Larry Elovich, venerated political advisor and attorney, dies at 77
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He was president of the Chamber of Commerce from 1981-2006 and continued to serve as its board chairman. He was also a president of the Long Beach Lions Club and Exalted Ruler of the Long Beach Elks, and remained active in various charitable and civic organizations throughout his career. In 2010, he was named Grand Marshal of the Irish Day parade.
A Brooklyn native and 1953 graduate of Lafayette High School, Elovich began working for the City of Long Beach in the early 1950s. He graduated from Long Island University in 1957 and worked as a physical education teacher in New York City's Harran High School. While attending law school, Elovich served as a special patrolman with the Long Beach Police Department for two years and also as a volunteer firefighter.
He graduated Brooklyn Law School in 1961, and began practicing in Long Beach shortly afterward. Elovich bought his first home in 1963 on Kerrigan Street, across the street from Arthur J. Kremer, who, two years later, was elected to the state Assembly and became chairman of its Ways and Means Committee. Their annual summer block party included political dignitaries from around the state, including Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
“We would have this huge party every year where literally a couple of thousand people would come,” Elovich told the Herald in 2008.
Elovich was the chairman of the Long Beach Democratic Committee from 1967 to 1973 and, though he never ran for public office, he was best known for his political acumen. "He wanted to get involved in the community when he started his law practice and got involved by running as a committeeman in one of the districts and ... eventually he became the Democratic leader," Fleishman said. "He was very knowledgeable of politics and political affairs, policies and what not. He had the relationships on both sides of the isle; with [former U.S. Senator] Al D'Amato, who was a strong Republican and [U.S. Representative] Peter King. And then on the Democratic side, he was good friends with [State Controller] Tom DiNapoli and a friend of Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, both father and son."