Valley Stream civic group sees change at the top
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Overall, his goals as Civic Association president are to keep the neighborhood safe and clean, which he said has a positive impact on property values. He admits that he has “big shoes to fill” in taking over for Tenzer, the president for the past 14 years. “He’s been doing it for a while and knows a lot of people,” Hunter said.
Tenzer has lived in the community for 32 years and is moving to Cedarhurst. He will remain the chairman of the South Valley Stream Community Reconstruction Program planning committee, which is considering projects to protect the area from damage in future storms.
He was recently honored by Congressman Gregory Meeks for his service to the community. Tenzer, over the years, has brought in several high-profile speakers to Mill Brook Civic Association meetings including Sen. Dean Skelos, District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, as well as representatives from the town, county, LIPA, Police Department and Sanitation District No. 1. “Knowing all the politicians from Governor Cuomo down to the local level has helped me a lot,” Tenzer said.
Additionally, he has worked with the Town of Hempstead to get streets repaved and tennis courts repaired at Brook Road Park. When BJ’s opened up in the Green Acres complex, he made sure the community’s concerns were addressed as the building abuts Mill Brook.
Tenzer says Mill Brook will be in good hands under its new leader. Hunter added that he wants to work with the entire Board of Directors to keep the momentum going. “My motto is ‘never get comfortable,’” he said. “There’s always more to do.”