When the Republican Party first asked me to run for town council, I could not have anticipated the way Manhasset would embrace me, my family and the issues we raised during the campaign. It was a truly humbling and moving experience to be stopped on the street, or in church, or in the grocery store by complete strangers hugging me and thanking me for putting myself out there and speaking about issues that were not just my issues, but their issues. [Read more…]
The nature preserves and parks of Nassau County are renowned for their beauty and respect for wildlife and nature. Unfortunately, some people do not respect this and have been dumping no-longer wanted house pets in the forests. This is inhumane. These animals, which are domesticated, cannot hunt and survive outdoors.
As the winter approaches, more pets are being released into the forests of Nassau County. Please spread the word amongst your family, friends and neighbors of this sad and inhumane practice. Try to find a new home for an unwanted pet or if you cannot, bring the animal to a shelter.
Rarely have I written a more sincere recommendation to a company I have dealt with before.
You were recommended to me, by a person I trust, as I did not know where to turn to find an honest and reliable person to redo my roof. There were lots of listings and ads. It was confusing. A roof is an investment and I did want to rely on just any company. [Read more…]
Traffic Study Never Gained Traction
Maybe seven or eight years ago, the Town (of North Hempstead) spent from what I can imagine a good amount of money on a Plandome Road Traffic Study. [Read more…]
Clothing Collection For Veterans
I am a Girl Scout in Troop 527 assisting the Manhasset American Legion Auxiliary with a clothing drive to assist struggling and homeless veterans on Long Island. [Read more…]
I am a Manhasset resident who moved here from Greenwich Village with my wife and daughter to raise a family. [Read more…]
When the Republican Party first asked me to run for Town Council, I could not have anticipated the way Manhasset would embrace me, my family, and the issues we raised during the campaign. It was a truly humbling and moving experience to be stopped on the street or in church or in the grocery store by complete strangers hugging me and thanking me for putting myself out there and speaking about issues that were not just my issues, but their issues.
I want to thank so many people for the hard work and energy they put into my campaign. We performed extremely well in Manhasset, wining here by a large margin, yet we could not overcome the huge registration advantage the democrats have in the larger areas of District 4. While we were not surprised by the results, we are of course disappointed. The campaign was a great experience for my family, as we really worked together and my children saw that it’s OK to put yourself out there and fight for what you believe, even if you don’t win your first try. I am truly fortunate to have such a supportive husband and children who were there for me at every turn with encouragement and enthusiasm.
We are proud of the race we ran, raising the issues that mattered to us and to our town. Some of these issues, the incumbent has already taken on, supporting our call for the reopening of the 6th precinct, for example. I congratulate Ms. Kaplan on her victory and wish her well. I trust that now that she is elected she will continue to press this important issue.
Unlike the other parts of District 4, Manhasset does not have a mayor or trustees to speak for us. If we want to have a voice, we need to speak up for ourselves. I urge you to contact Town Hall or the County or the State when you see something that needs to be done, and keep following up. If you think I can help, feel free to call me. I will continue working with Leg. Rich Nicolello’s office and the Department of Public Works to put more clearly marked crosswalks on Plandome Road, and turning signals at busy intersections. I have written to Acting Police Commissioner Krumpter and the head of the 3rd precinct, Inspector John Berry, and asked for an open meeting with Manhasset residents to discuss our issues, mainly pedestrian safety on Plandome Road. Manhasset is our home, and I promise to continue to fight for these and the other issues anyway that I can.
As someone said to me recently, when you run for office, you find out who your friends are, and I never knew I had so many. Thank you all for your encouragement and friendship. Today I only feel blessed and grateful.
Mary Kay Barket
Today is Election Day and registered voters are strongly urged to vote. If you do not know where to vote in Manhasset just click on this link http://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx?midqs=7220959052535169024. [Read more…]
An open letter to our community and those who like to write about us.
Although I have not had the good fortune to have lived around the world, I am honored to say that my husband and I moved here from our hipster NYC apartment 11+ years ago and have loved every minute of it. [Read more…]
Above and Beyond
That’s Anna Kaplan. I have worked in various capacities in our civic community in Manhasset and can say without reservation that Councilwoman Anna Kaplan goes above and beyond and is one of the most responsive elected officials with whom I have worked over the past ten years. The job of Councilperson is technically a part time position. But you wouldn’t know it if you saw Anna’s schedule. Evenings and weekends are all fair game. She puts in far more hours each week than is expected of a council member. She takes the position very seriously and is a dedicated advocate for the community.
Anna’s concern for the Manhasset community is evident in the way she responds to concerns and requests in her district. Issues with signage at a crosswalk or a dangerous intersection? “I’ll meet you there to look at the location so we can better understand the problem.” A list of requests from the Greater Council each month about issues in Manhasset? Anna follows up on each item in writing and attends Greater Council meetings on a regular basis to answer questions in person. A CASA sector meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to in the community? Anna is there at the table. My experience is not unique. Many residents have told me how impressed they were that a call to her office resulted in a quick response via phone and thorough follow up on the issue. [Read more…]