Town eyes waterfront moratorium extension, passes graffiti law

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Town eyes waterfront moratorium extension, passes graffiti law
The North Hempstead Town Board set a public hearing for Sept. 27 to consider extending a waterfront building moratorium. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The North Hempstead Town Board unanimously voted Thursday to hold a public hearing later this month to consider extending a waterfront building moratorium.

The 5-0 vote, with Councilman Angelo Ferrara and Councilwoman Anna Kaplan absent, set a Sept. 27 hearing date where the board will consider extending the moratorium until January 2019.

The moratorium was first approved by the town last December.

An extension was passed in June, that keeps the moratorium in place until Nov. 1.

During the meeting, the board also unanimously approved a local law amending town code to require the paint used to cover over graffiti is used in “the same or substantially similar color as the surface upon which the graffiti was made.”

The law was brought to the attention of the board by Lakeville Estates Civic Association member Bill Cutrone.

Cutrone said that some residents had been painting over graffiti in the town with paint that was not the same color as the original surface.

The board also unanimously voted to install three stop signs in the Herricks area: one on the intersection of Linden Street and Pine Street, one on the intersection of Center Drive and Pine Street and one on the intersection of West Street and North Street.

Councilman Peter Zuckerman said his office had received petitions asking for the three stop signs.

The petitions had signatures form 13 households and 20 individuals, Zuckerman said.

A traffic engineer also recommended the addition of the signs, Zuckerman said.

The Town Board also approved an ordinance restricting parking to three hours on the north side of Station Road in Great Neck.

During the meeting, the Town Board also established a town Labor Advisory Board.

Supervisor Judi Bosworth said it’s an initiative to start an ongoing dialogue with labor.

“Hopefully we will learn from them, and they will learn from us,” Bosworth said.

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