Opinion

I am delighted to take this opportunity to familiarize Garden City residents of the East in particular, but also throughout the village, with the unique qualifications of Dennis Donnelly. Dennis is the candidate unanimously selected by the Eastern Property Owners' Association's 10-Member Nominating Committee for the position of village trustee representing the eastern section of the village.

Dennis and his family have resided in Garden City for the past 40 years, and I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis on numerous projects over the past 10 years when he became active in the activities and efforts of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber recognized Dennis as the recipient of Garden City's Community Achievement Award in 2008. Established in 1974 by the Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce, this recognition commemorates outstanding professionalism and major contributions to the Village of Garden City and beyond through one's profession.

Dennis currently serves as president of the Eastern Property Owners' Association in which he has progressed through the ranks and structure of the EPOA as director, vice president, president and chairman of the Joint Conference Committee of Garden City's four Property Owners' Associations. He has also served as chairman of the 10-Member Nominating Committee and as a member of the St. Paul's Survey Committee.

Dennis retired from Verizon Communications in 2004 as director of government and community relations for the Long Island region. He had spent 35 years at Verizon and its predecessors. Dennis's professional credentials are extensive and specialized. His numerous assignments included working with the movie industry, the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, in operations management, process engineering, public communications and advertising. His civic involvements included service as chairman of the Board of the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corp., the Downtown Brooklyn Development Corp., Queens Festival Corp., the Flushing Boys Club, the Flushing YMCA and the Astoria Motion Picture Foundation. He also served as past president of the Flushing Rotary Club and was a board member of the Gift of Life Program of Rotary International. Of note was his appointment by Mayors Lindsey, Beame and Koch to various ad hoc committees involving New York City operation.

Dennis's numerous honors, in addition to that of Garden City's Community Achiever, have included recognition as "Man of the Year," by the Queens Museum, the Flushing Council on Culture and Arts, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, the YMCA, the Flushing Boys Club and Brooklyn Friends School. On the "home front," Dennis has served as Centennial soccer coach and is an active member of St. Joseph's Church.

My reasons for extolling the virtues of Dennis Donnelly are because as executive director of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, I have worked with him over so many years and never cease to be amazed by his abilities, his willingness to serve and his extensive knowledge in the areas of village government and beyond. As a lifelong resident of Garden City's eastern section, as a past officer, director of EPOA and many times member of the 10-Member Nominating Committee; as one who has steadily attended village trustee meetings for the past 40 years representing the Chamber of Commerce, and before 1977 the local press, I am fully aware of the importance if not the necessity of progression through the ranks of the POAs to the esteemed position of village trustee. I cannot imagine anyone more qualified to serve the village in this capacity than Dennis Donnelly.

When named "Community Achiever," I recall Dennis encouraging involvement in community affairs. I remember him noting, "It is through the volunteer efforts of many residents that Garden City has maintained its beauty and stability." That's Dennis Donnelly, and I for one vehemently support and encourage the residents of the east to also support Dennis's candidacy for village trustee, representing the Eastern sector.

Althea Robinson

Executive Director, Garden City Chamber of Commerce


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