Kaplan says more must be done to help the middle class by providing a living wage, improving infrastructure and helping the next generation by expanding Pell grants and allowing students to borrow at the same low rates as banks. She opposes privatizing Social Security and would resist efforts to make Medicare a voucher system. She said the United States must “stand shoulder to shoulder” with Israel. Kaplan opposes the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal because the “Iranian regime cannot be trusted.” As a former Queens resident, Kaplan also supports improved public transportation in eastern Queens, including more express bus service and a new Whitestone-to -Manhattan ferry.
Anna Kaplan, a North Hempstead town board member who came to the United States alone as a 13-year-old refugee, is hoping to become the first person of Iranian descent elected to Congress. Kaplan, 49, was elected to the town board in 2011 and is serving her second term. Earlier, she served as a trustee of the Great Neck Public Library board and as a member of the North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals. Kaplan is an attorney but works full time as a town official. She graduated from Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. She lives in Great Neck with her husband, Darren, and two daughters.