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Monday, March 30, 2015
Herald Endorsement
Vote for Kate Murray for Town of Hempstead supervisor

As it has in the past, the Herald once again endorses incumbent Kate Murray for Town of Hempstead supervisor without reservation.

Murray is a popular Republican, renowned for balanced budgets and an unwavering commitment to environmental preservation. She is a conservative with a Teddy Roosevelt-like commitment to saving our natural resources — our air, water and soil.

The economic downturn of 2007 to 2009 plunged municipalities across the country into financial dire straits. Hempstead Town, though clearly affected by the national financial crisis, balanced its budgets while maintaining services. It was a high-wire act, for sure, but one that Murray was clearly up to managing.

Now the economy is slowly recovering, and the town is enjoying its status as one of Long Island’s best-run municipalities. Certainly, the bond-rating agencies are impressed. The town has consistently received an AAA rating from them — the highest possible rating.

At the same time, Hempstead has aggressively sought federal and state grants to install renewable-energy sources at facilities across the town, including wind, solar and geothermal projects. The town is even now looking at tidal-action facilities that could harness the power of the Atlantic Ocean to produce electricity.

We appreciate the commitment to open government that Murray’s opponent, Felix Procacci, has demonstrated. He has attended every Town Board meeting for the past three years, and he is so enthusiastic about helping to create a more transparent Hempstead that he has financed his grass-roots campaign with $22,000 of his own money.

Procacci, a Republican from Franklin Square who is running on the Democratic ticket, is correct when he says that the town should post more documents on its website and possibly videotape meetings for viewing on the Internet. He did not, however, make a convincing argument that he could do a better job of managing the town’s finances than Murray, and he had little to nothing to say about the town’s environmental record, only that he is unsure whether its rain barrel program is producing the water savings that town officials say it is.

Murray is the clear choice.

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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.

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