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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

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com