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After Active Start, Bosworth Set to Give State of Town Address

Address to take place Jan. 31 in Port Washington.

North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth speaks at inauguration ceremony in New Hyde Park, Jan. 5, 2014. (Credit: Rich Jacques)
North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth speaks at inauguration ceremony in New Hyde Park, Jan. 5, 2014. (Credit: Rich Jacques)
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is expected to speak on topics such as government transparency, customer service, environmental initiatives and town finances at her first State of the Town address later this month in Port Washington.

According to town officials, Bosworth will discuss goals for her first term and initial steps already taken to accomplish them.

The public event will take place Jan. 31 at 1:15 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links, located at One Fairway Dr.

"The State of the Town presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the successes the Town has had in the past year, and to outline how we plan to build on that strong foundation," said Supervisor Bosworth in a press release.

Initiating sweeping changes to the face of Town Hall in her first days, Bosworth has appointed a number of former Nassau County officials and other Democrats to top, high-paying North Hempstead positions — in some cases, without a public call for applications which could have increased the town's hiring choices and chances for residents to apply for quality jobs with the town.

Accepting only one resume, Bosworth recently chose the wife of former Supervisor Jon Kaiman to serve as deputy commissioner of finance and executive director of the North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corp. at a salary of $78,000. The nomination was approved 6-0 by the town board, which includes two Republicans.

The question of transparency has been in play early on for Bosworth.

Before she took office, the supervisor-elect ducked repeated questions regarding her views on a controversial town board vote which eventually passed along party lines and significantly raises the pay of town board members during her term in office.

The State of the Town address is part of a luncheon program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, called "Lunch with the League." There is a $35 charge for the luncheon. Check-in and light refreshments begin at 11:15 a.m., with lunch starting at noon. Call (516) 767-1897 or (516) 627-0831 to attend.

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