Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
When lovely Pat Roberts left the position of Commissioner of the Park District, Ann Marie Curd (Fruhauf) was appointed in July 2010 to be Pat’s successor until December 2010. Ann Marie then was “elected” by our community to complete the remainder of Pat’s term. That term is ending and we need to now “elect” a successor for a full term of three years. In the two years (approx.16 months) that Ann Marie Curd held this position she worked very hard for the park district; she studied the files, she worked with the other commissioners, she labored in representing the Manhasset Park District (MPD) on various occasions, and she did a wonderful job. As was told in a previous Letter to the Editor, she also updated filing techniques and archiving procedures and worked to improve services to the community. With her 20 years as a practicing lawyer, we can all be assured that all were completed within the law and without paying outside lawyers to complete some assignments, hence saving money for our MPD.
Ann Marie knows Manhasset as well as any living being who lives here. She was brought up here! Having gone to St. Mary’s parochial grade and high schools, she has an understanding of all citizens here who pay taxes for the public schools as well as well as those who might pay tuition in other schools as well. As a result she is cognizant of the MPD budget and helps to try to contain it. Ann Marie is available at any time since she does not have to take the train into and out of Manhattan every day, but is just a phone call or five-minute drive away from this facet of her life.
Ann Marie also has held various positions in the Strathmore Village Civic Association as well as many for many years on the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, only to leave that last position of president (2004 to 2009) to take the MPD position. Ann Marie continues to attend the Greater Council meetings to share the day-to-day operations of the MPD. She has held positions in many other organizations and has received other citations for her work in the community and is presently the chair for the Citizens Advisory Committee for Legislative Affairs of the Manhasset Board of Education, serving that committee since 2007. Oh, did I mention, Ann Marie is also mother to three lovely athletic young boys—not an easy task-and the wife of a very understanding husband.
Through Ann Marie’s civic work, love of Manhasset and the law, she realizes that the Manhasset Park District is not an entity that can enter into the realm of “recreation and park” issues, but rather is constrained by a Charter from the Town of North Hempstead, issued many years ago, that they are to concentrate on the “parking of cars in spaces owned by them.”
Hence she would not be wasting her time or our money in looking for recreational property to take over and run (as was done in the past over property owned by Macy’s/A&S). She might do so but only in conjunction with the Town of NH’s Director of Parks and Recreation’s input, cooperation and approval. She knows her place and respects the law. Ann Marie is not an individual that would only fulfill her obligations by attending a twice-a-month commissioner’s meeting, but rather, be on duty throughout the month day and night, weekdays and weekends.
She has proven herself! A new commissioner would just have to go through a year or two of training and study to come anywhere near the expertise and dedication of Ann Marie Curd.
Manhassetites, go to the polls on this coming Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Bayview Fire House between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. and do yourself and our community a favor, Vote for Ann Marie Curd (Fruhauf). You’ll be glad you did.
Mrs. Phyllis J. Clark
Former President of Terrace Manor Civic Association and The Greater Council