Thomaston, New York

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Thomaston, New York
Incorporated Village of Thomaston
Thomaston Village Hall on June 28, 2021.
Thomaston Village Hall on June 28, 2021.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Thomaston, New York is located in New York
Thomaston, New York
Thomaston, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°47′17″N 73°42′51″W / 40.78806°N 73.71417°W / 40.78806; -73.71417Coordinates: 40°47′17″N 73°42′51″W / 40.78806°N 73.71417°W / 40.78806; -73.71417
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
TownNorth Hempstead
IncorporatedOctober 1, 1931
Founded byHunter L. DeLatour
Ernest A. Gallagher
Henry A. Singley
John W. Weight
Named forThomaston, the ancestral home of Lillian Gilchrist.
Government
 • MayorSteven Weinberg
Area
 • Total0.40 sq mi (1.05 km2)
 • Land0.40 sq mi (1.05 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
197 ft (60 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,617
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
2,613
 • Density6,467.82/sq mi (2,499.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
11021
Area code(s)516
FIPS code36-73605
GNIS feature ID0967403
Websitewww.villageofthomaston.org

Thomaston is a village in eastern Great Neck in the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, on the North Shore of Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 2,617 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Thomaston officially became a village on October 1, 1931, after the majority of residents voted in favor of incorporation to preserve home rule.[3] Originally, the incorporation proposal included University Gardens and Russell Gardens.[3] However, University Gardens chose not to be included in the proposal and Russell Gardens decided to incorporate itself separately around that time.[3]

The founders of the Incorporated Village of Thomaston were John W. Weight, Hunter L. DeLatour, Ernest A. Gallagher, and Henry A. Singley.[4]

Thomaston Village Hall was constructed in 1971 in order to provide for more efficient government operations and a permanent home for Thomaston's government.[5] It was designed by the Great Neck-based architectural firm of Blum & Nerzig.[5]

Prior to Village Hall's construction, meetings were typically held in the nearby firehouse and village records were stored in the homes of the Village Clerks.[5]

Thomaston's name[edit]

The name Thomaston has been used to describe the area since the middle part of the 19th Century.[4] William R. Grace, a prominent local who would eventually become the Mayor of New York City, acquired a large area of land around the Long Island Rail Road's Great Neck station; the land he acquired included all of present-day Great Neck Plaza. Grace named the area Thomaston after the ancestral home of his wife, Lillian Gilchrist, located in Maine.[4]

At some point, that area's name was changed to Great Neck Plaza, which would ultimately stick and become the name that village incorporated under in 1930.[4]

When the area now known as Thomaston decided to incorporate itself as a village the next year, the residents chose to use this name for their new village since members of the Grace family continued to own land in the area.[4]

Geography[edit]

U.S. Census map of Thomaston.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19401,159
19502,04576.4%
19602,76735.3%
19702,8111.6%
19802,684−4.5%
19902,612−2.7%
20002,607−0.2%
20102,6170.4%
2019 (est.)2,613[2]−0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,607 people, 973 households, and 724 families residing in the village. The population density was 6,247.9 people per square mile (2,396.6/km2). There were 1,000 housing units at an average density of 2,396.6 per square mile (919.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 81.09% White, 0.84% African American, 0.04% Native American, 13.69% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 2.38% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.94% of the population.

There were 973 households, out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.4% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $92,706, and the median income for a family was $110,502. Males had a median income of $72,656 versus $49,474 for females. The per capita income for the village was $44,760. About 2.7% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Village government[edit]

As of September 2021, the Mayor of Thomaston is Steven Weinberg, the Deputy Mayor is James Sharkey, and the Village Trustees are Jill S. Monoson, To-On Pang, James Sharkey, and Burton Weston.[8]

Representation in higher government[edit]

Town representation[edit]

Thomaston 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).[9]

Nassau County representation[edit]

Thomaston 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).[10][11]

New York State representation[edit]

New York State Assembly[edit]

Thomaston is located in the New York State Assembly's 16th Assembly district, which as of July 2021 is represented by Gina Sillitti (D–Manorhaven).[10][12]

New York State Senate[edit]

Thomaston 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).[10][13]

Federal representation[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

Thomaston 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).[10][14]

United States Senate[edit]

Like the rest of New York, Thomaston is represented in the United States Senate by Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D).[15]

Politics[edit]

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the majority of Thomaston voters voted for Hillary Clinton (D).[16]

Education[edit]

School districts[edit]

The majority of Thomaston is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Union Free School District, although a small part of the village's northeastern corner is located within the Manhasset Union Free School District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Thomaston).[10] As such, all children who reside within Thomaston and attend public schools go to Great Neck's schools.[10]

Library districts[edit]

The majority of Thomaston is located within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Great Neck Library District, although a small part of the village's northeastern corner is located within the Manhasset Library District (though all homes are in the Great Neck part of Thomaston).[10] The boundaries of both library districts within the village roughly correspond with those of the two school districts[10]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Road[edit]

Grace Avenue, one of the busiest roads within Thomaston.

