Veronica Lurvey said to be succeeding Anna Kaplan on Town Board

Veronica Lurvey said to be succeeding Anna Kaplan on Town Board
North Shore Action Co-President and founder Veronica Lurvey, seen here at a gun violence prevention forum in 2018, will be succeeding Anna Kaplan on the North Hempstead Town Board. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

Veronica Lurvey will succeed Anna Kaplan as North Hempstead Town Board member, the town Democratic chairman said Tuesday, ending a month-long search following Kaplan’s successful bid for state Senate.

Lurvey, a Kensington resident, will represent District 4, which includes Kings Point, Great Neck, Kensington, Thomaston, Manhasset, North Hills, Roslyn Estates and Roslyn.

In addition to being the founder and co-president of North Shore Action, a community action organization started in 2017, Lurvey has been a vice president of Temple Israel of Great Neck since 2014. She has also been a member of the Village of Kensington Zoning Board of Appeals since 2013.

Lurvey also served as an attorney and counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1994 to 2012. She secured her law degree from Georgetown University in 1998.

Lurvey was not immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

John Ryan, the chairman of the North Hempstead Democrats, said it was her community experience – following her decision to leave her job to focus on raising her children – that won interviewers over.

“I think she’s wonderful,” Ryan said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. “I think she will be a tremendous asset to both the supervisor and the Town Board and she will truly represent all the people in the district fairly.”

Lurvey, to be appointed at Tuesday night’s board meeting, will face an election in November. Town Board members Dina De Giorgio and Peter Zuckerman are also up for re-election.

“I think she’s going to be a tremendous asset and in a relatively short period of time she’s become a true community leader in Great Neck,” Steve Markowitz, a vice chairman of the Nassau County Democrats and president of the Great Neck Democratic Club, said on Tuesday. “She’s done an outstanding job at Temple Israel as an officer there. She has the ability to inspire and lead people and that’s what we need on the town council.”

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