Laura Curran began her first term in the Nassau County Legislature in January, 2014. She proudly serves the 5th Legislative District, which includes most of Baldwin, all of South Hempstead, a major portion of Freeport, and parts of Rockville Centre, Merrick, and Oceanside.
Laura serves on several legislative committees, including Finance, Public Work & Parks, and Public Safety, and Minority Affairs. Working on these committees – which deal with such important aspects of local government – gives her the opportunity to ensure the communities she represents are more safe, healthy, and resilient.
During her first term, Laura proposed legislation to help veteran-owned businesses win county contracts. And along with fellow legislator, Siela Bynoe, Laura proposed legislation to create a Land Bank, a non-profit entity to buy vacant and abandoned houses (so-called “zombie houses”), and then renovate and sell them. The Nassau County Legislature subsequently unanimously approved the creation of the Nassau County Land Bank.
Laura strives to be an active advocate for the communities she represents.
“We live in a complicated patchwork of local municipalities – where special districts, villages, towns, and the County overlap in often confusing ways,” she says. “Part of my job is to help residents navigate any confusion to help them solve problems. I am proud to have cultivated relationships that allow me to work with folks in all levels of government and across party lines to get things done.”
Laura came to public service after a career as a reporter at the New York Daily News and the New York Post. At the Daily News, she covered education, politics, and crime, and was often among the first reporters at breaking news scenes. Her reporting also took her far from New York, including to Los Angeles to cover the O. J. Simpson civil trial. At the Post, Laura specialized in in-depth features, and wrote about many of the Long Islanders killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was also an adjunct professor of journalism at SUNY Purchase.
Laura served as a trustee on the Baldwin Board of Education from 2011 to 2014, where she worked hard, amid tightening budget constraints, to ensure that every student had the opportunity receive a solid, well-rounded education.
Laura is a member of the Baldwin and Freeport Chambers of Commerce, the Baldwin Civic Association, and also teaches yoga in Baldwin. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Baldwin with her husband and their three daughters.