Meet The Candidates

Introducing Your 2017 Ticket to a Better Future

Don Ryan For Mayor

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At present, Don Ryan coaches basketball teams for Hempstead Dons, Inc. Previously, he coached at The Salvation Army Community Center in Hempstead from 1961-2009. As of 2017, total of 56 years in volunteer service to youth of the Village of Hempstead.

Don is a product of Hempstead Public Schools; Fulton School (1957) and Hempstead High School (1961). Later, Don graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (1966) and Teachers College at Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree (1971). Don taught for 33 years, the last 25 of those years with the added responsibility as Director of Youth Employment Program at Hempstead High School (several thousand students got their first work experience in this effort). Hempstead youth basketball teams under Don have traveled to Helsinki and Tampere, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden; Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown, Canada; St. Croix, Barbados, Puerto Rico and Bermuda; and, throughout the United States, including Chicago, Wichita, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Amarillo, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. Don was active at Percy Jackson Youth Center, too, coaching Hempstead Tiger Cubs football teams from 1968—its first season—through 1998. Don also coached youth baseball in Hempstead (1962-1983).

Among those Don coached/taught while they were youngsters, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Basketball Hall of Fame; Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman/CEO of American Express; Steve Mills, General Manager of the New York Knicks; Lisa Smith, All-Big East at St. John ‘s University (Don ‘s goddaughter), a retired Corrections Officer; Dr. Lee Ross, Professor at Central Florida University; Denee Rivera-Barracato, administrator at Queens College; Mike Malone, head coach, Denver Nuggets, and, brothers Rob Moore and Brandon Moore of NFL fame. Also, applause to assistant coaches of late, notably Marlon Bottoms, Raekwon Stith and Willie White (a multi-sport coach since 1970). Don ‘s coaching philosophy goes beyond the fundamentals of basketball. A strong emphasis is placed upon good attitudes and academic progress. Don sums up his coaching philosophy thusly, “I coach life, not just basketball. ”

Don serves as a trustee in the Village of Hempstead (since 2001). Don has chaired LTI (Leadership Training Institute) and The Salvation Army Advisory Council. Don is also a Past President of Hempstead-Uniondale Rotary Club, a member of HEVN

(Helping End Violence Now), HERA (Hempstead Educators Retirement Association) and the NAACP. In 2003, Don established the Village of Hempstead Youth Council.

Don was featured twice in Newsday; Long Island Master Teachers, May 16, 1975, and, Outstanding Volunteer Coaches, June 16, 1985.

Don attends St. Thomas the Apostle (where he was baptized and his parents married). Don has been recognized many times over the years for his love of community.

Charles E. Renfroe For Village Trustee

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Charles Renfroe was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on June 16, 1944. Charles came to New York in 1959 and attended Hempstead High School from 1959 to 1961. He returned to Alabama and completed his high school education in Tuskegee. He also attended Tuskegee University.

Charles’ professional career began in 1964-1988 at Diamond International and Grinnell Lithographing Co., Inc. in Islip, New York. From there he attended State University at  Farmingdale. He then pursued distant learning courses from the University of Palmers Green, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources. He then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Facilities Management.

Before Charles started his career with the Hempstead Union Free School District in 1980 until his retirement in 2006, he was a volunteer parent for many years. He was elected to the position of School Board Trustee in 2006 and held the seat of President of the Board for all six years. Charles has always been an advocate for all children from the time his own children were attending elementary school. He was a PTA parent during the years his children attended school and has not only actively championed for academic excellence for the children of his community, but for the Hempstead Community at large. The list of his charitable offerings are endless, all of which are volunteer work. Many times he has utilized his personal resources to make a difference in an individual’s life. He is currently chairman of the Deacon Board at the Bethlehem of Judea Church in Hempstead, New York.

His professional certifications, accomplishments, and experiences are also endless, as we try to name a few: Supervisor: Security, Printing, Private & Parochial Textbook, Attendance, Truancy, and Registration. Certification & Experiences: Crisis Intervention, Peer Mediation, Child Abuse Identification, Truancy, Asbestos Compliance Officer, School Resource Officer through New York State Juvenile Officers Association, School Safety Training from John J. College of criminal Justice/CUNY, Assistant Director of Facilities and a member of New York State Association for Superintendent of Schools Buildings & Grounds, New York State Caucus of Black School Board Members, New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Assoc., H.E,V.N. ( Help End Violence Now), Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club-President , H4H( Hempstead for Hofstra), NAACP(Hempstead Branch), Village of Hempstead Zoning Board, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civic Association, Vice- President of the Hempstead Country Club Estate Civic Association.

