Written by Wendy Kreitzman Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
“Great Neck is amazing, I love it here,” Jeffrey Benjamin told the Great Neck Record. Running for the North Hempstead Town Board for the fifth council district, Benjamin said he is seeking the position to help members of the community, “to represent them.” Professionally, he is a consumer fraud and commercial litigation attorney, “representing the people.”
Since 1997, Benjamin has devoted himself to the rights of consumers and small businesses, in civil litigation. He noted that “Consumer rights are trampled upon regularly and in many different forums” and he is there, professionally, to advocate for the financially vulnerable. He has built his law practice on the motto of “Doing Well by Doing Good.”
Benjamin is the Republican choice for town councilman for the area of the town that includes the Great Neck villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success; Great Neck’s unincorporated area; and the communities of North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park and Floral Park.
Benjamin’s Democratic challenger is incumbent Lee Seeman.
Benjamin and his family have lived in Great Neck since 2000. Over the years he has served the community in several ways, including a position on the board at the Great Neck
Synagogue and outreach coming from the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Now he is eager to extend his talents “representing people” to the entire Great Neck community.
Having lived in the Old Village first, and then moving to Harbor Hills, Benjamin said he has found “such nice people on both sides of the aisle.” He added: “I have great admiration and respect for Lee Seeman and what she has done.”
Benjamin says he is “not so much partisan,” but would work for “good government going forward” and he would cast his town vote “not on heavily partisan sides … but, non-partisan, on issues that affect the people locally.”
And one issue that would definitely draw Benjamin’s attention is to work to make the town’s building department “friendlier and more accessible.” Communication with constituents is a top priority too. “You can’t always respond to everyone’s concerns immediately, but people across the town want good communications,” he said.
As for available time for such a busy part-time position, Benjamin says that he has “flexibility” in his law practice for a job “that can be pretty much full-time.” He assured: “I’m ready for this.”
Benjamin firmly believes that local government “can make a real difference … can really affect how people get along.” He wants to be “one of seven who make a decision and have a say.”
And, again, he emphasized that he can offer “a fresh voice, an independent voice in the town … I’m not afraid to go against the grain if necessary … to do what is appropriate for my district.”
Benjamin says he is not afraid to say “no” nor to change his mind. “I can vote with Democrats or Republicans … I will vote for what is best and keep my eye on the ball, do what is best for the district and the town as a whole.”
“I am seeking to be the next generation of local government,” Benjamin told the Record. “And that’s why I threw my hat into this race.”