Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00Port Washington Police Commissioner Maureen O’Rourke has announced that she will not be seeking a third term this December when her term expires. She told the board of commissioners at their Sept. 23 meeting that her reason for not seeking re-election is that she believes in term limits. “I believe boards need new ideas to be productive,” she noted.
The Port News asked Ms. O’Rourke what she felt was accomplished during her terms of office. She replied, “I saw the first female officer, who had to sue the district to be hired as a police officer, promoted to sergeant.”
The Port News also asked her what she would like to see the commissioners do in the future. She responded that the commissioner should always be mindful of the budget, as well as the safety needs of the police officers and residents of Port.
She also feels that the commissioners should encourage residents to attend the board meetings to “witness the decision-making process of the board, which involves a budget of over $15 million.
When asked what advice she had for her successor, she said, “Always vote your conscience, bring your own life experiences and idea to the board, and don’t be hesitant about expressing those viewpoints.”
Ms. O’Rourke is an attorney who holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Brooklyn College. She attended New York Law School while raising four children. She graduated in 1987 and moved to Port in 1996, while still working in Manhattan as an attorney. In May 2001, she changed positions and became a Deputy Attorney at the County Attorney’s office in Mineola, which, she says, “provided me with the opportunity to get involved in Port organizations.
Today, she continues to work there.
She and her husband Michael, who’s also an attorney, have eight grandchildren, which will keep her busy.
Additionally, she intends to become more active in the legal community, while remaining involved in numerous organizations in town.
She notes that she will “always be available for consultation regarding police district matters.
The police commissioner’s election takes place with the other special district elections. This year it will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8.