Dalimonte beats De Giorgio as Dems retain control of North Hempstead

Robert Pelaez
After Tuesday night's election, the Town of North Hempstead council sits at 6-1 in favor of the Democrats. (Photo by Robert Pelaez)

Mariann Dalimonte easily defeated Republican incumbent Dina De Giorgio for a seat on the North Hempstead Town Board in Tuesday’s elections as Democrats swept to victory in all of the town contests.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth was among the winners, handily turning aside Republican David Redmond in her bid for a fourth two-year term.

The results gave Democrats six of the seven votes on the Town Board.

A simple thank you is so inadequate for all that has been done for me during this campaign,” Dalimonte wrote on her election page on the web.  “Many of you have donated to my campaign, canvassed, made phone calls, and hosted an event. Your support has meant so much to me. I’m looking forward to working together as a team for our community.”

Dalimonte, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, defeated De Giorgio, of Port Washington, in the 6th District by almost 1,500 votes of the nearly 8,000 cast. The 6th District comprises Port Washington and the villages in Manhasset.

De Giorgio, who was not present at the Republican Party’s election night event in Westbury, took to Facebook after the final votes were tallied, expressing her gratitude for eight years on the town council and wishing Dalimonte the best.

“Congratulations to Mariann D’Alimonte and thank you to everyone who voted today. It has been an amazing 8 years and it was a privilege and an honor to be your Councilwoman,” she wrote. “I wish Mariann success in her new role and I am very much looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

In her race, Bosworth received 67% of the 33,092 votes cast in a slightly more narrow win than she saw in 2017.

“What else can I say except that North Hempstead rocks!” Bosworth, of Great Neck, said to a crowd of cheering Democrats at the Garden City Hotel on Tuesday night. “We’re going to be here for a long time, and we’re going to be here for you.”

Along with Bosworth and the newly elected Dalimonte, Veronica Lurvey retained her spot on the Town Board, beating her opponent, David Yaudoon Chiang.

Lurvey, who was appointed to her seat in January, filling the spot that state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Great Neck) left, said she will strive to continue the good work she has done with the town this past year.  She received 2,861 of the 4,507 votes cast.

“I’m very honored for everyone who came out and showed their support tonight,” she said.

In the 2nd District, incumbent Councilman Peter Zuckerman of East Hills trounced his Republican counterpart, Ragini Srivastava, and Green Party candidate Cassandra Lems, by winning 62% of the votes.

“Everyone here should be very excited about what occurred here tonight,” Zuckerman said. “I’m looking forward to another four great years on this council.”

Zuckerman will be serving his second term on the council, while the town receiver of taxes, Charles Berman, was elected to serve his third one.

Berman defeated his Republican opponent, Ron Rochester, by almost 10,000 votes.  

“It doesn’t just set the tone going forward, but I think it’s also a reflection of what a great job Judi has been doing as supervisor,” Berman said.

Rose Weldon contributed reporting.

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