Anthony P. D'Esposito
Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony P. D’Esposito represents the fourth Councilmanic District. Hard work, honesty and respect of public trust have led to three overwhelming victories since his appointment to the Hempstead Town Board in February 2016. Councilman D’Esposito’s last re-election in November 2021 has earned him another four-year term, allowing him to continue his tremendous public service to the residents of America’s largest township.
Councilman D’Esposito has dedicated his life to serving the community. As a Detective in the New York City Police Department, he made more than 600 arrests in connection with murders, shootings, assaults, bribery and possession of firearms. Now retired from the NYPD, Councilman D’Esposito brings his wealth of experience in public safety to protect Hempstead Town residents, including offering his life-saving Narcan training program to Town employees, community groups and residents throughout Hempstead Town to learn how to save lives from the devastating effects of a drug overdose. Residents who attend the program’s free one-hour course are instructed on how to identify an overdose victim, properly administer Narcan to the person experiencing an overdose and contact emergency officials. Attendees are also provided with complimentary Narcan response kits and through D’Esposito’s invaluable experience and commitment, the Town Board expanded the Narcan training program as the CDC statistics hit a milestone of 100,000 U.S. overdose deaths during the national pandemic. D’Esposito jumped into action and committed to distribute 10,000 Narcan kits by years end, reaching a landmark achievement only a few months later.
On another public safety measure, Councilman D’Esposito was at the forefront of leading the Town’s pandemic response as the head of Hempstead Town’s COVID-19 Task Force. When the Town of Hempstead secured millions of dollars in federal CARES funds, he joined with his colleagues on the Town Board to utilize the funds to provide direct assistance to residents including distributing thousands of free personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to small business owners to protect customers and staff and allocating CARES funds to address food insecurity though the establishment of pop-up food banks with partnerships with organizations such as Long Island Cares and Island Harvest. Additionally, D’Esposito spearheaded the efforts to partner with medical providers including Northwell Health and Mount Sinai South Nassau to help provide no-cost COVID-19 testing to tens of thousands of residents, and implemented a free COVID-19 testing program for first responders and essential workers to assist the front-line men and women during the height of the pandemic. Most impressive was the establishment of New York State’s first mobile vaccination unit in collaboration with Mount Sinai South Nassau, resulting in the administering of over 7,000 free COVID-19 vaccines to date and bringing the service to communities across America’s largest township. Finally, Councilman D’Esposito expanded the Town’s efforts by establishing a homebound vaccination program administered by the town’s in-house EMS squad.
Councilman D’Esposito’s sound and sensible approach to budgeting has won the respect of independent financial credit rating agencies and the trust of Hempstead Town’s taxpayer’s. Slashing the town spending in six consecutive budgets demonstrates the highest regard for taxpayers, while preserving all town programs and services and investing millions of dollars in community parks, road improvements and other municipal projects. Cutting taxes in the midst of a global pandemic is no small accomplishment and Councilman D’Esposito joined with his colleagues on the Town Board to do “more with less.”
As a resident of Island Park, Councilman D’Esposito witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and as a result of his commitment to the recovery efforts, he was appointed as Co-Chairman of the state’s Community Reconstruction Program. As Councilman, D’Esposito has worked on several Sandy recovery initiatives including the proposal of a new law that streamlines the process of elevating homes for those living within the FEMA Flood Plain.
Councilman D’Esposito serves on the Board of Directors for the Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center and is on the Board of Directors of Limb Kind Foundation. He is a Second Battalion Delegate and a member of the New York Association of Fire Chiefs as well as an honorary member of the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Councilman D’Esposito also serves on the Board of Directors of RVC Blue Speaks, an organization that helps promote autism awareness. He is a member of the Italian Americans in government and is a co-founder of the Jimi Gubelli Foundations. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, 3rd Degree Knight, Father Joseph O’Connell Council Number 3481, Knights of Columbus of Oceanside and a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Judge Frank A. Gulotta Lodge Number 2180. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
The East Rockaway Chamber of Commerce honored Councilman D’Esposito as “Man of the Year” in 2016 and he was also honored by the Oceanside United Soccer Club as “Volunteer of the Year” for 2019-2020. Councilman D’Esposito is the proud recipient of the “Anthony D’Esposito Award for Excellence” in 2020 by the Board of Directors of the Law Enforcement Officers Weekend (LEO Weekend), an organization which supports law enforcement families affected by a line of duty death or serious injury. In 2021, Councilman D’Esposito received the Congressman Norman Lent Award for Public Service and the SCOPE Educational Services Community Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Island Park Union Free School District. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Chabad of Hewlett and has received the Nassau County Francis X. Pendl Humanitarian Award, Town of Hempstead Distinguished Service Award, and more than 50 police department medals for his commitment to service and protecting residents, including the 2016 Public Service Award for the New York Police Chief’s Benevolent Association. He was also honored by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association for his dedicated public service.
The Fourth Councilmanic District of the Town of Hempstead includes East Rockaway, Hewlett, Island Park, South Hempstead, Oceanside and Rockville Centre and portions of Baldwin, Cedarhurst, Lynbrook, Malverne, Valley Stream, and Woodmere.