Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 08 June 2013 00:00
New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel received the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce Jesse Markel Community Service Award at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner, last Thursday evening, May 30. Schimel, a longtime Great Neck resident, represents the state’s 16th Assembly District.
The Robert E. Freedman Retailer Award went to Pejman Toobian of Colbeh Restaurant and to Elaine Ho of Elaine’s Asian Bistro. Corinne Doria of The Andrew Hotel received the Business Person of the Year Award.
Presenting the Jesse Markel Award to Schimel, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman termed Schimel a “dedicated public servant … we are all fortunate to have her.” And she noted Schimel’s longtime dedication to issues concerning the environment and her equally longtime stance against illegal guns. Chamber of Commerce President Hooshang Nematzadeh spoke of Schimel’s dedication and integrity and her ability to secure a grant for downtown revitalization for the Village of Great Neck. Schimel spoke of the value of the Chamber, how they engage elected officials and “understand the need to help government.”
Corinne Doria of The Andrew Hotel received the Business Person of the Year Award from former Chamber president Anthony Carbone. Carbone spoke of her “exemplary efforts” and Nematzadeh termed her “a true leader.”
Pejman Toobian of Colbeh Restauran received the Robert E. Freedman Retailer Award from Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender. Nematzadeh spoke of Toobian’s personality and how he draws people to Great Neck. Celender termed him a “celebrity” and said that through his restaurant, Colbeh, he made the Plaza “a destination.” Toobian told the crowd: “I am here with your help.”
The mission of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce is as follows:
“Unify the retail, commercial, industrial and service businesses of Great Neck, as well as the institutions of the community and professional leaders.
“To promote business with the goal of increasing sales for retail and commercial business establishments.
To monitor the progress of Great Neck business, large and small.
“To advance community interests through study, research, contact with elected officials, legislation and information programs and services.
“To invest in the economic growth and development of Great Neck.
“To share a strong commitment to the business community with the common objective to make the Great Neck peninsula a great and prosperous place to live, work and shop.”