About Mayor Don Ryan

  1. Mayor's Office

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    99 James A. Garner Way
    Hempstead, NY 11550

    Phone: 516-478-6200

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Don Ryan is the current mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead. He previously served as a trustee, a position he held since 2001. He is a product of Hempstead Public Schools: Fulton School (1957) and Hempstead High School (1961). Later, Don graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (1966) and Teachers College at Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree (1971). Don taught for 33 years, the last 25 of those years with the added responsibility as Director of Youth Employment Program at Hempstead High School (several thousand students got their first work experience in this effort).

Hempstead youth basketball teams under Don have traveled to Helsinki and Tampere, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden; Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown, Canada; St. Croix, Barbados, Puerto Rico and Bermuda; and, throughout the United States, including Chicago, Wichita, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Amarillo, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. Don was active at Percy Jackson Youth Center, too, coaching Hempstead Tiger Cubs football teams from 1968-its first season-through 1998. Don also coached youth baseball in Hempstead (1962-1983).

Among those Don coached/taught while they were youngsters include Julius ”Dr. J” Erving, Basketball Hall of Fame; Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman/CEO of American Express; Steve Mills, General Manager of the New York Knicks; Lisa Smith, All-Big East at St. John’s University (Don’s goddaughter), a retired Corrections Officer; Dr. Lee Ross, Professor at Central Florida University; Denee Rivera-Barracto, administrator at Queens College; Mike Malone, head coach, Denver Nuggets, and, brothers Rob Moore and Brandon Moore of NFL fame. Also, applause to the many volunteers in Village of Hempstead youth programs, especially Willie White (multi-sport coach since 1970).

Don’s coaching philosophy goes beyond the fundamentals of basketball. A strong emphasis is placed upon good attitudes and academic progress. Don sums up his coaching philosophy thusly. ‘’I coach life, not just basketball.”

Don has chaired LTI (Leadership Training Institute) and The Salvation Army Advisory Council. Don is a Past President of Hempstead-Uniondale Rotary Club, a member of HEVN (Helping End Violence Now), HERA (Hempstead Educators Retirement Association) and the NAACP. In 2003, Don established the Village of Hempstead Youth Council.

Don attends St. Thomas the Apostle (where he was baptized and his parents married). Don has been recognized many times over the years for his love of community.

1967 OTHERS AWARD                                                                              The Salvation Army

1973 BROTHERHOOD AWARD                                                                  Rotary/Lions/Kiwanis   

1978 TEACHER-OF-THE-YEAR                                                                  Hempstead HS (voted by students)         

1979 MAN-OF-THE-YEAR                                                                          Hempstead Chamber of Commerce


1981 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD                                                        
             Union Baptist Church    

1981 TEACHER-OF-THE-YEAR                                                                  Hempstead HS (voted by students)

1986 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD                                                  So. Hemp. Congregational Church

1986 YEARBOOK DEDICATION                                                                 Hempstead HS (voted by students)

1987 CITIZENSHIP AWARD                                                                       Gomillion-Campbell Post 1488 

1988 UNI-SPAN AWARD                                                                            Hofstra University


1991 NATIONAL TEACHER AWARD                                                           National Football League

1992 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD                                                 Nassau County MLK Committee

1992 PRESIDENT’S AWARD                                                                     Hempstead NAACP

1992 SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD                                                               IAABO Board 41

1995 PRESIDENT’S AWARD                                                                     World Sports Hall of Fame (Idaho)

1998 MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD                                                        Town of Hempstead

1998 GRAND MARSHAL                                                                           Hempstead Schools Homecoming


2002 GRAND MARSHAL                                                                           MLK Parade (United People, Inc.)

2002 PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD                                                               Hempstead Hispanic Civic Assoc.

2004 THE WOODRUFF AWARD                                                                Adelphi University Hall of Fame

2005 ALL ARBOUR COACHES AWARD                                                     Nassau County CSEA Local 830

2006 WALL OF FAME                                                                               Hempstead Village Youth Council

2006 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD                                                       Bertha Harris Key Women           

2007 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AWARD                                                Nassau County CSEA Local 830

2007 CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN                                                            Francis J. Logan, Jr. Foundation

2008 EVERYDAY HERO AWARD                                                              Kiwanis Club of Hempstead

2009 KEEPER OF THE DREAM                                                               Economic Opportunity Commission

2009 BROTHERHOOD AWARD                                                                Hempstead Day (Maryland)


2011 PUBLIC SERVANT-OF-THE-YEAR                                                   Hempstead Chamber of Commerce

2013 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, AWARD                                               Operation Get Ahead

2013 TYREE CURRY MEMEORIAL AWARD                                             Hofstra University

2013 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD                                                     Jackson Memorial AME Zion

2013 SAL AMBROSINO AWARD                                                              Hempstead Boys & Girls Club

2013 YOUTH ADVOCATE AWARD                                                           Hempstead Coordinating Council

2013 YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AWARD                                                  Creative Empowerment, Inc.,

2014 HUMANITARIAN AWARD                                                                Freeport-Roosevelt NAACP

2015 NASSAU COUNTY HALL OF FAME                                                High School Sports (Inaugural class)

2015 CERTIFICATE OF HONOR                                                             Congregation Beth Israel

2015 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD                                                    Baptist Ministers Wives/Widows

2016 COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD                                                 
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