Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
(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.”
Turning to another local issue that has long been in the spotlight in Great Neck, a sewer combination plan to bring two plants up to mandated standards, Ms. Seeman said that she is delighted that a plan has been developed and an agreement has been reached to build a joint plant between the Village of Great Neck and the Water Pollution Control District. Said Ms. Seeman: “This new facility will set a new standard in sewage treatment and maintain the quality of service residents have come to expect.” Ms. Seeman added that the town has set Nov. 17 as the date to hear the issue of bonding the cost of the new facility. “Although the process has taken awhile, I believe we are now in a position to move forward with the project,” she said.
Ms. Seeman explained that as a town councilwoman she works with all of the residents in her district, residents in villages and those in unincorporated areas. Today she calls herself “a strong advocate for Project Independence,” a town program that assists seniors in their effort to live independently at home.
Ms. Seeman is also very proud of how “many villages and school districts have entered into inter-municipal agreements with the town,” and along these lines, how she has “helped implement innovative recycling programs in all the schools in my district (in Great Neck).”
Always active in her community, she is a member of a host of local organizations. Since 1975 Lee Seeman has been the program director of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, promoting topics such as environmental conservation, health care, small business concerns, the economy of Long Island and computer science. She has brought guest speakers from all over the world including the consul general of Cyprus and the ambassador of Belize.
In 1995, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and later reappointed by President George W. Bush, as a member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. In this role she was instrumental in the establishment of one of the largest cemetery monuments in Poland, dedicated to those who perished in the Holocaust. Other projects include placing markers at old cemeteries in Serock, Poland, in Estonia, and in Latvia, Riga.
Ms. Seeman has been a trustee of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem since 1988. In this position she has brought archeologists to the community to describe their work in the Middle East.
She has also been a New York State Democratic Committeewoman since 1970 and has served on the executive committee of the New York State Democratic committee. And she serves on Congressman Ackerman’s review board for student applications to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy, and West Point Academy.
Professionally, Ms. Seeman is a New York State licensed insurance broker. She is married to former Great Neck Estates’ mayor Murray Seeman and they have four children and seven grandchildren.