We look forward to hearing from you!
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman
A man of God wrote, “One day, God, may it be your will that we live in a world in which food comes to the hungry and water will flow to the thirsty….But in the meantime, while the world is filled with hunger, empower us to stand on Your behalf and fulfill the words of Your prophet: To all those who are thirsty bring water, and greet those who wander with food. Bless us that we should sustain the hungry.”
The proposed renovation and expansion project for the Great Neck Library will be put to the voters for approval on Oct. 25, 2011 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Voter information is on our website or available by calling the Library. If you are unsure where, when or how to vote, please call me. Since it is the objective of the Library to disseminate accurate information, I would like to clear up some inaccurate information that is floating around the community regarding our referendum.
When you vote, and I sincerely hope you do, you will be voting on two amounts of money. The first amount is $20.8 million – the maximum amount of the bond issue. If construction prices continue to drop as they have over the past few years, we may not need to incur the full amount of this debt. Approximately two-thirds of these funds will be used to renovate the existing 47,125 square feet of space, and the balance to construct an addition of 8,645 square feet.
The back page of the Great Neck Record is our sports page and each week we are proud to present as much local sports news and photographs as possible. In fact, we are delighted to add extra sports pages when we receive an abundance of sports news. But we need your help!
Reporters will tell you that the jobless rate in America is 9.1 percent. But if you add in the number of people who have given up looking for work and add in the people who are working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job, the real rate of unemployment is over 15 percent. If you’re African American, the jobless rate is over 25 percent. If you’re Hispanic, the rate is over 30 percent.
There are now over 46.2 million Americans living in poverty—nearly 1 in 6 of our neighbors, and the number of Americans without health insurance is over 48,000,000. Thousands of Americans have been unemployed for more than two years. Could you feed yourself and your family if you had no income for two years? Could you pay your rent or mortgage if you had no income for two years?
Although our Great Neck Public Schools students are already well into their second week of school for the 2011-2012 school year, we would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome all of the students, from pre-K through high school seniors, back for another enriching school year. We thank the school district for its dedication and high level of individualized education. And we wish each student a happy and productive school year.
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman
I am jumping on the Frustration Bandwagon. Peering out of my Assembly office window the day after Labor Day and seeing rain, I knew that any minute the phones would start ringing once again. Sure enough, a woman who had her power restored after eight days post-Irene, lost power once more. And the calls kept on coming.
My own power went on after a mere seven days; looking at the rain, I feared the dark once more. Frustration was rampant in my office as my staff and I just came off a week from ‘Constituent Hell.’ My office fielded calls and emails in the hundreds. Particularly compelling were calls from people who depended on electricity for their oxygen tanks and other medical needs at home. One woman had just given birth and needed assistance walking and had a leaking transformer in front of her house. We were able to help her.
As we remember, our first thoughts go to the families who were directly affected.
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