Sunday, New Year’s Eve, I turned off the TV and headed to bed soon after watching the ball drop in Times Square. But this unusually low-key start to 2018 was necessary, for by lunchtime the next day, I’d covered the Inaugurations of three Democrats – LAURA CURRAN, LAURA GILLEN, and SYLVIA CABANA – replacing three GOP office holders here in Nassau County.
SLIDESHOW (music – click lower left of screen to adjust/mute volume) 1/1/2018 Town of Hempstead Inaugurations:
Though it was New Year’s Day morning, close to a packed house at Hofstra University’s Adams Playhouse watched New York Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL and Congresswoman KATHLEEN RICE swear-in Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and Hon. MICHAELLE SOLAGES swear-in Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana.
About an hour after that, and even though it was a bone-chilling 14 ℉ / -10 ℃, a thick arc of bundled-up onlookers stood thisclose together in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative & Executive Building to witness Gov. ANDREW CUOMO administer the Oath of Office to Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
It was a doubly historic day for Long Island. Before Laura Gillen took office, Town of Hempstead hadn’t had a Democratic Supervisor in over a century; plus, Laura Curran is the very first female Nassau County Executive.
Feature Photo at top: Hempstead, New York, USA. January 1, 2018. L-R, Hempstead Town Supervisor-Elect LAURA GILLEN, New York State Lt. Governor KATHY HOCHUL, and Hempstead Town Clerk-Elect SYLVIA CABANA pose for photo shortly before Lt. Gov. and Rep. Kathleen Rice swear-in Gillen, at Hofstra University.
In an upset victory, Democrat MADELINE SINGAS, Nassau County Acting District Attorney and first time candidate, won the D.A. race against Republican KATE MURRAY, the Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead.
At the Democratic Election Night Viewing Party at Garden City Hotel on the night of November 3, 2015, when over 99% of the precinct votes were in, Singas went to the podium with her husband THEO APOSTOLOU and their daughter and son, and thanked her supporters.
In the race for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Democratic candidate RITA KESTENBAUM, a former member of the Hempstead Town Board, lost to Republican candidate ANTHONY SANTINO, a long-time Town of Hempstead councilman.