Laura Gillen announces campaign for Congress


Former Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, a Democrat who lost last November’s Congressional race to GOP Rep. Anthony D’Esposito is prepared to run again, she said in a Wednesday news release.

Gillen said that she would work across the aisle as she has done before to battle corruption and waste, and aim to ensure that the government works for her constituents.

“Nassau’s South Shore is my home,” Gillen stated in the release. “It’s where I have lived and served for decades. “Now in the face of the reckless conduct and fraud we’ve witnessed in a few short months, I have never been more determined to fight for this district.”

She said she would safeguard vital programs such as Medicare and Social Security, provide the needed resources for law enforcement, defend the principles of the Roe v. Wade decision, and preserve and strengthen the middle class.

Gillen, who served as supervisor with a Republican majority board, and gained the endorsement of former Councilman Bruce Blakeman, when she ran for re-election, a Republican who is now county executive, lowered town taxes every year of her four-year term, refinanced the town’s debt — saving taxpayers millions of dollars — and passed what she called “historic” ethics reform and transparency legislation. Under her administration $50 million was spent to repair town road, she said.

Raised in Baldwin, Gillen, a lawyer, lives in Rockville Centre with husband Chris and their four children.