Two new commissioners were appointed by the North Hempstead Town Board at last week's board meeting -- Michael J. Haran as comptroller and Andrew M. Hyman as commissioner of public safety.
Michael Haran was the former town budget officer for the Town of East Hampton from 1992-1999. Mr. Haran's responsibilities as budget officer at East Hampton included capital budget, debt issuance and servicing, formulation of special assessment districts and coordinating functions with various town departments. Additional responsibilities included data processing supervision, insurance and a labor management committee.
Michael Haran is a 1969 graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He served in the United States Army from 1969-1972 in Washington, DC (White House Communications Agency).
Mr. Haran has had extensive municipal experience as Freeport village treasurer, Mineola Village deputy treasurer, Town of Huntington accountant/deputy comptroller and former president of Long Island Village Clerks and Treasurers Association. He replaces former comptroller Michael Locorriere, who is now with State Bank of Long Island. Locorriere was responsible for establishing surpluses in four major town funds, tax cuts, refinancing town debt at record low interest rates and obtaining the town's first bond rating increase in 29 years.
The new public safety commissioner of the Town of North Hempstead is Andrew Hyman of Port Washington. Mr. Hyman will begin work at Town Hall on May 8. His professional career consists of a record of nearly 20 years of service as an attorney in the public and not-for-profit sectors working for sustainable community development.
As a senior attorney for two years with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Andrew Hyman acted as counsel to a program providing financial assistance to organizations involved in housing preservation and tenant advocacy activities.
Most recently, Andrew served as general counsel for the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. BOEDC serves as economic development consultant to the Bronx Borough president, and administers the $51 million Bronx Empowerment Zone program, which seeks to economically revitalize and improve the lives of residents of the South Bronx.
Mr. Hyman brings to his new assignment a wide background and valuable experience related to management and supervision of diverse aspects of municipal programs. Andrew graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College in May 1977 and a law degree from Albany Law School of Union University in June 1980. He replaces former public safety commissioner and harbormaster Jon Kaiman.
Kaiman, the first public safety commissioner of North Hempstead, was recently appointed as a Nassau County district court judge. He is credited with numerous accomplishments at the town including revamping the town's emergency management plan, increasing the efficiency and output of the town's code enforcement division and removing 212 tons of debris from Manhasset Bay.
"We are pleased to welcome the addition of our two new commissioners, Michael Haran and Andrew Hyman," said Supervisor May Newburger. "With their experience and professional background, we know they will be prepared to meet the challenges of their departments."