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Venditto Steps Down as Town Board Counsel, Sandy Donations

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.

Michael Venditto, R-Massapequa, has decided to call it quits as counsel to the Hempstead Town Board in the wake of his election to the Nassau Legislature.

Newsday [paid link] reported:

             Venditto, 31, said Wednesday morning that he will submit his letter of resignation from his $94,300-a-year job to Senior Town Board Member Anthony Santino later in the day.

Venditto, the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, defeated Democratic Party candidate Joanne Maglione in a special election for the Nassau County 12th Legislative District seat that had been held by Peter Schmitt before his sudden death last month.

After his first few weeks in office, Venditto described the legislature to Newsday as an "interesting place."

Town Joins LI Mosques, Synagogues and South Asian Groups for Donations

Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead are partnering with local mosques, synagogues, Muslim and Jewish schools, and South Asian organizations to provide coats, clothing, blankets and non-perishable food to victims of Hurricane Sandy during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Thanksgiving, while being a time to celebrate that for which we are thankful, is also a time to help those who are in need,” Murray said. “This is especially important in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as many of those people struggling are our friends and neighbors, living in communities devastated by the powerful storm.

Also involved in the donations were the Islamic Center of Long Island, Temple Israel, the Long Island Muslim Society, Temple Sinai, Solomon Schechter School, Crescent School, Masjid Darul Quran, American Muslims For Hunger Relief, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the South Asian-American Political Action Committee (SAPAC).
Felix Procacci November 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Everyone, please write Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at katemurray@tohmail.org and ask her to donate 75% of the General Services Postage budget (of $2.4 million dollars) to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, or JUST FORWARD THIS message to katemurray@tohmail.org. Kate Murray currently sends out about 25 mailings per year. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzq67LIQ3dw for more information about Kate's mailings. Ask her to give up some of her mailings to help the residents of the Town of Hempstead that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Instead of cutting down trees to make paper for mailings, the Town of Hempstead should use that wood to make houses for the people that lost theirs. Please forward this message to everyone you know. Thanks, Felix Procacc
Robert Demarco November 25, 2012 at 01:27 PM
So Venditto gives up a job that pays $94,300 to take a job that pays considerably less. Was he thinking of holding both positions? I don't get this whole concept.
V November 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
But isnt it ok if the mailers are printed on paper made of 100 percent recycled TOH resident storm refuse??? Headline 'Kate helps give back to the people what was once theirs'
Augie November 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
What no church's?
Felix Procacci November 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Great comment. Yes that would be ok, LOL.
Maria Milillo November 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If you can't do the job, do us all a favor and resign, this is not An aristocracy,
K November 25, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Plus it's not like anyone reads her mailings! They go right in the trash!
ed November 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
more nassau republican corruption...going from one patronage position to another!
Alison Gilbert November 25, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Good to hear the diversity of our area creating unity to help a cause. This article is on the Hurricane Sandy blog post, a clearinghouse/resource for info for those in need and for those who can help. All are welcome to add info in the comments section of the blog post. http://digitalethos.org/social-media-and-hurricane-sandy/
Joe Vette November 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Stay positive Long Island. It'll take time to bring back Long Island from storm Sandy's damage. After one year, Prattsville New York is still recovering from storm Irene. I was there last week and glad to say the Diner was open after 3 months of repair. . Many homes still had the "red X" spray painted on them that meant it was too far damaged to live in. All the bridges are open to Hunter Mountain from Lexington with new roads connecting them. The river is filled with trees and boulders torn away and washed down stream along Route 23A. Irene was a storm the Catskill Mountain folks will remember for a long while.
Laura November 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
He was elected...you have proof Venditto or any other elected official is corrupt call the DA...How about giving the guy a chance...you and your negativity does not help anyone...people like you are a dime a dozen...
V November 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Ummmm, there are plenty on the Island who WERE still recovering from Irene when her badass sister came knockin. Not that we are in a pity party but.... I'm just sayin' For my money, the 'keep you chin up' stuff is fluff. Perhaps some people dig that, I only do when it comes from a jar. We have now tied the low altitude record... 0.0
3 strands November 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I wondered the same thing. Not that any human is more or less deserving of a warm coat in winter ... but gee. Hmmm, WWJD?
Brent M. November 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
is Kate " Photo OP" Murray , except in UNIONDALE, ROOSEVELT, HEMPSTEAD, Parts of FREEPORT and any Housing Project.. going to step down too and grant us all the best HOLIDAY present ever???????????????
Robert Demarco November 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Open your eyes, Laura. He is the product and beneficiary of a corrupt system. He is where he is because of his daddy. People like you keep voting for these crooks so we cannot get rid of them and get somebody in office who actually cares about his or her constituents.
Robert Demarco November 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM
From your lips to God' ear, Brent. She needs to go.
mildred petrassi November 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
this makes no sense to me. why did he run?

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