North Hempstead Democrats will vote to appoint town attorney John Riordan at Tuesday's town board meeting to become supervisor for the rest of the year, a spokesman said.
The four Democratic board members met with Riordan at town hall Monday, town spokesman Justin Meyers said.
Nassau County Legis. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) and GOP Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio of Port Washington are vying for the supervisor post in the Nov. 5 election. Jon Kaiman resigned last week to become Sandy recovery czar for Long Island.
Deputy Supervisor Christopher Senior automatically became acting supervisor, but without voting privileges.
Riordan, a Democrat, has been town attorney since 2012. From 1994 until 2000, he was a Nassau County District Court judge, and from 2001 to 2010 he was the judge of Nassau Surrogate's Court. Through Meyers, Riordan said, "I am honored to be considered for this position."
Republicans last week said they are likely to oppose the interim appointment, citing the upcoming budget. A draft budget is to be presented to the board Tuesday, town spokesman Collin Nash said. De Giorgio said last week amid speculation about Riordan's appointment that it could give Democrats the power to bust the tax cap. The board consists of four Democrats and two Republicans.
Five votes are still required to approve a town budget that pierces the tax cap, Nash said. The town passed budgets the past two years that pierced the cap.
Meyers said, "The proposed 2014 budget, presented by former Supervisor Jon Kaiman, stays well within the tax cap, and the Democratic council members support that budget."