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Nassau Democrats pick Gillen to face O'Connell for clerk

Nassau Democrats have selected a Rockville Centre attorney as their candidate for County Clerk.

Laura Gillen, 43, counsel to the litigation department at the Uniondale law firm of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, will challenge two-term Republican Clerk Maureen O’Connell in November.

A first-term candidate and mother of four, Gillen said she plans to “re-energize” the Clerk’s Office, which maintains property records, licenses and court documents. “The Clerk’s Office is a profit center for the county and I want to work to make it operate more efficiently,” Gillen said.

O’Connell, 62, a former state assemblywoman who was first elected clerk in 2005, said she has modernized the office, transitioning Nassau from paper to electronic records. “I plan to run on my strong record,” said the East Williston native.

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