The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief James J. Meehan for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his tenure as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.

I am pleased to report that as a result of the Fire Department election held, Chief William J. Graham has been elected as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. He will be aided during the coming year by returning members as follows: First Assistant Chief Charles S. Cavarra, Second Assistant Chief William Castoro, and Third Assistant Chief Joseph Nadolny. We wish them well and thank them for their continued involvement.

Special thanks to parade directors, along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Police, Special Police and Department of Public Works for making the Easter Auto Parade the success that it was. It was most gratifying to see all of the smiles on the faces of all of those in attendance. It has recently come to my attention that residents who move out of the village are taking their recycling containers with them upon their move. Please be advised that these containers are the property of the Village of Garden City and should be left for the next village resident's use. The next board of trustees meetings will be on Thursday, May 7, and Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall. I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village's website for information regarding the village's operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. One item that is listed on the village's website is the guidelines of the Garbage, Rubbish and Recycling collection dates and guidelines.

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