Anand elected mayor of Laurel Hollow, New York State
NEW YORK, July 02, 2007
NRI Harvinder Anand, 46, Chemical Engineer from Punjab University,
Chandigarh was elected as Mayor Laurel Hollow of New York State.
"I'm honored and humbled," said Anand a resident of
In Laurel Hollow, 3 percent of the village's 1,930 residents are
from India. Laurel Hollow is a water front community on the North
Shore of Long Island, in Nassau County which has some of the most
expensive real estate in the country, prices of homes range from
$2 million to $15 million. He has been a resident of the village
for over 10 years and an active participant in community service
It is a home to the 107-acre Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an
internationally recognized genetic and cancer research center. Three
researchers at the center have won Nobel prizes for their genetic
- In December, 2002, Anand was appointed to the position of Trustee
to fill a vacancy.
- He won a full term in hotly contested election in 2003. Anand
has served as the village Police Commissioner.
- Anand is a graduate of Nassau County Civilian Police Academy
and an active member of the Nassau County Police Reserves.
- He also serves on the Advisory Board of Nassau County Law Enforcement
- He is the President of Royce International; a multi-national
corporation involved in manufacture of industrial chemicals for
textile, aerospace, electrical, automotive, marine and construction
- He served as the President of Harbour Ridge Homeowners Association,
an exclusive gated community in the village.
- In 2005, he also served as deputy mayor. When DeVita decided
not to seek a fourth term as mayor in June, she asked Anand to
According to Newsday, Ram Sinha, chairman of the Indian American
Democratic Club of Long Island, said it's encouraging when Indians
are visible and involved in their communities. "Indians should
participate, no matter whether it is a Democrat or a Republican,"
he said. "They must share their ideals and values in society."
Anand said his commitment to the community is more important than
where he was born. I want to serve my village to the best of my
capabilities and do what's right for the residents
Anand also attended Hofstra University for MBA. Anand is married
to Dr Chandni Anand, a practicing Internist. They have two children,
Nikita K. Anand (15) and Angad S. Anand (14).