North Hempstead Town Supervisor
Jon Kaiman, 50, brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His three terms in office have been underscored by his continuation of the Town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.
North Hempstead is the seventh largest of approximately 1500 towns, cities and villages in the State of New York. Money Magazine ranked the Town number 46 in its 2008 listing of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” North Hempstead was one of three communities in New York State to make the list.
Since taking office on January 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to update the Town’s infrastructure and incorporate modern management techniques in day-to-day operations.
Central to his efforts has been the establishment of a 311 Constituent Response System. This new technology provides North Hempstead residents greater access to government, while enhancing efficiency and accountability.
TownStat, another one of Kaiman’s key initiatives, is gaining momentum in the town. A performance measurement and management tool, TownStat tracks and reports performance in departments throughout the town with the goal of monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of how constituents’ concerns are addressed.
Yet another of Kaiman’s initiatives focuses on partnerships with neighboring municipal entities—more than 100 exist within the town—to cut costs and help save taxpayer dollars. Since the formation in 2006 of the Office of Inter-municipal Coordination, the town has almost fifty inter-municipal agreements with various entities, including villages, special districts, school districts and associations.
As Supervisor, Kaiman has instituted North Hempstead’s annual Earth Day Program and Operation Clean Sweep—a month- long, top to bottom “Spring Cleaning” of the Town. During its five years of existence, the program has removed tens of thousands of tons of garbage and debris.
Steering the town towards environmentally-friendly alternatives, he has engineered the establishment of a sweeping town-wide recycling initiative, a program that has located recycling containers in all the town’s buildings, its network of parks and eight of North Hempstead’s 11 school districts.
Kaiman’s mission to green North Hempstead also includes the purchase of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the staging of various events, such as EcoFest, promoting environmental stewardship.
Another key component of Kaiman’s administration is the idea of Community Based Planning. Beginning in 2004, the Town has hosted scores of community-based meetings throughout North Hempstead to address local concerns relating to development projects, planning decisions, park and roadway improvements, and other local issues.
In Kaiman’s continuing quest to be responsive to the needs of the community, Kaiman has also initiated Project Independence, a town-wide program born from a pilot launched two years ago in New Hyde Park to help senior citizens “age in place” and access information on basic services such as health care, social worker assistance and community programming.
Kaiman serves also as the Chairman of the town’s Solid Waste Management Authority, Commissioner of the Great Neck North Water Authority, and board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. He also serves as chair of approximately nineteen non-commissioner run special districts operating within the town’s borders.
He received a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University. Jon was elected in 1999 to the Nassau County District Court, where for two consecutive years he received the highest rating possible from the Nassau County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee.
Kaiman is a longtime resident of Great Neck, where he lives with his wife Kim, sons Shaun and Jared and daughter Iyana.