Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby was elected to the Town Board on November 2, 1999. This was the first time since 1905 democrats were elected to the Hempstead Town Board. She was the first African American woman to serve as councilperson. Her term of office was a one-year term. On November 7, 2000, she was re-elected in a landslide victory to another one-year term in the newly-created First Councilmatic District.
Councilwoman Goosby is a New York State Certified and Registered Dietitian with more than 25 years of exemplary administrative experience in the medical profession. She is a published author whose article "Nutritional Management of the Long-Term Care Resident Receiving Hemodialysis" was published in Topics in Clinical Nutrition. Mrs. Goosby recently completed requirements to become a chemistry teacher.
While Councilwoman Goosby's professional accomplishments are noteworthy, she is probably most recognized for her on-going community efforts in Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead.
In 1988, Mrs. Goosby and others filed a class action suit against the Town of Hempstead charging that the Town of Hempstead's at large voting system for the Town Board discriminated against the minority community. In 1997, a federal Judge agreed and ruled that the Town of Hempstead's method of voting-at-large was discriminatory and violated the Voting Rights Acts. The Town of Hempstead appealed the ruling, which was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In January 2000, the United States Supreme Court denied review of the Town of Hempstead's Appeals. This required the implementation of Judge Gleeson's order dividing the Town of Hempstead into six councilmatic districts. Judge Gleeson, then ordered that a special election be held for all six seats in November, 2000.
Councilwoman Goosby is the recipient of several county, town and village citations including: The Community Award, The SoJournal Truth Award, Central Nassau Hub of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club; Assemblywoman Earlene Hill's Historian Service Award; Political Action Award, by the Hempstead Branch of the NAACP; and the Community Trailblazer Award from Hempstead High School; 2000 Community Service Award, from the Alpha Phi Alpha Eta Theta Lambda Chapter; Political Woman of the New Millennium...2000,, from the African American Black History Association; the African American History Celebration 2000 Heroine Award, from Marshall Elementary School; the Martin Luther King Award, from the Faith Baptist Church; The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Service, from the Nassau County Civil Service Employees Association, Inc. Local 830 Unity Committee; the First Ever Citizen of the Month in the Fourth Congressional District for January 2000, awarded by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. She has earned Certificate of Recognition Awards from three outstanding organizations: the Association of Black Women in Higher Education Nassau Community College, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Beta Beta Chapter of Westbury, and the Coalition For Community Well-Being. She received the Woman in Government Award from Women on the Job. The New York Region of the United States Census Bureau gave Councilwoman Goosby a certificate of official "Thank You as 'our' Key Census Partner in Census 2000" Service Award. She was named the 1996 Woman of Distinction by Soroptimist International of Nassau County, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's Community Woman of the Year in 1998, and has also been honored as the keynote speaker for Founders Day at Friendship Baptist Church, where she attended worship service as a young girl in Appachicola, Florida.
As a distinguished public servant, Mrs. Goosby's political activity has been chronicled in the New York Times, Newsday, the Amsterdam News and other publications. Her work has been documented on several television media outlets including ABC, CBS, and NBC in the greater New York area and Long Island's News 12.
A long-time advocate and supporter of children and youth programs, Mrs. Goosby is an adult member of the Girl Scouts and serves on the organization's Circle of Friends. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout's of Nassau County. She is the former vice president of the Hempstead High School Board, former president of Hempstead's United Parents Association and retired president of Marshall School's Parents Teachers Association.
Councilwoman Goosby serves on the Board of Directors of Hempstead High School Scholarship Fund, Inc. as an executive board member. She is a board member of the Parish Resource Center and serves as a member of Soroptimist International of Nassau County; Long Island Mentoring Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Iota Theta Zeta Chapter. In addition, she has performed with the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus. Her professional affiliations include the American Dietetic Association, New York State and Long Island Dietetic Association, Consultant Dietitians of Long Island and Science Teachers Association of New York, Inc.
Councilwoman Goosby received her Master in Business Administration in Labor Relations/Corporate Finance and Accounting Management from Adelphi University and is an alumnus of Florida A&M University. She is currently a graduate student at Hofstra University. She resides in Hempstead with her husband of 36 years, Anderson "Jay" Goosby. They have two daughters, Alcina and Cassandra. Mrs. Goosby is a member of Union Baptist Church where she serves on the Social Action Committee, is a past president of the Senior Choir and co-chair of the Women's Day Committee.
The First Councilmatic District of the Town of Hempstead includes: Hempstead, Lakeview, Roosevelt, Uniondale, and portions of Baldwin, Freeport, West Hempstead and Lynbrook.