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Plaza likely to see 55 new apartments; developers must first send final plan BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Great Neck Plaza trustees gave a conditional green light to a proposed 55-unit apartment building at 15 Bond St. on Thursday night, following more than two years of deliberations, appearances and plan updates before village boards. The proposal from Effy Namdar of 14 Park Place LLC, which seeks to develop the building, saw numerous changes over the years ranging from reducing the number of units from 61 to 55 and capping the building to four floors to parking garage tweaks. It has also undergone SEQRA environmental review. The village will not issue the building permit until the developer submits final plans for review, which will likely happen in two to three months. Michael Sweeney, the commissioner of public services for Great Neck Plaza, said the review could

then likely be completed within a month. Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender described the project as complementing transit-orienteddevelopment zoning adopted in 2011, as well as an important part in helping strengthen the area. “It’s the right type of development, as I stated before, for this village and it’s exactly the vision we laid out more than five years ago after the national recession,” Celender said. But, Celender noted, the project should be finished as soon and as safely as possible to minimize disruption and get ahead of a potentially “volatile market.” Officials said the developers must complete the building within 24 months – or two years – following the issuance of the building permit. Joel Namdar, representing 14 Park Place LLC, described 24 months as “a very aggressive timeContinued on Page 48


Councilwoman Viviana Russell, who represents a part of Old Westbury and other areas of North Hempstead, shares a laugh with honoree Bernard Hardy. See story on page 43.

Residents debate North High student lot project BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Residents’ concern over a new student parking lot at Great Neck North High School# continued at a school board meeting Monday night, with more than a dozen speakers taking to the podium to debate it. This follows another meet-

ing late last month, where 13 community members flooded the podium to talk about the lot, as well as a steady trickle of people expressing concerns at previous meetings. The planned 97-unit parking lot is part of a $68.3 million bond package approved in May by a vote of 6,299 to 1,925, which includes critical infra-

structure repairs and school upgrades across the school district. The new parking lot at the corner of Beach and Polo Road will cost $591,700 and reconfiguring the Polo Road corner lot with it will cost about $60,000. It would also involve paving over a soccer field, which Superintendent Teresa PrenderContinued on Page 47

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Plaza prepping docs for Welwyn project

Transportation enhancement initiative taking next steps


One of the two plans presented in 2016 by LKB Engineers, the village’s consultant on the project, shows the addition of Post Office Plaza, bike lanes, a raised median and other features. BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN The Village of Great Neck Plaza is making final preparations for bid documents for the ShorewardWelwyn transportation enhancement project, officials said last Wednesday, potentially putting the delayed project in motion later this year. This $1 million project, first introduced about two years ago, aims to make the area around Shoreward Drive and Welwyn Road more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly, create safer streets and help revitalize the area. Originally it had an expected completion date of November 2017. At the Wednesday meeting, Mayor Jean Celender said officials anticipate that the village will need to advertise for bids by March 1 to give potential contractors three weeks to review the proposals. Among some of the features would be shared lane pavement marking so people are more aware

of cyclists, a public plaza in front of the post office, pedestrian refuge islands and new sidewalks and curbing. It was originally estimated to cost $1,047,500, but village Clerk-Treasurer Patricia O’Byrne said officials raised their estimates to $1,094,700 to account for rising prices over time. O’Byrne said the primary reason for the delays has been a back and forth with the state Department of Transportation about approval of various items, which she said is a “very, very involved” process. The village expects to get $726,160 from the state for construction costs, she added. While the exact completion date is not clear because the village is still in the process of soliciting bids and contractors, O’Byrne said she believes it could be a relatively quick project. “I don’t foresee it going past next fiscal year, which is going to start March 1,” she said.


Clover development comment period ends G.N. Estates board to decide on project BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN The public hearing and comment period is officially over for the Clover Drive development proposal, Great Neck Estates village officials said on Monday night, although trustees elected to take no action at the meeting. “The reason I’ve asked that all to go on the agenda is to make the public record clear that the hearing is closed, the comment period is closed,” A. Thomas Levin, the village attorney, said at the meeting. Levin added that the village received some comments during the period and that village officials can act on the proposal when they are ready to do so. The proposal from Lalezarian Properties would build 11 homes on approximately three acres of land on Clover Drive, which borders the villages of Great Neck and Great Neck Estates, after subdividing the property. Ten of those homes would be in Great Neck, with the other being in Great Neck Estates. Old Mill 2 LLC is managing the project for Lalezarian Properties. Residents previously raised

concern about safety issues along Clover Drive as well as the lack of precedent for a homeowners association that will eventually manage the homes. At a previous meeting, developers and representatives said they remain committed to creating a safe access road for emergency vehicles, as well as maintaining and developing the homes. The Village of Great Neck approved the subdivision proposal in May 2014 after years of proceedings, although the approval process did not conclude there until 2016. An application was then filed in Great Neck Estates in October 2016. In unrelated business, officials reviewed a “just in case” law to exceed the state-imposed tax cap if necessary, approved a law changing the village administrator’s term to “at the pleasure of the mayor” from two years, and ratified emergency repairs involving a manhole cover and damaged wiring. Trustees also approved having Bee Ready Fishbein Hatter & Donovan LLP represent the village in pending PBA negotiations. The next Board of Trustees meeting is March 12.


Paul Bloom, a lawyer for Old Mill 2 LLC, has spoken many times before the Great Neck Estates Board of Trustees regarding the proposed Clover Drive development.

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Markowitz elected vice chair of county Dems With executive and comptroller positions won, Markowitz says legislature next focus BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Great Neck Democratic Club President Steve Markowitz was elected vice chairman of the Nassau County Democrats last month and said he hopes to build on the success of Democrats taking top posts in Nassau. Laura Curran, a two-term county legislator from Baldwin, defeated Jack Martins, a former mayor and state senator, to become the county executive, and Jack Schnirman, a former city manager for Long Beach, was elected as county comptroller. Madeline Singas has served as district attorney since 2016. Republicans currently hold a 12-to-7 majority in the Nassau County Legislature. “I’m very honored and I’m looking forward now that we’ve – the Democratic Party – taken over the administration of the county: the county executive, the county comptroller, as well as the district attorney,” Markowitz said in an interview. “The big issue now is the county Legislature.” Among his primary responsibilities will be spotting ideal candidates, developing party strategy and helping raise money, Markowitz said. In addition to being president of the Great Neck Democratic Club and his new role as a vice chairman, Markowitz is a board member of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center, and an adviser and co-founder of MultiState Associates, a government relations services firm. Markowitz also worked for Continental Group Inc., a Fortune 100 company, and had a 30-year career in

Steve is a very serious communityminded person, basically looking to help people, and he looks on both sides. John Ryan, CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH HEMPSTEAD DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE


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raphy page. John Ryan, the chairman of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, described Markowitz as a “go to person” with a wealth of experience who is “not going in there with a set agenda.” “Steve is a very serious community-minded person, basically looking to help people, and he looks on both sides,” Ryan, who also lives in Great Neck, said on Thursday. Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said Markowitz, with whom he has worked for many years, was elevated to the vice chairman position because the county could benefit from his ideas and counsel. “[He was] a lot of help in getting the elections to turn out the right way, so he certainly deserved it,” Jacobs said on Friday. There are elections every two years and seven vice chairpersons in total, Jacobs said.


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Town, county unite for Narcan training BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I About 15 people, including elected officials and their staff, came to a Narcan education and training seminar hosted by Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead in Roslyn on Friday night. In about 10 minutes,# Steven Chassman, executive director of the#Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,#and clinical director Adam Birkenstock trained# residents, including Nassau County Legislators Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview) and Josh Lafazan (D-Syosset) and Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman, to administer naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, at the Roslyn Community Center. “If each one of us takes this back to our kitchen table, to Starbucks or to whatever party you’re going to later and shares this information, this room is full already,” Chassman said. “Even though they’ve missed the Narcan training and won’t leave with a kit, you can come to our offices six days a week, 15 hours a day and be trained for free. This isn’t an opportunity lost, but an opportunity still in process.” Chassman, a healthcare professional for more than 25 years, described the opioid epidemic that killed approximately 64,000 people nationwide last year as “the worst healthcare crisis we’ve seen on Long Island, across New York and across the country.”


All residents at the Narcan training seminar on Friday were given kits, including two doses of narcan, sterile gloves and a face guard for rescue breathing. “I’m not going to quantify human toll, but we’ve surpassed HIV and AIDS a long time ago,” Chassman said. Last year, a projected 595 people died from opioid overdoses in Nassau and Suffolk counties. In Nassau County, 136 deaths have been confirmed and 290 in Suffolk County through September, and both county medical examiner’s offices are working through more cases. Chassman said he believes that is a low estimate.

“Five years ago we were appalled that it was 367 — one person a day,” Chassman said. “Now, with Nassau and Suffolk, 600 people were lost to opioid overdose.” In 2017, however, Chassman said nearly 1,000 lives were saved with Narcan, and everyone at the seminar went home with a kit, including two doses of Narcan, sterile gloves, a mouth guard for rescue breathing and alcohol wipes. The 62-year-old organization was the first to bring Narcan to Long Island about

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eight years ago, Chassman said, providing free kits that included two injectable doses of two milligrams each. Now, Birkenstock said, the kits have been increased to two four-milligram doses through a nasal spray that requires no assembly partly because of the addition of fentanyl and its derivatives to heroin. A few years ago in Suffolk County, Birkenstock said, most cases could be remedied with one dose of Narcan and about 3 percent of cases required two or more doses. Now, he said, up to 25 percent of cases require multiple doses. Birkenstock led the Narcan demonstration and said that if someone has taken drugs besides opiates or a small child or animal gets into the medication, Narcan will not interact with other drugs or harm someone not on opiates. Birkenstock said the first step is to try to speak to the potentially overdosing person, possibly shaking or pinching their shoulder for a response or a sternal rub with two fingers down the center of the rib cage. Birkenstock said to look to see if the person is still breathing or possibly turning blue, especially around the lips or nail beds. “If you have to get close to them to see if they are breathing, that’s already a bad sign,” Birkenstock said. Call 911 as soon as you believe there Continued on Page 47

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Curran expects budget gap for 2018 County executive tells village officials about potential cuts, property tax system review

BY R E B ECC A K L A R Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said on Tuesday that her fledgling administration is projecting a budget gap, and she has asked department heads to prepare for potential spending cuts of 2 to 6 percent. Addressing officials from the 64 villages in the county, she also said that the county’s"property tax assessment system is “in shambles” and vowed to overhaul it by the end of the year. Curran, a Democrat who was elected in November, did not specify the size of the budget gap. Last year, her predecessor, Edward Mangano, proposed a $2.99 billion budget for 2018. “I believe there must be an effort to tighten the belt and undergo our own equivalent of surgical gastric bypass,” Curran said at the meeting of"the Nassau County Village Officials Association at Westbury Manor." Last year the county paid $90 million in tax settlements due to the flawed property tax assessment system, Curran said. The county must also pay

resa Fusco, a teenager from Lynbrook, were overturned. Restivo and Halstead spent 18 years in prison. Additionally, issues such as a sewer tax snafu that was uncovered a couple of weeks ago" are feeding into the already tight budget, Curran said. To address the fiscal challenges, Curran said, she has directed department heads to decide on potential 6, 4 and 2 percent cuts in their budgets. These cuts may not all be used, but the departments will have an outline ready for cuts to be made when necessary, Curran said. PHOTO BY REBECCA KLAR Curran also said her team has a laser focus on the property Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said the county budget tax assessment system. needs to be tightened as she addressed village officials at Tuesday’s The prior administration Nassau County Village Officials Association meeting. had not significantly updated the tax roll since 2009, Curran $45 million to two men whose im Finance Authority, approves. said. Newsday has previously reconvictions in a rape and murder The outdated assessment were overturned, she said. Of ported that the U.S. Supreme roll forced the county to pay that amount," at least $22 mil- Court declined to hear the coun- $90 million in tax grievances in lion would come from the coun- ty’s appeal of the 2014 award 2017, Curran said. ty’s reserves and the rest would to John Restivo and Dennis “The settlements are not be borrowed, if the county’s fis- Halstead after their convictions across the board. Some firms recal watchdog, the Nassau Inter- in the rape and murder of The- ceive larger settlements for their

clients than others,” Curran said. “And if you’re a taxpayer who doesn’t grieve then you’re shouldering the tax burden that is shifted from those who do grieve, and repeat grievers pay less than their fair share and keep sinking further and further from fair market value.” Curran said she plans to “turbocharge” the systematic review of the property tax assessment system and update the tax roll with current fair market values by 2019. Two local companies that have been doing this work will continue to do so, she said: Matt Smith for residential matters and Michal Haberman for commercial. Curran said the Office of Real Property Tax Services Overview will review Smith’s and Haberman’s work and assist with reaching the 2019 goal. Curran also addressed an issue that Robert Kennedy, mayor of the Village of Freeport and president of the association, has been advocating for – sales tax disbursement to villages. Continued on Page 45

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Cuomo pushes ‘tax fairness’ in G.N. Blasts recently OK’d GOP plan as double taxation aimed at New York, other blue states BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN

Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the Republican tax plan and called upon Long Islanders to take action in a speech on Thursday, while highlighting a threepronged “fairness campaign” to fight the law. During the speech at the Teamsters Local 282 headquarters in Lake Success, Cuomo characterized the legislation as double taxation directly aimed at New York and other Democratic states. “Washington has launched a calculated and direct assault aimed at the very heart of New York and we have two options – stand where we are or get out of the way,” Cuomo said. “With the Tax Fairness for New York campaign, we are ramping up our efforts to mitigate the impacts of this plan, examining every possibility to combat this devastating legislation and doing everything we can to protect the rights and wallets of hardworking New Yorkers.”

law would affect 530,000 Long Island taxpayers – more than a third of all tax filers – and raise their taxes an average of $6,400. “To make it even worse, we already send more to the federal government than we get back than any other state in the United States of America,” Cuomo said. “We already send $48 billion more than we get back.” “The 12 states that get penalized by this law – all Democratic states, all states that Trump lost,” Cuomo added. “Maybe that’s a great coincidence, but I don’t believe it was that great a coincidence.” Cuomo’s plans include acting in a multi-state coalition to sue the federal government, PHOTO FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE push for repealing and replacing the law, and restructuring state tax policy to establish a payrollGov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Teamsters Local 282 headquarters in Lake Success based taxation system and stateon Thursday, framing the Republican tax bill as “unconstitutional,” “double taxation,” and operated charitable funds to redirectly aimed at New Yorkers. ceive tax credits. The state also created a The tax law caps state and could disproportionately affect dents $14.3 billion, a state re- website which includes relevant local tax deductions for federal Long Island residents. port from the Department of Tax proposals, how a representative tax returns at $10,000, which Fully eliminating the “SALT” and Finance suggests. The gover- voted, reports and other inforCuomo and others have argued deduction would cost state resi- nor’s office, meanwhile, says the mation.




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Parents targeted in opioid legislation Nassau County officials propose expansion of social host law to combat drug epidemic BY LU K E TORRANCE

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and several members of the county Legislature gathered at the Legislative Building Tuesday to announce a proposed expansion of the social host law to combat opioids. “We’re here to make a difference and make sure we have every tool available in our toolbox to battle this problem, to battle this epidemic and do everything we can,” said Legislator Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury). “Because it’s not going away quickly.” The original social host law was passed in 2007 and prohibited anyone over the age of 18 who owns or rents a private property from knowingly allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises by individuals under the age of 21. The amendment would expand the law to cover the consumption of opioids and other drugs, such as marijuana. “[Parents] can’t turn a blind


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North Hempstead issued a request for proposal for outside legal counsel.

The town has been using outside counsel for labor matters, such as discrimination cases and employee arbitrations, less in recent years than in the past, Trottere said. In 2017 outside counsel fees for the town totaled $63,114.81. In 2014 outside counsel fees totaled $214,937 and in 2013 they were $617,396. “Now, we use our labor counsel as more of an adviser to our in-house staff,” Trottere said. “Our lawyers learn more and gain more experience so that they can handle similar matters on their own the next time.” Outside counsel are charged to professional services, Trottere said. That budget line also pays for other matters such as appraisals, expert witnesses and insurance advisers, Trottere added. The town currently has 13 outside firms it uses, including Uniondale-based Harris Beach. Harris Beach was involved in transactions that led to federal charges against former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Newsday reported. Harris Beach is also counsel on litigation involving the Roslyn Country Club and the town, according to Newsday. Bids on the request for proposals are due by 3 p.m. on Feb. 27.

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VGN eyes digitizing building dept. files BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN The Village of Great Neck and its Building Department are “bursting at the seams” from excessive files, two officials said at a village board meeting last Tuesday, leading to a proposal to digitize all the department records for safekeeping. Describing what he called a “substantial project,” Village Clerk-Treasurer Joe Gill said it would duplicate every single file, including property files, closed and open permit files, records from the Board of Zoning Appeals and Architectural Review Committee, building permit applications and other papers. “We’re bursting at the seams in this building and this is a project that is inevitable at some point,” Gill said at the meeting. “It’s got to be 50 filing cabinets plus all the flat files,” Gill later added. He said the work would likely cost about $220,000, according to an estimate from Siri Systems, although the number is subject to change based on further analysis of the building


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Officials from the Village of Great Neck said that they are running out of room to store Building Department files in village hall. files, and would take four to five months." “Bursting at the seams is a good description,” Robert Barbach, the building superintendent, said later in the meeting. “The amount of activity we have seen the past couple of years has

been increasing significantly. The contemplated activity is going to push us way over the line and we need to reduce our footprint as opposed to increase it.” Were the proposal to be approved, Gill and Barbach said, the original records would likely





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The Village of Great Neck would be among many municipalities and villages embarking on such a project, Gill said.

Police seek package snatcher in G.N. Police say they are looking for a man who took a package from a Moreland Court residence in Great Neck last month. Detectives said the suspect, described as white and possibly Hispanic with a medium build and dark brown hair, stopped his blue-green Chevy Avalanche truck in front of a residence, took the package and then drove away on Jan. 24. This is similar to a Jan. 29 case, where police said a white or Hispanic

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remain on file for a few years after they are converted into data files available via a data server and remotely. “The amount of money is simply to convert paper to a data file,” Barbach said. “That’s all this is.”



seams is a good description. The amount of activity we have seen the past couple of years has been increasing significantly. The contemplated activity is going to push us way over the line and we need to reduce our footprint as opposed to increase it.

man stepped onto a Fairview Avenue property and removed a package containing a $400 saw. That box was then loaded onto the suspect’s gray Chevrolet truck, police said, before he drove away. A police spokesman said it is not clear whether the two cases are related, and investigations"into both crimes are ongoing. Detectives ask anyone with information about the incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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Village of Thomaston might change banks


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Village officials first considered the move earlier this year, as interest rates The Village of Thomaston could be were poised to rise. Now they are reviewing proposals from Flushseeing a few extra bucks in ing National Bank and its pocket by switching the First National Bank banks, officials said at a village board meeting on t’s not costing of Long Island, Weinberg Monday night. us money to look said.“It’s not costing us Mayor Steven Weinberg explained that when and to make the money to look and to make the change,” Weinofficials get tax receipts, change,” berg said. they do not spend the In unrelated business, money all at once. Rather, Steven Weinberg village officials shifted they put the money into a MAYOR $50 around in the $2.19 bank account for a short million budget, approved period of time and get a series of vouchers and some interest. A difference of half a percentage reviewed a Department of Public Works point on $50,000, for example, could net report. “We were dealing with some very mian additional $250. “Even though it’s marginal, even nor financial items to keep our financial though it’s small, I think government has house in order,” Weinberg said. The next Thomaston Board of Trustthat responsibility,” Weinberg said in an ees meeting is March 12. interview.



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Do the right thing, Senator Phillips


ew York currently gives child sex-abuse victims! until age 23 to file criminal charges for offenses that don’t include the top felony rape charges, and until age 21 to file civil claims against institutions. The average age at which child sex-abuse victims report their abuse is 42 – 19 years after the statute of limitations expires for criminal charges. This places New York among the states with the least victimfriendly reporting laws in the country, ignoring the reality that victims of pedophilia often need decades to come to grips with the effects of their trauma. It also gives hundreds if not thousands of sexual predators, and those who may have enabled them, a get-out-of-jail-free!card. The solution to this outrage has been before the state Legislature for more than a decade in the form of the Child Victims Act. The legislation would extend the statute of limitations to age 50 in civil cases, and to age 28 in criminal cases. It would also establish a one-year window in which anyone would be permitted to bring a lawsuit, even if the statute of limitations had expired. Public support for the legislation crosses political and geographic lines, including 77 percent of both Republicans and Catholics. The bill also enjoys widespread and bipartisan support in Albany, where in 2017 it passed the state Assembly for the fifth time, this time by a vote of 139-7, and from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. So why hasn’t the legislation been approved? One person. State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican, has

refused to let the bill come to the floor for a vote. Flanagan is not without support. Opponents that include the Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish groups and the Boy Scouts of America express concerns with the one-year window. They say the window would cause a wave of claims that could drive churches, schools and hospitals into bankruptcy. This is a strange argument in that the opponents are tacitly admitting a likelihood that many sex crimes against children have not been reported. And should not be reported. There are also two problems with the argument. The first is that the opponents’ fears of a lawsuit are unfounded. The many states that have provided a one-year window have not seen a flood of legal actions. In Minnesota, which created a three-year window for a population a little more than a quarter of New York’s, just under 1,000 civil claims have been filed.!With a population almost twice New York’s, California saw just 1,150 cases filed in the one-year window it granted. The second problem with the opponents’ argument of financial liability is that it is irrelevant. This is a too-big-to-fail argument for sex crimes. We should not place the financial concerns of institutions that might harbor sexual predators over bringing justice to their victims. If an institution harbored sexual predators, it should pay the price just the same as any other criminal. New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators, a victims-rights advocacy group, has in recent months

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launched a campaign in the home districts of Republican state senators, including Elaine Phillips, urging them to state their position on the Child Victims Act. Phillips was twice asked about her position in recent months and twice gave the same carefully crafted statement: “It is time the Legislature works to find solutions to support those who have been abused. Recognizing that most children do not disclose the abuse until they are much older, we need to lengthen the statute of limitations to protect any future victims.” Unsaid was her position on the Child Victims Act, the oneyear window, punishment for past crimes and whether she supported allowing a vote on the Child Victims Act in the Senate. Cuomo recently gave supporters of the legislation a large boost

when he included the Child Victims Act in his proposed 2018 state budget. And the #MeToo movement has helped many people recognize how painful and risky it is for victims of sexual harassment or assault to speak out when they are adults. The question is what Republican state senators like Phillips will do. The former Flower Hill mayor faces an election year at a time when the political winds are blowing against Republicans, particularly in blue states like New York. And Flanagan and the Republican leadership have many tools to punish those in their caucus who do not support the leadership. Campaign funds, committee assignments and millions of dollars in money to spend on groups in their district are among the many

ways legislative leaders can control members. On the other hand, there are children, victims of sexual assaults whose attackers remain free. Phillips and other Republican legislators could publicly endorse the Child Victims Act. They could also call for the removal of Flanagan or any other Republican leader who refuses to allow the legislation to come to a vote. And, if the legislation comes to the floor of the Senate, they could vote for it. Or, in this case, a budget that includes it. Every elected official talks about his or her love of children. The question is whether Phillips and others in her caucus would risk their positions to defend these children.

