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Hempstead to appoint Legis. Dennis Dunne as new councilman

The Hempstead Town Board voted 5-1 to appoint

The Hempstead Town Board voted 5-1 to appoint former Nassau Legis. Dennis Dunne to the board on Tuesday night, June 6, 2017, to replace Gary Hudes, who retired on Monday, June 5, 2017. Credit: James Escher

The Hempstead Town Board is to vote Tuesday to appoint Nassau County Legis. Dennis Dunne to represent the 6th Council District after Councilman Gary Hudes’ retirement, according to the meeting’s agenda.

Dunne (R-Levittown) stepped down from the county legislature on Monday after 22 years there. He is running for the council seat in November against Democrat Sue Moller, a Lynbrook High School guidance counselor.

Hudes retired on Monday and plans to move out of the district.

If a majority of the town board votes to appoint Dunne, he will represent Levittown and portions of East Meadow, Bellmore, Bethpage, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh. It would be the town board’s fourth appointment in recent years.

Dunne, 67, was an original member of the Nassau County Legislature when it was formed in 1996. He served with the Marines during the Vietnam War and is former director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency. He served for two years with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, and also served as chairman of the Nassau County Public Safety Committee.

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