In the shadow of the Levittown Veteran's Memorial Park arch in her hometown, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and "Team Murray" kicked off their re-election campaign.
"Kate Murray is one of the most dynamic, one of the most effective and one of the most popular supervisors that this town has ever had," Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Mondello said before announcing Murray.
Surrounded by her Republican colleagues and supporters toting placards bearing Murray's "Leadership You Can Trust" slogan, Murray announced that her team would campaign aggressively on the well-established legacy of "leadership" and "trust" that she called hallmarks of her administration.
"Later this year, I will propose a budget, along with my team, that freezes all town taxes for Hempstead residents while maintaining all programs and services," stated the supervisor.
Murray touted the town's environmental and budgeting practices.
"We're having another tax freeze this year; the second one in three years," she said. "We're very proud of what we do and we're very proud of what we have delivered."
Murray also said the town has spent millions upgrading town facilities. Because of the town's "solid financial position," she said it has been able to refurbish playgrounds, renovate swimming pools, overhaul tennis and basketball courts.
Murray and her team are fighting the Long Island Rail Road's third track proposal and recently instituted a moratorium on the construction of McMansions.
"Building affordable homes, protecting the environment, rebuilding our downtowns, upgrading our parks and providing the finest municipal services can all be done while holding the line on taxes," stated Murray. "Real leadership is the key to accomplishing these goals, and the Murray team is excited to expand upon its many successes for residents of America's largest township."
Alongside Murray were her running mates Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Councilmen James Darcy and Ed Ambrosino, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.
"It's great to be on the Murray team," Ambrosino said.
"I promise everyone here that the town clerk's office will continue to be responsive to the community," Bonilla added.
"We are a team of elected officials that work together," Clavin said. "No victory is done by one candidate."
Murray was the first woman elected supervisor in Hempstead Town's more than 360-year history. First elected in 2003, Murray ran successfully for re-election again in 2005 against Nassau County Assessor Harvey Levinson.
She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, the Levittown Historical Society, Levittown Kiwanis, Levittown Community Council, Levittown Property Owners Association, Friends of the Hofstra Arboretum, Irish-Americans in Government, the Sierra Club and the Board of Directors of the Bellmore-Merrick Wellness Council.
A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Supervisor Murray is a lifelong resident of Levittown.