6.25.2007

Harvinder S. Anand: Long Island's 1st Indian American Mayor

In recent village elections, Harvinder S. Anand was elected as Mayor Laurel Hollow. An immigrant, Anand is Long Island's first elected official of Indian birth.

Laurel Hollow is a water front community and 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 work.

Anand was appointed to the position of Trustee in December, 2002 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 Explorers.

A Chemical Engineer from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Anand also attended Hofstra University for MBA. 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 industries. Anand is married to Dr Chandni Anand, a practicing Internist. They have two children, Nikita K. Anand (15) and Angad S. Anand (14).