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.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.
Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.
“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.