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Suspicious of deal in Hempstead Village

Artist rendering of North Main Street in Hempstead

Artist rendering of North Main Street in Hempstead Village. Credit: Renaissance Downtowns

Municipal governance has become unhinged in the Village of Hempstead [“Revote sought on project aid,” News, July 15].

It’s no surprise that two village officials want to change their votes on the much-needed $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment, but there is new evidence that something is very wrong at Village Hall.

A New York State Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order on a vital village road-paving contract, initiated primarily because of questionable procurement processing. It appears the village sought to ram through the award to a contractor with a bid $42,000 higher than one submitted by another vendor.

The document presented to village trustees stated there was a sole bidder. While the courts will review the legality of the decision rendered, it remains clear that the transparency and the ability for the other bidders to be heard in the process are suspect.

In a village desperate to reinvent its future, competence and integrity might form a good cornerstone from which to build.

Marc Herbst, Hauppauge

Editor’s note: The writer is executive director of the Long Island Contractors’ Association.


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