On January 1, 1898, about one-third of Queens County, the three western towns, consolidated with the City of New York. The three eastern towns, Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Oyster Bay, remained part of Queens County. However, on March 22, 1899 a county-wide meeting was held at Allens Hotel in Mineola and Quaker Benjamin F. Hicks of North Hempstead was elected chairman of a committee to push for the establishment of a new county. Needing authorization from Albany, Hicks assured the New York State governor that it was a wise measure desired by the taxpayers. Governor Black signed the bill for the establishment of Nassau County, effective January 1, 1899.
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 Edward J. Smits, The Creation of Nassau County (Mineola, NY: Nassau County Dept. of Public Works, 1960), 20-22.