Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Candidates for NYS Assembly District 15

The candidates for the New York State Assembly seat in District 15 are Matt Meng (D) of East Norwich and Mike Montesano (R) of Glen Head.

A special election will be held on February 9 to fill the seat vacated by Rob Walker, who resigned to become Chief Deputy County Executive in the Mangano administration. Ed Mangano (R) was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on January 1.

The 15th Assembly District includes part of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing. Other communities in the district are Bethpage, Brookville, East Garden City, East Hills, East Meadow, East Norwich, Greenvale, Hicksville, Jericho, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Levittown, Locust Valley, Matinecock, Muttontown, New Cassel, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainview, Salisbury, Syosset, Upper Brookville, and Westbury.

To learn whether you live in the 15th Assembly District, contact the Nassau County Board of Elections (516-571-2411) or consult the interactive map maintained by the New York State Board of Elections.


Mr. Ming operates The Little Garage, a BMW specialty shop, in Huntington. Mr. Montesano, an attorney, maintains an office in Glen Cove.

Both men have run for other offices: Mr. Meng for Oyster Bay Town Clerk and New York State Senate; Mr. Montesano for Nassau County Legislature

A former New York City Police Detective and Emergency Medical Technician, Mr. Montesano has been Acting Justice in the Village of Roslyn Harbor since 2003. He was a prosecuting attorney in Roslyn Harbor from 1998 to 2003, has taught law courses at the New York Institute of Technology, and received the Practitioner of the Year award from the Nassau County Criminal Court’s Bar Association.

Mr. Meng has been active in civic affairs for many years. He has been a member of the Nassau County Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board and president of the East Norwich Civic Association and served on the board of the Friends of the Bay. He helped to found and has served on the boards of the Long Island Drinking Water Coalition, United Civic Associations of North Oyster Bay, Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, and STOP Avalon Coalition.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Travel Back in Time with the Glenwood Landing Historical Society

The recently formed Glenwood Landing Historical Society will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, January 23, at 7 P.M. at Glenwood Community Church, 71 Grove Street.

The evening will focus on Glenwood Landing during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historical photographs, postcards, articles, atlases, censuses, and other memorabilia will be displayed.

There also will be an opportunity to learn about Glenwood Landing celebrities and some of the nation's oldest sailing vessels in continuous services.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Special Election to Fill Assembly Seat in Part of Glen Head

Rob Walker (R) has resigned the New York State Assembly seat he first won in a special election in 2005, succeeding Assemblywoman Donna Ferrara (R).

Mr. Walker and Ms. Ferrara represented the 15th Assembly District, which includes some of Glen Head and extends northeast to Oyster Bay and southeast to Hicksville and East Meadow.

Mr. Walker resigned to join the administration of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as Chief Deputy County Executive. Ms. Ferrara resigned to accept an appointment to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board.

A special election to fill the 15th Assembly District vacancy left by Mr. Walker's resignation will be held on Tuesday, February 9. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the names that will appear on the ballot will be finalized on January 15 and available on January 16. The names will be posted here, on The Glenwood / Glen Head Civic Spot.

Whoever wins the special election will be required to run again in November, when the Assembly term normally expires.

Mr. Walker, 34, was Mr. Mangano's campaign manager. In 1996, he was a legislative intern in Mr. Mangano's office and has served as the Town of Oyster Bay’s Deputy Commissioner of Parks, helped to implement the town’s environmental bond program, and was assistant to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.

Before his election as County Executive in November 2009, Mr. Mangano was a Nassau County Legislator representing the 17th Legislative District, which includes Hicksville, Bethpage, and Plainedge. Mr. Walker's mother, Rose Marie Walker, replaces Mr. Mangano as Legislator in the 17th Legislative District. Mrs. Walker had served on the Oyster Bay Town Council since 2003.