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Don Clavin, Kate Murray announce bids for Hempstead seats

Clavin, Hempstead's tax receiver, will go up against Supervisor Laura Gillen. Murray, a former town supervisor, is running for clerk.

Donald X. Clavin Jr., the Republican Hempstead receiver of taxes, launched his bid for town supervisor Tuesday to unseat Supervisor Laura Gillen. He is campaigning on a ticket with former supervisor Kate Murray, who is running for town clerk. Clavin, 50, of Garden City, announced his candidacy Tuesday in Valley Stream as Nassau Republicans attempt to take back the supervisor seat that was lost to a Democrat in 2017 for the first time in a century. (Credit: Newsday / John Asbury)

Nassau County Republicans released their slate of nominees for the November elections Tuesday night, seeking to take back the Hempstead supervisor and multiple town, city and legislature seats. 

Donald X. Clavin Jr., the Republican Hempstead receiver of taxes, launched his bid for town supervisor Tuesday to unseat Supervisor Laura Gillen. He is campaigning on a ticket with former Supervisor Kate Murray, who is running for town clerk, Republican officials said.

Republicans have not yet named a candidate to challenge Democratic Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

All nominations passed by party vote Tuesday night at the Republican Party convention at Levittown Hall in Hicksville.  

Clavin, 50, of Garden City, announced his candidacy Tuesday in Valley Stream as Nassau Republicans attempt to take back the supervisor seat that was lost to a Democrat in 2017 for the first time in a century.

"We need someone that is going to put you the taxpayer, you the hard worker, you the father, mother that both have to go out to jobs to pay for kids. We need taxpayers first and that’s why I’m running for Town of Hempstead supervisor," Clavin said.

Murray, 56, of Levittown, is making her return to politics after serving 12 years as Hempstead town supervisor. She vacated her seat at the end of her sixth term when she launched a failed bid in 2015 for Nassau County district attorney. She currently serves as spokeswoman and vice president of institutional advancement at Nassau Community College.

"The second time I hope is sweeter than the first time," Murray said. "I’ve been town clerk. I’ve been supervisor. So in a unique way, I know what it is to be supervisor, and I know Don Clavin has what it takes to be supervisor.”

Clavin has served as receiver of taxes since he was first appointed in 2001. He is a five-time incumbent whose seat is also up for re-election. Clavin previously worked as deputy attorney for Nassau County, where he was tasked with defending county agencies in litigation. He also worked in the private sector defending corporations, including Home Depot and General Motors.

He has been building his profile and increasing his visibility over the past year, such as by holding frequent news conferences and challenging Nassau County’s tax assessment system. 

Gillen will seek re-election to a second term as one of two Democrats on the board.

Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs criticized Clavin for his series of news conferences as tax receiver before he was a candidate for supervisor.

"Now we know why Tax Collector Don Clavin was spending hundreds of thousands of your taxpayer money to promote himself and his partisan agenda for the past year and a half," Jacobs said.

Jacobs also criticized Murray's prior term as supervisor, which he said left the town with a deficit in the millions. 

Murray will be running against Democratic Clerk Sylvia Cabana, who is also seeking re-election. 

Designated Republican candidates

District Attorney: TBA

Nassau County Legislature

District 1: Cherice P. Vanderhall    

District 2: Cornelius Todd Smith    

District 3: no candidate designated

District 4: Denise A. Ford

District 5: Daniel A. Salamone

District 6: C. William Gaylor

District 7: Howard J. Kopel

District 8: Vincent T. Muscarella    

District 9: Richard J. Nicolello

District 10: Helene Sherman

District 11: James M. Greenberg

District 12: James D. Kennedy

District 13: Thomas McKevitt

District 14: Laura M. Schaefer

District 15: John R. Ferretti II

District 16: Jennifer L. Garber

District 17: Rose Marie Walker

District 18: Timothy Jenks    

District 19: Steven D. Rhoads

Hempstead Town

Supervisor: Donald X. Clavin Jr.

Clerk: Kate Murray

Receiver of Taxes: Jeanine C. Driscoll

Council District 2: Thomas E. Muscarella

Council District 3: Bruce A. Blakeman

Council District 5: Erin King Sweeney

North Hempstead Town

Supervisor: David P. Redmond

Receiver of Taxes: Ronald O. Rochester

Council District 2: Ragini Srivastava

Council District 4: David Yaudoon Chiang

Council District 6: Dina M. DeGiorgio

Oyster Bay Town

Supervisor: 

Joseph S. Saladino

Clerk: Richard L. Lamarca

Receiver of Taxes: Jeffrey P. Pravato

Council member: Steven L. Labriola

Council member: Laura L. Maier

Council member: Vicki A. Walsh

City of Long Beach:

Councilmember: Anissa D. Moore

Councilmember: Michael A. DeLury

Councilmember: Lauren M. Doddato-Goldman 

City of Glen Cove

Mayor: Reginald A. Spinello

Council member: Pamela D. Panzenbeck

Council member: Joseph Capobianco

Council member: Nicholas A. DiLeo Jr.

Council member: Kevin P. Maccarone

Council member: Donna M. McNaughton

Council member: Kenneth E. Pilla

County Court: Meryl J. Berkowitz

District Court:

District 2: Gary Carlton

District 2: Joy M. Watson

District 3: Erica Prager

District 3: David Goodsell

District 3: Karen Moroney

District 4: Rhonda Erin Fischer

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