North Hempstead building scandal: Cri...

North Hempstead building scandal: Crisis over?

There are 33 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 14, 2008, titled North Hempstead building scandal: Crisis over?. In it, Newsday reports that:

A year after North Hempstead 's building department was scarred with a scandal that resulted in five arrests, stopped construction on dozens of properties and slowed to a crawl the process of getting a permit, ...

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john schettino

Union City, NJ

#1 Nov 14, 2008
Whitewash...
Here we go again...whenever a political scandal invovles a Democratic Administration like North Hempstead, Babylon, Huntington etc. the Newsday Spinmeisters get to work whitewashing the situation to protect Democrats...
If North Hempstead had been controlled by Republicans Newsday would have gone out of its way to help run them out of office...This is just another example of Newday's double standard...and it's left wing liberal agenda...
J madden

New Rochelle, NY

#2 Nov 14, 2008
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office conducted a 16-month investigation into the department, said the guilty pleas of three of those arrested shed light on areas the town needed to improve, such as a need for checks and balances. "The town ... has in place more oversight than before our investigation," she said.
It sheds light on you ms rice ,shame on you .
Mike

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Nov 14, 2008
J madden wrote:
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office conducted a 16-month investigation into the department, said the guilty pleas of three of those arrested shed light on areas the town needed to improve, such as a need for checks and balances. "The town ... has in place more oversight than before our investigation," she said.
It sheds light on you ms rice ,shame on you .
K Rice is another political hack protecting the suozzi machine.
Should keep going

Old Bridge, NJ

#4 Nov 14, 2008
wasn't the madden arrest dismissed because he was picking up tickets for John Kaimen were did that investigation go?
bemused

Hicksville, NY

#5 Nov 14, 2008
As long as Kamen is there the crimes will go on.
Hiring an ex-cop with no experience from the Crookhaven regime is really a dumb move.
Objective reporting

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Nov 14, 2008
poster number one, I couldn't agree more. How many of those arrested are democratic committeemen? How much money did the town democratic committee make in all this? This 'news'paper disgusts me.
Yeah well

United States

#8 Nov 14, 2008
We neighbors have to live with the long tail of Wasser-shill's ill-approved plans and neighbors-from-hell who failed even build to or complete those plans. It depresses our property values, ad infinitum, as long as the Town doesn't step up and enforce completion.

A few show demolitions are in order to deal with this hangover.
Kid from the block

Mineola, NY

#9 Nov 14, 2008
wrap it up wrote:
So the neighborhood civic association is against allowing paying to reinstate the prior approvals. What should they do instead? Knock them down and start from scratch or leave the unfinished homes alone to look at indefinitely? So sorry your neighborhood is getting "darker". There are worse problems. Let them pay to finish what they started.

You are so right ,however the ones that commited these crimes have to pay and that looks like that will never happen anytime soon.So RCC no closure for some time.UNLESS you guys demand action from ms rice.
Pete

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Nov 14, 2008
So the Building Department Commissioner is a retired detective with a whole 18 hours of training, not a licensed engineer or architect with hundreds of hours of schooling, a college degree, and years of construction experience. Looks like the same and crooked good old boys nerwork is stiil in control in North Hempstead, except now it costs the taxpayers a lot more money. Shame on you, Kaiman. I think that you need to be investigated.
Yeah well

United States

#11 Nov 14, 2008
Pete wrote:
So the Building Department Commissioner is a retired detective with a whole 18 hours of training, not a licensed engineer or architect with hundreds of hours of schooling, a college degree, and years of construction experience. Looks like the same and crooked good old boys nerwork is stiil in control in North Hempstead, except now it costs the taxpayers a lot more money. Shame on you, Kaiman. I think that you need to be investigated.
But I'll bet he's already shaped up the department's donut ordering scheme...
Just wondering

United States

#12 Nov 14, 2008
Apparently, one cannot comment on Wasserman the arrogant bast..., er, so-and-so...
Whatz up with Madden

AOL

#13 Nov 14, 2008
What is taking so long with the Madden case?
Madden is a rat

Edison, NJ

#14 Nov 14, 2008
Madden cut a deal. With all the other cases out of the way, he was their ace in a hole.

He fired his first lawyer who everyone knows hates Rice and goes to trial on cases, then he hired a guy who was recommended to him by Kaiman's buddy a former court official, who cut him a sweatheart deal to get his boss and make sure it didn't go above the Commish.

It is an open secret in N.Hemp. that it was "sell tix or lose your job" and that came right from Kaiman's Campaign boss. It was also known that the Commish told the inspectors that no one gets a permit that "can't Golf".

