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LYNBROOK/EAST ROCKAWAY HERALD — November 2, 2017

ELECTION GUIDE

November 2, 2017


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Nassau CouNty Comptroller Jack Schnirman Democrat

Age: 39 Lives In: Long Beach Career: Long Beach City manager, Brookhaven Town chief deputy town supervisor Education: Bachelor’s degree in international relations, Tufts University; master’s degree in public policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Family: Married, one child On the issues: Touting his experience and accomplishments as Long Beach city manager for six years and a four-point plan, Schnirman said that he seeks to end what he called the county’s “culture of corruption” to save taxpayer dollars and “make sure we invest in the services that we all care about.” Schnirman said his first

goal would be to increase transparency and modernize the county’s finances. He would create what he called a “scorecard” to track the progress of each county project. He said he would conduct audits and “ask tough questions” to be the independent watchdog he believes that is needed to help ensure that Nassau “operates effectively and spends taxpayer money effectively.” Reforming the contracting system is also on his agen-

da. Schnirman noted that in 2015, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recommended reforms that in his words “fell on deaf ears.” He said he partner with the D.A. to initiate those reforms. More oversight is needed, he said, and the system needs to make payments on time to attract businesses to do work in the county. Schnirman said that the public deserves to receive a return from government, and he wants people’s input. His fourth point aims to attack abuse, fraud and waste by acting on reports from taxpayers. He said if people reported incidents, his office would act. He said an honest discussion about the county’s finances is needed to put the county on solid financial footing and out from under state financial control.

Steve Labriola Republican

Age: 55 Lives In: Massapequa Park Career: Nassau County chief compliance officer; county chief deputy comptroller, state assemblyman, Town of Oyster Bay clerk Education: Bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in government and politics and public administration, both from St. John’s University Family: Married, two daughters On the issues: Labriola said he believes his experience as Nassau County’s chief compliance officer and as the chief deputy comptroller under current County Comptroller George Maragos qualify him for the position. He views the job as the taxpayer’s watchdog, who then serves as a check and

balance on the executive and legislative branches of county government. He wants to restore the taxpayer’s trust in the position by “showing exactly where their money is being spent, by whom and for whom.” Noting that three different credit rating agencies have given Nassau an A or A+ rating, Labriola said the county must keep moving in that positive direction, and to do that he said he would “closely monitor the assumptions, risks and liabilities of the adopted bud-

get and report my findings to the people, and the other branches of government.” He also wants to create a whistle-blower hotline for the confidential reporting of waste, fraud and abuse, and wants to establish an antifraud unit to investigate those reports. Labriola would also aim to create what he called a “vendor-experience database” to monitor county vendors to prevent tax dollars from going towards what he called “shady businesses.” Labriola said that he and Republican County Executive candidate Jack Martins have pledged to liberate the county from Nassau Interim Finance Authority control within two years. He said he believes that he and Martins have the experience to work with the state to accomplish that goal and fix the county’s assessment system.

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Promoted annual low cost Breast Cancer screenings for women over 40

Continuously advocated for repair and upgrade to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant and supports an ocean outfall pipe at this facility

Fought against the I-Star Pilot request protecting residents of our city and school districts who can ill afford to finance this project

Supported smart development, not over development

Continuously fought against government corruption, passed ethics reform legislation, restored trust in government

Passed significant changes in our contract and procurement practices

Provided funds to replace trees destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and Island Park

Advocate for our first responders and continues to provide funding for much needed equipment

Supported road rehabilitation projects throughout the district

Conducted community forums on tax exemptions, assessment grievances, emergency preparedness, NARCAN training and updates on community concerns

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Dear Fellow Resident of Lynbrook USA, We all mourn the sudden loss of our Mayor Bill Hendrick. We will forever be grateful to him for his 25 years of devotion and dedicated service to our village. Our village is a better place because of Bill and I am sure you join me in praying for him and his family. Come March we will choose a new mayor, but until then there is an important election occurring on November 7th when we will be electing a new County Executive. In local government, second only to our mayor in importance, is the County Executive. For 20 Years, I was honored to serve as your Nassau County Legislator. On many occasions, you chose me by pluralities that often reached 70%. One does not achieve these sky high numbers without the support of both Republicans and Democrats. I believe I was successful because I served the people and their families first here in Lynbrook. I believed in the end it was not about politics and being a Republican or Democrat, it was about serving the people and fighting to be sure that Nassau County remains a safe and affordable place to work and raise a family. Over the years, my loving wife, Clementine, and I raised our three daughters here in Lynbrook on Winter St. They went to West End, were in the plays at North Middle School and graduated Lynbrook High. From there they all went off to good colleges and today are married to great young men. They have blessed us with 7 wonderful grandchildren. Where do the years go? As a County Legislator, it was always my mission, together with the Village Board, to keep Lynbrook USA that very special place it is—and it is special. While I may have stepped down in 2016 from the legislature, I remain a Lynbrook resident fully invested in its future. Once again, thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve you and my village for those 20 years. During my years of service to you, I would put ads in the paper and send mail asking for your support and telling you of my vision for the future and my efforts to make our community the best it can be. Today, however, I am writing to ask your support for Jack Martins who is running for County Executive. Interestingly enough, the two of us have much in common. I may have three daughters; he has done one better and has four. He has a wonderful wife, Paula, in whom he loves deeply. Jack has a great love for public service, having served as Mayor of Mineola and a NY State Senator. He is committed to ethics and honesty in government as my family and I have always espoused. Jack is a family man with character and integrity. As Mayor of Mineola, he gained crucial fiscal experience and knowledge and showed great leadership instituting sound fiscal management and won an award for developing a master redevelopment plan for the Village. In the Senate, his focus was on fighIng for middle class families securing more school aid, passing into law the property tax cap and repealing the MTA payroll tax to name a few. He is one of us. I have known Jack personally for many years. I can’t think of anyone better prepared to serve our village, Lynbrook, as our next County Executive. Once again he understands villages and the challenges we face, having served as a Mayor as Bill Hedrick was our Mayor. Truly, he has the vision, experience and leadership skills to take our county into the future. Like, me, he too is not about politics but in serving people and their families first. Please join my wife, Clementine, and me in voting for Jack Martins on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th. Thank you. Your support is very important to Lynbrook USA and its future.

