Anna Kaplan and Jeremy Joseph participate in the Democratic primary for the 7th Senate District
A Democratic primary in the state’s 7th Senate District includes twice-elected incumbent Anna Kaplan and first-time candidate Jeremy Joseph.
The winner of Tuesday’s contest will face Republican Jack Martins, who represented the district from 2010 to 2016, before his unsuccessful run for Nassau County executive in 2017 against Democrat Laura Curran.
Kaplan, 56, of North Hills, was first elected in 2018 and is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University and a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
“I got elected twice against very competitive Republicans,” Kaplan told Newsday. “People in the neighborhood know I fought for them.”
Kaplan’s campaign has $516,897 in cash, according to its Aug. 12 financial disclosure report filed with the state Board of Elections.
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Joseph, 37, from Hicksville, is a computer scientist who recently worked for a large tech company specializing in artificial intelligence.
He was a member of the steering committee of Long Island United to Transform Policing and Community Safety. Last year, the group helped write the People’s Plan, which was compiled by community activists and made recommendations to reform the Nassau County Police Department.
“For us, not being part of the party establishment means we engage people through volunteers and lots of person-to-person interactions,” Joseph told Newsday.
Joseph has $15,945 in campaign money on hand, according to his Aug. 16 campaign disclosure.
The newly drawn Senate District lines dramatically changed the landscape of the 7th District.
The district includes Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, Muttontown, Jericho, Brookville, Old Westbury, Syosset, and Woodbury, but no longer contains Floral Park, Westbury, or Mineola.
The district had 229,633 active registered voters as of June 6, according to the New York State Board of Elections.
Democratic registration was 86,571 or 38%, Republican registration was 65,105 (28%) while 67,547 voters (29%) were “white” unaffiliated with a political party.
Kaplan was born in Iran and emigrated to the United States when he was 13 years old.
During the country’s revolution, her parents sent her to Brooklyn as part of an international effort to save Jewish children from Iran. She was then placed in foster care in Chicago, where she learned to speak English and completed high school.
Kaplan says her top priorities include protecting women’s rights, improving public safety and countering hate and extremism.
She was instrumental in New York’s Ghost Gun Ban, which aims to get untraceable guns off the streets.
Kaplan also co-sponsored the New York Reproductive Health Act that codified Roe V. Wade and supported the state’s Safe Haven Act that protects medical providers who perform legal abortions for women in the state. out of state.
She proposed a bill in committee to establish an educational program to prevent anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and discrimination based on religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
Kaplan is endorsed by the Nassau County Democratic Party and groups such as Planned Parenthood Empire States Vote, National Organization for Women New York State and New York State United Teachers.
Joseph is originally from Houston, Texas and has lived in Hicksville for 10 years.
He worked as a field organizer for Invest in Our New York. The statewide coalition is advocating for a set of six bills in the state Legislature to boost revenue by ending tax breaks for the wealthiest residents of the State.
Joseph received a master’s degree in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Houston in 2006.
Joseph said if elected to the Senate, he would focus on economic inequality, renewable energy, universal health care and child care.
He said he would support a state-backed single-payer health plan for all residents, regardless of employment or immigration status.
He would advocate for the adoption of 100% renewable energy to combat climate change and said he would work to ensure the protection of the coastline.
Joseph also said the state should pass legislation to help reduce the cost of child care for families.
Joseph is supported by groups such as the Long Island Progressive Coalition and the Democratic Socialists of America of Nassau, where he served as co-chair.
During the campaign, Kaplan and Joseph clashed over several issues, including support for Israel.
Joseph opposes Kaplan’s proposed legislation to ban New York State from entering into contracts with companies that boycott Israel over issues such as its military occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state.
Joseph says Kaplan’s measure would limit the freedom of speech of boycott supporters – “even if” they are targeting “a country we love”.
In response to a question about foreign policy at a recent League of Women Voters debate, Kaplan said: “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East… We have to stand strong with our friends in the Middle East and that means Israel.
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Kaplan is serving a second term in the State Senate representing the 7th District. She was first elected in 2018. Kaplan serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University and a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Joseph, a first-time job candidate, worked as a computer scientist, most recently focusing on artificial intelligence for a large tech company. He is originally from Houston, Texas and has lived in Hicksville for 10 years. He was a grassroots organizer for Invest in Our New York, a statewide coalition advocating for bills in the state legislature to end tax breaks for the poorest New Yorkers. rich.