving record, entitle you to an insurance discount, and make you a better driver. Registration must be done in person. There is a fee of $12.00 per person for AARP Members and $14.00 per person for non-AARP Members at the time of registration, checks or money order payable to AARP. If you are an AARP Member, you must present your AARP Membership card at the time of registration! Village of Hempstead residents may register starting on Monday, March 14. Non-Village of Hempstead residents may register starting on Monday, March 21. Class size is limited, bring lunch or a snack.


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“MakeADifference”Luncheon thehispaniccounselingcenter (HCC) hosted its annual “Make A Difference” Luncheon on November 5, 2010 at the Garden City Hotel. This year’s luncheon recognized the efforts and contributions of two special honorees: Margaret Martinez-Malito, Executive Director , Nassau County Youth Board and Claude Gooding, Commissioner, Hempstead Community Development Agency.

(Pictured L-R): Margaret Martinez-Malito; Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby; HCC Executive Director, Gladys Serrano; HCC Board President, Cheryl D. M. Vanek; CDA Commissioner Claude Gooding

Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway hempstead village employees, volunteers and community members worked together to distribute food and turkeys to those in need at Kennedy Memorial Park in November 2010. Turkeys were donated by the Hempstead Community Development Agency, FoodMart International, and VIM. With so many pantries experiencing shortages during this past holiday season, it was wonderful to know that those in need were still able to benefit from the generosity of others.

(Pictured above): Hempstead Village employees, community and civic leaders, Village Board Trustees and Mayor Hall (pictured bottom, far right) were all smiles at the Turkey Giveaway.

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HAPPENINGS

2010AnnualHolidayConcert&ToyDrive the incorporated village of Hempstead Community Development Agency hosted its free annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, marking the agency’s fifth annual holiday event that it has held as a tribute to the members of this community. The concert, which was held at the Cultural

outstanding efforts of community members and businesses. This year’s award recipients included Housing Award Recipient, New Haven Apartments; Small Business Award recipient, Pizzatini; Aesthetics Award recipient Joyce Shackley; and Youth Award recipients Sara Brewster & Wayne Haughton.

Arts Theater located at 145 North Franklin Avenue, showcased an array of diverse talent fromthelocalarea.Theholidayaffairfeatured DJ Erskine Matthews and was emceed by renowned vocalist, Carolyn Harding. Attendees enjoyed dance performances by Faith Baptist Church’s Emunah Dance Ministry and a local Hispanic Folk Dance Group. The audience also enjoyed the rousing vocal performances by the Calvary Tabernacle Choir and the award-winning Hempstead High School Select Chorale. The event’s program also featured the CDA’s annual award ceremony, which recognizes the

The CDA’s tradition of hosting a “toy giveaway” at the annual holiday concert continued this year and over 300 toys were distributed to children ages 15 & under at this event. The concert was well-attended and children who received free toys were filled with excitement and joy!

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HAPPENINGS SHOPPING

TheHempsteadVillageHoliday Extravaganza mayorwaynehallandtheFirstFamily hostedtheVillage’sfirstOutdoorHoliday ExtravaganzaonDecember18,2010at DentonGreen(locatedacrossthestreetfrom VillageHall).Membersofthecommunity gatheredundertheheatedtentforajoyous holidaycelebration.Theextravaganza’s programincludedatreelightingceremony, musicalpresentations,giftgiveawaysandfood for all in attendance. The free community eventwaswell-attendedanditssupporters includedmanycommunityleaders,

dignitariesandpublicofficials,including NassauCountyExecutiveEdwardMangano andNewYorkState’sformerGovernor,David Paterson.Paterson,whogrewupinHempstead, receivedthekeytotheVillage.

Breakfast of Champions the 9th annual Breakfast of Champions was hosted by Sisters In The Struggle on December 4, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel located in Melville, NY. The popular breakfast and awards program, which is held every year, focuses on celebrating brotherhood. This year’s event honored a number of men who have made significant (Pictured L-R): Dr. Darrell W. Pone; Honorable Perry Pettus; Principal Jervey D. Edward; Honorable contributions to the community Brandon V. Ray; Mayor Wayne Hall; Shawn Davis; Bishop Andy C. Lewter; CDA Commissioner Claude Gooding; Deacon Gary Battle, Breakfast Chair. including:Dr.Marvin J. Bentley; Brandon V. Ray, Hempstead Board of Shawn Davis; Principal Jervey D. Edwards; Education Trustee. The ceremony also Bishop Andy C. Lewter; Jr., James Mtume; featured the presentation of the 2010 Irving Honorable Perry Pettus, Hempstead Village Award to Dr. Cornel West. Trustee; Dr. Darrell W. Pone; and Honorable | WINTER 2011

