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Wife of former town supervisor appointed to lead tourism agency

Helene Beckerman, standing, and Kim Kaiman talk to

Helene Beckerman, standing, and Kim Kaiman talk to Howard Weitzman. As deputy commissioner of finance, Kaiman, 44, will serve as the executive director of the quasi-governmental North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corp., according to town spokesman Ryan Mulholland. (Nov. 6, 2001) Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

The North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corp. voted Thursday to appoint the wife of a former town supervisor as its executive director, following the town board's action earlier this month to make her a town employee.

The corporation, a quasi-governmental town agency, formally appointed Kim Kaiman Thursday at its annual meeting of the board of directors, which consists of all the members of the North Hempstead Town Board plus a former town councilman.

Kaiman's husband, former North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, resigned in September to take a job with the state as special adviser for Long Island storm recovery.

Kim Kaiman, 44, was hired earlier this month by the town board to be deputy commissioner of finance at an annual salary of $78,000, with the intention that she also lead the corporation, at no additional pay.

As a town employee, Kaiman will receive benefits, unlike the acting executive director, Louise Fishman, who is not a town employee and does not receive benefits or a pension. The board also voted to end Fishman's employment on Jan. 31.

Town spokesman Ryan Mulholland said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, who also serves as the corporation's chairwoman, decided to change the way the corporation hired the executive director. "She thought if we made the new executive director a town employee, we might be better able to engage with that person," Mulholland said.

The corporation is tasked with attracting businesses and tourists to the town and gets most of its funding from the town -- $300,000 last year, Mulholland said.

The directors also discussed whether former Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer would stay on the corporation's board, because he resigned from the town board in November. At the time, Dwyer cited a conflict of interest with a consulting job he planned to take.

The corporation's board had consisted only of town board members since it was formed in 2005.

Dwyer, who was not at the meeting, said Thursday he intended to remain on the board, especially during the transition to a new administration.

"If you look at my resume, it's certainly a resume that could be very helpful to the North Hempstead BTDC," said Dwyer, who now lives in Dix Hills.

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