Abrahams and Lawmakers Approve Law Notifying Neighbors of County Land Sales

Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) joined fellow lawmakers in approving a law that requires the Nassau County Planning Commission to give notice to property owners of any sale of County-owned land within a 150-foot radius of the property at the July 18 meeting of the full legislature.

The law also requires the Planning Commission to report to the community if, should the land be sold to an adjacent land owner, the large combined lot could be subdivided.

“When the sale of County-owned land occurs, it is important to consider the members of the surrounding community and the impact the sale could have on their lives,” Abrahams said. “The residents of Nassau County deserve to know what exactly is happening when the County sells a piece of land, and this law provides guidelines where that can occur.”

In other news, the proposed budget for Nassau Community College was defeated by a vote of 14-3.

“I felt that the proposed budget for the 2007-08 school year was a great start, but there was still room for improvement and ways to decrease the proposed tuition increase,” Abrahams said. “The students of NCC have seen their tuition rise for too long, and they deserve better.”

A resolution was passed authorizing an inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Hempstead in relation to community visioning projects, such as local improvements that spur economic development. The County will provide the Village of Hempstead with $75,000 in grants to undertake a visioning project in the Downtown area and its key arterials.

The legislature also approved an $111,518 grant for an anti-gang initiative as part of the District Attorney’s Office’s Project Safe Neighborhood. The funds will create a multi-jurisdiction Project Safe Neighborhood Special Prosecution Unit comprised of federal prosecutors and cross-designated state prosecutors for each of the PSN-partners District Attorney’s Offices.

Also approved were the following appoints to County boards and commissions:

Taxi and Limousine Commission

  • Kenneth J. Caldwell – Commissioner
  • Steven Berry – Commissioner

Advisory Council for senior Citizen Affairs

  • Charlotte L. Allen
  • George J. Browne
  • Cyd Beth Charrow
  • Michael P. Golden
  • Roseanne Hatzelman
  • Raymond Iryami
  • Joyce Kaufmann
  • Jay Thomas Korth
  • Kenneth Lee
  • Ilene L. Nathanson
  • Marie A. Sammons
  • Andrew Safyer
  • Jeffrey A. Siegel
  • Jean Silverman

Nassau County Traffic Safety Board

  • Michael E. Beer
  • Robert T. Francis
  • Kichul Lee
  • Steven November
  • Eric J. Sussman
  • Mark Yedlin

The next meeting will be July 30.