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Laura Gillen is first Democrat in over century to be sworn in as Hempstead Town supervisor

Gillen pledges to collaborate with Republicans to rid town of corruption

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HEMPSTEAD — It has been more than 110 years since a Democrat held the position of Hempstead Town supervisor, until New Year ’s Day on Monday.

Democrat Laura Gillen is now the new Hempstead Town supervisor. Also sworn in was her running mate Sylvia A. Cabana as Hempstead Town clerk. To make the ceremony extra special, Gillen had the other female leaders in Nassau County officially swear her in, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Gillen's election was a contentious one, as she took on incumbent Supervisor Anthony Santino, who had fallen out of favor with many of his Republican counterparts. Present at the inauguration was Councilman Bruce Blakeman, who Gillen thanked for his support. Gillen also thanked Republican Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney for her friendship. Gillen pledged to collaborate with Republicans and to rid the town of corruption.

"My greatest happiness is often found in looking out for others, of watching over people, or taking care of them. And that's what I’m going to do. In this new role, I promise to look out for all the people of Hempstead, no matter what party you belong to or what part of the Town of Hempstead you live in," Supervisor Gillen said.

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