Editorial: Wayne Wink for North Hempstead town clerk

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Wayne Wink was an effective Democratic county legislator for three terms who decided not to run for re-election four years ago after a Republican redistricting plan cut his district in four.

He instead decided to run for North Hempstead clerk and won.

Wink, a lawyer by training who also served five years as a town councilman, has since sufficiently mastered his position to serve as director of District One of the New York State Town Clerks Association, which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties. The NYSTCA is an organization dedicated to promoting the professional development of town clerks across the state as administrative leaders.

As district director, Wink acts as a liaison to state agencies, bringing members important information and representing the interests of the NYSTCA.

He has upgraded his office’s record-keeping practices, provided up-to-date Town Board agendas online, improved customer relations and added services such as the issuance of passports.

His Republican challenger is David Redmond, a Mineola volunteer firefighter who owns DPR digital, an information technology consulting firm.

Redmond said he would use his electrical engineering and technology background to implement more customer-friendly services to the residents and taxpayers — a worthy goal.

But no reason to switch from Wink.

We strongly endorse Wayne Wink for North Hempstead town clerk.

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