East Williston deputy mayor to seek North Hempstead town board seat

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March 5, 2012. Photo Credit: Nicole Bartoline

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Bonnie L.S. Parente, the Republican deputy mayor of East Williston, has announced plans to run in a special North Hempstead Town Board election this fall.

Parente, 44, will challenge Peter Zuckerman, 45, a Democrat, in a bid to represent the town's 2nd Council District in the November election. Longtime Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer resigned his seat in November, and the board in January voted 5-1 to appoint Zuckerman, then an East Hills Village trustee.

The district includes such communities as Roslyn Harbor, East Hills, East Williston, Roslyn Heights, Albertson, Manhasset Hills and Searingtown.

Parente, an attorney in private practice specializing in labor law, said she has considered a run for several years. Parente previously worked as a manager of labor relations for Newsday. "I think I can serve the town as well as I've served the village," she said.

Parente said she was most proud of her work with the East Williston Fire Department, for which the village has funded new equipment. Parente said she also was proud of her time as a liaison to the village's teen safety committee.

She said one of her goals is to revamp the town's building department.

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There are two Republicans on the seven-member board, which includes Democratic Supervisor Judi Bosworth.

Zuckerman, 45, a Democrat and real estate attorney who runs his own practice in Uniondale, served as an East Hills village trustee for 11 years.

He said he will push forward plans to redevelop the Roslyn Country Club, citing his experience with the development of East Hills' village park and pool.

He said he is committed to safety improvements on Roslyn Road, the site of a recent fatal accident.

The district consists of 40.28 percent registered Democrats, 29.04 percent registered Republicans, 25.73 percent blank, and 3.71 percent Independent, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections.

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Dwyer, a Democrat, won the seat in 2011 with 56.92 percent of the vote.

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