Long Island leaders endorse Kaplan in re-election bid

Long Island leaders endorse Kaplan in re-election bid
Senator Kaplan speaks at a rally where a coalition of elected officials announced they were endorsing her campaign for re-election to the State Senate. (Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Kaplan)

State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) has been endorsed by a coalition of Long Island elected officials in her re-election bid for the 7th Senate District. 

The coalition of leaders includes state Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), four of North Hempstead’s Town Board Democrats, state senators and village mayors, among others. 

Kaplan is running against Jeremy Joseph in the Democratic primary on Aug. 23.

Former state Sen. Jack Martins is running unopposed in the Republican primary for the 7th Senate District.

“Anna has proven to her constituents that they can rely on her for her staunch advocacy. She has further demonstrated to colleagues like myself that through partnership and working together we can do more,” Lavine said in a statement. “Only with a strong ally in the Senate like Anna could we have passed landmark legislation for New Yorkers. That’s why I wholeheartedly endorse Anna Kaplan in her re-election for State Senate.”

Kaplan said she is proud of the support from different parts and levels of government. 

“It takes a strong coalition to deliver for our community, and I’ve been proud to have great working relationships with partners in government at every level,” Kaplan said. “I’m proud to be supported by such a broad group of state, county, and local elected officials, and I’m grateful for their partnership as we fight for our residents and taxpayers across our community.”

Mayors of Port Washington North, Great Neck Plaza and Roslyn Estates are backing Kaplan for the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

“I fully endorse and support New York State Sen. Anna Kaplan for this coming primary and her re-election in November,” Bob Weitzner of Port Washington North said. “She has been invaluable for Port Washington North in her support of resurfacing our roads, improving our Bay Walk, and championing for the right to choose and sensible gun safety legislation.”

“Sen. Anna Kaplan has always been a strong supporter of and advocate for local government,” Great Neck Plaza’s Ted Rosen said. “We need her to continue serving in the state Senate – now more than ever.”

“Anna is a tireless advocate for the people of our district, and she has done far more for all of us than any of her predecessors,” Roslyn Estates’ Paul Peters said. “The only way I would accept losing her would be to higher office, so more New Yorkers could benefit from her drive, her honesty, her caring, and her brilliance.”

The total list of the coalition includes 18 current or former elected officials from the state Senate down to local municipalities. 

Kaplan was elected to serve the Town of North Hempstead’s 4th District as a councilwoman in 2011.  In 2016, she sought election to the House of Representatives but lost to current Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) in the Democratic primary.  Kaplan defeated former Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips in 2018 to represent the 7th Senate District.

Kaplan announced weeks ago that she had more than $504,000 cash on hand during the most recent campaign filing period.

Kaplan said she has raised more than $205,000 during the filing period from Jan. 15 – July 11. 

The 7th Senate district includes Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Williston Park, Mineola, Garden City Park, North Hills, Albertson, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Estates, Albertson, Searingtown, Lake Success, Manhasset, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, and the Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas.

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