Town Hall was the recent site of an unusual event Tuesday - the
official kickoff of the Caravan of Corruption, a statewide traveling
sideshow highlighting corrupt politicians.
over by flamboyant Ringmaster Charlie Vella, and complete with
cardboard cutouts featuring cartoon caricatures of multiple New York
public officials convicted of wrongdoings within the past decade, the
Caravan featured a lighthearted poke at what its creators call a serious
problem plaguing the state political system.
According to Jesse Laymon, Campaign Manager for Citizen Action of New York, recent allegations of official misconduct
levied against Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla made Hempstead Town
Hall the ideal place to kick off the Caravan’s tour, which will feature
nine stops throughout New York State over a two-day time span.
Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that the town is seeking
volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now
entering its 38th year, the VITA Program is sponsored by the Town of
Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the
Internal Revenue Service.
the VITA program, volunteers are trained and then assigned to town
senior centers and local libraries to assist town seniors and residents
with limited incomes in the preparation of their federal and state
income tax returns.
need not have a professional background or any previous experience in
order to assist. The only requirements for volunteering are a
willingness to work with people and numbers, and availability for at
least three daytime hours per week during the 10-week program (February,
March and part of April 2013). Once trained, volunteers will be
assigned to local libraries and senior centers.
instructors will train volunteers at the Department of Senior
Enrichment, located at 200 North Franklin St. in Hempstead beginning
Nov. 5. Saturday training sessions will be conducted on Jan. 5, 12, 19
and 26 at the Oceanside Public Library located at 30 Davison Ave. in
Those interested in volunteering should contact the town's Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100, extension 274.