is Doreen Banks?
grew up in Minnesota in a family with seven children. I came to
the East Coast for college and graduated from Wellesley with a
bachelor's degree in English literature. I worked in the private
sector for ten years, before taking a break to raise my children.
lived on Long Island for the last 18 years, since marrying my
husband Bill. We have two sons. They attend public school.
1991, I began my political career running for office in North
Hempstead. I ran for Town Clerk and won. I managed a department
with one third fewer employees. In addition to managing our duties,
we added evening hours. It was here that I proposed a new law
regulating towing. It recreated a rotation system, to avoid any
actual or appearance of corruption. It is still in effect and
the Nassau County Police Department supported it.
1992, I ran for and won the position of County Clerk. The incumbent
had resigned amid massive backlogs (up to nine months) in the
recording of deeds and mortgages. In one year, I had consolidated
three computer systems into one, eliminated every recording backlog
and increased revenues by 250% over the previous year.
1993, having lost my re-election bid, then Supervisor Tom Suozzi
hired me as his legislative analyst. In 1995 I ran for and won
a position on the Town Council of North Hempstead. I proposed
laws to prevent groundwater runoff in new construction, the prohibition
of dry cleaning facilities in buildings with residential units,
a requirement that before construction of tiered parking lots,
businesses had to study car pool alternatives with financial incentives
the year 2000, I offered an amendment to the Town budget to help
fund a study on saltwater intrusion in the Port Washington Peninsula.
This amendment passed, and recently the study revealed that there
is saltwater intrusion, which will cause serious re-evaluation
of all development and of water usage on the peninsula.
2001, when Thomas R. Suozzi won the election as County Executive,
he asked me to join his administration. Although I was willing
to serve in a number of capacities, I am very grateful he selected
me to oversee the Parks and Recreation Department. In this job
I oversee 350 employees, 6,000 acres of land over 320 buildings
and 15 active and 11 passive parks or preserves, four County-run
museums, four County-owned museums, 17 historic properties.
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hobbies are: golf, tennis, sailing, reading (fiction), and gardening.
I am on the Environmental Committee of the Long Island Women's
Agenda, the Education Committee of the Executive Women's Golf
Association, a former President of the Roslyn Rotary Club, an
Honorary Board Member of Habitat for Humanity and a member of
many environmental organizations.