Readers Write: Katz has outstanding record on GNWPCD

I am writing to endorse Patty Katz for reelection to the position of Great Neck Water Pollution Control District commissioner.  I have known Patty for 18 years and have seen first-hand how dedicated she is to protecting our resources and environment.

In her first term as a commissioner, Ms. Katz helped to keep our district under the tax cap. She facilitated the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District’s winning of the New York State Environmental Excellence Award in 2018.

Patty organized the Shed the Meds Pharmaceutical take-back program. In her desire to have the most efficient, technologically advanced equipment possible at our water pollution control plant without incurring undue financial stress on the community, she secured over $12 million in grants for district upgrades.

I have had the privilege of serving with Ms. Katz on the Environmental (Green) Committee of Reach Out America. Patty is the chairwoman of this committee, and she approached every challenge we took on with admirable enthusiasm and passion.

As committee members, we discuss all sorts of ideas for solutions to problems and Patty would develop a plan of action. Whether it was to contact our congressman, gather names for a petition or speak at a meeting, Patty was always the one who knew who to call and what to say to get things done.

She knew how to rally the forces to make posters, collect signatures or make our presence known at public meetings.

All of her devotion to the environment and her community has not gone without recognition. Patty was an honored recipient of the Nassau County Legislator Women’s History Award in 2018.

She received the Nassau County Comptroller’s Women Breaking Ground Award in 2017, and the May W. Newburger Women’s Roll of Honor in 2012.

With Patty Katz’ energy, intelligence and passion, Great Neck residents should continue to give her our support. There is no one I would trust more with the safety of our water than Patty Katz. I urge you to step forward and vote for her to continue her work as Water Pollution Control Commissioner on Dec. 10.

If you live on the North side, voting is at the Great Neck House on Arrandale Avenue. South voters go to the Great Neck Social Center on Grace Avenue and Gilchrist Road. 

Leslie Hirschhorn

Great Neck

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