Yes Rice is Kaimen's ho and the whole thing is a whitewash. Biggest joke is, Madden, who was the dirtiest in the Dept. will walk with Probation at worst. Rice's team will recommend the term. Just watch.
Wha

Holbrook, NY

#15 Nov 14, 2008
Pete wrote:
So the Building Department Commissioner is a retired detective with a whole 18 hours of training, not a licensed engineer or architect with hundreds of hours of schooling, a college degree, and years of construction experience. Looks like the same and crooked good old boys nerwork is stiil in control in North Hempstead, except now it costs the taxpayers a lot more money. Shame on you, Kaiman. I think that you need to be investigated.
Kaiman is not any more qualified to lead the Town than the ex cop from Crookhaven is to be Building Commissioner. They are ALL CRONIES and Ms. Rice not as "detached" from that team as she needs to be.
Sick Bunch

Holbrook, NY

#16 Nov 14, 2008
Pete wrote:
So the Building Department Commissioner is a retired detective with a whole 18 hours of training, not a licensed engineer or architect with hundreds of hours of schooling, a college degree, and years of construction experience. Looks like the same and crooked good old boys nerwork is stiil in control in North Hempstead, except now it costs the taxpayers a lot more money. Shame on you, Kaiman. I think that you need to be investigated.
Why do "retired" cops get all these high paying "piece of cake" political jobs when they already are raking in their pensions and disability incomes? Why can these politician actually hire someone who is QUALIFIED for a particular job and has no history of sucking at the public trough? Once a civil servant at the teat THEY NEVER GET OFF THE PAYROLL.
Mitchell

Croton On Hudson, NY

#17 Nov 14, 2008
David Wasserman, the former commissioner of the building dept., is a confessed felon who disgraced his family and betrayed the public trust. He also served on the local school board and has a cadre of whacky PTA supporters who I guess want their children to grow up and be just like him. These are indeed strange times....
I know things

Holbrook, NY

#18 Nov 14, 2008
Madden is a rat wrote:
Madden cut a deal. With all the other cases out of the way, he was their ace in ****.
He fired his first lawyer who everyone knows hates Rice and goes to trial on cases, then he hired a guy who was recommended to him by Kaiman's buddy a former court official, who cut him a sweatheart deal to get his boss and make sure it didn't go above the Commish.
It is an open secret in N.Hemp. that it was "sell tix or lose your job" and that came right from Kaiman's Campaign boss. It was also known that the Commish told the inspectors that no one gets a permit that "can't Golf".
Yes Rice is Kaimen's ho and the whole thing is a whitewash. Biggest joke is, Madden, who was the dirtiest in the Dept. will walk with Probation at worst. Rice's team will recommend the term. Just watch.
Kaiman could not care less about the public's money or welfare. His biggest joy is doling out the jobs and having people dance to his tune. Not qualified to manage money either. Smiles "up' and frowns "down".
Disturbing News

Scarsdale, NY

#19 Nov 15, 2008
Madden is a rat wrote:
Madden cut a deal. With all the other cases out of the way, he was their ace in ****.
He fired his first lawyer who everyone knows hates Rice and goes to trial on cases, then he hired a guy who was recommended to him by Kaiman's buddy a former court official, who cut him a sweatheart deal to get his boss and make sure it didn't go above the Commish.
It is an open secret in N.Hemp. that it was "sell tix or lose your job" and that came right from Kaiman's Campaign boss. It was also known that the Commish told the inspectors that no one gets a permit that "can't Golf".
Yes Rice is Kaimen's ho and the whole thing is a whitewash. Biggest joke is, Madden, who was the dirtiest in the Dept. will walk with Probation at worst. Rice's team will recommend the term. Just watch.
Hey Anthony M.. there is that "whitewash term" again. This is the conclusion we have been waiting so patiently for. Delays, upons delays, excuse after excuse why other investigations didn't proceed.

Basically, in cases of public corruption we have a couple of sacrifical lambs and everyone walks with a love tap, and their pensions.

For this kind of result, tops we need a staff of 3 to handle these cases.
EXACTLY

United States

#20 Nov 15, 2008
Mitchell wrote:
David Wasserman, the former commissioner of the building dept., is a confessed felon who disgraced his family and betrayed the public trust. He also served on the local school board and has a cadre of whacky PTA supporters who I guess want their children to grow up and be just like him. These are indeed strange times....
When does his federal tax evasion case start?
TONH

AOL

#21 Nov 15, 2008
The real victims here are the taxpayers.

It took too long to investigate the TONH. It took too many officials on big time payrolls to bring down a few, some not even on the payroll at the time.

Other investigations were put off for this case. I hope the Statute of Limitations doesn't run out for other corrupt officials that must be removed from public office for the welfare of Nassau County residents, because of the TONH's building department case.

What's gives with the TOH?

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