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Curran: Nassau County’s John Kerry?


hroughout his eight-year tenure as county executive, the hapless Ed Mangano was clueless about the state of the county’s finances. Year after year, he would announce that his deficit-ridden budgets were balanced. He dismissed the annual warning from the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, that the county’s budget deficits were real, substantial and that the deficits were in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as they must be judged according to state law. Mangano never understood GAAP. He thought it was something NIFA made up. Hence, he frequently referred to the standard accounting principles as “NIFA’s GAAP.” Worse yet, he believed the county’s budget could be balanced with borrowed money. He failed to grasp what every freshman accounting student knows: under GAAP, borrowing is not operating revenue. Genuine municipal revenue consists solely of taxes, fees and support from other governments. Addicted to borrowing to pay

for public employee buy-outs and judicial judgments, Mangano sought annual fixes to fund his cash shortfalls. Fortunately, over the past few years, NIFA has been weaning the county off its borrowing dependency, has made it clear that it would reject any additional requests, and has held fast to that position since taking it. Notably, Nassau Democrats have historically supported NIFA’s tight-fisted approach on borrowing, although perhaps as a means to make other political points, rather than as an indication of understanding its fiscal implications. When Mangano requested $45 million borrowing approval in 2016 to pay a judicial award to two men exonerated of a 1984 murder rap, Democratic legislators, including then-legislator Laura Curran, killed the motion (which required a super-majority vote), arguing the county had ample reserves. As a result, Mangano was forced to set aside the money in 2016 to cover the judgment while awaiting appeals, as he did. Well, the appeal process

GEORGE J. MARLIN On The Right ended in January when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the county’s arguments and now it must pay out the $45 million. However, now-County Executive Laura Curran has changed her fiscal tune. She has requested that borrowing be approved to pay the judgment because county reserves are allegedly low. It appears to me Curran is experiencing a John Kerry moment. Remember when the 2004

Democratic presidential nominee was widely ridiculed for flip-flopping on funding of the Iraq war after saying, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” In Curran’s case, she was against borrowing $45 million before she was for it. The county’s arguments favoring the borrowing are specious. Contrary to claims, paying out the $45 million will not adversely impact the county’s ability to pay bills in 2018 because there is plenty of cash in its coffers (the argument references the county’s reserve position as of Dec. 31, 2016, more than a year ago, rather than the county’s current cash position). In December 2017, the County issued $300 million in short-term Tax Anticipation Notes to meet current expenses while awaiting 2018 property tax collections. Also, the county mistakenly contends that the $45 million must be bonded out long term because the judgment was listed as an expense item in the TANs official statement.

County officials appear to be confusing TANs with Bond Anticipation Notes. BANs are a kind of shortterm debt that is retired with proceeds from a subsequent long-term bond sale. The fact that the $45 million is not part of BANs shoots down the current argument that the County’s plans required it to be funded with long-term bonds. Sadly, in early February, all the Democratic County Legislators put on John Kerry masks and approved legal judgment borrowing—albeit $23 million, while over half of the Republican County Legislators put on the same mask and opposed the same borrowing of which they had errantly approved in 2016. One month in office and Democrats appear to be on the road to abandoning their promise to reject Mangano-type fiscal gimmicks. Now it’s up to NIFA. Hopefully, board members don’t also have a John Kerry moment, and choose instead to uphold their pledge to reject any borrowing for legal judgments and termination pay.


Hail to the chiefs…of president’s staff


n the past week or so, Washington, D.C. has gone agog with rumors about Gen. John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, and whether he might be on the way out. That makes this as good a time as any to read — or reread— Chris Whipple’s book, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.” Featuring interviews with all 17 still-living chiefs of staff and two ex-presidents, plus other Washington notables (and a 205-book bibliography), it is a surprisingly lively read. It’s all history you may know or remember — but as seen from the stage, not the audience. As the job is described by James A. Baker, who was chief for two presidents (Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush): “You can very well make the argument that the White House chief of staff is the second most powerful job in government.” But it might also be the very worst job in the world. “In an average day,” said Erskine Bowles (Bill Clinton), “you

would deal with things like Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the budget, taxation, the environment — and then you’d have lunch. And people would always joke, ‘Thank God it’s Friday, only two more workdays till Monday.’” Dick Cheney, who in the 1970s was chief of staff for Gerald Ford, blames the job for his first heart attack; Obama’s Bill Daley is sure his case of shingles was caused by the stress. And yet, few men anywhere have turned it down. As Rahm Emanuel (Barack Obama) put it, “When the president asks you to do something, you have two answers, which are yes or yes sir.” Whether Democrat or Republican, the chiefs of staff are remarkably consistent about what the job requires. The main criterion for being chief of staff is realizing why you’re there: the president needs someone to be his “S.O.B.,” and that someone is you. You are not there to be liked; you are there to make it easier for the president to do his job. One key rule for success is that absolutely everyone on the


A Look on the Lighter Side staff must report to you. No exceptions! Leon Panetta recalled this advice, from a book he was handed before taking over as Bill Clinton’s second chief. The book was by H.R. Haldeman, of all people — Nixon’s infamous (but also effective) chief of staff; and it included this story: “Nixon told his staff, ‘From now on, Haldeman is the Lord High Executioner. Don’t you come whining to me when he tells you to do something. He will do it because I asked him to

and you’re to carry it out.’” Haldeman warned his staff against doing “end runs” around him to the president: “Do not permit anyone to end-run you or any of the rest of us. Don’t become a source of end-running yourself, or we’ll miss you at the White House.” There are other rules, too. As crystallized by Kenneth Duberstein, who worked for Ronald Reagan, “Always remember that when you open your mouth, it is not you but the president who is speaking.” Or, as Erskine Bowles put it: “The power of the chief of staff is derived. … If you’ve lost the confidence of a president, people smell it, feel it, know it within seconds — and you become an overblown scheduler.” Of course, the chief of staff must be respected by all as an honest broker, conveying all sides of an argument to the president. And the most important person to be honest with is"the boss. As Dick Cheney says, “Somebody’s got to be the go-to guy

who can go into the Oval Office and deliver a very tough message to the president.” I don’t suppose that General Kelly has trouble delivering tough messages. But he might face other trials. For example, there’s a point President Truman made, upon learning that General Eisenhower would succeed him: “Poor Ike! He’ll sit here and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that! And nothing will happen. It won’t be a bit like the Army. ” That’s probably as difficult for ex-military chiefs of staff as it is for presidents. And I hope General Kelly takes note of some advice from Andrew Card (George W. Bush): “I broke the job down into the care and feeding of the president; policy formulation; and marketing and selling. … You have to make sure that the president is never hungry, angry, lonely or tired.” General Kelly — or whoever comes after him — certainly has his work cut out for him. One thing I recommend he do is read this book.

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U.S. headed for self-made disaster


nce upon a time, the Republican Party espoused fiscal discipline. A balanced budget and paying down the deficit were bedrock principles that right-leaning congressional candidates drove home at every opportunity. Leading the way with this mindset used to be Speaker of the House and former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan. Those days are over. Last week, in order to mitigate a shutdown of the federal government, Democrats and Republicans agreed to a budget deal that adds an additional $300 billion dollars in new spending and $90 billion in disaster relief over the next two years. Honestly, who wouldn’t embrace additional spending for important programs? However, without corresponding budget cuts to offset new spending, there is no chance for a balanced budget. The last time the Congressional Budget Office forecasted the deficit for the coming fiscal year, which starts October 2018, it was close to $700 billion. With the approved increase

in spending, new estimates put it closer to $1.2 trillion. This doesn’t include the yet to be detailed additional $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan President Trump is preparing to announce. Instead of repaying the over $20 trillion in National Debt, Congress added to it with reckless abandon. To be fair, Democrats have been willing partners in blowing out the deficit. Under President Obama, national debt ballooned, doubling to roughly $19 trillion. One inherent problem lies in this simple fact: For a politician, it’s never good politics to make tough financial decisions for the future when you are always worried about re-election. Term limits for Congress would help fix this. In my opinion, there are only two reasons to run huge deficits. The first is when the fate of humanity is at stake, for example during World War II. The other is to stimulate the economy during a deep recession or depression, like former President Obama did to stave off the imminent collapse of the


All Things Political financial system, just 10 short years ago. However, that’s not what’s happening here. Deficit spending during a strong economy is a clear recipe for disaster. When the economy is strong, like it is now, the government should be paying down debt, not increasing it. Interest on almost $21 trillion in debt service eats up about 6.5 percent of the fiscal year 2018’s $4.094 trillion budget. The weighted average maturity of all outstanding Treasuries stands at roughly 70 months. When interest rates finally trend

back up to their historic average, from under 2.9 percent today to 4.9 percent (using the 10 Year Treasury Bond as a benchmark), it’s easy to imagine a financial catastrophe less than six years away. If interest rates do trend back up to the historical average, debt service on close to $21 trillion will go up by an additional $200 billion or more by 2025, if all interest rates go up 2 percent in the near future. That increase in debt service alone will cost more than 5 percent of the current annual budget. To pay for the spike in debt service, the government would have to cut 5 percent from every government program, from Social Security to the military, and the results would be devastating and destabilizing to our country. If interest rates quickly go up more than 2 percent and remain high for an extended period of time America would be in serious trouble. This sad story ends three ways: 1. Congress realizes it can’t run deep deficits forever and passes a balanced budget amendment. This will cause

short-term pain but be a blessing in the long run as government efficiency will become paramount and the public will regain faith in their Congressional leaders for making sound financial decisions. This is the prudent path. 2. High inflation will quickly cheapen the value of the debt (inflation can’t stay low forever), and the government will print money to devalue its own currency, which is what happened in the extreme in Germany during the Weimar Republic from 1919-1933. Not a good choice. 3. The U.S. Government defaults on its debt. This would be a catastrophe as world economies are now intertwined and this would cause by far the most severe damage. Nobody likes to pay taxes and everyone would like more income, that’s why, initially, everyone loves a tax cut. However, unless the federal government decreases spending to coincide with lower federal Revenue resulting from these tax cuts, the proverbial party will come to an abrupt end, and sooner than you think.


G.N.’s foray into Smart Cities tech


ith a global population of 7.6 billion forecast to increase to 12 billion by 2100 (assuming we don’t destroy the planet first), of which 60 percent live in cities, in general, I support the concept of Smart Cities, essentially using technology to more efficiently, rationally and fairly utilize limited resources, including tax revenue. GPS traffic reports, which use surveillance, are an example: isn’t it better to find the fastest route to minimize wasting time and money and adding carbon-polluting emissions in traffic? Gov. Cuomo is in the process of instituting cashless tolls on bridges and Thruway which keeps traffic flowing but also enables the state to catch the perpetrator of an Amber Alert, a stolen car, or a fugitive from justice by reading license plates. People from the Village of Great Neck crammed Great Neck House on Jan. 14 to hear a presentation by the New York Civil

Liberties Union of Nassau County warning of the potential evils of Smart Cities technology – a surveillance state, “Minority Report” like pre-crime enforcement, algorithms rather than personal judgment with built-in systemic bias driving policy and operations to that minorities are disproportionately swept up by police. But the bottom line of this extremely informative presentation was not that Smart Cities technology is necessarily evil, but that the populace needs to have a say in what Smart Cities technology is implemented and understand the trade-offs between benefits (saving tax money on more efficient street lighting; increased security and safety, environmental protection) and negative consequences (loss of privacy, freedom and even potential health risks). Many in the audience were specifically concerned about the Village of Great Neck’s foray into Smart Cities technology: the replacement of its street lighting


Pulse of the Peninsula with LED bulbs with the capability of monitoring lighting, weather and other conditions in order to adjust the intensity of the light. The matter has been controversial for the more than a year since the village has gone through the process and hired a consultant, Realterm Energy from Montreal Canada to handle the engineering and installation, at a cost of $350,000 (of which $250,000

came from state grants; $100,000 came from the village’s funding and none required bonding). The village expects to not only recoup its expense over the next decade in cost-savings, but believes it is providing safer streets. And far from the conversion of its street lighting system to LED being done in secret or being force-fed to the residents, there were any number of presentations and hearings over the course of two years. The Installation of 832 lights was just completed in midJanuary. But a group of individuals who have been most skeptical# have not been allayed since the installation. At the NYCLU presentation (Jan. 14), they raised concerns about health risks of the bluewhite spectrum of the 4000K bulbs (which they charge can disrupt sleep cycles which in turn upset the production of melatonin needed for the body to repair itself and be a factor in causing miscar-

riages); about a secret agreement with Realterm to use the village to conduct pilot programs (test systems using village residents as guinea pigs?); about village surreptitious plans to attach video and audio surveillance capability to the “smart” nodes; and finally, about the village board’s routine practice of silencing opposition, particularly when the opposers are women. “We are a community in crisis and 99 percent of the community does not even know it – because the facts have been so well concealed. This protects Mayor Bral who is running our village like a dictatorship,” write Judy Rosenthal and Amy Glass in one call to action. In response to the concerns raised, the village had the Realterm engineer come to the Feb. 6 trustees meeting to answer questions. Despite a lot of notice for complainants to attend, only Continued on Page 57

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Profiles in Courage among Americans


ou don’t hate history. You hate the way it was taught to you. Stephen Ambrose,!American historian. When students are asked what is your worst subject, they frequently reply “history.” I suspect that, like Arnold Toynbee, who defined history as “one damned thing after another,” students remember how boring the subject was. They point to the memorization of dates, battles and kings which have almost no relevance to the lives of these long-suffering students. But it needn’t be this way. History encompasses fascinating vignettes, stories of cowardice and heroism, in short, the drama of life. If your social studies teachers failed to impart this sense of excitement, you should demand a refund. This essay will cite two examples of unsung heroes, one demonstrating great courage in the face of death and the other who, prematurely, ended a successful political career. Our first hero is George Michaels, not exactly a household name. He served in the state Assembly in Albany representing a district which was conservative, largely rural and predominately

Catholic. It is anomalous that ! Michaels was Jewish and in favor of a woman’s right to choose. Twice he voted against an abortion bill, but in line with the wishes of his conservative constituents. The bill would have been the most liberal law on abortion in the U.S. Michaels knew that his vote would affect the abortion debate for years to come. He heard from two of his sons on this issue. One said he would be a “whore” if he didn’t vote his conscience. Another begged him to do the right thing which meant changing his vote from “nay” to “aye.” For Michaels this was the most important vote he would ever cast. He rose and addressed the chamber. “I realize, Mr. Speaker that I am terminating my political career, but I cannot in good conscience sit here and allow my vote to be the one that defeats this bill. I ask that my vote be changed from no to yes.” His vote recorded, bedlam broke out in the Assembly. Epithets were shouted at Michaels who buried his face in his hands. His prediction that his career was over was prescient. Opposed by Democratic county leaders he had three adversaries in a

primary which he lost. The state Senate approved the same bill as the Assembly and on April 11, 1970 Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signed it into law. This piece of legislation became the model for the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Since there was no residency requirement in New York State, it became the only state in the country offering abortion on demand. Michaels died at his home in Auburn, N.Y. He was 80 years old. Survived by his wife of 59 years, he had three sons and eight grandchildren. He wrote his own epitaph: “I found myself caught up in something bigger than I am. I’m just a small country lawyer.” I submit that he was wrong. He was a man who sacrificed a career in order to do the right thing. The name of Dr. George Tiller may “ring a bell.” He was the physician shot to death in the foyer of his church by a right to life fanatic. The name Julie Burkhart is not as well known yet she is the second person whose story deserves telling. Four years after Tiller’s murder in Wichita, Kan., the residents of that city once again had an abortion clinic. Called the South Wind Women’s Center, there were continuing threats and efforts at intimidation to those on staff.

Here are some of the problems and threats Ms. Burkhart faced: Bogus complaints were filed with building inspectors and fire marshals to prevent the clinic’s opening. Ms. Burkhart’s home was picketed. One frightening sign asked carried by a picketer read “Where’s your church?” referencing Tiller’s assassination in his church. She had to get an order of protection against the leader of the picketing group. Security at Burkhart’s home and the clinic was dialed up and was quite costly. T here are three doctors on staff at the new clinic, two of whom fly in from out of state. This practice is not unique to Kansas.! Mississippi, and the Dakotas also fly in physicians. Transportation to and from the airport is an additional burden. Abortion providers also receive threatening phone calls at home. All of this madness in a country where the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade (1973) that abortion is a Constitutionally protected right. David Leach is a member of the anti-abortion group known, ironically, as the Army of God. Scott Roeder is the convicted killer of Dr. Tiller. In a recorded jailhouse conversation between these

two,! it was suggested that someone might kill “Julie Darkheart” which was the unflattering name given to Julie Burkhart. The two agreed that Burkhart made herself “a target.” They further stated! “I don’t know if anyone will pick up the gauntlet” ! suggesting that they hoped someone would. So what makes Julie Burkhart a heroine? Every day that she goes to work her life is in jeopardy. The “crazies” in the right to life movement justify murder on the grounds that physicians who do abortions kill “babies” The actual number of abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 is over 60,000,000. The source of these numbers is the Guttmacher Institute which champions! freedom of choice for women, and therefore can be trusted. Both George Michaels and Julie Burkhart faced a crossroads. Both knew what they had to do in order to be faithful to their beliefs. In my opinion, each made the right choice and their stories should be told. Anytime one can personalize history it springs to life. Dr. Hal Sobel Great Neck

Who would pay for L.I. Sound crossing?


here are always two sides to every story “Getting off the road to nowhere” (Editorial – February 2).! Three years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced supporting a $5 million study to look at the feasibility of constructing a tunnel from Long Island to either the Bronx,! Westchester or Connecticut.! This concept of a new cross Island Sound tunnel has previously been considered for decades, but deemed unfeasible.! The late Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Chairman Robert Moses paid for a $150,000 study in 1964.! It was performed by the firm Madigan-Hyland to study the feasibility of a bridge across the sound.! Results of the study were released to!the Nassau and Suffolk Regional Planning Board in February 1966. The Oyster Bay-Rye Bridge (originally the Bayville–Rye Bridge) was proposed to complete the Interstate 287 beltway

around the New York Metropolitan Area. This was to be done by constructing a 6.1-mile-long cable suspension bridge from the Cross Westchester! (I-287) Expressway in! Rye! to the Seaford – Oyster Bay Expressway (NY!135) in Nassau County. The estimated cost in 1966 dollars for the proposed bridge was $150 million.! (It would be billions in today’s dollars)! The idea died due to local community opposition and lawsuits.! The same would be true today. Property condemnation at either end to support either a bridge or tunnel including connections to existing roads could displace thousands of residents and businesses.! By the time all the court cases would be resolved, it could take years and cost!billions.! ! Gov. Cuomo referenced his new proposed bridge and/or tunnel from Queens or Nassau County to Westchester County or Connecticut during his 2018 State of

the State speech.! He conveniently forget at the time to share the detailed results of this $5 million study.! The estimated cost for the Gateway Tunnel which would connect New Jersey with Penn Station is $29 billion.! Crossing Long Island Sound would be a far greater distance than the Hudson River.! One recommendation from his study is an 18-mile tunnel from Rye or Port Chester to Oyster Bay with a cost between $31.5 and $55.4 billion!! Another concept is some sort of combination tunnel and bridge between Kings Park to Bridgeport Connecticut with a cost between $13 and $32 billion.! Imagine the final cost of either concept if and when completed decades later!! Any guess what the toll would be to pay off bonds used for financing?! Try $20, $30 or $40 each way when opened in 2038 or later.! Proposed construction of a new Cross Island Sound Tunnel! also has been previously studied! by various other planning and trans-

portation agencies going back decades. Governor Cuomo’s proposed new April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 $168.2 billion dollar budget failed to provide specific funding sources to deal with many of his $100 billion worth of transportation commitments.! Cuomo still needs to come up with $5.8 billion balance of the $8.3 balance he still owes to fund the $32 billion 2015 – 2019 MTA Five Year Capital Plan, $4.3 billion toward $6 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2, $7.25 billion for New York State’s 25 percent share of the $29 billion Amtrak Gateway Tunnel along with! paying back!the $1.6 billion dollar federal loan and $1 billion State Thruway Authority Bond which helped finance the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, just to name a few.! Add his dreams of building a new $55 billion cross Long Island Sound tunnel to the list of primarily unfunded transportation promises.

