Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was endorsed by the Nassau County Republican Party to run in the 4th Congressional District election last week.
D’Esposito, who represents the town’s 4th District, is a retired NYPD detective who lives in Island Park. D’Esposito said, if elected, he will look to cut crime throughout the 4th Congressional District and “be part of a team that is going to change the direction of New York state and America.”
“Crime is through the roof,” D’Esposito said at the Nassau GOP’s Westbury headquarters Friday. “Why is crime through the roof? Let’s start at the top – you have people like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] spewing anti-police rhetoric and calling for defunding the police.”
D’Esposito said federal resources are needed to protect the district and the entire country from illegal immigrants and drugs. D’Esposito also mentioned his experience training Hempstead residents in the use of Narcan to help prevent deaths from drug overdoses. D’Esposito said the issues are not Democratic or Republican issues, but American issues that need to be addressed.
“We have problems in New York and across the United States,” he said. “It’s all on the wrong track. I will work with everyone in this room to put our nation and our state back on track.”
The 4th Congressional District comprises central and southern Nassau County, including Floral Park, Garden City, Hempstead, Mineola, Carle Place, New Hyde Park and Westbury. Under newly drawn redistricting maps, it also takes in the villages of East Williston, Williston Park, Lake Success and some unincorporated parts of the Town of North Hempstead.
If D’Esposito makes it out of the primaries as the Republican candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who is not running for re-election, his opponent will be the victor of a crowded Democratic field. The Democrats currently entered in the race are Nassau County Legislators Siela Bynoe of Westbury and Carrié Solages of Lawrence, former Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen and Malverne Mayor Keith Corbett.
Rice, who was first elected to Congress in 2014 and is in the midst of her fourth term, said in a tweet that elected officials “must give all we have and then know when it is time to allow others to serve.”
“Though I will not be running for re-election to Congress this year, I will remain focused on protecting our democracy and serving my constituents throughout the rest of my term,” Rice continued.
Rice became the 30th Democratic member of Congress to bow out of the fall elections, including U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who represents the 3rd Congressional District on the North Shore and is running for governor.