Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Isaac D. Kremer Chosen as new Executive Director of Main Street Association

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed Isaac D. Kremer as the MSA’s new Executive Director, succeeding Joan Mahon. Ms. Mahon and Mr. Kremer will be working together during the month of March to ensure a seamless transition and a successful community event when Dan Burden of Walkable Communities returns to Oyster Bay on the 14th and 15th to address the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Museum Proposal and Firemen’s Field.

“We are happy to welcome Isaac Kremer to Oyster Bay and to our organization,” said Bill Sheeline, MSA President. “Isaac brings both unique skills and experience in historic preservation and revitalization that will enhance Main Street’s efforts in our hamlet.” Mr. Sheeline added, “We hope everyone will welcome Isaac as he familiarizes himself with the community and takes the reins from Joan, who has served our organization and our village so well for the past five years.”

Prior to joining Main Street, Kremer was a consultant specializing in historic preservation. His work included the documentation of over 100 Art Deco apartment houses in Manhattan’s north neighborhoods. He also helped building owners in Detroit to become eligible for the 20% Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

An expert in the Federal Preserve America program, Kremer helped three communities in Michigan receive designation as Preserve America communities. This distinction allowed each community to be eligible for up to $150,000 in grant monies for heritage tourism.

Kremer is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning program of Cornell University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning, with specialization in architectural history and community development. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and well versed in the Main Street Approach, a program developed by the National Trust to stimulate renewal in historic commercial districts. He will be attending the National Trust’s Main Street Meeting in Philadelphia at the end of March and meeting with colleagues from across the United States.

Speaking of his priorities and objectives as executive director, Kremer expressed his desire "to be a visible presence in the community on behalf of Main Street, and to listen and understand the needs and interests of as many people as possible."

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Isaac Kremer.

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