Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00
We have ‘‘played this song before,’’ but we certainly believe that this editorial deserves another run. While we regularly attend the monthly Great Neck Village Officials Association meetings, unfortunately, we seem to be missing some members each time. Each meeting we are treated to a most interesting speaker and an opportunity to catch up on all the news of the peninsula. It is a wonderful time to hear about what is happening and what the future holds, as well as a great chance to have a say about our community. And it is a really terrific opportunity for our nine village mayors and their trustees to casually “network.”
These meetings are generally pretty well attended. Mayors, or representatives, of most of the nine Great Neck villages do attend, as do many deputy mayors, trustees and village clerks. The Town of North Hempstead is more often than not represented too. But, sadly, there is almost never a full complement.
In order to work, and work well, any organization needs the cooperation of each and every member. No one village has the right to opt out. No one mayor has the right to cut his or her village off from the rest of the peninsula. If a mayor cannot show up for a particular meeting, for sure there is a long list of alternates who can be sent. Each village has not only a board of trustees and a clerk, but a host of other supportive boards, as well as an entire village of residents.
We implore all of our nine mayors to be sure that their villages are represented at each GNVOA meeting. Notices are sent out! And as for residents, why not check with your village hall and see if your village is active in the GNVOA. If not, you have the right to question your mayor and maybe make a change.
The Great Neck Village Officials Association is there for all of us. And it is the duty of all of our mayors to see to it that every one of us has the benefit of the work of a united peninsula.
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman