Three supervisor positions, more on ballot in Nassau election
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The race to become the new supervisor of North Hempstead tops a busy election season in Nassau County towns, where races for all three supervisor positions and the Glen Cove mayor's office are on the ballot.
Nassau Legis. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) faces Republican town board member Dina M. De Giorgio for North Hempstead's top post.
Former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman resigned last month to become special adviser for Long Island Storm Recovery, a position to which he was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
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Bosworth, a county legislator for six years, said she has the experience to lead the town. De Giorgio, a town board member since last year, has said she has "the most independent voting record" of the seven board members, five of whom are Democrats.
Town Clerk Leslie Gross, elected as a Democrat, switched lines to run on the Republican slate, while Democrats endorsed Nassau Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn). Conservative Joseph Wood is also in the race.
Three North Hempstead town board members -- two Democrats and one Republican -- also are defending their seats against challengers.
Glen Cove also has a busy election season, topped by Democratic mayor Ralph Suozzi's bid for re-election against Republican City Council member Reginald Spinello. Suozzi, cousin of Nassau County executive candidate Thomas Suozzi, was elected in 2005.
Glen Cove's City Council race includes 14 candidates for six seats. Six of the candidates are Republicans, six are Democrats, one is a Conservative and one is a Green Party member.
Spinello, one of two Republicans on the seven-member City Council, decided not to run for re-election to the City Council so he could run for mayor.
Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, the town's top elected official for almost 11 years, defends her post against community activist Felix Procacci.
Procacci, on the Democratic line, has accused Murray, a Republican, of keeping residents in the dark about town fiscal matters. Murray has responded that she should be re-elected because of "prudent fiscal management characterized by conservative budgeting practices."
Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, a Republican, also defends her position against Democrat Jasmine Garcia Vieux. Ahmad was appointed in September to replace Mark Bonilla, who was convicted of official misconduct. Three Hempstead Town Board members -- a Democrat and two Republicans -- also defend their seats against challengers.
Oyster Bay's Republican Supervisor John Venditto faces a challenge from Democrat John Capobianco. Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr., a Republican, also defends his seat against Mili Makhijani, a Democrat. The town's council race pits three Democrats against three Republican incumbents for three open seats.
Long Beach's City Council race pits three Democratic nominees against a three-person Republican slate for three seats.
The Democrats want to re-elect Scott Mandel and Eileen Goggin and add newcomer Anthony Eramo to the five-member board, which would give the party control of the council. They have touted their efforts to rebuild the city after Sandy.
The Republicans have nominated Michael Franceschini, Janna Jachniewicz and Damian Walsh, who have promised to better involve the public in city government. "We need to get more transparency in the city," Jachniewicz said.