The future of Vigilant’s ambulance system serving the north end of the peninsula is in crisis. Conflicts with and within the local units of government, villages and the town, that fund the system have been under the radar for a number of years. It is time that the public understand what we have in place now, how it functions, how it is funded, the issues involved and what is at risk. The following is a basic primer to bring the public up to speed for what should be a public dialogue on the matter.
The message at the special meeting held at JFK School last week was stated and re-stated. If you see or hear anything that you think might help the police in apprehending the man responsible for the recent outbreaks of home break-ins in the northern portion of the peninsula, call them. Kings Point Commissioner Jack Miller said, “Sometimes people think that if they call us, it will be a bother...Please, bother us. We need your help! And, if you have an alarm system, make sure it’s functional and use it.”
A large contingent of Great Neck residents came out to support their friend and neighbor, Thomas P. DiNapoli, as he was sworn in as New York State comptroller on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the historic Cooper Union in Manhattan. Over 800 well-wishers filled the space as Comptroller DiNapoli was sworn in for his first full four-year term, having been appointed by the governor during the prior term (in February of 2007).
The Village of Great Neck’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved a comprehensive and detailed study of the environmental impacts of the proposed project to create a 12-house development on a land-locked parcel of 3.2 acres between Clover Drive and Old Mill Road spanning two villages. This case will be closely watched by disparate parties... from Great Neck Estates neighbors who claim that Frank Lalezarian does not have clear title to all the lots that comprise the parcel to a union that charges that the developer has a “disturbing track record of negligence and dangerous construction” practices.
Mother Nature gave one last little reminder of her power just as 2010 was about to draw to a close and once more we were reminded of the excellent emergency responsiveness of our fire departments, our ambulance services and public works crews and police from the villages, the town and even beleaguered, money-strapped Nassau County. As we watched the grim stories emerge from metropolitan New York neighborhoods that were totally impassable, even days after the last snowflake fell, it reinforced our belief in the strength of local governments and our emergency services and their ability to coordinate and cooperate for more effectiveness. When large scale events happen, the strength and goodwill of the system become even more evident.
As he was about to assume his new position as senator for New York State’s 7th Senatorial District, Jack Martins took the time to address the Great Neck Village Officials Association. Then senator-elect Jack Martins is senator as of press time for the Great Neck Record. Having served eight years as mayor of the Village of Mineola, Senator Martins focused on very local issues, issues which were generally aligned with the GNVOA and Great Neck’s local public officials.
Senator Martins began by stating that he will have a “quick transition,” and that he wanted to meet his constituents and his fellow officials. “Let’s get to know each other and become familiar with issues in your community,” he said, adding that he “won’t be able to have the kind of transition” that he would like; he had just recently been officially declared the winner.
The Village of Great Neck took one more step forward in its Old Village, New Main Street Project, with village counsel instructed to draft legislation to revise zoning both the north and south ends of Middle Neck Road in the village. The rezoning proposals were discussed at the Dec. 21 board of trustees meeting, with the mayor making the rezoning proposals, with the consensus of the board of trustees.
The library board had its end of year meeting on Dec. 21. Although the matter was discussed obliquely during the first part of the meeting when checks to be issued were approved, it became apparent that the board was withholding a payment to their attorney, Kevin Seaman. Evidently, a clause in the contract with the landlord at Station Branch required them to continue to pay a common fee for the space just vacated at Gardens of Great Neck. The unanticipated fee was for $10,000. While some board members expressed embarrassment that this had occurred, since it applies to a personnel matter, they were not at liberty to fully divulge the details of the misunderstanding involving the prior lease.
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