VOTE TO REVIVE GREAT NECK PLAZA
VOTE TO REVIVE GREAT NECK PLAZA
2019-2021 Chairman – Legislative Action – Community/Gov’t Relations Committee, GN Chamber of Commerce:
I suggested forming a committee to monitor the main thoroughfare GN village board meetings as they relate to the commercial interests. In this way, the Chamber could formulate a position paper on issues before the board and promote commercial interests. Also, I initiated a plan to create a map of the municipal parking locations on the peninsula for merchants to know where they could direct customers to park. The Town of North Hempstead will computer draw the map and print 50 copies for free. I used the free service of a high school intern to collect all the info (# shopper parking slots, # parking permitted slots, whether requiring meters [and for how long] the hours/days of operation, etc.) The intern (Brandon Farajollah) received a thank you signed letter from the President of the GN Chamber which served as a community service recommendation for college admission.
2017-2021 Executive Committee Member - Great Neck Chamber of Commerce: I participated in developing new programs and initiatives for the Chamber and helped moved the Chamber forward as a recognized organization in the Great Neck business community.
2014-2016 President - Rotary Club of Great Neck: I increased membership and attendance at club meetings by almost 50% and increased the amount and quantity of donations that the club awarded to include more local organizations (i.e., the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove and COPAY in GN).
2010-2011 Charter Member - Kiwanis Club of the Great Neck Peninsula: I helped organize/revive the club and participated in a special awards ceremony celebrating the extraordinary achievements of high school students.
2003 Awardee – Chabad of Great Neck: KETER KEHUNA PRIESTLY BLESSING AWARD at their 13th Annual Dinner.
1999-2001 Incorporator and Treasurer - Sonya and Max Silverstein Hebrew Academy of Great Neck: I initiated the organizational meeting, followed through the initial incorporation and funding of the school, devised a 5- year financial forecasting schedule, participated in the site selection, construction and administration negotiations for the first few years as well as provided pension incentives to the teachers and administrators of the school.
1998-2007 Board member -- Chabad of Great Neck: I took over the stalled negotiations with the Village of Kings Point Board, organized the congregation to support the new building effort, and developed a 12-person committee with specific expertise to aid in the planning, I worked with the Village Trustees, Building Department, outside architects, engineers, and other contractors to assure the project moving forward. I set up banking arrangements and negotiated with vendors a schedule to pay down the backlog of unpaid obligations.
1996-2004 President - Cartier Apartments Owners Corp.: I continually found opportunities to enhance the look and feel of the property to raise its value and improve the building atmosphere for the owner-occupiers of the property.
1994 Honoree – Temple Israel of Great Neck Men’s Club: Chavarim Kol Yisroel Dinner Dance at the South Merrick Jewish Center.
1993-1995 President - Temple Israel of Great Neck Men’s Club: I revived the almost dormant club by doubling the active membership, brought back the Second Night seder, created a vibrant Men’s Club Sabbath program, negotiated with the editor of the Temple Bulletin and Rabbi Waxman to insert every two weeks, into the four-page Temple Bulletin, a two-sided sheet with exclusive Men’s Club information; which detailed Men’s Club past, present and future activities and promoted all Club events. To bring a greater sense of community and closeness, I listed all the birthdays of the men members of the congregation to show which men shared the same date, month, etc. I also led the club in participation in the GN Memorial Day Parade, expanded the Yom HaShoah Program, and brought informative speakers to the meetings as opposed to the previous showing of Yiddish films.
1988 Coach Great Neck Police Athletic League: I was a coach for a group of 11-year-old boys on one of the local soccer teams for the 1988 season.
1982-1984 Treasurer- Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council.: I instituted a monthly report which included a bank
reconciliation sheet so everyone could understand the cash flow of the Council.
1980-1982 Budget Committee Member – Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council: I served on this UPTC committee to review, consult with the Great Neck Board of Education and offer input on the allocation of funds within the budget. We also promoted the passage of the yearly school budget within the entire Great Neck community.
1980 Founder & Co-Author – Great Neck E.M. Baker school “Back Baker Committee”: I was a founding member of the committee that formed to preserve the local E.M. Baker school in my neighborhood. I researched and published a report, along with another committee member, detailing US Government census numbers to bolster the idea that school enrollment would not keep declining but slightly reverse course and move upwards. We presented that report to the Board at one of their open Board meetings and they “took it under advisement”. We then organized ourselves to create support for keeping The E.M. Baker and the Parkville school buildings open. For our kick-off project, we printed kcaB rekaB (Back Baker spelled backwards) on the back side of tee-shirts and ran an open to the community family picnic on the grounds of the E.M. Baker school. Our plan “B” was to support a local Baker area resident (Leon Korobow) for a position on the School Board, with the expectation that he would be the tie-breaking vote for keeping our Baker School open. He was elected and the Board voted 3-2 to keep both buildings open, while closing the KJ Elementary School building (home school to the children of Don Ashkenase and Larry Gross, two men who then ran successfully for positions on the School Board and served for many, many years.
1978-1979 Participant – Great Neck Union Free School District: I began participating in the community open School Board meetings as they were discussing the closing of several K-5 schools, including the local school that my daughter was currently attending