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Bon Voyage

Voices of Virtue performing at a benefit concert at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in NYC

please join us as we extend our prayers and well wishes to the Hempstead High School Select Chorale and Voices of Virtue, Inc. as they embark on a journey overseas to compete in the March 2011 International Choir Competition in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The non-profit entity, Voices of Virtue, Inc., was founded in 2010 by the group’s musical director, Rachel Blackburn. Ms. Blackburn says, “Voices of Virtue is a community-based choir whose purpose will positively impact the Village of Hempstead by providing talented teens, at-risk youths and young adults artistic exposure to different cultures. It also allows them to serve as musical ambassadors as they perform throughout the community, the nation and the world.” | WINTER 2011

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The group’s participation in the upcoming competition requires financial assistance above and beyond the previous donations generously granted to them by the community. As a result, the choir members have been diligently performing and raising funds to supplement the expenses associated with this trip. Voices of Virtue is scheduled to perform at several events during Black History Month. Please visit their site at www.voicesofvirtueinc.org for their performance schedule. If you are interested in having Voices of Virtue perform at your upcoming event or if you’d like information on how you can donate to the organization directly, please call 516.398.7832, or send an email to vovapps@gmail.com. HEMPSTEAD LIVING |


HAPPENINGS

Holiday Art Contest

Pictured L-R (Front Row): Holiday Art Contest Winners: China Oliver, Alice Ekong, Alma Quijano, Allison Navarrete, Fulton Elementary School Art Teacher, Ms. Lynch, (Back Row) CDA Assistant to the Commissioner Sherina Gonzales and Mayor Wayne Hall.

the hempstead cda sponsored an art contest inviting local school children to submit their own colorful illustrations of what the holidays truly mean to them. The winning sketch would then be selected by the CDA staff and serve as the cover of the Agency’s holiday greeting card. Due to the impressive amount of submissions received, staff members couldn’t pick just one! Four finalists were selected from Fulton Elementary School and all of their drawings appeared on the greeting card’s cover. Congratulations to the Holiday Art Contest winners: Alice Ekong, Grade 1; Alma Quijano, Grade 3; Allison Navarrete, Grade 5; and China Oliver, Grade 5. | WINTER 2011

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LOCAL FLAVOR

The “NEW” Nakisaki NAKISAKI INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT, LOCATED AT 276 FULTON Avenue , has been a mainstay in the Village of Hempstead for 20 years and counting. The family-owned business was founded by the late Earl Lyn Sr. (who passed away August 2009), and the other members of his immediate family, wife Dorothy Lyn, sons Paul Lyn, Earl Lyn Jr. and daughter Deborah Lyn. The enterprise proudly celebrated its 25th anniversary in November 2010.

When you visit Nakisaki’s, mention this article featured & Sour Jerk Chicken, Curry Chop Suey and Now that the eatery has entered a in Hempstead Living. more. The list of creative eating options is new era, the owners have taken steps to Ask for Debbie and get a endless, however, the owners remain forevitalize the look and feel of the estabcused on growth for the restaurant’s fulishment. The restaurant and catering FREE daiquiri or pina colada! hall have been completely renovated. ture. The vision is to expand Nakisaki’s The dining room has been sectioned off services to include off-premise catering into four different areas for private dining, but can also be (i.e. office parties, weddings, etc.); sponsoring cultural opened up to accommodate large functions. A stage for live events such as dinner theatre and concerts both in the entertainment has also been added and television monitors restaurant and in the park; and hosting seminars and busihave been installed in the bar/lounge area which has also ness meetings. The company’s principals are also looking been sectioned off for private parties and dancing. Co- into franchising. owner, Deborah Lyn explains, “We changed the colors and Nakisaki’s has just started a new ‘All You Can Eat’ Sunday furniture to give a warm, cozy and intimate feeling as well as Gospel Brunch with a live gospel band performing from 12 a more upscale look. It looks like Manhattan, but has the noon to 6pm. Additionally, a new ‘All You Can Eat’ Thursday warmth, charm and friendliness of the islands—both Long Jazz and Seafood Buffet features a live jazz band at 6pm. Be sure to drop by and allow Nakisaki’s to satisfy your taste Island and the Caribbean”. The restaurant’s menu boasts a cultural explosion of buds with their exotic cuisine and soothe your soul with foods including their own special recipe for Jerk Chicken, Ox live entertainment. Don’t wait…now is the time to visit and Tails, Peppered Shrimp and fusion specialties such as Sweet experience the “new” Nakisaki! —Rachel Breton

