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John Mannone, Ryan Hemsley retain seats in Oceanside Sanitation District No. 7 election

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Oceanside Sanitation District Commissioners John Mannone and Ryan Hemsley retained their seats on the board in a contested race when ballots were counted Tuesday night. 

Mannone (784 votes) defeated challenger Nancy Baxter (597) for a five-year term, while Hemsley (1,036) overcame Dawn Veit (141) for a two-year term.

Hemsley had to run because he took over the term of former commissioner Matthew Horowitz, who stepped down from the board in January, citing conflicts with his job. Because Hemsley assumed office in the middle of the term, he had to run to finish out the two years. Hemsley works as a sheet metal worker in Queens and is a member of the Local 28 union. Mannone, an attorney, has been a board member since 2015.

Last month, Hemsley said he ran again because he wanted to help make a difference on the board, and to oversee projects, such as replacing aging recycling bins and garbage pails in the community.

“My goal in the future is to keep the workers healthy, just like we did during the pandemic, to keep everything in motion and to look out for the community as much as possible,” he said, “and to be as transparent as possible on the board.”