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Clavin's transition team includes Peter King, civic leaders

Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Don Clavin introduced his transition team Monday at the Hofstra University Club in Hempstead.  Credit: Newsday

Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Don Clavin has assembled a large committee of elected officials, civic leaders and local business representatives to help him craft his agenda as he prepares to assume office early next year.

The group, to be chaired by Rep. Peter King (R- Seaford) and Hempstead Village Attorney Cherice Vanderhall, will advise Clavin, the town's longtime tax receiver, on topics including reforms in the town Building Department and the proposed Nassau Hub and Baldwin redevelopment projects, Clavin said at a news conference Monday.

"This transition committee is going to help us really focus and find ways to accomplish the real reforms the residents expect," he said at Hofstra University Monday morning, flanked by dozens of committee members.

Clavin, a Republican, narrowly beat Democratic incumbent Laura Gillen in the race for town supervisor. Gillen conceded the election last week following a count of absentee and affidavit ballots.

Members of Clavin's transition committee include Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association; Edward Blumenfeld, president of the Blumenfeld Development Group; Stuart Rabinowitz, president of Hofstra University; and the other members of the Hempstead Town Board.

Clavin said Gillen would not be on the committee, although he plans to meet with her to discuss the transition in the coming weeks. He said he was not ready to announce who will staff his administration, although he reiterated his pledge to cut the budget of the supervisor's office by $1 million.

In describing his agenda, Clavin voiced support for the Hub and Baldwin redevelopment proposals, and said the Building Department would be a "major focus."

Gillen has called attention for more than a year to allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the Building Department related to its permitting process and its assessments of property damage caused by superstorm Sandy. She said in September that the Nassau County district attorney is investigating the agency. 

Clavin said Gillen's calls for an outside audit of the department were "premature," but he said he plans a "thorough review" of the agency.

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