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Andrew DeMartin, North Hempstead public safety chief, to run for Michelle Schimel’s Assembly seat

Andrew DeMartin, North Hempstead’s Public Safety Commissioner, said Wednesday he is running for the seat held by retiring State Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Port Washington).

DeMartin, 50, a Democrat from Great Neck, formed Friends Of Andrew DeMartin with the state Board of Elections Wednesday.

DeMartin is the past commissioner of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District and an ex-chief of the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company.

DeMartin said that if elected he would work to promote the health of the local waterways — Hempstead Harbor and Manhasset Bay. He also is director of the town’s harbor.

DeMartin said he also wants to reform the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation into a “real functional agency” that approves permits faster.

Schimel, the former North Hempstead town clerk, said last week she would not run for re-election in November after serving five two-year terms.

“It was shocking news,” DeMartin said. “I don’t think there is anybody who is not a fan of Michelle Schimel.”

The district has 36,931 active Democrats, 25,585 Republicans and 24,819 independents.

DeMartin is the second town Democrat this week to announce plans for higher office.

Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, of the Village of Kensington on the Great Neck peninsula, announced her campaign for Congress Monday, less than a week after Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said he was retiring.

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