DeRiggi-Whitton said she is committed to bringing “financial integrity to county government. As a member of the county’s budget review committee, she says she has pushed for contract reform “independent of the county executive’s office.” DeRiggi-Whitton said she is also pledged to “preserving our environment,” and has secured funding for environmental projects. She said, “I secured funding for a study that appears to identify the source of contamination at Crescent Beach, Glen Cove,” so the cleaned-up beach could reopen for the summer. DeRiggi-Whitton said that she is also committed to helping local communities and families. She said that as a ranking member of the legislature’s health and social services and towns, village and cities committees, she secured $3 million for renewal of Manorhaven Boulevard in Port Washington. She added, “Recently, I wrote legislation requiring signage in pharmacies warning about addictive properties of prescription opioids.”
DeRiggi-Whitton, 49, of Glen Cove, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines. She is seeking her fourth term on the Nassau County Legislature, after serving two terms on the Glen Cove City Council, from 2008 to 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University. After previously working in finance, DeRiggi-Whitton said she’s now focused primarily on her legislative duties. She serves on the board for the Long Island region of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and is a member of the Glen Cove Kiwanis Club. She is the honorary vice president of Toys for Tots national charity. DeRiggi-Whitton received the Nassau County Women of Distinction award in 2013. She has three daughters.