Village Justice Douglas Hayden is a lifelong Floral Park resident and the son of the late Carolyn Hayden and former Mayor Thomas J. Hayden. He resides in Floral Park with his wife, Una, and their four children, Conor, Ryan, Shannon, and Sean.
Justice Hayden was first elected in 1999 and then re-elected in 2003 and 2007 and is running for his fourth Term.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Magistrates’ Association. He is an active member of the New York Magistrates’ Association.
Throughout his tenure as Floral Park Village Justice, he has spoken to all civic associations in the village on the role of the Village Court. Justice Hayden has also spoken at all of the schools, including a yearly visit to Floral Park Memorial High School. In addition, he participates in judicial training seminars each year.
A graduate of Hofstra University School of Law (1988), Justice Hayden served as president of the Student Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Upon graduation from law school, Hayden was an assistant district attorney in Nassau County for six years and was actively engaged in trial work and the prosecution of organized crime. In that capacity he dealt with the following law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters: Nassau County Police Department, New York State Police Department; FBI; DEA; United States Postal Inspectors; United States Secret Service; United States Marshals; and other district attorneys throughout the tri-state area. He is also a member of the Former Assistant District Attorneys’ Association.
Thereafter, Mr. Hayden served as General Attorney/Chief Legal Officer, Chief Ethics Officer and Acting Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the 8th largest Worker’s Compensation carrier in the United States. He developed the first NYSIF Compliance unit. Mr. Hayden has spoken at industry conferences on Sarbanes Oxley and its impact within the insurance industry, published several articles on combating terrorism and money laundering within the financial and insurance industries and also testified before the New York Senate Insurance Committee on the need for further workers’ compensation reform in New York State.
Currently, Douglas J. Hayden serves as executive vice president, the Corporate Secretary and is a member of the Board of Directors for WRM America Indemnity, a specialty property and casualty insurance company.
Mr. Hayden is a frequent guest speaker for many insurance and law associations, and serves on the Executive Commitee of Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association where he was the previous Chair and the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds where he was chair of the Law Committee. Mr. Hayden sits on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals, Defense Association of New York, and Future Leadership Foundation, and is a member of The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Further, Judge Hayden has been a lecturer for Hofstra University School of Law Trial Techniques Program.
Doug is a member of the Floral Park Youth Council; the American Legion, Sons of Legion; Floral Park Centennial Committee; Judge Advocate/Knights of Columbus-Floral Park Council Number 2345; Board Member of the Hance Family Foundation; Co-Chair Our Lady Of Victory Church Capital Campaign Fund; CYO basketball coach, Floral Park Little League coach, Floral Park Indians soccer and basketball coach and recipient of the Our Lady of Victory Distinguished Alumni Award. Doug is also active in the community as a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Long Island; Irish Americans in Government and Brehon Law Society.
At press time, Justice Hayden stated, “I’m honored to be nominated to seek a fourth term as village justice. I ask each resident for their vote on March 15 and promise to continue to serve the Village of Floral Park to the best of my ability consistent with the oath of office that I take. I also thank the residents of this great village for allowing me the privilege to serve for the last 12 years as village justice.”