North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who was elected to a fourth term in November, offered a State of the Town address Wednesday full of small steps and devoid of large ones.
Kaiman used most of his speech to tout past achievements: a 311 telephone hotline, a school recycling program, programs to help the elderly and better garbage disposal - which he admitted was not "the sexiest of subjects." He spoke to an audience of more than 100 at Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington.
He called for patience and understanding that his ideas were limited by a tight budget and unfilled jobs in town government.
"We will rebuild and bring back the numbers needed to perform at the highest of levels, but we will do so in a responsible and timely manner," said Kaiman, a Democrat.
He didn't look much further into the future than last night and President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. Kaiman ended his by calling on Obama to stand his ground.