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Hempstead Village may change residency rules for employment

A hearing will be held at Hempstead Village

A hearing will be held at Hempstead Village Hall at 6 p.m. before the regular village board meeting, to consider consider amending the village’s residency requirements for employees in order to comply with Nassau County Civil Service mandates. Photo Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011

The Hempstead Village board of trustees will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider amending the village’s residency requirements for employees in order to comply with Nassau County Civil Service mandates.

The proposed amendment calls for the village to consider village residents first when hiring for competitive and noncompetitive classifications in accordance with Civil Service Law. But it removes the requirement that any hire who lives outside the village must move there.

“We have to change the code of the village,” Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. said. The Nassau County Civil Service Commission “asked us to revert to the old law from the village from the ’60s. We changed it basically to read that the village will first appoint village residents for jobs.”

Under the long-standing current village law, an employee is required to become a resident of the village within 60 days of employment and continue living in the village during the course of employment.

“We never enforced it,” Hall said of the decades-old law. “I don’t think it was enforceable. There have been lawsuits about this in other places.”

The hearing will be held at Village Hall, 99 Nichols Ct., at 6 p.m. before the regular village board meeting.
 

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