Sunday, February 18, 2007

Musical Chairs Upstate Affect Glenwood Landing & Glen Head

County Executive Tom Suozzi has called a special election for March 27 to fill Craig Johnson's county legislative seat. Mr. Johnson represented Nassau County Legislative District 11, which includes Glenwood Landing, parts of Glen Head and Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn, Flower Hill, Port Washington, and Sands Point.

Last week, Democrats announced that North Hempstead Town Councilman Wayne Wink would be that party's candidate for the seat vacated by Mr. Johnson. Republicans are expected to announce that party's candidate on Tuesday. Mr. Wink was one of two North Hempstead Councilman who in November did not vote to change the zoning of the Harbor Fuel / Hinfin / Glen Harbor property from industrial to multifamily residential (see TNH Grants Zoning Change on GWL Waterfront, November 15, 2006). At the time, Mr. Wink commented that he thought too many details were unresolved to proceed.

The county seat is vacant because earlier this month Craig Johnson, a Democrat, won a special election to fill the New York State Senate seat vacated by Michael Balboni, a Republican. Mr. Balboni is the state's new chief of homeland security. He represented New York States' 7th Senate District, which includes Roslyn and Roslyn Harbor but not Glenwood Landing or Glen Head.

Mr. Johnson began representing County Legislative District 11 in 2000 after winning another special election held after the death of his mother, who was his immediate predecessor in District 11. Glenwood Landing and Glen Head's previous legislative representatives include Democrat Brian Muellers and Republican John Canning.

The Nassau County Legislature and original legislative district boundaries were established in 1993, replacing the Board of Supervisors. The original district boundaries were redrawn in 2003. To find out if you are in the 11th Legislative District, call the Nassau County Board of Elections (571-2411) or check the map on the county website.

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