A noisy campaign backdrop

In Breaking News by Hal Peterson0 Comments

As reported in Newsday’s Daily Point on April 30th North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is trying to put rules and controls in place that she says will change the culture of unaccountability in town government. She supports a list of recommendations from the town attorney that she hopes the town board will adopt. Bosworth is reeling from the recent arrests of:

A former town administrative assistant allegedly embezzled more than $98,000 from the town’s solid waste authority.

A the former town Democratic Party leader charged with tax fraud after getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in town contracts despite his own considerable tax liens and other financial problems.

The incidents revealed there were few checks on conflicts of interest and nepotism or controls on cash collections. Bosworth is now auditing cash collections from parking meters and fees paid at town beaches.

But the more the supervisor talks about all the problems in the town she took over in 2014, the more questions are raised about the management practices under predecessor Jon Kaiman. He resigned as Town Supervisor in 2013. He also served as the head of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority  (NIFA) and now seeks the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 3rd District. Expect to see the town’s problems as a noisy backdrop in the campaign.

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