City/Town of Residence
Island Park, New York
Prior Civic Service
Anthony D’Esposito is a former Chief of the Island Park Fire Department serving two terms as Chief of Department.
Anthony D’Esposito serves on the Board of Directors for the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center and is on the Board of Directors of RVC Blue Speaks, an organization which helps promote autism awareness. Councilman D'Esposito is a member of the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County, a member of Italian Americans in Government and is a co-founder of the Jimi Gubelli Foundation. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a 3rd Degree Knight, Father Joseph O'Connell Council No. 3481, Knights of Columbus of Oceanside. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
Attracting new residents to Hempstead Town and retaining those neighbors who call our township home is a genuine priority for me. Supporting business growth, creating more viable housing options and developing dynamic downtowns are all part of a successful plan to keep our hometown vital, encourage growth and inspire residents to stay and settle. The Hempstead Town Board has partnered with the business community, educational institutions, developers and other stakeholders in redefining our town. In the area of development, we have created a dynamic mixed-use building development zone for the property surrounding the Nassau Coliseum. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Regional Center that is being constructed at the site is a $140 million project which will offer high paying jobs and create synergies with Hofstra University’s new medical school which was financed through our Local Development Corp. The Town Board has designated a developer for an urban renewal project in Baldwin.
Providing affordable housing for residents of our town is important to our government leaders. Our municipality has pioneered an enormously successful affordable homes program under which we have constructed approximately 225 affordable single-family homes that are making the dream of home ownership a reality for more families. Testament to the program’s success is the fact that there has not been a single default in the history of the program. Senior citizens are enthusiastic about our golden-age residential options. The town oversees 1,250 affordable rental apartments across our township. We also have granted zoning applications for over 1,500 golden-age purchase co-ops that include an affordability provision. Our town was the first on Long Island to include an affordability component in its zoning ordinance. The Archstone apartment in Westbury, which is in the zone, boasts a 20% affordability component. The town will continue to seek opportunities for more affordable housing.
Severe weather events are an unpleasant fact-of-life for residents. Hempstead Town has been a standard bearer in the area of “storm damage reduction” projects. For decades, Hempstead has built up dunes on the south shore of our barrier island. In the wake of Sandy, the New York Times (12-03-12) observed that the communities of Point Lookout, Lido Beach and East Atlantic Beach within the town’s borders were spared the extreme level and extent of devastation that was visited upon Long Beach because of our policy of building up and maintaining protective sand dunes. We have acquired a dredge, employ a bulkheading crew and scrupulously monitor storm damage impacts. Hempstead Town was the first local government to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Long Beach Island Storm Damage Reduction Project and the vast majority of the project was completed in our town prior to the start of this summer’s beach season. TOH has also waived millions in building permit fees for Sandy victims.
City/Town of Residence
East Rockaway, Town of Hempstead
Encourage development of downtown, Main street neighborhoods, into mixed use affordable housing as well as vacant land use converted to affordable housing for the younger population entering the workforce or business community as well as the elder population to remain in the towns they raised their children and so greatly contributed too. Also, return true and enforceable ethics to the Town of Hempstead government in order to instill a sense of pride in our local government as well as a sense that the local government works for its residents, not its own self interest.
As stated above, working with developers interested in creating affordable housing zones near downtown, Main street areas. Thus allowing younger residents closer living arrangements to public transportation. Additionally, reaching out to MTA, local bus service, private bus services, ride sharing venues, all at working on an infrastructure to make access to public and private transportation in these zones much more affordable while not adding to traffic congestion by new automobile traffic in and around the downtown areas.
growing and protecting our wetlands along the shore lines and inland. Planting of more trees and vegetation in parks and encourage private homes to participate in the same in order for absorption during heavy rain periods and more filtration underground of some pollutants.. Water drainage system cleaning more often of so after heavy rains or similar the water can exit more rapidly.