Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
After serving ten years as your town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.
In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances. NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil.
While I look forward to these new and challenging roles, I will most certainly miss being the supervisor of this most extraordinary Town. There is much ground that my administration has covered over the last ten years. We brought in 311 and TownStat, created Project Independence, initiated our award winning school recycling program and so much more.
Of most significance, and that of which I am most proud, is my administration’s management of Town finances. The great success that we have had and that has been recognized by leaders in the municipal finance world is of critical importance. In the last ten years we have seen our bond rating rise to the highest it has ever been and then hold the line during one of the worst recessions in history. We have balanced our budgets while rebuilding infrastructure, adding and improving services, developed award winning programs and improving the quality of life throughout our town.
In fact, we have achieved a net reduction in town debt of over 100 million dollars while building new facilities, acquiring open space and new parks, and investing in numerous environmental and public safety measures on behalf of our community. It is time for me to move on, but I would like to thank and acknowledge all those that have served our Town during my administration. So many have given of themselves in ways that often go unnoticed by the general public, but have, in fact, had a positive impact on our lives.
I also want to thank you, the residents of North Hempstead for allowing me to serve as I have done. I have done my best and hope that I have met the challenge of governing to your satisfaction. Thank you.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.
To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.
The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also. Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”
Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”
Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.