Kensington, New York

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Kensington, New York
Incorporated Village of Kensington
Kensington Village Hall on June 11, 2021.
Kensington Village Hall on June 11, 2021.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York
Kensington, New York is located in New York
Kensington, New York
Kensington, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°47′34″N 73°43′26″W / 40.79278°N 73.72389°W / 40.79278; -73.72389Coordinates: 40°47′34″N 73°43′26″W / 40.79278°N 73.72389°W / 40.79278; -73.72389
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
TownNorth Hempstead
IncorporatedNovember 7, 1921
Named forKensington Gardens, London, England
Government
 • MayorSusan Lopatkin
 • Deputy MayorJeffrey Greener
Area
 • Total0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Land0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
128 ft (39 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,161
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,189
 • Density4,681.10/sq mi (1,805.72/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
11021
Area code(s)516
FIPS code36-39309
GNIS feature ID0954527
Websitevok-ny.com

Kensington is a village in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 1,161 at the 2010 census.

The Incorporated Village of Kensington is in the Town of North Hempstead and is on the Great Neck Peninsula.[3]

History[edit]

On November 7, 1921, by a unanimous vote of the residents, Kensington incorporated as a village.[4][5] The first village elections for officers and trustees were held on November 28, 1921, and Byron Eldred was elected unanimously as its first Mayor. The village was named after London’s Kensington Gardens, and the entrance gates at the main entrance to the village were based on Kensington Garden's gates.[4][5]

Many of Kensington's mayors have served for substantially long terms.[4] Notable are Mayor Seymour Cohen, Mayor Steven Randall and Mayor Bonnie Golub. The mayor also serves as Commissioner of Police. The Village of Kensington was initially established as an enclave of homes of famous celebrities. The Kensington Village gates were copied from London’s Kensington Gardens, which the village is named for.[4][5]

The waterfront park was deeded to the Kensington Association in August 1915.[4] This included a 500-foot sand beach on Manhasset Bay, miniature lakes, a boat dock, tennis courts, and one of the largest fresh water swimming pools in the United States.[4]

In order to maintain the residential character of the community, a restrictive covenant was written to keep business and industry out.[4] Furthermore, a membership corporation called the Kensington Association was initiated to take care of maintenance and police protection.[4]

Kensington was recognized as one of the safest places to live in the U.S. and remains that way to this day.[6]

In 2017, Niche.com ranked Kensington #1 in its lists of both the "Best Places to Live in New York" and the "Best Suburbs to Live in New York".[7][8]

Geography[edit]

U.S. Census map of Kensington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), all of it land.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930824
194093313.2%
19509784.8%
19601,16619.2%
19701,40220.2%
19801,132−19.3%
19901,104−2.5%
20001,2099.5%
20101,161−4.0%
2019 (est.)1,189[2]2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,209 people, 424 households, and 339 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,752.1 people per square mile (1,867.2/km2). There were 447 housing units at an average density of 1,757.0 per square mile (690.4/km2). The racial & ethnic makeup of the village was 91.89% White, 0.66% African American, 4.96% Asian, 1.32% from other ethnicities and/or ethnic groups, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population.

There were 424 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 18.4% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $115,916, and the median income for a family was $133,235. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $62,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $59,183. About 0.9% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

As per the United States 2000 Census, Kensington had the highest percentage of Israeli American residents among all communities in the United States, at 6.2%.[12]

Government[edit]

Village government[edit]

As of September 2021, the Mayor of Kensington is Susan Lopatkin, the Deputy Mayor is Jeffrey Greener, and the Village Trustees are Phil Bornstein, Brent Greenspan, and Alina Hendler.[13]

Representation in higher government[edit]

Town representation[edit]

Kensington is located in the Town of North Hempstead's 4th district, which as of September 2021 is represented on the Town Board by Veronica Lurvey (D–Great Neck).[14]

Nassau County representation[edit]

Kensington is located in Nassau County's 10th Legislative district, which as of September 2021 is represented in the Nassau County Legislature by Ellen W. Birnbaum (D–Great Neck).[15][16]

New York State representation[edit]

New York State Assembly[edit]

Kensington is located in the New York State Assembly's 16th Assembly district, which as of July 2021 is represented by Gina Sillitti (D–Manorhaven).[15][17]

New York State Senate[edit]

Kensington is located in the New York State Senate's 7th State Senate district, which as of July 2021 is represented in the New York State Senate by Anna Kaplan (D–North Hills).[15][18]

Federal representation[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

Kensington is located in New York's 3rd congressional district, which as of July 2021 is represented in the United States Congress by Tom Suozzi (D–Glen Cove).[15][19]

United States Senate[edit]

Like the rest of New York, Kensington is represented in the United States Senate by Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D).[20]

Politics[edit]

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the majority of Kensington voters voted for Hillary Clinton (D).[21]

Education[edit]

School districts[edit]

The majority of Kensington is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Union Free School District, although the easternmost section of the village is located within the Manhasset Union Free School District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Kensington).[15] As such, all children who reside within Kensington and attend public schools go to Great Neck's schools.[15]

Library districts[edit]

The majority of Kensington is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Library District, although the easternmost section of the village is located within the Manhasset Library District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Kensington).[15] The boundaries of both library districts within the village roughly correspond with those of the two school districts[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Incorporated Villages". www.northhempsteadny.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "About". Kensington, Great Neck, New York 11021. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  5. ^ a b c Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. ISBN 978-1557871541.
  6. ^ Rather, John (2002-09-08). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Great Neck; Great Site for Schools, Parks and Trains". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ Niche.com: 2017 Best Places to Live in New York Retrieved 2017-10-10
  8. ^ Niche.com: 2017 Best Suburbs to Live in New York Retrieved 2017-10-10
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Israeli Ancestry. Retrieved on July 22, 2014.
  13. ^ "Government". Village of Kensington, New York. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  14. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey". northhempsteadny.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". Long Island Index Maps. Long Island Index.
  16. ^ "District 10 - Ellen W. Birnbaum | Nassau County, NY - Official Website". www.nassaucountyny.gov. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  17. ^ "Gina L. Sillitti - Assembly District 16 |Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly". nyassembly.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  18. ^ "NY Senate District 7". NY State Senate. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  19. ^ "Suozzi Declares Victory In NY 3rd Congressional District Race". Huntington, NY Patch. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  20. ^ "U.S. Senate: Contacting U.S. Senators". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  21. ^ Welch, Will (2017-11-08). "How Long Island Voted". Newsday. Retrieved 2021-06-23.

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