Written by Wendy Kreitzman Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:39
With true dedication and an amazing community spirit, Russell Garden’s Steve Kirschner is set to once again take the reins of his village. From 2003 until 2009, Kirschner served as mayor of the Village of Russell Gardens. After three terms he felt it was someone else’s turn even though there were no official term limits. And so Kirschner left office.
Today, with the current mayor finishing his term, the office is once again open and once again there is the need for an experienced resident to step up to the plate. Kirschner told the Great Neck Record that people suddenly started “mentioning” his name and with several new trustees, the need for experience became crucial. “The village does so much more now,” Kirschner said. “We do a lot of the work ourselves … fix roads, plow and sand and salt sidewalks as well as roads, clear storm drains … we sub-contract very little now.” He said that his village is the only one in Great Neck that treats and clears sidewalks as well as roads.
Kirschner emphasized the fact that with so much work done by the village, “we need to stay on top now.” And he noted that the beautiful, but old trees, that line the village, need care and possible replacing at this point. “There’s more to get done now and you need a history,” Kirschner said.
In addition to issues right in the midst of this mainly residential village, he also spoke of parking problems on Northern Boulevard. ‘There’s always something going on,” he said.
Having lived in Russell Gardens for 36 years (where he and his wife raised their three sons), Kirschner has that history. In addition to serving as mayor for six years, deputy mayor for six years and a village trustee for 14 years, he also served as a director of the Russell Gardens Civic Association and served as its president in 1986. During his years as mayor, Kirschner served on the executive board of the Nassau County Village Officials Association.
And with the experience he again brings to government in Russell Gardens, Kirschner hopes to lead his board as he allows his trustees to acquire more experience.
“I’m not high profile,” Steve Kirschner told the Record. “I’ll do this for as long as necessary.” He compared his years in local government to the time others volunteer at community organizations such as houses of worship, school-based organizations and fundraising efforts. “I have a vision as to what to accomplish and the only way to get this done is to do it myself,” he said.
And so he will, as Steve Kirschner once again steps in to the post of mayor of Russell Gardens. “I hope to continue to make the village a better place to live,” he told the Record.