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NIFA Allows ‘Risky’ 2012 Nassau Budget

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

 County avoids shutdown but faces major service cuts and layoffs

Nassau County, this past week, was facing the reality of a government shutdown until the fiscal control board NIFA voted to approve County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s $2.6 billion 2012 budget and multi-year financial plan. In approving the plans, NIFA moved to remain in control of Nassau finances through 2015.

Chairman of the NIFA Board of Directors Ronald Stack said during the Dec. 8 vote: “The plan is far from ideal… this plan holds significant risks… but although far from perfect, rejection of the plan at this moment could result in significant disruption in the county, a possible closing of the capital markets to the county… and a possible shut down of county government.”


Park District Candidates Answer Questions from the Public

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Vote on December 13 - Polls Open at 3 p.m. and Close at 9 p.m. By Carol Frank

Great Neck House overflowed with people attending the Meet the Candidates Night for Great Neck Park District Commissioner that was moderated by Judy Jacobson from the Manhasset-Port Washington League of Women Voters and sponsored by the Great Neck Rotary Club.

Each candidate emphasized his unique experience, background and qualifications for the job. All of the men stressed that current economic times do not warrant major new undertakings or capital projects, but only one, Ray Plakstis criticized the current board for “increasing spending” in the last 10 years. All of the candidates believe that it is important to maintain and repair the existing facilities properly.


Zoning Board Approves Parking Lot

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Village of Great Neck Approves Parking Lot for United Mashadi Jewish Community of America

The five-member zoning board in the Village of Great Neck voted to approve the plans for a 41-space accessory parking lot at 2 Potters Lane with Tedi Kashi abstaining as he is a member of the applicant organization.

In November of 2008 this story began. It started with the destruction of 41 trees illegally clear-cut from a parcel of land on Potters Lane and resulted in the imposition of a fine of $40,000 and the requirement that three new trees would be planted for each tree decimated by the defendants, the United Mashadi Jewish Community.


GNAC Gala Honors Alexa Ray Joel

Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

Alexa Ray Joel to Receive Rising Star Award at Annual GNC Gala Event

The Great Neck Arts Center will honor singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of “Piano Man” Billy Joel, with an award at their annual benefit performance event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event is entitled “A Salute to the Silver Screen” and will be hosted by the New York Institute of Technology at the de Seversky Mansion, located at Northern Blvd and Old Campus Road in Old Westbury.


Plaza Nears Road Enhancement Completion

Written by Michal Pinto Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

Middle Neck Road Transportation Construction Project Almost Complete

The Village of Great Neck Plaza announced that construction is nearing completion on the Middle Neck Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Enhancement Project (TEP), a downtown economic revitalization project to enhance and improve the business district along North Station Plaza. The project limits are from Middle Neck Road at North Station Plaza to Park Place, encompassing the Great Neck train station circulation drop off/pick up area north of the ticket building. The goals of the project are to improve pedestrian safety, bicycle parking facilities, and the appearance of streets and sidewalks at the train station, which is a major gateway to Great Neck Plaza and the entire Great Neck peninsula.


University Gardens: Taking a Hard Look at Increasing Security

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Large Crowd Turns Out at Emergency Meeting by Homeowners

With heightened concerns about four recent burglaries, a crowd of approximately 75 University Gardens residents turned out last Wednesday, a raw, rainy evening, for an emergency meeting held by their homeowners association board. Board President Al Rudorfer spoke briefly attempting to reassure residents that the board was exploring various options to make the area safer and introduced a host of security experts who spoke, but throughout the evening, resident after resident expressed frustration about  a lack of responsiveness and communication from the board surrounding the incidents.


Nassau Dems Unanimously Elect Abrahams As Their New Leader 

Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Recounts in 14th and 18th Districts To Determine Majority in Legislature

The Nassau Democrats, on Nov. 14, unanimously elected Kevan Abrahams (LD1) as the leader of the Democratic Caucus in the Legislature. After serving the areas of Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead and Baldwin for nearly a decade, Abrahams will lead the Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature. Abrahams will be the first African American leader from either party in Nassau County.

The Nassau County Democratic Committee stated, “When first elected through a special election in 2002, Abrahams became the youngest legislator ever elected in Nassau County. Since taking office, he has taken on issues such as Nassau’s spiraling property taxes and more recently, Abrahams took the lead on pushing back the Republican power grab of drawing new legislative lines that would have diminished minority and Jewish representation in the Nassau County Legislature. The Republicans’ redistricting plan was deemed illegal by the New York State Court of Appeals in August.”


USMMA Midshipmen Are Fighting: Kings Point Park Briar Patch

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

Protecting Open Space: Braving the Mud, Poison Ivy, Sharp Thorns, Mud, Underbrush

United States Merchant Marine Academy Midshipmen are braving muddy underbrush, poison ivy, sharp thorns, nippy weather and the vista of a big, big job to give back to Kings Point Park, the park they love that is located near the academy grounds. Senior Class President and Regimental Public Affairs Officer James O’Connor, with the cooperation of the Great Neck Park District and the Open Spaces Advisory Committee chaired by Martin Markson, are committed to protecting the parkland from an invasive and formidable vine, cat briar. It grows straight up, tangles around saplings, bushes and trees and eventually makes for an impassable thicket of thorns. It poses a real threat to the park because invasive species are successful in mangling and strangling other competing native plants and if left unchecked will continue an inexorable march through the 98-acre parcel of forestland.


Shirley Siegal, Activist and Environmentalist, Dies at 85

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

Led Great Neck League of Women Voters, Fought for Clean Water

Longtime Great Neck resident and community activist Shirley Siegal died on Nov. 4. She was 85-years-old. Ms. Siegal was deeply involved in numerous aspects of community life and was well-known as a dedicated environmentalist.

Active in the League of Women voters, and a leader in Great Neck as well as League president, Ms. Siegel was involved when Citizens Water Supply owned the water system. She was instrumental in holding many public meetings in the early 1980s and held Citizens accountable for overpumping at that time. She was also instrumental in efforts to require Citizens to develop a plan for addressing saltwater intrusion. As a result, Ms. Siegal helped pave the way for Citizens Water Supply to develop an aggressive backflow program long before this was a popular concept, long before it was required.


Library Board Abandons Expansion, Embraces Working Within Footprint

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Last Tuesday, approximately 100 residents attended the meeting of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees in which the board listened to a host of speakers from the audience and then passed a resolution to abandon Plan D, the bond for which was overwhelmingly defeated on Oct. 25. All trustees were present with four trustees, DiCamillo, Pizer, Marcus and Sokol voting for the resolution. Trustees Kaplan, Esagoff and Solomon abstained.

The motion to adopt a building plan that would renovate the Main library at its existing footprint (approximately 47,000 square feet) was adopted with trustees DiCamillo, Pizer, Marcus and Sokol voting for it. Trustee Solomon voted against it and Esagoff and Kaplan abstained.


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