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This year the special districts all have uncontested elections. Water District incumbent Commissioner David Brackett, Police District incumbent Commissioner Maureen O'Rourke and Water Pollution Control incumbent Commissioner Richard Marra are all seeking re-election.

In the Garbage District, however, longtime Commissioner Pat Van Dusen has decided to step down and not seek re-election. A new candidate, Mary Giordano, will be seeking Ms. Van Dusen's position.

The Port News asked Ms. Giordano to submit a bio and following is what we received:

Mary P. Giordano, a shareholder in the firm Franchina & Giordano, P.C. is an attorney whose areas of concentration are in elder law, wills, trusts, estate planning and estate administration. A graduate of St. John's University School of Law in 1981, she has practiced in Nassau County since 1984.

Ms. Giordano is vice chair of the Nassau County Bar Association's Committee in Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy. She is the recording secretary of the Columbian Lawyers' Association of Nassau County. Ms. Giordano is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Surrogate's Court Estates and Trusts Committee, New York State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Section and the Elder Law Section. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Professional Advisory Board of the American Heart Association and the Long Island Community Foundation Professional Advisory Committee.

In addition, she is a trustee of her parish, St. Peter's of Alcantara. She is a member of Volunteer Lawyers' Initiative of Catholic Charities, serving as lead attorney for St. Peter's. She serves on the Board of Directors of Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home, Inc. In addition, she serves on the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home. She has been quoted extensively in "The Right to Know Column" in the real estate column of Newsday.

Additionally, she has presented numerous lectures for various community groups, libraries, adult education programs, area universities, religious organizations, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.

On a personal note, she has lived in Port for the last 22 years. She has two grown children. She has been married to Richard Atkinson for the past eight years. He has two children also.

Of her candidacy she said, "I look forward to working for my town in this new role. It is an honor to follow Pat Van Dusen as clearly no one can replace her. I will continue the fiscally responsible path she has set as commissioner."

The special districts' election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Polish American Hall located at 5 Pulaski Place.


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