“This rally is to get New York state, the state legislature, and the governor to change the law passed in June … a law with no other purpose than to make money,” said Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky, president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association. The GNVOA, along with the Great Neck Park District, the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, the Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire District, and the Long Island Special District Association, hosted an Oct. 26 rally calling for amendments to the state’s law that now permits easier consolidation or dissolution of local municipalities (i.e. villages and special districts), often with little say from the residents involved.
At the podium with GNPD Chair Robert Lincoln, New York State Senator Craig Johnson, and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Mayor Samansky noted the presence of many public officials, calling the two state legislators “the two champions of this effort.”
The multi-year struggle to decide on the best approach to do the required upgrades for sewage treatment for much of the peninsula will culminate in a vote by the Town of North Hempstead Council on Nov. 17. A super majority vote is required for passage of a bond.
Even though the idea of diverting sewage to Nassau County’s Cedar Creek facility was eventually rejected for a host of reasons, it was, as environmentalist Julian Kane called it, “a vampire that just wouldn’t die no matter how many times you stabbed it in the heart.”
Proponents of diversion cited an estimate of $20 million to divert to Cedar Creek over and over again even though years went by and construction costs went up.
What could possibly have brought a busy congressman to rendezvous with a herd of goats in, of all places, Great Neck?
Commissioners from the Great Neck Park District, who lease Kings Point Park from the Village of Kings Point and maintain its natural assets, learned from resident Elizabeth Allen that an invasive thorny vine, cat briar, which spreads through underground tubers, was inexorably marching through the park. It is a formidable vine that grows straight up, tangles around saplings, bushes and trees and eventually makes for an impassable thicket of thorns.
Difficulty in eradicating cat briar is made harder because its buddy, poison ivy, grows all around. Much of Kings Point Park is a protected wetlands area, therefore, chemical weed killers are not allowed. The people power to hack into the vines and manually dig out the tubers would be a staggering number, estimated at $100,000.
Incumbent Judi Bosworth, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Garry Stark are running for election as legislator for the 10th District in the Nassau County Legislature. Anton Newspapers made several attempts to contact Dr. Stark. With the assistance of the Nassau County Republican Committee, a phone number and an email address were obtained, but, as of press time, Dr. Stark had not responded.
Do you know that your village could be dissolved by a countywide vote? Or that your village could be compelled to initiate an expensive plan for consolidation or dissolution triggered by a small percentage of residents signing a petition? Or that your water district could be forced to consolidate with another water district, again by a countywide vote of people who have never paid one cent into supporting your district’s necessary infrastructure for producing clean water?
With the aim of educating the public about the consequences of allowing the law, “The N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act” to go into effect in March of 2010, un-amended, a rally will be held on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Neck South High School. The Great Neck Village Officials Association, the Great Neck Park District and the Long Island Special Districts Association are sponsoring the event. Although the meeting is being held in Great Neck, it is open to all residents in Nassau County.
Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader.
In the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees of the Great Neck Library will be holding special meetings to discuss the various options for the renovation and/or expansion of the Main Library. The public is urged to try to attend one or more of these meetings.
On Monday, Oct. 19 one of the meetings was held at the Main Library’s Community Room at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, a meeting will be held at the Atria of Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Road at 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, a meeting will be held at the Parkville School auditorium at 10 Campbell Street in New Hyde Park at 7:30 p.m.
Information about the plans is available at the library’s website: www.greatnecklibrary.org
(Editor’s Note: The Great Neck Record made several attempts to contact Lee Seeman’s Republican opponent, Louis Chisari. With the assistance of the Nassau County Republican Committee, a phone number and an email address were obtained, but Mr. Chisari did not respond within the allotted timeframe.)
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, representing the 5th council district (the villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens and Lake Success as well as the unincorporated areas in Great Neck, New Hyde Park and Floral Park Centre), is seeking reelection. A longtime Great Neck resident, Ms. Seeman, a Democrat, has been on the town council since 2005. Over the years she has served in numerous local, state and federal government positions.
At this point in time, Ms. Seeman’s emphasis is on local issues. Consolidation is a major controversial topic today. She told the Great Neck Record, “It’s always important for local governments to share services when it is economically feasible … but, consolidating governments at the expense of local control and quality of service simply doesn’t make sense.” She noted that “As is the case throughout my district, the villages and special districts provide an unsurpassed level of service and expertise which have contributed to an excellent overall quality of life.”
The 1909 Alco-6 Racer, the famed car also known as “la Bete Noir” or the “Black Beast,” will be featured at the 25th Annual Great Neck Plaza Annual AutoFest and Street Festival to be held on Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. The Alco-6 Black Beast Racer gained prominence for its consecutive victories in the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races held on the Long Island Motor Parkway and for participating in the first Indy 500 Race held in 1911.
Jay Corn, Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) vice president and AutoFest committee chairperson, is excited about this wonderful addition to the festival. “The Great Neck Plaza BID is proud to have such an iconic car headlining our Autofest this year. Participation is always great in these events and I am sure all participating car enthusiasts will appreciate this exotic addition. Current owner Howard Kroplick has kept this restored vehicle in immaculate condition, and will be showing the car at many events throughout Long Island.”
Friends of the Great Neck Arts Center will celebrate the organization’s 16th anniversary at “Star Struck!,” an annual Gala to be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Lake Success Village Club. In addition to honoring members of the community who have contributed to The Arts Center’s remarkable growth, the Gala will feature special performances by local and Broadway stars, including Trent Kowalik, who received a Tony Award for his starring role as Billy Elliot in the hit show Billy Elliot.
The Gala will honor Diana and Jeffrey Phillips, who will be presented with The Arts Center’s “Community Achievement Award.” The couple is the founders and owners of the popular Great Neck restaurant Café Rustica. Also being honored is State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, who will receive the “Inspiration Award,” Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky, who will be given the “Founders Award,” and performer Trent Kowalik, who will be named The Arts Center’s “Rising Star: Artist of Distinction.”
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