He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. The most important to him was the Father of the Year Award, which he received in 1979 from Marshall School PTA. Charles’ philosophy is God first, family second, career third, and the rest will follow if you believe in the word of the Lord. He’s married to Leslie Renfroe. They have 6 children, 9 grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Lamont Johnson For Village Trustee

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Lamont Johnson has been a village resident for over 45 years, he is also a home owner.  Mr. Johnson is a Hempstead Public School alumni.  He is a former member of the NYPD and retired from the Hempstead PD.

He was golden glove participant 1997.  He currently serves on the school district health  and safety committee.  Mr. Johnson is a generous man who strongly believes in supporting the children in the community.  He donates to numerous charities such as Toys for Tots, and catholic charities, He is an NAACP Memer and serving as assistant treasurer, Hempstead branch.  He is also the President of the Hempstead Heights Civic Association.

Lamont Johnson has helped secure many district grants; School Improvement ½ million over five years, Socio Economic 1.2 million over three years, Breakfast in the Classroom $280,000 over three years.  Also Persistently Struggling Schools 9.4 million over two years.  Mr. Johnson was the board President when the district adopted an annual budget with a $ 733,000 saving to the tax payers.  He has also been instrumental in supporting the community with programs such as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and the Toy’s for Gun’s Program.  Mr. Johnson also actively participated in the village anti-gang program.  Mr. Johnson is a connection between the village and the school district.

Mr. Johnson hopes to develop leadership skills that will help him succeed in the public policy arena. He is particularly interested in learning about public partnerships, as well as state and local government systems.  Mr. Johnson believes that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”

Paul R. Delle for Village Court Justice

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Paul Delle will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of Hempstead Village Justice. In our Village he has been: a resident of for over 40 years; as a businessman in the Village for over 40 years; an active participant in the community of Hempstead; and a practicing trial attorney for the past 30 years.

A 1987 graduate of the Hofstra Law School, Paul began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County. There he quickly rose to the position of Senior Trial Assistant prosecuting the most serious felonies and career criminals. In nine years with the District Attorney Paul prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, and conducted hundreds of investigations of official corruption.

In 1996 Paul was hired as Senior Trial Counsel for Royal Sunalliance Insurance Companies.  The client’s Paul defended for Royal included municipalities, top name restaurants in NYC, commercial & residential landlords, and even the individual home & car owner.

In 1998, Paul opened up his own practice literally as a “lawyer’s lawyer,” that is as an outside associate for different firms to handle their trial work—be it civil litigation or criminal cases.

From 1998 through 2001, Paul was of Counsel to the law firm representing the NYPD, PBA. He represented NYPD officers being investigated for offenses running from discourteous behavior to the unjustified use of deadly force.

From 2001 to 2008, Paul was appointed Deputy Village Attorney for the Village of Sea Cliff where he prosecuted building code violations, village ordinance violations, and traffic violations. These are the very same types of cases that are prosecuted daily in Hempstead Village Justice Court.

Earlier in his business career Paul and his wife Francesca owned and operated Dell’s Delicatessen at 725 Front Street in Hempstead. Starting in 1976, with no capital, but a wealth of “sweat equity” he and his wife increased their deli business twenty fold.  They sold their delicatessen in 1991.

In 1981 Paul and Francesca were blessed with the birth of their son Paul Francis, and in 1983 their daughter Jaclyn. Jaclyn graduated from SUNY Binghamton, and received her law degree from Hofstra University Law School. Currently she is a Deputy County Attorney for Nassau County.  Paul Francis is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (USMC). He just graduated from Columbia University last spring and will be attending medical school in the fall of 2017.

Paul joined the Hempstead Fire Department in 1984, while in law school and running his deli!  He currently serves as the Captain of Enterprise Hose Company 1.

In 1988 Paul received the great honor of being selected the Hempstead Police PBA’s Man of the Year.

Paul loved coaching youth lacrosse in the late seventies and early eighties before attending law school. It was wonderful to see the overwhelming majority of those young men go on to become productive and successful members of the community.  In 1982, Coach Al Hodish chose Paul to be his Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Hempstead High School. That team made the County Playoffs.

In 2010-2011 Paul was selected as the Chairman of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Procedure Committee.

Paul is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Defenders Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Nassau Count Bar Association, the Former Assistant District Attorney’s Association (Nassau County), and the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County.

Paul is currently a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Finance Committee for St. Martha’s Roman Catholic Church in Uniondale. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

With his wealth of legal experience and 41 years of living in Hempstead Village, including community involvement as a youth coach, with the fire department and in scouting, Paul is well- suited to run the Hempstead Village Justice Court for the residents of Hempstead.