Lawmaker: Monitoring bill represents 'new future' for Hempstead children

Originally published in Newsday

State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown) and Assemb. Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead) discuss details about a state monitor to oversee the Hempstead district's academic and financial plans.


"This rainy day marks a bright, new future for our Hempstead schools and our children," Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown) said before a handful of residents in front of the district administration building.

Thomas and Assemb. Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead), who also was at the news conference, sponsored the bill, which was amended recently to appoint one monitor as opposed to three and was signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday.

Over the next five years, the monitor will provide oversight and guidance for the district of 7,600 students.

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