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Maureen O’Connell, Dean Bennett to face off for Nassau Clerk

Republican Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell announced her campaign for re-election Wednesday, as Democrats picked business executive Dean Bennett as their candidate.

O’Connell, a former state assemblywoman, said Wednesday that she will seek a fourth term as clerk.

“I look forward to running on my record of modernizing the county clerk’s office and creating ease of access for my constituents,” said O’Connell, who had been considered a possible GOP county executive candidate.

Bennett, 51, of Baldwin, said the clerk’s office needs to modernize its operations and make them more transparent to the public.

“Our ability to modernize and secure our online information and legal documents is central to the management of this office,” Bennett said at a news conference. “We want to make sure that the information and the processes are transparent.”

O’Connell, 66, of East Williston, was a state assemblywoman for eight years, becoming county clerk in 2006. She lost a close race for State Senate in 2007.

Bennett, who runs a consulting firm in Baldwin, worked in the administration of Democratic Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, who now represents the 3rd Congressional District. Bennett also worked for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as executive director of the Division of Minority and Women Business Development at Empire State Development.

The Nassau County Clerk records and processes court documents, judgments, liens and real estate transactions.


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