Friday, 08 January 2010 00:00
Taking the oath of office commencing his fourth term as North Hempstead Supervisor, Jon Kaiman declared it “a new beginning.” The New Year’s Day inauguration ceremony also included the swearing in of Town Clerk Leslie Gross and town board members Angelo Ferrara, Viviana Russell and Lee Seeman.
Kaiman, who was sworn in by United States Senator Charles Schumer, said he was ‘privileged to have been elected to another term as North Hempstead Town Supervisor.” Despite the historic difficulties confronting all levels of government, Schumer said, “This is a great day for Jon. His is a tough job, a difficult job, but he has done this better than anyone else.”
Pointing to a number of major accomplishments, including CNN Money Magazine’s ranking of North Hempstead as one of the Best Places to Live in America and the second Best Place for a Healthy Retirement, the supervisor said he and his new administration is poised to take their obligation to serve to a new level. “We will continue to do anything we can to show that people can trust in government,” said Kaiman.
Referring to Tip O’Neal’s phrase that “all politics are local,” the supervisor stated that he believes all government is local, too. “From village or town hall to the capitol building in Albany to the halls of congress the decisions that get made, the money that gets spent, the ideas that form the basis of great policy debate all frame a basic concept - how do we improve and protect the lives and quality of life of our body politic, of the people who comprise our nation, of the individual or family that live and work in any American community,” said Kaiman.
Newly-elected councilwoman Viviana Russell said she was “privileged to be in a position to serve” the constituents of District 1, which includes Carle Place, New Cassel, Old Westbury and Westbury. Russell, who was elected to take the seat of Robert Troiano, North Hempstead Town’s first African-American councilman, said despite the fact that she has a tough act to follow she will strive to be a role model. “Not just for my community and my family, but for women, and black women specifically. I look forward to serving my constituents,” Russell said before being sworn in by Troiano, who, in November, was elected to serve Nassau County’s 2nd Legislative District.
Town Clerk Gross, who was sworn in to her second term by State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine, referred to Kaiman as a “bold visionary leader” and she was “pleased to be part of this team.”
Councilwoman Lee Seeman, who was sworn in by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, said her re-election means “another opportunity to extend myself to better serve my constituents.” It also “means being available to anyone who seeks my service. And it means I have another chance to do the thing I like most, serve,” said Seeman, who represents District 5, which includes North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Floral Park and the villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Russel Gardens, University Gardens and Lake Success.
Councilman Angelo Ferrara, the sole Republican on North Hempstead’s Town Board who was sworn into his fourth term as councilman, praised the board’s willingness to work across the aisle, stating that “it would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver to my constituents without the support of Supervisor Kamian and the board.” Ferrara represents District 3, which encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City and parts of New Hyde Park.