News flash! Anna Kaplan wins election for State Senate with 55% of the vote!
I have a lengthy record of accomplishment as a North Hempstead Councilwoman and during my two terms on the Town Board I've delivered real results for the entire Town and especially for the 40,000 residents of the Fourth District. Here are just a few of the things I’ve done:
Our Town parks are North Hempstead’s crown jewels. I oversaw the complete rebuilding of Manhasset Valley Park, which included two sports fields, full nighttime illumination of the walkways and fields, irrigation installation, and complete redesign of comfort stations. I also helped secure $1.6 million in funding for Whitey Pond Park renovations, which are currently under way. And I obtained town funding and oversaw the installation of the historic Mackay Horse in Gerry Pond Park. Most recently, I obtained an additional $100,000 to create a brick plaza with specimen plantings around the Mackay Horse.
Under the leadership of Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the entire Town Board has worked together across party lines to slow the growth of spending in North Hempstead and to make significant reductions in the Town’s debt. In 2017, for the first time in its history,the Town received an Aaa rating from Moody’s Investors Service, which is the highest rating a town can achieve. North Hempstead is the only town in Nassau County whose debt is rated Aaa. The higher the debt rating, the less it costs to borrow money, which saves our taxpayers millions of dollars over the life of a bond.
The Town’s Fourth District is heavily travelled, and residents are rightly concerned with making their streets as safe as possible for themselves and their children. I’ve responded to those concerns with numerous sensible traffic and parking ordinances throughout the District. Parking will always be a significant issue in North Hempstead, but I’ve had numerous additional parking spaces created in the Fourth District for the benefit of shoppers and residents.
Boycotting of Jewish businesses has a long and shameful history as an anti-Semitic weapon. In 2017, in response to a global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel that is intended to cause Israel’s economic collapse, I was instrumental in the unanimous passage by the Town Board of a law that prohibits North Hempstead from conducting business with any company that boycotts Israel.
Bamboo is an invasive species that is almost impossible to control once planted. In response to numerous complaints from residents, I sponsored and passed comprehensive legislation banning the planting of new bamboo and requiring that existing bamboo be maintained and confined to the owner’s property.
Working families should never have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security. Legislation to allow New York’s employees to take paid time off from work to care for loved ones continually stalled in the State Senate. At the request of numerous community groups and residents, I sponsored and passed a Town Board resolution calling for New York State to pass the Paid Family Leave Act. In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy.
Cigarette smoking is a deadly habit that also puts non-smokers in the immediate area at serious risk. While cigarette smoking has been banned in North Hempstead parks, the growth of so-called e-cigarettes left a gaping hole in our anti-smoking legislation. At the request of several community groups, in 2015, I sponsored and passed a law banning e-cigarettes from all Town parks except in designated smoking areas.
North Hempstead's rich history is preserved by the designation of numerous historic buildings. However, a building's historic designation may be rescinded if the building is altered. I sponsored and passed legislation allowing alterations to be made so that caretakers can live in historic buildings in order to reduce maintenance costs and provide additional security.
Preventing children and young adults from using tobacco and related products is an issue of concern to all. After public health groups informed the Town Board that increasing the minimum legal consumer age for tobacco sales to 21 years will delay and potentially prevent smoking initiation, I was instrumental in passing legislation that increased the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products within North Hempstead to 21.
While the Town's existing workplace bias law prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, advocates requested that the code also include "gender identity" in order to better protect transgender employees. Because I believe that everyone is entitled to the full protection of law, I was proud to join with my fellow board members in unanimously passing a law changing the Town code to ban discrimination of Town workers on the basis of gender identity.
This is just a short list. Please email me if you have any questions about what I've done during my two terms as a Town Councilwoman--I'd love to hear from you! Anna@AnnaforNYSenate.com
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