Hi, I'm Gina
WHERE I COME FROM
Gina grew up with two older brothers and two older sisters – the product of a Brady Bunch-style blended marriage. The daughter of first-generation Italian Americans, Gina’s mother, Rosalie, was a stay at home mom and her father, Salvatore, was an auto mechanic who went on to own his own gas and service station in Hauppauge. They lived in Mt. Sinai until Gina’s father passed away of cancer just before her 12th birthday in 1990.
Prior to her husband’s death and knowing she would eventually need to go back to work, Rosalie fulfilled a lifelong dream by enrolling at Suffolk County Community College at the age of 45. Without childcare options, Gina joined her mother at her classes and would sit in the back of the classroom with crayons and coloring books. It was through her mother that Gina learned the importance of a good education and to never stop chasing your dreams.
A THRIVING CAREER
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Gina came home to Long Island to begin her career. Her nearly two-decade career in government began at the Nassau County Legislature, where Gina learned the value of constituent services. For her, it was never about partisan politics. It was about working hard and getting results for the people you serve.
During that time, Gina worked to secure millions for the local fire departments, helped thousands of constituents with issues from repairing potholes to navigating their personal tragedies, worked to get much needed infrastructure projects delivered for the district, and helped bring hundreds of thousands of dollars in community development block grants to improve our schools.
In 2010, Gina was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Community Services at the Town of North Hempstead. In this role, she worked with a wide variety of constituency groups, including forming the first Asian American Festival Committee to promote the growing cultural diversity in our town. She was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff and the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Town where she served as liaison to officials at every level to ensure projects, grant requests, and legislation received the proper attention.
Gina was the point person on all special projects for the Town Supervisor involving the public, including as Chair of North Hempstead’s “9-11 Memorial Committee,” a group consisting of members of the FDNY and NYPD, victims’ families, local volunteer fire departments that responded to Ground Zero, veterans, and local architects.
In 2015, Gina was recruited to serve as Director of Human Resources and Compliance at the Nassau County Board of Elections. There she implemented new policies and procedures to modernize the office and save taxpayers’ dollars.
Gina will utilize her years of government experience and deliver for her district. As a member of the New York State Assembly, Gina will work to make living on Long Island more affordable. She understands the importance of increasing state aid for our schools, our Town and our Villages, so they can rely less on property taxes.
She knows the importance of constituent services, of being accessible, and always answering every question. As your Assemblywoman, Gina will hold town halls on important issues affecting our district and partner with anyone who wants to help our community.