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North Hempstead Democrats present candidates

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

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

North Hempstead Town Democrats presented their November slate at the county Democratic convention Tuesday night, backing Legis. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) for supervisor while lauding outgoing Supervisor Jon Kaiman for his accomplishments.

Over pizza and chips at a swank Carle Place catering hall, Gerard Terry, chair of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, presented the ticket that included Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) for town clerk, incumbent councilwomen Viviana Russell and Lee Seeman, and for another town council seat, political newcomer and former town public information officer Sidhartha Nathan, whom Terry described as one of the “most appealing, most attractive, most amazing young-generation candidates we have seen in years” in the town.

In a convention short on speeches by town candidates, Bosworth was allotted a few minutes to address the crowd.

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“We’re going to have a tough race ahead of us, make no mistake about that,” she said. “The Republicans already have shown us, they’re demonstrating they’ll say anything, they’ll do anything to make sure they come and take over the office of town supervisor and take over control of the town board.”

She acknowledged having “big shoes to fill” in one of many nods to Kaiman throughout the night from various leaders. Kaiman, elected to five terms as supervisor, is making a bid to return to a job he held once before — Nassau County District Court judge, which has a six-year term.

After the convention, during which Terry noted that it was his “last opportunity for a while” to introduce Kaiman at a convention, Kaiman said the night was “bittersweet.”

“I will absolutely miss doing what I’ve been doing,” he said. “I can’t predict how this all plays out. I know that it’s a wonderful opportunity to serve in a very important way. I’m taking it one step at a time.”


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