Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00
With 20 years of experience as an elected official, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth ((10th Legislative District) is running for Town of North Hempstead supervisor. Bosworth is confident that her long background in “responding to people, to constituents and concerns” provides her with the vital tools necessary to lead this large town that provides such a wealth of services.
Her opponent is Republican Dina De Giorgio, of Port Washington.
Bosworth’s years in office began with 16 years on the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education, with five years serving as president. She noted that as school board president she dealt with a budget the size of the town’s budget and at this position she also dealt with labor negotiations. And, today, she is in her sixth year as a county legislator. In addition, during her years on the school board, Bosworth also served as special projects coordinator for then assemblyman Tom Di Napoli, a position where she brought vital government services “right here to the backyards of our residents,” as she coordinated state grants to benefit the town and villages in the 16th Assembly District.
“I am qualified without question to be town supervisor,” Bosworth told Anton Newspapers. For the past 20 years she has worked “trying to make our public institutions work for our town residents.” And Bosworth is firm that “experience really does count when you deal with taxpayer money, a large and complex budget, and a wide variety of town responsibilities.”
Turning to “broader issues,” Bosworth began with “keeping town finances stable and strong and giving taxpayers value for their dollars.” She said that the overall financial position of the town is “healthy and positive” and the town’s bond rating is “excellent,” allowing for necessary borrowing” at bond rates most favorable to taxpayers. She explained that town finances must be managed daily by “highly qualified professionals and not by political appointees,” all always under the supervision of the supervisor and the town board. Bosworth also spoke of restructuring long-term debt to save money.
Bosworth then turned to ensuring a healthy environment for the community, continuing the traditions of current Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and those of former supervisor May Newburger. Newburger closed the Port Washington landfill and built Harbor Links, while the Kaiman administration landmarks include green initiatives, sustainability and school recycling, touching most of the children in the town. Bosworth would also continue to protect the area’s aquifers, “an issue I have taken the lead on as a county legislator.”
Bosworth also considers government services, programs and services as major issues to address. She said that existing programs and initiatives are great models, giving residents “real value for tax dollars.” She mentioned the award-winning 311 call center and Project Independence, allowing seniors to age in place. And she added that she believes that it is “largely within the budget to do more for pre-school children as well as school-age children, concentrating on wellness, health and exercise for all ages.” Bosworth would also like to initiate more programs for the special needs population.
Transparency and style, a fourth broad issue, would be to ensue that the government works “in a cooperative bipartisan way that keeps the interests of the residents and taxpayers always in the forefront … to build consensus out of different points of view.”
Touching on other issues, Bosworth said that the town’s building department “has to be made to work in a more efficient and responsive manner” and she would definitely support Kaiman’s initiative to acquire the Great Neck Arts Center’s real estate and partner with those programs to benefit the entire town.
Community by community, Bosworth is committed to safeguard, and possibly even gain local parking areas in Port Washington and Great Neck when the LIRR east side access comes in to being in 2019. In Roslyn she would work to complete the financial aspect of the Roslyn Country Club Park, with that community financing this with a special district. For New Cassel she foresees redevelopment and revitalization consistent with community needs and she would continue with visioning to lessen the impact of nearby traffic and businesses. North New Hyde Park’s heavy business traffic impacts would be addressed. For the diverse Herricks, Bosworth would work on various issues and protect revenue for the school district.
For the villages, Bosworth has a “strong, established track record” working with mayors and trustees and would build on those relationships. As well, she would continue to work on her strong relationships with special districts and fire districts.
Judi Bosworth is ready and eager to serve as town supervisor. Her main motivation to serve the public is “the strong commitment I have to making local government work for residents and having the opportunity to respond to individual residents and constituent groups … I do this to serve, to try to make a difference … so my constituents have the confidence that there is someone on the other end to talk to.”