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Town Clerk Leslie Gross Earns Master Municipal Clerk Accreditation

Coursework was completed at Cornell University.

After six summers of masters-level coursework, Town Clerk Leslie C. Gross earned accreditation as a master municipal clerk. 

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) awarded Gross’ certification after more than 120 hours of coursework at Cornell University in Ithaca. 

IIMC aims to promote "continuing education and certification through university and college-based institutes and provides networking solutions, services and benefits to its members worldwide," according to the organization's website.

With the certification completed, Gross plans to introduce new intiatives in her office, including paying tribute to veterans in North Hempstead, she said.

Gross completed an IIMC approved 120-hour Municipal Clerk Academy program from 2007 through 2009, and then earned her Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) accreditation in September of 2010.  Another 120 hours of advanced coursework, experience, and social/professional contributions were completed to satisfy the requirements to earn the degree of Master Municipal Clerk.

Gross became North Hempstead Town Clerk in April, 2007.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Town of North Hempstead’s Business and Tourism Development Corporation.

HEMI-ITIS September 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Congratz Leslie,you have earned it.Wishing you all the best in your future endeavers. I'm also very sorry to hear of the passing of your friend May.
Wendy Collett September 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Hi Leslie! Congratulations! 6 summers? Holy cow. We are all lucky to have you in our local government. Best Wishes & hope to see you soon Wendy & Jonathan Collett
stacey joseph September 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Well done Leslie! You are a lovely person and do a wonderful job for us...thank you! Leslie married myself and my husband exactly one year ago. She was warm and gracious..we were lucky to have her! Best wishes! Stacey and Simon Joseph
bob young September 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
i hope the taxpayer didnt pay her tuition
hank ratner September 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Congratulations Leslie!
Dave Franklin September 04, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Congratulations Leslie, and thanks for everything you do. This is evidence of your effort and dedication to serving our community.
Craig Baines September 04, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Big deal......and Dave your sucking up is tasteless
Dave Franklin September 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Leslie is a friend of mine Craig, and I don't suck up to anyone. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. Leslie worked to become a Master Municipal Clerk to better serve our community. I believe an acknowledgement of that achievement is in order.
Robert J. Pape, Jr. September 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Well said Dave!
Craig Baines September 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Dave it might be better said that Leslie went on taxpayer funded junkets upstate and earned an meaningless certificate. Now I know you do not want to miss an opportunity to get your name out there (which I suppose is ok) and kiss up to democrats for votes when you are really a "solid Lee Tu Republican" but the larger question is what does Leslie do but get her picture taken, well that was a bit rhetorical so let me answer that, not a whole heck of a lot. Oh and if you dont suck up to anyone why are you nothing more then a functionary of the police union doing there bidding on the board of commissioners and draining the pockets of our taxdollars in the process? Give us a break Dave, the hand picked candidate of the cops!
Craig Baines September 04, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Click below and see the insane salaries of the PWPD. 250,000.00 for 4 days a week if you show up for work or not. Pensions checks exceeding 10 thousand dollars a month. When Dave Franklin had an chance to make the cops work 5 days a week, he folded like a cheap piece of lawn furniture at the request of his sponsors, the cops. Lottery does not pay-off like the PWPD does. What next Dave a new big police HQ at the recomendation of your hand picked, hand selected building committee? click here to see for yourself http://seethroughny.net/
Jason September 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Doug Why are you so Hostile? Dave does a lot for this town! Congratulations Leslie.
Dave Franklin September 05, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Thanks for the vote of confidence Jason, I do what I can for this community I love so much. As far as Mr. Baines' claims and concerns, I am always happy to address the issues to further transparency and encourage community involvement. 1) A check of sethroughny.net will reveal that the gentleman's claims are greatly exaggerated. The highest salary paid out was $188,000 in 2009, and that was a result of overtime for the officer. Please do check out the site. Also, those 4 days are 12 hours each. 2) We are bound by the Taylor Law If an impasse is reached the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) is empowered to arbitrate and hand down a binding decision. Many of the provisions in Police and Teachers contracts are the result of arbitration,not negotiation. 3) The Building Committee is a group of volunteers from our community whose specialized skills make them an asset to the District. They were "hand-picked" from a list of volunteers for the skills and diversity they brought to the job. They deserve nothing but gratitude for the job they are doing. We can expect their report in the near future, and the public will be invited to hear the results. i was elected by the people of Port Washington, Mr. Baines, and I serve at their pleasure and their direction. I represent the taxpayer and no other. From day one I have encouraged the residents of Port to get involved, and I will continue to do so. This is the level at which you have the most say and the most control.
Craig Baines September 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Dear Commissioner Franklin I must speak truth to power and you have made some serious representations with respect to police pay and other related items. I will accept that you may have not been able to fully navigate the website and unable to query all of the police departments officers salaries’. You can either query by the entire department under “special districts” or by individual name of the officer. Unfortunately the website does not list 2011 or 2012. But since you approve the police budget you should know these numbers. Try these names, Carver, Morris, Fuss, Salerno, Barry, Staley, and you will see nearly 200K payrolls not including legacy costs and medical down to the regular patrolman with little seniority Lawrence Papa @ 135,105.00 for 2008/2009 and you are well aware that these salaries are posted from April to April so not representative of a yearly pay because of the step raise and contractual raise that takes place in January, therefore the previous year’s pay drags down the 12 month period amount posted. I will not get into the 400,000 dollar plus payout given by the board when one of these cops retires. Spare me the lecture of arbitration the board approved these salaries in the last contract and was not compelled to do so by an arbitrator. How you can in good conscience defend these salaries is mindboggling to the wage earning or retired taxpayer.
Craig Baines September 05, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Continued from above. With respect to PWPD HQ committee any recommendation other than a mild refurbishment and updating of the existing HQ will be met with stiff opposition at the board of commissioners, the town board and if needed signatures gathered to require a vote on the bonding in November accompanied by a full forensic financial dissecting of all things PWPD by professionals. When the public at large see these pay levels, separation checks given out and pensions they will be mighty surprised. Regards, Craig
Craig Baines September 06, 2012 at 10:05 AM
The taxpayers just can not afford these lavish salaries and benifits anymore. Its has been a death of a thousand cuts, contract after contract (in fairness this has been going on long before Dave Franklin but has continued under him). Why don't they contribute towards medical costs for example? Can't they afford it at 200K a year? They may just kill the goose who laid the golden egg if they insist on a Taj Majal HQ. These are tough times and a five thousand dollar police tax is the norm and then you have a Nassau County HQ tax on top of that costing even more money. Where does it all end and when are even more people pushed out of PW because of the taxes?

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