Republican North Hempstead Town Councilman Angelo Ferrara announced last Saturday that he will be a candidate for the office of supervisor of North Hempstead in November. Mr. Ferrara made his announcement on the steps of Town Hall, flanked by family members and fellow Republicans, including State Senator Michael Balboni, Assemblywomen Maureen O'Connell and Donna Ferrara (no relation) and Councilman James O'Connor.
In a prepared statement, Mr. Ferrara said that he and Mr. O'Connor had run for their seats on the North Hempstead Town Board hoping to "alter the direction the town was heading in. As we look back and evaluate our efforts, we believe we were as successful as minority members of any town board could be. Successful in forcing the town to look at their operations and fiscal practices and recognize that change was needed, proving that the two party system works.
"I am running for North Hempstead Town Supervisor to restore fiscal integrity and sound management practices to our town. At a time of growing economic crisis, we need to work harder than ever before to protect our property taxpayers. North Hempstead has just mortgaged our children's future with a mountain of debt. If the most recent borrowing resolution stands, our taxes will have to be raised."
Mr. Ferrara's presumed opponent in November, Supervisor May Newburger, replied to his remarks by saying, "I don't know where he's been. If he's questioning the town's fiscal condition, he has to remember that most of the town's debt is a result of state mandates to close landfills that his party created. Mr. Ferrara was away when we voted on a 5-year debt management plan, but he said that he would not have supported it." Arthur Gianelli, director of operations for North Hempstead, said that the debt management plan will reduce the town's debt by $78 million in 10 years.