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New North Hempstead supervisor touts change at inauguration

Judi Bosworth, supervisor of the Town of North

Judi Bosworth, supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead, speaks at the Town of North Hempstead inaugural ceremony on Jan. 5, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced changes in the town's beleaguered building department and a new initiative to live-stream town meetings during a swearing-in ceremony for town officials in New Hyde Park Sunday.

In her inaugural speech, Bosworth, the town's 37th supervisor, repeated some of the issues raised during her campaign, including protecting aquifers and drinking water, while touching on specific new initiatives for the town.

The Democrat announced the appointment of an "applicant advocate" in the town's building department to help residents in "navigating the permit process and cutting through red tape," and said her first initiative would be to begin live-streaming town board meetings online to make them more accessible to residents who might not be able to attend in person.

Bosworth also said she would do more to reach out to residents on issues that might affect their communities, and gave a nod to her opponent in the supervisor's race, Republican town councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio.

"I know she's dedicated to representing her district beautifully," Bosworth said, adding that she was confident the two could work together.

Bosworth was sworn in by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who lauded the former Nassau County legislator.

"It really is a wonderful day for Judi, and for all of us," DiNapoli said. "You are going to set a strong vision for our town, and it's going to be the right vision for our time."

Newly elected Town Clerk Wayne Wink and incumbent town board members Viviana Russell, Angelo Ferrara and Lee Seeman also were sworn in at the ceremony, which lasted more than two hours and included a bevy of current and former elected officials in the audience.

It was the second swearing-in for Bosworth, who first took the oath of office in a noontime New Year's Day ceremony at a cove in Hempstead Harbor named after the town's first female supervisor, May Newburger, who died in 2012. Former Supervisor Jon Kaiman administered the oath, Bosworth said.

"There was such a sense of continuity -- Jon, me and May," she said. "It was a very touching moment."

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