Hempstead Town Democrats announce a slate, and go after the GOP
Democrats officially unveiled their slate Monday for Hempstead Town positions, with Uniondale attorney Laura Gillen leading the ticket against the Republicans in the GOP stronghold.
Gillen, candidate for supervisor, announced her fellow candidates: incumbent Dorothy Goosby and newcomers Douglas Mayer and Sue Moller for the town board, and Sylvia Cabana for town clerk. She made her comments during a news conference outside Town Hall in the pouring rain.
Hempstead voters have never elected a Democratic supervisor. Goosby is currently the lone Democrat on the seven-member town board.
Gillen’s speech focused on alleged corruption and highlighted the recent arrest of Councilman Ed Ambrosino on wire fraud and income tax evasion charges and a vote in March by Councilman Anthony D’Esposito on personnel issues that included a pay raise for his mother, a secretary in the town highway department.
Dems likely to pick attorney Laura Gillen as Hempstead supervisor candidate
Rockville Centre attorney Laura Gillen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign in 2013 for Nassau County clerk, is expected to be the Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town supervisor in November.
Nassau Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said he expects to nominate Gillen, 47, who is counsel in the litigation department at the Uniondale law firm of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, at the party’s convention in May to run against Republican Town Supervisor Anthony Santino.
“I am currently meeting and listening to Hempstead taxpayers who, like me, are frustrated with the corruption, cronyism and lack of vision that has plagued our local government both at the town and county levels for years and who think we deserve better,” said Gillen, who has yet to announce her candidacy.
Jacobs described Gillen as an “excellent manager” who would “pare away the fat and patronage” in the Town of Hempstead.
Laura Gillen, volunteer, to witness canonization of Mother Teresa
Laura Gillen was 26 when she strapped on a 70-pound backpack and headed to India to work as a volunteer with Mother Teresa, serving the poorest of the poor in Kolkata.
It was a transformative experience. Now, two decades later, the Rockville Centre resident is traveling to Rome this week to attend the canonization of the woman who so inspired her to serve others.