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North Hempstead Town to replace 2 zoning board members

Paul Aloe, a longtime zoning board member, is

Paul Aloe, a longtime zoning board member, is off the North Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals. Credit: /

Two longtime members of the North Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals are to be replaced and the town is reappointing two others to the five-member board.

Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board are to vote on the replacements at Tuesday’s board meeting, according to agenda documents.

Paul Aloe, a Manhattan-based commercial litigator who joined the zoning board in 1997, and Donal McCarthy, an attorney from Manhasset, who started with the board in 1996, are to be replaced. If approved by the town board, the two are to be replaced by Daniel Donatelli, co-president of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, and J. A. Hernandez, a financial services professional from Manhasset.

Board members serve for five years, but the terms of all four of those members had expired.

“I think they simply wanted, Judi wanted, to have her own people” in office, Aloe said Monday. He said Town Attorney Elizabeth Botwin told him about two weeks ago that his appointment would not be renewed. McCarthy did not respond to a request for comment. Bosworth took office in January 2014.

The town board is to reappoint zoning board members Leslie Francis and David I. Levine. Francis began in 2009 and Levine joined in 2012. A town board resolution states, “Mr. Francis and Mr. Levine have been excellent members of the BZA and have graciously served as holdovers since their terms expired.”

Bosworth said in a statement, “I am appointing members who are knowledgeable about the worlds of real estate, the local environment and their communities and who will deliver friendly customer service to the residents, builders and employees who come before the board. I thank all the former members of the BZA for their many years of service.”

Aloe said his years of experience had likely worked against him. “I had been on the board for a while — I guess that’s a positive and a negative. And I guess in this case, it had been a negative,” Aloe said.

The zoning board hears as many as 400 cases per year. Board members are paid $13,146 annually, while the chairman David Mammina, an architect for H2M, makes $15,774.

Town officials in January did not renew the contract with Gerard Terry, the former attorney for the zoning board of appeals and North Hempstead Town Democratic Party chairman after Newsday reported that he had compiled nearly $1.4 million in federal and state tax debt and had worked for the town with a lapsed attorney registration. Nassau prosecutors charged him on April 12 with felony tax fraud. Terry has pleaded not guilty.

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