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LOCAL SHOPPING FLAVOR

Grand Opening! Venues offering sweet treats continue to pop up in our Village! A new Bakery-CafĂŠ, located at 15 North Franklin Street recently opened and celebrated its Grand Opening. Con Sabor a Columbia provides its patrons with decadent desserts, delicious breads and tasty coffee all in the traditional Columbian cuisine fashion! Visit them today for an undeniably appetizing experience!

Coming Soon! Hempstead is known for its array of local restaurants offering authentic ethnic cuisine. A new eatery offering American & Spanish Food (Comida Rapida) will be coming soon to the Village. Pavon Deli Restaurant is scheduled to open in Spring 2011 and will be located at 131B Fulton Avenue. Please be sure to visit and support the business once it opens!

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COMMUNITY DEV

HEMPSTEAD’S REDEVELOPMENT IN

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by claude gooding

any of our residents have expressedseriousconcern about the proposed development for the Village of Hempstead the CDA has planned and/or actively sponsored. These are valid concernsand Iwant to clearly express that they are by no means taken lightly. Concerns expressed include the present conditions of our roads, sewers and water supply infrastructure; not to mention our schools and fire & police departments. The arguments made include the suggestion that the current conditions of our infrastructure cannot absorb the ambitious level of development being planned for this Village, and that the impacts will adversely affect the quality of life of Hempstead. I dare to say that

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these concerns are valid and real, but the challenge, however, is what do we do to fix it? Do we sit on our hands and just say NO. I would agree that anything is not always better than nothing, but I am sure any fairminded tax payer would agree, we have to figure out what is acceptable and what is not. I heard one member of the public speak out in opposition to a project stating, “isn’t theCDAbehindallthismassivedevelopment they want to bring in?” We are somehow led to believe that scaled projects will destroy the fabric of our suburban lifestyle and create overcrowded schools and congested roadways. The reality, however, is that unplanned growth or denial of growth are neither good HEMPSTEAD LIVING |


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public policy positions for any community if they are serious about their long term economic survival. Already, we know that our property taxes by any standard are high and have continued to climb, albeit at a slower rate over the past few years. This is attributable to many factors, but the essential cause is the rising costs associated with services and schools. This has been compounded by property decay hence value reduction, as well as whole property tax exemptions, which seem to have become more prevalent recently. Most recently a number of existing multi-family dwellings have been utilizing Industrial Development Agency (IDA) bond financing to refinance existing, occupied dwellings. This allows the owners of the property to obtain PILOTs (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) agreements with the municipalities. PILOTs as they are called, in and of themselves are neither good nor bad. In fact, they represent the only certain revenue stream the municipality can count on. These are always binding contracts. Occasionally they are reviewed but are largely never really challenged since it is an agreement between the beneficial owners and the municipalities. What seems to have been the problem is the abuse (using a facility intended for job creation) and blatant disregard of the impact any downward shift in tax revenues these agreements would have on the municipalities. The refinancing of an existing performing building can only create temporary jobs associated with the rehabilitation of the plant which are often essentially cosmetic and change little in terms of the underlying value of the asset, even though the debt burden on the underlying asset is significantly increased. So, for the reasons I have mentioned before, what we have to be vigilant about, is the use of IDA bonds and negotiate PILOTS that are fairer to the other tax payers, not condemn it all together. The regular taxation methodology is rife with uncertainty and has created a cottage industry for certiari actions which costs the Village, millions in repayments annually. This brings me to another facet of our problem, and that is our tax regime. The Village has one class of property while the County has four. The four classes include, one, two family and multi-family residential as classes 1 & 2. Class 3 are franchises and utilities, while all other commercial, industrial

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comprise class 4. For existing homeowners in the Village, this class is lumped with all others and as a result, based on value not based on use, all properties are treated the same. Hempstead homeowners are feeling the pinch. In order for us to correct this, we have to adopt the Homestead Act which by State law requires a comprehensive revaluation of all property in the Village. While it is widely believed by the professionals that this will not change the overall outcome for the Village, nothing can be done without this action. Needless to say, we will continue to see a disparity and a shift in the burden to homeowners from commercial properties.

