Russell Gardens is set to elect a new mayor this month, as Mayor Steven Kirschner steps down. Trustee and Deputy Mayor Matthew Bloomfield is running, uncontested, for his first term as mayor. Trustee Martin Adickman is running for re-election as trustee, and Jane Krakauer is running for her first term as trustee. All of these positions are for two-year terms.
Russell Gardens elections are Wednesday, March 18, noon to 9 p.m., at Russell Gardens Village Hall, 6 Tain Drive.
The candidates were asked to submit statements and photographs for publication. The statements for Matthew Bloomfield, Martin Adickman and Jane Krakauer follow.
For 19 years it has been my privilege to serve the residents of the Village of Russell Gardens as a village trustee and deputy mayor for six of those years. I have been honored by the residents electing me as their representative 10 times. During this time, I have addressed individual, as well as the community, needs and consistently worked with residents to make positive changes in our village. I have given particular attention to creating and maintaining transparency in the way our village government works and devoted my energies to maintaining all the aspects of what makes governing Russell Gardens both user friendly for our residents and a very special place for them to live.
I am especially proud of several of the efforts I have made on behalf of our residents. We hired an arborist to direct the care of our village trees. The arborist saved many of our trees by creating a protocol directing the correct way of caring for and pruning our trees. Because many of our homes have sewer lines running under village trees, I found a process that will allow the replacement of the sewer line without the loss of the trees (in most cases); worked with LIPA to reduce the frequency of outages, and worked with National Grid to replace leaking gas mains. I also worked with the Nassau County Police Department on traffic enforcement, and I worked with the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District on fire hydrant replacement. Additionally I was involved in working with ownership on behalf of the apartment residents to resolve maintenance issues and resolved many quality of life issues in Russell Gardens. In addition, I helped to computerize the village office, upgraded the village phone system, reduced and maintained a lower cost of broad form insurance coverage for the village, and conceived and donated the Russell Gardens Village website.
Some other Russell Gardens positions that I have held include director, vice president and president of the Russell Gardens Association. I was also chairman of the "Restrictions Committee" (now called the Design Review Committee) for 13 years, thereby monitoring new construction in our village and working with builders to maintain our beautiful village presence.
As mayor, I will strive to maintain and upgrade the village services within our budget while also maintaining a transparency in government. I will set in place a maintenance program for our infrastructure, streets and sidewalks, etc., that will allow us to preserve the beauty of our village while keeping a more predictable budget for future years. I will continue to work with LIPA, National Grid, Manhasset-Lakeville Water District, as well as the Nassau County Police Department in order that our residents receive the highest quality of service and keep my eyes and ears open in order to evaluate necessary changes and upgrades that are in the best interest of all the village residents.
Martin Adickman has lived in Russell Gardens for 24 years, and in Great Neck for over 30 years. During that time he has served on the Russell Gardens Architectural and Design Committee, the village Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as being trustee and village emergency manager for the past six years. A dentist practicing in Floral Park, Mr. Adickman has served on numerous community, synagogue, and professional committees and boards of directors.
Jane Krakauer is a lifelong resident of Great Neck. She has been a director on the homeowners' board, the Russell Gardens Association, for approximately 15 years. She is also a former president of that board. Ms. Krakauer is now running for trustee of the Russell Gardens Village. She is motivated by her living in Russell Gardens for 25 years and her desire to continue her contribution to the community.