Judi is one of the most responsive individuals with whom I have worked. Judi and her staff respond promptly to all calls and emails. Judi puts constituents’ concerns at the top of her priority list. In addition to fighting for us on the tough issues like budget and taxes, she takes issues involving safety and quality of life very seriously. Judi follows through on items until they are resolved or addressed appropriately.
My good friend and colleague Elizabeth Kase is running for Nassau County Court Judge this Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.
I know Liz’s reputation as an ethical, honest, and hard-working attorney, who is always going to do the right thing. I am deeply impressed by Liz’s dedication to the law and her tough sense of justice. She is originally from Great Neck and now lives in Port Washington with her husband and three adorable children, Lucy, Ben, and Sam. She has always been able to balance her responsibilities as a mother with those of her legal career.
I agree with Rich Bentley: Manhasset doesn’t vote, and neither do the young adults who live away at school. Two of my children will be using absentee ballots to vote this Election Day. The ballots are easy to obtain by downloading a form from the Nassau County Board of Elections. I had ballots mailed to my house and then forwarded them with return envelopes to my children. It’s not too late to apply for this year’s election. Local elections are the way to have your voice heard on issues that affect our daily quality of life. Let’s not just talk about what we want to change, let’s get out and vote on it!
Manhasset has too long been the neglected stepchild community of the Town of North Hempstead. Surrounding communities of Great Neck, Port Washington, Roslyn and further away New Cassel have benefited from the planning and services of the town for years.
The first consultants, hired by the town to improve the business district, presented their Plandome Road plans in 2005. Nothing visible has resulted from the expenditure of that money. Additional consultants, hired several years ago by the Town, have also produced no visible results. Nassau County turned over Plandome Road to the Town several years ago with the town’s promise that things would change for the better. Conditions have only gotten worse. Not one person on the Town board fosters Manhasset’s interests.
I’ve stood in line my whole life waiting my turn, and, I might add, I’ve met the nicest people in front and behind me waiting on line for their turn. It’s the way the world works, right? Every once in awhile someone would try to cut the line, sometimes using ingenious excuses, but no one on line with me liked this, and we usually saw through the excuse for what it was. Now there is a new ‘excuse’ to cut the line that the Buildings Department at the Town of North Hempstead apparently finds acceptable: an “Expediter.” I read with interest Pat Grace’s page 1, Oct. 6, article in the Manhasset Press about the government/corporate version of “cutting the line.” Need a permit from the Town of North Hempstead to improve your home or business, why wait your turn in line? For a $1,000 fee, in addition to the fee that the Town of North Hempstead charges in the first place to review your application for a building permit, you can have your application “cut the line” and be reviewed in just 10 days by an outside agent “qualified” by the Town! Never did like cutting, and don’t like it now. How many other back doors are there to Town Hall? Is there a directory? Can I get a copy? Is there an ‘expediter’ for ambulance calls, fire calls or when I need a Town public safety officer? How about a dog license, birth certificate, or marriage license? And does the ‘expediter’ have to pay a fee to the Town to get the “qualification”? Or share its $1,000 fee with the Town? And, by the way, what is the Town of North Hempstead’s tax-paid employee who is supposed to be reviewing my application within a ‘reasonable amount of time’ doing while the ‘expediter’ is expediting? Is this good government?
As Election Day draws near with many local elections at stake, I’m energized in striving to improve the Manhasset I love. I am compelled to share with you what I have continually heard directly from elected officials over several years—that Manhasset’s difficulty getting acceptable timely action on its local concerns is because “Manhasset does not vote.” While there is rarely a single reason, indeed low voter participation can directly impact on your town and our quality of life. My single most significant consumption of time, as well as for many civic leaders, is following up on the same unresolved matters … over and over and over again. While it does not stop my and other civic leader’s tireless efforts to get Manhasset matters addressed and solved, I urge you to make a difference this election. Only you can reverse the perception that Manhasset doesn’t vote.
In response to Newsday’s article “Lonely Lighthouse,” I would like to respond to any suggestion that the Town of North Hempstead is at fault with its decision to hold back on beautifying Stepping Stones Lighthouse. The town is correct that in these difficult economic times, we need to make sure that we spend money on the things that we need, not what we want. I applaud their efforts in making sure we spend money to make our parks and pools better.
As we enter the autumn season of Harvest and Thanksgiving, it is fitting to reflect on our many blessings.
On Thursday evening, Oct. 27, we will be honoring the Mission and Ministry of St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House in a way our first benefactors, Genevieve and Nicholas Brady, may have celebrated. Please join us at our Harvest Moon Ball as we take a step back in time and look toward the future of our beloved Inisfada. Our mission statement is implicit, “Inisfada offers a spiritual home–a sacred and welcoming environment where people of all faiths and cultures can deepen their relationship with God so they may be renewed and be men and women for others.”
Why do so many people in this town take cheap shots at our high school athletes? (I am referring to the letter to the editor from last week entitled “Who Is Running Our Schools”) In that letter it states “We have children going on to Ivy League schools representing their exceptional sport abilities of which we spend millions of dollars a year to support.” What is she talking about? Our public school provides varsity and junior varsity teams just like every other school on Long Island. Our beautiful new fields were paid for by private donations. Most of the elite athletes who want to get a “leg up” pay out of their own pockets to be on travel teams and pay for private training. Some of the less privileged members of our community have been given scholastic opportunities that would have been out of their reach if not for athletics.
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