SOLUTIONS: ur recommendations and plans understand these complex issues and are attempting to address them in ways that are mindful of the impacts on the quality of life as well as the economy and infrastructure of the Village. Growing our taxable base is a must. Specifically, any redevelopment is targeted for areas considered within the downtown of Hempstead. This is to preserve the suburban quality of the residential portions of the Village. Plans for increased density seek to take advantage of our connectivity attributes, including our rail and bus systems, which its very existence is being seriously threatened due to questions of viability. We need to be reminded that unless we want to become a bedroom community, annexed to the Town, we have to contemplate growth and make tough choices as to how we will ensure our long term economic survival. I believe with every fiber in my body that Hempstead is at the cusp of a brighter more vibrant future. I encourage you to come out and participate in our public forums as we move forward. As you may know, the Village Board and the CDA Board just recently signed a 90-day exclusivity agreement with a group called Renaissance Downtown/Urban America, a joint venture between a minority real estate investment trust and a Long Island development company to create a redevelopment plan for downtown Hempstead. This is intended to be a transparent and fluid process that hopefully will reflect our best ideals for Hempstead. God bless and I wish us all much success in 2011.

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The North Main Street Urban Renewal Plan Update the north main street urban renewal Plan continues to move forward. The Village Board and the CDA Board just recently signed a 90-day exclusivity agreement with a group called Renaissance Downtown/Urban America, a joint venture between a minority real estate investment trust and a Long Island development company to create a redevelopment plan for downtown Hempstead. The Plan focuses on redeveloping approximately five blocks along North Main Street (see illustration).

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The objectives of the North Main Street Urban Renewal Plan include: • eliminating blighted areas, vacant land and deteriorating buildings. • developing uses that can benefit from the existing transportation and connectivity attributes. • generating additional local tax revenues • increasing employment opportunities • enhancing the overall environment of the project area • creation of full-time & part-time jobs. • opportunities for additional social services. • long-term growth and viability for the Village of Hempstead.

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The “Peninsula” a number of upgrades have been occurring along the Peninsula Boulevard thoroughfare. A noticeable addition is the newly constructed strip mall located at the corner of Madison and Peninsula. The mall, aptly named “The Peninsula”, currently houses a T-Mobile store and has vacancies for other retail businesses including a new café/restaurant which is coming soon! A New Supermarket Coming To Our Area a new met Food Supermarket will be coming soon to South Franklin Street, between Chase Street and Burnett Street. Residents in this area can look forward to doing their grocery shopping “closer to home”. The new supermarket is currently under development and should celebrate its grand opening before the end of 2011.

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Housing News Flash

Artist’s rendering of the proposed workforce housing to be built on South Franklin.

the housing sector in the Village of Hempstead has a number of exciting renovation and development projects underway. Twin Oaks located at 21 Manor Avenue in Hempstead, will feature the rehabilitation of two buildings that formerly provided dormitory housing for Hofstra University graduate students. By Fall 2011, the site will feature 58 one-bedroom and 36 twobedroom affordable rental apartments, some handicap accessible with roll-in showers. The site will be rehabilitated to NYS “Green” standards and will include an exercise room, computer lab, community room and on-site laundry facility. Additionally, there are rehabilitation projects currently in progress including a moderaterehab at the apartment buildings located at 600 Fulton Avenue. Additionally, a gutrehabilitation is underway on the West | WINTER 2011

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Side of Terrace Avenue. Other housing redevelopment projects are in the pipeline, including a plan to redevelop the abandoned property located at 303 Main Street. Moreover, construction on ten (10) scattered sites throughout the South Franklin corridor and in the Hempstead Heights area, is scheduled to commence in Spring 2011. Within the South Franklin Corridor, the CDA is working with non-profit organization Greater Hempstead Housing Development Fund Corp (GHHDFC) to develop the vacant lot located at the corner ofSouthFranklinandWestGrahamAvenues into workforce-housing offering ownership of over 116 affordable units. Lastly, there are several Neighborhood Stabilization Program homes (throughout Nassau County) that are being rehabilitated and sold to first-time home buyers. HEMPSTEAD LIVING |


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Downtown Beautification

Pictured: Hempstead Bicycle Shop, which has been a long standing business in the Village, received an upgrade to its store’s façade during Phase 1 of the facade improvement project.

