One of the biggest issues facing the town clerk’s office is digitizing old records from each department, Wink said. While the clerk’s department has digitized thousands of old documents, he said, there’s still plenty left to convert. The building department alone continues to produce thousands of documents each year, the clerk said. The biggest holdup to completely digitizing records, Wink said, “is sheer volume and personnel.” “There’s only so many people you can hire to just go and digitize and archive records,” Wink said. “It really requires grant money and capital investment to make a dent in it.” If re-elected, Wink said he would have clerk staff continue to work on archiving documents, including town council minutes. Wink said he would also focus on two new services the clerk’s office started this year — issuing passports and e-filing death certificates. Wink said he wants to oversee the continued successful rollout of those two services in particular. “We [in the clerk’s office] had a smaller budget than my predecessor and fewer personnel, but we’ve added new services that never had before,” Wink said. “It’s been a real win-win for the most part.”
Incumbent Wink, 50, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families, and Women’s Equality party lines and seeking a second full term as clerk. Before becoming clerk, Wink served three terms as a Nassau County legislator for the 11th District, a seat to which he was first elected in March 2007. Wink, a Uniondale High School graduate, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University and a juris doctorate from St. John’s University. A former town councilman who served from 2002 to 2007, Wink also worked as a legislative aide and chief of staff for the late Nassau County Legis. Barbara Johnson. He was also deputy counsel to the county legislature’s Democrats from 1997 to 1999. Wink, of Roslyn, is married with a daughter.