The Herald endorses Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito in the 4th Council District.
D’Esposito, a Republican, is seen with constituents often, and has sponsored programs like Narcan trainings to aid in the fight against opioid abuse. Narcan is a life-saving drug that disrupts an opioid overdose.
With the coronavirus sweeping across Nassau County over the past year and a half, D’Esposito co-chaired the town’s Covid-19 Task Force and helped provide critical resources like testing materials and personal protective equipment to residents and business owners.
D’Esposito, a retired New York City police detective who made more than 600 arrests on the job and a former volunteer fire chief, is clearly committed to public service and has the leadership credentials to do enormous good during crises such as the coronavirus pandemic. That is why Supervisor Don Clavin tasked him with leading the town’s coronavirus task force.
An Island Park resident, he witnessed firsthand the destructive power of Superstorm Sandy, and has committed to ensuring that local infrastructure is improved to limit and prevent damage in future storms.
His opponent, Democrat Aaron Meyer, has said Hempstead needs to do more to keep young people in the district, and that the town’s Industrial Development Agency should prioritize local businesses over luxury rental apartment complexes like Woodcrest Village Park. The town, Meyer says, has not made enough of an effort to use the IDA to keep local businesses open rather than outsource jobs to Manhattan-based groups like Woodcrest’s Feil Organization.
D’Esposito was, however, the lone vote against the Woodcrest plan in 2019, citing his and his constituents’ concerns about the size of the project. Though the project was completed, and there are concerns among residents about overcrowding on local roads, D’Esposito showed that he was on their side.
The Herald encourages voters to re-elect D’Esposito.