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Schumer, Ackerman and Kaiman Push for 'May Newburger Cove'

Political leaders seek to honor former North Hempstead supervisor.

May Newburger, the first first female town supervisor in Long Island, was also a town councilwoman and New York State assemblywoman – a role model in public service.

For these contributions, especially to the Town of North Hempstead, political leaders seek to honor her. In doing so, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Roslyn Heights, and Supervisor , D-Great Neck, gathered at in Port Washington Tuesday to dedicate what may soon be May Newburger Cove.

Schumer, Ackerman and Kaiman revealed the sign that will be placed at the site to demonstrate that they want the approval of the cove naming to be a quick process.

“May spent a lot of time breaking barriers,” Schumer said. “It’s the least we could do to break these barriers to get it done.”

The gesture was also an appeal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to approve the designation. According to Schumer, “the process can take up to three years to finalize.” In his letter to the NOAA, he asked that their "agencies work together to expedite the town’s application in order to honor the many achievements of May Newburger.”

Ackerman noted that even though May Newburger couldn’t be at the revealing, she really appreciated what the town was doing for her. “She is a person of extraordinary strength,” he said. “This will be her living legacy…something that will last throughout the generations.”

According to Schumer, Newburger was an inspiration for North Hempstead as well as for women in local government. In his letter to NOAA, his reasoning for wanting the cove named after her was that, “Mrs. Newburger’s distinguished career in public service is very much deserving of this honor.”

