In the midst of a weak economy and struggling downtowns, Village of Great Neck Plaza officials are working to revitalize their business district and entice new merchants. A committee was formed, new literature printed and a business party kicked off the campaign right after the new year.
Long-time Plaza Trustee Gerald Schneiderman told the Great Neck Record that the Plaza began their plan a year ago. Plaza Mayor Jean Celender formed a Mayors’ Downtown Committee, consisting of merchants and landlords. Schneiderman is the board of trustees liaison to the committee. And early in the New Year, the mayor and the new committee kicked off 2013 with a party to welcome 2013 and help boost the downtown.
It seemed like an odd request to some, but the owner of a house at 4 Park Place in the Village of Great Neck made a formal request to change his address. Claiming that prospective Chinese buyers would shun their house due to the “unlucky” number 4 in their address, the owners asked for an address change, but, to date, the village has denied the request.
Eric Pomerance had a wonderful day celebrating his 100th birthday at Ethos Restaurant in Great Neck last Saturday afternoon, March 2. This long-time Great Neck resident and his wife, Diane, celebrated their love of life and the joy of a great party with special family and friends.
And how does it feel to be 100? “Well, to tell you the truth, it’s very reassuring that the square root of 100 is still 10,” Mr. Pomerance told the Great Neck Record. “I haven’t changed and I guess I never will,” he jokingly added.
Plans to expand and upgrade the mitigation of decades old contamination at sites along Great Neck Road were explained at a public meeting on Feb. 25 which was conducted by a bevy of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) representatives and one official from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) along, with the engineer for the property owner. There were only three members of the public present, Gregory Graziano, superintendent of the Water Authority of Great Neck North; Stephen Moriarty, WAGNN assistant superintendent and this reporter.
The history of this state superfund site goes back to 1992 when inspectors for the DOH inspected and sampled two dry wells in the basement of the Mayflower Cleaners at 471-491 Great Neck Road. The operator of the establishment admitted to draining boiler water into the dry wells each day. When the soil was tested for chemicals, it was found that tetrachloroethylene (PCE) was present at levels between 3.4 parts per million (ppm) and 2.4 ppm, both findings which were above the allowable levels according to Environmental Protection Agency and DEC standards of 1.4 ppm.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” the Roslyn resident said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
New map, different day; after passionate complaints from the public about the redistricting map proposed by the Republican members of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Commission (now dissolved as per the county charter), the Republican side of the legislature has presented a new, revised map: however, as far as most speakers at a hearing at the Feb. 11 Rules Committee hearing were concerned, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nevertheless, the rules committee passed the map 4-3 in a party line vote; barring an eleventh-hour surprise, it is expected to pass the Republican-controlled legislature at the next meeting on Feb. 25.
Even though the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education approved a series of new secondary level courses for September 2013 and January 2014, the approval came with a caution from Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz. Berkowitz said that actual implementation of these courses will depend on the costs. Financial considerations will be brought to the forefront as the school board begins to consider the 2014-2015 budget.
The courses were proposed either with the recommendations from secondary school administrators (following review by individual school building curriculum committees) or initiated as the result of state approved changes in standards. Final approvals came from the superintendent of schools and his curriculum staff. Then came the cautionary vote of approval from the school board.
(Editor’s Note: As with all village elections, immediately following the last date to file a petition to run for office, the Great Neck Record contacts each village’s clerk/treasurer, asking for the names of the candidates. And, as well, we ask that the village contact each candidate, asking for a biography, a photograph, and a statement as to why the candidate is running for office. Some villages, and some candidates, do comply. In the weeks to come, we will publish all such election materials.)
Six villages on the Great Neck peninsula will hold elections next month on Tuesday, March 19 —- Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston. None of these villages will see a contested election.
(Editor’s note: All candidates for the position of Nassau County Executive will be invited to meet with the entire editorial staff at Anton News. Thomas Suozzi was the first to respond and was interviewed on Feb. 14.)
From one day to the next, the race for leading Nassau County out of a fiscal swamp has become super-charged as the possibility of three Democrats fighting for the county executive hot spot to oppose incumbent Republican Edward Mangano in the general election takes shape.
The first Democratic candidate who filed, Adam Haber, has already charged that former county executive Thomas Suozzi, in for a rematch, failed the county due to “his tax hikes, budget deficits or back-room deals... no-show Suozzi will keep failing to lead on the issues that matter to middle class families.” The Great Neck Record reached out to Mr. Haber’s press secretary, but at press time had not yet received a response.
LIPA CFO Michael Taunton told a meeting of the Nassau County Village Officials Association Feb. 12 that the utility’s transition to a new business model with PSE&G will be “seamless,” but he was unable to offer assurances that the arrangement will mean fewer power outages or quicker restoration of services after a storm.
Taunton said that due to ongoing litigation and the Moreland Commission study, he would not be able to respond to any questions regarding Hurricane Sandy. When the Great Neck Record asked if the new contract foresees less power outages in the future. Taunton did not respond. When told that LIPA has admitted that Great Neck loses power over two times more than the average in other areas, Taunton also did not respond. These figures have been quoted in the Record several times in the past, with that information provided by Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, NCVOA president.
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