Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
It’s the end of an era in East Hills politics.
At the most recent board of trustees meeting, Mayor Michael Koblenz announced that Deputy Mayor Linda Nathanson, who has been a trustee for the past 15 years, will retire her post. Ms. Nathanson, a resident of the village since 1976, is relocating to Florida. Her place on the board will be filled by Clara Pomerantz. Mayor Michael R. Koblenz also appointed current BOT member Manny Zuckerman to serve as deputy mayor.
Ms. Nathanson, long a familiar face around the village, was first elected to the BOT in 1995. She became deputy mayor in 2003.
Upon her retirement, Ms. Nathanson fondly remembered her years in public service, naming the construction of The Park at East Hills as the accomplishment she is most proud of.
Ms. Nathanson also listed the Medical Services program, senior citizen programs, and the establishment of an East Hills Day as other improvements to the life of the village and its residents.
I just loved being able to help people,” Ms. Nathanson told The Roslyn News. “I enjoyed working with people.
“I think I knew everyone in the village,” she continued. “I enjoyed working with politicians. It gave me a warm, nice feeling. I loved doing this and I will miss them terribly.” Ms. Nathanson noted that there were times when she attended eight meetings a day, while enjoying each one of them.
“Few community officials ever have ever contributed so much of their lives to governmental and philanthropic service and causes. Linda has been an integral part of my team and our board. Civic presidents, community leaders and all of East Hills will always be grateful to her for her lifetime of concern, compassion, commitment, and valuable contributions,” said Mayor Koblenz, who also presented Ms. Nathanson with a plaque at the Monday night meeting. “Linda’s government and philanthropic contributions will never be forgotten in East Hills and we hope she keeps her promise to visit us frequently.”
“We all love Linda. She was a great asset and advocate for East Hills,” said Hilda Yohalem, president of Norgate Civic Association. “She brought a common sense and practical approach to action and was a great representative of what’s right.”
Ms. Nathanson’s involvement in village government began well before being elected to the BOT. In 1984, Ms. Nathanson began serving on village boards and commissions, and eventually, the Board of Zoning and Appeals.
In 1995 she was elected a Trustee of the Village and subsequently served as a Supervising Trustee over Security, Medical, and LIPA among many others. She has been an outspoken critic of cell towers. Her charitable and philanthropic efforts preceded even her move to East Hills. She was an active member of the Mill Basin Chapter of the Women’s American ORT, the National Council of Jewish Women, the North Hills Hadassah, and the Children’s Medical Fund. Because of her enviable record of achievement, Linda was named as one of the Town of North Hempstead’s leading women and added to its Women’s Honor Roll.
Manny Zuckerman, the new deputy mayor, was elected as trustee in 2000 and served on the Security Commission since 1987 and as its chair from 1996 to 2000.
“Manny will provide a perfect transition and I look forward to working with him in his new, well-deserved capacity,” Mayor Koblenz said.
Clara Pomerantz most recently served as co-head of the community’s “Environmental Day” last year and chair of the 2010 event. Clara will also serve as the Supervising Trustee over the 5th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for September 2. Clara is widely known for her Hebrew and Nursery School teaching at Temple Sinai. She has been a resident of Fairfield Park, East Hills since 2002.
“I am delighted that Clara has offered to serve,” Mayor Koblenz added. “She has all the attributes that are essential for success. I have no doubt whatsoever that she will be another valuable asset for us as we go forward.”
A List of Accomplishments
Finally, to honor Linda Nathanson, the BOT presented her with a plaque highlighting her many accomplishments during her years of public service.
The plaque presented to Linda reads:
Whereas, The Incorporated Village of East Hills salutes Deputy Mayor Linda Nathanson, for contributing her time, attention, efforts, and devoted energies extensively to the Village as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995, and as the Deputy Mayor of the Village since March, 2003, and during this time the community has excelled and risen to the highest heights and prominence; and
Whereas, The Incorporated Village recognizes and expresses its deepest appreciation for a lifetime of public and civic service by Linda Nathanson and for many contributions while holding these manifold positions with widespread responsibilities for the Village; and
Whereas, The Village acknowledges, with a deep sense of gratitude, the many public roles and positions Linda Nathanson held and the great responsibilities she accepted during her tenure, including her service on the Hospitality Committee 1984 – 1988, acting as Chairperson of the Hospitality Committee 1986 – 1988; being a member of the Cablevision Committee 1987 – 1992; serving as the Security Sector Oversight Deputy 1989-1995 and the Coordinator of Special Projects April, 1994; and holding the position of member of the Board of Appeals from February, 1994 to April, 1995, before serving as Trustee for the Village and as Deputy Mayor; all of which earned her the honor of being named to the Town of North Hempstead’s May W. Newberger Women’s Roll of Honor in 2005; and
Whereas, The Village wishes to thank Linda Nathanson further for working so closely, conscientiously and enviably with so many of her colleagues, civic leaders, community leaders and leading public officials at every level of government including Federal, New York State, Nassau County, and Town of North Hempstead; and
Whereas, the Village further commends Linda Nathanson for her philanthropic and charitable efforts to further East Hills and society including her involvement in the Mill Basin Chapter of the Women’s American ORT, the National Council of Jewish Women, the North Hills Hadassah, and the Children’s Medical Fund; and
Now, therefore, the Board of Trustees and Incorporated Village expresses its genuine appreciation to Linda Nathanson for her service which has been so greatly devoted to the cause of public service, and the Board of Trustees and Village wish her, her husband, Billy, and her entire family every success, joy and happiness in their new home in Delray Beach, FL.”