Fran Becker P.S. Please also join me in re-elecIng Tony SanIno and Anthony D’Esposito. Tony has proven himself to be an outstanding, tax-bustng administrator and a true leader as our Town Supervisor. Returning Tony, together with Anthony and one of our very own, County Legislator Bill Gaylor, is criIcal to the future and prosperity of our village.

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Nassau CouNty ExECutivE Laura Curran Democrat

Age: 49 Professional Experience: Newspaper reporter, Nassau County legislator Lives in: Baldwin Family: Married, three daughters On the issues: Curran has run her campaign almost entirely on the issue of public corruption and the corrosion of public trust in Mineola. According to her, the county’s contracting system is largely to blame for most of the corruption scandals that have engulfed Nassau County elected officials in recent years. Curran said that an independent inspector general position — an official who would solely work to vet all county contracts and the

procurement process to make sure conflicts of interest do not exist — is the best way to fix the system. The idea of an inspector general has long been pushed by Democrats in the Legislature, but blocked by Republicans. Curran has called for an end to taxpayer money being spent on elected leaders’ self-promoting fliers, including mailers touting accomplishments, and the county executive’s name going on signs around the county. To fix the county’s property assessment and tax griev-

ance system — which leaders on both sides of the aisle agree is broken — Curran said it must first be made more transparent, accuracy must be ensured, and a credentialed and qualified county assessor must be appointed. With the right staffing and technology, she said, assessments could be made and kept accurate, and made to match value changes that occur naturally over time. As far as Hurricane Sandy-related reconstruction efforts and preparedness measures, Curran said the county executive needs to fight for all the state and federal rebuilding resources owed to the county. Also, she said that new infrastructure must be built to withstand flooding, high winds and climate change effects.

Jack Martins Republican

Age: 50 Professional Experience: Attorney, small business owner, mayor of Mineola, New York state senator Lives in: Old Westbury Family: Married, four daughters On the issues: Martins agreed that corruption must be rooted out at the county government level, and the contracting process must be made more transparent. However, he does not support the creation of an independent inspector general — which he said he considers an additional unnecessary layer of government bureaucracy. According to Martins, the procurement officer and commissioner of investigations should be more fully used to review independent-

ly whether all contracts and vendors comply with the county’s existing code of ethics, and that there are no conflicts between current procurement policies and elected officials and policymakers. Martins said that he would have zero tolerance for corruption or the perception of corruption, and promised to give the needed resources to the ethics board and commissioner of investigations to monitor and enforce the county’s ethics code.

Martins differed from Curran on the assessment system — although he agreed it is broken. He would push at the state level for legislation moving responsibility for property assessing down to the town level, like in most other parts of the state. According to Martins, he would work with towns for a seamless transfer of the assessments, as well as institutional knowledge and personnel, and said that the chance could result in saving $80 million to $100 million each year, or a roughly 10 percent county property tax cut. As far as post-Sandy reconstruction and resiliency efforts, he said that the county executive has the responsibility of advocating for communities that were devastated by the hurricane.

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Anthony D’Esposito INCUMBENT — Republican Age: 35 Lives in: Island Park Career: New York City Detective Education: Hofstra University, Chaminade High School Family: Single On the issues: D’Esposito, a Town of Hempstead councilman and former New York City Police Department detective, was appointed to the Town Council by Supervisor Anthony Santino in February 2016. He defeated Douglas Mayer in his first election last year to keep his seat. Santino named D’Esposito the town’s deputy supervisor in April. D’Esposito said the he has worked with the town to tackle budget issues by reducing salary costs in

2017 and committing to once again slashing personnel costs in 2018. He added that both of those budgets also constrain overtime spending to $3 million, a reduction from previous years. Rooted in a small coastal community, D’Esposito said he is working with Santino to access more than $35 million in Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to elevate roads, improve storm drainage and protect low-lying areas with infrastructure enhancements five years

Douglas Mayer

after Hurricane Sandy. In an effort to revitalize some of District 4’s downtowns, he said he has contributed to plans to remake downtown Baldwin along Grand Avenue and remove dangerous structures from neglected properties on Atlantic Avenue in Oceanside. D’Esposito said he supports Santino’s ethics reform law, saying that one of its most important provisions is a $125,000 cap on outside income for elected town officials. Though other council members, like Erin King Sweeney, have spoken out against that part of the package, saying it targeted her, D’Esposito said officials making hundreds of thousands in outside income are perhaps not giving the time that the council position deserves.

CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 55 Lives in: East Rockaway Career: Lawyer and emergency room nurse Education: Hofstra University School of Law, Adelphi University School of Nursing, Nassau Community College Family: Married to Elizabeth Staley; two sons, Dylan and Justin On the issues: Mayer, an attorney and emergency room nurse, is seeking the Town of Hempstead Council’s 4th District seat for the second time after losing to Anthony D’Esposito last year. Joining the Navy as a teenager, he worked as a machinist before switching professions, and said he is now ready for a new challenge: serving the people in his district.

Mayer told the Herald that, if elected, ethics and transparency would be two of the biggest issues that he would address. He called Town Supervisor Anthony Santino’s ethics reform package “a political stunt equivalent to a bad joke,” and said that he supports an independent inspector general to review all contracts, bids and proposals, as well as a bi-partisan ethics panel to help the town improve its standards. He also noted that members of the Town Council

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were appointed instead of elected, and said he would propose a provision that would prohibit appointees from running in the next election, making the selection only temporary. In terms of transparency, Mayer said he would push to have more evening town meetings so that working residents could attend and be more involved in the government. Focusing on ethics would help the town save money, Mayer said, along with cutting out what he called small, unnecessary costs, like mailers on glossy paper that he said often politicize what the town is doing. He would instead allow residents to opt for texts and emails to receive town updates, and would push to decrease the number of them.

This district serves East Rockaway, Hewlett, Island Park, South Hempstead, Oceanside and Rockville Centre and portions of Baldwin, Cedarhurst, Lynbrook, Malverne, Valley Stream and Woodmere.

