Santino, D’Esposito, Ahmad ‘Connect’ Residents to Town Government; Legal Notices, Bids and More on Town Website to Increase Transparency

Seated at the controls of the Town of Hempstead website on March 7th, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad navigated through the newly available town legal notices, meeting minutes, project bids and request for proposals that are now online at www.TOH.LI. By posting the documents online, Supervisor Santino, Councilman D’Esposito and Town Clerk Ahmad have reaffirmed the town’s commitment to an open and transparent government in which residents are well-informed and have direct involvement.

“The hard-working residents of the Town of Hempstead may not always have time to attend a Town Board meeting, but by adding legal notices, meeting minutes, bids and RFPs to our town website, neighbors can stay up to date on all the latest news and information,” stated Santino. “Our government has always strived to operate in a manner that encourages public participation, and I am confident that this new initiative will usher forth even greater transparency in America’s largest township.”

These documents essentially detail the daily operations of the Town of Hempstead. From requests for proposals and considering bids on projects that will benefit town residents, to publishing notices of public hearings impacting specific communities, residents can obtain detailed information on how their tax dollars are being spent. Residents can access legal notices, meeting agendas and minutes, and Town Board resolutions on the town website by visiting bit.Ly/tohdocs. RFPs and notices to bidders are at toh.LI/rfps-bids. Documents are posted in PDF format, which are easily accessible on most computers and smartphones.

“This is an excellent strategy for keeping residents connected and involved with Town of Hempstead government,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Town Clerk Ahmad, “I am proud to partner with Supervisor Santino and Councilman D’Esposito on this important initiative to make government more transparent.”

The new additions to the Town of Hempstead website come on the heels of the town receiving the “Excellence in Financial Reporting Award,” presented by the independent and non-partisan Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 12th consecutive year. The award was presented to the town in recognition of its high standards of fiscal management and budgetary transparency.

Legal notices, bids, RFPs and meeting minutes join many other public documents that are already available on the town website. The town also posts town budget information, Board of Appeals calendars, special district (i.e. fire, water, sewer) notices and many applications for town programs and services.

“We encourage residents to visit the Town of Hempstead website to stay informed on the latest town news,” concluded Santino. “Working together, we can achieve great things in America’s largest township.”