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Which Town Laws Are Most Ignored? [POLL]

The Town of Hempstead has all sorts of ordinances. Which ones are violated most, and which make you angriest?

The Town of Hempstead has ordinances governing noise, height of lawns, dogs and illegal apartments, to name a few.

Heavy machinery cannot be operated outside of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lawns must be less than eight inches tall. Dogs must be on leashes and can't leave anything behind, if you get my meaning.

And all those rental apartments in people's basements: virtually all are illegal, according to the town.

Have you ever complained? Did you feel like a rat?

Which of these town-ordinance violations anger you most? Remember, the town only enforces its ordinances when complaints are made. 

Take our poll and leave some comments. We'll take them to town officials for their reaction.

Laura April 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Omg there is this guy on washingtion ave that sells bikes on his lawn almost everyday during the warm months ( he claims it's a "garage sale). Not only does it create traffic from people stopping to park their cars, it's a storefront. Is that illegal?
Cheap Sam April 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Neighbors who Rat other neighbors out just for the sake of empowerment when it has no effect on their lives whatsoever. Jeolously????
Sam C April 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
@cheap sam, you are probably the type of neighbor that no one likes to have since you are always suspecting others of 'ratting' on you, and they probably have a good reason. Also, "'jeolously" isn't a word. I for one have never 'ratted' on a neighbor...I would consider myself a great neighbor, I'm quiet, friendly with everyone on the block, keep my yard neat, have a nice looking house, take in my garbage and even help my older neighbors with their trash and snow removal...my neighbors also trust me to take in the their mail when they travel. However, the Town does have ordinances for a reason and an attempt to comply and enforce these rules would only benefit the rest of the community.
elmo baggins April 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
What I really hate is contractors who work on two my neighbors' houses and who trample on my lawn, leave their garbage in from of my house and on the ground to be blown into my yard, use my garden hose, park their trucks in front of my house, break limbs off my trees, make a racket at any and all times of the day and who have been doing so for nearly an entire year.
Catherine April 19, 2013 at 07:48 PM
What is the process to complain to town? I have neighbor that has not cleaned up a pile of several down trees in their backyard from Sandy over their unused pool...harboring much wildlife and insects suddenly...in addition to tree uprooted leaning toward our house thanks to hurricane...any guidance on what to do? Backyards are close so an eyesore , in addition to health concerns of what is harboring underneath all this.

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