Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00
(Editor’s Note: As each village announces its candidates for office, in uncontested as well as contested elections, the Great Neck Record offers the opportunity for each candidate to submit a short bio, including qualifications as well as a headshot. These are the statements from the candidates in the Village of Kings Point.)
In the Village of Kings Point, two incumbent trustees and the village justice are running, unopposed. Trustee Ron Horowitz is running for another two-year term. Trustee Hooshang Nematzadeh is also running unopposed, first having been appointed to fill an unexpired term for a trustee who had retired from the board. Village Justice Gary Granoff is running for another four-year term, unopposed.
Nematzadeh and Granoff responded to the Record’s request for a photograph and a statement.
Hooshang Nematzadeh previously served as a trustee following his appointment by Mayor Michael Kalnick last September. He also serves on the villages planning board. Nematzadeh considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the community and an obligation to participate in the local government as an immigrant.
He told the Record: “I am truly enjoying the experience and I am grateful to the residents of Kings Point for the opportunity. I also hope that my elections can inspire others in the Iranian American community to participate in the local governments functions. Only in a democracy can this occur.”
Nematzadeh says his goal is to simply help maintain the wonderful quality of life in Kings Point: “The village services are unmatched anywhere. The clean roads, efficient police force with fast response, responsible village hall, efficient garbage collection, contribute to this quality of life. Soon the village’s security cameras become operational and enhance to the security of the village.” In addition, he said that the village paving program will address the problem roadways in accordance to their immediate need.
Nematzadeh is proud to be a part of a team that kept the village tax increase to below 3.7 percent “despite rising expenses, mainly because of mandated costs increases, and pledges to work hard with the team to maintain the trend while making sure that our quality of life is not compromised.”
Nematzadeh is currently the president of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce. When he undertook this broad, community-wide responsibility, he had said that he accepted the Chamber of Commerce position because he felt he had “an obligation to the Great Neck community.”
Professionally Nematzadeh is the president of Nemat Homes Inc. at 559 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck. He is by profession, a developer, builder and contractor. But he did not begin that way. Coming to the United States from his home in Iran in 1961, he enrolled at the University o Miami. He hardly spoke any English and pretty much worked his way through school. He graduated Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering, eventually earning an MBA from the University of Bridgeport. These degrees led him to work as research and development engineer for AVCO Corporation in Connecticut, working on the design of the components of the gas turbine engines for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Although he returned to Iran in 1972, where he worked as a project manager for construction of the second Tehran Refinery (the last one built) he and his family returned to the U.S. in 1978. In 2003, the Nematzadeh family moved to Great Neck.
Currently he is involved in several other Iranian and Great Neck community organizations, including serving on the planning board for the Village of Kings Point and executive vice president of the Iranian-American Jewish Federation of New York. He also serves as a member of the central board of the Mashadi Jewish Committee of America and chairman of that organization’s public affairs committee and higher education committee.
Today Nematzadeh, his wife, daughters and their grandchildren enjoy life in Great Neck. “I cherish the United States of America and all the opportunities this country has given me.”
(For Village Justice)
I have been a long time Great Neck resident, having graduated from Great Neck South Senior High School in 1965 and have resided in Kings Point, with my wife Leslie for the last 36 years. I graduated from The George Washington University in January 1970 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and thereafter graduated from The George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 1973. Great Neck and Kings Point are my home and I have life-long ties to this wonderful community.
I have practiced law since 1973 in the fields of real estate and business transactions. I have been involved in various charitable activities, including serving as a trustee of The George Washington University for 12 years and presently I am an Emeriti Trustee. I am also a trustee of The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation for more than 10 years, and presently I am the vice chairman of the board of trustees. With regard to civic service, I served for four years as a commissioner on the Kings Point Zoning Board of Appeals before becoming the village justice.
In June 2009, I was elected to a four-year term as the village justice of Kings Point. As I stand for re-election I feel well qualified to continue as the village justice and to serve our residents in that capacity. During my tenure as the village justice, I have overseen and been responsible to adjudicate over 2,700 cases in the court (since February 2009) and I have conducted over 50 trials in that time period. I have spent over 100 hours each year in my capacity as a part-time judge and my service has been voluntary and without any compensation. I have brought to the court my life long experience and judgment as an attorney, a businessman and as someone who has spent numerous hours on charitable and civic activities. I have also developed a keen sense of administering justice in a fair and impartial manner to all persons who appear before the court. I have also fulfilled all requirements of the elected judge with regard to the proper administration of the court and all reports to New York State required by the court have all been timely filed, and all funds accounted for with clean annual audits from independent auditors. Finally, I have written several opinions on interesting cases that have been published in the New York State Court reporting system, in the New York Law Journal and in the New York State Magistrates Association Journal. One decision was the first published case in New York State on the new “texting” while driving statute.
I hope to be able to continue to serve as the village justice of Kings Point, and I ask that the voters re-elect me on June 18, 2013 in the upcoming village election so that I can continue to serve this great community.