Great Neck Democrat Anna M. Kaplan winning a seat in the New York State Senate last Tuesday means North Hempstead council members must replace her on the town board.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth will take the lead on finding Kaplan’s replacement and said no one has reached out to her so far about filling the position. Bosworth said she hasn’t placed a deadline on picking a new council member.
“Working together with the town board, we will be casting a wide net in our search for a Democratic candidate,” Bosworth said Thursday. “We will be searching for a uniquely qualified, community-oriented candidate who can proudly represent the residents.”
Kaplan defeated freshman Sen. Elaine Phillips of Flower Hill, collecting 58,273 votes, according to unofficial election results. Kaplan’s win was among the victories that gave Democrats control of the State Senate, including six of the Island's nine seats going to Democrats.
Kaplan first joined the town board in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. She plans to resign from the board and the town’s tourism board before year’s end, officials said. Her term ends Dec. 31, 2019.
Kaplan declined to comment.
Kaplan’s replacement will stay in the District 4 seat until town elections in November 2019. The district covers Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, North Hills, Great Neck, Kings Point and Thomaston.
Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said he hasn’t heard from anyone who is interested in replacing Kaplan, but he knows that “there are a lot of people who will be interested in it.”
“It won’t take long to identify the various candidates,” he said.
Jacobs said the challenge in selecting Kaplan’s replacement will be finding someone who community leaders and the public will get behind and someone who would likely be re-elected in a year.
Finding a District 4 member will mark the second time Bosworth has nominated a replacement on the town board.
In January 2014, Bosworth selected Peter Zuckerman, a Democrat and real estate attorney who runs his own practice. Zuckerman had served on the East Hills village board since 2003.
Zuckerman retained his District 2 seat after a special election in 2014.