Great Neck Plaza’s mayor outlines agenda for next term

Great Neck Plaza’s mayor outlines agenda for next term
The Village of Great Neck Plaza Village Hall. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Mayor Ted Rosen said he is looking to prioritize fiscal responsibility, downtown revitalization and infrastructure improvements in his next term after he, Deputy Mayor Pamela Marksheid and Trustee Michael DeLuccia were sworn in to serve another term on the Great Neck Plaza Board of Trustees Wednesday night.

“We will continue our ongoing efforts to increase the vitality of the village to celebrate our diversity to continue to make Great Neck Plaza a great place to live in and people to work in and for people to come here to shop and dine,” Rosen said. “So we’re very pleased as we embark on our new term and as we join with our colleagues who were elected last year to continue to work to further the village in all of these respects.”

The three board members were sworn in by Village Justice Neil R. Finkston after they were re-elected in the village’s uncontested March election.

With the beginning of a new term for the mayor, Rosen detailed his and the board’s aspirations and priorities for the next five years. This included maintaining fiscal responsibility.

“Governments at all levels face the challenges of living within its means,” Rosen said. “And we have done so while maintaining essential services and continuing to undertake important projects.”

Another focus of the village is continuing the revitalization of its downtown, having welcomed more than 47 new businesses in the past two years. He attributed this to the village’s speed in granting business permits, working with them to publicize their openings to residents and informally recruiting new businesses.

“We continue to be a business-friendly community,” Rosen said.

But in tandem with their work to expand its businesses, Rosen said the village is also looking to continue supporting existing businesses through its business improvement district, events to bolster businesses like its promenade and training programs for business owners.

Looking forward, Rosen said the village is also plans to maintain and improve infrastructure, including road repavings, sidewalk renovations and village garage improvements.

“We do all of these things stressing the need to maintain essential services,” Rosen said.

Moments of pride that Rosen shared during his term included the village’s United Against Hate forum, which invited a diverse panel of speakers to talk about rising up against various forms of hate.

In other news, the board also carried out its regular Board of Trustees meeting which included a public hearing to consider a salon’s request to be permitted to offer facials.

Hairmode, located at 5 Great Neck Road, is a hair salon that offers a variety of hair-styling services. At the board’s March 20 meeting, the salon’s owner requested the board’s approval to expand their services to include facials.

The added service would be provided in the salon’s basement, which has already been renovated with separate rooms and massage tables.

The board approved Hairmode’s request to be permitted to offer facials at its salon, which faced legal questions that delayed the decision at the last meeting.

In offering facials, the beauticians would also be providing massages from the shoulder area up, which the board questioned whether that would be legal to offer without a massage therapy license.

The employee who would be providing the facials is a licensed beautician, not permitted to provide massages. Cosmetology licenses only permit an individual to provide services for a client’s hair, head, face, neck or scalp, according to New York State licensing laws.

After consulting the New York State Department of Education, the village’s attorney, Richard Gabriele, said it was determined that a licensed beautician can provide massages up the neck and shoulders while administering a facial.

The facial services would also be limited to women, only permitting a man in the basement when getting a facial with his wife. Men would be able to receive facials on the salon’s main floor, just not in the basement designated for massages.

The board also questioned the legality of this decision, asking if this constituted discrimination. Ultimately, the board granted them the permit to provide facials as they deemed fit but advised them to consult their attorney on whether this was a legal practice.

The board approved a series of other resolutions Wednesday night, including a stormwater management proposal by LiRo-Hill Engineers Inc. for a two-year contract of $5,500, the purchase of sealant to try out its ability to improve the Maple Drive parking garage and a re-commitment to federal and state fair housing laws.

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