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County Clerk

(Vote for One)

OFFICE

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1. Mark only with a pen or pencil. 2. To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on this ballot, fill in the oval above the name of the candidate. 3. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on this ballot, write or stamp his or her name in the space labeled “write in” that appears at the bottom of the column containing the title of the office. You must also fill in the oval corresponding with the “write in” space in which you have written a name. 4. To vote yes or no on a proposal, if any, fill in the oval that corresponds to your vote. 5. Any other mark or writing, or any erasure made on this ballot outside the voting ovals or blank spaces provided for voting will void this entire ballot. 6. Do not overvote. If you select a greater number of candidates than there are vacancies to be filled, your ballot will be void for that public office, party position or proposal. 7. If you tear, or deface, or wrongly mark this ballot, call the Board of Elections at (516) 571-2411 for instructions on how to obtain a new ballot. Do not attempt to correct mistakes on the ballot by making erasures or cross outs. Erasures or cross outs may invalidate all or part of your ballot. Prior to submitting your ballot, if you make a mistake in completing the ballot or wish to change your ballot choices, you may obtain and complete a new ballot. You have a right to a replacement ballot upon return of the original ballot. 8. To be counted, absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and be received by the Board of Elections no later than seven (7) days after Election Day.

County Comptroller

County Executive

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Lynbrook / EasT roCkaway

ELEC

Jack M.

MARTINS

Steven L.

BENNETT

Maureen C.

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Sylvia A.

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Gary F.

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Secretario Municipal

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David W.

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Hempstead Town Clerk

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Anthony W.

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Maxine S.

Darlene D.

DALY-SAPRAICONE HARRIS

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Gary M.

DALY-SAPRAICONE FOX McDONOUGH CARLTON

Linda K.

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Hempstead Supervisor

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Anthony J.

Alfred J.

Anthony P.

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Elizabeth M.

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Gary M.

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Dino G.

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County LegisLative DistriCt 7 Howard Kopel INCUMBENT — Republican

Age: 66 Lives in: Lawrence Career: County legislator since 2009, owner of Sutton Alliance insurance agency from 1985 to present, attorney from 1975 to 1985 Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brooklyn College; law degree from Brooklyn Law School Family: Married with four adult children On the issues: Seeking his fifth term in the Nassau County Legislature, Kopel said he believes the experience that he has gained during his time in the Legislature and in the private sector has prepared him to continue to represent the 7th Legislative District. Kopel was instrumental in passing legislation in

2014 that has since helped improve the county’s finances, he said, and his office is regularly praised by constituents for its responsiveness to their needs and requests. One issue that he has been particularly active in is the redevelopment of the Woodmere Club. Kopel has posted a petition against the development, which he encourages residents to sign. He has made a point to stress that the land has been sold and the developers have their own rights, but any project must take into

account the legitimate concerns of the thousands of people who would be affected by the development. He is concerned that the area already sees a great deal of traffic, and that adding homes would exacerbate the issue. Additionally, the club’s golf course serves to absorb excess water, and development could lead to more flooding in a community still recovering from Sandy. Kopel has also been an advocate for the reconstruction of the Nassau Expressway, which serves as the only evacuation route for thousands of residents. The expressway is a state road, so county legislators cannot do as much as they can on other projects, but Kopel has attempted to keep the pressure on those who can move it forward.

Dr. Karen Blitz CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 59 Lives in: Rockville Centre Career: Neurologist at South Shore Neurologic in Islip, with a specialty in multiple sclerosis and rehabilitation Education: SUNY Stony Brook School of Allied Health Professionals; doctorate from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Family: Three children On the issues: Blitz was inspired to run for local office after meeting with her local Indivisible chapter. In the wake of the election of President Trump, the group has sought to create a grassroots Democratic movement using the Tea Party as an example of how to get people involved. Blitz said she believes that as a lifelong Long Island resident and trained physi-

cian, she possesses the motivation as well as the skills to find and solve the problems facing the county. According to her, her medical background has equipped her to face the opiate epidemic. She said she wants to start by looking at tobacco awareness and HIV prevention educational programs in the schools. She hopes to hold insurance companies responsible for the role that they have played in making these drugs more widely available, while also helping

those who are already addicted and fighting the stigma around addiction. Blitz’s background as a scientist also makes her an ideal candidate to deal with the county’s ecological and flooding issues as well, she said. According to her, the NYRising and Living with the Bay programs are sound in principle, but these are the sorts of projects that should have been instituted before Sandy. Blitz said she wants to prepare the county’s infrastructure for the next storm while also helping those who are still rebuilding. Blitz also thinks that the development of the Woodmere Club into residential housing would not only change the fabric of the local community, but also would worsen flooding in the area.

This district serves parts of Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, East Rockaway, Oceanside and Rockville Centre.

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Town of HempsTead Clerk Nasrin Ahmad INCUMBENT — Republican

Age: 60 Lives in: Salisbury Education: Diploma of higher education, Canterbury College Family: Married with children On the issues: Ahmad was elected as the Town of Hempstead clerk in 2014, after being appointed to the position the previous year. She joined the clerk’s office in 1998 and had overseen its marriage license division since 2009. As clerk, she oversees handling of records for the town’s roughly 750,000 residents and is the public face of the office’s child safety and senior citizen identification outreach programs. Ahmad said she is largely responsible for extending the office’s hours of operation on Thursdays to allow greater

access for the elderly and residents who work during the day. She also touts her linguistics skills, saying she is fluent in five languages. Additionally, she said that, combined, her staff is capable of translating in 16 different languages. While Ahmad acknowledged that state and federally mandated regulations prevent her from providing all of the clerk’s services through the town’s website, she said she is working to digitize as many of her office’s records and services

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as possible. Certain applications and forms are available for download, and she is responsible for posting Hempstead Town Board minutes online and now provides live streams of meetings. Security is an ever-present concern in today’s digital landscape, and Ahmad has assured town residents that their records are protected at the highest levels possible. Sharing passwords among office staff members is forbidden, and office computers lack Internet connections for further protection. Additionally, she said digital records are backed up and stored at secure off-site locations. Ahmad said her experience in the office makes her the obvious choice this season.

