Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
A lifelong Nassau County resident and a 32-year Great Neck resident, Ellen Birnbaum has “always” been interested in government and now seeks the position of legislator for the county’s 10th Legislative District. “I saw the opportunity to become the candidate and to continue to serve the community I live in,” she told Anton Newspapers.
Birnbaum is the Democrats’ choice and in November she will run against the Republican candidate Jane Centrella. Birnbaum is also running under the Independent Party and the Working Families Party.
The 10th legislative district includes all of Great Neck, a small portion of Manhasset and the areas within the Herricks School District.
With many years of local government experience, Birnbaum said that she has “seen how levels of government react … with a good understanding of different jurisdictions and how each level operates.” She noted, too, her “strong relationships” with village mayors and her “working relationships” with elected public officials in the New York State
Senate and the New York State Assembly. “I’m accustomed to working with public officials,” she said.
For the past 17 years, she has worked for the Town of North Hempstead in various positions, including as records management surveyor, the town’s archivist, a legislative aide to two council members, and most recently the director of inter-municipal coordination. In this position, she is responsible for “navigating the complex maze of the multiple layers of government that comprise the town,” including 31 villages, over 50 special districts and 11 school districts.
As a county legislator, Birnbaum explained that her job would be to represent the 10th district and to “fulfill any needs when comes to county projects … such as roads, drainage, traffic control, health and well being, safety and social services, particularly for children and senior citizens.”
With a win in November, Birnbaum promises that she would “be out there …listening to people, sharing their concerns, being as accessible as I am now in the town.” And she added, “I’ve always been involved in my community.”
Acknowledging that she would have “big shoes to fill” following current County Legislator Judi Bosworth,” Birnbaum told the Great Neck Record: “Judi Bosworth has been a model representative for our community and for our county.”
A priority for Birnbaum, as a county legislator, would include “keeping the level of borrowing under control because so many requests are made of the legislature to approve large sums of money, money they have had to approve for various projects.” She would also like to see “detailed analyses of these requests as to where the money will be going and how it will be paid back.” Birnbaum said that she does not want to see this county “sustain a continual decline in the county’s bond rating.”
Ready to now work on a county level, as legislator, through the years Birnbaum has a rich history of working at different levels of local government and working for many community organizations. For the town, she now spends considerable amounts of time working with town storm management programs in these post-hurricane days. She has also worked on the Committee Against Domestic Violence, did volunteer work with CAPS-Child Abuse Prevention Services as a trained bully prevention leader, worked with the Lulav group of Hadassah and is an active member of Temple Israel of Great Neck.
Ellen Birnbaum’s eye on the future focuses on taking her years of government positions and community service to a new level, to serve as legislator to Nassau County’s 10th legislative district.
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Last year Manhasset Park District Commissioner Mark Sauvigne was thinking about running for the office of Manhasset-Lakeville Fire & Water District Commissioner, but he sensed the timing wasn’t right. The district covers Manhasset and parts of Great Neck and north New Hyde Park. Commissioner terms are for three years.
“About a year ago I was approached by various members of the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, asking me if I would be interested in running for the office of the Fire/ Water
Commissioner,” said Sauvigne. “Although I was honored to be considered, I wasn’t sure the timing was right, so I put the decision off for a year. In the meantime, when the communication tower controversy occurred in October of 2013, I knew it was time to get involved.”
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When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.
Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New
Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
The students of Herricks High School were treated to a “Blast from the Past” as the Herricks High School Class of 1964 during this year’s Homecoming celebration. Approximately 60 members of the class of 1964 arrived at the high school on homecoming day for a tour of their alma mater. Most of these alumni had not been back to the high school since graduating 50 years ago.
All were impressed with the changes that have taken place and with the friendly demeanor of our high school students. One alumnus became teary eyed when he ventured out into the courtyard.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season.
“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”
The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against.
Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him.