Cuomo will now have the state Department of Transportation spend even millions more to conduct additional engineering, environmental and financial analysis including impacts on local communities.! Later in the year, a request for proposals will be released to potential developers for actual construction.!! Every year, millions of dollars are spent for planning studies to research the potential for new transportation capital investments and system expansion.! This includes! Cuomo’s own NYS Department of Transportation and NYS Economic Development Corporation,!state sponsored Metropolitan Planning Organizations in every major urbanized area including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council which serves New York City;! the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority! along with each Continued on Page 44

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Trump a threat to democracy in U.S.


here is no reason to rehash Donald Trump’s inadequacies as president of the United States.! All the world is aware of it. What concerns many of us is the relative ease with which a democracy can be turned into a! dictatorship. Trump! has! shown strong dictatorial tendencies. ! One example is when he threatened to arrest some jour-

nalists for an alleged slight. He clearly wishes he had unrestricted dictatorial powers. He does not respect rule by law. Our free press is routinely lambasted.! Dictators and authoritarian governments! are never criticized. ! Since 2013 when Nicolas Madero was elected president, Venezuela! has!undergone systematic evolution from a reasonable democracy to a!virtual dic-

tatorship. The process is nearly complete.! Only a full-fledged civil war can bring democracy back. Trump admires dictators. He has made it clear that employees must be loyal to him, not to the Constitution. The current! Trump situation eerily parallels that in Venezuela.! Nicolas Madero, the Venezuelan president turned dictator has shown Trump the way this

transition can be achieved. First, he fired those not loyal to him. Next, he replaced critical officials with lackeys. The rule of law can now easily be circumvented. The possibility is real and frightful.! However, Allan Dershowitz, a well respected! Constitutional scholar, believes that our Constitutional safeguards have so far held up well and will continue to hold up. The world is watching our

flawed president. When all this is over the world will see what wonderful democracy our founding fathers created.! A nation that is not afraid to expose its flaws no matter how offensive they may be.! All the world will recognize what a truly great nation we are.! Theodore Theodorsen Manhasset

Closed primaries prevent interference


’d like to briefly (and as always, respectfully) respond to last week’s letter continuing the interesting debate about open versus closed primaries.! The letter-writer asked, “What if a registered Republican or Democrat is unhappy with the choice of candidates on his/her party’s primary ballot?”! Of course, some “crossover voting” (voting in the opposition party’s primary) in open primary states involves genuine motiva-

tions.! But some “crossover voting is “strategic” – !voting for the weakest opposition party candidate in order to undermine the opposition party – and that’s a serious problem with open primaries.!! In many races, even small amounts of strategic cross-over voting can unfairly determine the vote, deny legitimate party members the right to choose their party’s candidate, and deny legitimate party members the right to

choose a strong candidate who has the best shot at winning a general election. ! There is also another answer to last week’s letter-writer’s important question:! Someone who is unhappy with her party’s candidates can exercise her ballot access rights under New York state law.! For instance, she can collect signatures of fellow party members on a designating petition to place a preferred member of her

party onto her party’s primary ballot.! Or (so long as she has not signed another designating petition), she can circulate or sign a petition to place a preferred candidate from any party onto an independent party line on the New York State general election ballot.! As Joe Lieberman’s 2006 Senate re-election in Connecticut proved, one can run on an independent line and win a general election.!

!New York thus provides ways for voters to place their favorite candidate on the general election ballot – without unfairly interfering with the choice of opposition party members. !Liz Berney, Esq. Great Neck This letter expresses the writer’s own personal views, and should not be attributed to any organization with which she is affiliated.

G.N. ed board doesn’t respect school neighbors


he two administrators who spoke at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, about the necessity of the North High student parking lot neglected to mention how they intend to prevent students from parking elsewhere if they did not wish to park in the lot.! They referenced that they will install a gate preventing the students from leaving the lot.! If this is the case, then why has a gate not been installed on the current two existing lots on the north and southwest corners of Beach and Polo Roads?! !The GNPS doesn’t employ a guard to watch the parking lot all day.! As a result, students can now leave the lot in their cars midday. If this is a safety issue for the administrators now, then why isn’t a gate installed? Installation of a gate would be cheaper than 1. building a new lot, 2. employing a guard to watch the lot all day, 3. address the safety issue of students leaving midday, which they currently do.! This would also test the gate hypothesis before spending

$652,000 for a possibly inadequate solution.! Will locking the cars in the lot really reduce safety issues?! Will students still park in the lot in this situation?! What happens if a series of students need to leave early, at different times, to satisfy job or coop commitments? One administrator claimed that all the ‘stakeholders’ at the building level were included in the decision making for this lot.! These stakeholders were the parents who want their children to drive.! But if you live in the area, you were not considered a stakeholder.! Residents living in the vicinity were not invited to Shared Decision Making Committee meetings – these were strictly for residents with students attending the school.! It was incumbent upon the Board of Education and administration to include residents without kids in the high school as those ‘stakeholders.’! Yet they did not. ! With over 100 items in the recent bond, this is the one item that sticks out as not falling into

the category of educational enhancements and infrastructure repair.! The pro parking lot proponents say that we should have known – that there were many bond meetings.! What they do not see is that they were invited to the original meetings – so they knew about the lot.! The expectation of non-North HS parents to have read the 100+ line items is unrealistic given the labeling of the bond.! These residents trusted the labeling.! If residents had been more educated about this item in the bond, would the BOE have preferred that the entire bond failed because of the parking lot?! Should all of the schools in the school district have suffered because of the choices of the building committee at one school, GNNHS? ! And even when a parking lot was listed, it was not the main topic of discussion in any of these bond meetings.! It was a buried item to most; except perhaps to those who wished for it and expressed so to their building committees.!

! One resident spoke about how any science teacher today would extol the virtues of preserving the green space that exists in our local environments.! How ironic that one of the administrators who spoke in favor of paving over the green space, used to be the science department chair.! ! If the current lots were properly managed, there would be enough spots available.! One parent spoke about how she chose GNNHS from the optional zone so that her children would have the freedom to drive to school.! Her children can still drive to school – the Parkwood lot is a viable option that continues to be overlooked.! And if her children arrive early, they can get the closer spots.! Just like when you go to the train station early, you can park in the lot right next to the train; if you get to school early, you can get to the closer lots. The Board of Education has not presented to the public a traffic study or a complete environmental impact report.! As residents continue to come forward to voice their objections

to the parking lot because of the concerns of increased traffic flow, destruction of green space, and fears of water runoff, our Board of Education has an opportunity to rethink the viability and necessity of it.! With 80 existing spots, why not just add a gate to the existing lots and enforce parking restrictions?! Moving forward, the Board and administration should consider the importance of properly notifying its neighbors.! After listening to all of the passionate personal statements the neighbors made, this could have been done by simply mailing letters to the residents of the blocks surrounding the school.! This experience should be a wakeup call to the neighbors of all of the district’s schools.! This board has no respect for your rights or property owners.! It is a poor neighbor who sets a poor example for our children. Robert Mendelson Great Neck Letters Continued on Page 44

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Lake Success traffic study underway Officials also discuss nodes, repairs, police overtime at Monday night board meeting BY S A M G L A S S E R The state Transportation Department has apparently begun work on a long-sought traffic study in Lake Success, the first step in an effort to untangle rush-hour congestion at the intersection of the Long Island Expressway service road and Lakeville Road, the Lake Success village board was told Monday night. Mayor Adam Hoffman said village officials, including the Police Department, recently met with state transportation representatives to discuss the scope of the study. “They will get back to us in two or three months with recommendations,” Hoffman said. He explained that when the Long Island Expressway was widened a few years ago one exit was eliminated and others were repositioned, which has caused traffic jams at the intersection, particularly in the morning. The board also reported that police overtime was cut approximately in half for the 18-month


Lake Success Village Administrator Patrick Farrell, left, and Mayor Adam Hoffman listen to the discussion at the Feb. 12 village board meeting. period that ended Dec. 31, 2017, compared with the previous 18 months. The department has hired more dispatchers and changed the way it deployed officers, Hoffman said. In unrelated business, the board also decided to defer repairs to the Golf Club shower

room so as not to interfere with the upcoming golf season. The area was flooded more than a year ago because of a problem on the floor above. The renovations are estimated at about $125,000, but Hoffman said the village was trying to keep the project cost within

the insurance reimbursement. The board also approved the renewal of the 2011 contract with Worldwide Security, which provides security monitoring for village residents with a direct connection to the village Police Department. The cost to subscribing homeowners is un-

changed, Hoffman said. ExteNet Systems, a telecommunications company, is also working with the village to improve cellphone service. The company plans to install network nodes – essentially small antennas that are connected to a communications hub that helps distribute the signals from various wireless service providers. They are typically located on utility poles, street lamps or traffic signal poles, enhancing the coverage of wireless service. Village officials had some concerns about Extenet’s proposed locations and said they drove around the area with company representatives to review the plans and suggest alternate placement of the equipment. A public hearing on the project is scheduled for March 12. In other action, the board set April 5 as the date for the sale of tax liens. As of Monday, five properties were in arrears. The board also set June 19 as Election Day for village offices. Voting will be held at the Village Hall.

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s names new CEO BY LU K E TOR R A N C E

the formidable force it is today.” O’Connell said she learned a lot from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Peterson. “About a year ago she asked me to Realty announced last week that President and CEO Patricia Peterson would share her office with her, which was a step down from the latter position, one little intimidating at first, although she’s not an intimidating person,” O’Connell she has held for more than 26 years. Deirdre# O’Connell has filled the said. “She wanted to show me how she approaches the day-toposition of CEO, while day, how she manages. Peterson will remain as She manages from a president and chairman t’s easy to keep a strategic perspective and of the board. her heart. She alPeterson joined Danclose-knit, family- with ways has managed this iel Gale Sotheby’s in type culture when company as an extended 1974 as a sales associate. and I want to conAfter working in several you have a small family, tinue.” managerial roles with O’Connell joined Socompany, but it’s the# company, she was theby’s in 2007 when installed as president a little more of a she sold her real estate and CEO in 1991. The# agency to the company. challenge when organization has 27 ofShe ran the Manhasset fices and more than 900 you’ve been office, which ranked as sales agents, and rang up Sotheby’s No. 1 office for growing pretty $3.3 billion in sales in straight years under 2017. quickly, as we have. four her leadership. “Pat has been an She said that she has integral part of the SoDeirdre O’Connell been part of corporate theby’s International CEO for more than a year and Realty brand since its has been leading sales for inception,” Philip White, even longer, but was expresident and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates cited to be named CEO. O’Connell takes over a company that LLC, said in a statement. “Her foresight and keen business acumen grew Daniel has been growing rapidly in recent years. Gale Sotheby’s International Realty into She said her goal is to have the company



Patricia Peterson and Deirdre O’Connell expand even farther, particularly in Nassau County. She said Sotheby’s is planning to open an office in Great Neck, which the company “jumped over” when it got into the Queens market. She also wanted to extend to the county’s southern shore. “Currently,# Rockville Centre is the furthest south we have an office, and the South Shore has great opportunities,” she said. But in addition to growing the com-

pany, O’Connell said it was her priority to maintain the family-like culture that Peterson had developed throughout her tenure. “I think that the biggest challenge we have is continuing to keep our culture,” she said. “It’s easy to keep a closeknit,#family-type culture when you have a small company, but it’s a little more of a challenge when you’ve been growing pretty quickly, as we have.”

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Up his sleeve, an answer to the sneeze BY LU K E TOR R A N C E Stan Bratskeir was taking care of his sick grandson when he had an idea. “He was sitting on my sofa, recovering from a cold, and he kept coughing and sneezing into the crux of his arm,” he said. “The Center for Disease Control said that’s the best way to reduce passing it on, but it’s a little bit gross. I looked at that and thought, you need something disposable that you can cough into.” Bratskeir, who is the CEO of a marketing consultancy group and a Port Washington resident, sprang into action. Although he had never worked in medicine, he had worked with medical professionals during his time in public relations. With a few collaborations, Bratskeir’s “Sneeve” was born. As the name suggests, the Sneeve! is a combination of the words “sneeze” and “sleeve.” The fabric is stretchy and is designed to fit over the sleeve of clothing; it is for children ages 3 to 8. It is also designed to absorb water, meaning that the anti-microbial fabric will not feel wet even after being coughed and sneezed on several times. The fabric is treated with a safe mixture of silver!and citric acid that kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. At the end of the day, the Sneeve!should be thrown away. Every part of the Sneeve!— including the packaging, which is manufactured on Long Island — was made in the United States,!Bratskeir said. “We could have made it for a third of the cost in China, but it was important that it be safe and well-


A package of Sneeves from one of the company’s advertisements. made,” he said. Currently, one package — which contains seven Sneeves! — costs $9.99. It is available online at and will be back on Amazon Prime soon (“they ran out of product,”!Bratskeir noted). He plans to offer it in retail stores next year. Bratskeir created the Sneeve in 2015 but did not really begin selling it until the end of 2016. Since then, he has been getting the word out: the Sneeve!has been featured on NBC’s “Today” show and the Huffington Post.! But Bratskeir said the best way to reach parents was through grassroots efforts and proven success stories. “Behavior is a hard thing to change,” he said. “We

need to demonstrate that it protects your clothing!and that it reduces chances of spreading disease from child to child.” To do that, several schools have begun testing the Sneeve on their young students to determine if there is any health improvement. The Port Washington Children’s Center has one such group, where the children are given the Sneeve and attendance is tracked from Thanksgiving through February. Two control group classes in Pennsylvania!where students are not given a Sneeve are also having their attendance tracked. Bratskeir said the results have been positive so far. Although noting that the data collected is not yet large enough to be statistically significant, he notes that attendance is up 3 percent from last year in Port Washington, even as the state is in the grips of one of the worst flu seasons in years. “It builds good behavior and it reminds them to cough into the crook of their arm,” he said. He added that as part of encouraging this behavior, children were also learning about germs and the importance of washing your hands. Right now, the Sneeve comes in a light blue fabric. Bratskeir said as the company grows, he would like to add different designs, including camo patterns, animals and sports team logos. “We can do that once we get over the hump and become a bigger customer for fabric,” he said. “Kids will want to wear them. But it will take some time until we reach that point. Unless you’re Johnson & Johnson, you have to be patient.”

Couples renew marriage Foundation concerned vows on Valentines Day over Northwell expansion BY JA N E LL E C L AUS E N Charles and Rose Cipolla, who have been together for more than 64 years, said the key to their marriage has been two things: patience and love. “We have patience with each other, we love each other and we have four wonderful children and nine wonderful grandchildren, so that keeps us going,” Charles Cipolla, a 90-year-old resident of HarborView in Port Washington, said. “Believe it or not, it does.” The Cipollas were among dozens of couples gathered from across the Town of North Hempstead at Harbor Links to renew their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day. The couples have been married for 28 to over 60 years. The event is in its ninth year. As Town Clerk Wayne Wink led the event, everyone stood together, some holding hands, reading from their vows how blessed they felt and that their destinies are “intertwined.” “Your commitment to each other, your commitment to your families and your commitment to your community is something that we, as a town, need to celebrate,” Wink, who has been married for 15 years, said. “The fact that we really only get to do it once a year unfortunately, I think, undermines the real impact that all of you have had on our great communities,” Wink added.



Charles and Rose Cipolla, a couple from Port Washington, said that love and patience are the keys to their marriage. They have been together for almost 65 years. Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, who spoke with many of the couples before the ceremony, said she could tell “love clearly abounds in this room today.” “The Vow Recommitment ceremony is truly a heartwarming event we are pleased to hold every year to celebrate the bond, commitment and love shared between our happy North Hempstead couples after all these years,” Bosworth said. As for the Cipollas, they said they will be celebrating their 65th anniversary in June.

Greentree Foundation President Nicholas Gabriel on Thursday discussed with the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations his concerns about North Shore University Hospital’s proposed surgical expansion feet from the former Whitney estate. When Gabriel heard that Northwell Health executives Derek Anderson and! Elena Danilova alongside project architect! Andrew Pecora with Cannon Designs had presented plans for an advanced surgical pavilion to the council at its January meeting, he immediately reached out to council President Richard Bentley to make his own presentation on the plans. Gabriel and Greentree Foundation attorney!Jeff Forchelli told members the plans for the seven-story advanced surgical pavilion would affect the philanthropic organization that is known as the go-to retreat spot for United Nations members. The $342 million planned expansion will have two floors of parking, one floor of 18 surgical suites, one floor of intensive care units and two shell floors for additional private intensive care units to be added over time. At its peak, the building would reach about 138 feet including the rooftop cooling tower, and the roof itself would be about 111 feet high.

Gabriel said since much of the Greentree Foundation property is in a neighboring valley, the proposed spot for the hospital’s intensive care units as well as a floor of surgical suites would be visible from the main road as well as the open fields. “We’re not against their program,” Gabriel said of the hospital. “We’re not against them improving their setup, but they’ve boxed themselves into this corner.!We support the hospital and we support what it does, but in this case, they are doing something that will really have an impact on us and our ability to carry on with our mission.” In a photo provided by Cannon Designs to Gabriel, the top two floors, which are currently set as shell space for intensive care units to be moved into the building over a few years after construction, would be visible. During the January meeting, Anderson and Pecora both said they had been in contact with Gabriel and the foundation during the planning, but Gabriel said he was alerted about the plans before the Town of North Hempstead’s zoning board the day after the first hearing in October because the town sent the notification to a former Greentree Foundation address in Manhattan. Anderson said after the meeting, he was surprised that no one from the founContinued on Page 48

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Metro Bank donates 66 winter coats Metropolitan Commercial Bank’s Great Neck team recently delivered 66 new and slightly used winter coats to Long Island Cares, Inc. for distribution to families in need all across Long Island. The coats were collected during Metropolitan Commercial Bank’s 2017 holiday season coat drive. Coats were donated by Bank clients, Great Neck residents and Bank employees — a! demonstration of community spirit and collaborative relationship that has been cultivated between the Bank and the Great Neck community over the past two years. “The Great Neck community, once again, joined with us in providing warmth and the hope that these coats represent to so many families across Nassau and Suffolk counties,”

stated Laura Capra, Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Banking for Metropolitan Commercial Bank. “Metropolitan Commercial Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we serve and the compas-

sion shown by all those who donated makes this goal possible.” “For the second year in a row, our friends over at Metropolitan Commercial Bank’s Great Neck banking center have generously donated coats

to Long Island Cares—helping local families stay warm this winter,” noted William Gonyou, Long Island Cares Community Events and Food Drive manager. “We look forward to this continued partnership in the years

ahead as we remain vigilant in providing basic humanitarian needs to those less fortunate across Long Island.” Metropolitan Commercial Bank also hosted coat drives at its New York headquarters and four banking centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Coats collected at those locations were delivered to New York Cares for distribution to deserving families across the city’s five boroughs. Metropolitan Commercial Bank, The Entrepreneurial Bank, is headquartered in New York City and operates full-service banking centers in Great Neck, Long Island, Manhattan, and Boro Park, Brooklyn.

G.N. Cub Scouts celebrate Community health,

wellness fair May 8

BY ST E V E N C H E N Pack 178 Great Neck Chapter of Cub Scouts of America held its annual celebration of Blue and Gold Dinner on the evening of Feb. 8 at the Adria Hotel Reception Hall. The dinner is a birthday celebration for Cub Scouts as an organization, as well as a bridging ceremony for its Arrow of Lights scouts, who are fifth graders, to cross over in becoming the new members of the Boys Scouts. Among the 180 plus guests that attended the celebration was Rabbi Daniel Schweber of Temple Israel of Great Neck, who led a non-denominational prayer during the opening remarks. Board of Education Trustees Donna Peirez and President Barbara Berkowitz, who shared experience as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts when her son attended the pack, also attended the celebration as distinguished guests.


Members of Pack 178 pose for a picture at the annual Blue and Gold Dinner. The dinner also celebrated the retirement of Pack Cubmaster David Lau, who led the pack in a successful record breaking year in terms of cub membership and fund raising through the cub’s popcorn sale drive. The evening ended with a magic show for the scouts. For the 2018-2019 year, the pack will be co-led by Lee

Korn and Steven Chen as Cubmasters. The pack will also have two major new initiatives: the first being the establishment of a new Lions Den for Pre-K students, the other accepting girls as members of the Cub Scouts. The pack will be reaching out to the community with more detail for interested families in the coming months.

G.N. Library thanks blood donors The Great Neck Library wishes to express a huge thank you to everyone who came to the Main Library on Feb. 1 to donate blood. The New York Blood Center/Long Island Blood Services received 38 units of blood from 34 donors.

The Great Neck Public Schools, in partnership with the United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC), will host a Community Health and Wellness Fair on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at North High School, 35 Polo Road. This event is open to the entire community, and residents of all ages are encouraged to attend. The Community Health and Wellness Fair will feature a keynote speaker, break-out sessions by a variety of health and safety experts, and an exhibitor’s space in the gymnasium. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Warren Seigel, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Seigel is also an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn. The Great Neck Public Schools Wellness Committee is currently accepting proposals from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the event. The committee encourages residents and service providers within the region to consider sharing their knowledge and expertise as a presenter or an

exhibitor. Anyone interested in presenting at the fair must complete an exhibitor proposal form online at: https:// The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 1. In order to develop an event that best meets the needs of the Great Neck community, the Wellness Committee asks residents to share their opinions about the topics they would like to see presented at the fair. A brief, anonymous survey is available online at: forms/1GVRoTSAk2otT2bs1. This community interest survey is available through March 1, and survey results will play an important role in the exhibitor selection process. Links to the exhibitor proposal form and the community interest survey are available on the GNPS website at www.greatneck.k12. For more information about the Community Health and Wellness Fair, please contact David Zawatson, director of physical education, recreation and athletics at (516) 441-4045 or dzawatson@

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Largest pot seizure in county history Old Westbury man arrested after over 350 pounds of marijuana found: officials BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I An Old Westbury man was arrested last Tuesday and charged with four felony counts for possessing more than 358 pounds of marijuana in the largest marijuana seizure in Nassau County history, District Attorney Madeline Singas said. Micah Raskin, 49, was arraigned last Wednesday by Judge William Hohauser on charges of first- and seconddegree criminal possession of marijuana, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted on the top counts, he faces up to eight years in prison. Raskin was released on $150,000 cash bail, and he is due back in court April 27. “With this seizure of more than 350 pounds of marijuana and huge quantities of hash oils, this alleged dealer’s time living the high life selling drugs is over,”!Singas said. “Our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level continue to dismantle drug trafficking networks at every level, and I

commend this outstanding team on yet another successful bust.” Singas said in a news release that the arrest was the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into large-scale trafficking from Old Westbury to Baltimore, Maryland, of both marijuana and hash oil. Singas said during the investigation, which began in November, Raskin was identified as a supplier of large amounts in the Baltimore area, receiving the shipments on Long Island before a messenger delivered them to customers in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia and New York for $1,400 per pound. “Raskin is alleged to have trafficked hundreds of pounds of marijuana across state lines, creating a lucrative business over the years,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York. “As [Homeland Security Investigations] continues to share information between offices and with its law enforcement partners, we will continue to arrest drug traffickers like Raskin.” Nassau County police officers and the Long Island Homeland Security Investigations Task Force executed search warrants


More than 358 pounds of marijuana as well as hash oils, paraphernalia and packaging material were seized from a Garden City storage unit Tuesday. at Raskin’s Old Westbury home and Garden City storage locker. Singas said more than 358 pounds of marijuana, hash oils containing concentrated doses of THC, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials were seized from the properties. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $500,000 and the oils are estimated to be worth between $170,000 and $340,000. Officers also seized a loaded

shotgun, a Taser, a Land Rover Range Rover, a Chevrolet Corvette, $140,000 in cash and paperwork documenting payments and prices for the marijuana and hash oils. “The arrest of defendant Micah Raskin is a clear example of a collaborative multijurisdictional law enforcement investigation which is taking a dangerous individual and the drugs that he was dealing off the streets,” Nassau County


Micah Raskin, 49, of Old Westbury, was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly possessing more than 358 pounds of marijuana between his home and a Garden City storage locker. Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. “Defendant Raskin was supplying large amounts of marijuana to our residents, thus placing them at risk. This illegal behavior is unacceptable as we continue to fight to keep our residents and communities safe.”

