North Hempstead picks new town board member

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. (May

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. (May 28, 2013) (Credit: Mike Stobe)

Adam Haber, an East Hills businessman who lost the September Democratic primary for Nassau County executive, was disappointed again Wednesday.

Haber had been fighting to fill a vacant seat on the North Hempstead Town Board. But town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced plans to recommend an East Hills Village trustee to fill the spot, a town spokesman said Wednesday.

The designee, Peter Zuckerman, 45, is a Democrat and real estate attorney who runs his own practice in Uniondale. Zuckerman has served on the East Hills village board since 2003.

"Peter Zuckerman's 11 years of experience on the Village of East Hills Board of Trustees, his in-depth knowledge of the community, as well as his professional background as an attorney, make him an exceptionally good fit for this position," Bosworth said in a statement.

"It is important that this seat be filled expeditiously, in order to ensure representation of [the district] on the Town Board."

About 10 candidates were screened, Bosworth's office said. And earlier this month, Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic chair, said Haber was among the top four contenders.

"I'm very disappointed," Haber, a Democrat and Roslyn school board member said Wednesday.

"I wanted to help the community. I thought I had a lot to add. However, I will continue to offer my support in any way possible and want nothing but good things for Judi Bosworth and for Zuckerman."

Bosworth said she intends to present Zuckerman's name to the town board at its Jan. 28 meeting. Town spokesman Ryan Mulholland said the appointment should be voted on then.

If approved by the board, with four Democrats and two Republicans, Zuckerman will be sworn in at the State of the Town address on Jan. 31, Mulholland said.

North Hempstead's Council District 2 seat opened in November after longtime Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer resigned, saying he was in talks for a consulting job that may have been a conflict of interest.

"I'm honored to be considered for this position to work with Supervisor Bosworth and the rest of the town board members," Zuckerman said. "I'm excited to try to help a larger group of people now."

Zuckerman grew up in East Hills and graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1990. In 1993, he graduated from New York Law School with a juris doctor.

Zuckerman said he has been a committeeman for the Nassau County Democratic Party for eight years.If Zuckerman is appointed, he faces a special election in November.

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