Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
It has been announced this week that Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has been nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee to run for the vacant position that will be left by Diane Yatauro in the county’s 18th Legislative District and Robert Germino has been nominated to run on the Republican ticket. The 18th Legislative District includes the communities of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho.
Martin Carmody was also nominated by the Democratic Committee to replace DeRiggi-Whitton on the City of Glen Cove Council slate, running along with Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.
DeRiggi-Whitton has served on the Glen Cove City Council and says she wants to apply her experience there to the county’s woes, where finances are a wreck and both parties recognize that major remedies are in order.
“In Glen Cove, this is going to be the first time that the city has a surplus,” she told the Record Pilot. “That is happening because we went line by line through the budget. That is the only solution for Nassau, too. So, that is my goal: common sense spending. Continuing into deficits and raising taxes is not an option. People can’t afford it anymore.”
DeRiggi-Whitton said her primary goal is getting that financial picture in order. She said there are other projects that everyone would like to see, but those would take second place. She said, “All across Long Island, communities are taxed to the brink — and yet, the county Legislature continues to borrow money for policies that Nassau can’t afford… In Glen Cove, about a third of our budget goes to paying off our debt. We don’t want to raise taxes to pay it down, so we’ve been very careful with how we allocate our resources. We work within our means. The county Legislature needs to adopt the same responsible mindset if we’re going to make it through this financial crisis.”
The Democratic candidate for county legislator is a resident of Glen Cove and the daughter of former Glen Cove Mayor Donald DeRiggi. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1990 and currently works for a company that helps clients lower their taxes on real estate transactions. She also serves on the board of the Diabetes Research Institute.
Republican candidate Robert Germino, also of Glen Cove, provided the Record Pilot the following on his campaign: “I’m honored by my party’s nomination for county Legislature. My focus for this week is reflecting on our nation’s fallen servicemen and servicewomen.” He said that he will release details on his platform after Memorial Day.
Both candidates have been nominated under the existing legislative districts. The county is moving ahead with a redistricting plan, however, it will not be clear until a May 26 hearing whether or not the plan will have an effect on this upcoming election. (See story on Page 3.)