Candidate New York State Senate's 7th District (Democrat)
Originally from Iran, Kaplan came to the United States as a young teen to escape the Islamic Revolution. After attending high school in Chicago, she received a B.S. in Biology and later earned a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Following her graduation from law school, Kaplan worked at several New York City law firms.
After the birth of her first child, Kaplan became a full-time mother and became very involved in the Pre-School program and then the PTA at the E. M. Baker School. She became involved in the public school system because she believes that providing a good public education to all is one of the most important roles of government. Kaplan was then asked to run for the Board of Trustees of the Great Neck Library District. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, she easily won the election and began serving her four-year term in January of 2008.
In 2010, Kaplan was made vice president of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees. In 2010, she was also appointed to the Town Board of Zoning and Appeals. Currently, she serves as Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman for the Fourth District.
Kaplan's campaign has been endorsed by numerous elected officials and organizations including former President Barack Obama, Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, the AFL-CIO of New York, the National Organization for Women, and many more.
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Public Service: Great Neck Library Board of Trustees; North Hempstead Board of Zoning and Appeals; Councilwoman for North Hempstead
Residence: North Hempstead, NY
Education: BS Yeshiva University; JD Benjamin Cardozo School of Law