From the desk of Judi Bosworth: An honor to have served, please stay safe

The Island Now

Dear Community Leaders,

Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County and across New York State.

The omicron variant is here, and gatherings, both small and large, are contributing to the continued spread of the virus. Gov. Hochul has re-issued the mask mandate, which states that residents are required to wear a mask in all indoor public places.

If a business requires proof of vaccination for those 12 years of age or older, the mask mandate is not applicable. In the Town of North Hempstead, people at the facilities all have been required to wear masks indoors, even when the statewide mandate was not in effect. I am hoping our residents do the same.

With the Christmas holiday upon us, I am again urging that we all remain cautious and vigilant so that we do not spread the virus to those around us – our families, our friends, and our neighbors.

Please follow necessary, common-sense precautions and, most importantly, protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated.

As we know, the virus is constantly evolving, which is making it increasingly clear that booster shots are necessary in order to be fully vaccinated. An extra layer of protection would be to get COVID tests before attending a holiday gathering with your loved ones. It will just provide additional assurance.

On a personal note, I would like to say that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your town supervisor for these past eight years.

I am so proud of the work we have done together. It has been a distinct pleasure working with so many engaged and passionate residents, on a daily basis, to make our communities such wonderful places to live.

We’re a family here in North Hempstead, and I will always be grateful for having the opportunity to serve you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting in me as your town supervisor.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays and a joyous and healthy new year.

As always, please be smart and stay safe.

Judi Bosworth

Town of North Hempstead supervisor

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