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Editorial: If You Care, You Must Vote!

This coming Tuesday, March 19, six of our nine Great Neck villages will hold elections. The villages of Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston will all hold elections. Some contests are for mayor, some for trustee or judge, but this time all are uncontested except the Saddle Rock trustees election. 

(To date, the Saddle Rock trustee elections were reported as uncontested, with two trustees running for two trustee spots. At deadline we discovered these elections are contested. So if you want a say in Saddle Rock government, your vote will doubly count.)

The Great Neck Record has devoted several articles to informing residents of just what is happening in their village, who is running for office, what credentials does each candidate have and what does each one of these candidates propose for their village. In this week’s issue we also offer a review of who is running and where and when to vote, as those elections are in less than a week.

We urge everyone who lives in a village that is holding elections on March 19 to come out and vote. Since there are few contested elections this time, there appears to be some expected complacency. This is so wrong!

A vote in a local election really matters. Your village government is the government closest to you! It is your local leaders who oversee so much that effects your everyday life, your quality of life.  So, of course, when there is a contested election, as now in Saddle Rock, it is most important to learn everything about the challengers so you are very sure that you have made the right decision when you cast your ballot.

However, when an uncontested election comes along, a vote is truly very important here too. Our local officials spend countless hours working for your benefit, to maintain your village, to insure that your quality of life is up to your high standards. And these local leaders mostly do this on their own time, generally at their own expense. 

Our local public officials are, in reality, public servants who work for you. They don’t ask for much, but they would surely appreciate your support.

A vote for your mayor or your trustee or your village justice tells that person that you believe in them, that you think they are doing a great job and should be returned to office. Your vote says “thank you” for all you do. Your vote says “please continue, we appreciate this.”

And, of course, your vote in a contested election will help determine how your local government is run.

So come next Tuesday, if your village holding elections, please do get out and vote.

Every vote counts and your vote will make a difference in so many ways!

Vote on March 19!

—-Wendy Karpel Kreitzman