Williston goes to the polls

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Voters in the Willistons and Mineola will have a chance in Tuesday’s elections to choose the Town of North Hempstead supervisor, Nassau County district attorney and other officials.

In the race for town supervisor, incumbent Democrat Judi Bosworth is being challenged by Republican David Redmond, a Mineola resident.

Bosworth, who has been the town’s supervisor since first being elected in 2013, has touted her experience and public service record.

Redmond, vocal on the need for a change of management style in the town, is running for supervisor after losing in the town clerk race to Wayne Wink in 2017.

In one of several races for seats on the North Hempstead Town Board, incumbent Democratic Councilman Peter Zuckerman of East Hills is challenged by Republican Ragini Srivastava of Manhasset Hills and Green Party candidate Cassandra Lems of New Hyde Park for the 2nd District.

The district includes Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, Albertson, East Hills, East Williston, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, Herricks, Manhasset Hills and Searingtown.

Zuckerman, who is running for a third term, said he wishes to implement a cultural master plan for the town  to “maximize potential” of commercial and downtown districts. Srivastava, a small-business owner, is in favor of creating a “downtown development corporation or similar organization” and Lems, a paralegal, says she would encourage shopkeepers and arts organizations to “band together to create events that draw people into commercial areas.”

In the race for Nassau County district attorney, Madeline Singas, the Democratic incumbent, is opposed by Republican candidate and Long Beach resident Francis McQuade. 

Singas, a Manhasset resident, was elected to the position in 2015 and has a 28-year tenure as a prosecutor. She has focused efforts on combating drug and gun trafficking, violent gangs and sexual assaults over the past four years.

McQuade, a former police officer and priest, has said that some of the prominent issues of this election are criminal reform, gang violence and the prosecution of drug manufacturers over the growing opioid crisis.

The race for Town of North Hempstead receiver of taxes features incumbent Democrat Charles Berman taking on Republican Ron Rochester.

Berman, a resident of Roslyn Heights for over 20 years, was first elected as the town’s receiver of taxes in 2010. He has made it clear that he will not be running for “any other office now or in the future.” Berman said he wishes to use the “best people possible” in the tax office, political parties aside. 

Rochester, of Port Washington, said that if elected he would strive to make improvements in the town’s “antiquated” electronic bill payment website. He offers 25 years of law enforcement experience, along with work in forensic accounting. 

In the Nassau County Legislature, incumbent Republican Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello of New Hyde Park is running against Democrat Mal Nathan for the 9th District, which includes Roslyn Estates, Albertson, Plandome Manor, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Munsey Park, Williston Park, East Williston, Mineola, Garden City Park and New Hyde Park.

Nicolello and Nathan are facing off for the third time and have expressed differing views on county reassessment.

Great Neck residents Ellen Birnbaum and Helene Sherman oppose each other in the contest for the 10th District seat in the county Legislature.

Birnbaum, the incumbent and a Democrat, is serving her third term as a legislator. She has been a Great Neck resident for 38 years and has extensive experience as a community advocate for the taxpayers.

Sherman, a Republican attorney, said in her campaign that she would promote fair play, transparency and the limitation of “unnecessary big government.”

The 10th District includes the Great Neck peninsula, Manhasset Hills, the Village of North Hills, and parts of Albertson, Garden City Park, Herricks, Manhasset, North New Hyde Park, Searingtown and Albertson.

District 16 of the Legislature is also up for election, with incumbent Democratic Legislator Joshua Lafazan of Syosset facing Republican candidate Timothy Jenks of Glen Cove to represent the areas of East Hills, Old Brookville, Brookville, Upper Brookville, Muttontown, Syosset, Woodbury, Glen Head, Matinecock, Cove Neck, Centre Island, Bayville, Laurel Hollow, Oyster Bay Cove, Oyster Bay, Mill Neck, Lattingtown and Locust Valley.

Lafazan is touting his record as a freshman legislator, in which he has seen 10 bills passed, most of which provide resources to combat substance abuse among residents. Jenks is calling for further transparency in the Legislature, writing in a League of Women Voters questionnaire that “taxpayers should be the ones choosing their elected [tax] assessor,” and saying that it was unfortunate that the “Assessment Bill of Rights” did not pass.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Rose Weldon and Rob Peleaz contributed reporting.

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