North Hempstead supervisor race under way
The town, which has a Democratic-controlled board, has not had a GOP supervisor since 1989.
De Giorgio will formally announce her candidacy tonight at H on the Harbor on Main Street in Port Washington. In a speech, a copy of which she provided, the 45-year-old attorney paints Kaiman as uninterested in the job. Last fall, he was mentioned as a top contender for Long Island Power Authority chief executive; earlier this year, he mulled a bid for Nassau County executive before dropping out. North Hempstead, she says, is his "safety school." "I don't think that Jon Kaiman wants the job anymore, and I do," said De Giorgio during an interview Tuesday.
De Giorgio criticized the town's building department, calling it "not consumer friendly." She described "deficiencies in the town government," calling its finances unsustainable, with too much short-term debt.
In her speech, De Giorgio, who practices family law, uses colorful language to describe Kaiman. "The people of the Town of North Hempstead have lived under a kind of tyranny for the past 12 years." Kaiman said: "I'm not going to engage in a political battle in April; there's plenty of time for a campaign."
Kevin Clemency, a spokesman for the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, said the full party slate will be announced, the latest, at the county's Democratic convention on May 28. He added that council members Lee Seeman and Viviana Russell will seek re-election, though he declined to comment on the races for supervisor and town clerk. Incumbent Democratic Town Clerk Leslie Gross said she will run.