Catalysts for change. Liaisons between residents and their representatives. Often, the closest things 'we the people' have to local government itself.
These are Long Island's civic and community associations. Comprised of people who live, work and raise families in your hometown, these are the folks who, day in and day out, volunteer to serve on the front lines of community.
Civic and community associations are the vanguards of our quality of life, giving voice to our hopes and concerns, and taking action to protect, preserve, and enhance our suburban way of life.
As Long Island's premier quality of life watchdog group, serving as an umbrella organization to more than 75 civic-minded community entities, The Community Alliance salutes the good people who so tirelessly and selflessly devote themselves in service to the community.
In this blogpost, and in posts to come, we will introduce you to civic groups across Long Island, invite you to learn more by visiting their websites, and encourage you, not only to join your local civic or community association, but to immerse yourself in the effort to better our towns, villages, and hamlets.
Its true -- there is no greater public service than service to the community!
Today, we are pleased to highlight and honor two community-based civic associations, Greater Gordon Heights and the East Park Civic Association (Roslyn Heights).
From initiatives to help lower property taxes, to the creation of a community action center, to joining in the "visioning" process, toward building a brighter future, the good people of Gordon Heights have banded together for the betterment of community. A cohesive group of volunteers whose commitment to tomorrow is evident in the work they do today.
Meanwhile, the East Park Civic Association is battling sewer taxes -- and winning, monitoring roadwork and beautification projects, and keeping the heat on state and local officials on hot button issues, including maintenance of the MTA right-of-way (a concern in many communities through which the LIRR passes) and landscaping of the sound barrier along the LIE.
Yes, from Gorden Heights to Roslyn Heights, concerned citizens are rolling up their sleeves, getting involved, and pitching in to improve the quality of life in their hometown.
How about you?
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