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Locals Face Off For District 2 Seat

A special election will be held Feb. 11 for the Nassau County Legislative District 2 seat that was left vacant by Robert Troiano at the beginning of January.  

Up for the position are Westbury School Board trustee Siela Bynoe, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and Republican nominee Pepitz Blanchard, who lost to Troiano for the council seat in last November’s election.

“When there was a vacant seat, I thought it would be a natural fit given my public service,” said Bynoe, a Westbury resident. “I’m honored to have received the nomination, and if elected I’ll work hard to meet the needs of the entire district.”

Bynoe is currently the Executive Director of the Huntington Housing Authority and is also on the Board of Commissioners for the North Hempstead Housing Authority. She previously worked at the Long Island Housing Partnership. She says all this experience in public service has allowed her to take the pulse on issues throughout the district.  

District 2 includes parts of Westbury, New Cassel, Hempstead, Hicksville, East Meadow, Garden City, Malverne, Rockville Centre, Uniondale and West Hempstead. While all these communities are different, Bynoe says the issues are the same.

“Consistently throughout my travels, taxes have been the number one issue I’ve been hearing,” she said.

Specifically when it comes to Westbury, Bynoe says constituents have expressed concern over overcrowded housing and serious violent crimes.

“I’d be interested in trying to create a task force able to address some of the issues in those areas where those crimes are,” Bynoe said.

Bynoe graduated from Hofstra University and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Long Island University.

Blanchard is hoping this special election will give him a second chance to prove he can represent the community.

“I feel people will give me a better look than before. They should consider giving me a chance,” Blanchard says.

A 30-year New Cassel resident, Blanchard says his experience campaigning helped him better understand the needs of the district.

“I know my community well,” he says. “Having done the campaign last time, I know a lot more than when I started and I’m sure I’m going to be a better voice for the concerns of the people.”

If elected, he says he will focus on increasing housing options, decreasing crime and making sure people are getting the services they need.

Blanchard has served as an auxiliary policeman for the village for almost 17 years. He majored in biology at Nassau Community College, with a minor in political science and then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Molloy College. He now works at Apria Healthcare and Holly Patterson.

The special election for the District 2 seat will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11. Find a polling place near you at www.voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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