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Pay raises: who's behind the protests in Hempstead?

Democrats, not average citizens or nonpartisan activists, are behind the recent attacks on Republicans in the Town Hempstead for taking pay raises, according to a town spokesman.

The town objects to a group, Roll Back the Raises, calling itself “nonpartisan,” town spokesman Mike Deery said.

Deery points to the following:

-One of the group’s organizers is Bob Young, a Democrat who ran against TOH Board Member Angie Cullen, a Republican, in 2007.

-Another organizer, Matt Hynes, ran as a Democrat against Republican TOH Board Member Gary Hudes in 2009.

-And an attorney with the group, Steven November, ran as a Democrat against Republican Supervisor Kate Murray in 2000 when she was a member of the state Assembly.

-Derek Donnelly, another organizer, is on the board of directors of the Obama-friendly Yes We Can! Long Island.

Young, for his part, pointed to the presence of two Tea Party activists at a rally outside Town Hall on Tuesday as proof of nonpartisanship, but he couldn’t point out any Republicans in his group’s ranks.

Hynes later provided the name of a registered Republican — who did not want his name used publicly — who supported the group, as well as a registered Conservative and a registered voter who does not list a specific party on his voter registration form.

“Some of the folks involved with Roll Back the Raises should really roll back the politics. It’s a thinly veiled political stunt,” Deery said. “When the Democratic-led county legislature increased the former county executive’s salary by 60 percent, we didn’t hear from any of these folks.”


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