Sylvia Cabana CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 50 Lives in: Garden City Education: Bachelor’s degree, Barnard College; law degree, Hofstra School of Law Family: Married with children On the issues: Cabana, a lifelong Garden City resident and immigration attorney, has run her own private practice law office since 2002 and is experienced in advocating for her clients’ rights, she said. She comes from a long line of legal experts, and was proud to note that her grandmother was one of the first female lawyers in Cuba. As an American citizen of Cuban and Argentinean descent, she is bilingual in English and Spanish. Drawing on her experience working with her Spanish-speak-

ing clients, Cabana pointed out the difference between having fluency in a language and being able to translate for someone. Additionally, Cabana said her experience working with documentation for her clients makes her qualified for the office of town clerk. She said her own experiences at the town clerk’s office have been somewhat hostile and added that she would make it a priority to make it a more welcoming place, especially for more vulnerable residents such as immigrants

and the elderly. Cabana has called for increased access to records and better language services. Additionally, she said she believes the town clerk’s office needs better transparency. In regards to security, Cabana has said she is committed to ensuring the office’s software is up to date to reduce its vulnerability to cyber attacks. “A town clerk should be welcoming to all residents,” she said. “People who visit the clerk’s office should be treated in a professional and courteous manner. It’s important to make all the services of the clerk’s office easily accessible to all. I enjoy all people and cultures, and it would be an honor to serve as town clerk.”

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Denise Ford

INCUMBENT — Republican Age: 66 Lives in: Long Beach Career: Nassau County legislator; 25-year telephone company employee Education: St. Michael’s High School, Brooklyn Family: Widowed, three children On the issues: Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford was first elected to the County Legislature in 2003. She serves on five committees and chairs the Economic & Community Development & Labor and is the vice chairwoman of the Government Services & Operations. Ford said that in the county’s battle against the opioid epidemic, all jurisdictions, from federal to the county police, must continue

to work together. She said she supports the creation of an inpatient rehabilitation clinic at Nassau University Medical Center, and favors a proposal by Republican County Executive candidate Jack Martins that victims of an opioid overdose be held for observation for 72 hours. Hurricane Sandy-related projects are beginning to move from the planning board to the starting line, and Ford said she would follow the timeline to make sure all deadline targets are met and work to try to get

the more critical projects expedited. She said she worked to incorporate previous local projects with the larger Sandy projects. Ford said she supports dredging and restoring the marshes to help reduce future storm damage. A concerted effort by all levels of government to help ensure work is done and protect homeowners, business owners and contractors is also needed, she said. Ford said she is not opposed to having an inspector general to review county contracts, but is wary of having a person with a contract who might or might not do the job. She said she believes the current commissioner of investigations, the additional review steps that were added and the district attorney are adequate.

Jane Smith Fisher CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 58 Live in: Long Beach Career: Nassau County Civil Service Commission Education: Bachelor’s degree in management and organizational behavior, New York University; master’s degree in elementary education, Adelphi University. Family: One child On the issues: Fisher’s background includes being a publicschool teacher, an owner of three small businesses and currently a county employee. She said that though the job of county legislator is considered part-time, it would be her only job. The opioid epidemic hit home for Fisher. She noted that one of the three young people from Oceanside — a community where she raised

her son — died from a drug overdose last year on the day after he was released from a halfway house. She said that more affordable, comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehab options are needed. Fisher said she would visit sober homes, learn what is happening and look for ways for the government to help. Fisher said she believes she understands the financial struggles of her potential constituents, including how important it is to have a car, especially since certain

county bus routes were cut. She addressed the county’s financial woes by saying that in her current job she has literally rung up $1 million in salary in one day for new hires and asked the question, “What is going on here?” Having an inspector general would help because, she said, the Republicans in the County Legislature are in “lockstep” with the county executive, and no one is truly reviewing the contracts, Fisher said. She also said that a forensic study of where the money is going and increased efficiencies similar to what county comptroller candidate Jack Schnirman is espousing are needed. Fisher believes that her background qualifies her to be a county legislator, and she said she is a problemsolver and “absolutely knows how to get things done.”

The district encompasses Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Island Park, Lido Beach, Long Beach, and Point Lookout, and parts of Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, Lawrence, Oceanside and Woodmere.

DR. KAREN BLITZ FOR COUNTY LEGISLATOR Dr. Blitz is a scientist by training, and will work to educate the community on environmental issues such as water contamination and high pesticide use in our county. Dr. Blitz strongly believes in term limits, and if elected would not serve more than three terms.

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County LegisLative DistriCt 6 William Gaylor INCUMBENT — Republican

Age: 54 Lives in: Lynbrook Career: Practicing attorney, a former Nassau County traffic court judge and a former Lynbrook Village associate justice for more than six years. Successfully ran for county legislator for District 6 in November 2015. Education: Master’s degree in business administration from East Texas State University and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law Family: Wife On the issues: Gaylor stepped down as a Nassau County traffic court judge in 2015 to run for District 6 legislator, and defeated James Paymar of Rockville Centre in the election. Since becoming a legislator, he has made it a priority to hold the line on taxes, which

he said have increased by 0.3 percent since Republicans attained the majority in 2010. He said that he would continue to vote no for any tax increase and advocate for cutting back on extra fees, if he is re-elected. Another issue that Gaylor said he plans to tackle if he remains in office is funding the reconstruction and maintenance of county roads. In addition, he said, he plans to continue to combat the rampant opioid epidemic in the county by providing resources to the Nassau

County Police Department and supporting aggressive prosecution of suppliers and dealers by the district attorney. He added that he supports a rehabilitation clinic at Nassau University Medical Center where victims of opioid overdoses could be held for 72 hours for evaluation. On the subject of creating an independent office of an inspector general, Gaylor said he believes it is unconstitutional because the person appointed to that position would not be regulated by anyone. Gaylor said one of his top priorities is downtown rehabilitation and community revitalization. To ensure businesses have incentives to open and to keep businesses in Nassau County from going out of business, he said he intends to continue to work with community.