One state-owned road travels through Thomaston: Northern Boulevard (NY 25A); Northern Boulevard forms the southern boundary of Thomaston.[10][17]

Other major roads within the village include Colonial Road, East Shore Road, Grace Avenue, and Shoreward Drive.[10][17] A small portion of Middle Neck Road also passes through the village.[10][17]

Rail[edit]

Although the Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch passes through the village, there are no stations located within the village.[10] The nearest Long Island Rail Road station to the village is Great Neck.[10]

Part of the LIRR's Manhasset Viaduct is located within the village's boundaries.[10]

Bus[edit]

Thomaston is served by the n20G, n20H, n21, n25, n26, and n57 bus routes, which are operated by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE).[18] All of these bus routes (excluding the n57) travel through the area via Northern Boulevard and Middle Neck Road.[19]

The n57 bus route briefly passes through the village via. Gilchrest Road and Grace Avenue.[18]

Utilities[edit]

Natural gas[edit]

National Grid USA provides natural gas to homes and businesses that are hooked up to natural gas lines in Thomaston.[20][21]

Power[edit]

PSEG Long Island provides power to all homes and businesses within Thomaston.[20][22] Additionally, PSEG's Port Washington to Great Neck Overhead Transmission Line passes through the village.[23]

Sewage[edit]

Thomaston is connected to sanitary sewers.[10] The eastern portions of the village are within the boundaries of (and are thus served by) the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District.[10] The small portion of the village west of Middle Neck Road is within the boundaries of (and is thus served by) the Belgrave Sewer District.[10]

Water[edit]

Thomaston is primarily located within the boundaries of the Manhasset–Lakeville Water District, which provides the majority of Thomaston with water.[10] However, some areas of the village north of the Long Island Rail Road's trancks are within the boundaries of (and are thus served by) the Water Authority of Great Neck North.[10]

Additionally, the Manhasset–Lakeville Water District owns and operates a water tower within the village, known as the Thomaston Tank.[24]

Notable people[edit]

  • Thomas P. DiNapoli – Comptroller of the State of New York, former New York State Assemblyman, and a former Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive.[25]

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. ^ a b c Hirschhorn, Susan (1987). "A History of Thomaston" (PDF). The Great Neck Record. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. pp. 96–97. ISBN 978-1557871541.
  5. ^ a b c Village of Thomaston: The Bicentennial History Publication (PDF). Incorporated Village of Thomaston, New York. 1976.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Elected Officials". www.villageofthomaston.org. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  9. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey". northhempsteadny.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". Long Island Index Maps. Long Island Index.
  11. ^ "District 10 - Ellen W. Birnbaum | Nassau County, NY - Official Website". www.nassaucountyny.gov. Retrieved 2021-09-12.
  12. ^ "Gina L. Sillitti - Assembly District 16 |Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly". nyassembly.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  13. ^ "NY Senate District 7". NY State Senate. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  14. ^ "Suozzi Declares Victory In NY 3rd Congressional District Race". Huntington, NY Patch. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  15. ^ "U.S. Senate: Contacting U.S. Senators". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  16. ^ Welch, Will (2017-11-08). "How Long Island Voted". Newsday. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  17. ^ a b c "Nassau County Road Jurisdiction Viewer". County of Nassau, New York. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  18. ^ a b "Nassau Inter-County Express - Maps and Schedules". nicebus.com. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  19. ^ "Nassau Inter-County Express - Maps and Schedules". nicebus.com. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  20. ^ a b "Long Island Utility Information - LIPA, Nat Grid, & Local Water Authorities". LongIsland.com. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  21. ^ "Natural Gas & Electricity | National Grid". www.nationalgridus.com. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  22. ^ "Home Page - PSEG Long Island". www.psegliny.com. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  23. ^ "Port Washington to Great Neck Overhead Transmission Project" (PDF). Town of North Hempstead. 2014. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  24. ^ "Manhasset-Lakeville Water District". www.mlwd.net. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  25. ^ August 30, Tom DiNapoli Assemb Tom DiNapoli of Thomaston is the party designee running in the Democratic primary for Nassau County executive; Pm, 2001 8:00. "It Will Take a Bold Plan to Reform Nassau". Newsday. Retrieved 2021-06-18.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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