Manhasset organizer leads GOP slate in North Hempstead elections

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Jennifer DeSena of Manhasset, left, has been announced as the Republican candidate for town supervisor of North Hempstead, and Ragini Srivastava of Manhasset Hills has been named the Republican candidate for town clerk. (Photos via Manhasset CASA, courtesy of the candidate)

A Manhasset community organizer will lead the Republican slate in the Town of North Hempstead’s November elections, the Nassau County Republican Party has announced.

TOWN SUPERVISOR

Jennifer DeSena of Manhasset has been named as the GOP’s candidate against Town Clerk Wayne Wink of Roslyn, who has been named the Democratic candidate following Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s announcement that she would not seek a fifth term.

DeSena is a registered Democrat and newcomer to seeking public office who currently serves as executive director of the nonprofit Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse and led a successful effort last year to drive away a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store not far from Manhasset Secondary School.

A victory for DeSena would mean the town’s first Republican supervisor since 1989.

TOWN CLERK

Ragini Srivastava of Manhasset Hills will run as the party’s candidate for town clerk, opposing  Councilwoman Viviana Russell (D-New Cassel) of the town’s 1st District.

A business owner and appointee to the Nassau County comptroller’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Council, Srivastava has run for office twice before, in 2019 as the GOP candidate for North Hempstead’s 2nd District, losing to incumbent Councilman Peter Zuckerman (D-East Hills), and last year as the party’s nominee for the 16th State Assembly District, losing to now-Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D-Manorhaven).

DISTRICT 1

With Russell, the incumbent, running for clerk, Kerri Delio of Carle Place is the Republican running for the seat against former county Legislator and Democrat Robert Troiano of Westbury, who is trying to regain the seat he held before Russell.

Delio, an occupational therapist, is active in nonprofit groups in the area, most notably the McAngels Auxiliary for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

The district encompasses Westbury, New Cassel, Carle Place and Old Westbury.

DISTRICT 3

With the retirement of Councilman Angelo Ferrara (R-New Hyde Park), the Republicans have chosen Dennis J. Walsh of Mineola to run against Democrat Christine Pusateri of Williston Park. He will be opposed in the Republican primary by David Redmond, also of Mineola.

Since 2013, Walsh has been a trustee for the Village of Mineola, running for both of his terms under the New Line Party. A retired officer in the New York Police Department, Walsh is a native of the area, having grown up in the village and graduated from Mineola High School.

Redmond, a fellow Mineola native who graduated from Chaminade High School, is an IT specialist and a volunteer firefighter. He previously ran for town supervisor in 2019 on the Republican, Conservative and Libertarian Party lines, losing to incumbent Bosworth. He announced on Tuesday that he filed a petition to run on March 25.

The district encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City and portions of New Hyde Park. Prior to the November election, Walsh and Redmond will face off for the Republican nomination in a primary to be held June 22.

DISTRICT 6

The retirement of Councilwoman Lee Seeman (D-Great Neck) places Democratic Peter Fishkind of Great Neck against Republican candidate David Adhami, also of Great Neck.

The 36-year-old Adhami is an attorney with the Grauman Law firm, and practices in the areas of criminal defense, commercial law, corporate law, bankruptcy law, cybersecurity and immigration law. He previously ran for office in 2017, for the Nassau County Legislature’s 10th District, and lost to incumbent Legislator Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck).

Adhami also made news last year when he filed suit against Nassau County and District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office regarding lawyers for the accused in Nassau being required to agree to undisclosed terms in an electronic portal where evidence is exchanged, arguing that the system could put sensitive personal records of defendants, victims, witnesses and grand jurors at risk. The case was dismissed by a federal judge in December.

The district encompasses North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Floral Park, Saddle Rock Estates, University Gardens and Harbor Hills, and the villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens and Lake Success.

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