Bruce Blakeman was elected Nassau County Executive on November 2, 2021. Blakeman currently serves as Hempstead Town Councilman, where he voted to cut property taxes two years in a row and approved budgets that earned the Town of Hempstead among the highest Wall Street credit ratings available. To protect taxpayer money and safeguard against wrongdoing, Blakeman championed laws to create the Town’s first-ever Compliance Officer and hired a former Federal prosecutor to serve as Town Attorney. Bruce has led efforts to combat anti-Semitism and passed landmark legislation to ensure that the Town of Hempstead no longer does business with any entity that bans, divests, and/or sanctions the state of Israel. To prevent the spread of drugs in our neighborhoods, Bruce has strengthened local quality of life laws and serves on the board of a non-profit organization that offers drug and alcohol addiction counseling.
Former Presiding Officer of the County Legislature, Blakeman has never been afraid to stand up against politicians, even those in his own political party, to do what is best for taxpayers. In fact, Bruce slashed $40 million in excessive spending and reduced salaries of political appointees in the budget of a former Republican County Executive. While serving on the County Legislature, Blakeman also preserved open space, directed critical funding toward downtown business district improvements throughout Nassau County, and established a life-saving breast cancer resource center named Hewlett House.
Beyond elected office, Bruce Blakeman served as Commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2001 to 2009 where he oversaw major airports, bridges, tunnels, ports and facilities across the metropolitan area. He is an attorney who is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, New York and New Jersey courts, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Blakeman is a graduate of California Western Law School and Arizona State University. Bruce was born in Oceanside, raised in Valley Stream and currently resides in Atlantic Beach with his wife, Segal.