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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

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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