Dino Amoroso CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 60 Lives in: Lynbrook Career: Attorney, career prosecutor and defense attorney in private practice Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. John’s University, law degree from Touro College Law School. Family: Wife, two daughters On the issues: Amoroso said that the driving force behind his decision to run for legislator has been to change what he calls a “broken” system in Nassau County. He has never held an elected position, but he said he believes he has what it takes to change the perception of politics in the county. In 2015, he unsuccessfully challenged Nasrin Ahmad for town clerk. Amoroso said there

needs to be a change at the county level amid issues of corruption, cronyism and ethics, which he said he believes is rampant in Nassau, especially in the wake of the corruption controversy surrounding County Executive Ed Mangano. Amoroso said he would immediately support the creation of an inspector general to investigate and oversee the awarding of public contracts, which he said he would decrease the corruption. He added that he would also favord term limits.

Amoroso said he also supports smart planning to include centralized access to public transportation and parking, and believes it could be used to address traffic congestion. He said he would also attempt to combat the opioid epidemic by pushing for a program similar to the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison, which he became familiar with when he was practicing law. He said the program helped defendants avoid prison by seeking treatment to become sober. He noted that he believes that the Columbia University-validated program could be modified to help county residents battling addictions. In addition, Amoroso supports using more tax dollars to maintain roads, as well as making local government more transparent.

The district encompasses Malverne, North Lynbrook, Lynbrook and parts of Hewlett, Rockville Centre and South Hempstead.

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Nassau CouNty Clerk Maureen O’Connell INCUMBENT — Republican

Age: 67 Family: Married, one son Lives in: East Williston Career: Nassau County clerk since 2005 Education: Bachelor’s degree in health care administration from St. Joseph’s College; law degree from St. John’s University School of Law; graduate of Flushing Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing On the issues: O’Connell, who is a registered nurse, was elected to county clerk in 2005, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Since taking office, O’Connell’s staff has processed more than a million backlogged records. She implemented a conversion of paper land records to an electronic platform with state and county agencies, and

plans to continue to make record accessibility easier for residents. O’Connell has instituted extended office hours and plans to continue to expand office hours to accommodate residents. Her office created an online court record inquiry system, and secured grant funds to digitize archival records. O’Connell said she plans to continue to digitize records to ensure that they are preserved correctly for years to come. She facilitated the estab-

lishment of the Nassau County Veterans Court. She launched the Veterans Recognition Program that allows veterans to record their discharge papers free of charge with the clerk’s office. In turn, veterans receive a clerk-issued photo ID card that provides discounts at participating businesses throughout Nassau. She plans to create and expand outreach programs for veterans and seniors that would explain the record-filing process, as well as help them avoid unnecessary fees. She established a mobile office that travels around the county, bringing services directly to residents, including veterans and seniors who are unable to leave their homes. She has decried raising real estate fee hikes and said she would continue to ensure that fees remain fair.

Dean Bennett CHALLENGER — Democrat

Age: 51 Family: Married, three children Lives in: Baldwin Career: President and CEO of J.K. Bennett and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm Education: Bachelor’s of business management and economics, and a master’s in human resources, both from Hofstra University On the issues: Bennett, president and CEO of a management consulting firm, is seasoned in public service as he was director of Equal Employment Opportunity and deputy director for the Office of Minority Affairs for Nassau County. He was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011 to serve as executive director of the Division of Minority and Women Business Devel-

opment of Empire State Development. The county clerk’s office is responsible for managing records from birth, marriage and death certificates to land records belonging to Nassau County’s 1.36 million residents, as well as preserving them for years to come. Bennett proposed a fivepoint plan to improve the county clerk’s office, if elected. First is accountability; Bennett vowed to research, prepare and publish annual reports in a timely manner.

Second, he plans to improve professionalism within the county clerk’s office by creating and enforcing uniform performance standards and operations manuals. Third, Bennett plans to improve service, pointing out that the clerk’s office last year received a grade of C- in a study of open records response. He plans to correct slow service by instituting policies and training programs that would allow office staff to deliver faster service. Next, Bennett plans to improve innovation within the office by updating the record-keeping technology to make the office a paperless agency and ensure that older records are protected. He plans to introduce software to protect records from cyber attacks. Finally, he plans to instill integrity within the office by vowing to remain corruption-free.


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Joseph Conway

Tammy Robbins

Democratic, Women’s Equality, Working Families, Green Party

Democratic, Green, Working Families, Women’s Equality

Age: 58 lives in: Williston Park family: Married to wife, Denise, with one daughter, Theresa. Education: Bachelor’s degree, St. John’s University, 1984; law degree, Brooklyn Law School, 1988. legal career: Served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York for more than 14 years. During that time, he served in many roles, including chief of the Long Island Criminal Division and Senior Trial Counsel. He served as the lead prosecutor in several noteworthy cases, including: Michael Swango, a doctor convicted of killing several patients at the Northport Veterans Administration Hospital; John Spano in his failed attempt to purchase the New York Islanders hockey team; and former chief deputy Nassau County executive Robert McDonald for his role in a scheme to defraud the county of more than $70 million through a failed self-insurance plan. Since October 2004, Conway has served as the managing partner of LaRusso, Conway & Bartling LLP in Mineola, and concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense work in the state and federal courts, internal investigations, and federal civil litigation in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Additionally, Conway was retained by the Suffolk County Legislature as an independent ethics investigator.

Age: 57 lives in: Locust Valley Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, SUNY Albany, 1982; law degree, Hofstra School of Law, 1989. legal career: Nassau County assistant district attorney from 1989 to 2000, prosecuting narcotics cases and managing the Street Gang Investigation Unit. Nassau County Court judge from 2005 to 2014, dealing with the felony DWI court, felony and criminal cases. She was principal court attorney to County Court Judge Jeffrey Brown from 2000 to 2004 and County Court Judge David Ayres from 2004 to 2005. Beginning in 2015, she was the principal court attorney to Judge Conrad Singer in Nassau County Family Court.

