Steve Markowitz of Great Neck elected to fourth term as HTMC chair

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Steven Markowitz was re-elected on Wednesday, June 13, to a fourth term as chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. (Photo courtesy of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County)
Steven Markowitz was re-elected on Wednesday, June 13, to a fourth term as chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. (Photo courtesy of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County)

Steve Markowitz of Great Neck was re-elected to a fourth term as chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County last Wednesday.

Markowitz, who has worked with the HMTC for at least 15 years, was first elected as the group’s third chairman in 2012 after serving as a vice chairman for a number of years.

Since Markowitz began serving as chair, the memorial and tolerance center opened the Friedlander Education Institute, began restoring a children’s memorial garden and expanded programming with the Nassau County and Suffolk County police department and other institutions.

Markowitz was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.

In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 14,700 students – both from Long Island and around the world – visited the center for educational purposes or to speak with a Holocaust survivor.

The mission of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, located in Glen Cove, “is to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach,” according to its website.

“We teach about the dangers of antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance,” the center’s mission reads. “We promote resistance to prejudice and advocate respect for every human being.”

The center offers a permanent museum detailing the scope and tragedy of the Holocaust, rotating special exhibits, and a number of programs, classes and documents in its library.

In addition to serving with the HTMC, Markowitz also serves as the president of the Great Neck Democratic Club and a vice chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee.

A resident of Great Neck since 1975, Markowitz has also served with the Great Neck Student Aid Fund, the executive committee of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s board, the Board of Zoning Appeals in the Village of Great Neck, and the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel, where he is a past president.

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