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Scott Eidler

I cover the Town of North Hempstead, along with my colleague Jennifer Barrios. Follow me for stories — both big and small — about government, politics, technology, schools and businesses. My task is to capture the stories and characters that define the town, and some of its villages: Westbury, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn Harbor, East Williston, New Hyde Park, Mineola, and Williston Park. Feel free to share your story, or suggest tips and story ideas.

Town of North Hempstead hearing to revisit residential rules

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead officials are to hear the issue of disbanding the residential portion of the overlay district in New Cassel again later this month, after a heated public hearing in January.

Residents have sought to remove residential requirements that were designed to prevent illegal housing from taking place, such as bans on basement stairways emanating from the outside and bathrooms with...

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North Hempstead makes carbon monoxide detector proposal

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead town is proposing requiring carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings.

The effort stems from the death of Legal Sea Foods manager Steven Nelson that authorities said resulted from a gas leak, and the sickening of 27 others at the Huntington Station restaurant last month.

The North Hempstead building department conducted a survey of commercial sites and learned...

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Westbury votes to end property search tip-offs

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Westbury officials have amended village law to no longer require sending suspected code violators mail alerting them the village plans to seek a court-issued search warrant for their property.

The board on Thursday voted 5-0 to end the requirement, which Mayor Peter Cavallaro argued essentially alerts code violators that an investigation is underway.

Village officials usually seek permission...

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Westbury mayor: Make it easier to catch code cheats

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Westbury officials said they hope to change a law requiring the village to send written notice to suspected code violators before seeking a court-issued search warrant.

Officials usually request permission to search homes where they suspect illegal activity, Mayor Peter Cavallaro said. But the law requires the village to send a notice through certified mail before the village seeks a search...

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