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Friday, May 22, 2015
Kate Murray, Felix Procacci vie for Town of Hempstead supervisor
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Felix Procacci and Kate Murray are vying for the Town of Hempstead supervisor's post this year.

Murray said the town has also pursued federal and state grants to add renewable-energy sources to its power generation mix, decreasing its dependence on oil and natural gas and saving money. And Hempstead is rolling out a computer system to monitor its vehicles’ fuel efficiency, which will save the town $1 million annually, the supervisor said.

Noting that the town enjoys an AAA bond rating, Murray said, “There are signs that the economy is creeping back, and it will continue to be my biggest challenge — to keep our record of very, very stable finances. If you take your eye off the budget for a day, you’re going to be in trouble.”

Procacci has charted Hempstead’s tax levy — the total amount it needs in taxes to meet expenses — for the past decade, and while he said it’s true that the levy has gone down in recent years, it has not always done so. The levy has risen, Procacci said, from $182.5 million in 2003 to a little under $264.5 million this year. He noted that property taxes have decreased in the years before Murray runs for office. Between 2009 and 2010, the tax levy dropped by nearly $900,000 and by a half-million dollars from 2011 to 2012.

Procacci said that he has often attempted to raise budget concerns at Town Board meetings, but has been shut down when he has. “When I bring up the budget numbers,” he said, “I [have been] relegated to three minutes.”

The Town Board “knew [I] was going to be controversial,” he said. “I tell the truth. All of my information is documented.”

The candidate said he sees inefficiencies in town operations. In particular, he said, town crews are sent to his neighborhood at times to clean up tree branches, and he sees workers standing around because the crews are larger than needed.

Procacci said the town should videotape its public meetings and post them on the Internet and show them on public-access channels to enable the public to see the Town Board at work. He noted that town meetings are held during the day, when people are at work. He said he can attend meetings because he works part-time.

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fprocacci

This article is completely incorrect. Scott Britton whitewashed all my comments. He didn't mention one thing about ethics. That was one of the major reasons I told him I was running for office. We had a lengthy conversation just on that.

I mentioned that Kate Murray is really not an environmentalist because of her mailings and her refusal to go green and use email. Also because she has a program to patrol streets for debris using 5 ton dump trucks. I also mentioned the excessive use of equipment in the Sandy cleanup, ie using 5 trucks and 8 workers, with only 2 performing any work.

I mentioned after Sandy hit, the Town patrolled the same streets night after night with dump trucks doing no work while residents suffered on the South Shore. I mentioned, in detail, all the wasteful spending, and how they said they could not contribute more money to veteran programs.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Report this
fprocacci

For 10 years now, residents of the Town of Hempstead have been receiving numerous town mailings (about 25 per year) often touting the accomplishments of our Town Supervisor, Kate Murray. One accomplishment, she can’t help but mention (over and over) is her fiscal record.

It is long past due that town residents have a factual account of her (Supervisor Murray’s) actual fiscal record. Since 2003, when Supervisor Murray was appointed, the property tax levy has increased from $182.528 to $264.49 million (or 44.9 percent), bond debt increased from $238 to $317.35 million (or 33 percent), and the town has had three consecutive years (2010 to 2012) of deficits totaling $36 million. Why hasn’t any of these facts showed up in a Kate Murray’s mailings?

Supervisor Murray always claims she cares so much about town residents, but between 2006 and 2009, while Charles and Michael Scarlatta took $1 million in compensation out of Oceanside’s Sanitary District 7, Supervisor Murray, who could have voted against those compensation increases, did nothing!

She, along with the rest of the town board voted for the increases, essentially robbing Sanitary District 7 residents, and made statements to the press that the town had no control. This was not true. At the very least, she could have opened her mouth and told residents in one of her more than 20 yearly mailings. Instead, she chose to keep quite, and deny responsibility.

In November 2012, the state comptroller’s audit of the Hempstead Animal Shelter discovered unaccounted for funds and high operational costs. This report verified what I had found in my own investigation, a year earlier (in 2011).

In the town’s 2014 budget, there are additional anomalies, that Supervisor Murray would not explain. For example, there are three graphic artists budgeted at a total cost of $290,151 and three engineering helpers budgeted at a cost of $234,199. I requested the names and salaries of these employees via a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request on Sept. 5 of this year, and still haven’t received the data. Last year I filed an ethics complaint against two town attorneys for not complying with FOIL. To date this file remains empty, and all I received is a letter from the town’s ethics officer, Susan Jacobs, that there was no wrong doing. Her letter did not include any explanation, or any details of the investigation. After 16 months of investigation, there was no evidence collected to substantiate the results of the investigation.

Reforming town government requires transparency. Town board meetings need to be broadcast online, and all town contracts need to be published online, along with their budgeted cost, the day after they are ratified. There needs to be accountability.

I have attended every town board meeting since Aug 2010 and can say with complete certainty that Supervisor Murray opposes any form of transparency that will give residents a comprehensive understanding of how town government spends taxpayer money.

Felix Procacci

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | Report this
fprocacci

Despite Scott Brinton's correction, THE STORY IS STILL WRONG.

KATE MURRAY COULD SAY ANYTHING AND SCOTT WILL WRITE IT WITHOUT CHECKING THE FACTS.

THE HERALD PUBLISHED (IN PRINT) THE ENDORSEMENT ARTICLE FOR KATE MURRAY TWICE (2 times)

(WITHOUT CORRECTING THE ERRORS I TOLD SCOTT BRINTON ABOUT).

KATE MURRAY SUPPORTS WASTEFUL POLICIES LIKE

(1) SENDING OUT 25 MAILINGS PER YEAR

(2) USING 5 TONS TRUCKS TO PATROL (EACH DAY) THE SAME STREETS TO LOOK FOR DEBRIS in the streets.

(3) USING 10 TON PAYLOADER TRUCKS TO PICK UP LEAVES

These are not policies supported by environmentalists, these are policies of the Kate Murray government.

Policies that waste natural resources and TAXPAYER money.

But the Herald doesn't know any better, they even support a less qualified candidate (Nasrin Ahmad) over who they (in the Herald's own words, classify as an "overqualified candidate" Jasmine Garcia Vieux.

Friday, November 1, 2013 | Report this
fprocacci

If you want to read an ACCURATE account of Kate Murray's fiscal irresponsibility see : http://fivetowns.patch.com/groups/town-of-hempstead-news/p/kate-murrays-fiscal-record

Saturday, November 2, 2013 | Report this
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