Many residents at the May 9 legislative redistricting hearing stated that the Republican-controlled county legislature was moving ahead with the proposed redistricting plan far too quickly; apparently, they were not alone in that view.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Steven M. Jaeger issued a temporary restraining order against the county legislature on May 12, barring them from implementing the plan until the next court hearing on Thursday, May 26; originally, the item was set to go to a vote on Monday, May 16.
At its May 9 meeting, the Board of Education made two administrative appointments. Ronald Gimondo was named the new principal of the John F. Kennedy School, beginning Aug. 1, replacing Dr. Sue Kincaid who is retiring. Ronald Levine will be a new assistant principal at the John L. Miller-North High School, replacing Dianne Edgerton, who is also retiring. He will begin on July 1.
But frustrations over a stagnant economy and losses in personal income for some, have collided with desires of others, to maintain levels of service, property values and infrastructure improvements with some residents saying that an average $600 rise in village taxes is “unacceptable in these times.” Those residents who do not pay the Alternative Minimum Tax will be able to deduct the real estate tax from federal taxes bringing the true cost down to $300.
The Nassau County Republicans have filed to redistrict the county legislature. Although the legislature’s Republican majority say that they drew up new maps “to correct inequities uncovered by the 2010 U.S. Census data,” the Democratic minority claim that this is a political move that splits towns and villages and goes against the process called for in the County Charter. The proposal not only divides Great Neck, but actually splits three Great Neck villages (Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza and Thomaston).
A County Legislature Rules Committee Session was scheduled for May 2, with a public hearing on May 9 and a vote on the new maps at a full Legislative Session on May 16. The Democratic minority is questioning the haste of the process.
Great Neck was home to many stars in years past, and the latest trolley tour planned by the Great Neck Historical Society will visit many of them. The popular old-time trolley ride through the community—titled “They Lived In Great Neck”—is planned for Sunday, May 15.
Two identical tours will leave the Grace Avenue Park at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., narrated by Regina Gil, founder and executive director of The Great Neck Arts Center, who has made a study of the community’s storied past.
Familiar with Great Neck following years of service at Nassau County’s Sixth Police Precinct, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told local public officials that although there is no planned police precinct consolidation, there is definitely the possibility of the loss of one of the county’s eight police precincts. Speaking at the April 20 Great Neck Village Officials Association meeting, Commissioner Krumpter said that with NIFA (Nassau County Interim Finance Authority) taking over county finances, the police department must cut $15 million from its budget and “everything is on the table” where budget trimming is concerned.
“We are always looking for opportunities to make money for the state’s pension fund,” stated New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli as he announced a $3.6 million investment in PACS Industries, Inc., located in Great Neck. As sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the comptroller announced the investment in PACS, a switchgear manufacturer, at a press conference last week, at PACS headquarters on Steamboat Road in the Village of Great Neck.
“We are looking to make money for the fund … help partner with businesses and re-energize our economy,” Comptroller DiNapoli said, adding, “PACS Industries is a perfect example of how we can do well for the
Frustrated with years of conflicts behind closed doors about collecting insurance and formulas for sharing costs among all the villages for ambulance services, the Vigilant Fire Company took the issue straight to the people in a well-attended meeting at North Middle School last week. All the Vigilant leaders who led the meeting and presented information emphasized that it was not their intent to “denigrate” the mayors of the villages they serve, but rather to explain some complicated issues, that have been a stumbling block in finalizing contracts with the villages, to the public directly.
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