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Editorial: Steppingstone Waterside Theatre … Wow!

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00
As the season draws to a close at the magnificent Steppingstone Waterside Theatre, we absolutely must take this time to thank the Great Neck Park District for yet another simply superb summer of spectacular performances! Weekend after weekend, park district members and their guests are treated to wonderful performances against the breath-taking background of the Long Island Sound.

How fortunate we are to have this incomparable facility, for one and all to enjoy. And how really lucky we are as a community to have a park district that puts so much time and effort and talent into putting together such magical weekends.


Editorial: Tell Us More

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
In all our years of reporting on capital projects, bond issues and big plans for the community, we have never attended such a poorly run, chaotic and disturbing public meeting as we experienced on Aug. 9 at the Great Neck Library. It was a shame to end this phase of the planning for a renovated Main on such a note because in truth, board members have spent countless, volunteer hours on the project over the last few years. We do not question their intentions to present the best possible project to the community for consideration. We do, however, question the process.

Throughout the meeting, members of the public kept pleading for the board members and consultants to use the microphones. There was no order or decorum to the meeting. This lack of structure added to the chaos as residents were not reassured that at least their questions would be heard.


Editorial: Real Estate Signs, Always an Eyesore and a Danger

Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00
Take a walk, or a drive, through the Great Neck peninsula on a weekend and you will be overwhelmed by the number of real estate signs placed all over the streets, signs that ruin the beauty of our community and pose a real danger when they are placed all over the sidewalks, often in curb cuts where one is supposed to cross the street. And besides all this, a little research has shown that many such signs are not legal; not legal in and of themselves, and certainly not within any code when they pose a danger.

I know that some villages will take down these signs, but what code enforcement officer is on duty on a Saturday or Sunday? I am also aware that a village might call the owner of such signs and ask them to stop. But it sure doesn’t seem that anyone is listening!


Editorial: Just Said... No

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
If there are any lessons to be learned by politicians and planners in the “No” vote to bond a new Coliseum, here are a few kernels to masticate.

Rush, rush special elections at off-season times make average voters suspicious. After the mortgage and credit debacles that have imploded the structure of our economy, we have learned that details of deals do matter and it reminds everyone of the old saw about the real meaning of the word “ass-u-me.”


Letter: Mangano, Republican Party Should Pay Back Taxpayers for Failed Referendum

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.

Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.


Editorial: We Still Welcome Local Poets

Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00
Recently we have received some phone calls from residents asking about our local poets column. Well, it’s quite easy, and most appreciated by both the Great Neck Record and by our readers when our friends and neighbors submit their very own poems. We are always just delighted to publish the poems written by Great Neck poets … and aspiring poets.

From the Desk of Congressman Gary Ackerman: August 3, 2011

Written by Congressman Gary Ackerman Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Ackerman Votes Against Debt Ceiling Agreement

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) issued the following statement on voting no on the debt ceiling agreement:

“First, with all the conflict and frustration surrounding this vote, I’m reverting to basic principles. One of which is, ‘don’t negotiate with thugs.’ It’s been long obvious that we have no partner with whom to negotiate; only a party that started as our comrades in government, then our colleagues, who evolved into our opponents, declared themselves our enemies and now demand that we be their enablers. I refuse to play.


Letter: Leonard Samansky

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

I don’t know how often it can be said that your boss has become your close friend. But I know that I am lucky because I happened to have the best boss I could have asked for. Nearly 17 years ago, when I began working for the Village of Saddle Rock, I was introduced to Mayor Leonard Samansky. With the passing soon after of then-Village Clerk Gladys Landau, the mayor asked me to try to fill her shoes. When I informed him that I wasn’t really sure about the inner workings of a village, he responded with his nonchalance and matter-of-fact attitude, “We’ll learn to become clerk together.”


Editorial: A Vacation Right Here in Great Neck!

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

With a weak economy and a summer that is going much too fast, if you haven’t thought vacation yet, maybe now is the time. No time left to plan? Don’t want to spend a fortune? Well, again this year many people are again choosing a “staycation,” a vacation close to home. And for those of us who are fortunate to live in Great Neck, we actually can enjoy a vacation right at home. The Great Neck peninsula offers a wealth of summertime outdoor activities for young and old alike.


Editorial: J. Leonard Samansky, A Life With Purpose

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00
My first brush with J. Leonard Samansky was some 20 years ago. I was the PTA president at Saddle Rock Elementary School and we had big problems with safety issues around drop-offs and pick-ups in front of the school. What did I know about dealing with Nassau County police and traffic issues outside the school property? It seemed feasible to start with the mayor of the Village of Saddle Rock. I didn’t realize that we would gain such a powerful ally in addressing the issues.

It was just the kind of problem that Leonard relished. It took analyzing the situation, envisioning a solution and banging a few heads together, if that’s what it took, to resolve things. While at first, I was a little tentative about calling him up with various wrinkles that emerged while trying to make the situation safe, he made it clear that no problem was too small or too difficult for him to tackle. “Call me anytime,” he said. By this time, his son, Adam, had already moved up to middle school, but his protective attitude toward all the children of Saddle Rock School was always in full force.


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