Hon. Jerald S. Carter Republican, Conservative, Independent, Reform

Age: 65 lives in: Mineola Education: Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in 1974; law degree from Howard University in 1977. legal career: Carter began his career in 1977 as an assistant district attorney for the Town of Hempstead. He worked in that capacity until 1980 and then worked as a private practice lawyer. From 1983 to 1990, he served as a negotiating attorney for the Hempstead School Board. His judicial career began in 1989 when he became judge of the Hempstead Village Court. He worked there until 1996. He was then appointed an interim judge of the Nassau County District Court, where he served through 2007. In 1997, he also worked as a town attorney of Hempstead. He joined the county court in 1998 and was appointed an acting supreme court justice the following year.

Christopher Quinn Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform

Age: 62 lives in: Wantagh family: Married 37 years with five adult children legal career: Currently serving as supervising judge of the Nassau County Court; former supervising judge of Nassau District Court; deputy attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division; law clerk to Nassau County judge; in private at an insurance defense firm.

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Linda Mejas family: Children Education: Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, magna cum laude; law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Also a graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City. legal career: Nine years of experience as a principal law clerk in the Supreme Court, seven of which have been in the Matrimonial Center dealing with family law matters. Currently the clerk for Justice Edmund Dane in the Nassau County Supreme Court, 10th District. Drafts all decisions and orders, including decisions on the custody, spousal and child support. Member of Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. other: As a first-generation American, Mejias said she has a strong appreciation for a fair, just and efficient judicial system. Her parents fled from countries where corruption and bias pervaded the judiciary. It has been her long time goal to become a judge who will adhere to the essential ideals of justice: fairness, ethics and integrity. She is also a past Community Service Award recipient from the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.

Shaun Hogan Republican, Democratic

Age: 52 lives in: Glenn Head family: Married with five step-children and three grandchildren Education: Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, 1991; law degree from City University of New York Law School, 1995. legal career: Currently a Nassau County support magistrate, dealing with child support and family issues. She served as an assistant district attorney for criminal matters, domestic abuse and felonies in Queens County for six years, and as special counsel to the New York City School District Department of Investigations for seven years. She spent a year and a half as deputy county attorney for Nassau County, and has six years experience as a principal law clerk for Judge St. George in the New York State Court System.

Eileen Daly-Sapraicone Republican, Democratic

Age: 52 lives in: Glenn Head family: Married with five step-children and three grandchildren Education: Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, 1991; law degree from City University of New York Law School, 1995. legal career: Currently a Nassau County support magistrate, dealing with child support and family issues. She served as an assistant district attorney for criminal matters, domestic abuse and felonies in Queens County for six years, and as special counsel to the New York City School District Department of Investigations for seven years. She spent a year and a half as deputy county attorney for Nassau County, and has six years experience as a principal law clerk for Judge St. George in the New York State Court System.

Robert Nigro Conservative

Age: 68 lives in: Bayville family: Married with two sons Education: Bachelor’s degree from Fordham College, 1971; law degree from Fordham Law School, 1976. legal career: After graduation from Fordham Law School in 1976, Nigro joined the Nassau County District attorney’s Office, working there for six years, in both trial parts, the rackets and appeals bureaus. In 1982, he left to become the principal law clerk to County Court Judge Abbey Balkan. After five years in the courts, he did two tours in private practice, working for the firms of Manley Mead Nielsen and Re, and then Capitola and Dodd. In 1989, Nigro returned to work for Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, and after spending a few months in the County Court Trial Bureau, he became the head of the Civil Forfeiture Unit, and later the first chief of the Civil Forfeiture Bureau. While an assistant district attorney, Nigro found time to teach at both the Hofstra Law School and in the Criminal Justice Program at Nassau Community College. He is also a board member of both the Columbian Lawyers Association and the Nassau Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Upon retiring from the district attorney’s office in 2010, he began a new career in 2011, working for the Nassau County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Defender Plan Inc., which provides panels of qualified attorneys who are assigned by the judges to represent people who cannot afford attorneys, both in the criminal courts and family court.

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Elizabeth Fox McDonough

Democratic, Green, Women’s Equality and Working Families (1st District) Age: 55 Lives in: New Hyde Park Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from St. John’s University, 1984; law degree from St. John’s University Law School, 1987. Legal Career: Began in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, where she spent 10 years as a prosecutor. She then became a prosecutor in the Special Victim’s Bureau, where she was responsible for the prosecution of sex crimes, crimes against children and the elderly, and domestic violence matters. She served as the senior assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau. She was also designated chief legal adviser to the Special Victims Bureau and was elevated to the position of supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit, where she supervised the assistant district attorneys responsible for the prosecution of the domestic violence cases in the Queens Criminal Court. In 1997, she became a principal law clerk to Justice Arthur Cooperman in the Criminal Term of the Queens Supreme Court. She has also served as principal law clerk to Administrative Judge Norman St. George of the Nassau County District Court since 2014. Other: Has served as an adjunct professor at Queens College, Nassau Community College and Molloy College, teaching legal research and legal writing.

Darlene Harris

Republican, Conservative and Independence (1st District) Age: 49 Lives in: Uniondale Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania; Law degree from Hofstra University Law School Career: Harris was elected a District Court judge in 2014 and before that as the chairwoman of the Nassau County Assessment Review from 2010 to 2014. From 1999 to 2010, she worked as an administrative law judge in the New York City Department of Finance. She owned a private practice from 1997 to 2010 and was a Nassau County legislator from 1996 to 1999. Also was the deputy attorney for the Town of Hempstead from 1995 to 1996. She worked as a senior court attorney for the District Court Law Department from 1991 to 1994. After graduating from Hofstra University Law School in 1989, she was a New York City and Nassau County Legal Aid attorney for two years.

David McAndrews Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform

(2nd District) Age: 64 Lives in: Westbury Family: Wife of 36 years, two daughters, three grandchildren Education: Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, 1974; law degree from St. John’s University Law School,1992 Legal Career: McAndrews currently works for the county attorney’s office. Formerly a county judge for this district, he was voted out in the 2016 election. McAndrews is a former Nasssau County assistant district attorney. He practices civil and criminal law in the county at his firm, McAndrews and Christiansen, LLP. He sat on the zoning board for the Town of Hempstead. He is also a retired special agent with the U.S. Customs Service, where he worked on narcotic and money laundering investigations.gangs, weapons and other issues relating to teen violence … I know I can make a positive difference in the lives of people needing the services of the Family Court.”

