Legislative Meeting - Monday, March 13th, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Howard J. Kopel is serving his fifth term as Legislator for the 7th District, which includes Oceanside, Rockville Centre, East Rockaway, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, and parts of Hewlett, Lawrence, Baldwin, Valley Stream and Lynbrook. His elections in November 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 by substantial and constantly increasing margins signaled the need for change and keeping Nassau County on the right track. Well respected by his colleagues, Howard J. Kopel serves as the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature
Mr. Kopel intends to continue his work on changing the flawed Property Assessment system and putting Nassau County's fiscal health in order. In the current term, the legislature unanimously passed, and the County executive, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor approved measures conceived and pushed by Mr. Kopel that, cumulatively, will reduce Nassau’s structural deficit by close to $100 million. These measures will, over the next 3 years, completely eliminate the constant borrowing by the County for tax refunds, which is the historical source of most County debt. This has been termed the biggest structural change in Nassau’s finances ever.
Mr. Kopel will continue working towards a solution to the previously intractable sewage problems which threaten the health and finances of different areas within the 7th Legislative District. The Legislature has already approved the complete reconstruction of the Bay Park Sewage Plant, following its near destruction during Superstorm Sandy. Mr. Kopel also continues to work and advocate for those homes and businesses devastated by Sandy.
Mr. Kopel has been lauded for his professional relationship with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. He will continue to work closely with both Republicans and Democrats for the benefit of residents.
Professionally, Legislator Kopel is a self-proclaimed "recovering attorney." Currently, he runs a national title insurance and settlement services business based in Valley Stream. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Howard Kopel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science before graduating Brooklyn Law School. Today, Howard is admitted to practice law in New York State and the United States Southern District.
Howard Kopel has been married for over 40 years to his loving wife, Esther, and has four children and nine grandchildren. He is a congregant at several local synagogues, and a member of various local fraternal, service, and community organizations.