Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who has served as town supervisor for 10 years, will leave his position the week of Sept. 23.
“It’s bittersweet, but it’s time to move on,” Kaiman said.
Kaiman will be devoting more time to his new role as a special advisor on Long Island storm recovery to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. “This will be a full-time job come Sept. 23,” Kaiman said.
With Kaiman’s departure, Deputy Town Supervisor Christopher Senior becomes acting supervisor, but without voting privileges on the town board. The board could appoint Senior or another as acting supervisor with such privileges, but hasn’t done so yet. The acting supervisor will serve until a newly elected supervisor takes office on Jan. 1, 2014.
Kaiman had already decided not to run for another term as town supervisor in the upcoming November election, but instead had announced a decision to run for county court judge. When the storm recovery advisory appointment came along, he said he’d stay out of the judicial race. The new $150,000-a-year advisory job includes offices in downtown Manhattan. However, much of the job involves serving as an advocate for Sandy-damaged LI towns.
“This is an opportunity to do something important, time to meet new challenges, ,” Kaiman said. “There’s a lot of work ahead.” Candidates for North Hempstead town supervisor in the November election are Democrat Judi Bosworth, a Nassau County legislator, and Republican Dina De Giorgio, a North Hempstead town councilwoman.