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N. Hempstead board to have female majority

Come January, the Town of North Hempstead board will have a female majority, its first elected Persian-American and two Republicans.

Right now, the seven-member board has six Democrats and a male majority.

“It will be interesting,” town spokesman Collin Nash said. “It will definitely bring a different dynamic to the board.”

Tuesday’s election saw the ouster of longtime Port Washington councilman Fred Pollack. In his place will be Republican attorney Dina DeGiorgio, also from Port Washington.

DeGiorgio did not return calls for comment, but Councilman Angelo Ferrara is looking forward to adding another Republican to the council. “At least I’ll have somebody else that will listen to what I say,” Ferrara said.

Joining DeGiorgio for a first term is Anna M. Kaplan, who represents the Great Neck area. Kaplan emigrated from Iran as a teen, spent a brief time in foster care and went to college and law school.

She is the first person of Iranian heritage to be elected to the board, and Great Neck’s large Persian population is said to be the second-largest outside of Beverly Hills, Calif.

“If you would have told me 30 years ago this is what I would have to look forward to, I would have told you, ‘You’re absolutely nuts,’” said the mother of two children.

Re-elected to the board were Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer, both Democrats. Councilwomen Viviana L. Russell and Lee Seeman were not up for re-election.

Ferrara said despite the new makeup, the board will still focus on running efficient government. “We don’t get very political very often,” Ferrara said. “It’s so counterproductive and wasteful.”

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