Town historian adds to classic car collection BY A M E L I A C A M U R AT I Howard Kroplick said he blames his wife Roz for his blossoming classic car collection. “The first car that I ever owned was a ’66 Mustang, and I loved that car,” Kroplick, of East Hills, said. “When we got married, my wife said, ‘We’ve got two cars — one of the cars had to go.’ She had the big Grand Prix and I had my Mustang, so I sold the Mustang. From the moment I sold that car, I regretted it, and for 31 years, she heard me complaining about selling the Mustang.” In 2003, Roz was sick of the moaning and sent her husband on a mission to find a 1966 Shelby Mustang. Kroplick said he bought an upgraded model from the original he sold decades earlier.

After Kroplick, who also volunteers as Town of North Hempstead historian, took the Shelby Mustang to a car show and won an award, he said, he was hooked on the experience, slowly acquiring the Alco Black Beast, which won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races, a sevenpassenger limousine!from 1937 built as a gift for Walter P. Chrysler’s wife, a Mustang III concept show car from 1963, making it the oldest Mustang on the road today, and his newest purchase, a coveted Tucker sedan in his Waterfront at Roslyn garage. Kroplick’s Tucker was the 44th built of the 51 pilot production cars made by the Tucker Corporation in 1948. Kroplick said only 47 of the hand-built cars still exist with other owners including 18 museums, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. When Kroplick found out

the car would be auctioned, he began doing his due diligence to make sure the car was what the auction house was representing. After a few calls, he ended up in touch with Tucker Corp. founder Preston Tucker’s great-grandson Sean Tucker. Now, Sean alongside his twin brother Mike Tucker and modern coachbuilder Rob Ida are helping Kroplick restore the historic automobile to its former glory, including repairing the unique middle “Cyclops” headlight to rotate with the steering wheel, detailing the rear engine originally built for a helicopter as well as returning the paint and upholstery to the originals. “What’s amazing is the metal on this car is excellent,” Kroplick said. “It only has 8,000 miles after 70 years primarily because of the previous owner had it for 34 years and only put 15 miles on


Howard Kroplick purchased a Tucker sedan with only 8,000 miles on it in January 2017. it. I think he found the transmission difficult to figure out. This car was basically kept in a barn for a long period of time.” Since purchasing the car in January 2017, Kroplick has put 180 more miles on the car and its cord transmission, which Kroplick said is backward from a standard transmission, requiring the driver to select the gear before using the clutch. “During the summer, I had three open houses for car clubs to see the collection, and they

came to see all the cars, but the Tucker was the star,” Kroplick said. “There haven’t been Tuckers on Long Island for about 20 years. I don’t know if anyone ever owned a Tucker on Long Island, and a Tucker that’s drivable is like seeing a unicorn.” Kroplick said of all the cars, he drives the Chrysler the least because it’s “a work of art,” and the Classic Car Club of America recently gave it a perfect 100 for its evaluation. He said he enjoys Continued on Page 48

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eter/Piper” will hit the stage for the first time with the Post Theater Company at LIU Post. The play, written by Trista Baldwin, a playwright and co-founder of Workhaus Playwrights’ Collective, tells the story of two sisters, Piper and Claire, who face a family tragedy and experience grief down two very different paths. The story shows how people move on after tragedy and how we, as a society, can do better grieving or allowing space for people to not be okay. Piper and Claire are just starting their lives; one is a college student and one just got engaged. Then tragedy strikes their family. Their lives are altered and they both react in different ways. Piper tries to escape through work, sex, and drinking. Claire tries to hold on too hard to the past. Beth Lambert, a sophomore musical theatre major at LIU Post, plays Piper, who runs away to start over in NYC. “I connect with Piper about the need to constantly keep looking for more and more,” Lambert said. “She starts off with the life she wants and is comfortable, but you get one thing and you just want to take it further. She’s looking for a new story, love and life.” “Peter/Piper” was originally commissioned by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Baldwin was asked to write the play for the theater’s class of 2014 B.F.A. actor training program. The original script was shorter. At Post, Baldwin has the liberty to extend the length of the show. This draft of the play is the first to be performed. Baldwin is still making a few changes, either removing or adding scenes as the rehearsal process moves on. Yet the cast members do not let that phase their performances. The cast members are versatile to any changes that come their way, taking their direction well and committing to the truth of the characters they are portraying. “It is very fun to be hearing the changes in rehearsal right after I wrote them,” Baldwin said. Lambert said that working with the playwright is a good challenge. “I never did a new work where you are constantly getting new lines and new pages. It’s fun to explore the nooks and crannies that may have not been in the previous copy. It’s a lot of working on your feet and being ready for anything,” she said. Lucy Sanci, a sophomore musical theatre major at LIU Post, plays Claire, who returns home and tries to relive past experiences. “Claire is very independent, but still loves her friends and family,” Sanci said. When the tragedy hit her family, Claire wants to understand every angle of it and why it happened. “It’s her way of control-

LIU Post debuts play ling the situation,” she said. Sanci connects to Claire’s character. “I’d do anything for my family and [want to be] able to support them,” she said. Sanci also enjoys working alongside Baldwin in the rehearsal process. “It’s an amazing experience, especially so early on in my career, getting to work with Trista as the play is developed,” she said. Sanci and her castmates have the opportunity to lend a hand in the progress of the show, rather than working with a predetermined set of characters. “You get to have a say with what the character is like,” she said. Though it is n0t a musical, choreography is a huge factor in “Peter/Piper.” The cast uses contemporary dance and movement as well as poetic language to tell a story. The movement, according to Baldwin, creates an experience of the surreal state of mind post state-of-shock, which represents the narrative. “It’s more of an experiential play, rather than a linear narrative,” Baldwin said. The movement is not explicit, as the cast are responding to the script. “There is a physical language in addition to the verbal language,” she said. “For Claire, the movement is a form of categorizing stuff,” Sanci said. “[Her movement] is very specific, she’s searching for something. She’s really trying to find an answer and put things in list.” Claire wants to feel what it is like to be present in the moment and is “grounding herself in her reality when everything can feel so up in the air,” Sanci said. The play is inspired by Baldwin’s own personal experiences with loss, and friends’


The cast in rehearsal. experiences with loss. She looked at society and how it deals with loss, especially of young people. “I was given three days off work when a family member died,” Baldwin said. “Everything was all processed and afterwards everyone was like, ‘Yeah okay, move on,’ and that’s not how tragedy works.” Baldwin was glad for the play to be performed by an ensemble, where some lines are spoken in unison, and the scenes are primarily interactive to better represent the dynamics within a society. This is different from the classic, spotlight monologues or two-person scenes usually in plays. There are scenes playing out in the background of the narrative, creating a sense of community and togetherness. “Trista’s done an excellent job in delving into the psychology of how people grieve,” Sanci said. “People from all walks of life can deal with the same circumstance.

Though we feel alone, we don’t grieve alone. We are experiencing it together.” Baldwin’s second inspiration came from the lack of roles for young women in plays. As a professor of playwriting, screenwriting, and dramatic literature at St. Cloud University, she witnessed the inequality. “I watched men and women audition and always noticed that the men look better, as the material is better suited for them,” she said. The three males in the eight-person cast all interact with the grief, as well as the women. The story, Baldwin says, shows how grief impacts the community, not just the sisters. Lambert is happy to be working with a smaller cast. “We have grown a lot closer and have put our all into this. It’s great to work with people who are really dedicated,” she said. Continued on Page 36

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Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. With the melodious voice of French native singer Violette and her musicians from around the world, La Vie En Rose is a tasteful marriage of French Chanson and Golden Age swing, with a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs — a unique alliance between the old world and the new, between French charm, American glam and soulful pop. Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay Info: (516) 922-8678 •

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Ranked among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers, Darlene Love gained prominence in the 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a No. 1 American single in 1962. She went on to perform with many of the legends of ‘50s and ‘60s’ rock and soul — Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley — and her powerful vocals are behind many of the biggest hits during these years, including “Be My Baby,” “Monster Mash,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and Frank Sinatra’s version of “That’s Life.” Where: Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, 232 Main St., Port Washington Info & Tickets: (516) 767-1384 •

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Get Ready for March Madness Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet and debate with author Mark Mehler as he discusses his book, “Madness: The Ten Most Memorable NCAA Basketball Finals,” which tells the stories behind the ten most compelling and memorable championship games in tournament history. Where: Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine 110 N. Park Ave. Rockville Centre Info: (516) 764-6000

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Melissa Manchester Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose hits include “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” and “Through the Eyes of Love,” has played to sold-out audiences all over the world and had her music recorded by everyone from Barbra Streisand to Barbara Cook. She will perform two shows on this special evening. Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Hillwood Recital Hall, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville Info & Tickets: (516) 299-3100 •


John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will perform the solo work of Paul McCartney — the lesser-known McCartney songs — alongside the works of Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers. Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre Info & Tickets: (516) 323-4444 •


Wagner’s “Lohengrin” Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

This screening of Wagner’s beloved “Lohengrin,” a romantic opera based on part of the Knight of the Swan tradition, is performed in three acts, with its most popular and recognizable part being the Bridal Chorus, better known as “Here Comes the Bride,” played as a processional in many weddings. Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City Info & Tickets: (516) 877-4000 •



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Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. This event is a celebration of words as seven writers read their personal stories — some are humorous, some bittersweet, all will move you. The participating writers include Rolling Stone memoirist Bill German, New York Times “Modern Love” writer Paula Ganzi Licata, Long Island LitFest founder and author Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, former longtime Friars Club writer and author Barry Dougherty, New York Emmy Award-winner Iyna Bort Caruso, and Boston Globe essayist Robin Eileen Bernstein. Where: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: (631) 423-7611 •

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Saturday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 25, 12 to 4 p.m.

Young visitors to the museum can celebrate National Engineers Week by engineering their own balancing robot and watching the museum’s new giant-screen documentary, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

Where: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City Info: 516-572-4111 or


ids’ Winter Breaks in Cold Spring Harbor

Monday, Feb. 19 through Thursday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium); Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (The Whaling Museum & Education Center)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will be hosting a Winter Wonderland school break for kids, featuring Make Your Own Ice Cream activities and a Slippery, Slimy Science event. The Whaling Museum & Education Center’s winter break will have children in grades K through 3 exploring the Arctic with a different theme each day comprised of crafts, scavenger hunts and snacks.

Where: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor; Info: 516-692-6768 or The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; Info: 631-367-3418 or

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Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children of all ages and their families can enjoy the school break together with three days of art making and gallery tours inspired by the exhibitions on view, with a different project offered every day. Museum admission plus $10 per family materials fee. Reservations not needed.

Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor Info: 516-484-9337 or


amily Flick and Farm Crafts at Queens County Farm Museum

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. (flick) and Thursday, Feb. 22, 12 to 3 p.m. (crafts) Little ones can watch a moo-vie, “Maya the Bee,” in the barn, where they can purchase hot popcorn and visit with the farm animals before the show. On Thursday, little farmers ages 4 to 10 years old can create works of art with materials found in nature and enjoy a farm-themed story time throughout the afternoon. The film screening is free and the craft event is $5 per child (ages 2 and up).

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Dinosaur exhibit comes to L.I. Museum All the youngsters out there who love dinosaurs can travel back to the Cretaceous Period and come face to face with dinosaurs of all sizes in their prehistoric environments with a new exhibit,#Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™, currently on display at the Long Island Children’s Museum.# The immersive exhibit takes visitors to two dinosaur habitats (warm and cold environments), as well as a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig component), where junior

paleontologists will experiment with materials and tools.# Here children of all ages can examine a touchable T-Rex and Triceratops and make observations and comparisons, important steps in scientific thinking; climb into a Troodon’s nest and play with dinosaur eggs; uncover dinosaur bones and examine fossils in a dig station; cooperate and collaborate to help complete an over-sized puzzle; and put on insect costumes and buzz around a swampy

bog. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and is nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.# The Long Island Children’s Museum will display the exhibit, which is free with museum admission, through Sunday, May 13. The Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Ave. in Garden City. # Museum visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am. to 5 p.m. and most school holidays.# Museum admission is $13 for adults and children over 1 year old, $12 for seniors, and free for museum members and children under 1 year old. For additional information, contact 516-224-5800 or go to

Valentine’s Day ‘Love’ returns to Landmark Her name is Love, and that’s what the audience feels whenever Darlene Love takes the stage. The star of the Academy Award-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Love is an adored American musical icon. For years, she made holiday guest appearances on David Letterman’s show, singing “Baby Please Come Home,” and appeared as a special guest during Bruce Springsteen tours. Since the early ‘60s, as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory and as the lead singer on “He’s a Rebel,” Love has done it all from major motion pictures like the highly successful “Lethal Weapon” series to Broadway hits like “Hairspray” and “Grease.” In the early years,

Love’s background vocals behind The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Landmark audiences have shown their own love for this acclaimed performer, selling out her annual Christmas show at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater for the past six years. Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. marks her first Valentine’s show at Landmark. Rolling Stone maga-

zine has proclaimed Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time” and that certainly rings true, but perhaps legendary band leader Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: “Darlene Love is rock and roll!” Tickets for this show and more are available through Landmark’s box office, 516-767-6444 or online at Landmark on Main Street is located at 232 Main St. in Port Washington.



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Wanted: N.Y. Senior pageant contestants New York Senior America is currently inviting women 60 years or older who best exemplify the qualities of the modern, dynamic senior to audition for their upcoming!July 29th pageant, which will be held!at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. The winning queen will receive a crown, sash and a cash reward. The purpose of Senior America is to engage in programs and activities that dispel the myths of aging by enhancing the lives of senior Americans.! Each year, they host a pageant to select that special woman who will best represent the state of New York. Auditions will be held in March, April and May at the Massapequa Bar Harbor Library, 40 Harbor Lane in Massapequa Park. There will be an array of talent on display, including singers, dancers, musi-

cians and comediennes. This is the first step to compete in the national pageant in Atlantic City. The 2018 pageant seeks candidates who exhibit charm, dignity, inner beauty, grace, accomplishments and enthusiasm, among other winning qualities. !Contestants will be judged in four categories: personal interview, evening gown presentation, philosophy of life, and talent. !Those who successfully pass the auditions will compete in the Ms. New York Senior America Pageant and the winner will move on to the national pageant. To participate in the audition, call NYSA State Director Marleen Schuss at 516-678-3242 or via e-mail for an appointment time and date. For more information about the pageant, visit the website at

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A charming comedy about prize-winning playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) who has lost his mojo, his agent, and then his wife and home. Forced to move in with his father Bob (Elliot Gould), Nate has some real soul searching to do. But first he has to fold some towels for the residents of his father’s retirement community.

A free program designed for emerging filmmakers in grades 7-12. Produced by Hofstra University and GCIFF, student filmmakers are invited to participate in a day full of film activities, panels, workshops, and special giveaways. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their own short films for awards and feedback.

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Nature has been inspiring artists for centuries, and its beauty has been captured in paintings, sculptures, photographs and a variety of other medium. The artists in this exhibition bring green initiatives to the forefront of cultural conversations, and explore nature in its purest form.

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Finalists chosen from over 1,000 submissions take the stage in the second round of competition! Help us find Long Island’s next big act and enjoy an evening of the best new local talent! Performances are at the Gold Coast Arts Center theater.

A series of special programs designed for people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Individuals will enjoy clips of classic films followed by guided conversation and reminiscence. Recognizing that movies have the power to spark memories and create emotional connections.

This documentary follows two men who are obsessed with time travel. UConn theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett and animator Rob Niosi, subjects of the film, will join us after the screening for a Q&A and discussion on time travel.

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A seemingly minor traffic collision has far-reaching consequences in this story of a well-meaning medical examiner haunted by the death of a child he might have prevented. In Farsi with English subtitles.


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Pizzarelli show to benefit HELP-Uganda John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned guitarist and singer, hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The! Toronto Star called him “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the! Seattle Times! saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent. The next step is introducing the solo work of Paul McCartney to his audience through his release on Concord Records,! Midnight McCartney, and on stages around the world. The chal-

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Starring Elliott Gould, Humor Me is a heartfelt father-son comedy about a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in a New Jersey retirement community. A once-acclaimed New York playwright, Nate (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, Bob who, always quick with a joke, uses humor to deal with all of life’s challenges, even the death of his beloved wife. It drives Nate crazy.

Visit or call 516-829-2570 for tickets. Tickets $15/$10 for students when purchased in advance, $20 at the door.

lenge, Pizzarelli says, is lining up the lesser-known McCartney songs alongside the works of Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers. “It’s not out of the realm to say, ‘Here are some excellent songs. What you just enjoyed and maybe thought was Johnny Mercer, is really Paul McCartney.’ I think they can all stand next to each other,” Pizzarelli says. His upcoming performance of Midnight McCartney will take place at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 516-3234444 or going to A portion of ticket sales will be donated to raise funds for HELP Primary School — HELP Uganda. For more information and to donate directly, go to www. The Madison Theatre at Molloy College is located at 1000 Hempstead Ave. in Rockville Centre.

DelGuidice, Big Shot to celebrate Billy Joel Mike DelGuidice, one of Long Island’s most celebrated performers — a veteran of 27 years playing to sold-out audiences in the U.S. heading up his Billy Joel Tribute Band, Big Shot —! realized a life-long dream in the fall of 2013 when he became the newest member of the Billy Joel Band. ! DelGuidice! is a bril-

liant vocalist and composer and a master of several instruments including bass guitar, guitar, piano and drums. He has worked with several of the original members of Billy Joel’s band over the years, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the Piano Man’s catalog made him a perfect fit as background vocalist and guitarist for

Joel. ! DelGuidice!is the author of two albums, My Street and Miller Place, and several of his new songs are currently under favored consideration for film soundtracks. He now juggles his own busy schedule of soldout shows, with his new schedule of monthly shows at Madison Square Garden, along with weekly shows around the country and abroad with Joel. Despite his busy touring, DelGuidice and his Big Shot band always make time for a show on Long Island, with a performance scheduled at The Paramount on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington. For tickets, call 631673-7300 or go to www.


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Home remedies for joint pain can provide relief


• Go for a massage. The Arthritis Foundation says regular massages can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve range of motion. The massage therapist should have experience working on people with arthritis. In addition, massages should be performed by licensed physical therapists and guided by a doctor’s recommendation.

• Lose weight. Joint pain is often tied to obesity. Losing just a few pounds can ease up strain on certain joints, such as the hips, feet and knees. Shedding weight can improve mobility and decrease pain and potential future damage to joints. Exercise goes handin-hand with healthy eating to lose weight.

Treatments for joint pain and stiffness range from medication to physical therapy. Finding the right regimen may take some effort, including some trial and error. For those looking for treatments they can try at home, consider these homespun remedies. (Note: Check with a physician to confirm the safety of alternative treatments before adding herbs to or modifying your existing medications.)

• Consider hot and cold therapies. Using a heating pad, hot shower or bath or an ice pack can work wonders on arthritis-related pains. Hot treatments will loosen up stiff joints, while cold therapy is best for acute pain relief. Do not apply hot and cold packs to the skin directly, as this can

• Exercise more. Regular movement helps to maintain flexibility in the body’s joints.

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fatty acids also will help fight inflammation. Blueberries, garlic, celery, and kelp should be included in diets as well.

Those with joint pain may shy away from exercise, but they could be doing themselves a disservice. Low-impact exercises, like swimming and water aerobics, can work out muscles and joints without adding extra stress. Walking can replace jogging or running, and yoga and pilates may be just the thing for deep stretching.

tiff, painful joints affect a vast number of people. According to the American College of Rheumatology, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases afflict roughly 23 percent of Americans, while Canadian Health Surveys indicate that nearly 17 percent of the Canadian adult population have arthritis. The number of people living with arthritis is expected to increase as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age.



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herbs that are purported to reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger, turmeric, flaxseed, grape juice, and bromelain can alleviate inflammation and stiffness. Foods such as fatty fish and nuts high in omega-3

• Increase magnesium intake. Magnesium can alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. It is best ingested through dark, leafy greens but also can be taken in supplement form. Magnesium oil can be applied topically to sore joint areas. Joint pain can impact daily life and make activities less enjoyable. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that do not require harsh medications to loosen joints and combat pain.


How Can I Tell If I Have Glaucoma?

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, causing permanent vision loss. Most commonly, the damage occurs when your eye’s internal fluid pressure rises too high. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. What causes glaucoma? The exact cause of glaucoma is not known. For some reason, the passages that normally allow fluid within your eye become clogged or blocked. Fluid within your eye builds up and increases pressure on the optic nerve. The nerve fibers and blood vessels in the optic nerve are easily damaged by this pressure, resulting in vision loss. An injury, infection or tumor in or around the eye can also cause the pressure to rise. People who have glaucoma with normal eye pressure likely have poor blood flow to the optic nerve. Who gets glaucoma? Glaucoma most frequently occurs in individuals over the age of 40. In some families, the disease is hereditary. It is estimated that over 2 million Americans have glaucoma, and this number is expected to rise as the U.S. population ages. How is glaucoma harmful to vision? The optic nerve, at the back of the eye,

carries visual information to the brain. As the optic nerve fibers are damaged, the amount and quality of information sent to the brain decreases and a loss of vision occurs. Will I go blind from glaucoma? If diagnosed at an early stage, glaucoma can often be controlled with little or no further vision loss. If left untreated, first peripheral vision and then central vision will be affected, and blindness may result. How Is glaucoma detected? A comprehensive optometric examination will include tests for glaucoma. A simple, painless procedure called tonometry measures the internal pressure of your eye. Health of the optic nerve and your field of vision will be checked. How is glaucoma treated? Glaucoma is usually effectively treated with prescription eye drops and medicines that must be taken regularly. Some cases require laser therapy or surgery. Will my vision be restored after treatment? No. But early detection and treatment can control glaucoma and reduce the chances of vision loss.



