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lawyer for schools chief blasts hempstead board’s action


hempstead superintendent shimon waronker, center, at the school board's special meeting on tuesday evening, jan. 9, 2018. photo credit: danielle finkelstein the attorney for hempstead’s embattled schools chief shimon waronker on wednesday challenged the legitimacy of the decision by three board trustees to place the superintendent on administrative leave, saying waronker was a victim of “mob mentality.”waronker, who took over hempstead’s system in early june, was shelved late tuesday night in a 3-2 vote. the action came following a raucous meeting...






lawyer for schools chief criticizes hempstead board’s action


hempstead superintendent shimon waronker, center, at the school board's special meeting on tuesday evening, jan. 9, 2018. photo credit: danielle finkelstein the attorney for hempstead’s embattled schools chief shimon waronker on wednesday challenged the legitimacy of the decision by three board trustees to place the superintendent on administrative leave, saying waronker was a victim of “mob mentality.”waronker, who took over hempstead’s system in early june, was shelved late tuesday night in a 3-2 vote. the action came following a raucous meeting...






hempstead district: weather-related closures at 3 schools


three schools in the hempstead district were closed tuesday, jan. 2, 2018, the first day after holiday break. photo credit: barry sloan the hempstead district tuesday morning closed the high school and two elementary schools — on the first day after holiday break — because of “weather related emergencies,” officials said.hempstead school officials could not be immediately reached for comment about the closures of hempstead high school, front street elementary school and prospect school.a notice on the prospect school...






ousted hempstead school board member ordered to be reinstated


hempstead school board trustee lamont johnson attends a special meeting on june 19, 2017. photo credit: howard schnapp state education commissioner maryellen elia has ordered the reinstatement of former hempstead school board member lamont johnson, five months after the panel found he had disclosed employee data to a political ally’s campaign.in her decision monday, elia admonished the district for its handling of the matter and said johnson did not receive “sufficient due process” to defend himself against...






hempstead schools chief shimon waronker starts a month early


advertisement | advertise on newsdayshimon waronker became superintendent of the hempstead school district on june 2, 2017. credited with turning around troubled schools in new york city, he is shown in a classroom at p.s. 274 in the bronx, on monday, may 23, 2016. (credit: charles eckert) shimon waronker started friday as the hempstead school district’s new superintendent, a month before the july 1 start date in his four-year contract with the school board that was signed in may.the board held a special meeting this week to vote on waronker’s start date and let go fadhilika atiba-weza, the interim superintendent whose contract ends june 30, board member lamont johnson said...






hempstead school board oks $265g salary for next superintendent


advertisement | advertise on newsdayincoming hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, who starts july 1, will earn $265,000 a year, under a four-year contract approved by the school board on thursday night, may 11, 2017. (credit: ed betz) the hempstead school board voted 3-2 thursday night to approve a four-year contract for incoming superintendent shimon waronker that will pay him $265,000 a year.waronker, 48, an administrator known for turning around struggling and dangerous schools in new york city, said in an interview after the vote that he felt “grateful” for the opportunity to steer the district out of its troubled...






ousted hempstead school board regains seat after state order


former hempstead school board member lamont johnson as he arrives to be sworn in and reinstated to the board, monday nov. 27, 2017 at the alverta b. gray schultz middle school. photo credit: former hempstead school board member lamont johnson as he arrives to be sworn in and reinstated to the board, monday nov. 27, 2017 at the alverta b. gray schultz middle school. former hempstead school board member lamont johnson regained his seat monday after state education commissioner maryellen elia ordered his reinstatement — five months after the board of education removed him over allegations he disclosed employee data to a political ally’s campaign.elia, in her 21-page decision monday, admonished the district for its handling of the matter and said johnson...






hempstead school board accepts state report’s recommendations


from left, state-appointed consultant jack bierwirth, and hempstead school board members david gates and lamont johnson at last night's board meeting. photo credit: jessica rotkiewicz the hempstead school board wednesday night unanimously accepted the recommendations of a state-appointed consultant who had blamed entrenched divisions among district leaders for falling academic performance and increasing safety concerns in the 8,000-student system.the board also voted to fire deputy superintendent of schools varleton mcdonald and hempstead high school principal kenneth...






