North Hempstead, New York
|Town of North Hempstead|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||Judi Bosworth|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||69.16 sq mi (179.14 km2)|
|• Land||53.51 sq mi (138.60 km2)|
|• Water||15.65 sq mi (40.54 km2)|
|Elevation||102 ft (31 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||4,318.84/sq mi (1,667.51/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
The town occupies the northwest part of the county. Its Supervisor is Judi Bosworth, a former Nassau County legislator, who was inaugurated on Jan. 1, 2014. A Democrat, she succeeded Interim Supervisor John B. Riordan, the former Nassau County Surrogate, who served since the resignation of Jon Kaiman on Sept. 23, 2013 to work for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Bosworth is the fifth consecutive Democrat to head the former Republican stronghold since Ben Zwirn was elected in 1989.
The area was first settled by Europeans around 1643 and became part of the town of Hempstead. During the American Revolution the southern part of Hempstead was primarily Tory, while the northern part, having been settled by Yankees, supported the revolution. Following the war, the Town of North Hempstead was split off in 1784.
The town of North Hempstead is made up of 30 incorporated villages that claimed the right to set zoning restrictions to protect their rights and resources. No new villages have been created since 1936, when a revised county charter denied zoning power to future villages. There are also some unincorporated areas in the town of North Hempstead that are not part of villages.
North Hempstead is the only town on Long Island that does not have a corresponding hamlet or village in its borders with the same name; Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County and the towns of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, Shelter Island and East Hampton in Suffolk County all have smaller subdivisions with the same name.
The west town line is the border of Queens County, New York, part of New York City. The north town line, delineated by Long Island Sound, is the border of Bronx County and Westchester County. The town of Oyster Bay is the eastern neighbor.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 69.1 square miles (179 km2), of which 53.6 square miles (139 km2) is land and 15.5 square miles (40 km2), or 22.47%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 222,611 people, 76,820 households, and 58,460 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,154.9 people per square mile (1,604.2/km²). There were 78,927 housing units at an average density of 1,473.1 per square mile (568.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 78.98% White, 6.40% African American, 0.14% Native American, 9.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.90% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.83% of the population.
There were 76,820 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the town, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $96,517, and the median income for a family was $115,697. Males had a median income of $60,094 versus $41,331 for females. The per capita income for the town was $41,621. About 3.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
In addition, there is a small area immediately west of Great Neck Gardens that is not part of any incorporated village or census-designated place.
The Town of North Hempstead is governed by a seven-member board composed of six council members and the Supervisor. Council members are each elected by and represent a single district within the Town. The Supervisor is elected by and represents the entire Town. In addition to Supervisor, there are two other Town-wide elected positions—Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes.
The current Town Council members are Viviana Russell (1st District) (D-Westbury); Peter Zuckerman (2nd District) (D-East Hills, New York) Angelo P. Ferrara (3rd District) (R-New Hyde Park); Anna M. Kaplan (4th District) (D-Kensington); Lee R. Seeman (5th District) (D-Great Neck Estates); and Dina M. DeGiorgio (6th District) (R-Port Washington). Zuckerman, DiGiorgio and Kaplan are the newest members of the Town Council after DeGiorgio defeated former Councilman Fred Pollack and Kaplan won an open seat vacated by former Councilwoman Maria-Christina Poons in November 2011. Zuckerman, former trustee of the Village of East Hills, was elected by the board on Jan. 28, 2014 to succeed Thomas Dwyer, who resigned when he moved out of the Town in December 2013. The Town Board has a 5-2 majority of women for the first time in the Town's history.
The current Town Supervisor is Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck), a former three-term member of the Nassau County Legislature. Bosworth defeated Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, by nearly 10 percentage points for the open seat vacated by Jon Kaiman in November 2013. Bosworth's election further increased the majority of women on the Town Board.
The current Town Clerk is Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) another former member of the Nassau County Legisture and Town Councilman, who defeated incumbent Leslie Gross of Manhasset after Gross failed to secure the Democratic nomination and ran as a Republican. The current Receiver of Taxes is Charles Berman (D-Roslyn Heights).
The North American headquarters of Sabena were located in a 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) office building in Manhasset in North Hempstead. In April 2002 Knightsbridge Properties Corp. bought the building for $4.9 million. Due to the bankruptcies of Sabena and Swissair, the real estate deal took over a year to finish. During that month the building was 30% occupied. Sabena was scheduled to move out of the building on May 10, 2002. The buyer planned to spend an additional $2 million to convert the building into a multi-tenant, Class A office and medical facility. At one time Servisair's Americas offices were in Great Neck.
According to North Hempstead's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the town are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||St. Francis Hospital||3,090|
|4||Parker Jewish Institute||3,084|
|6||Broadridge Financial Solutions||1,500|
|7||New York Community Bank||1,331|
|9||Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association||1,148|
The Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch serves the town's vicinity from Mineola to Greenvale. The Main Line runs through the southern parts of the town from with stations at Merillon Avenue in Garden City Park through Westbury. The Port Washington Branch runs along the northern part of the town and uses stations from Great Neck across the Manhasset Viaduct into Port Washington.
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