Written by Wendy Kreitzman Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:06
As North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman leaves his post, he will no longer seek election as judge in the Nassau County District Court, but will instead step up as
special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Long Island Storm Recovery, a part of the governor’s new New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The governor made the announcement at an Albany press conference last Thursday, July 18. Cuomo said that that the program “will empower communities hit hard by the storms to create and implement locally created and federally funded strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities against future extreme weather.”
Kaiman, who has served as town supervisor for 10 years, told Anton Newspapers that “this is a great opportunity to get stuff done … I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and the team to rebuild New York.”
A long-time Great Neck resident, Kaiman will serve as the liaison for the governor to Sandy-affected residents, businesses and communities, with “a particular focus … to coordinate state support for the New York Rising Communities on Long Island.”
At the Albany press conference, Kaiman acknowledged the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy. “We must now focus our efforts on building back stronger and smarter than
ever before,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with local officials and residents of communities that were hit by the storm.”
For Kaiman, the job entails “getting stuff done as quickly as possible,” but he added that the teams are still “putting the pieces together.”
As to when he will leave his town supervisor post, Kaiman explained that, for now, the new job is not yet full-time. “I’ll be here a bit longer,” he said. However, he does expect that the new position will become full-time “eventually.”
If Kaiman stays through the end of his term on Dec. 31, 2013, as planned, a new supervisor will be elected in November and will be sworn in as town supervisor on Jan. 1, 2014.
Should Kaiman step down before the New Year, the town board has the choice of either leaving the supervisor position vacant until Jan. 1, or the board may choose to appoint a
supervisor to fill the end of his term.
As for Jon Kaiman, he is “taking it one step at a time.”
Since Kaiman had said that he was planning on running for county district court judge this past May, that spot will now have to be filled. North Hempstead Democrats tapped Village of Flower Hill trustee Scott H. Siller.
“It was a complete surprise,” said the 52-year-old attorney who is in private practice handling mostly civil and family matters.
The nomination will put him on the Democratic, Independence Party and Working Family lines.
“It’s been my dream to be a judge,” Siller said. “I have been appearing before judges for 23 years, and I believe you have to treat people well and listen to them.”