middle schools in hempstead, wyandanch show progress, state says


kenya vanterpool, back middle, principal of milton l. olive middle school in wyandanch, stands with the school's leadership team on tuesday, oct. 31, 2017. photo credit: barry sloan two long island middle schools that once struggled academically have shown satisfactory progress for two years in a row, thus avoiding the prospect of supervision by outside managers, the state has announced.alverta b. gray schultz middle school in hempstead and milton l. olive middle school in wyandanch were among 61 at-risk schools statewide that demonstrated improvement in test results...






lawyer for schools chief blasts hempstead board’s action


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tough questions for shimon waronker, hempstead schools chief


hempstead superintendent shimon waronker, center, defends himself at a special meeting tuesday evening, jan 9, 2018, the day after the release of a special adviser's report that faults district's leadership and after the superintendent's "open letter" of appeal to the community. photo credit: danielle finkelstein angry hempstead school board trustees and residents peppered superintendent shimon waronker tuesday night with questions about burst water pipes, inadequate heating and other problems that led to a series of school closures in the district last week and on monday.the meeting marked the first time the five-member board has met since waronker posted an “open letter” over the weekend accusing...






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein the new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s...






new hempstead school superintendent calls for orderly meeting


advertisement | advertise on newsdayshimon waronker, who started work as hempstead school superintendent on june 2, 2017, is seen in a classroom at p.s. 274 in the bronx on may 23, 2016. (credit: charles eckert) the new superintendent of hempstead schools, shimon waronker, was greeted by a small protest thursday night as he introduced himself to an audience of about 80 people at the district’s high school.seven people stood and turned their backs as waronker opened a school board “work study” meeting, saying how much he has enjoyed initial meetings with teacher union leaders and other staff.waronker,...






west hempstead water district to start $8.4m in upgrades


advertisement | advertise on newsdayc. john sparacio, left, west hempstead water district commissioner, and robert york, west hempstead water district superintendent, speak about a bond to replace their water tower on june 23, 2017, in west hempstead. (credit: howard schnapp) west hempstead-hempstead gardens water district is revamping its look with a new roof, tanks and pumps, and an upgraded security system.but its most visible renovation will be replacing its 78-year-old water tower with a new one, district superintendent robert york said.“we’re building a larger tank for storage in anticipation of what could happen another 50 to 75 years from now” and...






nassau police: man arrested, charged in hempstead woman’s death


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypolice have a person in custody in connection with a homicide tuesday night, may 16, 2017, in hempstead, but no charges have been filed yet, det. lt. stephen fitzpatrick said wednesday. (credit: jim staubitser) police said they have arrested a hempstead man in the slaying of a woman in her home late tuesday.kevin pratt, 24, will be arraigned thursday in first district court in hempstead on a charge of second-degree murder, nassau county police said.police responding to a call of a disturbance at the harvard street home found the homicide victim, identified as taracker mcclendon, 59, of hempstead,...






hempstead teen charged with murder in christmas night shooting, cops say


raphael cepeda, of hempstead, was killed by gunfire on christmas night. photo credit: provided by imani mazyck a hempstead teen was charged tuesday night in connection with a christmas night slaying, nassau county police said.shameq sullins, 16, is expected to be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder wednesday at first district court in hempstead, police said.sullins was charged in connection with the fatal shooting of raphael cepeda, 35, of hempstead, who was shot numerous times while...






airborne hemel hempstead crash drink-driver sentenced


a drink-driver has been given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after his car left the road and smashed into a car park.ross edmonds, 26, of bowmans court, hemel hempstead, crashed his car in maxsted road, hemel hempstead, in march.






