Great Neck Democratic Club President Steve Markowitz was elected vice chairman of the Nassau County Democrats last month, where he says he hopes to build on the success of Democrats taking top posts in Nassau.
Laura Curran, a two-term county legislator from Baldwin, defeated Jack Martins, a former mayor and state senator, to become the county executive, and Jack Schnirman, a former city manager for Long Beach, was elected to the county comptroller position. Madeline Singas has meanwhile served as district attorney since 2016.
Republicans currently hold a 12 to 7 majority in the Nassau County Legislature.
“I’m very honored and I’m looking forward now that we’ve – the Democratic Party – taken over the administration of the county: the county executive, the county comptroller, as well as the district attorney,” Markowitz said in an interview. “The big issue now is the county Legislature.”
Among his primary responsibilities will be spotting ideal candidates, developing party strategy and helping raise money, Markowitz said.
In addition to being president of the Great Neck Democratic Club and his new role as a vice chairman, Markowitz is also a board member of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center, and an advisor and co-founder for MultiState Associates, a government relations services firm.
Markowitz also worked for Continental Group, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and had a 30-year career in government relations, according to his MultiState biography page.
John Ryan, the chairman of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, described Markowitz as a “go to person” with a wealth of experience who is “not going in there with a set agenda.”
“Steve is a very serious community-minded person, basically looking to help people, and he looks on both sides,” Ryan, who also lives in Great Neck, said on Thursday.
Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said Markowitz, who he has worked with through the party for many years, was elevated to the vice chairman position because the county could benefit from his ideas and counsel.
“[He was] a lot of help in getting the elections to turn out the right way, so he certainly deserved it,” Jacobs said on Friday.
There are elections every two years and seven vice chairpersons in total, Jacobs said.