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Port Washington's Top Government Stories of 2013

Some of the most popular political stories of the year in Port Washington.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Judi Bosworth, (D-Great Neck), gives a victory speech in Westbury, Nov. 5, 2013. (Credit: Rich Jacques)
North Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Judi Bosworth, (D-Great Neck), gives a victory speech in Westbury, Nov. 5, 2013. (Credit: Rich Jacques)
Bosworth Defeats De Giorgio in North Hempstead Supervisor: Nassau County lawmaker Judi Bosworth was elected Town of North Hempstead supervisor Nov. 5, continuing a longtime Democratic stronghold on the position.

Kaiman Resigns, Senior Named Interim Supervisor: Jon Kaiman's last act as North Hempstead supervisor was celebrating North Hempstead Day by dressing in period clothing and giving elementary school students a lesson in history.

Proposed Pay Hike Spikes Tensions at Town Board Meeting: During election season nothing was heard publicly in the Town of North Hempstead regarding a pay raise — but with the election now behind them they're talking about it now.

Dems Ram North Hempstead Pay Hikes Through: A resolution pushed through by North Hempstead town board Democrats in November will significantly raise pay for elected officials, despite calls to delay the vote on the issue until a new supervisor takes over next month.

Nassau DPW to Fix Potholes, Grind Down Beacon Hill Road: Beacon Hill Road is about to get a lot smoother, according to the Nassau County Department of Public Works. The effort to fix the area was initiated when a Patch reader asked when the "craters" would be fixed on Beacon Hill going southwest of Hillcrest/Summit Road.

New York Swiftly Passes Sweeping Gun Laws: State lawmakers enacted a comprehensive plan in January in an effort to reduce the firepower available to criminals and daily incidents of gun violence in New York.

Budget 'Bait And Switch' Tactic by Interim Supervisor: Objecting to what she is calling a “fraudulent bait and switch” tactic to break Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s two percent cap on tax increases, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio and other local officials are urging Town of North Hempstead Interim Supervisor John Riordan to schedule the vote on the town budget prior to the Election Day.

John Riordan Appointed Town Supervisor: The North Hempstead town board voted 4-2 on in October to appoint John B. Riordan town supervisor — filling the vacancy left by Jon Kaiman's recent resignation.

VIDEO: Bosworth Says It's 'About Our Future': Thanking supporters and promising a considerate approach to town government during her victory speech in Westbury Nov. 5, newly-elected North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said she hopes to improve on the future by continuing with successes of the past.

Incumbents Survive on North Hempstead Town Board: With three North Hempstead town board incumbents surviving challenges in the 2013 election, the political makeup of the governing body will remain virtually the same in 2014.

Wink Narrowly Defeats Gross in North Hempstead Town Clerk: Nassau Legislator Wayne Wink won in a tight race against incumbent Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross Nov. 5.

Kaiman to Head Up Nassau Fiscal Control Board: Jon Kaiman will be heading up a second state-run agency – the one overseeing Nassau County's finances.

What Tha? Campaign Signs Everywhere: This week, Patch Editor Rich Jacques questions the placement of campaign signs along a stretch of road in Port Washington much in need of a mow. 

Update: Campaign Signs Removed From Road: Democratic Town of North Hempstead supervisor candidate Judi Bosworth says she has taken down campaign signs on Port Washington Boulevard following a story Thursday on Patch regarding the political ads posted in the high grass on the road.

DeRiggi-Whitton Wins 11th LD Race: Incumbent Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton defeated Republican challenger John P. DiMascio in Nassau County's race for the newly drawn 11th district.

After Redistricting: Candidate Can't Name Best Place to Get a Slice in Port: Nassau County lawmaker Wayne Wink warned this week that voters will not know who their legislators are due to recent legislative redistricting pushed through by Republicans — apparently, some candidates might not be too familiar with their new districts either.

North Hempstead Voters to Choose Between Contrasting Supervisor Candidates: More of the same, or a change to the status quo in North Hempstead. That's the choice Town of North Hempstead residents will make Tuesday in a supervisor race which features a pair of candidates offering contrasting ideas and direction for constituents.

Town Clerk Candidates Square Off at LWV Forum: In an election year where voting districts and party affiliations have changed for some in local races, candidates Wayne Wink and Leslie Gross explained to voters Wednesday why they are best suited for the job of North Hempstead town clerk.

Bosworth: After 22 Years, I'm Not a Career Politician: In our weekly question series for Town of North Hempstead candidates Judi Bosworth and Dina DeGirgio, Patch asked whether or not the candidates support or opposed term limits for the North Hempstead's supervisor position. 
Arguendo December 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Hard to believe the two big zoning stories (Main Street Re-Zoning / Overlay District and Roslyn Country Club) weren't top political stories, given they were almost universally reviled, not that their proponents were listening, although perhaps they got the message months later at the Supervisor polls.

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