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Town of North Hempstead -1st Council District

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    Ursula M. Babino (REP, CON, REF) Village Clerk

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    Viviana L. Russell (DEM, WFP, IND, WEP) North Hempstead Town Councilwoman

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What viable tactical steps are you proposing that would attract people to your city/town and keep current residents from leaving Long Island for other states?

What specifically will you do to increase the availability of low income/middle class housing, rental as well as ownership, in order to keep our young people from leaving and to attract other young people to our communities.

Since we are seeing the effects of climate change in the form of serious hurricanes and other weather events here and elsewhere in the country, what will you do to strengthen the infrastructure of our towns and cities to deal with the aftermath of such events?

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City/Town of Residence Carle Place
Prior Civic Service For the past 4 years, Ursula, a Carle Place resident, has served on the town’s Civic Board, previously as co-President for 2 years and currently as Vice President. During her time with the Civic Association, she has worked to bring in guest speakers at the monthly meetings, cultivated fundamental relationships with key political figures from local Legislators to State Senators, and most notably played an integral role as co-chairwoman for Carle Place’s Centennial Anniversary celebration in 2015, one of the town’s most successful fundraisers to date. This year-long event, which included a 4-day carnival with fireworks, generated nearly $25,000 for the Carle Place Civic Association and Carle Place Fire Department. These funds were applied to several events and activities, including scholarships for graduating Carle Place High School Seniors, the town’s inaugural outdoor “Movie Night,” replacement of the Carle Place Christmas tree lights, awards for the student holiday window decoration contest, and donations to various Carle Place non-profit entities. Ursula has been a member of the Catholic Daughters of the America’s, Court St. Aidan for the past 19 years. To give back to the towns where her and her father’s business was based over the years, she was an active member in several organizations within Mineola and Williston Park, including the Chamber of Commerce of Mineola, the Kiwanis Club of County, of which she was name Kiwanian of the Year in 2001, as well as the Rotary Club of Willison Park where she received its highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. As a result of her generosity and dedication to her community, Ursula received the prestigious May W. Newburger Woman’s Roll of Honor, which recognizes outstanding women throughout the Town of North Hempstead.
I will create a “Vision Plan” and “Safe Streets Plan” for the entire First Town District to improve the overall look and feel of our communities seeking to pave damaged roadways, maintain landscaping, overgrown trees and tree pits, improving neglected parks and properties
Like stated above in my "vision plan" there are many neglected area's that can be utilized for this need.
After losing a second home in Hurricane Sandy, I saw 1st hand what the Town of North Hempstead should do to create a aftermath plan. It would have 2 tiers,1st immediately following the disaster and 2nd long term to rebuild.
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City/Town of Residence New Cassel/ Town of North Hempstead
Prior Civic Service Prior to becoming Councilwoman, I gained governmental experience working at the Town of North Hempstead’s 311 Call Center serving residents throughout the Town and as a Constituent Liaison for New York State 13th Assembly District. Volunteering for community and youth initiatives are all-important to me. I credit the compassion of my parents to my commitment to serve. My parents would often welcome those less fortunate into our home for a meal, conversation and basic necessities as well as serving as a comforting patient companion in hospitals. Advocating for the most vulnerable became one of my most deeply-ingrained attributes through watching my parent’s model which lead to my work at the Magnolia Gardens Senior Complex providing advocacy support to the residents on quality of life issues. Working with Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation I have been intimately involved in the revitalization of the New Cassel community. In addition I have volunteered on the Weed and Seed coalition and have spearheaded numerous community initiatives such as National Night Out Against Crime, Earth Day clean-ups, Boy Scouts Eagle projects and Girl Scouts Gold Star projects, Environmental Education and participation through Carle Place and Westbury School districts. My call to service also lead me to receive formal training as a para-chaplain where I offer service to all that are in need of comfort including those that are bereaved, ill, or facing other challenges.
High property taxes and the lack of affordable housing are the leading reasons why people are leaving Long Island. Since taking office I have fought to keep taxes under my jurisdiction at a minimum. I have worked with residents to stop the Bristal Assisted Living from abusing tax incentives at the detriment of Westbury taxpayers. I have also provided information through our tax office on resources available for residents to apply for tax savings such as the STAR, Enhanced STAR and Veteran credit programs in addition to grieving their property assessments , if they feel they have been over assessed.

I plan to continue promoting viable programs to assist residents in the home buying process as well as programs that help residents to sustain their homes through home rehabilitation and energy efficiency initiatives. These free resources are available through the Town’s Community Development Agency and partnerships that we have created for the purpose of attracting and retaining current r
I have been and continue to be a strong advocate for affordable, workforce and senior housing. I have fostered redevelopment of vacant properties throughout District 1, establishing a record of over 200 senior, affordable and workforce housing units, including a mix of apartments and single-family homes,with more on the horizon. Providing senior specific housing allows seniors that are currently living in single-family homes to have housing options that suit their changing needs and that provides the support necessary for them to age-in-place independently. It also frees up housing stock for young people, enabling them to stay on Long Island.
We have learned a great deal from Super Storm Sandy. Prior to and after this event, we improved drainage support in areas that were prone to flooding, removed and replaced weakened and fallen trees, repaved and, in some instances, entirely reconstructed roadways. In addition to flooding one of the problems that many residents faced was power outages. In partnership with PSEG we have coordinated efforts to trim trees away from power lines decreasing the potential for outages.

We are confident that the improvements that we have made have strengthened our infrastructure, thus, lessening the impact of any upcoming serious hurricanes or storm events. I will continue to seek out opportunities for further improvement through partnerships with state, federal and non-profit agencies to bring in the necessary resources to help residents recover as quickly as possible from such events. logo


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