Mayor Steven Weinberg and the board of trustees dedicated the hall with ceremonies attended by over 35 guests including State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (a former resident of the Village of Thomaston), Senator Jack Martins, Sandra Portnoy on behalf of Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Lake Success Mayor Ron Cooper.
A World War II Army veteran, Stern was first elected mayor in 1997 and served until he retired last September. Stern was born in New Jersey in 1925. He has lived in Great Neck with his wife, Florence, for more than 50 years.
He has served as president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association, has been a director of the Great Neck Water Authority of Great Neck North and has engaged in numerous other community activities in other capacities.
Also in attendance were Great Neck Park Commissioner Robert Lincoln, Manhasset Lakeville Fire and Water District Commissioner Donald O’Brien, Ralph Nappi (North Shore-LIJ Health System), Jeff Clark (Cablevision), Larry Orlando (Tower Ford), Ed Galvin (Galvin Brothers), Thomaston residents and family and friends of the honoree.
After retiring from the family’s watch repair business in 1986, Stern spent nine years in the Great Neck Public Schools as a volunteer.