North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced plans Friday for a more "user-friendly" town building department and called for a community visioning process aimed at protecting waterfronts and shorelines.
Bosworth, in her first State of the Town address, said she hoped to expand the town's parks and recreational offerings, mentioning facilities in New Cassel and Port Washington.
Bosworth said she hoped to protect shorelines and waterfronts, saying "it is time for a comprehensive, inclusive community visioning of the Hempstead Harbor and West Shore Road area," and vowing to work with villages, civic associations and environmental groups.
"We will continue our efforts to protect Manhasset Bay and the magnificent destination and recreational area it has become."
She said she hoped to bring "renewed attention" to Hempstead Harbor, the waterfront for Glenwood Landing, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn and Port Washington.
The former Nassau County legislator acknowledged the fast pace of her first 31 days in office -- multiple "snowstorms, one ice storm and four town board meetings in my first month, the most recent one lasting until almost 2 o'clock in the morning," she said.
Bosworth, speaking at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links in Port Washington, cited a recent board vote against a proposal to install solar panels on two landfills in Port Washington as an example of her measured approach.
"During the first days I was in office, it came to my attention," she said of the plan. "I was concerned when I learned that area residents who could be impacted by activity at the landfills had not been brought into the conversation about this proposal . . . I want to assure all town residents that your concerns will always be listened to by your town board and your participation in the process has a significant impact upon the decisions we make."
She also introduced a smartphone app called "My North Hempstead," through which residents can notify the town about issues such as potholes and broken sidewalks. Residents can also search garbage pickup and recycling schedules.
Bosworth fielded a variety of inquiries during a post-speech session with residents. Issues ranged from a plea for more commuter parking in Manhasset -- she urged more study of the proposed plan-- to a suggestion to add wheels to town-issued recycling bins. One senior citizen said they can be heavy to carry.
"You make a very, very good point," Bosworth said. "You definitely have a seat at the table."