Hempstead Town appoints general services commissioner

Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington St. Photo Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011

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The Hempstead Town Board has appointed a new commissioner of the Department of General Services, but Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby complained about not being involved in the selection process.

The board voted Tuesday, 5-0, with two absences, to appoint Stephen D'Esposito for a one-year term at a $138,000 annual salary, after former head Bruce Hallbert retired on Dec. 30.

D'Esposito, who is also deputy mayor of the Village of Island Park, has worked for the town for 19 years. He is the former Conservation and Waterways deputy commissioner.

Goosby, who voted for D'Esposito, complained she found out about the appointment when she saw the meeting agenda the previous Friday.

"My exclusion from the decision-making process is an insult to my constituents," said Goosby, who represents Lakeview, Roosevelt and Uniondale, among other communities. "I expect that I will continue to be informed of all commissioner or department head vacancies in the future and that I be included in the process of choosing their successors."

Supervisor Kate Murray blamed the oversight on the timing of Hallbert's retirement around the holidays.

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"Certainly, no offense was intended," Murray said.

The board also approved a three-year agreement for on-site veterinary services for the town animal shelter. Dr. Mrityunjaya Singh, of Hicksville, will receive a maximum compensation of $100,000 per year for helping with the shelter's trap-neuter-release program for feral cats.

The board also authorized a three-year agreement for off-site veterinary services with Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville at an annual cost of $120,000.

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