Hempstead Town Council Member, 6th District

Posted: 10/29/2017 14:41:00 -04:00 Updated:

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Dennis Dunne Sr. - C, IN, R, TRP, Ref

Background
Dunne, 67, of Levittown, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt party lines. He was appointed to represent Hempstead Town’s Sixth District in June. He served previously as a Nassau County legislator for the 15th District for nearly 22 years. Dunne served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and medically retired in 1975 as a private first class. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University. He was previously a veterans counselor and director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency. He is a lifelong Levittown resident and is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. Dunne is divorced and has two children.

Issues
Dunne said that since he has joined the Hempstead Town Board, he has been trying to cut town spending. “We’re doing more with less, we’re cutting costs anywhere we can,” he said. “We’re proud to provide the same services in a more economic way.” Dunne said that if elected, his priority would be to avoid a tax increase. “My whole life has been trying to maintain a ‘no tax increase’ budget,” Dunne said, referring to his service on the county legislature and the town board. As a military veteran, Dunne said he appreciated the town’s new parking spots that are designated for members of the military. “That was a beautiful thing to do,” he said. Dunne said he would also focus on quality of life issues within the town, including maintenance of town facilities such as parks and pools. He said he supported the ethics reform proposal recently passed by the town board. “I’m very happy with it,” he said. “I’m proud to have my name as somebody who voted for this piece of legislation.”

Sue Moller - D, WF, WEP

Background
Moller, 38, of North Merrick, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. She is a guidance counselor at Lynbrook High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stony Brook University and master’s in school counseling from LIU Post. She is president of the Nassau Counselors’ Association, a member of the New York State United Teachers, a zone leader for the neighborhood watch program in North Merrick and sits on the board of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association. She was previously a guidance counselor at Locust Valley High School and Long Island City High School and an academic adviser at Nassau Community College. Moller is married, with two children.

Issues
Moller said her priority, if elected, would be to clean up potential town corruption. She said she wants to see an inspector general hired to review the town’s contracts. Moller said she’s concerned about affordable housing options within the town. Her goal is for young residents who grew up on Long Island to return to raise their own families, but they often can’t afford to buy a house or rent an apartment in Hempstead. “There’s no option but having a house here,” she said. Moller wants to see the town work with school districts and Nassau County to combat the opioid crisis because she said currently different entities are working separately. “It’s something that’s devastating to our communities and it’s in every community right now,” she said. Moller also hopes to reduce the amount of mass town mailings and would start an email program instead.

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