As a friend and neighbor of Ellen Birnbaum for over 20 years, I have seen her grow and flourish into a wonderful representative of our community who has the best interest of us all at heart. For that reason, I am proud to support her as a candidate for Nassau County Legislature in the 10th District.
Ellen has lived in Nassau County her entire life and in Great Neck for 32 years. She has the pulse of the community at her fingertips and is fully immersed in all of the important issues in our neighborhood. I have always found Ellen to be someone who you can count on to “get the job done.”
After serving ten years as your town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.
In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances. NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil.
As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri.
Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream, the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.
After 10 highly successful years as supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead, Great Neck’s own Jon Kaiman has stepped down, already beginning two new roles – special advisor for Long Island Storm Recovery and chairman of NIFA, both appointments by Governor Andrew Cuomo. We heartily congratulate our good friend and neighbor, Jon Kaiman, for these two new exciting challenges and we thank Jon for all that he has done for the Town of North Hempstead.
As town supervisor, Jon’s strong leadership and his great visions for our town have brought so much to the Great Neck community and beyond. For Jon, it was never just the town; his plans, his dreams, his work extended, too, to the villages and to each individual mayor.
When my daughters were nine and 11 years of age, from time to time we made excursions to the Saddle Rock Grist Mill Museum on Grist Mill Lane, Great Neck, fully operating, seven days a week. It was manned by a very engaging, bib overalled miller. Upon leaving each of my daughters were given a miniature sack of ground grain. My daughters are now in their 50s and whenever our conversation turns to reminiscence, the few visits to the museum is always included.
That’s how deep an impression was indelibly etched in their minds.
Just this past summer, school districts, including Great Neck, were turned upside down when state test scores were released. For Great Neck, at first glance, the preliminary report indicated that our students were not doing well at all, that their scores had fallen and that many were in need of special help. Well, those results were wrong!
(Editor’s Note: This letter to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is published at the request of the writer, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman.)
The Town of North Hempstead is increasingly aware of how airplane (and helicopter noise) is affecting the peace and quality of life of the residents of our town. In many areas, aircrafts are either on take-off or on their final flight plan into our three major airports; flights coming into JFK Airport especially create excessive noise pollution for those living in all areas of our town. Constituents of our town and of other areas of Nassau County call our Town of North Hempstead 311 Call Center to report excessive noise create by low-flying aircraft during both daylight and nighttime hours.
Once again, having just experienced a rash of very dangerous, and very illegal, parking “events” during the recent religious holidays, the Great Neck Record urges everyone to strictly follow parking, and no parking, rules all of the time … every single day. I save lives! Really!
The late Alan Gussack, former mayor of Great Neck Plaza, always admonished illegal parkers with the words ‘‘you park illegally, you could kill someone.’’ And he was so right.
Fall is here, the weather is turning cooler, and our school and local sports teams are right in the midst of the fall sports season. It’s fun and exciting, and we are waiting to hear from you.
The sports page of the Great Neck Record is waiting for you. We are proud to present as much local sports news and photographs as possible.
As Sept. 11 approaches once again, let us take the time to remember that horrific day 12 years ago, when the world came crashing down around us and the magnitude of the destruction and the grief over-whelmed each and everyone of us.
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