bob young August 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I dont think politicians should be allowed to create monuments to themselves
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Love the rotted pilings in the photo...
George August 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Newberger should not be honored for anything She should forever live in infamy for burdening us the taxpayers,for so many years ,with Jon Kaiman
Port North Resident August 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I am so glad this what Mr Kaiman is spending his time on dedicating monuments to his political mentor. Newburger is alive this whole thing is premature!
Port North Resident August 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
AND... what if NOAA does not approve, the Newsday article said that they have a strict policy of not allowing the naming of something for a living person. Newburger is alive, so if NOAA does not approve how much did we the taxpayers spend on the sign and any other costs associated with this project?
Nassau Taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
More than is being spent on rehabilitating or removing the rotted pilings in the photo.
Craig Baines August 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
May Newburger, Jon Kaiman, Judi Bosworth in that order.
NH tax payer August 09, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I used to have SOME respect for schumer
R Miller August 09, 2012 at 10:51 AM
What the heck is with this. Newburger helped make the first step to where the TONH corruption and wild spending.
Art August 09, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Wasn't she well paid for her services? I can think of several WWII heroes who should be remembered.
NH tax payer August 09, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Leave it up to inept bunch of seld serving politicians, to make a sign for Something (with their own names all over it) before getting permission to use it ,
Ralph August 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I cannot believe that these petty, small-minded, cynical and just-plain-nasty comments represent the North Hempstead that I've lived in my entire life. May Newburger served our state, county and town with integrity and distinction. Among her foremost accomplishments was a series of initiatives to protect our town's groundwater, as well as our bays. So naming a small cove in Hempstead Harbor after her absolutely makes sense. What a shame that these few mean-spirited voices dominate a vehicle such as the Patch. May Newburger is past 90 years old and spending her final days at home. Give her a break, please.
Richard Brody August 09, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Ralph, Thank you for returning to a tone of civility in your comments, and looking at this issue from the correct perspective. Let's NOT polarize every issue
Ray Slavinsky August 09, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Tax dollars spent on this while local goverment cuts services and lays off workers. If they want to honor some one let it be a VETERAN who gave his or her life for this great country.
Nassau Taxpayer August 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
In addition to which, don't they all have bigger fish to fry? More important things to do? More pressing problems to solve?
NH pays tax August 09, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Hey Ralph you must be one of the politicians No one is disrespecting May Newberger here it's her Little cronies who use our tax dollars as their own and give it away to connected friends quietly, while they publicly Feed us with , spooky week , polar plung, fireworks , Funday Monday, and a retired cop for building commissioner
Archie Bunker August 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
You know, May did not do this by herself There were local and State government involvement Perhaps it should be called "Taxpayer Cove", or "Government Cove"
t.h.white August 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Such small minded bitter people. I wonder; if AOL the parent Corp. of patch knows about the free editorial rein of this site.
Ed Shendell August 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Isn't saving Petrus Park more important than honoring another politician.
Lee Kalinsky August 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
@ Ed There is nothing more important then re-opening the Petrus Park. Let me remind everyone of a quote from Supv. May Newburger who is now having the cove named after her. “The reason this (requirement to keep the park as open space) is in here, is, the people for whom you are doing this have asked that they can keep that space, it’s referred to as a park…. This is, to me, an integral part of this little community
t.h.white August 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Not mutually exclusive. It'S not one or the other. More bitterness.
Bob Persons August 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Why would anyone want to have their name attached to a place that doesn't smell very good at low tide?This place was not built or created by any person living or dead.Its existence can be attributed to mother nature and the last ice age.My fondest memory of May Newberger is rekindled every year when I pay my town property tax,MOST of which goes to pay off the principal and interest on the money the TOWN had to borrow in order t0 satisfy the judgement against the Town when they prematurely broke the contract with the solid waste disposal firm a few years ago. Bob Persons,Curmudgeonb-in Chief
t.h.white August 09, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You know that May won't be with us soon. ALL behave
NH pays tax August 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
wow .. you call free expressions "small minds" because you do not agree with the coments? wouldn't you love it, if AOL was some local rag like Anton ,and censored all negative coments about inept politicians. Who has the small mind?
NH pays tax August 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
thank you Bob
Bob August 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
May Newburger was a dedicated civil servant whom I respect. I think naming a small cove after her and placing a sign there is very appropriate. I am disappointed to see so many cheap political shots at her. I disagreed with almost everything Ronald Reagan did as president. I didn't protest spending taxpayer money renaming an airport for someone I thought was a terrible president.
Ralph August 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
First, I am most assuredly not a "politician". I've never sought or been elected to any public office (other than h.s. student government many years ago!). I'm a regular Port Patch subscriber, in that I receive it every day (and twice on Thursday!) to my email. I was moved for the very first time to post on here this morning, when I found myself so discouraged (disgusted, to tell it truthfully) by the meaness directed to May Newburger, especially when she is literally at the end of her days with us. Unfortunately, the so-called "comments" that accompany many stories in the Port Patch are seldom more than a public display of pure ignorance, venom, hate, vitriol and jealousy. The substantial majority of comments following stories about politics and government DO NOT represent thoughtful and intelligent civic discourse, which is what AOL envisioned with the "Patch" concept (Adina Genn, please take note - you know I am correct). Nine times out of 10, the comments degenerate to a level that is beneath that of any reasonable and informed individual. This is a continuing problem on the Port Patch and is nothing less than an embarassment to our community. We don't have to agree with one another, but we all need to reflect on why the "local conversation" has sunk to such an historical low point.
geprge August 10, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Ralph ,do you have any idea how Kaiman has been giving our tax money away to his friends , have you ever attended one of Town Board's "Public" meetings , have you witnessed hunderds of thousands of tax dollars be given away without any explanations in matter of minutes, do you know after six years Building Department is still not functioning , do you agree with or would you appoint a retired cop to head the Building Department , would you agree with, giving $250000 of our taxes to an art center in great neck under the guise of promoting tourism, so that they could have an excessive "Manssion Party" ? just a few examples , brought to you by a beloved Newberger crony . Thank you to AOL for providing a platform for the truth to be expressed . If not for the Patch comments section facts like these would never be shared by the voting public .
george December 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
abolish Town of North Hempstead Now ,we are all paying to support a corrupt government that secretly passes laws , ignors what is in the interest of the people , fights to avoid transparency , pays it's Cronys for no show jobs, goes to court to prevent county from checking it's books , payscfor art failed art centers , pays for failed country clubs, selects dumb spineless Board members who only have the right to say AyE AYE....... has a cop for Building Commissioner who thinks every homeowner is a crook , its building department takes months to review application if it does not lose it , on and on and on...... shame on you Jon Kaiman

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