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enior living communities often present an affordable and comfortable option for adults over the age of 55. Filled with like-minded and similarly aged residents, these communities can be the right fit for individuals no longer interested in or capable of taking care of a larger home. Senior communities are located all across the country. Finding one that meets your needs takes only a little research. Although they are often moderately priced and offer a variety of amenities, senior living communities sometimes suffer from a bad reputation. But such communities are not the “old age homes” that some people purport them to be. Rather, they’re entire living neighborhoods that cater to the needs of an active resident base. These communities can range from independent living private homes or condos to managed care facilities. Residents may be able to enjoy organized outings, recreation, shopping, and socialization without having to venture far from property grounds. Some communities offer food services or an on-site restaurant. Fifty-five and older communities offer conveniences that many find irresistible. They’re frequently located close to shopping, dining and healthcare providers. Taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance expenses may be covered in one fee. Clubhouses, golf courses, lakes, card rooms, and many other offerings are designed to appeal to residents of many ages. Now that baby boomers have reached the age where retirement communities are a consideration, there has been an influx of interest. Those considering a move to one of these communities should research some information before purchasing a unit.

• Determine the fees associated with a community. Can Medicaid or longterm care insurance pay for all or a portion of the fees? Which types of services does the monthly fee cover? • Who is eligible to live in the community? Some restrict all residents to a particular age, while others do not. Rules may be in effect that include an age cut-off limit.

• Investigate the types of residents and who would be your immediate neighbors. What percentage of people live in the community all year long, and how many are part-time residents? • Look into the particular home owner’s association rules. Bylaws may indicate that the property must be kept in a certain manner. You may not be able to paint exterior items a certain color, nor put up fencing or set up outdoor patio furniture. Get the details before you sign anything.

• Is this the type of community where you can age in place? Meaning, are there separate accommodations if you eventually need assisted living care? Some communities offer living options that vary depending on residents’ ages. • Be sure there are activities or amenities that appeal to you. You eventually want to find your niche and get together with a group of friends who share the same interests. • You may want to find a community close to your children or other relatives. This way you will not have to travel far to visit others, and they will be able to visit you easily in return.

• Some communities are gated, which can increase feelings of safety. If this is a priority, look for housing under security. Following these guidelines can mean discovering a community where anyone can feel comfortable for years to come.

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Toenail fungus is a serious condition that manifests itself with a variety of unpleasant symptoms. These ailments include discoloration of toes, hardening of the feet, foot odor, and it can even lead to severe pain and discomfort. This is a very common infection that can easily be contracted. You can get it while exercising at the gym, trying on clothes in the fitting room of your favorite department store, or even while you are at work. Put an end to your pain and discomfort. Individuals who suffer from diabetes and circulation problems are also at a high risk for getting this infection. If you are one of the tens of thousands of Long Islanders suffering from the pain and soreness associated with toenail fungus, call Dr. Mary Carlson. She and her friendly staff is here to help. Dr. Mary Carlson has dedicated her entire career to providing patients with a superior in-office experience, state-of-the-art pain-free procedures, and most importantly, proven results. If you are embarrassed of your condition or are fearful of a painful procedure, do not worry! Dr. Mary Carlson utilizes the latest in FDA approved laser technology which allows her to remove the fungus and alleviate the pain, all without having to perform invasive surgery. Get the proper treatment you require without the pain and fear. Laser treatments penetrate deep into the skin which helps to accelerate the growth of healthy cells and tissue, remove the fungus, and restore your feet back to perfect health. Many patients see progress in as little as one treatment and are able to go back to work immediately after the procedure. With

warmer weather quickly approaching, schedule your appointment with Dr. Mary Carlson today. Get ready for opened toed shoes and finally have some well-deserved fun in the sun! Meet Dr. Mary Carlson Dr. Mary Carlson is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and has spent her entire career providing superior care to each and every one of her patients. She does this by creating an office environment that fosters warmth and compassion, treating every patient with the respect and dignity that they deserve. With state-of-the-art laser technology and x-ray imaging devices located on-site, she is able to diagnose and treat most conditions right in the comfort of her own office. If you would like to schedule an appointment or find out more information on the services Dr. Mary Carlson offers, please contact her office at 516-248-8188. Community Awareness Dr. Mary Carlson’s passion and commitment to serve extends far beyond her the work she performs in her office. As founder and president of “Shoes for All,” a non-profit organization that collects and distributes new and gently used shoes to families in need, she has helped men, woman, and children all across Long Island obtain one of the most basic necessities that many of us take for granted. Everybody can help make a difference by donating shoes that they no longer wear. It’s that simple! Please check out or call 516-506-SHOES to donate. All donations are greatly appreciated!

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Best of Broadway returns to Adelphi Please join us for 2 nights of local art galleries showcasing world class pieces from their collections. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a wine tasting! Works of art will be available for sale from the following Galleries: - Roslyn Village Gallery - Long Island Picture Frame and Gallery - Galleria Fine Arts - Huntington Art Council

Adelphi University’s talented students return with the always-popular Best of Broadway series. “We Tell the Story: Songs of Love, Life, Pain and Hope” will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. on the Westermann Stage, Concert Hall in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center located at 1 South Ave. in Garden City. This installment of the Best of Broadway series, featuring songs from the iconic musicals “Ragtime,” “Anastasia” and “Once on This Island,” celebrates the music and lyrics of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The show is conceived by Director Duane McDevitt, who is best known for his storytelling on stages both musical and operatic. McDevitt says, “The best musical theatre moments are created by great storytelling, and the actors are the

human vessels charged with telling the stories. This is our quest this semester. You are in for a treat!” Adding musical flavor to the show is Music Director Patrick Burns. Both McDevitt and Burns are making their Adelphi debut with this show. The Adelphi Performing Arts Center is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Tickets are currently on sale for $25 with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. Tickets are available for purchase at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or boxoffice@ "Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances. Information is available online at

Thursday, February 22 - 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday, February 23 - 5:00pm-9:00pm •With a wine tasting from “The Wine Special List” on Thursday from 6:00pm-8:00pm RSVP: Adam Murchison 516.922.7500 ext. 1213 or email:

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LIU Post theater company to debut play Continued from Page 23 Mia Rovegno, a Brooklyn-based director, playwright and puppeteer, was hired by PTC to direct the play. While Baldwin is on set to make a few changes to the script, Rovegno also contributes by helping the cast members figure out their movements. “Mia does a great job working with us, not at us,” Sanci said. “Working with an all-female creative team is an amazing experience,” she added. “Peter/Piper” will be performed on Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and

Feb. 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. in the LIU Post Rifle Range Theatre in Brookville, N.Y. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students who show valid ID. Tickets are available online at www., or by calling the box office at 516-299-2356. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post, www.liupostpioneer. com, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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Town invites children for ‘Vacation Recreation’ days North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation, will be hosting two “Vacation Recreation Days,” a program for children on Tuesday, Feb.20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 beginning at 1 p.m. during the February school break at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. “We are pleased to once again host


Children enjoy a film during the Town of North Hempstead “Vacation Recreation” Program.

the popular Vacation Recreation Day,” Bosworth said. “This year we are expanding it two days for the children to enjoy activities, a movie, and swimming during the February school break.” On Tuesday, participants will be able to enjoy a showing of the movie “Captain Underpants” and a puppet show featuring Petra Puppets. Wednesday’s program will feature a magic show by Scott Interrante and the movie “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Both days will be followed by swimming at the indoor pool. The program is $5 per child for members of Tully Park’s Aquatic Activity Center, $10 for non-member residents and $12 for non-resident guests, who must be accompanied by a resident. For the pool time portion of the program, children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The Vacation Recreation program is designed for school children ages 5 to 13. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at Michael J. Tully Park, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 311 or visit

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar NYCB LIVE/NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale (516) 794-9300 • Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Long Island Nets

GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 829-2570 • www.goldcoastarts. org Through April 1 (opening reception on Sunday, March 4, 4 to 6 p.m.) Art Exhibit: Collective Consciousness

NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury (516) 247-5205 • Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. The Heart of Hop Hop Classic Edition

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn (516) 484-9338 • www.nassaumuseum. org Ongoing During Museum Hours: Sculpture Park, Walking Trails, Gardens Family Sundays at the Museum, 1-4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m.; Art Activities at 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fri-Yay Art Days! at The Manes Center: For children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Saturdays, Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Studio Saturdays at The Manes Center: For children of all ages and their families. Through March 4 Exhibits in the Saltzman Fine Art Building: “Fool the Eye” Through March 4 (Tuesday through Sunday screenings at 11 a.m., 12, 1 and 3 p.m.) Film in the Saltzman Fine Art Building: “Paper Medium Rare: All Things Paper”

THE PARAMOUNT 370 New York Ave., Huntington (631) 673-7300 • Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. My Funny Valentine Featuring Gary Valentine Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Jim Breuer Residency: Comedy, Stories and More Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Mardi Gras Madness Tour THE SPACE AT WESTBURY 250 Post Ave., Westbury (516)283-5566 • Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The Lords of 52nd Street LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET 232 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-1384 • Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Darlene Love — The Valentine Tour TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | LIU POST 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville (516) 299-3100 • Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Lettermen, The Association & Gary Puckett and The Union Gap Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Melissa Manchester Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Birdland All-Stars Featuring Tommy Igoe: The Art of Jazz MADISON THEATRE AT MOLLOY COLLEGE 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre 516-323-4444 • www.madisontheatreny. org Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney ADELPHI UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1 South Ave., Garden City (516) 877-4000 • Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. New Music XIII: Ensemble Pi Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Wagner’s “Lohengrin” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Film Screening: “Do the Right Thing”

THE ART GUILD 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset (516) 304-5797 • Second Thursday, March 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sip & Sketch: Live model, all levels, no instruction, short and long poses. Bring a snack and/or beverage. ART LEAGUE OF LONG ISLAND 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills (631) 462-5400 • Saturday, Feb. 17 through March 4 (reception on March 4, 1 to 3 p.m.) Exhibit: Go APE Exhibition of High School Advanced Placement Students SANDS POINT PRESERVE CONSERVANCY 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point 516.571.7901 • www.sandspointpreserve. org Sunday, Feb. 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tea & Meditation PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay 516.922.8678 • Friday, Feb. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Music at the Mansion: La Vie En Rose LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City (516) 224-5800 • Friday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Strawberry Chocolate Valentine Delight Ages 3-5. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members). Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

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A&E Calendar cont’d Green Teens: Science of Snowflakes Ages 3 and up. Free with museum admission. Saturday, Feb. 17, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Calling Young Artists: Eye Spy Ages 5 and up. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members). Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Messy Afternoon Ages 18 months to 4 years. Free with museum admission. Through Sunday, May 13 Traveling Exhibit: Dinosaurs — Land of Fire and ice All ages. Free with museum admission. THE DOLPHIN BOOKSHOP & CAFE 299 Main St., Port Washington (516) 767-2650 • Fridays at 11 a.m. Music & More: Marilyn & Her Guitar For children ages 2-4 Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Cafe Music at The Dolphin. Free admission. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The Dolphin Book Club: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. For Kids: Story & Craft: “Elmore” by Holly Hobbie BARNES AND NOBLE 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset; (516) 365-6723 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place; (516) 741-9850 Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Mother Bruce Story Time (Manhasset and Carle Place) TURN OF THE CORKSCREW BOOKS AND WINE 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre (516) 764-6000 • Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet Mark Mehler, co-author of “Madness: The Ten Most Memorable NCAA Basketball Finals”

WALT WHITMAN HISTORIC BIRTHPLACE 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station (631) 423-7611 • Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. For Kids: Winter Recess Dreamcatcher & Tea Party CINEMA ARTS CENTRE 423 Park Ave., Huntington (631) 423-7611 • Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor (516) 692-6768 • Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Pollywog Adventures: Preschooler crafts, stories and games. Adults $6; children 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and up $4; children under 3 and members free. Monday, Feb. 19 through Thursday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter Wonderland Break for Kids

THE LONG ISLAND BAROQUE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS The Master’s Voice: LIBE 48th Annual Tribute to John Sebastian Bach Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. At St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. At Christ Church, 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay General admission tickets are $30; $15 for students; children under 10 are free. Tickets cab be purchased at the ensemble’s website, LIVE MUSIC AT OLDE TRADING POST (OTP) TAVERN 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park

(516) 492-3195 • Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Hambones Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. Tommy Clyne Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 to 7 p.m. Mary Gibbons Sunday, March 4, 4 to 7 p.m. Jacinta & Billy LIVE MUSIC AT SWING THE TEAPOT 6 Verbena Ave., Floral Park (516) 492-3195 • www.swingtheteapot. Friday, Feb. 16, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Marco Conelli and Friends Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wes Houston Trio

THE WHALING MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418 • Monday, Feb. 19, 1 to 2 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Washington’s Birthday Ages 5 and up. $12 per participant (includes cake); members half price. Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Arctic Adventures Camp: Crafts, scavenger hunts, experiments and a snack. Grades K through 3. Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22, 2 to 4 p.m. Build-a-Boat Workshop Ages 4 and up with adult supervision (hot glue guns used). $12 per participant; members half price.

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Community Calendar TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD VACATION RECREATION DAYS FOR KIDS AT TULLY PARK Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 beginning at 1 p.m. At Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park Activities include a puppet show, magic show, movies and swimming in the indoor pool. For children ages 5 to 13. $5 per child for members; $10 for non-member residents; $12 for non-residents (must be accompanied by a resident). Pre-registration is required by calling 311 or going to TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM 401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights; 516-6212288 Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. The Molly Chernofsky Community Cinema Series ($20 per film) “The Women’s Balcony” (Feb. 22); “Carvalho’s Journey” (March 22) SINGLES ASSOCIATION OF LONG ISLAND BOWLING Last Saturdays of the month, Feb. 24, March 24, May 26 and June 30, 7 to 9 p.m. At Herrill Lanes, 465 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park Cost: $5 per game. For ages 25 plus. Social gathering afterwards at the Omega Diner, 1809 Lakeville Rd. in New Hyde Park For more information, contact Vincent Scire at 516-465-3953. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S 17TH ANNUAL GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 516-962-0811 or visit www.longislandgoredluncheon.heart. org. ST. ALOYSIUS SOCIABLES OF GREAT NECK Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. At the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main St., Roslyn Cost: Price of your meal Call John Hyland, 516-482-3795, for reservations. SHELTER ROCK JEWISH CENTER 272 Shelter Rock Road, Roslyn Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Purim Festival: Megillah Reading followed by light food, DJ music, dancing and family fun. For more information, call 516-741-4305 x10 THE ROSLYN AND PORT WASHINGTON CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BUSINESS NETWORKING MIXER Wednesday, Feb. 28, Time TBD At The Atria at Roslyn Harbor, 100 Landing Road, Roslyn For more information, go to

ADELPHI NY STATEWIDE BREAST CANCER HOTLINE & SUPPORT PROGRAM At Adelphi’s Alumni House 154 Cambridge Ave., Garden City 516-877-4314 or 800-877-8077 Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. General Support Group and Support Group for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Young Women’s Support Group, Under 40 Thursdays, 7 to 8 p.m. Support Group for Newly Diagnosed Stage 4 Breast Cancer Last Monday of the Month, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Touchstone Group: For those who received their last treatment more than 18 months ago. Tuesday, March 20, 2 to 3 p.m. Strength for Life at Adelphi University: Exercise Strategies for Cancer Survivors At Adelphi’s Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave. in Garden City To RSVP, call 516-877-4325, email or register online at NYU WINTHROP HOSPITAL 200 Old Country Road, Suite 250 Mineola, NY 11501 Call 516-663-8300 to register for these free programs. First and third Tuesday of the month, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group At NYU Winthrop Hospital, Pediatric Conference Center, 259 First St., Mineola Seating is limited; registration is required. Call 516-663-2556. Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Breastfeeding Support Group At Winthrop Welcome Center, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML5, Garden City For more information and to register, call 1-866-946-8476 Seating is limited; registration is required. Call 516-663-2556. Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Art Group for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment At NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavillion, 1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-5, Garden City Registration is required. Call 516-6634429. Thursdays, Feb. 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 5:45 p.m. Free Tobacco Cessation Program At NYU Winthrop Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd. at the corner of Second St., Mineola Registration is required. Call 866-9468476. NORTHWELL HEALTH COMMUNITY EVENTS AND CLASSES Saturday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. Preparation for Childbirth / One-Session Class At Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 270-05 76 Ave., Room T132, New Hyde Park This class should be completed 3-4 weeks prior to delivery date. Bring a snack and beverage.

For more information and to sign up, call 718-470-5134 or go to www.northwell. edu. Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Preparation for Childbirth / One-Session Class At North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive TCR 4 & 5, Manhasset This class should be completed 3-4 weeks prior to delivery date. Bring a snack and beverage. For more information and to sign up, call 516-881-7000 or go to www.northwell. edu. NORTHWELL HEALTH CANCER INSTITUTE Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration and breakfast, 8:30 to 9 a.m.) Wellness Workshop for Cancer Survivors At the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Conference Center, 500 Hofstra University, Hempstead This free, half-day workshop event includes two panel discussions and four breakout sessions. To register, call 516-734-7212 or go to SID JACOBSON JCC 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, 11548 516-484-1545; Fridays Shababa Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. General Exercise Group for All Cancer Survivors, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Discussion Group for All Cancer Survivors, 1:15 to 2 p.m. Sundays: Gentle Yoga for All Cancer Survivors, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays: News Behind the News, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eat, Chat, Move!, 6 p.m. Tuesdays: Mah Jongg Clinic, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday Lectures, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Swim Program for Strength & Wellness,11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Knitzvah: Knitting for a Cause, 12 to 2 p.m. Taste of Torah, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursdays: Games Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meditation, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eat, Chat, Move!, 6 p.m.. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset 516-627-6560; Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Veatch Ballroom Wednesday Bridge Group Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Veatch Ballroom and Terrace Room Inisfada Zen Sitting Meditation Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Art Gallery Yoga with Mike Mancini Members: $5 per class/Non-members: $7 per class (no registration required) Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Veatch Ballroom (1-2 beginner; 2-3 intermediate and advanced)

Friday Bridge, Lessons & Game Play Fridays, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, May 18 and June 15, at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Soulful Small Group Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Women’s Group Book Series: “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende Wednesdays, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Emerson and Thoreau: Two Aspects of Transendentalism NOTRE DAME PARISH SPRING CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Saturday, March 3 (snow date March 10) At Notre Dame Parish, 45 Mayfair Road, New Hyde Park The parish is currently looking for vendors; the cost of a table is $55. If interested, email or call Carole at 516-352-7203. 14TH ANNUAL NORTH HEMPSTEAD POLAR PLUNGE Saturday, March 3 (registration at 10 a.m.; plunge at 12 p.m.) At North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Road, Port Washington The event benefits Special Olympics. For more information, call 311 or 516-8696311. TEMPLE SINAI OF ROSLYN 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights 516-621-6800; Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Purim Shpiel: “Purim through the Decades: From Cole Porter to Coldplay.” $18 suggested contribution for non-members. Sunday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Purim Carnival: $15 per child includes unlimited games and activities Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. “Do Not Stand Idly By”: Talk about gun violence prevention. No charge. ST. PATRICK’S AFTER PARADE PARTY Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. (doors open at noon) At Knights of Columbus, 186 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola Free admission. Live music by Billy and Jacinla. Irish food and drinks at reasonable prices. HUNTINGTON WINTER FARMERS MARKET Every Sunday through March 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 253 Oakwood Road, Huntington Support local growers and enjoy a taste of small-town life with family and friends. For more information, go to GAME ON TRIVIA Every Tuesday through March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Olde Trading Post (OTP), 1218 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Free event. Food, drink specials and prizes. For more information, go to

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Winthrop holds ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’ Injured teddy bears were lined up at Searingtown Elementary School in Albertson yesterday as kindergarteners took on the roles of doctors and nurses to treat the injuries. Slings were made, cuts tended to, and teddy bear pulses were checked. It was all part of a free “Teddy Bear Clinic” orchestrated by NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Trauma Center to teach young members of the community about injury prevention, treatment, and to educate them on the medical profession. The children brought in their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal, with NYU Winthrop providing equipment for the students to dress up as doctors and nurses. Adelphi University nursing students pitched in, dressed in scrubs and with stethoscopes to assist in treating the injured bears. “We teach children how to take safety into their own hands such as by wearing bike helmets, seat belts, and stopping at stop signs,” said Ellen Berghorn,

RN, who heads NYU Winthrop’s Pediatric Injury Prevention Program. “We also teach students that the medical world is really not so scary, and the children’s hands-on experience treating injured bears helps bring that to light.” “This program is an excellent way to help young children be comfortable in emergency situations,” added Robert Neufeld, principal of Searingtown Elementary School. “Mak-

ing preparations to prevent injuries and to promote well-being as a normal activity and part of life are such valuable experiences for children.” This is the second year the program was put on at Searingtown Elementary School, brought back by popular demand. Presentations were held for four different classes, educating about 80 children in total. Among the lessons taught: Whose job is it to keep our

bodies safe? (Ourselves!) What’s the first thing we do when we get in the car? (Buckle up!) Where’s the safest place for kids to sit in the car? (In the back!) How do we protect our brains? (Wear a helmet!) What’s the number to call in an emergency? (911) Members of Adelphi University Student Nurses Association explained their roles as nurses and helped the children learn about different medical instruments. Students went home armed with flyers providing tips for parents to keep children safe, including the proper safety belt fit. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the US, but child safety seats, correctly used, can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading

cause of" injury-related" deaths for children ages 5 to 19, with teens particularly at risk. Safe Kids Worldwide emphasizes the need for children of all ages to put down phones and take off headphones when crossing the street. Added NYU Winthrop’s Berghorn, “The majority of trauma injuries are preventable if children and their parents take basic precautions, stay alert and follow public safety rules.” NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Program is dedicated to reducing the number of preventable injuries through research, training and public education. The Hospital works throughout the year with local communities to spread awareness about safety-related issues and advocate for policies to improve the safety of Long Islanders. For more safety tips go to "

Winthrop offers County overdose workshop healthy heart lecture NYU Winthrop Hospital’s “Inspiring Women” educational series will offer a seminar focusing on women and heart disease, “The Mind-Body Connection: Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = A Happy & Healthy Heart,” on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m." It will be held at the NYU Winthrop Hospital Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., at the corner of Second St. in Mineola." Healthcare professionals from NYU Winthrop Hospital will talk about the latest prevention guidelines related to a woman’s risk and treatment options, as well as the relationship between the mind and heart health." Women will learn to identify

positive and negative lifestyle factors that influence their mental well-being, and become familiar with how to effectively manage stress for optimal heart health."" Speakers include Carole Filangieri, psychologist in the Department of Behavioral Health; Barbara George, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Justine Lachmann, director of the Congestive Heart Failure Program and Mary Rzeszut, clinical social worker in the Department of Behav-

ioral Health." The seminar will also include a question and answer period. Admission is free and open to the community, but preregistration is required." To register for the program, call 516-663-3916 or email inspiringwomen@nyuwinthrop. org. For inclement weather or parking information, please call 516-663-9761. For information about Inspiring Women events or other programs at the hospital, please call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.nyuwinthrop. org.

