A group of approximately 60 frustrated residents from the Steamboat Road area attended a public safety meeting in the Village of Great Neck in response to an invitation by Mayor Ralph Kreitzman and Trustee Mark Birnbaum, the village’s public safety commissioner. Captain Sean McCarthy, deputy commanding officer from the 6th Precinct, listened to a stream of complaints about groups of “menacing” men who congregate outside, openly drinking beer, publicly urinating, making unwelcome noises if women walk by, littering, playing loud radios, smashing bottles, and generally making life miserable for surrounding residents. The residents are convinced that there is drug dealing in the area. As a result, parents are loath to let their kids play outside or send them to the corner deli to pick up a quart of milk because parents are worried about what they may see and hear. One mother said, “Do we have to wait until there is a drive-by shooting to do something?”
The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education is reviewing proposals from the Great Neck Park District and the three Great Neck fire departments for the lease of the school district’s property on Watermill Lane. The park district would like to use the former Cuttermill School site for athletic fields, while the Alert, Vigilant and Manhasset-Lakeville fire companies would like to use the site for fire-fighting training. Both have stated that they would be willing to share the lease on the now-vacant 3.74 acre piece of land located within the Town of North Hempstead.
(Editor’s Note: Immediately after the petitions for candidacy were filed the Great Neck Record contacted each of the three villages holding elections. Each village clerk/treasurer was advised that the Record would accept a photograph and short biography and statement of intent to run for office from each candidate. To date only the Village of Great Neck candidates have chosen to comply and have submitted the following statements.)
The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Lake Success will all hold elections this coming Tuesday, June 16. Seats are open for mayor and trustee positions. None of these villages will see a contested election.
The Village of Great Neck’s Board of Zoning Appeals, on advice of counsel, has deferred making a ruling on the application by the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America for the construction of a parking lot on 2 Potters Lane until it can be heard in the village court.
Chris Prior, from the law firm of Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, stated that village law requires that “every department, board and committee of the village shall withhold the processing of any application” made to them “if the building inspector has determined that a violation of any provision of the Village Code exists on or at the subject property, or a summons has been issued with regard to an alleged violation of any provision of the Village Code on or at any other property owned by the owner or the applicant within the village.” Further, village law states that the prohibition may be lifted if “the Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, grants a waiver from such prohibition. Among the criteria the Board of Trustees may consider in determining whether or not to grant such a waiver is if the applicant is acting in good faith and with due diligence to cure the violations, or presents a case of hardship, similar to that required for a use variance before the Board of Appeals.”
Legislation to make it easier to dissolve or consolidate villages and special districts has snowballed through both the New York State Assembly and Senate’s relevant committees and is expected to reach both floors for a vote as soon as this week. Albany’s seasoned spectators are watching with astonishment, given the usual glacial movement there, as this legislation proposed by gubernatorial contender Attorney General Andrew Cuomo rolls by with the support of key legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.
The only districts exempted in this legislation are school districts, but all others, water, fire, sewage and garbage are included.
Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Gary Ackerman, the Great Neck Arts Center will be able to increase its offerings of year-round after-school classes in the arts at schools throughout Long Island and Queens. The programs will be offered primarily at schools in underserved communities.
In addition, these funds will provide for professional teacher training and development workshops. These workshops guide teachers in strategies that demonstrate how to integrate the arts into the teaching of regular classroom curriculum.
Kudos to Great Neck South High School’s Robotics Team for capturing the first place Alliance Award at the School to Business Partnership of Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics High School Competition and for winning the prestigious Underwriters Laboratory Industrial Safety Award at the event. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition took place at Hofstra University.
The May 19 meeting of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees covered a wide range of topics including the recent independent financial audit completed by Baldessari & Coster.
Copies of the 28-page audit are available at the Main library and the branches. The auditors concluded that the financial reports generated by the library “present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position” of the library.
It’s here! The Taste of Great Neck returns on Monday evening, June 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at Melville Hall, the Officer’s Club at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. A whole host of fabulous Great Neck restaurants and specialty food shops will be featured at this beautiful waterfront event.
“It’s a truly special night, we’re so excited to be able to offer the ever-popular Taste of Great Neck once again,” says Great Neck Chamber of Commerce President Valerie Link. “The wonderful dishes, that breath-taking Manhattan skyline view, the fun of mingling with friends and neighbors … it’s all at the Taste of Great Neck,” says Ms. Link.
Great Neck’s 85th annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 will honor two lifelong residents, George and Leonard Motchkavitz, who will serve as parade grand marshals. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., along Middle Neck Road from South Middle Neck Road at Barstow Road to the Village Green in the Village of Great Neck. The parade will culminate with official Memorial Day ceremonies at the Village Green. Each year the parade is organized by the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee.
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