Democrats maintained a strong foothold in the Town of North Hempstead on Tuesday night, with the town’s incumbents each securing re-election.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth easily defeated her Republican challenger Stephen Nasta, a retired NYPD precinct commander, 27,244 votes to 14,517, or about 65 percent to 35 percent.
In a political upheaval in the bordering Town of Hempstead, Laura Gillen became the first Democrat in over a century to be elected town supervisor.
She defeated incumbent Anthony Santino, a Republican, 80,214 to 77,946, or 50.69 percent to 49.25 percent.
In North Hempstead, Bosworth said her victory shows that good, responsive, transparent and fiscally and environmentally responsive government “is something that our residents value.”
“I’m feeling joyous,” Bosworth said shortly after the race was called. “It’s a great victory and I am so honored to have been given the support by residents of the Town of North Hempstead.”
Bosworth added that over the next two years, she and the Town Board intend to continue to “show our residents that we are there for them, that we are there to serve them, that we care about them.”
Nasta was not immediately available for comment.
1st District Councilwoman Viviana Russell, a Democrat, won with 3,362 votes, or 55.8 percent, while her Republican challenger Ursula Babino got 2,653, or 44.03 percent.
Represented in the 1st district are Carle Place, New Cassel and the villages of Old Westbury and Westbury.
Lee Seeman, the Democratic councilwoman from the 5th District, defeated a challenge from Richard DeMartino, a New Hyde Park-based Republican and business development officer, 3,979 to 3,010, or 56.91 percent to 43.05 percent.
The 5th District includes North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Floral Park, Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success and other unincorporated areas.
Meanwhile, 3rd District Councilman Angelo Ferrara, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Jerry Vattamala 4,918 to 3,386, or 59.21 percent to 40.77.
Ferrara’s district includes Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City and parts of New Hyde Park.
Town Clerk Wayne Wink won re-election with 23,411 votes versus Republican challenger David Redmond’s 16,076, or 61 percent to 39 percent.
Republican challengers had raised issues about the town’s Building Department, the need for change, and ethics, particularly because of Gerard Terry, a former Town of North Hempstead Democratic leader who held numerous government jobs and pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
Democratic incumbents had argued that the Building Department had drastically improved, the town has ushered in a series of ethics reforms, and that the town has shown fiscal strength through its Aaa bond ratings, budget and high score on a fiscal stress test relative to other towns.