Supervisor Gillen, Councilwoman Sweeney And Councilwoman Goosby Announce New Transparency Proposal For The Town Of Hempstead

Resolution Requires Full Disclosure of all Financial, Forensic and Performance Audits Relating to Town’s Departments, Agencies and Operations

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) May 21, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman and Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby announced agreement on a transparency proposal calling for the public online disclosure of Town documents and information. The proposal, which has the support of the Town Board, requires Town contracts over $10,000 to be posted online, along with full disclosure of all financial, forensic and performance audits relating to the Town’s Departments, agencies and operations.

Furthermore, the resolution ensures that all preliminary and final Town budget materials are posted online, as well as job specifications and documents relating to the Highway Capital Plan. And, in an effort to educate residents about the Town’s critical infrastructure needs, all roadway rating surveys will be posted online as well.

The Town has approximately 1200 miles of roadway that undergo regular inspection and assessment for repaving and repairs.

"Openness and transparency were hallmarks of my campaign, which are not only key to rebuilding trust in Town Hall, but vital for the functioning of basic Democracy,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We are proud to be working together on this initiative and look forward to implementing what will lead to greater civic engagement and public participation in our town."

“I am proud to have worked for more than 18 months to bring forth transparency legislation that will provide an extra layer of assurance for Hempstead Town residents,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “This is a common sense idea that deserves unanimous support. We must ensure that everything the Town of Hempstead is doing is clear for all to see. Our residents deserve nothing less.”

“The need for increased transparency at every level of government is something we can all agree on,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am very pleased that the entire board was able to work together on this proposal.”

A link to the New York State Board of Elections campaign finance disclosure webpage will also be listed so that residents are made aware of public information relating to the current and past political campaign contributions to candidates and committees.

A June 5th public hearing on the resolution will be decided and voted on during the May 22nd Town Board meeting.