Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray was honored at the 33rd Annual Achievers Awards Gala of the Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women on May 8, 2012 at The Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury. Murray – the first woman to be elected Supervisor in the 368-year history of the Town of Hempstead – has successfully navigated the township through an economic downturn, maintaining the town’s rock-solid finances and top-notch programs and services while earning the highest Wall Street credit ratings available.
“I am truly honored to be recognized by The Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women, an organization that does so much to provide guidance and support for women on Long Island,” stated Murray. “We are celebrating the wonderful achievements of trailblazing women who are making a real difference in their communities.”
In a statement for the ceremony, Murray stated, “When a community unites around common goals, the hard work of that community will yield uncommon success.” And so it has been that during Murray’s 10 years as Supervisor of America’s largest township, the Town of Hempstead has achieved positive economic growth, the revitalization of downtown areas, the beautification of town parks and beaches, and a fiscally strong town government.
Working together with the Hempstead Town Board, residents, businesses and community organizations, Murray has maintained excellent programs and services for children, senior citizens and citizens of all ages. In fact, Murray achieved all of this without increasing taxes by one cent in 2012 – this at a time when other municipalities are experiencing financial crises, many resorting to layoffs and fiscal gimmicks to balance budgets.
The leadership and achievements of Supervisor Kate Murray have not gone unnoticed. In February, the Town of Hempstead received the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award – the highest municipal budgeting honor – from the independent Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the eighth consecutive year. This honor complements the Murray administration’s commitment to maintaining the highest credit ratings awarded by Wall Street.
What’s more, Hempstead Town will receive an award from Vision Long Island for its development of a mixed-use zoning district in Elmont. In keeping with Murray’s goal of a community uniting around common goals, the town met with civic leaders, business owners, schools and religious groups to formulate the best zoning plan for the future prosperity of Elmont. Vision Long Island’s “Smart Growth Award,” which the town will receive next month, is a testament to Murray’s belief that working together toward a common goal will yield uncommon success.
Murray said that this philosophy can be seen at work for the other five honorees, ranging from a woman who grew a cleaning business from her basement to a Long Island-wide operation to a woman who founded a wonderful organization that uses horses to help children with special needs.
“These five incredible women have proven that amazing things can happen when people rally around a common goal to benefit others,” Murray said. “These trailblazers are undoubtedly worthy of this recognition.”
Murray concluded, “I would like to thank The Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women for recognizing the important and meaningful contributions of women to our society.”