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Write-In Candidate

Port North election is contested,
with write-in candidate

Elections in the Village of Port Washington North will not be uncontested after all.

Selwyn G. Rudnick, a resident of the condo-community Mill Pond Acres, has announced that he is running a write-in campaign for village trustee. Port Washington North Mayor Bob Weitzner and Trustees Michael Schenkler and Sherman Scheff are running for re-election on Tuesday, March 19.

According to Rudnick’s campaign poster, he has a long list of credentials, having served the board of directors for both the Port Washington and the Manhasset Chambers of Commerce, and serving as the past president and current secretary/treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington. A retiree, Rudnick is a past employee of Merrill Lynch as a commodity and stock broker, and a past founder of Fenner Reed and Jackson, Inc. He is a former captain in the United States Air Force and is the Commander of Post 5063 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Manhasset. Rudnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Port Washington Senior Center, the advisory committee for Project Independence, and he is a former trustee for the Village of Munsey Park.

“I plan to be involved in finding solutions which benefit all the residents of Port Washington North,” Rudnick stated. His campaign platform says he will be a fresh voice in village policies, hold an independent view not tied to any village party, maintain balance between board and village residents, communicate effectively with all residents of Port Washington North, serve to support all residents of Port Washington North and develop a responsible, written financial plan for the future.

Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff issued the following statement:

“We have worked to ensure that the Village of Port Washington North progresses in a direction that benefits all of our residents. We as a team have kept Port North’s taxes below 2 percent each and every year – before there was a cap – and have taken a special and personal interest in making sure that the Village of Port Washington North is one of the most fiscally sound villages on Long Island. We repair and maintain our roads and sidewalks and keep them safe. We continue to trim and plant trees throughout the village. We created the Baywalk Park for the entire Port Washington community to use and enjoy, and helped calm Shore Road, making it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. We also led the preparation for and clean-up of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and in doing so implemented many policies and procedures that will better prepare the village in the event another natural disaster occurs in the future. We wish to continue improving Port North by being re-elected and taking on new and exciting projects that will continue to improve the quality of life for our residents.

 “This brings us to the write-in campaign that we were made aware of just recently. The issue is in no way about the qualifications of the candidate. The concern for the three of us running has more to do about effective and equal representation on our board. The fact is, the write-in candidate lives in Mill Pond Acres and being supported by their board. If elected, there would be two trustees from Mill Pond, with the possibility of actually adding a third and becoming a majority based on the results of next year’s election. We don’t think that is in the best interests of our village. Simply put, our position is that we feel our current board best represents the fabric and the voice of the entire Port North community. We are asking all Port Washington North residents to express their desire to keep our board intact and preserve their representation, by coming out and voting for Mayor Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff on March 19.”

The village election takes place on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m., at the Port Washington North Village Hall, located within Stop & Shop Plaza at 71 Old Shore Road in Port Washington.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com