Opioid and heroin abuse is a serious issue, but proper response to overdoses can help save a life. Each day at least one person dies from an opiate or heroin overdose. Legislator Delia DeRiggiWhitton encourages residents to attend a Narcan training. " “The opioid epidemic is worsening at an alarming rate,” she says, “but Narcan is saving

more and more lives each day.” Learn how to recognize and overdose and how to reverse it. Attendees will not only receive free training, but also a free overdose rescue kit (Nalaxone). With the support of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, New York State Senator Carl Marcellino, and New York State Assemblyman Charles

Lavine, the overdose prevention workshop will take place on Monday, March 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at Congregation Tifereth Israel at 40 Hill St. in Glen Cove. To register for this event, go to www.nassaucountyny. gov/overdosetraining. For any questions, contact DeRiggi-Whitton’s office at 516-571-6211.

Project Independence milestone The Town of North Hempstead’s innovative senior initiative, Project Independence, reached a milestone this week as the 200,000th Project Independence service request was placed at the Town’s 311 call center. Project Independence is one of the few programs of its kind in the entire nation offering members social and recreational programs, community education, volunteer services and transportation. Of the 200,000 calls received at the 311 call center regarding Project Independence over 100,000 of them were for the transportation

program, which provides free or discounted taxi rides for shopping and medical appointments." There was also over 13,000 inquiries about health and mental health services and over 12,000 calls to register for Project Independence events. The 311 Call Center averages about 500 Project Independence requests a week." “Our seniors are actively utilizing our Project Independence Program,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “This aging-in-place initiative has given thousands of seniors a sense of well-being, made them more confident and al-

lowed them to remain in their own homes. We couldn’t do it without our 311 call center, whose operator provide helpful and personal service to our callers.” Created in 2009 as an aging-in-place program for the Town’s nearly 60,000 residents over 60, Project Independence has assisted aging residents in remaining in their own homes and familiar surroundings. Since then it has answered a total of 127,525 service requests and taken 76,039 requests for rides to food shopping and medical trips.

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Great Neck Library Great Neck Main Library is located at 159 Bayview Ave. in Great Neck. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For a complete listing, go to Wednesday Film Matinee at Main Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Refer to the Library newsletter or website for information on the film schedule.

Mindfulness Meditation at Main Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:15 p.m. Meditation is a practice that strengthens our focus and attention, as well as releases stress to stay healthy. Open to all skill levels. Please bring a mat or use our chairs. Yoga and Meditation Series

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 to 8 p.m. Learn yoga postures, breathing practices and meditation techniques. Open to all levels. Bring a yoga mat, meditation pillow to sit on, water bottle and small towel. Great Neck Library Closing/ Cancellation Information Online Library patrons connected to the

Internet are asked to check the website: www.cancellations. com for Library weather related closings/program cancellations. In order to access this service, Library District residents can log on to, type in their zip code or Great Neck Library and obtain information on program cancellations or Library

closings. In addition, at no charge, residents can request automatic e-mails from when the Library has posted any information. This is a great way for library district residents who are connected online to be advised of weather related changes in library hours or programs.

Great Neck Park District Great Neck House is located at 65 Arrandale Ave. in Great Neck. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For a complete listing or to register for any event, go to or call 516-487-7665. Camp Parkwood Winter Season at the Parkwood Sports Complex Children in grades K-6 can enjoy the

next session of Winter Camp Parkwood over the February break (Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Activities include tennis, skating/hockey, archery, gymnastics and more. The children are grouped by age; lunch may be purchased at the snack bar or can be brought from home. Residents fee $450; non-residents fee $500. Daily fee for residents $120; non-residents $150. Register online at or call (516) 482-0355. ‘Weekend Movie at Great Neck House The film “The Wedding Plan” (2017), directed by Rama Burshtein, is showing at Great Neck House on Friday,

Sunday @ 2 Series The popular Long Island singing duo, Louis & Joann, offers an afternoon filled with Broadway show tunes and Italian favorites on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Nature Program: Birding Around Great Neck Sunday, Febr. 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Meet in front of the main branch and then carpool to various birding spots where you’ll search for winter waterfowl and other birds. Bring binoculars. Register now online gnparks. org or call (516) 482-0355. Children under 16 may not attend.

Defensive Driving Classes Great Neck House continues to offer Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Classes. The classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The next class is Saturday, March 3. To sign up for a class or for more information, call Great Neck House at 516-4820355.

Great Neck Community Calendar THE ROTARY CLUB OF GREAT NECK Invites residents and business people to visit its meetings for social and business networking. In alignment with the club’s motto, “They Profit Most Who Serves Best,” all are welcome to discover how meaningful and satisfying it is to give back to the community while networking through the Rotary Club of Great Neck. On the second Wednesday of each month, dinner events are held to sup-

port local Great Neck restaurants, and on all other remaining Wednesdays in the month, the group gathers for breakfast at 8am in the boardroom of TD Bank at 2 Great Neck Rd. For more information, visit their website at or Facebook page at rotaryclubofgreatneck. To arrange for your visit as a guest or if interested in becoming one of their weekly speakers, please email or call 516-487-9392.

Great Neck Social Center The Great Neck Social Center, located at 80 Grace Ave. in Great Neck, hosts a full calendar of events for seniors every month that includes tea times, lunches, game days, discussion groups, health and wellness lectures, reading groups and more. New members are welcome. For more information, go to or call 516-487-0025. Following is a sampling of daily activities. Mondays 10 a.m. Tea Time 10:45 a.m. What’s Your Opinion? and Piano with Dr. Herb Saltzman 12: 45 p.m. Mah Jongg, Canasta & Open Game Tuesdays

9:45 a.m. Bingo 11 a.m. Card Playing Group 2p.m.Alzheimer’sCaregiversSupportGroup

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES Ongoing Program — Free Silver Sneakers exercise classes for those 65 and older at all levels on balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors on Monday through Saturday. Locations are in Garden City Park, Lake Success and Floral Park. For more details, including seeing if you are eligible and class times, go to or call (516) 745-8050.

TUESDAYS WITH REAP The Retired Energetic Active People group meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. (just east of Lakeville Road) in Great Neck. For more information, call 516-441-4949 for more information. For a monthly schedule of activities, go to www.


GNCA honored at Lunar New Year Celebration

Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. Tai Chi 10:30 a.m. Knitting & Handcrafts 1:30 p.m. Billiards Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Movie Day 2 p.m. World in Depth 2 p.m. Ping Pong Fridays 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing with David 12:45 p.m. Open Mic with Midye & Phoebe 2 p.m. Veteran’s Meeting

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Anna Kaplan attended the Great Neck Chinese Association’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Great Neck North High School. The event featured performances including a Chinese drum performance, a Chinese orchestra, dancing, Kung Fu and more. The official Chinese New Year is Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 and is the Year of the Dog. Supervisor Bosworth and Council Member Kaplan presented the organization with a proclamation of recognition in honor of the occasion.

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Town celebrates black excellence BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN Kenneth D. Gray, born in Alabama in 1961, moved to New York as a middle schooler with his mother and stepfather. He attended Bayside High School, worked at International Auto Exchange and soon found his way to Luke’s Service Center in Great Neck. Gray and Dominic Lucarello worked together for several years before Gray ultimately came to own the business and carry it on after Lucarello’s death in 2002. “He’s good to the people, he gives discounts to the veterans, he gives to the North Shore hospital,” Councilwoman Lee Seeman, who represents the 5th District and nominated Gray as an honoree, said on Thursday, “and he is a wonderful person in our community.” Gray was among a handful of entrepreneurs honored at the town’s annual Black History Month celebration at the Yes We Can Community Center last Thursday, where attendees filled half a gym to hear stories of hard work and history. The event focused on black entrepreneurship and “Black Wall Street,” featuring honorees ranging from a “truck boy” turned cardiologist to the founder of a private security firm, as well as students from Westbury Middle School showcasing the accomplishments of black entrepreneurs through signs and spoken word. There were also music and performances by Nori Rane, the Yes We Can Community Band, LND Dance Company, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority! and free refreshments provided by LL Dent Restaurant in Carle Place. “A Black History Month cel-


Councilwoman Viviana Russell, who represents Old Westbury and other parts of North Hempstead, shares a laugh with honoree Bernard Hardy. ebration allows us to reflect on our history and serve as a way to learn more about all of the African-American, Haitian-American, all the different nationalities who make up our black community and how grateful we are to all of you for the roles that you’ve played,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. Each honoree was selected by a Town Board member from each district, as well as by Bosworth, Town Clerk Wayne Wink and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman. Adrienne Vaultz, the vice president of operations and finance for an IT recruiting firm, started as a chemical engineer but ended up pursuing accounting. This also marked a return to the Manhasset-Great Neck area, where she started The Focus! Youth Organization in the 1980s, works as a youth leader at the

First Baptist Church of Great Neck and serves as a vice chairman of the Manhasset-Great Neck EOC. “Seeing the children standing here earlier today, that’s what it’s all about,” Vaultz, who was nominated by Anna Kaplan of District 4, told the audience. “No child should be out of place just because of the circumstances to whom and where they were born. It’s a crime if that happens to anyone and I just have to echo truly, their success is our success.” Timothy Thurmond, a Garden City Park resident, was a New York State Police detective and Hempstead school resource officer before his retirement. He also helped create the Garden City Park Homeowners and Civic Association, volunteers for the Hempstead Police Athletic League and is a member of numerous organizations.

Students of Westbury Middle School took turns speaking about various black entrepreneurs and inventors, saying that “their success is our success.”

“He gives so much that we can’t even contain him in North Hempstead,” Councilman Angelo Ferrara, who nominated Thurmond to be District 3’s honoree, told the crowd. Lynette Batts, who has served as the executive director of the Littig House Community Center in Port Washington for 20 years, was the honoree for District 6. She helped spearhead a number of after-school and youth initiatives while lending a number of county organizations her expertise. “She’s a leader in the community, everybody loves her, I can’t say enough wonderful things about her,” Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, who represents District 6, said. Dr. Leon Mullen, the honoree from District 1, which is represented by Viviana Russell, began

as a “truck boy” ferrying food to patients at Glen Cove Community Hospital. He ultimately wound up returning to the hospital as a physician, mentoring college and high school students, and holding a variety of positions in other organizations. The Rev. Monte Malik Chandler, the honoree from District 2, represented by Councilman Peter Zuckerman, worked as an assistant district attorney in Kings Count in the Domestic Violence Bureau before turning to preaching. Since then he has worked in a number of congregations and embarked on mission trips around the world. Bernard Hardy, who opened his first business at 22 years old, joined the New York City Police Department and served there for 20 years. He then went on to found Interstate Security & Investigations Inc., an investigative and security business that also works with the Town of North Hempstead. Hardy was selected by Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman. Leonard “Sparrow” Llewellyn, the sole proprietor of Ernie’s Barbershop, was described as a “staple in the Westbury-New Cassel Community for more than 40 years” who has encouraged and supported people to take on college, trade schools and professional careers. He was honored by Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. Another honoree, Betty Hardy, who served as a foster and adoptive parent for many years, ultimately founded Betty Hardy’s Daycare upon retirement from her industrial job. She has also been a community activist. She was nominated for the honor by Town Clerk Wayne Wink.

Timothy Thurmond, vice president of the Garden City Park Homeowners and Civic Association, speaks with Councilman Ferrara on stage.

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Village attorney should respond to residents


nce again at a recent Great Neck Board of Trustees meeting, when a concerned resident of the Great Neck village asked a question to our village attorney, Peter Bee, he refused to comment. One should not be afraid or belittled when asking legal

counsel a question. We residents are not all educated on the finer points of the law, so we look to our highly paid village attorney to make the attempt to answer us, not state the only answers to the board, not the public as he has stated many times in the past. We the public are your em-

ployer, Mr. Bee. !We the public pay your salary, you work for us. It is our village and we have in the past and will continue in the future to question. If you don’t know the answer at that moment, do what our previous village attorney Steve Limmer would do. There was many a night,

sometimes stretching past 1011 p.m. when we could agree or disagree and question. If he was put on the spot for the answer he would always pull out the big book and find the answer and explain the law. I learned a lot, he always showed respect and shared his knowledge, even if it was frus-

trating at times. Mr. Bee,!remember that you work for us the village residents, not the board only. We are the ones from where your paycheck comes from. Jean Pierce Great Neck

Eagles are losers for not respecting the flag


he NFL (345 Park Avenue, N.Y., N.Y. 10154) trembles at the thought of asking their overpaid players to stand and salute our flag and national anthem which is a federal law with no penalty. Now listen up: The NFL had no problem refusing an ad by our

vets (with one million war dead) “Please stand and salute,” which is in the federal flag code. The NFL says it is too political. Wow. And joining arms and now saluting is not a political statement. Another wow. Most of the NFL owners went along with their commissioner as

they raised his salary from $44 million to $50 million per year. Now we go to the Superbowl. During our national anthem and display of our beautiful flag, nine Philly players were shown on TV, six did not salute. The Patriots, 16 on TV, all saluted. We vets proclaim the Super-

bowl score as Patriots 16 Eagles 3. P.S: The all service color guard should have refused to attend as the TV showed the Eagles displaying disrespect for the flags they were holding. Also during the season the D.O.D. paid the NFL $5 million

to have the Color Guards on NFL fields during the season. PS #2:! Check this out: 30 percent of Congress against the Wall live in some type of gated community. Hello. Clara Rucker Floral Park

Letter-writer wrong on G.N. Plaza budget


he opinion letter by Mr. Leo Pfeifer, posted online Feb. 4, is inaccurate. Firstly, the Village of Great Neck Plaza has not enhanced it benefits package by over $400,000. The village budget provides for an increase of $100,000 due

to the increased premiums anticipated for Workers Compensation, New York State Retirement, and the New York State Health Insurance Program, which is the insurance most, if not all, municipalities on Long Island utilize. No additional benefits have

been offered. Secondly, Mr. Pfiefer has erroneously asserted that the $10,000 budget decrease for code enforcement is a cut in personnel when the Village has, in fact, budgeted monies to hire an additional officer. The reduction to the code

enforcement budget is a result of the decrease in the expense of the code enforcement summons issuance software and equipment, which was upgraded in last year’s budget and is now reflected as a lower maintenance expense this year; a good thing. In the future, should Mr.

Pfeifer have questions regarding the budget he should feel free to contact me directly at the village. Patricia O’Byrne Clerk-Treasurer Village of Great Neck Plaza

Who would pay for a L.I. Sound crossing? Continued from Page 17 operating agency including NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road and MTA Bus; NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of City Planning and NYC Economic Development Corporation as well as the!Regional Planning Association and other private entities. They all periodically conduct transportation planning feasibility studies.! Collectively, every decade a complete inventory of all these

agencies would reveal, that dozens and dozens of transportation studies worth!close to!$100 million!in costs have been completed.!! Funding for these studies comes from a variety of sources including!city, state and federal. Has anyone ever taken!a complete inventory of all these studies?! Have they checked out the recommendations, estimated!project!costs, the time line for implementation!and identification of potential funding sources for go-

ing forward? Who checks to see that one study is not just a duplication of a previous study for the same issue? Too many transportation studies! championed by numerous elected officials are nothing more than!placebos designed to placate demagogues, who! are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. The real! problem! is finding! money to make things hap-

pen.!! All too often! funding for many! studies! would have been better spent on real capital and operating service improvements, instead of just lining the pockets of consultants.!!How many studies!end up on the shelf of planners just collecting dust?! How many times do we end! up with! a series of press conferences and news releases designed to!provide free publicity for elected officials to assist them

in greasing the wheels of future elections.! These same elected officials! promise a bright future but leave riders!holding an empty bag. Larry Penner (Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who worked 31 years for the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office).


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Buying or renting for extra income Just want to make a correction to last week’s article about the sale prices on co-ops and condos. From 2017-2018 sales prices on one bedroom and 1 bath coops have ranged from $136,500$437,000 from the North Shore of Nassau through Forest Hills, Queens. One Bedroom and 1-1.5 bath condos have sold in the range of $380,000-$660,000. These are substantial increases since the bottom of the market in 2011. This has been the longest run that I can remember in the last 35 years and longer. But then again look at the stock market and the recent small correction ( a 5 percent decline) in the stock market; could be an excellent buying opportunity. However, corrections are good, for the next push to a higher level. However, the real estate market hasn’t had a correction, due to the severe lack of inventory and therefore is nowhere near finished or slowing down until rates reach approximately 6.5-7 percent, which in the past had been the “normal rates” from 1955-1975. Some of you have called and emailed me about considering the purchase of a second residence to rent out for income and then they would keep the Christmas or Presidents week open for themselves. Florida is very hot at the moment for rentals, (I know you are maybe thinking about the past hurricanes, but they will come and they will go, but real estate will always continue and people will always have to live and retire somewhere, right?) so there should be no problem finding short-term tenants, as well

as if you are looking to purchase in other areas of the U.S. There are very important factors that one should consider when looking for an investment in a second home or rental property. You must check with your accountant and understand the new tax laws and what is involved and its implications on the return on investment. Remember, as I have mentioned a while back, you can use your Self Directed IRA or retirement plan to purchase real estate and you can even borrow against it and your lenders will recognize your retirement account as a viable entity to lend against as security. All your rental income, when put back in your retirement account, is tax deferred! However, discuss all the benefits with your accountant or financial advisor. Stockbrokers don’t like this type of investment, since there is no benefit to them; and I believe a lot safer. Each bank and/or lender may have varied rules, so it would be important to shop around to see who will provide the best interest rates on a secured account, as well as terms, conditions and closing costs (we can suggest and recommend several to assist you, if needed). It all boils down to your return on investment. Be careful when searching for your investment/retirement property or second home. Always use a certified and licensed home inspector (we have several). You surely want to make sure you are not getting involved in a “Money Pit.” Remember that 1986 movie, with Tom Hanks and Shelly

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Long, produced by Steven Spielberg? If you have never seen it, or haven’t seen it in a while, it’s a must see and you will be laughing so hard throughout the movie. Make sure you use the bathroom before watching it. You will get an excellent education and fully understand why you always need to check out a potential purchase with a home inspector. After seeing this movie, you will be much more cautious, moving forward. The current real estate market is still a great time to make an investment in rentals. Although rates have gone up over the last few weeks, now around 4.02 percent plus (check with your lender and shop it around). Keep in mind that you can buy the rate down to below 3 percent, (each point will reduce your rate approximately an 1/8 of a point) and this will benefit you in the future if you hold the property long enough to benefit from the lower rate, after you pay for those points. Rates will vary depending on whether it will be your primary resi-

dence or vacation home. (you must have resided in that home for the two out of the last five years). When you decide to sell, there are some technicalities, if you are using any part of the home for a business, so speak with your accountant, because you might have to recapture some of the depreciation on the home.) However, if it is your primary residence, when selling, you still will receive a $250,000 exemption from income taxes, if single, or if married, a $500,000 exemption from income taxes plus what you originally paid for the home, plus any capital (permanent) improvements. Having tenants, full or parttime, will enable you to have your mortgage and sometimes, all or part of your real estate taxes paid. The beauty of this situation is at the end someone has paid for your retirement or investment home. Each one of your investment properties is like a 401K, that someone else is contributing to and as the recipient, you gain all the benefits and it gets paid for by your tenants! Keep in mind to have the proper landlord Insurance package with an umbrella policy, which is not a lot of money for that extra coverage; and make sure your tenants have some type of tenant insurance to cover you in the event they cause any damage. The insurance certificate should be in your name, as a person of interest or your corporation name as an amended insured. Real Estate, has always been the best vehicle to build your future wealth, bar none;

unless you are an amazing stock investor for the long run or have a very profitable business. The younger you are, the more leverage you have just because of compounding and the value of time as your investment increases in value. Obviously, no can predict the future, but all things being equal and the world stays intact and we don’t, G_D forbid, blow ourselves up, real estate will continue to increase in value over the years that you are the owner. When George Washington was president 242 years ago, a home was $1,000; and today that same home is $1,000,000 plus, depending on its location and of course school district too! So, this is the best time of the year to search out and find an excellent investment/retirement property, for the competition tends to be less and the tire kickers and looky Lous are out for the winter. Good Luck in your search and if you need any assistance, drop me a call. If you have an opinion on this, please feel free to send an op-ed to the editor or drop me an email or a call. Phil Raices is the owner/ broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 7 Bond St. in Great Neck. He has earned the designations as a graduate of the Realtor Institute and is a certified international property specialist. He can be reached by email:Phil@TurnKeyRealEstate.Com or by cell (516) 647-4289 to answer any of your questions or article suggestions or provide you a free comparative market analysis on your property.

Curran: county budget needs tightening Continued from Page 6 State law says the county shall pay a portion to the towns and cities and it may pay a portion to the villages, Curran said. The county Legislature last summer took that distinction away and passed a law saying the county must disburse money to the villages at least until 2020. “I will be frank and honest with you … if it were in my dis-

cretion I would not be paying this out,” Curran said. “It is not at my discretion now and I will follow the law, but this is an example of how we need to tighten our belt and a place where we could have potentially tightened our belt.” In the 2018 budget $1.25 million is to be disbursed among the 64 villages, Curran said. “I know it’s only $1.25 million but a million here and a mil-

lion there really adds up,” Curran added.! Curran also addressed questions from several village officials after speaking. Jean Celender, mayor of the Village of Great Neck Plaza, said that county roads need to be taken care of, adding that past county administrations have cut staff from the Department of Public Works.

