Kopel said he is most proud of his work providing services to his constituents and touted his financial expertise on county matters. An accomplishment he noted was helping to develop a deferred assessment fund that would eliminate all borrowing for commercial tax refunds on new certiorari claims. The biggest issue facing Nassau County, he said, is the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, its fiscal control board. “We have to get them off our backs, they are applying a standard to us that’s different than is applied to any other governing body in the state,” Kopel said. “Even when we’re doing well financially, they don’t recognize it. And it makes no sense.”
Kopel, 66, of Lawrence, is seeking a fifth term as county legislator. He is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform, and Tax Revolt party lines. Kopel runs a national title insurance and settlement services business in Valley Stream. He serves as the legislature’s alternate deputy presiding officer. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brooklyn College and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Kopel is married and has four adult children.