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Election Day Challenge

Ethan Irwin to vie for Kemp Hannon's Senate seat

With just under six months until Election Day on Nov. 9, a Democratic challenger has announced his bid for the New York State Senate’s sixth district seat—covering Garden City, Farmingdale, East Meadow, Levittown, Hicksville, Bethpage, and Island Trees—currently occupied by state Sen. Kemp Hannon.

Ethan Irwin, an attorney from Levittown, has already received the endorsement of Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs. On June 30, Irwin officially opened his campaign headquarters at Kennedy Memorial Park in the Village of Hempstead.

“I am inspired by the support I’ve received from Nassau County residents, its elected officials, community leaders and my friends and family,” Irwin said. “Every day when I talk to members of the community they tell me they want to work together to find solutions to our problems and bring back opportunity and prosperity.”

Irwin has spent years as an advocate for communities in the eastern part of the Senate district, attending meetings of the Levittown Property Owners Association, volunteering as an EMT, and serving as a member of the Restoration Advisory Board for the Grumman/Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Bethpage. With more than 10 years of experience practicing law, Irwin said he has a solid understanding of the legislative process and experience as a local advocate for change.

“My legal experience has shown me the failings of law and government and has prepared me to address those failings,” Irwin said.

Despite a previous run for office, when he lost a hard-fought campaign against incumbent Republican County Legislator Dennis Dunne, back in 2011, Irwin has since gotten back on the proverbial horse with his sights now set on the Senate.

“Since our current Senator has been in office, our families have seen their property taxes skyrocket with the increasing burden of unfunded mandates from Albany,” Irwin said. “I understand that supporting a family is hard enough without unsustainable tax increases along with the high cost of living on Long Island.”

However, Hannon, a Republican and 24-year incumbent, said he plans to campaign on a record of his accomplishments, which includes serving as chairman of the Senate Health Committee, providing property tax relief to homeowners, and more recently, helping pass legislation that looks to address the increase of heroin and opioid abuse in the state.

“I will be going door to door, as I have each of the election years,” Hannon said.

Irwin has asserted a desire for establishing term limits, saying Hannon has been in office too long.

“It is obvious to me, from his failings as a legislator, that he has become entrenched in the political system and is no longer concerned with anything other than getting re-elected,” Irwin said.

With Election Day still several months away, Hannon and Irwin will look to the campaign trail to try and draw more support before voters head to the polls. Stay tuned to the Garden City Life for more election coverage, all leading up to Election Day on Nov. 4.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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