Kensington, New York

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Kensington is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 1,209 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Kensington is in the Town of North Hempstead. It is on the Great Neck Peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island and is often grouped together with the other hamlets and villages and referred to collectively as "Great Neck."

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History

On November 7, 1921, by a unanimous vote of the residents, Kensington incorporated as a village. The first elections for officers and trustees were held on November 28, 1921, with Byron Eldred unanimously elected as its first Mayor. Kensington is part of the Town of North Hempstead in the 17th Election District. Village Election Day is held annually, on the third Tuesday in March at the village hall from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Many of Kensington's mayors have served for substantially long terms. Notable are Mayor Seymour Cohen, Mayor Steven Randall and Mayor Bonnie Golub. The mayor also serves as Commissioner of Police. The Village of Kensington was initially established as an enclave of homes of famous celebrities. The Kensington Village gates were copied from London’s Kensington Gardens, where the village got its name.

In August 1915 the waterfront park was deeded to the Kensington Association. This included a 500 foot sand beach, boat dock, tennis courts, miniature lakes, and one of the largest fresh water swimming pools in the U.S. As a planned community no electric poles or wires marred the eye because of planned interior service strips. A covenant was written to keep business and industry out. A membership corporation was initiated to take care of maintenance and police protection. Kensington, not unlike many other communities established in the early 20's eventually required an investment in deteriorating infrastructure. During the tenure of Mayor Steven Randall (1984–90) major projects were initiated and completed including rebuilding the Kensington pool; new street lighting, storm drainage; road resurfacing and a general facelift.

Kensington was recognized as one of the safest places to live in the U.S. and remains that way to this day.

In 2008, the Kensington Police Department was ranked #1 for the highest average salary for its police force, averaging over $160,000 for its 6-man department.

Geography

Kensington is located at 40°47′34″N 73°43′26″W / 40.79278°N 73.72389°W / 40.79278; -73.72389 (40.792901, -73.723775)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,209 people, 424 households, and 339 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,752.1 people per square mile (1,867.2/km²). There were 447 housing units at an average density of 1,757.0/sq mi (690.4/km²). The racial & ethnic makeup of the village was 91.89% White, 0.66% African American, 4.96% Asian, 1.32% from other ethnicies and/or ethnic groups, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population.

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