Hempstead Town officials began their new term Jan. 4 at Town Hall. During the nearly two-hour inauguration, Supervisor Don Clavin, City Clerk Kate Murray, Senior Councilor Dorothy Goosby and Councilors Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne were sworn in after their re-election last November.
After Rabbi Mordechai Kamentzky’s invocation of the South Shore Yeshiva to Hewlett, Clavin was first sworn in by Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Cairo.
Months after Clavin’s first term as supervisor, the coronavirus pandemic erupted and wreaked havoc in Hempstead. Clavin secured tens of millions of dollars in federal funds from the CARES Act that went to the community, including millions for hospitals, schools, food banks, villages, fire departments and community organizations. City council also deployed the first mobile vaccination unit in New York state, which provided nearly 10,000 vaccines and reminders to residents to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Clavin thanked many government officials in attendance for their help during his tenure in local government. “Today it’s really about saying thank you,” he said. “We are working together and for the betterment of all residents, from city finances to bond upgrades to services during the pandemic. And it’s not just that it’s the men and women that I work in the city. We are doing it together because we are a great team in the town of Hempstead.
Murray, who was then sworn in, spearheaded the creation of online accessible parking permits, displayed one-stop passport events, and created outdoor service trailers where residents can continue to access programs at the office of the clerk. Murray became the first New York elected official to host online video conferencing weddings. In October, she took a big step forward when she celebrated her 500th wedding ceremony.
Following reflections from Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Attorney General Letitia James was sworn in to Goosby, who is the first-ever African-American woman on city council, now entering her 22nd year representing the 1st district .
During his last tenure, Goosby helped provide free PPE kits for businesses and churches, secured personal air filters for at-risk residents, helped launch the outdoor dining initiative to help residents stay open during the pandemic and sponsored pantries that have donated more than one million meals to residents in need.
Goosby discussed her tenure in government and her plans for the future of her district. “I’m going into my 22nd year because I was elected to seek representation from my community through a landmark trial,” Goosby said.
“I took the oath in my place and it is progress,” she noted. The town hall square was recently named in his honor.
“My colleagues are from another party,” she continued, “but they didn’t care that I was a Democrat and they weren’t. I have worked with great people, I respect them. and they respect me, we have come a long way in this city.
D’Esposito was then sworn in to Member of the National Assembly Edward Ra. D’Esposito, a retired New York Police Department detective, taught his Narcan training program to city employees, community groups and residents of Hempstead. And he helped expand the Narcan training program, as the city recently announced the distribution of 10,000 Narcan kits in Hempstead.
D’Esposito reflected on the achievements of the city in recent years. “Over the past four years we have presented budgets to save taxpayers’ money, maintain the line or reduce taxes,” he said. “We’ve been praised by Wall Street, gaining outlook hikes and credit upgrades. We have expanded our programs and invested in our parks, beaches and marinas. This year alone, we invested $ 75 million in our roads. While other municipalities were unable to pick up trash and recycle during the height of the pandemic, our sanitation teams stepped up and kept the city on the move. “
Dunne, who served with the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War, remains a leader among local American Legion and Foreign War Veterans organizations, and has been central in developing legislation aimed at creating a permanent property tax exemption for Cold War veterans, providing a tax reduction for eligible beneficiaries. He has also sponsored several laws to restrict vaping and vaping products.