FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2020
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Town Approves ‘Yes We Can’ Director and SWMA Executive and Deputy Director
North Hempstead, NY - The Town of North Hempstead’s Board filled three vacancies this week with the appointment of a new director for the “Yes We Can” Community Center (YWC) in New Cassel, the executive director to the Town’s Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), and the Deputy Director of SWMA.
Tyronza Murray, the new Director of the “Yes We Can” Community Center previously held the positon of Senior Program Director at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose, where she served thousands of youth and families each year and totaled 16 years of programming experience. Murray has a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs with an emphasis in Public Policy from Queens College, CUNY. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
Murray starts in the position on January 6, 2020.
Michael Kelly was approved as the new Executive Director of SWMA. Kelly is returning to North Hempstead, where he served in the Town Attorney’s office for six years before leaving to serve as a Deputy County Attorney for Nassau County in 2019.
During Michael’s tenure with the Town of North Hempstead he additionally served as the counsel to the Solid Waste Management Authority, the Board of Ethics, the Historic Landmarks Preservation commissioner, and the Business and Tourism Development Corporation. He received his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Law from the St. John’s University School of Law, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University.
Kelly will start in the position on January 13, 2020.
Marshah-Reaff Barrett was also approved as the new Deputy Director of the Solid Waste Management Authority. Barrett has extensive experience with the New York City Department of Sanitation, having served as the Director of various Marine Transfer Stations since 2007. He received a Masters in Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology and his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology.
Barrett will begin his new role effective February 2020.