Ahmad said she has extended the town clerk’s office hours on Thursdays to better serve residents who work during the day. She said she also staggers staff shifts so they don’t work overtime for the additional hours. She said her office has increased the town’s transparency by putting documents online. “It’s easier for people to sit at home and download whatever forms they can,” she said. Ahmad said she is working to streamline payment of town fees online so residents won’t need to go to Town Hall to pay for parking permits, dog licenses and other items. She said she has reduced the budget for the clerk’s office and cross-trained her staff on various duties.
Ahmad, 60, of Salisbury, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt Party lines. She has served as Hempstead Town clerk since she was appointed to the position in September 2013; she won a full term that November. Ahmad has an associate degree in environmental sciences from Canterbury College in England. She was born in Uganda and was raised in the United Kingdom, before moving to Long Island in 1985. She also speaks Swahili, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. After a career in banking, she started working for Hempstead Town in 1998, beginning as a part-time employee in the clerk’s office and rising to the full-time position of supervisor of the office’s administrative section. Ahmad is a former middle school PTA vice president in the East Meadow School District. She is married and has three adult children.