Ford said she believes the Republican legislative majority has taken enough steps to prevent corruption by authorizing the hiring of an investigations commissioner and procurement officer while requiring more disclosure during the contracting process. She said she would approve additional measures if warranted. She wants closer examination of the county budget and believes the county’s fiscal control board has done little for Nassau except spend tax money. She has supported projects to improve roads and bridges in her district, including replacement of the Barnum Island bridge. She said she is concerned that the county work force has been reduced to levels too low to provide residents with the services they need.
Ford, 66, a longtime resident of Long Beach’s West End, is a registered Democrat who caucuses with Republicans. She is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. She was first elected in 2003 after her husband, a NYC firefighter, was killed in an Astoria fire on Father’s Day 2001. She has been re-elected ever since. She attended Queens College but did not complete her degree. She retired from the telephone company in 1999 after 25 years, which included a stint as union shop steward. Ford has three children.