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Voters to elect supervisors in all three Nassau towns

Rita Kestenbaum, left, Democratic candidate for Town of

Rita Kestenbaum, left, Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, poses for a portrait at the party's Nassau County headquarters in Garden City on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Anthony Santino, Republican candidate for Hempstead Town Supervisor, poses for a portrait at Nassau County GOP headquarters in Westbury on Friday, June 19, 2015. Credit: James Escher

The supervisor position in all three Nassau towns is up for election, with the Hempstead post open for the first time since 2001.

Hempstead Republican town Councilman Anthony Santino and Democrat Rita Kestenbaum are vying to replace Republican Supervisor Kate Murray, who is running for Nassau district attorney.

In North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, incumbent supervisors are seeking two-year terms. Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, a Republican, is running for a 10th term against John J. Mangelli, an attorney. North Hempstead's first-term Democrat Judi Bosworth is running against Anthony Bulzomi, a Carle Place school-district trustee and construction manager.

In Hempstead, Kestenbaum, a gun-control activist, has criticized town spending, while Santino, a councilman elected in 1993, says he has the municipal experience needed for the town's top job.

Bosworth has said she has improved transparency within the town -- by approving live-streamed town board meetings -- and has made the building department more customer-friendly. Bulzomi has criticized the town's handling of the building department, saying it is too slow to approve applications, and the management of the town-run Yes We Can Community Center in New Cassel.

In Oyster Bay, Mangelli has called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the Town of Oyster Bay's handling of loans. Venditto declined to be interviewed. In the past, he has stressed preserving quality of life, protecting infrastructure, avoiding overdevelopment, cutting spending and borrowing, and reducing the town's payroll.

The City of Glen Cove has an election for mayor, with Councilman Anthony Gallo challenging Mayor Reginald Spinello. Gallo, a councilman who lost to Spinello in a Republican primary, is running with the support of the Glen Cove United Party, and said he wants to improve the city's economy and stop overdevelopment.

Spinello, running on the Democratic, Republican and minor-party lines, said he wants to continue initiatives begun in his first term, including a waterfront redevelopment plan that would add housing, retail, office and park space.

The towns of Oyster Bay, North Hempstead, and Hempstead have elections for three council seats. Hempstead and Oyster Bay have elections for town clerk, while all three Nassau towns hold elections for the receiver of taxes.

In Glen Cove, 18 candidates are vying for six council seats. In Long Beach, seven candidates are running for three council seats.

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