Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board today appointed Village of Lynbrook Trustee Laura A. Ryder to fill a board vacancy during this morning’s Town Board meeting. The accomplished individual was appointed in a 6-0 unanimous decision to fill a vacancy on the board, with Deputy Supervisor Dorothy L. Goosby absent from the meeting due to health reasons.
Ryder is beloved in Lynbrook and in neighboring communities, namely for her volunteer work and humanitarian efforts in helping fellow residents in need. As a trustee in the Village of Lynbrook, Ryder has helped organize many of the village’s most popular events. She also worked with her village board colleagues to create additional housing that fits the character of the community, worked to bring several new businesses to the village and ensured that neighborhood police, fire and emergency personnel have the tools they need to serve the community.
“We are proud to welcome Laura Ryder as the newest member of the Hempstead Town Board,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “Laura is someone who cares deeply about her community and has worked with local municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, developers and civic organizations to make our neighborhood a better place. We on the Town Board believe Laura Ryder is the perfect person for the job, and I am confident that residents of the 4th Councilmanic District will agree.”
Ryder succeeds Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, who vacated the seat after being elected to the 4th Congressional District.
“Congressman Anthony D’Esposito is one of the greatest public servants to ever represent the 4th Councilmanic District, and I want to thank him for everything he has done for our community. I vow to continue his legacy of hard work and caring in serving the residents of America’s largest township,” stated Councilwoman Ryder. “I thank Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board for putting their faith and confidence in me, and I look forward to working together to keep our town a great place in which to live, work and raise a family.”
Ryder was elected to the Lynbrook Village Board in March 2021, where she helped the board manage village finances and day-to-day operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She works as a paralegal at the law firm of Ledwith and Atkinson, and a real estate agent with Pearsall Partners Realty, LLC. Previously, she served on the South Nassau Water Authority and the American Water Company Community Outreach Committee, where she worked to oversee and address exorbitant rates and service provided by a local utility company. What’s more, Ryder represented Lynbrook on the Nassau County Police Commissioner’s Council.
Ryder is the founder and chairperson of the Lynbrook Cares Committee, managing a group of volunteers who help elderly residents and people with disabilities with shoveling snow, landscaping and other tasks. She also volunteers her time with the Lynbrook Community Chest, providing financial assistance to village residents experiencing difficult times. Other humanitarian efforts include serving on the Lynbrook 9-11 Memorial Committee, Christopher’s Hemophilia Benefit Committee, Lynbrook Beautification Committee, Vice President of the Malverne School District SEPTA, and many more.
Ryder was named Nassau Citizens United 2018 Finest Influential Woman of the Year, Lynbrook 2014 Woman of the Year and Lynbrook 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.
Laura is married to her husband, Mike, and they have two children, Shannon and Aidan.