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Town Posts Announced

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., Director of Operations

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 Butwin, Town Attorney

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, Chief of Staff

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, Director of Finance

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.


News

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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