The race for the Hempstead Town Board is set with Republican Supervisor Anthony Santino seeking re-election against Uniondale attorney Laura Gillen on the Democratic ticket.
The Republican ticket for three seats on the town board includes a Nassau County legislator, Dennis Dunne. He is running with incumbent Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Alfred Cittadino.
Nassau County Republican and Democratic Party officials released their candidates last week.
Gillen leads the Democratic slate for supervisor with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, who has served on the board since 1999. On the Democratic ticket are Douglas Mayer, an ER nurse, and Sue Moller, a high school guidance counselor.
Republican Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad also faces re-election against Democratic challenger Sylvia A. Cabana.
Democrats face a long-standing Republican tenure in the town, which has never elected a Democratic supervisor. Gillen said she thinks residents are ready for a change and noted a fractured Republican board.
“I think the residents of Hempstead have had enough of the stories of nepotism, corruption and indictments coming out of Town Hall,” Gillen said. “I think they deserve better and the town needs to take a new direction.”
Santino is seeking his second term as supervisor after serving on the board since 1993. He could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman pointed to a statement detailing the reversal of a $23.5 million deficit from the previous board into a $5 million surplus.
Dunne, who is expected to be appointed to the remainder of Councilman Gary Hudes’ seat next month, has served 11 terms in the Nassau County Legislature. In March, Hudes announced he was stepping down to spend more time with his family and focus on his business.
Hempstead IDA member John Ferretti Jr. is running on the Republican ticket for the opening on the county legislature.
“Dennis is a good soldier working for the people and a great choice for Town Board,” Nassau County Republican chairman Joseph Mondello said. “It’s very important to have the best there. When you look at the issues and the economy, I think voters have more confidence in Republicans.”
Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said a new Democratic slate is needed to clean up town government.
“I think all voters are fed up,” Jacobs said. “They’re fed up with the culture of corruption that’s become a part of Nassau government on all levels including the Town of Hempstead.”