Peter Forman, a trustee from the Village of Sands Point, asked whether departments can make changes to save money without reducing services. Curran said that the departments are free to make their potential 6, 4 and 2 percent cuts however they choose, and the intent is not to take away services or staff. Pamela Marksheid, a trustee

from the Village of Great Neck Plaza, asked Curran about bringing back the Police Department’s 6th Precinct – a promise she and her opponent Jack Martins made during the campaign. Curran said she is in discussions and reviewing the matter with acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, and said she will keep the association posted.

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Recent Real Estate Sales in Great Neck Great Neck Real Estate Market Conditions MEDIAN SALES PRICE $579,000

1 Portico Court, Great Neck Sold Price: $920,000 Date: 01/03/2018 2 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Condo Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $13,141 MLS# 2980385

Demographics near Great Neck, NY Population Population Density Median Age People per Household Median Household Income Average Income per Capita

City 10,143 7,535 38 3 81,778 39,915

County 1,361,350 4,744 41.3 3 98,401 42,949

29 West Mill Drive, Great Neck Sold Price: $204,000 Date: 01/22/2018 1 beds, 1 Full baths Style: Co-Op Schools: Great Neck MLS# 2971050

78 Radnor Road, Great Neck Sold Price: $952,000 Date: 01/04/2018 4 beds, 2 Full baths Style: Exp Ranch # of Families: 1 Lot Size: 100x100 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $16,456 MLS# 2986349

29 Ascot Ridge, Great Neck Sold Price: $977,000 Date: 12/07/2017 3 beds, 2 Full/1 Half baths Style: Cape # of Families: 1 Lot Size: .29 Schools: Great Neck Total Taxes: $14,046 MLS# 2970948

Editor’s note: Homes shown here were recently sold in Great Neck by a variety of real estate agencies. The information about the homes and the photos were obtained through the Multiple Listing Services of Long Island. The homes are presented based solely on the fact that they were recently sold in Great Neck and are believed by Blank Slate Media to be of interest to our readers.



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Residents debate North High lot project Continued from Page 1 gast previously said is a muddy “breeding ground of mosquitoes” that has not been used “for any athletic contest for about 20 years.” The school would also add 60 Leyland cypress trees around the lot’s perimeter and a 30-foot barrier of undisturbed vegetation along Beach Road. Parking lot critics at the meeting, most of whom live on Beach or Polo Road, argued that the addition of a parking lot will incentivize more inexperienced drivers and could worsen flooding in the area and that the field has seen some use and thus should be preserved. They also criticized the board for not specifically reaching out to residents affected by the proposed parking lot. “I’m asking you to please revisit this because this is not something you would want to have done on your block,” Ruth Gebay told school board members. “I look for safety for all of our children and we


An aerial shot of the proposed parking lot, as seen on page 26 of an April 3 presentation regarding the bond, which would involve adding 97 new stalls and reconfiguring the current lot.

have an opportunity to do that with Parkwood, without walking, without creating this mess.” She was referring to a parking lot at the nearby Parkwood Sports Complex that some residents said could be used instead. Supporters of the lot argued that it would improve safety, giving students an ample place to park off of Beach and Polo Road, and that it would not necessarily add 97 new drivers. They also pointed to presentations the Board of Education held about the $68.3 million bond and said it was carefully deliberated. Sarah Kane, the parent of a sixthgrader and an eighth-grader who will be going to North High School, said she understood the safety concerns of residents in the area. But, she said, this lot will actually help alleviate some of them. “I think that there has to be a recognition of the fact that we’re talking about the same cars, the same number of people,” Kane said, “but now there’s going to be a

safe place to put them.” Kane also asked about the possibility of installing sidewalks during construction so children could have a place to walk. Barbara Berkowitz, president of the school board, said board members are not reconsidering the project, the information was well advertised and disseminated, and that they will forward comments to BBS Architects and Engineers, the school’s architect, and other relevant individuals. “We listened and we will be addressing their concerns as Dr. Prendergast said in her first statement,” Berkowitz said. School officials have also previously argued that a special committee carefully considered the decision, the project will boost safety and it reflects a reality that many students drive for jobs, internships or other responsibilities. Berkowitz said the timeline of the project depends on when the state Education Department approves the project and is unclear at this time.

Town, county join forces Town allocates $75K for for Narcan training Harbor Hills Park study Continued from Page 4 is a problem, Birkenstock said, and tell the operator if the person is not breathing or unconscious and that you plan to administer Narcan. To use Narcan, Birkenstock said, tip the person’s head back slightly before inserting the inhaler into the person’s nose and pressing the plunger all the way down twice in each nostril. The medication is absorbed by mucous membranes, Birkenstock said, and the back of the throat is also an option if the nose is not accessible. When it is effective, Chassman said, the person will immediately “spring back to life” and be in

physical withdrawal. If a response does not come within a minute or two, administer the second dose, Birkenstock said, and hopefully a police officer or emergency medical technician will arrive soon after. Chassman said the doses are good for about two years, and the council PHOTO BY AMELIA CAMURATI will replace any expired or used kits without cost at Adam Birkenstock, its#offices. clinical director for “We wished we didn’t have to distribute naloxLong Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug De- one,” Chassman said. “We wish people weren’t doing pendence, shows Roslyn heroin just like we wish residents the newest people weren’t doing a naloxone inhaler to help host of unhealthy things. Part of risk reduction is, it’s reverse an opioid overnot encouraging the behavdose during a training ior; it’s meeting the behavsession Friday at Roslyn ior where it’s at.”

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BY JA N E LL E CL AUSEN The North Hempstead Town Board has approved a $75,000 study for Harbor Hills Park to gauge if any facility upgrades are needed. All seven members of the board voted in favor of approving the study, which will “evaluate the existing pool equipment and mechanical systems of the District to determine what improvements, if any, are necessary to ensure continued reliable operation,” according to the Jan. 30 resolution. A request for proposals, also known as an RFP, was also recently issued and proposals are due next month, a town spokeswoman said.


Harbor Hills Park will be the subject of a new study determining what, if any, upgrades are needed for its pool and mechanical systems. The last time a study was conducted for the park was about 10 years ago, she added. Harbor Hills Park, located on Parkwood Drive and Shore Cliff Place in the Great Neck area, covers 2.4 acres and features an outdoor pool, playground and tennis facility. This move follows the

town’s approval of a new capital plan that promises $847,975 for facility upgrades from FEMA and $1,275,000 for the possible replacement of pool mechanical parts at Harbor Hills Park. Most of the money would come in fiscal 2019, according to the plan.

Vote approves BOCES sale BY R E B ECC A K L A R Nassau County residents approved Nassau BOCES’ purchase of the Jerusalem Avenue building in North Bellmore by a vote of 2,225 to 254 last Thursday, according to a PHOTO COURTESY OF NASSAU BOCES Nassau BOCES news release. The votes are unofficial until approved by the agency’s board at the Nassau County residents approved Nassau BO26 meeting. CES’ purchase of the Jerusalem Avenue building Feb.BOCES purchased the building in North Bellmore by a vote of 2,225 to 254. for $12 million, with funds from the

Nassau BOCES capital plan put aside for this purpose, according to the release. BOCES has been leasing the building, used to serve 350 students in two special education programs, from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District since 1998, according to the release. The annual rent expense was charged to 56 component districts; owning the building eliminates the $1.4 million expense for the current

school year and years to follow, according to the release. “We would like to thank everyone who participated in this vote,” said Robert R. Dillon, Nassau BOCES superintendent. “Our purchase of the Jerusalem Avenue School will provide long-term savings for our local school districts.” The $12 million used to purchase the building will be made up in approximately nine years, according to the release.

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Historian adds to classic car collection


Howard Kroplick, left, is working with Preston Tucker’s greatgrandsons Mike and Sean Tucker to restore his new 1948 Tucker sedan.

Howard Kroplick discovered a sevenperson limousine that was originally a gift from Walter P. Chrysler to his wife, Della, in a garage at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

Continued from Page 22 driving the Black Beast, including in the parade laps during the Indianapolis 500 centennial celebration in 2011. Though Kroplick has been steadily building his collection for more than a decade, his focus until August is preparing the Tucker for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. “This year, I’m ‘Tuckered’ out,” KroPHOTOS COURTESY OF HOWARD KROPLICK plick joked. “For the last few years I’ve been adding cars, but this year I’m focusing on the restoration. These restorations The Mustang III prototype car was usually take two or three years, but we built in 1963 and is the oldest Mushave a Pebble Beach deadline of August, tang on the road today. so we’re ramping it up. I always keep my eye open for the next ‘wow’ car, but right now I’m happy with what I’m working on.”

Northwell expansion Conditional OK for concerns foundation Bond Street project Continued from Page 20 dation was at the town hearing and reached out to Gabriel. Gabriel said he has two main requests for the surgical pavilion project: make the building slightly shorter or move it farther from the property line. Gabriel said the groups met again in December and January, and he was told that their concerns could be addressed but it would cost more than the projected $342 million cost for the pavilion. Anderson, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said the cost was one concern, but moving the infrastructure lines that run through the existing parking lot into the circle drive would also force the hospital to use generators and lose sewer connections during the construction. Taking off the top two floors, Anderson said, would negatively impact the hospital’s future as well. “Shrinking the size of the building would impact the program which, from our standpoint, would ultimately hurt the needs of the community we’re trying to serve,” Anderson said in an interview Monday. “We’ve done a lot of work to try and understand what this local and regional community needs … for the next 30 years, and this building reflects those needs.” Gabriel said he also requested more screening between the proposed structure and the


Greentree Foundation President Nicholas Gabriel, center, shows proposed plans to Michael Schwartz and Regina Galli. foundation’s property and was offered some screening with new trees but on the foundation’s property instead of Northwell’s. The property, which was more than 1,000 acres during the time of the original owners, John Hay and Betsy Whitney, is now about 406 acres and still hosts the original estate house. It was built at the turn of the 20th century and now serves as a meeting house and has 15 bedrooms. All of the North Shore University Hospital property was either donated or cheaply sold to

Northwell Health over the years, Gabriel said. “Everybody agrees [North Shore University Hospital] is a huge complex, it’s a wonderful employer, it’s good for our local economy — there are plenty of positives,” Bentley said. “No one is saying Northwell shouldn’t expand and they don’t need a new facility. It’s the simple architecture and design of putting it right in the face of the property line at Greentree that’s problematic to Greentree, and if it’s problematic for Greentree, it’s problematic to Manhasset as a community.”

Continued from Page 1 frame” because there are possibly a number of unknowns underground and said 30 months would be a safer number. But, Namdar said, the developers should be able to finish within that period and will be transparent with the board about any updates. The 24-month period is set by law, meaning trustees would have to change it to use 30 months as a default period of construction. Sweeney and the trustees noted, however, that Namdar could technically come before the board to request an extension if there is “good cause.” Following the approval of some variances before the Zoning Board of Appeals and the submission of further plans to the Board of Trustees on Dec. 14, the village created drafts for site plan approval and a conditional use permit. In unrelated business, village officials adjourned consideration of a pair of local laws amending the village code in two zones that would incentivize local housing and appoint-


Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, along with other members of the Board of Trustees, votes “aye” on allowing the Bond Street project to proceed. ed four village election inspectors for the March 20 election. Officials also signed onto the advertisement of public bids for a Transportation Enhancement Program – or TEP – project for Shoreward Drive and Welwyn Road, which aims to make the area more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly.

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Dreaming the big dream Don Quixote, written long ago, was a tale about a lonely, slightly deranged and irritable middle aged man living in the village of La Mancha. He gets inspired by reading tales of chivalry, loses touch with reality, turns himself into a knight-errant and embarks on a journey to find adventure with the help of his old horse Rocinante and his friend Sancho Panza. This book is on the short list of greatest novels ever written and the idea to dream the impossible dream is kept alive by this novel. A dream is something that gives purpose to a life and you will not be surprised to know that there are many out there still dreaming the big dream and I had a chance to see a few thousand dreamers this past weekend at the Nassau Coliseum. I was one of the exhibitors at this year’s Tennis Expo put together by David Sickman at the opening of this year’s New York Tennis Open. As a sport psychologist I was asked to be a panelist in the afternoon to talk about “Taking your game to the next level.” During the Q&A a tall woman in the audience introduced herself as a recently retired professional basketball player who had just started to take up tennis this year. Her question was asked to fellow panelist Lisa Dodson who was herself an ex-tennis star. She asked “I have just taken up tennis this year and I’ve have been told I am pretty good already. I wanted to know what I should do to become a professional tennis player.” Now that’s what I call an audacious question. Lisa responded in a supportive and appropriate manner and then I chimed in by saying “You remind me to the great amateur golfer Walter Travis who took up golf at age 36 and won the U.S. amateur just four years later.” Listening one audience


member ask a bold question is not enough to produce much insight but then the panel was joined by Dudi Sela, the Israeli tennis star who has played in the Olympics, the Davis Cup and has reached 29th in the world ranking on tour. Dudi is not physically imposing being only 5’9” and 144 lbs. He talked about his upbringing but what stood out to me was that his brother who was 13 years older was also a tennis star that had risen to top 200 in the world. Dudi was asked about the secret to his success and he commented that you have to believe in yourself and then it struck me. I was in front of two athletes, first the retired basketball player and then the tennis star and they had one thing in common. They had a legacy which allowed them to be true believers and to embrace a big dream. The ex-basketball player had her legacy of being an accomplished ball player and so she was able to dream another big dream of being a tennis pro. Dudi’s legacy was in knowing that his brother was a tennis pro so why not him too. I think this is exactly how a dream is born. It comes from a belief in oneself and one’s history and this history makes it real and palpable. But a dream can evaporate under the enormous challenges one faces as one tries to rise

above the field. David Feldman has done wonderful research on the raising of a prodigy and one thing he has pointed out is how a family’s legacy is a part of the process. If a father is a doctor, the son or daughter will believe they can do it too. There are obviously many other factors in the making of a star but legacy, belief and family history is one key element. The family you see pictured above is Bryan Pendrick and his son Chase. I met them during my Sunday morning workout at the John Ondrush Golf Academy. Father working out and son following in dad’s footsteps. When I asked the son how he knew his dad was a very good golfer he said to me “Oh I always look at the nice trophies he has in his office. They look good and some have his name on the bottom.” That is exactly how a legacy is transmitted from parent to child. Pictures and trophies and stories about a parent’s triumphs get absorbed by their offspring. That is how self-belief and dreaming a big dream starts. The wonderful film Lalaland demonstrates this theme of dreaming big. The girl in the film is played by Emma Stone and the story is how she follows her big dream to become an actress by observing how her aunt had followed her dream to live in Paris. And the moral of my story is that you ought to determine your own family legacy and its triumphs and that within this you may find your dreams. There is so much press recently about DNA testing which shows folks are really interested in their past. But DSNA testing will not reveal your families triumphs. They are found in the stories and the achievements that are shared during each holiday. Maybe it was a brother’s success on tour# or a mother who gets a doctorate or a grandfather who won a bronze medal in the Olympics back in 1936. Maybe it’s in your own past like woman who was once a pro ball player and now dreams of tennis stardom. Life’s journey is hard and living up to your dream is even harder to use the pride in your family legacy as your talisman. In life, we all need a purpose and what’s a better purpose to have then to fulfill your wildest dream.


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G.N.’s foray into Smart Cities Continued from Page 16 about a half-dozen individuals who have been fighting the LED lights all along showed up. And far from the mayor or trustees suppressing or being rude to the questioners, the board was subjected to badgering, even talking over Mayor Bral as he tried to answer the questions about the physics of the LED light. (“You called her a liar! You called her a liar!” one woman kept exclaiming as he was trying to answer the woman’s question.) And Rosenthal, who has lead the opposition, never even posed a question. But after hours of conversations with Mayo Bral, as well as the village meeting, here is what I could discern: There is no secret agreement that would allow RealTerm to use the village to test new Smart Cities technology; there is no plan by the village to install video or audio surveillance or license plate readers (Kings Point has video surveillance), which would require an entirely different technology (the bandwidth of the LED control system is not sufficient to carry video). The smart-technology that the village has implemented is to allow each individual LED bulb to monitor light and weather conditions (rain, snow, fog) and be adjusted (dimmed or intensified). At this point in time, the village has brought down the light intensity to 3000K (bringing it more into the spectrum of the orange light) on

residential streets, and only utilizes 4000K on the main thoroughfares (Middle Neck Road, Steamboat, Station, East Shore Road, Baker Hill, Fairview, Hicks, Old Mill). Driving around and through the village, which is the largest in footprint and population on the Peninsula, you can see for yourself: the lighting is not too bright, the angle of the light is actually quite contained to the street, stopping at the sidewalk, which is the advantage of LED over the previous high-pressure sodium bulbs which spread light 360-degrees. One homeowner who has complained of the light streaming into her bedroom, was under the impression the village could attach a shield over it (she complained months ago, before the installation), but she learned at the Feb. 6 meeting that it was not possible to shield the light pole because it is across the street from her home. Mayor Bral explained that the likely reason light would be streaming into a home was because the pole was crooked and would need to be straightened. In the research that Rosenthal provided to me about the health dangers of the blue-light spectrum, the example that was used was keeping a cell phone next to the bed. I have to wonder how street lighting, which is high up, outside the house, where the light is quite obviously contained and not spreading 360-degrees (as the prior high-pressure sodium lights were) can possibly be a health hazard

to someone sleeping in a bedroom, under covers, eyes closed (has anyone heard of an eyeshade?). As for electromagnetic field, Mayor Bral, who is an obstetrician with very young children and says he spent a year learning about the physics of LED, told me “Electromagnetic field can be harmful, but the amount of electromagnetic field that LED lights produce is less than your body produces (the technology cars used to locate people picks up the energy that a body generates). If I hug another person, that person can emit a greater electromagnetic field than the LED. The engineer calculated, that the body generates thousands times more than the LED.” So do appliances – the television remote, refrigerator, iron and especially the ubiquitous cell phones that people store in pockets next to vital organs and put against their heads. Moonlight has the same color temperature, 4000K, as the fully-powered LEDs; sunlight is at 6200K. Yet we walk around in the moonlight, and in the sunlight. I tried to be objective about the complaints that were raised, but could not substantiate any of them. On the other hand, the village seems to have been responsible for informing and responding to the village residents and do proper due-diligence. This engagement between government representatives and residents is essential. The system, as messy and uncomfortable as it is, worked.

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF COUNTY TREASURER’S SALE OF TAX LIENS ON REAL ESTATE Notice is hereby given that I shall, commencing on February 20, 2018, sell at public on-line auction the tax liens on real estate herein-after described, unless the owner, mortgagee, occupant of or any other party-in-interest in such real estate shall pay to the County Treasurer by February15, 2018 the total amount of such unpaid taxes or assessments with theinterest, penalties and other expenses and charges, against the property. Such tax liens will be sold at the lowest rate of interest, not exceeding10 per cent per six month’s period, for which any person or persons shall offer to take the total amount of such unpaid taxes as defined in section 5-37.0 of the Nassau County Administrative Code. Effective with the February 20, 2018 lien sale, Ordinance No. 175-2015 requires a $125.00 per registration fee for each person who intends to bid at the tax lien sale. Ordinance No. 175-2015 also requires that upon the issuance of the Lien Certificate there is due from the lien buyer a Tax Certificate Issue Fee of $20.00 per lien purchased. Pursuant to the provisions of the Nassau County Administrative Code at the discretion of the Nassau County Treasurer the auction will be conducted online. Further information concerning the procedures for the auction is available at the website of the Nassau County Treasurer at:https://www.nassaucountyny. gov/526/County-Treasurer. Should the Treasurer determine that an in-person auction shall be held, same will commence on the 20th day of February, 2018 at the Office of The County Treasurer 1 West Street, Mineola or at some other location to be determined by the Treasurer. The liens are for arrears of School District taxes for the year 2016 - 2017 and/or County, Town, and Special District taxes for the year 2017.The following is a partial listing of the real estate located in school district number(s) 7 in the Town of North Hempstead only, upon which tax liens are to be sold, with a brief description of the same by reference to the County Land and Tax Map, the name of the owner or occupant as the same appears on the 2018/2019 tentative assessment roll, and the total amount of such unpaid taxes. IMPORTANT THE NAMES OF OWNERS SHOWN ON THIS LIST MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS OWNING THE PROPERTY AT THE TIME OF THIS ADVERTISEMENT. SUCH NAMES HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE 2018/2019 TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT ROLLS AND MAY DIFFER FROM THE NAMES OF THE OWNERS AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. IT MAY ALSO BE THAT SUCH OWNERS ARE NOMINAL ONLY AND ANOTHER PERSON IS ACTUALLY THE BENEFICIAL OWNER. Town of North Hempstead School:7 Great Neck UFSD Name Parcel KOSHKI HAMID 01020 00610 61-63 ETESSAMI FARSHAD & E 01020 02590 HU RUIMING 01039 00480 48,448 GRAYSON LE S CEWZAN, MYRA 01042 01290 BANILEVI DAVID 01046 00800 TORAH OHR HEBREW ACADEMY 01053 00340 HAKIMI MATIN & JESSICA 01060 00430 SHOR LEON & DORIS 01065 00120 SPRING LANE PROPERTIES LLC 01076 00260 KOSHKI HAMID 01081 01720 JJJ ASSETS LLC 01088 04580 ALACBRO ASSOC LLC 01088 04590 EMPIRE CUSTOM HOMES LLC 01092 01270 CHANCHALASHVILI MICHAEL & ILYA MERAB 01096 00060 6-10 LIVIAN RONIT & EDWIN 01099 00640 64-66,167 KANTEL R 01099 03470 HAKIMIAN MOJGAN & ABRAHAM 01101 02190 NAZMIYAL YAARA 011060302110 VERBIT MFE 01114 00520 BH BAY RIDGE PARTNERS LLC 01122 00410 MORIA 18 LLC 01124 00010 1-3 HANSMAN NORMAN & MIRIAM 01126 00400 KASHANI MORDECHAI 01128 00040 ROZWADOWSKI ANDRZEJ & SHARMIN 01128 02330 MATIS LLC 21,432.85 01128 02940 KASHANI MORDECHAI 01128 05480 TUROFSKY DEBORAH & BENJAMIN A

