Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., is seeking reelection for Great Neck Park District commissioner in the uncontested race, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 9 p.m.
Lincoln, who has been a resident of Great Neck all of his life, was first elected commissioner of the park district in December 2000.
The Adelphi University grad with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management retired from the Nassau County Vocational Education and Extension Board in 2013. During his tenure, he served as an instructor, program supervisor and, finally, executive director and superintendent. He was responsible for the operation of the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, the Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy, the School of Practical Nursing and the Public Safety Education Division, located at the Fire Fighters’ Museum at the Cradle of Aviation in Uniondale.
Throughout his adult life, Lincoln has served as a volunteer in the Great Neck community. He has been a member of the Vigilant Fire Company for 54 years, where he served twice as chief of the department. He remains active and is currently a member of the Vigilant Board of Trustees. Lincoln is also a director of the Great Neck Historical Society, and he chairs the society’s Committee to Save Stepping Stones Lighthouse.
Lincoln has been involved with the park district since the 1970s, providing the groundwork that led to the development of the defibrillator program now in place at major parks and facilities. The commissioner has personally donated funding for the purchase of two defibrillators, an informational sign at Steppingstone Park and, most recently, a third defibrillator as well as GPS tracking equipment for the boats utilized by the park district’s sailing school.
He believes that his background in both government and the private sector has brought a unique perspective to the park district in the areas of planning, maintenance and administration.
“Maintenance of the district’s infrastructure and being a representative of all constituents remain a priority,” said Lincoln. “I look forward to 2019, when a community survey will be conducted to identify the needs and the interests of today’s residents, software upgrades will be made to make program registration more user friendly and a pilot program is planned to relieve the shortage of commuter parking.”
Polling will be held in three locations. Districts 1 and 2 will vote at Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave.; residents in District 2 will no longer vote at Baker Hill School. The voting location for District 3 is the Great Neck Social Center, 80 Grace Ave., and the District 4 polling place is the Manhasset-Lakeville Firehouse #4 on Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard.