Surprise win for Democrats in Hempstead supervisor race


In a stunning upset to the GOP’s power base on Long Island, Laura Gillen will become Hempstead’s first Democratic town supervisor in more than a century.

Gillen, 48, an attorney from Rockville Centre, triumphed over GOP incumbent Anthony Santino in an uphill battle in a town that has been controlled by Republicans for generations.

“No one believed I could win this,” Gillen said early Wednesday morning. “No one would write me a check to donate to my campaign.”

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