Oceanside should consider incorporation
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In order to incorporate, a petition containing the signatures of 20 percent of the hamlet’s registered voters would have to be submitted to the Town of Hempstead. Then the town would hold a public hearing to determine whether the proposed incorporation followed New York state village law. If the petition were found to be sound, a referendum would be held in the community to vote for incorporation.
Of course, transforming Oceanside into a village would be neither easy nor without cost. It would need a village hall, a mayor and a Board of Trustees. The village would have to determine what services it would provide to residents and decide whether it wanted to keep the Oceanside Fire District and Sanitary District 7, or provide those services itself.
Incorporation wouldn’t be the answer to all of the problems Oceanside faced during and after Hurricane Sandy. But surely it is an idea worth considering for the future.