Laura Schaefer was first elected to the Nassau County Legislature in 2013 and was re-elected by wide margins in 2015, 2017 and again in 2019 to represent Legislative District 14 which includes Garden City, Garden City South, Carle Place and portions of Westbury, Jericho, Hicksville, Bethpage, Plainview, West Hempstead, Hempstead and Franklin Square. Laura grew up in Westbury and graduated from Adelphi University with a B.A. in Communications. She was later admitted to practice law in New York State, receiving her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.
Prior to entering the legal field, Laura worked for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan, where she excelled in hospitality management overseeing large departments that were crucial to expediting guest services in order to provide customers with an exceptional stay.
As an elected Legislator in the County of Nassau, Laura's advocacy is not only limited to her representation of clients as she also represents over 71,000 constituents. She has assumed several committee leadership roles in the areas of capital planning and budgeting, intergovernmental relations, governmental operations, public health and social services. As a result, Laura has gained extensive experience in funding for community revitalization projects and approved the appointment of qualified and experienced individuals to serve on various management and oversight boards in Nassau County.
Laura is Chairwoman of the Planning, Development & the Environment Committee, Vice Chair of the Towns, Villages & Cities Committee, and serves as a Member of the Rules Committee, the Public Works Committee and the Health & Social Services Committee.
Laura currently practices at Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis, LLP, in Garden City, in the firm's Real Estate, Land Use and Litigation practice groups.
She resides in Westbury, New York.