Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio is running for town supervisor, something she never envisioned for herself, but now, having served on the town board for close to a year and a half, she believes that her work at bringing consensus to difficult issues has brought out her leadership qualities. A lawyer by profession, De Giorgio is a 17-year Port Washington resident who is proud that she has fought for local improvements.
Her opponent is Democrat Judi Bosworth, of Great Neck.
Prior to winning a seat on the town board in November 2011, De Giorgio was heavily involved in saving the open space/park area known as Alvin Petrus Park, on Port Washington Boulevard. She then sought other ways to become involved. The success at the park was “very powerful.”
Although she was a registered Democrat, the Republican Party had approached her to run for town council and De Giorgio believed that this would be “a good way to become more involved in a political way.” She joined the GOP and won. “I ran a very vigorous race,” she told Anton Newspapers.
Although she praised current Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman for his help in saving the park, and for spearheading some important projects (e.g. Project Independence and the environmental programs), she would like more transparency at town meetings, even having the meetings live on the town website. “I want the public to participate fully in government,” she said. But the live streaming concept was voted down, she added.
As for her ability to lead such a large, complex town, De Giorgio said she “absolutely has the experience.” She said that she has accomplished a lot since taking office. And she added that a leadership role is the ability to bring diverse groups together, such as her “leadership role” in saving and maintaining Petrus Park. “I worked for consensus and it takes a leader to do that,” she stated.
Should she become the next supervisor, in addition to her quest for more transparency, De Giorgio will focus on short-term borrowing. With the need to fully pay back short-term loans by 2017, she is firm that “we need to streamline government.” That, she says, can be accomplished by solely by cutting back on employees, without losing programs. “We just don’t need so many management employees,” she said. “This can be done.” She believes that with modern technology, she can cut the number of employees, yet run the town more effectively.
De Giorgio said that while she was once a “conservative Democrat,” she is now a “liberal Republican.” She says that there is “room for improvement” in North Hempstead. “I believe in small government,” she said. She says she’s not interested in “splashy projects,” but will be careful to tend to infrastructure. Her next project would focus on bullying.
De Giorgio believes that the villages (Great Neck has nine, Port Washington has many too) each want their own individuality and their own governing, but she would be there to help.
In New Hyde Park, the main issue is the Clinton G. Martin Park audit. She believes that the town should have allowed the audit, or residents “might think there is something to hide.” For those on the LIRR’s Port Washington, the pending expansion ranks foremost
“We need to look at the big picture,” she said, “to be sure riders get benefits but be sure Port does not suffer undue detriment.” She also noted other related issues, especially in Great Neck, with a concern about being “oversubscribed with parking.”
In Westbury and New Cassel, De Giorgio is seeking repairs and maintenance in Charles Fuschillo Park.
In areas such as Mineola and Great Neck, and other villages, she feels “a sense they like to be self-contained, hands-on” and maybe not so involved with the town. But, she added, she still seeks the personal touch and asks residents how the town can help.
“I really want to make a difference,” De Giorgio told Anton Newspapers. “I really do love what I do and now I want to direct policy and fulfill my visions … it’s very exciting.”
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied.
“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events.
After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park. This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought.
Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20. Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.