Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 16 March 2012 10:29
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.“The residents of Queens and Long Island have honored me with their trust and support for the past 34 years, first as a New York state senator, and for the past 15 terms as a member of Congress,” said Ackekerman. “I’ve been truly privileged to have had the opportunity to fight for the beliefs of my neighbors in both the State Capital and in the halls of Congress.”
The congressman noted the personal satisfaction he has felt over his years in office: “During my years in Congress, it has been my pleasure to address the needs of thousands of individual constituents and to influence domestic and global policy while serving on the Financial and Foreign Affairs Committees in the House. I am most thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country and my community.”
For many years a Jamaica Estates resident, Gary Ackerman and his wife, Rita, currently live in Roslyn Heights. Following his initial career as a teacher in the New York City public schools, Ackerman next founded a weekly community newspaper, The Flushing Tribune, which soon became The Queens Tribune. He served as its editor and publisher.
Ackerman was first elected to public office in 1978, as a New York State senator. He was then elected to Congress in 1983 in a special election. Ackerman then represented the central Queens area until 1992, when reapportionment reconfigured his district to the North Shore of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. The redistricting in 2002 slightly redrew the boundaries again to its present configuration, which includes Queens and Nassau.
Congressman Ackerman, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress, sat on two major committees, House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs. As well he chaired the Asia and the Pacific subcommittee.
Among some of the highlights of the congressman’s long career, he lists: passage of his Baby AIDS legislation that requires mandatory HIV testing of newborns; the “Heroes” postage stamp with revenues going toward families of rescue workers killed or permanently disabled while responding to 9/11 and his work toward greater SEC accountability following the Madoff Ponzi scheme. In the wake of the Madoff scandal, with many victims living in his district, the congressman worked in several ways to help those victims.
On a more global front, Ackerman said he is proud that he “made history” when as chairman of the Asia Subcommittee, he traveled to North Korea to discuss with dictator Kim Il Sung the framework under which the communist nation would agree to stop building nuclear weapons. Upon his return to South Korea, Ackerman became the first person since the Korean War to cross the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
Ackerman promises that, once he retires, he will “remain extremely passionate” about the causes related to his Congressional activities” and expects that he will “continue to be aggressively involved in many local and global issues” as he moves into his new role as a private citizen.
Ackerman’s term of office in the United States Congress will end on January 2, 2013.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within
the town’s boundaries.
Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of
North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.
Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 2013-2014 college basketball season is underway and Roslyn resident George Beamon is off to a scorching start, as he makes his claim as one of the top scoring guards in the country.
Beamon, a senior at Manhattan College has led the Jaspers to a 4-2 record. He was the leading scorer in Manhattan’s first five games, tallying 24 points in the win against LaSalle, 28 points in a tight 71-70 over Columbia, 34 points in a loss against George Washington, and 24 points in both a win over Illinois State and a loss to Fordham.
Beamon was also a team leader in rebounds in the games against Columbia, George Washington and Fordham.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Buckley Country Day School upper school students from Roslyn earned top honors at the end of this fall’s interscholastic soccer season. Roslyn athletes pictured from left to right, are: Ansh Amin, Most Valuable Player, boys’ fifth and sixth grade Blue team; Kenneth Silver, Most Improved Player, boys’ fifth and sixth grade Blue team; and Eleni Vasiliades, Bulldog Spirit Award, girls’ fifth and sixth grade Blue team.