Thu, 01 Apr 2010

Long Island Business News: 40 Under 40

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are under the age of 40. The event has grown from a gathering of 60 people introducing themselves in a small restaurant to more than 700 at the Island’s largest catering hall. Awardees in this program represent entrepreneurs, government, education, law, banking, not-for-profits and the high-tech industry. One of the year’s most popular signature events, this is the ultimate for networking and business development - no other program gets you in front of the real future leaders of Long Island.

Long Island Business News and event sponsors Hofstra University, LISTnet, Grant Thornton LLP, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, along with corporate sponsor Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, proudly present the Class of 2010:

Kevan Abrahams
Nassau County Legislature
Deputy Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature Kevan Abrahams is serving his fourth full term as the representative from the 1st Legislative District. When first elected in 2002, Abrahams was 27 years old and the youngest legislator ever elected to the Nassau County Legislature and the youngest African American elected in New York. He was named deputy presiding officer of the Legislature in 2007.

Abrahams joined the county Legislature as deputy finance director in 2000, eventually advancing to the position of finance director. Prior to this, he served as a legislative assistant and deputy district director for Congressman Floyd H. Flake and as a district representative for Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Helping businesses grow and assisting neighborhoods with revitalization projects are among his top priorities. One of the first bills he signed into law was the minority women and business enterprise law, which states the county must put forth its best effort to give 15 percent of its contracts to minority and women-owned businesses. Abrahams has consistently called for the equitable allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds to improve areas within Roosevelt and Uniondale. He has also approved agreements with the Long Island Housing Partnership for the development of affordable housing units. He strives to educate and protect taxpayers, encouraging homeowners to attend free attorney-led mortgage foreclosure clinics sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association.

Abrahams has stood unwavering in his support to fund health and human services. He is outspoken against gang violence and has joined community leaders and anti-gang advocates to provide safer outlets for young people. He has also sponsored several laws to protect children against sex offenders and co-sponsored laws tightening Internet safety and the county’s social host law that holds homeowners responsible for underage drinking at their home. Additionally, he mentors interns in his legislative office throughout the year. Abrahams is also involved with The Energeia Partnership, where Long Island leaders take action on behalf of justice, the dignity of the human person and the protection of natural resources. Abrahams earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queens College. He also attended Baruch College’s MBA Program.

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