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North Hempstead supervisor touts 2017 accomplishments, goals for 2018

Judi Bosworth delivers State of the Town Address in Port Washington


PORT WASHINGTON — Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her fifth State of the Town Address at the Harbor Links golf course Friday. She spoke to more than 100 fellow workers in local government to remind them what they've accomplished in 2017.

In her speech, Bosworth talked about North Hempstead being the first municipality in Nassau County to raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21. Among other subjects, she also discussed aiming to improve residents' health and setting an example for other towns on Long Island.

Bosworth also spoke about preventing more "zombie homes" from cropping up. Last year, the town used a $159,000 state grant to reach out to people in danger of losing their houses by holding seminars about what resources are available to them. She plans to do more seminars this year as well.

For 2018, one of Bosworth’s first plans is a re-education program about recycling.

"We very dutifully put our glass things in one pile and our paper things in another pile. But there’ve been new rules and new ways of doing it. So we want to make sure that our residents know exactly the right way to recycle," Bosworth said.

Another priority for the supervisor is making town beaches more accessible.

"Beach mats that are ADA compliant that will make it easier for residents with walkers and wheelchairs to get onto the beach," Bosworth said.

Over the next five years, North Hempstead plans on spending $4 million for repaving roads and $1 million to fix sidewalks.

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