North Hempstead picks new comptroller

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Chief Deputy Supervisor Tania Orenstein will succeed Jessica Lamendola as the Town of North Hempstead’s comptroller, the town announced on Monday.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said she plans to appoint Orenstein effective Feb. 23, once Lamendola leaves her post effective Feb. 22. The Town Board plans to formally vote on Orenstein’s appointment at its Feb. 28 meeting.

Orenstein, a certified public accountant from Great Neck, came to the town in April 2017 as deputy comptroller before being promoted to chief deputy comptroller in February 2018.

Before that, she was a senior associate at KPMG LLP, an assistant finance manager at Time Inc., and a controller at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as comptroller and to continue the town’s strong financial record,” Orenstein said.

Orenstein had worked under Lamendola, who served as the town’s director of finance and acting comptroller after Averil Smith went to work as the director of finance for Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen.

Lamendola is returning to her home state of Kansas to become the director of administrative and financial services for Topeka, according to the town.

“Her astute knowledge of finances, conservative budgeting practices and outstanding managerial skills helped our Town to achieve and maintain a Aaa bond rating, stay under the State-mandated tax cap and keep us on firm financial footing,” Bosworth said in a statement. “We wish her and her family the best as they set out on this new adventure.”

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