North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink served three full terms as County Legislator for the 11th District after winning his seat in a special election held in March 2007. He represented the areas of Albertson, Baxter Estates, East Hills, Flower Hill, Garden City Park, Glenwood Landing, Herricks, Manorhaven, Plandome Manor, Port Washington, Port Washington North, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, and Searingtown.
Wayne returns to North Hempstead government after serving more than five years as a Town Councilman. Additionally, Wayne served as Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff to the late Barbara Johnson, who was the 11th District legislator from the inception of the Legislature until her death in April 2000. Wink also served as the Deputy Counsel to the County Legislature’s Democrats from 1997-1999.
During Wayne’s time as a County Legislator, he served as Chair of the Committee on Aging, where he sponsored the “Silver Alert” Legislation. The program is designed much like the Amber Alert but is used to locate missing seniors and others suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive disorders. This legislation allows for the quick, multi-jurisdictional dissemination of information, increasing the chances of a safe return. Approximately 25,347 senior citizens in Nassau County are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
Wayne worked to ensure that county government functioned as efficiently as possible. He sponsored legislation to change the County Assessor from an elected position to a professional appointed position, improving the County’s assessment system and ensuring that taxpayers have accurate assessments of their homes. Additionally, Wayne has been a strong supporter of “right-sizing” government, which eliminates duplicative services, while allowing the most appropriate County department to manage the job.
Wayne served as the ranking member of the Finance and the Government Services committees. He was a member of the Rules Committee, the Veterans and Senior Affairs Committee, the Public Safety Committee and the Budget Review Committee.
Wayne has been a member of many community organizations, including the Government Relations Advisory Board of the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, the Board of Directors of Long Island Traditions, and was a Founding Member and First President of the Barbara Johnson Democratic Club. Wayne is also a member of the North Shore Elks Lodge No. 1458, BPOE and the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset and Port Washington. In addition, Wayne is a Former Member of the Board of Directors of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Port Washington, and served as Vice President of the Port Washington North Civic Association.
A graduate of Uniondale public schools, Wayne received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Hofstra University and a J.D. from St. John’s University Law School. Wayne specializes in real estate law and litigation, and is a former adjunct professor of Political Science at Hofstra, with a concentration in American political systems. He resides in Roslyn with his wife, Stacey and their daughter Jennifer.