Amount Group Lot 3,716.60 4,232.85 20,644.18 5,677.06 9,347.79 4,983.22 3,394.50 9,155.21 1,720.17 18,760.71 16,007.90 17,480.13 742.94 28,254.52 3,030.87 10,280.57 15,569.84 4,772.03 10,465.72 9,540.81 14,333.70 1,362.56 15,774.81 2,466.90 9,064.69 1,974.26

01128 05880 HAKIMI RAMIN & RONIT COHEN 12,951.60 01128 06150 HEDVAT SHAHRAM & SHAVLIAN MOJDEH 714.94 01129 00180 DARDASHTIAN FARHAD & PARNIAN 2,224.48 01129 03640 SHAVOLIAN DAN & HAIFA 47,006.24 01132 04030 403 PARTOVI MANOUCHER & P GADI 13,956.34 01136 01690 DOUBLE SIX HOLDING LLC 4,676.70 01138 00010 RAD TRUST 2,963.20 01138 00070 ABIZADEH LENA & FARZIN 14,416.30 01139 00050 ARYEH ESKANDER & HEZGHIA 2,121.82 01140 00220 22 VILLAGE OF GREAT NECK 275.47 01142 00360 SHU SHU LI & JIANG 1,714.41 01142 01160 VANHALEM CHANNAH 29,576.43 01148 00340 DAYANI NADAR & FARSIMA 63,796.28 01152 00160 37 BROADLAWN LLC 38,602.81 01164 00140 TERRANI ZEHAVA & MICHAEL 6,652.41 01174 00170 VIVI HOUSE LLC 17,699.90 01175 00490 MALIK HOSNEARA 121,905.83 01175 00560 56 & 57 MOVTADY SHIDROKH TRUST 11,411.94 01177 00620 MOINIAN MOIN 1,273.02 01178 00150 MOINIAN MOIN 1,554.46 01178 00400 MOINIAN MOIN 78,743.19 01178 00520 SIVAN AVI & REGINE 12,529.00 01179 00230 HOLLANDER MILTON M 20,611.23 01179 00310 WYKOWSKI HENRY & STEPHANIE TRUST 7,258.73 01182 00410 POPKIN ERICA 32,651.28 02167 00600 60-64 FRIDMAN ILYA & HOROWITZ MELISSA 10,599.70 02173 01100 KOKHABE IRAJ 3,170.40 02174 02610 HASSAD-BOND STREET LLC 4,125.80 02195 0222UCA00700 222 CA 70 UNIT 17 BPARC LLC 2,353.19 02195 0222UCA00700 222 CA 70 UNIT 55 DELSON-FRYDEL JOYCE 4,107.12 02203 02230 NASSIMIHA ELLY 3,666.07 02212 0167UCA01960 167 CA 196 UNIT 515 FREEMAN MAX & ANITA 987.89 02229 03320 CAO JIE & LI PAUL 7,997.99 02235 00210 RAYHANIAN MOUSA 8,513.87 02257 15100 1510,1512 MIZRACHI ESTHER 9,130.53 022830300140 772 HUMBOLDT REALTY CORP 25,873.56 02286 00210 772 HUMBOLDT REALTY CORP 2,863.09 02286 00220 KERENDIAN JONATHAN B & 14,438.57 02297 00140 NABAVIAN BIJAN & VIDA 5,395.04 02297 00220 XIANG CHUNHUA 1,336.83 02300 0868UCA00560 868 CA 56 UNIT 12 CALEL REALTY LLC 31,543.26 02301 00080 3 WALNUT ASSOCIATES LLC 6,685.22 02301 00230 DUTTON JAMES A & F K 1,427.39 02301 00340 KHALILI RAHLO & SHAHIN 69,122.41 02312 00360 SAIDIAN NAVA 33,761.60 02315 00150 MASHIHI NAHID 3,942.24 02317 00030 OMARI SAM & DONNA 8,998.52 02318 00040 4,24 BROOK DONNA 10,402.77 02329 00550 TZENG C WU & SHYANG-JENG 5,281.85 02334 01160 LEE CHANG & KUM 21,363.25 02346 00200 ZHENG XING & PAN LIN 978.78 02346 00420 SACHMECHIAN RAMIN & SHAHIN 2,669.13 02351 00020 2 GHERA MOON & LALIT 2,872.85 02351 00400 40 ZERUVABELI A ABAI & MUSSA 18,762.60 02351 00570 57 ULLMAN DAVID & LINDA 1,323.80 02352 00070 7

ROTH RICHARD G & AMY R 7,763.90 02352 00420 42 ULLMAN DAVID & LINDA 1,372.43 02352 00490 49 DARVISHZADEH YAGHOUB & POURAN 20,269.07 02354 00010 1 SILVA DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC 1,815.93 02358 00210 21 TSITLISHVILI MANANA DEDIASHVILI + N 17,698.42 02363 00200 20 ADES RICHARD & ELANA 25,009.25 02367 00220 22 MOEZINIA PARVANE 13,647.39 02370 00100 10 PLAZA GATE LLC 59,227.82 02376 00080 8 NOORI SAKINEH 10,761.99 02376 0053UCA01600 53 CA 160 UNIT 308 SIDNEY W AZRILIANT TRUST 346.54 02376 0055UCA01870 55 CA 187 UNIT 89 SIDNEY W AZRILIANT TRUST 346.54 02376 0055UCA01870 55 CA 187 UNIT 91 PAVILLION GROUP LLC 1,674.29 02376 0055UCA01870 55 CA 187 UNIT 505 WU CHING CHIH & LEE HSIU HSING WU 2,952.44 02376 0055UCA01870 55 CA 187 UNIT 507 COHEN MICHAEL L & DIANE B 1,542.23 08 A 0901UCA02720 MOMIL201 LLC 1,416.77 08 A 0901UCA02720 REN JINBIAO 3,622.54 08 A 0902UCA02720 ROACH DONALD & BARBARA 8,158.57 08 B0701870 CHRISTIAN ROBERT 13,252.81 08125 01180 PICA GENE V & SADIE 17,983.47 08228 00020 BROLLY JAMES & LISA 6,044.13 08229 00100 HAN MEI 2,113.55 08229 00220 EVANS MARGARET 20,956.11 08246 00230 ZHOU WUMEI 4,717.03 08246 00590 KRUK WILLIAM & DOROTHY 1,353.98 08246 00700 TERMS OF SALE Such tax liens shall be sold subject to any and all superior tax liens of sovereignties and other municipalities and to all claims of record which the County may have thereon and subject to the provisions of the Federal and State Soldier’s and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts. However, such tax liens shall have priority over the County’s Differential Interest Lien, representing the excess, if any, of the interest and penalty borne at the maximum rate over the interest and penalty borne at the rate at which the lien is purchased.The Purchaser acknowledges that the tax lien(s) sold pursuant to these Terms of Sale may be subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or may become subject to such proceedings which may be commenced during the period in which a lien is held by a successful bidder or the assignee of same, which may modify a Purchaser’s rights with respect to the lien(s) the property securing same. Such bankruptcy proceedings shall not affect the validity of the tax lien. In addition to being subject to pending bankruptcy proceedings and/or the Federal and State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Acts, said purchaser’s right of foreclosure may be affected by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. ss 1811 et. seq., with regard to real property under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) receivership. The County Treasurer reserves the right, without further notice and at any time, to withdraw from sale any of the parcels of land or premises herein listed. The rate of interest and penalty which any person purchases the tax lien shall be established by his bid. Each purchaser, immediately after the sale thereof, shall pay to the County Treasurer ten per cent of the amount from which the tax liens have been sold and the remaining ninety per cent within thirty days after such sale. If the purchaser at the tax sale shall fail to pay the remaining ninety per cent within ten days after he has been notified by the County Treasurer that the certificates of sale are ready for delivery, then all deposited with the County Treasurer including but not limited to the ten per cent theretofore paid by him shall, without further notice or demand, be irrevocably forfeited by the purchaser and shall be retained by the County Treasurer as liquidated damages and the agreement to purchase be of no further effect. Time is of the essence in this sale. This sale is held pursuant to the Nassau County Administrative Code and interested parties are referred to such Code for additional information as to terms of sale, rights of purchasers, maximum rates of interest and other legal incidents of the sale. Furthermore, as to the bidding, 1.The bidder(s) agree that they will not work with any other bidder(s) to increase, maintain or stabilize interest rates or collaborate with any other bidder(s) to gain an unfair competitive advantage in the random number generator in the event of a tie bid(s) on a tax certificate. Bidder(s) further agree not to employ any bidding strategy designed to create an unfair competitive advantage in the tiebreaking process in the upcoming tax sale nor work with any other bidder(s) to engage in any bidding strategy that will result in a rotational award of tax certificates. 2.The tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) bid, will be arrived at independently and without direct or indirect consultation, communication or agreement with any other bidder and that the tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid

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upon, and the interest rate(s) to be bid, have not been disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder, and will not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder prior to the close of bidding. No attempt has been made or will be made to, directly or indirectly, induce any other bidder to refrain from bidding on any tax certificate, to submit complementary bids, or to submit bids at specific interest rates. 3.The bids to be placed by the Bidder will be made in good faith and not pursuant to any direct or indirect, agreement or discussion with, or inducement from, any other bidder to submit a complementary or other noncompetitive bid. 4.If it is determined that the bidder(s) have violated any of these bid requirements then their bid shall be voided and if they were thesuccessful bidder the lien and any deposits made, in connection with, said bid shall be forfeited. This list includes only tax liens on real estate located in Town of North Hempstead. Such other tax liens on real estate are advertised as follows: Town of Hempstead Dist 1001 HEMPSTEAD/UNIONDALE TIMES NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEW YORK TREND NEWSDAY UNIONDALE BEACON Dist 1002 HEMPSTEAD/UNIONDALE TIMES NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY UNIONDALE BEACON Dist 1003 EAST MEADOW BEACON EAST MEADOW HERALD NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1004 BELLMORE HERALD MERRICK/BELLMORE TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1005 HICKSVILLE ILLUSTRATED NEWS LEVITTOWN TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1006 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY SEAFORD HERALD CITIZEN WANTAGH HERALD CITIZEN Dist 1007 BELLMORE HERALD MERRICK/BELLMORE TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1008 BALDWIN HERALD BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Town of Hempstead Dist 1009 BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE FREEPORT BALDWIN LEADER NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1010 BALDWIN HERALD BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1011 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY OCEANSIDE TRIBUNE OCEANSIDE/ISLAND PARK HERALD Dist 1012 MALVERNE/WEST HEMPSTEAD HERALD NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY VALLEY STREAM/MALVERN TRIBUNE Dist 1013 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY VALLEY STREAM HERALD VALLEY STREAM/MALVERN TRIBUNE Dist 1014 FIVE TOWNS TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NASSAU HERALD (FIVE TOWNS) NEWSDAY


















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set forth in the detailed specifications. At the above time and location, the bid will be publicly opened and read. The form of the proposal and specifications will be available at the Park District Office where copies thereof may be obtained by qualified bidders during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right, to reject any and all bids and accept the bid which it deems to be in the best interest of the Park District. For more information, call the Great Neck Park District at

Town of Oyster Bay Dist 3306 FARMINGDALE OBSERVER MASSAPEQUA POST MASSAPEQUAN OBSERVER NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY City of Glen Cove Dist 4005 GLEN COVE RECORD PILOT GOLD COAST GAZETTE LOCUST VALLEY LEADER NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY City of Long Beach Dist 5028 LONG BEACH HERALD LONG BEACH TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Nassau County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodations such as those required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in all services, programs, activities and public hearings and events conducted by the Treasurer’s Office. Upon request, information can be made available in braille, large print, audio tape or other alternative formats. For additional information, please call (516) 571-2090 Ext.13715. Dated: January 30, 2018 THE NASSAU COUNTY TREASURER MINEOLA, NEW YORK GNN #147634 1x 02/16/2018


(516) 487-7665. Dated: Great Neck, New York February 8, 2018 Board of Commissioners Great Neck Park District Robert A. Lincoln, Jr Frank S. Cilluffo Tina M. Stellato GNN #147711 1x 02/16 /2018 #147711


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Notice of Formation of iMove With Naz LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/05/2017. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 63 Hicks Ln Great Neck, NY 11024.Purpose: any lawful purpose. GNN #147478 6x 01/26, 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/02 /2018 #147478

Notice of Formation CBN Ventures LLC, Art. of Org. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/16/2018. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 14 Lake Rd., Great Neck, NY 11020. Purpose: any lawful activity. GNN #147568 6x 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/02, 03/09 /2018 #147568

VILLAGE OF GREAT NECK BOARD OF TRUSTEES Local Law No. _ of 2018 A Local Law to Amend the Village Code with Respect to amending subdivision A of Section 575-47 of the Village Code so as to increase the permitted square footage of an accessory building in the A-1 Zone. BE IT ENACTED, by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Great Neck, as follows: Section 1. Section 575-47 of Chapter 575 of the Village of Great Neck Code is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec 575-47. Accessory buildings. A. There shall be no more than two accessory buildings on a lot. The aggregate building area of an accessory building shall not exceed 500 square feet or 40% of the rear yard. No accessory building shall be over 15 feet in height at the highest point. B. Unless otherwise provided in this article, accessory buildings or structures shall be located in the rear yard and shall be not less than 10 feet distant from the main building and not less than three feet distant from the rear and side lot lines. [Amended 11-18-2008 by L.L. No. 9-2008] C. Unless otherwise provided in this article, accessory buildings or structures on corner lots 100 feet or less in depth shall be located as far as possible from the front property lines. D. No accessory buildings or structures, except fences or retaining walls as hereinabove provided in this article, shall be erected within 20 feet of a residential building on an adjoining lot. A Local Law to Amend the Village Code with Respect to amending subdivision G of Section 575-35 of the Village Code so as to permit detached garages in the A-1 Zone. BE IT ENACTED, by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Great Neck, as follows: Section 1. Section 575-47 of Chapter 575 of the Village of Great Neck Code is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec 575-35. Use. A building may be erected, altered or used and a lot or premises may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section and for no other: A. Single-family detached dwelling. B. Public school. C. Church or other building used exclusively for religious purposes, when authorized by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the provisions of ß 575-170.9 of this chapter. D. Government or municipal building, for the administration of or services rendered by the Village government. E. Parochial and nonprofit private school, when authorized by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the provisions of ß 575-170.9 of this chapter. F. Municipal park, for recreational use. G. Accessory private garage, detached or attached to or within the main building, for the parking of vehicles used for the residential use of the main

building.1] H. Accessory use on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses, including those specified in ß ß 575-46 and 575-47. GNN #147714 1x 02/16 /2018 #147714

VILLAGE OF GREAT NECK BOARD OF TRUSTEES Local Law No. _ of 2018 A Local Law to Amend the Village Code with Respect to amending subdivision G of Section 575-35 of the Village Code so as to permit detached garages in the A-1 Zone. BE IT ENACTED, by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Great Neck, as follows: Section 1. Section 575-47 of Chapter 575 of the Village of Great Neck Code is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec 575-35. Use. A building may be erected, altered or used and a lot or premises may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section and for no other: A. Single-family detached dwelling. B. Public school. C. Church or other building used exclusively for religious purposes, when authorized by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the provisions of ß 575-170.9 of this chapter. D. Government or municipal building, for the administration of or services rendered by the Village government. E. Parochial and nonprofit private school, when authorized by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the provisions of ß 575-170.9 of this chapter. F. Municipal park, for recreational use. G. Accessory private garage, detached or attached to or within the main building, for the parking of vehicles used for the residential use of the main building.1] H. Accessory use on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses, including those specified in ß ß 575-46 and 575-47. GNN #147715 1x 02/16 /2018 #147715



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Sports 2 wins for LIU women’s basketball BY M I K E Y DOMAGALA AND MYLES GOLDMAN On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the LIU Post women’s basketball team went up against Molloy College at home, with the team wearing pink socks for their Think Pink game for breast cancer awareness. This game was also the Pioneers’ second and final game against Molloy College for the season; their first matchup against Molloy was a victory, with the Pioneers limiting Molloy to only 52 points. The Pioneers enjoyed another victory against Molloy. The first half of the game was all Green and Gold, as the Pioneers were ahead of Molloy College with a score of 30-19, with 10 points coming from sophomore forward, broadcasting major, Mikaiya Moore, who also held her own on defense by blocking three shots. Sophomore guard, physical education major and health minor, Taylah Hudson also put up some numbers on the scoring sheet by draining 12 points and causing five steals. While the first half was strong for the Pioneers, the second half was not. In the fourth quarter, Molloy College posted 23 points on the board and the Pioneers only put up 12. However, with just over two minutes


left in the fourth quarter, following a layup by Molloy College, senior guard, broadcasting major and journalism minor, Kylie Garret was able to keep calm at the free throw line, making four free throws on four attempts, which ended the game with a score of 60-55 in favor of the

Pioneers. The team won its third straight game and improved its record to 18-6 overall and 13-1 in conference play with a 85-65 victory at Queens College three days later, on Feb. 10. Senior political science major Sasha Patterson led the Pio-

neers with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fourth doubledouble in her last five games. Moore did it all in the win, as she scored 18 points along with eight rebounds and five assists. Sophomore health science major Dominique Williams was

the third Pioneer to record 10 or more points against Queens College, with 12 points of her own. The Pioneers kept their momentum the entire way, opening the game with the lead and finishing their 85-65 win without falling behind. At one point in the third quarter, the Knights cut the deficit to within two points, but an 18-2 scoring run at the end of the third quarter and at the start of the fourth quarter allowed the Pioneers to lead as many as 24 points. “Our full-court pressure was able to slow Queens down and we didn’t allow them to set up their half-court offense,” Moore said of the Pioneers’ win. “We were able to keep one of their best players, Merrick Rowland, out of the game by frustrating her and getting her into foul trouble. We did a good job moving the ball and executing our plays into quality baskets.” The LIU Post women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s Day matchup at the University of the District of Columbia at 5 p.m. This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post,, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.



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Belmont committee picks questioned BY R E B ECC A K L A R Community critics of the Belmont arena development project are voicing concern over the!Empire State Development Corp.’s picks for the 15-member Belmont Community Advisory Committee. The group, rolled out on last Tuesday, consists of local elected officials, including Floral Park Mayor Dominick Longobardi, and community members. The committee will ensure that community members have a “seat at the table” as the Belmont arena development takes place, Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development Corp. president, CEO and commissioner,!said in a news release. The committee’s formation follows months of opposition by some community members and local activists to the development, a $1 billion project backed by New York Arena Partners, a joint venture between Sterling Development and Oak View Group. The plan is to create an 18,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders, a multipurpose event center, a retail center and a hotel on 43 acres of state-owned land currently used for parking spaces at Belmont Park. Efforts to reach the Empire State Development Corp. and Longobardi were unavailing. Matthew Sexton, a Floral Park resident who has publicly opposed the development, said the committee is nothing more than a sham. “I don’t understand how a non-transparent committee, that’s not advertised, can work with the community,” Sexton said. The committee is also filled with some controversial members, according to Sexton. Dave Kapell, listed in the Empire State Development news release as associated with Kapell Real Estate Inc., is also a consultant to the Rauch Foundation – a Long Island-based investment foundation. Kapell, who is from the Village of Greenport on the North Fork, has no qualifications to be on the committee and has conflicts of interest, Sexton said. Kapell has served his community for 27 years in different positions, including


Local residents in the areas surrounding Belmont Park, seen here protesting the new arena development in December, are upset about some of the Empire State Development Corp.’s choices for the 15-member Belmont Community Advisory Committee. community development director, village trustee, planning board chairman and mayor. As part of the Long Island Association, Kapell serves as executive director of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s LIRR Enhancement Project. Sexton said when the Floral Park Civic Association reached out to Kapell to speak about the right track project, Kapell “talked a good game and never showed up.” Kapell’s only experience in Floral Park is donating to state Sen. Todd Kaminsky’s campaign, Sexton said. Kapell donated $100 to Kaminsky in 2016, according to campaign finance records. “I don’t understand how a rich white guy from out in Suffolk County and the Hamptons can know anything about our community,” Sexton said. Efforts to reach Kapell were unavailing. The Belmont Community Advisory Committee has five members noted as community residents. The community members were appointed by local elected officials and the

Empire State Development Corp., according to the release. The community members were “hand selected to rubber stamp” whatever is proposed, Aubrey Phillips, an Elmont resident and vice president of the Parkhurst Civic Association, said. Phillips added that many of the community members chosen are so frustrated at this point, after fighting development for years, that they’re ready to agree to anything. “In fact, one of the members has stated that to me verbally, ‘I’ve been working on this for 20 years I don’t care what they put there anymore,'” Phillips said. While a few members know what the community wants and still stand up for it, the group as a whole is suspect, Phillips said. Along with questionable committee member picks, the formation of the community also comes too late in the process, Phillips said. Phillips said that the committee should have been formed months ago – before the request for proposal was submitted. Phillips said that while it is not explicitly stated in the law when in the process

the committee should form, he said it is the intent of the law that it is formed before. “So this is something they’re doing retroactively to ensure that they’re compliant with the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law,” Phillips said. Phillips said the Belmont Community Coalition will not back down. “We are going to make every effort legal and otherwise to ensure that our community gets what our community deserves,” Phillips said. “And not what someone from the outside is telling us we deserve.” One goal the coalition wants the community advisory to advocate for is ensuring that the Belmont railroad station is renovated to help residents with daily commutes, not just to benefit fans coming to the stadium, Phillips said. Cuomo stated that the station would be fixed up in time for the new arena opening. “When they say they’re going to give [us] a railroad station we’re not asking for a station that’s episodic and narrowly confined to the times the games will be held,” Phillips said. What the community needs is a train that will come in the morning to take commuters to work and school, not one that comes in time for a hockey game, Phillips said. The committee must insist that if Cuomo chooses to renovate a station for the needs of a stadium in the community that he also appreciates the transportation needs of that community, Phillips said. Phillips added that the coalition agrees that the Islanders belong on Long Island – and said whether members are fans or not they understand the tradition of the team. The issue, he said, is that the Islanders belong at Nassau Coliseum and not at Belmont Park. If there were a sustained effort to ensure that the Islanders returned to Nassau Coliseum, the coalition would be in complete support, Phillips said. The Islanders have announced that they will be returning to their former home arena, but only for half their games during the interim while the new arena is built.

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