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Friday, October 31, 2014
Gillen looks to unseat O’Connell for county clerk
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Maureen O'Connell, left, the incumbent Nassau County clerk, is being challenged by Laura Gillen.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR ANOTHER TERM?

Maureen O’Connell: I believe I have brought a new level of accountability and bold solutions to the office of the County Clerk while running an extremely efficient organization with a dedicated staff who last year processed almost $2 million in transactions per employee. In my next term, I look to continue the implementation of technology to deliver services balanced with a personal approach to assist our residents. Whether utilizing our e-filing program for court papers, e-recording of land instruments, or hosting our mobile DD214 veteran’s filings programs, we must look to technology while maintaining our high standard of personalized service.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU WOULD BRING TO THE JOB?

Laura Gillen: I will put my private sector work experience and work ethic to work in improving the County Clerk’s office. My years of experience as a commercial litigator will serve me well in negotiating and advocating policies and positions that I believe will best serve the interests of our County Clerk’s office and, in turn, the residents of Nassau County — without getting distracted by partisan positioning.

MAUREEN O'CONNELL
Republican, Incumbent
Age: 62
Lives in: East Williston
Political experience: Nassau County Clerk, 2006-present; New York state assemblywoman, 1998-2005; Trustee and deputy mayor, Village of East Williston, 1991-98.
Career: County clerk, former nurse
Family: Husband, one son.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, health care administration, St. Joseph’s College; juris doctorate, St. John’s University School of Law.
Other: Member, Nassau County Bar Association; Adjunct faculty member, Adelphi University School of Nursing

LAURA GILLEN
Democrat, Challenger
Age: 44
Lives in: Rockville Centre
Political experience: First time running
Career: Attorney
Family: Husband, Chris Finegan, and four children
Education: Georgetown University, bachelor’s degree, cum laude, George Baker Scholar; New York University School of Law, juris doctorate
Other: Volunteered in Calcutta for Missionaries of Charity in Mother Teresa’s home for the dying, volunteered for GMHC caring for AIDS patients, in youth volunteered for Camp Anchor and South Nassau Communities Hospital; Member Nassau County Bar Association, Catechist and Parishioner at St. Agnes Cathedral

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