With ALL the ballots now counted…
He has kept 1,000+ lead….
Current Long Island Don Clavin Officially wins the Hempstead Town Supervisor job….Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen has conceded…..
Republican’s in the Long Island town have had a political comeback despite dwindling Republican voter numbers in the town….
Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen conceded Thursday the election to Republican challenger Don Clavin, who recaptured the town’s top job in the GOP stronghold.
Gillen, a first-term supervisor who two years ago became the first Democrat to win the town’s top job in more than a century, trailed Clavin, the town tax receiver, by more than 1,500 votes on election night. That lead grew by another 100 votes following a count of paper ballots.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the first Democratic supervisor in 112 years,” Gillen said. “To those who supported my good government initiatives and fight against corruption, I am disappointed to say we just fell short.”
Clavin had declared victory on election night, but Gillen waited two weeks for the Nassau County Board of Elections to count the absentee and affidavit ballots before conceding.
“I want to thank the voters of Hempstead town for giving me the opportunity to serve as the next supervisor,” Clavin said. “I am dedicated to an inclusive and forward-thinking administration that will focus on providing the best government services at the lowest possible cost.”
Gillen was one of three incumbent town supervisors on Long Island who were unseated on Election Day.
Republican challenger Yvette Aguiar unseated first-term Democratic Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith. And Democratic challenger Gerard Stiller unseated first-term Republican Shelter Island Town Supervisor Gary Gerth.
Clavin, who has been town tax collector for 18 years, will be sworn in on Jan. 2 during a ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall. Gillen had a few parting words before passing the baton….
- The author of the piece has the Curran as the loser….She is the current Nassau County County Executive and assumed office in 2018 and not up for re-election until 2022.