boy molested at hempstead bus terminal, crowd held suspect, police say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe hempstead transit center on west columbia street in hempstead, friday evening, may 12, 2017. (credit: danielle finkelstein) a 4-year-old boy waiting for a bus with his uncle was groped by a stranger friday in an incident that incensed witnesses, hempstead police said.people at the bus terminal on west columbia street forcibly restrained the suspect, holding him until police arrived, authorities said.police said the man grabbed the boy’s genitals when his uncle was chatting with someone at about 2 p.m.,...






nassau police: ‘multiple’ people stabbed in hempstead


police investigate the early morning stabbings monday, dec. 4, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp police are investigating an early morning incident that saw “multiple” people stabbed in hempstead on monday.authorities said investigators from hempstead police and nassau county police are at the scene, located outside a bar on jackson street near north franklin avenue.it was not immediately clear how many people had been wounded. the extent of any injuries also was unclear.check...






state recommends expansion of two li charter schools


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfrom left, evergreen charter school students jeymily cajimila, tiffany maldonado, ivanna rivera and araya williams react to news on monday, feb. 13, 2017, that the hempstead school plans to add seventh- and eighth-grade classes after gaining state approval. (credit: howard schnapp) two long island charter schools — one in hempstead, the other in calverton — would be able to expand student enrollments by 60 percent or more under a new recommendation by state education officials.education department staffers have called for evergreen charter school in hempstead to increase its enrollment from 375 students to 600 over the next five years. meanwhile, riverhead charter school...






last privately owned horse ranch in town up for sale


advertisement | advertise on newsdayalexander jacobson, owner of the new york equestrian center, stands with a pony, little black dress, at the west hempstead center on monday, aug. 28, 2017. (credit: howard schnapp) the new york equestrian center in west hempstead, the last privately owned horse ranch in the town of hempstead, is up for sale.owner alexander jacobson is seeking $20 million for the center and business, including its trademarked logo and an indoor riding facility with 63 stalls, a rehabilitation center and permitted access to hempstead lake state park and its horse trails in west hempstead,...






last privately owned horse ranch in town up for sale


advertisement | advertise on newsdayalexander jacobson, owner of the new york equestrian center, stands with a pony, little black dress, at the west hempstead center on monday, aug. 28, 2017. (credit: howard schnapp) the new york equestrian center in west hempstead, the last privately owned horse ranch in the town of hempstead, is up for sale.owner alexander jacobson is seeking $20 million for the center and business, including its trademarked logo and an indoor riding facility with 63 stalls, a rehabilitation center and permitted access to hempstead lake state park and its horse trails in west hempstead,...






hempstead teacher arrested on grand larceny charge


the nypd charged a hempstead high school theater teacher tuesday with grand larceny in connection with the theft of more than $140,000 worth of computers purchased by the district, authorities said.theresa cucina, 55, of long beach, was taken into custody at the district’s administrative building on peninsula boulevard. detectives with the nypd’s midtown south precinct are handling cucina’s case, authorities said.most popularthe nypd did not provide additional details about the investigation other than that they received a complaint aug. 24 about the alleged theft of the computers, which were purchased for the district from compulink, a manhattan-based company, as well as other vendors.“we just didn’t get payment for some shipments we made,” said richard damura, chief operating officer for






acting superintendent has spent career in hempstead district


acting hempstead superintendent regina armstrong is shown in her office at the district's administration building on wednesday, jan. 10, 2018. photo credit: howard schnapp regina armstrong, named the hempstead school system’s acting superintendent amid a tumult in leadership, is a familiar face to students and longtime residents.armstrong, now 50, joined the hempstead district in 1990 and has spent her entire professional career there — a 28-year run during which she rose from teaching second grade to be associate superintendent for elementary curriculum and...






