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Hempstead village elections highly contested, no winner announced

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Four mayoral candidates are running for election in Hempstead, each with their own running mates to fill two open trustee seats and that of village justice.

Election results were unavailable at press time. Published reports said the village is waiting for a decision from a special election judge on duty on objections over opening absentee ballots.

The candidates’ platforms all promise more economic development, reduced property taxes, less crime, affordable housing for younger and senior residents, and unity among Hempstead’s diverse groups.

Each candidate, however, has unique strengths.

Incumbent Mayor Don Ryan, a former Hempstead High business teacher, has lengthy experience with employment, youth programs, and village government.

Trustee Waylyn Hobbs, Jr., a church leader, has captured a million dollars in grants for the village since the election in 2017.

Trustee Lamont Johnson is a former village police officer who would address Hempstead’s need for family entertainment.

Realtor Herb Flores, once Nassau County Deputy Director of Minority Affairs, would elevate representation for the 47.5% of Hempstead inhabitants who are Hispanic. Flores is bilingual.