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Gerard Terry to resign as North Hempstead Democratic leader

North Hempstead Democratic Party Chairman Gerard Terry said

North Hempstead Democratic Party Chairman Gerard Terry said Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 he will resign his post, as the Nassau district attorney said she was investigating his public jobs. Photo Credit: Town of North Hempstead

Embattled North Hempstead Democratic party chairman Gerard Terry said Monday he will resign his post, as the Nassau District Attorney said she was investigating his public jobs.

Terry made the announcement one day after Newsday reported that Terry had compiled nearly $1.4 million in federal and state tax debt while earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in government jobs. Terry held six public jobs in 2015, making nearly $74,000 from the Town of North Hempstead as the attorney for the town’s zoning board and a special counselor to the town attorney.

“The personal issues before me have already begun to distract the work of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee in electing outstanding Democratic candidates to office,” Terry said in a statement Monday evening issued by his spokesman, Gary Lewi. “As one who has worked to ensure that Democrats are able to do the people’s business, I cannot allow that to occur. “

Terry’s announcement came as Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth asked him to resign as the party leader Monday. Bosworth also said “there are no plans for us to renew his contract.”

“I can’t have any political issues interfere with the integrity of what we’re dealing with in town hall,” said Bosworth, a second-term Democrat, who asked Terry to resign his post Monday afternoon.

Shams Tarek, a spokesman for Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, said “The DA’s office is investigating Gerard Terry’s reported tax issues as well as his work for municipal and county government agencies. Among other things, this review will include an examination of contracts and billing, as well as any financial disclosure statements filed with the Town of North Hempstead Board of Ethics in Terry’s capacity as a party officer.”

Bosworth said town officials are “cooperating with the D.A in any way we can.”

Terry said he plans to continue as a volunteer “in whatever capacity is appropriate in ensuring that Democrats are elected.”

He added, “I will continue to focus on resolving my tax issues and serving my professional clients.”

Nassau Democratic Leader Jay Jacobs said in an interview: “I think, Judi Bosworth leads with integrity, and I think that she is certainly, demonstrating that she believes that the town’s political operation should be above reproach, and I fully understand her need as the top Democratic elected official to reassure the public that the political process is being run properly.”

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