North Hempstead, New York
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Supervisor||John B. Riordan|
|• Town Council|
|• Total||69.1 sq mi (179.0 km2)|
|• Land||53.6 sq mi (138.8 km2)|
|• Water||15.5 sq mi (40.2 km2)|
|Elevation||102 ft (31 m)|
|• Density||3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The Town of North Hempstead occupies the northwest part of the county. Its Supervisor is John B. Riordan, a Democrat.
The area was first settled 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.
According to the "Our History" series in the Long Island-based newspaper, Newsday, "In September, 1775, almost a year before the future nation declared its independence from George III, the people of Great Neck, Cow Neck and other areas north of Old Country Road signed their own Declaration of Independence."
"The signers, passionate Patriots, declared their independence from the Town of Hempstead, which, in their opinion, had the bad habit of pledging allegiance to the king. Therefore, the northern necks declared themselves 'an entire separate and independent beat or district.' The 'beat' would officially become the Town of North Hempstead in 1784."
"During the Revolution, the northern Patriots had their own militia headed by Capt. John Sands of Cow Neck (now Port Washington), which invaded South Hempstead in search of arms. The rift caused a north-south animosity that would take years to heal."
"The first North Hempstead Town Board, headed by Patriot Adrian Onderdonk, had to cope with an impoverished area, devastated by an avenging British occupation. The councilmen met in Roslyn taverns and didn't get a permanent home until 1907, when the present town hall opened in Manhasset."
The town of North Hempstead is made up of 30 incorporated villages that had 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.
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.
Communities in North Hempstead
- Baxter Estates
- East Hills (part; with the Town of Oyster Bay)
- East Williston
- Floral Park (part; with the Town of Hempstead)
- Flower Hill
- Great Neck
- Great Neck Estates
- Great Neck Plaza
- Kings Point
- Lake Success
- Mineola (part; with Hempstead.)
- Munsey Park
- New Hyde Park (part; with Hempstead.)
- North Hills
- Old Westbury (part; with Oyster Bay.)
- Plandome Heights
- Plandome Manor
- Port Washington North
- Roslyn Estates
- Roslyn Harbor (part; with Oyster Bay.)
- Russell Gardens
- Saddle Rock
- Sands Point
- Williston Park
- Carle Place
- Garden City Park
- Glenwood Landing (part; with Oyster Bay.)
- Great Neck Gardens
- Greenvale (part; with Oyster Bay.)
- Harbor Hills
- Lakeville Estates
- Manhasset Hills
- New Cassel
- New Hyde Park (unincorporated)
- North New Hyde Park
- Port Washington
- Roslyn Heights
- Saddle Rock Estates
- University Gardens
- Great Neck—A peninsula into the Long Island Sound.
- Hempstead Harbor—A bay of the Long Island Sound.
- Lake Success—A lake near the west town line.
- Little Neck Bay—A bay of the Long Island Sound
- Manhasset Bay—A bay of the Long Island Sound
- Manhasset Neck or Cow Neck—A peninsula into the Long Island Sound.
- United States Merchant Marine Academy
Government and politics
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); Thomas K. Dwyer (2nd District) (D-Roslyn); 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). DeGiorgio 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. With the election of DeGiorgio and Kaplan, the Town board has a majority of women for the first time in the Town's history.
The current Town Supervisor is John B. Riordan (D-East Williston), who was appointed by the Town Council on Oct. 2, 2013, following the resignation of Jon Kaiman, who was reelected to his fifth term in November 2011. Kaiman resigned to be Hurricane Sandy adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well as Chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. In the November 2013 Election, Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck), a three-term Nassau County legislator, was elected Town Supervisor, beating out her Republican opponent, Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, by nearly 10 percentage points for the open seat vacated by Jon Kaiman.
The current Town Clerk is Leslie Gross (D-Manhasset), however incumbent Gross was defeated in the November 2013 Town Clerk Election by Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink(D-Roslyn) after Gross failed to secure the Democratic nomination and instead ran on the Republican ballot line. 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|
|1||North Shore-LIJ Health System||13,332|
|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|
- "New York: 2000 Population and Housing Unit Counts". September 2003. p. III-9. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Villages in Town of North Hempstead". Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- "Office Network". Sumitomo Corporation. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
- Anastasi, Nick. "Knightsbridge Properties buys former Sabena HQ." Long Island Business News. Friday April 26, 2002. Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
- "Contact Details". Penauille Servisair. Retrieved on 13 September 2011. "Americas Penauille Servisair, 111 Great Neck Road, Suite 600 P.O. Box 355, Great Neck, NY 11022-0355 USA"
- Town of North Hempstead CAFR
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