Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein will leave his position at the end of July, County Executive Bruce Blakeman announced Monday.
Eisenstein served as the county’s health commissioner since 2011 and plans to pursue a role in the private sector, Blakeman said. His last day will be July 29.
“Dr. Eisenstein has helped lead the county through some of the most tumultuous times in our history as we struggled to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic,” Blakeman said in a statement. “Serving multiple administrations, his professionalism, work ethic, knowledge, and commitment to the residents of Nassau County is unmatched. I want to thank him for his years of service, and wish him great success as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.”
Blakeman added that starting Monday, he’ll begin a nationwide search to find a new health commissioner for the county.
Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the minority leader of the county legislature, expressed well wishes and gratitude for Eisenstein’s work as health commissioner, which spanned three administrations. He also stated his commitment to overseeing the hiring process for his replacement.
“We look forward to carefully reviewing the qualifications of the next person who is chosen to lead the Department of Health,” Abrahams said in a statement. “Whomever that is, we implore the Blakeman administration to let them do their job without interference. Medical science – not political science – must guide all decisions that impact the health and wellness of Nassau County residents.”
Eisenstein was not immediately available for comment.