Written by MINEOLA AMERICAN Staff Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth announced the appointments of four individuals to senior management roles in her administration, which took office on Jan. 1. Bosworth commented, “I am pleased to announce the appointments of these experienced, highly-qualified public servants to senior management positions in North Hempstead government, as I continue my effort to build a leadership team that will reflect the integrity, accomplishment, diversity and responsiveness I intend to be the hallmarks of my administration.”
Robert Troiano, Jr. has represented the 2nd District in the Nassau County Legislature since 2010, where he has been a member of the committees on Government Services and Operations, Towns, Villages and Cities, Health and Social Services, and Minority Affairs. Prior to his service as a Nassau County Legislator, he was elected to two terms as a North Hempstead Councilperson, representing the 1st Town District (Westbury, New Cassel, Carle Place and Old Westbury) and was the first African-American ever elected to Town office in North Hempstead. Troiano was previously elected to three terms as a member of the Board of Education of the Westbury School District, serving seven years as Board President. Before turning his attention to public service, Troiano had a successful career in business, as senior vice-president and treasurer of a major Wall Street firm. He received an M.B.A. from Stanford University (Finance/Public Management) and a B.A. from Brown University.
In his new role, Troiano will oversee performance of the Town’s general operating departments, have overall responsibility for process improvement efforts, and act as liaison to the Town’s Community Development Agency and Housing Authority. He will be resigning from his County post on January 2nd.
Bosworth stated, “The Town of North Hempstead is fortunate to have an individual of Robert Troiano’s stature and accomplishments joining this administration. His management experience and in-depth knowledge of Town government will be tremendous assets, as he continues his distinguished record of public service.”
Elizabeth Dvorkin Botwin brings three decades of municipal experience to her new position. As Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Planning, New York City Department of Finance, for the past four years, Botwin has been responsible for oversight of a 1750-employee agency, including human resources, budget, state and local legislative relations, and procurement. She previously served as Chief Deputy Comptroller of Nassau County (2006–2010) and Chief Deputy Nassau County Attorney (2002–2006), where she was the administrator of an 80-attorney municipal law department and personally handled and oversaw major litigation matters. Prior to her Nassau County service, Botwin spent almost two decades on the staff of the New York City Corporation Counsel, where she rose to the position of Chief of the Tax and Condemnation Division. She received her J.D. from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her B.A. from Manhattanville College.
As town attorney, Botwin will serve as Chief Counsel to the Town Supervisor and the Town Board.
Bosworth stated, “Liz Botwin brings extraordinary experience as an attorney, litigator, administrator and policy advisor to our North Hempstead government. I am confident that her extensive professional background will serve our Town well.”
Cindy Cardinal has served as Bosworth’s Legislative Assistant in the Nassau County Legislature for the past six years, where she focused on legislation, legal research, media relations, program development and constituent services. An attorney, she concentrated her practice in employment and labor law for over 20 years, before joining Bosworth’s staff. She was elected to three terms as a member of the Board of Education of the Manhasset School District and served as Board president for six consecutive years. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhasset Public Library. Cardinal received her J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University and her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.
As Chief of Staff, Cardinal will oversee all functions of the Town Supervisor’s office, supervise external affairs and community outreach, manage the collective bargaining agreement with CSEA, develop program and policy proposals, and act as liaison to the Town’s Business and Tourism Development Corporation.
Bosworth stated, “Cindy Cardinal has been an invaluable member of my staff for the past six years. Her knowledge of our Town, record of community service and professional experience will be tremendous assets to the Town of North Hempstead.”
Aline Khatchadourian has extensive experience as an accountant, auditor and comptroller, in both the public and private sectors. As Director of Finance for the Minority Caucus in the Nassau County Legislature for the past two years, she has been instrumental in developing strategic and financial plans geared towards improvement of the fiscal health of the county. She previously served in a number of key fiscal positions with Nassau County, including Deputy Budget Director, Acting Deputy County Treasurer and Deputy Comptroller for Audit & Special Projects. A certified public accountant, Khatchadourian had an extensive career in the private sector prior to her public service, including many years as an audit manager with a national accounting and auditing firm. Khatchadourian was elected to two terms as a member of the Board of Education of the Manhasset School District and served as Board Vice-President. She holds an M.S. in Accounting from Pace University and graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Finance.
As Finance Director, Khatchadourian will oversee the development and administration of the Town budget, the capital plan, capital financing, internal and external auditing, performance metrics, and strategic and multi-year financial plans.
Bosworth stated, “Aline Khatchadourian is uniquely qualified to oversee the finances and budget of the Town of North Hempstead. Her multi-faceted fiscal experience and depth of knowledge will help ensure the continued stability of Town finances.”
All four appointments will be considered by the Town Board at its Jan. 2 meeting. Bosworth noted that all her staff appointments, including these first four, will be fully funded by off-setting expenditure reductions within the 2014 Town budget.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway.
The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.
O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.
Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00
The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.
Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
With the Mustangs trailing 4-0 going into the third inning, big hits by Ryan Kelly and John Lusardi helped the Mustangs take the lead on March 25.
In the top of the fifth with two out, the Mustangs scored three more runs with the help of a lead-off double by sophomore Steve DePalma (with his first varsity hit), he was followed by Robbie Lang getting on base with a walk and Mike Conte’s single. These guys were all driven home by Nick Iadevaio’s bases-clearing triple.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Junior James Gerstner has nine goals and four assists in four games and is the leading scorer for the Mineola Mustangs’ boys varsity lacrosse team. He is the team’s top face-off guy, plays midfield and plays on the extra man offense unit. He was selected captain as a junior and was an All-Conference performer last year. Gerstner has led the team to a 3-1 record in the opening stages of the season.