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein by john hildebrandjohn.hildebran[email protected] january 7, 2018 7:24 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailthe new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s website, appeals directly to hempstead residents for support in his drive to overhaul the 8,000-student system — the largest serving kindergartners through 12th-grad






hempstead superintendent challenges school board majority


hempstead schools superintendent shimon waronker, seen here on dec. 22, 2017. photo credit: danielle finkelstein by john [email protected] january 7, 2018 3:54 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailthe new york city educator brought into the hempstead district seven months ago to turn around long island’s most troubled system is going public with accusations that the school board’s majority has derailed his academic reforms and efforts to root out corruption, mismanagement and waste.superintendent shimon waronker, in an extraordinary “open letter” posted over the weekend on the district’s website, appeals directly to hempstead residents for support in his drive to overhaul the 8,000-student system — the largest serving kindergartners through 12th-grad






man shot in the head in hempstead, cops say


a man was shot in the head monday night in hempstead village, and police are looking for the shooter, authorities said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaygunfire broke out about 6:15 p.m. at hendrickson avenue and front street, hempstead village police said. the suspect appears to have fled on foot, police said.the village police, along with nassau police, were at the scene. other details were not immediately available.






hempstead town supervisor-elect tells current officeholder to resign


hempstead town supervisor-elect laura gillen and incumbent supervisor anthony santino. photo credit: howard schnapp; barry sloan hempstead town supervisor-elect laura gillen called monday for outgoing supervisor anthony santino’s immediate resignation after his proposal to appoint, promote, transfer or give raises to 192 town employees before leaving office. “he’s betrayed his oath to the people of hempstead,” gillen said during a news conference outside town hall.“your actions tomorrow will not be forgotten...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and will take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century. republican...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century.republican...






anthony santino to step down as hempstead supervisor friday


anthony santino's final hempstead town board meeting as supervisor on tuesday, dec. 12, 2017, in hempstead. photo credit: howard schnapp hempstead town supervisor anthony santino will step down friday and take a $160,000 job as an administrative assistant at the nassau county board of elections, according to town officials and county sources.santino, a republican from east rockaway, was defeated last month by laura gillen, who will be sworn in jan. 1 as the town’s first democratic supervisor in more than a century. republican...






hempstead town supervisor-elect tells current officeholder to resign


hempstead town supervisor-elect laura gillen called for outgoing supervisor anthony santino's immediate resignation during a news conference outside hempstead town hall on monday, dec. 11, 2017.hempstead town supervisor-elect laura gillen called monday for outgoing supervisor anthony santino’s immediate resignation after his proposal to appoint, promote, transfer or give raises to 192 town employees before leaving office. “he’s betrayed his oath to the people of hempstead,” gillen said during a news conference outside town hall.town spokesman mike deery responded to gillen’s...






woman said dog was euthanized at hempstead shelter without consent


advertisement | advertise on newsdaydiane madden, a founder of hope for hempstead shelter, left, joins jessica de la rosa, center, and laura gillen, democratic candidate for hempstead town supervisor, at a news conference about de la rosa's dog on thursday, april 13, 2017, in front of the town of hemspead animal shelter in wantagh. (credit: howard schnapp) a freeport woman is calling for an investigation and reforms at the hempstead animal shelter after town officials said her terminally-ill dog was euthanized before she could be notified.jessica de la rosa’s 13-year-old dog, oso, got out of her backyard friday morning before she went to work. she said she didn’t know where her dog was until she saw a community facebook post that her dog had...






woman said dog was euthanized at hempstead shelter without consent


advertisement | advertise on newsdaydiane madden, a founder of hope for hempstead shelter, left, joins jessica de la rosa, center, and laura gillen, democratic candidate for hempstead town supervisor, at a news conference about de la rosa's dog on thursday, april 13, 2017, in front of the town of hemspead animal shelter in wantagh. (credit: howard schnapp) a freeport woman is calling for an investigation and reforms at the hempstead animal shelter after town officials said her terminally-ill dog was euthanized before she could be notified.jessica de la rosa’s 13-year-old dog, oso, got out of her backyard friday morning before she went to work. she said she didn’t know where her dog was until she saw a community facebook post that her dog had...






josh gordon's reinstatement petition denied by nfl


the nfl has denied cleveland browns receiver josh gordon’s recent reinstatement petition, but he may apply again this fall.        






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