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Bamboo, Surfboard Signs Banned in Hempstead Town

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.

The Hempstead Town Board unanimously adopted legislation at Tuesday's board meeting that will stem the planting, growing or maintaining of bamboo plants on local properties in the township.

Town officials are responding to the complaints of residents who have had to deal with invasive bamboo encroaching on their properties from adjoining parcels.

Click here to read more about the bamboo ban.

'Surfboard' Signs Banned in Town

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino Tuesday announced the passage of a law that makes Hempstead Town the first township on Long Island to prohibit "surfboard" signs and banners, stopping them from littering roadways and walkways and preventing them from creating safety hazards for drivers and pedestrians alike.

According to the town, the signs have been known to topple over into roadways and walkways, creating potential dangers for drivers and pedestrians. The signs, often made of fabric attached to long poles, are also distracting to drivers.

Hempstead Town’s new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, giving shopkeepers and others who utilize the signs time to comply with the new "quality of life" legislation.

Animal Shelter Offering Discounted Spay/Neuter Service for Cats

The town's animal shelter will be offering a low-cost, one-day-only spay/neuter for pet cats (non-feral cats owned by town residents) on Saturday, Aug. 4. The price of $40 per cat constitutes a significant discount from ordinary spay/neuter fees for pet cats.

Click here to read more about the spay/neuter service.

paul September 03, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Ahhh, those stupid political signs are starting to appear again. We have already pulled down about a dozen or so Sullivan signs, a few Kemp Hannons as well as some others. Do they really help you decide who to vote for? Answer: NO...... The posting of these signs are the trash of the community. We should all do our part, remove them and if you see someone posting them on private of public property let them know they are illegally doing so..........
paul September 08, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I already started removing those illegally placed election signs.. That is what truly needs to be banned. Se one remove one. You will feel good about it. Trust me, I FEEL GREAT...
Mike Pekor October 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Bullied and Bamboozled by the Town of Hempstead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WseMiUcY89I HUGE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH on a GRASS ROOTS LEVEL (pun intended)!!! A new law passed in the TOWN OF HEMPTEAD forced me to remove 150 feet of BAMBOO that I planted in 2010. Bamboo was PERFECTLY LEGAL at that time, and I even went to the added expense of having a PROFESSIONAL BAMBOO ROOT BARRIER installed 24 inches underground to prevent the spread of the roots. Now the Town of Hempstead passed a law BANNING BAMBOO. There is no grandfather clause and no provision for people who planted the Bamboo responsibly using a Bamboo root blocker. This law just cost me $8,129!!!! I am asking you to please FORWARD THIS VIDEO TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS to help me apply pressure to the TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD to reimburse me for my financial loss, and to curb this horrible GOVERNMENT OVERREACH! Thank you so very much- Sincerely, Mike Pekor mpekor@optonline.net www.taichili.com www.liphypnosis.com
Robert Demarco October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Small minded Town officials deal with small issues. They rob and steal us blind via the way they run the TOH as their own feifdom. If you did your bamboo responsibly, the law should have accomodated for that. They just wanted the headline.
Mike Pekor October 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thank you so much for your supportive comment Robert. This has been an extremely upsetting and financially difficult ordeal. I have always put money into beautifying my home rather than take vacations, and this just hits way to hard for us in so many ways. I plan to go after the town as soon as I find the right kind of attorney. Be well robert and thanks again- Mike

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