Honored by the Village Officials Association

Assemblywoman Schimel and Senator Martins are honored by the Nassau Village Officials Association.

Along with Senator Jack Martins, I was honored by the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) Thursday night at the Crest Hollow Country Club for our advocacy and legislation to help villages.  Nassau County has 64 villages, more than any other County in New York State.

To be recognized by my colleagues in government, more importantly local government, is truly wonderful. You are all of my mayors.

President of the NCVOA and Mayor of Great Neck Village, Ralph Kreitzman gave an informative and amusing speech about the 87-year history of the association, citing minutes from the early meetings. He pointed out that the challenges mayors and their trustees face haven’t changed very much.

A beautiful benediction was offered by Rabbi Tara Feldman, of Temple Beth El of Great Neck, my spiritual home, and Mayor Kreitzman.

My speech was peppered with references to the strengths and challenges of village government as Someone who I admire said, “It takes a Village.” I have co-opted that statement during my tenure in the state legislature.

My favorite saying to a New York City Assembly member is, “I can call my mayor any time of day, can you?” And the fact of the matter is no government unit is leaner or meaner than a village.

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