July 23 New York's Town of Hempstead, located on
Long Island's south shore, on Monday received 5,000 signed
petitions calling for it to abolish a special tax district that
costs residents hundreds of dollars a year, two advocacy groups
The special tax district, called Sanitary District 2,
handles garbage collection for around 30,000 residents, said
David Segal, a spokesman for the Long Island Progressive
Coalition, by telephone.
The Town of Hempstead has around 770,000 people and it is
located in Nassau County, just east of New York. The county has
over 200 such special tax entities, which provide a range of
services, from fire protection to libraries.
The advocacy groups want the Town of Hempstead to take over
garbage collection to increase oversight and cut costs because
its greater size means it can be run more efficiently, said
The Town Clerk and sanitation officials were not immediately
available to comment.
The current dissolution process was created by Democratic
Governor Andrew Cuomo. Segal said so far only one small upstate
village has successfully used this procedure.
If Hempstead's town clerk certifies the petition, a
referendum should be held in 60 days to 90 days.