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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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