With a new superintendent of schools (Tom Dolan) just sworn in for the Great Neck Public Schools, it is truly time to say “goodbye” to our retiring superintendent, Ron Friedman. Ron, who has guided our marvelous school district for the last five years, has done a wonderful job and will surely be missed by all.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, issued the following statement on the resolution approved by the House that supports “all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.” The measure, which passed 405 to 1, also “condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators, by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones.” It also “affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.”
Be it a move to a new school or an additional degree or the prospect of an exciting job, all of our graduates have much reason to look forward. For sure, the future looks bright for these eager young people!
The editors and staff of the Great Neck Record would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our graduates of the Class of 2009 and to wish them all a future filled with health, happiness, and prosperity.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel was a lonely no vote on the floor of the Assembly on the issue of Consolidation and Dissolution of local governments: villages, towns, special districts and fire districts.
Assemblywoman Schimel read the following statement on the floor of the Assembly Chamber before casting her vote:
“My goal as town clerk and now as a state representative is to empower people to love government and recognize all of the services and opportunities it affords to help all people, families and neighbors.
Many years ago, when we had young children and lived in a village that had an unsafe, uninviting playground, we got involved in lobbying to improve it. We, the parents, got ourselves educated about fun-filled, yet safe, play equipment, networked with other parents and eventually convinced the mayor and trustees of the village that it was high time to invest in a play area that would enhance the quality of life in the village. That was when we fell in love with the reality of local government, close to home and responsive to the people. That was when we learned that a few people can make a difference. It was a thrill!
Property taxes continue to be the number one problem on Long Island and across New York State, where our residents pay 78 percent above the national average. As I continue my fight against property taxes, I was encouraged by this morning’s Leaders’ Meeting where property taxes were the topic.
Even as voters across the state vote on school budgets today, most of which came in at well below the 4 percent cap our state commission had proposed, we are reminded that our entire state will face a new crisis once federal stimulus funding runs out and escalated pension bills come in. We need our State Legislature to take action immediately on the host of recommendations discussed today. As always, I will continue my fight on behalf of every single overburdened property taxpayer. They deserve no less.
Once again the Great Neck community will be treated to a wonderful “Taste of Great Neck.” This much anticipated event is this coming Monday evening, June 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at Melville Hall, the Officer’s Club at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.
The “taste” is always an event not to be missed, complete with an amazing sample of foods from an impressive list of local restaurants and food shops. And the spectacular waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline is always a treat at Melville Hall.
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