Newly elected North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth is set to lead the town come Jan. 1, and is already planning some innovative moves. They include providing easier access to public meetings and an equally simple route to public input.
Elected Tuesday, Nov. 5, Bosworth told the Port Washington News that, with the support of the town council members, she would favor streaming town meetings live, to enable those who cannot attend to still have access. She would ask for a half-hour for public comment at the start of each meeting, so as not to have people with concerns wait through an entire session.
Speaking just hours after her victory, Bosworth, a Democrat, made it clear that, “There is no substitute for listening to what people care about and treating all with respect and understanding.”
She made it clear: “Together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”
Bosworth is taking the reins of a town with about 225,000 people, with a definite plan of “working together with all to make sure we continue the great services of the town [and] making sure we do this is fiscally responsible way.”
She also promises that she is committed to making the building department more consumer friendly, “so that builders and residents alike can navigate the system more successfully.” To date, the town’s building department has been a source friction between the government and residents and Bosworth has always stated that this problem would be a priority in her administration.
Bosworth, a longtime Great Neck resident and the third-in-a-row North Hempstead supervisor from Great Neck, has an impressive history of community service, including 16 years on the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education (where she served as president for several years) and the past six years as a Nassau County legislator.
Professionally, Bosworth was a New York City public school elementary teacher for several years and worked as special projects coordinator for former New York State Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli.
For Town Supervisor, she ran a successful race against Republican Dina De Giorgio, an attorney from Port Washington who has been on the town board since 2012. The candidates were vying for a seat left vacant by John Kaiman, who was charged with heading NIFA.