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State Supreme Court Judge Delays Republican Redistricting Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

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.


New Administrators Appointed

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

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.


Nassau County Legislature Holds First Hearing on Redistricting Proposal

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Republicans and Democrats Disagree Over Interpretation of Section 112 of Nassau County Charter

The members of the Nassau County Legislature can all agree on what Section 113 and Section 114 of the county charter mean; however, as residents at the first hearing on the 2011 county redistricting proposal (put forth by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republicans who currently control the legislature) learned very quickly, Section 112 is a very different beast. Much of the discussion at the Monday, May 2 hearing involved questions of interpretation of the county charter- or, if it was a question of interpretation at all.

Update: Residents Speak Out Against Redistricting Plan at May 9 Hearing

Written by Karen Gellendar Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00
Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.

Even Kings Point: Feeling the Pinch

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00
Kings Point, with its grand mansions and sweeping views of Long Island Sound, has long been considered a special jewel at the tip of the peninsula. Its name conveys wealth, privilege and status even though there are some sections with more modest homes within the village. It still holds real estate values as other affluent areas slip, according to a January 2011 Bloomberg report.

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.


County Republicans Call for Redistricting

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

Plan Will Split Three Great Neck Villages

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 Historical Society’s Third Trolley Tour Set for May 15

Written by Marc Katz Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Visiting Homes of Great Neck Stars May 15

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.


Police Commissioner Meets With GNVOA

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

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.


DiNapoli Invests in Local Business

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

$3.6 Million Invested in PACS Industries, Inc.

“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


Local Ambulance Controversy: Taking It to the People

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

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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