Supervisor Kate Murray is the chief executive of America's largest township, serving the over 760,000 residents who call Hempstead Town home. The first woman to be elected supervisor in Hempstead Town's 368-year history, Kate Murray is no stranger to shattering the glass ceiling and accomplishing a host of impressive "firsts." Prior to serving as Supervisor of Hempstead Town, Kate Murray was the first woman and attorney to be elected Hempstead Town Clerk. Elected in 2001, she established a full service passport facility that has grown to be the nation's largest passport processing center. Prior to her serving as Hempstead Town Clerk, Murray became the first woman and first Levittowner elected to the New York State Assembly from the 19th District.Before serving as an elected official, Kate Murray worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Section handling prisoner litigation. Kate also served as advocate for Suffolk University’s Battered Women's Advocacy Project.
Involved and active in community organizations, Kate Murray is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, the Levittown Historical Society, Levittown Kiwanis, Levittown Community Council, Levittown Property Owners Association, Friends of Hofstra Arboretum, Irish-Americans in Government, the Sierra Club and the Bellmore-Merrick Wellness Council.
A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Supervisor Murray is a lifelong resident of Levittown.
As town supervisor, Murray presides at all town board meetings, directing the legislative and administrative functions of that body. The supervisor also oversees the day-to-day operations of a municipal government of 24 departments, employing just under 2,000 people. The supervisor is also responsible for the creation and implementation of a 2012 town budget of $414.8 million.
Kate Murray has managed her government's finances with the highest level of accountability and professionalism, earning Hempstead the highest Wall Street credit ratings available. While the 2012 budget holds the line on all town taxes, Murray has maintained all town programs in full force, worked with the private sector to expand the economy and put forth an aggressive quality-of-life agenda to preserve the suburban character of our area.
Refurbished parks offer families great recreational opportunities while senior citizens enjoy recreation and social activities at 16 senior centers across the town. Children with special needs are enthusiastic about Hempstead's ANCHOR summer camp and can hardly wait for the soon-to-be-built ANCHOR center in Lido Beach. Free summer concerts, child car seat safety checks, child ID safety kits and swimming instruction are making for happy adventures and safe experiences for young people. Finally, everyone loves Hempstead Town's pristine beaches, spotless marinas and breathtaking nature preserves.
A quality-of-life agenda that puts Hempstead residents first is at the center of Kate Murray's efforts to preserve our suburban quality of life. Murray has produced the toughest cell tower legislation anywhere, stopping wireless communications giants from littering residential neighborhoods with unneeded cell towers.
A friend of the environment, Kate Murray is working to leave our children a clean and healthy planet. Hundreds of storm drain filters installed by the town are protecting bays and waterways from pollution. Long Island's first hydrogen vehicle fueling station has been built by the town and now fuels pollution-free cars. An alternate energy park cultivated by the town features geothermal energy, solar power, wind technology and hydrogen fuel.
Partnering with the private sector, Murray and the Town of Hempstead team have revitalized nine downtowns with streetscape upgrades to create destinations for visitors and residents alike. Hempstead is restoring luster to commercial centers as it attracts major commercial development to our area. HempsteadWorks, the town's one-stop career center, and a major $50 million "Improve Hempstead" capital improvement program are creating jobs and fueling economic recovery in our region.
Kate Murray is respected on Wall Street and trusted on Main Street because she has shown that fiscal responsibility and great services can go hand-in-hand.