Great Neck Plaza, New York

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Great Neck Plaza is a village in the town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 6,433 at the 2000 census.[2]

The village is on the Great Neck Peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island and is often grouped together with the other hamlets and villages and referred to collectively as "Great Neck."[citation needed]



In 1866, the New York and Flushing Railroad extended their main line into Great Neck through a subsidiary called the North Shore Railroad, thus transforming it from a farming community into a commuter town. The NY&F was consolidated into the Flushing and North Side Railroad in 1869, only to be merged into the Flushing, North Shore, and Central Railroad in 1874 and leased in 1876 by the LIRR. Throughout much of the late 19th Century, Great Neck was the terminus of what is today the Port Washington Branch of the LIRR. The village was incorporated in 1930, even as the station that lead to its existence was being reconstructed. In addition to the railroad station, Great Neck Plaza contains other historic structures, such as the local post office and the Grace and Thomaston Buildings.

Elected Officials

The current Mayor of the Village of Great Neck Plaza is Jean A Celender, who works part-time and runs/owns JAC Planning Corp. The Board of Trustees are Ted M. Rosen (Deputy Mayor), Gerald Schneiderman, Pamela Marksheid, and Marion Green.

The Board of Trustees consists of three elected Trustees, one appointed trustee and a Mayor, who always votes to ensure the deciding vote of the Board. The Term of office for both the Mayor and a Trustee is two years. These elected officials can serve an unlimited number of terms.

The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Village and the presiding officer of the Board of Trustees. Since the Village does not have a separate Planning Board, the Mayor and Trustees sit as members of a Planning Board for matters and official business related to the functions of a Planning Board.

Each March, two Trustees terms of office are open for election as established in Village Election Law. Every two years, the Mayor runs for election at the same time as the Trustees in March.

The Board of Trustees meeting are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month in the Village Court room at 8:00 P.M. and are open to the public.

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