The Hempstead Town Board has moved to fill two vacancies, appointing Erin King Sweeney for the 5th District and Bruce Blakeman for the 3rd District. Sweeney will be replacing Councilwoman Angie Cullin, who has retired from her post after serving as an elected town official for 28 years. Blakeman will assume the Town Board seat formerly held by Councilman James Darcy, who has been appointed to the bench in Nassau County’s District Court. The new members were welcomed to the Hempstead Town Board by Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino as well as other Town Board colleagues.

“I am pleased to welcome Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman to serve on the Hempstead Town Board,” stated Murray. “They bring a wealth of talent and genuine dedication to public service to their positions as councilmembers.”

King Sweeney, an attorney who lives in Wantagh, has a background in transportation consulting, corporate affairs, and involvement in local community organizations. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and University of Notre Dame Law School, King Sweeney is a board member of the Wantagh Seaford Homeowner’s Association. The newly appointed councilwoman has also been actively involved with the American Heart Association and is a board member of Holy Child Academy.

“I am eager to serve the residents of the 5th Council District on the Hempstead Town Board,” stated King Sweeney. “I have been privileged to have a close relationship with my predecessor, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, and I will work hard to build upon her legacy of excellent service to the community.”

Bruce Blakeman is marking a homecoming as councilman, having formerly served on the Hempstead Town Board from 1993 through 1995. The Atlantic Beach resident has a vast record of government service, along with experience in the fields of health care, academia, business, and finance. A graduate of California Western Law School and Arizona State University, Blakeman has served as commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is a senior fellow of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Department, and is a practicing attorney. Blakeman’s community roots run deep as the chairman of Hewlett House (a breast-cancer learning resource center) and as vice-president of the American Jewish Congress.

“Serving the residents of the 3rd Council District is an honor, and I am passionate about my work as a public servant,” stated Blakeman. “I share the dedication to good government and public accountability that Councilman James Darcy evidenced during his distinguished career on the Town Board.”

“I am proud to have Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman join the Town Board,” said Senior Councilman Anthony Santino. “They are talented and both are committed to maintaining our town as a great place to live and raise a family.”

“The Hempstead Town Board is fortunate to have Erin King Sweeney and Bruce Blakeman join a group of distinguished elected officials who serve the residents of America’s largest township,” concluded Murray. “I know that they will be dedicated to the residents they will serve and accountable to all of the taxpayers in our township.”


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