Anthony Paradiso Republican, Conservative, Independent, Reform

(2nd District) Age: 52 Lives in: Rockville Centre Family: Single Education: Bachelor’s degree, Long Island University; master’s of public administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University College of Law Legal career: Elected to the District Court of Nassau County in 2005; began career as a business litigation associate at Rivkin, Radler & Kremer; appointed an assistant attorney general by State Attorney General Denis Vacco; served in the Mineola Regional Office, where he concentrated on consumer protection matters; served as law secretary to Judge Peter Skelos, associate justice of the State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, from January 1999 to December 2005. Other: Nassau County Bar Association member and previously served on its Board of Directors; former chairman of the Community Relations and Public Education Committee; past president of the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Nassau County and currently serves as its executive director; Rockville Centre Lions Club member; in 2011, he was appointed by the president of Lions Club International; served as the president of the Board of Directors of CONFIDE, a drug counseling center serving the communities of Rockville Centre and Oceanside.

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Geoffrey Prime

Republican, Conservative, Independent

Democratic, Green, Women’s Equality and Working Family lines

(2nd District) Age: 63 Lives in: Oceanside Family: Married, two children Education: Bachelor’s from University at Buffalo,1974; law degree from DePaul University, 1977; master’s of law, New York University in 1980 Legal Career: Elected to Nassau County District Court in 2005 and won re-election in 2011; appointed to the statewide Special Commission on Fiduciary Appointments; appointed as acting county court judge in 2011; was a principal law clerk to a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District Court in New York County, the New York City Civil Court (New York County) and the New York State Supreme Court (Nassau County) for 24 years. Other: Adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law since 2003; is currently a board member of the Jewish Lawyers Association; member of the Nassau County, Nassau County Women’s and Nassau County Jewish Bar associations; admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1982.

(2nd District) Age: 46 Lives in: South Floral Park Education: Bachelor’s degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury, 1998; law degree from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, 2001. Legal Career: Criminal defense attorney for Prime & O’Brien, LLP, 2006 to present; assistant district attorney, Nassau County District Attorney’s office, 2002 to 2006. Other: Mayor of South Floral Park from 2010 to present.

Gary Carlton

Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality (2nd District) Age: 63 Lives in: Valley Stream Education: Bachelor’s degree, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., 1976; law degree, Albany Law School, 1979. Legal Career: Carlton has been a practicing partner since 1984 in the personal injury law firm of Goldberg & Carlton, in Manhattan. He has served as a deputy attorney for the Village of Valley Stream, providing defense in tort accident cases for the last seven years. Since 2001, he has served as the Valley Stream Democratic zone leader. Carlton is a past copresident of the North Woodmere Civic Association and founder of the North Woodmere Park Foundation. He lost in the 2007 election for Hempstead Town Board, District 3. In 1999, he ran unsuccessfully for Nassau County’s 6th Legislative District. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.

Maxine Broderick Democratic (2nd District) Age: 45 Lives in: Hempstead Education: Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, 1995; law degree from Brooklyn Law School, 2003. Legal career: Former Hempstead Village justice. Broderick is an experienced matrimonial, family, criminal, real estate, bankruptcy and civil law practitioner. She serves as a foreclosure referee in Nassau County Supreme Court, and acted as a fee dispute arbitrator in the 10th Judicial District. Broderick is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, serves on the board of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and is the former president of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association. Broderick has been recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association, NassauSuffolk Law Services and the Safe Center LI as a 2016 Access to Justice Pro Bono Provider. She is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, the Order of the Eastern Star (Nassau Chapter 718), and serves on the boards of the Hempstead NAACP and Hempstead Boys and Girls Club.

ElEction day is tuEsday, nov. 7 Polls are open

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. After the polls close, visit www.liherald.com/election2017 for election results.


ElEction 2017

Vote for any four

Stuart Besen

Justice Arthur Diamond

Richard Hoffmann

Republican

Republican

(NY 10th District) Age: 53 Lives in: East Northport Family: Two children Education: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Connecticut State University, 1987; law degree, New York Law School, 1990 Legal Career: Besen is currently the village attorney for both Port Washington North and Northport, as well as counsel at the firm Milber, Makris, Plousadis and Siden, where he specializes in municipal law and defense litigation. Previously, he spent seven years as a special assistant town attorney for Huntington, and two years as the village prosecutor for Northport. Before that, he was a partner with the firm Bensen and Trop, LLP for 18 years. In law school, he was editor of the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights.

Age: 65 Lives in: New Hyde Park Family: Married with one son Education: Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, 1974; law degree from Hofstra University, 1979 Legal Career: Justice, Supreme Court, Nassau County, Matrimonial Center, elected 2004 to 2017; Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, 1979 to 1986; judge, County Court, appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki, one year in 2000.

(NY 10th District) Age: 62 Lives in: Hauppauge Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1977; law degree, California Western School of Law, 1980. Legal career: Hoffmann joined the Hedayati Law Group, P.C. in 2017 after a 36-year career, with 10 years as a Suffolk County Family Court judge and three years as acting Suffolk County Supreme Court justice. His career also includes his private practice, as well as work with prominent private firms and as deputy town attorney for the Town of Islip. Hoffmann’s areas of expertise include divorce and family law, child custody, support, neglect matters, alimony and high-asset cases.

Independence Party

Linda Kevins

Democratic, Republican Age: 62 Lives in: Mount Sinai

William Rebolini

Democratic, Republican, Independence, Working Families (NY 10th District) Age: 60 Lives in: Huntington Family: Two grown children Education: Boston University College of Communication, 1979; Hofstra University, 1983 Career: Adjunct professor at Dowling College and NYIT; deputy supervisor and councilman for the Town of Huntington; private practice representing insurance companies, businesses and charitable organizations; New York Supreme Court 10th Judicial District 2004 to present.

