Former North Hempstead Town Supervisor May Newburger’s name may soon live on, with renewed calls for a portion of Hempstead Harbor to be dedicated in her honor.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Manhattan) is seeking to honor Newburger’s legacy as a state Assemblywoman and North Hempstead’s first female supervisor, nearly five years after her death.
“May Newburger charted a course for public servants to follow, and her legacy will live on for years to come,” Schumer said Monday in a news release.
Schumer first proposed designating a section of Hempstead Harbor as May Newburger Cove in 2012, but federal policies prohibit the action until a person has been deceased at least five years. Newburger died on Aug. 30, 2012, at the age of 92.
Naming a geographic feature after a person requires submitting an application with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which has the authority to revise nautical charts.
Newburger served from 1979 to 1986 as a state Assemblywoman, and inspired both young men and women, Schumer said. “She had a reputation as an aggressive advocate for her district who wasn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers to get things done,” he added.
Newburger, a Great Neck resident, was elected North Hempstead town supervisor in 1994 and served five terms, until 2003.
With Newburger’s passion for the environment, there is no more “fitting tribute to her than to have this serene cove overlooking Hempstead Harbor officially carry her name,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.