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Hempstead asks Oyster Bay business not to use town property as address

The Hempstead Town Hall is shown on Nov.

The Hempstead Town Hall is shown on Nov. 28, 2011. Photo Credit: JC Cherubini

The Town of Hempstead has asked an Oyster Bay contractor not to use town property as its principal business address.

The Oyster Bay Town Board authorized Town Supervisor John Venditto to enter into a contract with D & J Refreshments Inc. to provide food and beverages at several beaches and parks at its April 28 meeting. A contract provided by Oyster Bay gave the company's address as 2600 Newbridge Rd. in Bellmore, the address of the Newbridge Arena, which is owned by the Town of Hempstead and operated by National Rink Management Corp. of Garden City.

"We were shocked to learn that this business or entity was using, or listing a town facility as its business address," Hempstead spokesman Michael Deery said Thursday. D & J Refreshments has no contract with Hempstead, but Deery said it was possible they are a subcontractor to National Rink Management.

Hempstead officials Thursday told the management company that D & J must cease using the address. "As a matter of principle, we do not want private businesses using town property as their business address," Deery said.

Attempts to reach D & J Refreshments and National Rink Management were unsuccessful Thursday. Oyster Bay outside counsel Jonathan Sinnreich said the town had no issue with the company using a municipal address.

"It is done all the time because concessionaires often do business necessarily out of their facilities," he said.

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