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Editorial: You Can Vote for Local Control!

The controversial issues surrounding the amended state law, which simplifies the ability for non-residents to bring about consolidation or dissolution of local municipalities, is frightening at best. At its worst, some believe that this law is unconstitutional. Local public officials have joined forces to educate the public and to fight this law that can so easily wipe out local control and force us to surrender the right to govern ourselves and to make our own choices.

What can we do, as individuals? We need to make sure that the powers that-be in Albany fully understand our anger and our refusal to just let the state take over. We need them to know that we fully support our local governments and our local public officials. We must be sure that our voices are heard, in large numbers. And voting can surely drive that message home quite nicely.

Along with villages, special districts have come under fire; again and again as the state has pushed forward easy ways to dissolve and consolidate. Great Neck has come out strong against forced dissolution or forced consolidation. And now we need to “put our money where our mouth is.”

Three of our special districts will hold elections on Dec. 8, each with one commissioner spot facing a contested election. It is our job to get out the vote and show the state that we are very much interested in our local municipalities and they receive our strong support. In the Great Neck Park District election incumbent Robert Lincoln is being challenged by Paul Sundick. At the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District incumbent Jane Rebhuhn is running against Edna Guilor-Segal. And in the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire and Water District, incumbent Robert DeVito faces Brian Morris.

If you live within the boundaries of any of these three special districts, please come out and vote on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Your vote counts more than you realize!

- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman