Here is a final summary of the major party candidates for 2011 Election Day on Nov. 8.
Hempstead Town Supervisor:
R - Kate Murray - Prior to serving as Hempstead Town supervisor, Murray was the first attorney to be elected Hempstead town clerk. Elected in 2001, she established a full service passport facility that has grown to be the nation's largest passport processing center. On Feb. 3, 1998, Murray became the first woman elected to the New York State Assembly from the 19th District. Before serving as an elected official, Murray worked as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Justice Section handling prisoner litigation. Prior to her work with the Attorney General, Murray served as advocate for Suffolk University Battered Women's Advocacy Project.
D - Gary Port - Port graduated cum laude from New York University in 1983 after only three years with a double major in psychology and history. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Port decided against a Wall Street type job and joined the United States Army. After serving for a number of years as an Army captain, he joined the Kings County District Attorney’s office where he investigated and prosecuted serious felonies. After he left active duty, Port continued his military service in the Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is currently assigned to the 78th Training Division, where he serves as the legal advisor and Ethic Counselor to the commanding general.
Hempstead Town Clerk:
R - Mark Bonilla - Bonilla made history in 2003 by becoming the first Hispanic to be elected to a town-wide position in the Town of Hempstead. This is the first public official position he has sought and held. Bonilla's public service began in college when he served as guidance counselor for Youth Ministries, assisting troubled teens. In law school, he mentored several high school students, encouraging them to remain in school and refrain from violence and gang activities. Bonilla earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He was a trial attorney having practiced in virtually every area of the law including criminal law, real estate, domestic relations, landlord-tenant and personal injury.
D - Steve Anchin - Anchin is a graduate of Hewlett High School. He also attended Adelphi University (BA in Political Science) and the NYU Graduate Program in Public Administration while assistant to the Hempstead Town Supervisor. During the 1960s Anchin was a teacher in NYC and followed that with his service in the Hempstead Supervisor’s office. In 1972 he went into the family’s retail wine and spirits business, followed by successfully developing a national wine importing company as exclusive U.S. importer of Carmel and other wines of Israel. After briefly retiring, Anchin was licensed as a Five Towns real estate sales agent. He is currently on the Woodmere Merchants Association Board of Directors.
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes:
R - Donald X. Clavin Jr. - Clavin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Canisus College in Buffalo and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law. He was a trial attorney practicing in all New York courts, as well as the United States Federal District Courts. Prior to his work with the town, the Garden City resident gained experience in local government while working in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney as deputy county attorney. In the county attorney's office, Clavin was responsible for defending various agencies of government ranging from the Department of General Services to the Nassau County Police Department. After leaving the county attorney's office, he entered the private sector and went on to defend various corporations ranging from Home Depot to General Motors.
D - Wilton Robinson - In June of 1996, Robinson and his family moved from Brooklyn to Roosevelt. Shortly after moving to Roosevelt, he joined the Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP. A year later, Robinson became the political chairperson of the Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP. In the 15 years that Robinson has been a resident of Roosevelt, he has become involved or participated in a wide range of organizations and community events.
R - Ed Ambrosino - Republican incumbent Ed Ambrosino has served as 2nd district councilmember since 2003. In addition to his municipal experience, Ambrosino has significant experience in the private practice of law. He is currently of counsel to Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where he is a member of the firm's Real Estate Department and Municipal and Regulatory Affairs Group. In addition, he is a founding member of Municipal Solutions Group LLC, a municipal consulting and re-engineering entity.
D - Patricia Locurcio - Ambrosino's challenger, Patricia Locurcio, did not respond to several requests for interview.
8th Legislative District:
R - Vincent Muscarella - Muscarella was elected to the first session of the Nassau County Legislature in November 1995. He is now seeking his ninth two-year term in office. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine and St. John's Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1979. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Muscarella and Tomasone and lives with his family in West Hempstead.
D - Scott Milano - After an initial correspondence and repeated attempts to contact him thereafter, Scott Milano did not respond to interview questions.
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