Thomas Feinman

INCUMBENT - Democratic, Republican

Family: Married with five children. Education: Bachelor’s degree, Empire State College; law degree, Hofstra University School of Law. Professional experience: Principal court attorney for the Suffolk County Family Court; principal law clerk, assistant district attorney in Suffolk County for seven years; taught family law at St. John’s Law School.

Age: 67 Lives in: Syosset Education: Bachelor’s degree, Hofstra University; law degree, Hofstra University School of Law Legal career: Feinman began working in the Nassau County District Attorney’s office in 1977. He practiced with Sale, Groothuis, & Feinman Esqs. from 1979 to 1980 and with Annibale & Feinman Esqs. from 1980 until he was elected to Nassau County District Court in 1998. Then, in 2004, he was elected as a justice of the Nassau County Supreme Court in the 10th Judicial District of New York.

Philip Boyle

Independence Age: 56 Lives in: Bay Shore Family: Unknown Education: Bachelor’s Degree in political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983; law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, 1987; master’s degree in public administration from State University of New York at Albany, 1987. Legal career: Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Frank Horton from April 1992 to Noveber 1992; chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio 1993 to 1994; New York State assemblyman from 1994 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2012; New York State senator from 2013 to 2017.

Robert Lifson Republican

(NY 10th District) Age: 67 Lives in: Huntington Family: Married to Joan; two sons, Peter and Paul Education: Bachelor’s degree, State University of New York at Albany, 1971; law degree, Fordham University School of Law, 1974; master’s degree, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1981. Legal career: Serves as counsel for Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, L.L.P. Former Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He was elected to the Supreme Court in November 1994. In addition to his trial responsibilities, he presided over tax certiorari and condemnation matters for the court. He also served as counsel to New York State Sen. Norman Levy and Sen. Caesar Trunzo on the Commission for Water Resource Needs of Long Island. From 1989 to 1994, he was elected chairman of the Republican Committee of the Town of Huntington. Upon graduation from law school, he served as confidential law secretary to the Supreme Court Justice Paul Baisley Sr. for more than a decade.

Thomas Rademaker Conservative

Age: 46 Lives in: Sea Cliff Family: Unknown Education: Bachelor’s degree in business economics, State University of New York at Oneonta, 1993; law degree, Touro Law School, 1996 Legal career: Rademaker served as an associate with David K. Lieb, P.C. from 1997 to 1998, counsel with Peace, Agresta, Lemke and Blum, Esqs. from 1998 to 2000, an attorney for Thomas A. Rademaker, P.C., from 2000 to 2003, principal law clerk for Judge Philip Grella from 2003 to 2014 and a judge for Nassau County Family Court from 2015 to present.

ElEction day iS tuESday, nov. 7 Polls are open

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. After the polls close, visit www.liherald.com/election2017

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Town of HempsTead supervisor Anthony Santino INCUMBENT — Republican Age: 56 Professional Experience: Currently Town of Hempstead supervisor and formerly a councilman Lives in: East Rockaway Family: Father, John, and Sister, Rose On the issues: Santino has touted his 2018 budget, which passed the Town Board by a vote of 5-2 recently, as structurally balanced, and as cutting spending and staffing levels. Santino’s ethics reform package, he said, has made Hempstead among the most transparent towns in the state. The reform package mandates online publishing of public works contracts, bars personnel from working

for entities doing business with Hempstead, requires online financial disclosures, prohibits convicted felons from seeking office and caps elected officials’ non-governmental income at $125,000 annually — separate and apart from a town salary, health insurance and fulltime pension credits. According to Santino, the bipartisan Town Board reflects how Hempstead, America’s largest township, is also one of its most diverse, and that regardless of party registration, he

works to put taxpayers first. Santino has also touted the endorsement of his campaign by the Sierra Club, calling the environment and conservation of natural resources a “cornerstone” of his town agenda. According to Santino, Nassau County needs to build the Bay Park ocean outflow pipe to the Atlantic Ocean, as reducing effluent in waterways would decrease nitrogen levels and increase water quality. Town departments are also rebuilding roads and drainage systems, as well as upgrading areas, with a $20 million commitment in 2017, Santino said. On the opioid crisis, the town has a smaller role to play than county and state government, as the town does not have its own health department or police force, according to Santino.

Laura Gillen

CHALLENGER — Democrat Age: 48 Professional Experience: Attorney practicing business litigation since 2000; previously agent with Greater Talent Network; volunteer for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta Lives in: Rockville Centre Family: Husband, Christopher Finegan, and four children On the issues: Gillen has run her campaign on the need for greater transparency and ethics reform in the town’s government. According to Gillen, the ethics reform package passed in September by Supervisor Anthony Santino was “a sham” that was more aimed at ousting members of the Town Board who often disagree with him. Gillen has called for pro-

posals for an inspector general, the broad disclosure of contracts and bids, vendor disclosure of political campaign contributions, public complaint mechanisms for violations, and anti-nepotism and cronyism measures at the town level. Additionally, Gillen has called for a special meeting to discuss the issue of taxpayer-paid mailers for candidates for re-election. Legislation proposed by Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, a Republican, was recently shut down when a meeting

was abruptly adjourned by a majority of the board. According to Gillen and King Sweeney, such mailers should be banned within 45 days of an election. Gillen also has vowed to create an opioid task force that would file reports, organize drug take-back days, and hold education programs and support groups, and to make more widelyavailable the overdose reversing drug naloxone, or Narcan. She told the Herald that she believes in a threefold program for dealing with the Town’s significant wetlands acreage: protect, restore and educate. To protect the wetlands, she said, the town must make sure current regulations are being enforced, provide a complaint mechanism for violations and ensure that current laws are sufficient.

DEDICATED TO INTEGRITY AND JUSTICE Resident of the Town of Hempstead for more than 50 years!

“Gary Carlton is the best “(Carlton) has helped the Village possible candidate to rule on (Valley Stream) in the honest difficult cases in a fair way” * administration of justice…” * (Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Chairman)

(Vincent Grasso, Valley Stream Trustee)

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR

GARY CARLTON CARLTON GARY * Valley Stream Herald, June 14, 2017

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