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Special Election For District 2 Seat

A special election will be held Feb. 11 for the Nassau County Legislative District 2 seat, which oversees parts of Hicksville.

Robert Troiano previously held the title of District 2 Legislator until earlier this month, when he took a position as Director of Operations with the Town of North Hempstead. Up for the position now is Siela Bynoe, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and Republican nominee Pepitz Blanchard, who lost to Troiano for the council seat in last November’s election.

“When there was a vacant seat, I thought it would be a natural fit for me given my public service,” said Bynoe, a Westbury resident. “I’m honored to have received the nomination, and if elected I’ll work hard to meet the needs of the entire district.”

Bynoe is currently the Executive Director of the Huntington Housing Authority. Much of her career has revolved around advocating for affordable housing all over Long Island. She previously worked at the Long Island Housing Partnership, and was involved in opening up their Nassau County Office. She is also on the Board of Commissioners for the North Hempstead Housing Authority. In addition, she is a trustee on the Westbury School Board. She says all this experience in public service has given her a good feel for issues throughout the district.  

In addition to Hicksville, District 2 includes Westbury, New Cassel, Hempstead, East Meadow, Garden City, Malverne, Rockville Centre, Uniondale and West Hempstead. While all these communities are different, Bynoe says the issues are the same.

“Consistently throughout my travels, taxes have been the number one issue I’ve been hearing,” she said. “And also public safety and services.”

Bynoe graduated from Hofstra University and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Long Island University.

Blanchard says he wasn’t even thinking about the nomination, but is hoping this special election will give him a second chance to prove he can represent the community.

“I feel people will give me a better look than before because I was there trying to unseat Troiano before and then he just quit without explanation. They should consider giving me a chance,” Blanchard says.

Prior to last year’s campaign, Blanchard had no political experience. A New Cassel resident for almost 30 years, Blanchard says his experience campaigning helped him better understand the needs of the district.

“I know my community well,” he says. “Having done the campaign last time, I know a lot more than when I started and I’m sure I’m going to be a better voice for the concerns of the people.”

If elected, he says he will focus on increasing housing options, decreasing crime and making sure people are getting the services they need.

“I’ve become very involved in my community and have become a community leader,” Blanchard said, saying these are experiences he gained during his last campaign. “People don’t have representation and they feel let down. “I’m hoping to get the seat and make a difference for the people.”

Blanchard has served as an auxiliary policeman for the village of Westbury for almost 17 years. He majored in biology at Nassau Community College, with a minor in political science. At NCC, he was president of the college’s first Haitian club. He then went on to Molloy College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy. He is now working at Apria Healthcare and Holly Patterson.

The special election for the District 2 seat will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11. Find a polling place near you at www.voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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