From Left: KACE Program Director Chejin Park, Intern Kevin Yoon, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, KACE Program Coordinator Chae No, Intern Johanna Park, KACE Boardmember Youngsoo Choi, Esq.

From Left: KACE Program Director Chejin Park, Intern Kevin Yoon, Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, KACE Program Coordinator Chae No, Intern Johanna Park, KACE Boardmember Youngsoo Choi, Esq.

On August 27th, The Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) visited Dina M. De Giorgio for an interview regarding issues having to do with the 6th District of the Town of North Hempstead.

De Giorgio, aside from being a councilwoman, is also a lawyer in Port Washington specializing in Family Law and Real Estate. When asked on how her background as a lawyer influenced her policies during her term, she said that the law field trains you to think critically. Because of her experience as a lawyer, she focuses on the facts and arguments.

 

DeGiorgio was the first member of her family to go to college and even graduated from Fordham law school. When asked why she got into politics, Mrs. DeGiorgio calls herself an “accidental politician,” claiming that politics was not something that she had imagined doing. However, she says she loves her job and really enjoys representing the people that elected her. She says she believes in serving all of the people, and not just private interests of specific people.

 

One of the issues she is currently focusing on is a Public Housing Project in Port Washington. She mentioned a specific recreational park that she fought for when a company attempted to build an apartment complex over it. The people in the apartments were against this for they felt as though someone was trying to take away a part of their history. Mrs. De Giorgio was able to fight for the rights of the people and even receive funding to fix and restore the park. She is also currently trying to restore the waterfront to promote tourists and businesses.

 

When asked about how she won as a Republican candidates in a place that consists 65 %  of democrats, she states that nowadays, the people seem to be less concerned about political ideology. She states that it’s not about whether you’re a democrat or a republican. She claims that it’s about the ideas that the person stands for, and not their “label.”

 

When asked about why she was motivated to run for town supervisor, she claims that she wants to make her town a better place to live. She wants to limit property tax increases and stop borrowing money in order to manage the debt.

 

She also believes that the government should be run similarly to private sectors of business. She believes that similarly to businesses, the government needs to be efficient using the least number of people possible. She claims that there are certain management positions in the government that could be combined with other jobs or eliminated.

 

When the LIRR ( Long Island Rail Road) proposed a track expansion in Port Washington, Dina De Giorgio was against it.  One of the reasons she was against it was because the track expansion would  cause losses in commuter parking space. The track expansion would also disrupt pedestrian traffic. It could also interfere with businesses in Main Street. Mrs. De Giorgio believes that improving transportation is important. However, she believes that the companies need to talk to the people instead of imposing their plans upon them without discussion.

De Giorgio was asked about what she could do to reach out to the Korean American community. One of her idea’s were that she could host a town hall style meeting just with the Korean Americans.

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