Nasta said having ethical town officials, instilling trust among residents and speeding services for residents are all issues facing the town. Nasta said the town building department takes too long to issue permits. “I know a lot of contractors who won’t work in the town because they say the procedure takes too long,” he said. Nasta said he would look to overhaul the building code to make the permit process faster. He also said he would push other town council members to enforce North Hempstead’s newly revamped ethics code. “People who are supposed to disclose certain financial statements who don’t do it will be held accountable,” he said. “We’re also going to look at people with second jobs to make sure it isn’t in conflict with their town duties.”
Stephen Nasta, 71, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. A retired police inspector, he teaches criminal justice at his alma mater, John Jay College. Nasta, a Valley Stream Central High graduate, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the college. He is also a graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University. The Great Neck Plaza resident is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Manhasset. He spent more than 35 years as commanding officer in two different NYPD precincts and also led a narcotics investigation division in the Bronx. He is married, with four children.