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Hempstead clerk scandal: Why not appoint runner-up?

Not that anyone in the ruling Republican camp has suggested it.

But it would make for a fascinating bipartisan gesture if, once scandal-scarred Hempstead Town Clerk Mark A. Bonilla is pushed out as seems inevitable, the town council were to replace him with Steve Anchin, the Democratic candidate who got nearly 37 percent of the vote against Bonilla in last year’s election.

For the moment, Bonilla, 50, a Republican, stands charged by the Nassau DA’s office with scheming to obtain "intimate and personal photographs" of a female subordinate accusing him of sexual harassment. GOP Town Supervisor Kate Murray, whose office sent sex harassment complaints to the DA, has repeatedly called for Bonilla’s resignation. If he accedes, his successor would face election in November of next year.

During the election, Anchin, who's served as president of the Five Towns Democratic Club, blasted Bonilla on several issues, including the way certain senior ID cards were issued by his office.

Or would installing Anchin be too outside-the-box for Hempstead?

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