Adam Haber, who lost a Democratic primary for county executive in September, said he is actively seeking an appointment for an open council seat on North Hempstead's town board.
"I am very much in consideration and trying hard to get the appointment," Haber said in an interview Friday.
Haber, 48, an East Hills businessman and a Roslyn school board member, said he has interviewed for the post with town and county Democratic leaders.
The seat, for North Hempstead's 2nd Council District, has been open since Thomas K. Dwyer, a Democrat from Roslyn Heights, resigned in November. Dwyer had said he was in negotiations for a job as a strategist with a government affairs and consulting firm that would pose a conflict of interest.
Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Party, confirmed Friday that Haber is one of four individuals in "very serious consideration" for the position.
"Adam Haber is certainly someone who deserves very serious consideration, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing that decision come down soon," Jacobs said.
Jacobs declined to take a position or weigh Haber's chances.
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, a Democrat, said she hopes to fill the seat at the Jan. 28 town board meeting. The Democrat-controlled board must approve the appointment.
"It is a priority for me," Bosworth said Friday. "The seat needs to be filled, and we need to all start off so we can work together with full board membership for the town."
She declined to comment on Haber's prospects, saying about 10 candidates have been screened.
Haber conceded after the Sept. 10 primary and endorsed his opponent, Democrat Thomas Suozzi, the former county executive who went on to lose in a rematch to Republican incumbent Edward Mangano.
"I definitely saw from the exhaustive run I had for county executive there are a lot of good things you can do, whether it's on the town level or the county level," Haber said. "This is my home; I want to help."
The 2nd Council District includes Albertson, East Hills, East Williston, Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, Herricks, Manhasset Hills, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights and Searingtown.
A special election will be held for the seat on Nov. 4 to fill the remainder of Dwyer's term; then, in November 2015, another election will be held for a new four-year term.