County Dems back Bosworth, Singas at nominating convention

Bill San Antonio

The Nassau County Democratic Committee on Tuesday backed North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s bid for re-election in November as well as the town council runs of Peter Zuckerman (2nd District-Roslyn) and Anna Kaplan (4th District-Great Neck).

“I think it’s pretty unanimous that [Bosworth] has done an outstanding job,” said Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs in a phone interview Wednesday. “She’s been all over the town and advancing very popular initiatives. She’s very well-liked.”

The Democrats also nominated Emily Beys, co-president of the Schreiber HSA, to challenge North Hempstead town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio (R-Port Washington) for the 6th district position. 

Of Beys, Jacobs said she would be “very much in support of what Bosworth has done and continues to do,” adding she’d bring “fresh ideas” to the council.

Zuckerman was appointed to the Town Council in early 2014 to succeed former town Councilman Thomas Dwyer, and was elected in November to complete Dwyer’s term.

Kaplan was elected to her first four-year term on the council in 2011, defeating Republican Jeff Bass by 469 votes. 

Bosworth, a former Nassau County legislator, defeated De Giorgio in 2013 for town supervisor and will face Republican Anthony Bulzomi, a trustee on the Carle Place board of education.

The Democrats have also backed Charles Berman, the town’s receiver of taxes, for re-election.

The Democrats are also supporting Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas against Republican Kate Murray, the Hempstead town supervisor, and Port Washington resident Michael A. Scotto, who is also running as a Democrat.

The party backed the re-election bids of Nassau County legislators Ellen Birnbaum (10th District-Great Neck), Delia DeReggi-Whitton (11th District-Glen Cove) and Judy Jacobs (16th District-Woodbury),

Jacobs has served since the legislature’s inception in 1996. Her district encompasses all of or parts of Bethpage, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Hicksville, Jericho, Laurel Hollow, Muttontown, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainview, Syosset, Woodbury, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Old Westbury.

DeRiggi-Whitton served the 18th Legislative District prior to the 2013 redistricting. Her district now includes Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, part of the Village of Roslyn, the Village of Flower Hill, Sands Point, Manorhaven and Baxter Estates.

Birnbaum’s district covers Great Neck, Herricks, Manhasset, North Hills and parts of North New Hyde Park. 

Upon allegations she made derogatory remarks while in office toward African-Americans, Birnbaum was removed from the Legislature’s minority caucus and was initially pressured by party leaders to resign. 

But, Jacobs said, Birnbaum has apologized and sought to make amends with the African-American community “to let them know that those words did not come from her heart and rolled off her tongue improperly.”

“I think it’s time to bring her back into the fold,” Jacobs said. 

Dean Hart and Mallory Nathan, the Town of North Hempstead’s chief bay constable, were pegged to challenge Republican legislators Donald MacKenzie (18th District-Oyster Bay) and Richard Nicolello (9th District-New Hyde Park), respectively.

“[Hart] has been more active recently with the Democratic Party, he screened very well,” Jacobs said. “He had a solid message of reform and ethics and I think it spoke well of him.”

Nicolello is the No. 2 Republican in the Legislature. His district includes New Hyde Park,  Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, East Williston, Manhasset, Great Neck and Roslyn.

MacKenzie’s district covers Brookville, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Muttontown, Matinecock, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Lattingtown, Mill Neck, Laurel Hollow, Cove Neck and Centre Island.

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