since 2007, the Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) has focused on an ongoing initiative to beautify the downtown area of the Village. Façade improvements on Main Street and Fulton Avenue have occurred in phases. Phase 1 of the façade improvement project has been successfully completed and Phase 2 is scheduled to close in Summer 2011. The | WINTER 2011

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second phase will include enhancements to 285 Fulton Avenue, 287 Fulton Avenue, 42 Main Street, implementation of a new signage and awning program, as well as renovations to various storefronts & sidewalks. The third and final phase will concentrate on making improvements to the remainder of the Main Street Beautification Program properties. —Dulce Zapata HEMPSTEAD LIVING |


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Spotlight: Nassau Extended Care Facility the mission of Nassau Extended Care Facility is to enable those they serve to flourish physically, emotionally, and spiritually by providing the finest possible care and support by the most qualified staff. Nassau Extended Care Facility (NECF) serves the community, fosters independence for its residents and provides support for family caregivers. They advocate for the aged/disabled, educate the public about their needs, and promote the concept of individualized, progressive care for its residents. The facility aims to provide the highest standards of care and to be a model for suburban community nursing homes throughout the country. NECF’s values focus on service and honesty. They are committed to providing the highest quality resident care and vow to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity at all times. At the heart of every organization, you will find that there is a core group of individuals working hard every day to make a difference. NECF’s Administrator is Ingrid Scantlebury, (LMSW, MPA, LNHA). Scantlebury, who was awarded New Administrator of the Year by ACHCA (American College of Health Care Administrators–New York Chapter) in 2007, is responsible for overall daily operations consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the Skilled Nursing Facility and medical model Adult Day Health Care Program. When asked Nassau Extended Care Facility offers the following services:

• 280 Bed Skilled Nursing Facility • Medical Model Adult Day Health Care Program • 24 hour a Day Admissions • Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program Six Days a Week • Short Term Rehabilitation (Physical, Occupational, & Speech Therapy) • Comfort Care • Tracheostomy Care • Intravenous Therapy • Post Acute and Surgical Wound Care • Hemodialysis • Gastrostomy Tube Feedings • Hospice and Respite Care

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(Pictured L-R): Ingrid Luyen, Director of Nursing Services, Lynwana Johnson, Director of Adult Day Care; Tammy Purins, Director of Admissions; Livy Palmaira, Director of Rehabilitation Services; (Seated) Ingrid Scantlebury, Administrator

about her role as Administrator at NECF, Ingrid explains “I consideritaprivilegeandhonortoservethe280residentswho have been entrusted to our care each day. It is an awesome responsibility that my team and I take very seriously. The NECF team is dedicated to the principles of providing quality care and services in the same manner that we would to our own family. It is our goal to provide both long and short term nursing and rehabilitation care with a reputation for excellence.” Ingrid Bragat Luyun (BSN, RN) who serves as the Director of Nursing Services adds, “My main objective is to provideandpromotequalitypatientcarewithcompassionand professionalism. I believe that life is a daily journey. It is not the outcome that always counts, but it’s the integrity and the enthusiasm in every effort you make that matters most at the end of the day. To know that one life breathes easier because you are alive, is the true measure of success.” Rounding out the NECF team are Livy Palmaira, PT Director of Rehabilitation Services; Tamatha P. Purins, Director of Admissions; and Lynwana Johnson, (LMSW) Director of Adult Day Care. NECF is also committed to serving the community of the Village of Hempstead. The organization makes regular donations to the Interfaith Nutrition Network and also donates clothing to local community churches. They have been designated as the evacuation site for the Hempstead Pre K program and have hosted a Blood Drive for Long Island Blood Services. NECF is located at One Greenwich Street and can be found online at www.nassauextendedcare.com.

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IN MEMORIAM

We remember those who have recently passed away. Thank you for all for your years of commitment, service and dedication to the Village of Hempstead. % Francisca Bailey Harry Dickinson Hermina Fullard Vickie Meadows Elaine Nolan %

The CDA would like to remember all individuals who have made contributions to our beloved community. If there is anyone who has recently passed and has been inadvertently left off of this list, please send an email to us at hempsteadliving@gmail.com and we will be sure to recognize them in an upcoming issue of Hempstead Living.

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The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency Commissioner Claude Gooding 50 Clinton Street, Suite 504 Hempstead, New York 11550

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Hempstead Living Winter 2011  

The Winter 2011 Edition of Hempstead Living Magazine, published by the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA)

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