As of last week you could enter the East Bay Diner in Wantagh, get seated, look down, and find before you a paper place-mat bearing a photo of Hempstead Councilman Anthony J. Santino, the Republican running for town supervisor. It carries upbeat highlights about the town.
The multicolor mat promotes the GOP-run town in part with the claim that “rock-solid finances and common sense fiscal policies” are its “hallmark.” There's also a clumsy proofing error, specifically the phrase "12th consecutive years,” but overall, the disposable messaging gimmick is clear enough.
Democrat Rita Kestenbaum, a former town board member, faces Santino for the top job on the Nov. 3 ballot. Current GOP Supervisor Kate Murray is challenging Nassau's Democratic acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.
With Jennifer Barrios