Readers Write: Wu slate bodes well for Great Neck


We attended a Meet the Candidates forum held by the Village for All party at Great Neck House May 28.

James Wu, who is a candidate for Village of Great Neck mayor, along with Julia Shields and Harold Citron, who are candidates for Village of Great Neck trustee positions, spoke about themselves and answered many questions from the audience. We were impressed with their knowledge of village issues and their depth of experience, but also impressed with their openness and enthusiasm for creating a village government that will be transparent and include all residents in decision-making. The future they want to create will include all of us.

We attended several Village of Great Neck revitalization hearings earlier this spring under the administration of Mayor Bral and the current trustees. The revitalization proposals put forth by the mayor were not realistic and based on an obviously faulty, secretive and expensive consultant’s report that was opposed by a large majority of residents at the hearings. Before presenting this plan to the residents the mayor never had any open hearings on the proposals to find out what the residents wanted.

This slate of candidates represents all of Great Neck. It is very diverse and has support from many ethnic and religious groups that make our village great. These candidates are in favor of a strong school district, keeping the suburban character of our village and giving a voice to all groups.

We urge you to vote for James Wu, Julia Shields and Harold Citron in the upcoming Village of Great Neck elections on June 18 at the Baker Hill School.

Chris and Fred Knauer

Great Neck


  1. How can someone who can’t even attend to his own finances be trusted with the finances of the village? Wu owes almost $18,000 to the NYS Board of Elections for election fraud. Why should he run anything in our town?

  2. Where I currently work I would be swiftly dismissed if I was found guilty of the same things as James Wu was in his prior attempt at running for public office. How this bodes well for Great Neck is beyond my comprehension. Mr. Wu should resign his candidacy immediatley. He lost his last bid for public office due to election fraud so I see no reason anyone should have faith in his character or judgment.

  3. Where I work I would be immediately dismissed for being found guilty of the same violations as James Wu. How this bodes well for Great Neck is beyond me. Mr. Wu should abandon his candidacy immediately. He failed in his first attempt at public office due to election fraud so why should any Village resident have any faith in his character or integrity?


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