Hempstead Democrats pick fall candidates

Felix Procacci Candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor Felix Procacci Candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor in Carle Place. (May 28, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

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A Republican and longtime town critic will run as a Democrat to try to unseat Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

Felix Procacci of Franklin Square was nominated to run against Murray at the Democratic convention at Chateau Briand in Carle Place Tuesday night, while attorney Jasmine Garcia-Vieux was selected to run as town clerk, facing Republican candidate Nasrin Ahmad.

For town council, Patrick "Paddy" Gillespie of East Rockaway is running against incumbent Republican Anthony Santino, and Diane Madden, best known for her activism with regard to the town's animal shelter, will run against incumbent Republican Gary Hudes. Dorothy Goosby, a Democratic incumbent, will run again on the party ticket facing Republican Elton McCabe.

At the convention, Procacci, who said he was asked by Hempstead Democrats to run two weeks ago, said he was running on a platform of transparency.

"I believe in transparency and open government," he said. "I believe government should be accountable and all information should be out in the public domain. Kate Murray doesn't want to do that."

Murray issued a statement in which she said she looked forward to presenting her "solid record" to voters.

"I look forward to discussing the issues that have distinguished Hempstead as the finest place in which to live and work with my opponent and residents," she said.

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