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Parks & Rec Budget On Deck

Written by Marilou Giammona, Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Ocker outlines re-allocation and deferment plan

Despite several significant budget revisions, the Garden City Board of Trustees took no action to adopt the proposed 2014-15 budgets presented at a recent study session. Kevin E. Ocker, the chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, outlined modifications made to the proposed parks and recreation budget since it was last presented.

“Since Feb. 8, our budget requests for the recreation and parks operations and the capital have been modified,” Ocker said. “I want to confirm that our amended requests sustain our diverse level of service in every area. In addition, our general revenue centers, including program revenues, St. Paul’s field house rentals and the St. Paul’s field rentals now project a 5.5 percent increase raised from our original projection of $464,000 in general revenues to now internal revenues to $492,000.”


Hard Choices To Be Made

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:51

Cuts proposed for staffing and foreign language

Hard decisions are once again part of the equation for the Garden City School Board in regard to the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year despite the fact that this year’s tax levy cap is expected to be 1.58 percent versus last year’s 3.91 percent. Monetarily, the proposed budget amount is slated to be $109,280,138, a $1,677,772 increase over the 2013-14 adopted budget of $107,602,366. These were among the many numbers discussed at the board of education work session that was moderated by Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and the Garden City Board of Education on Tuesday, March 4.


Grogan Runs For Trustee

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

On Tuesday, March 18, Stewart Manor will be holding village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall on 120 Covert Ave. in Stewart Manor. Current trustees Orlando Sa and Mary Carole Schafenberg, who filled in the seats of former trustee James Lynch and current mayor Jerry Tangredi respectively, are running for their first full terms. Stewart Manor resident Bill Grogran is also running for trustee. The following was submitted by Grogan. After contacting Sa and Schafenberg, there was no response as of press time.


Bartering For A Better Babysitter

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00

The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?

All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the launch of, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO Brian Mannix, a Garden City Native. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.


Rosemary Cinquemani Honored

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Garden City’s Rosemary Cinquemani will be one of three people honored by The Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital during its 17th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” benefiting the Child Life Program. Cinquemani is being recognized along with Michael Stroud and Frank Catelli, Esq. The event will take place on Thursday, March 20, at The Garden City Hotel. Each honoree is a longtime supporter of Winthrop, a member of the hospital’s board of regents and a co-chair of the Cancer Center for Kids Annual Golf Outing.

This year’s event will feature musical entertainment by The Atlantic City Boys—A Tribute to the Music of Frankie Valli.  


Salaries Spike Budget Numbers

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:05

OT requests swell

police department proposal

Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson said the department’s main item is salary, with a proposal of $145,000 more for 2014-15. Total police personnel requests are $8.21 million, and $602,628 in overtime.

Jackson said there will be an approximate $30,000 in S.T.E.P increases, also longevity increases and raise in holiday pay, which is all contractual.

“We had a lot of young officers we hired about three or four years ago, and they are now reaching certain levels of the pay scale, and accruing holiday pay as per contract,” Jackson said.

Turning The Financial Flame Down

Written by Michael Scro, Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

Fire department proposal

considerably less than 2013-14

When marching orders were given to the Village of Garden City’s various civil service divisions to cut expenses, the fire department complied to the tune of slightly more than a quarter million dollars. During a Tuesday evening village board meeting, Fire Chief William Castoro announced a proposed budget of personnel services of $2.3 million this year, a significant reduction from last year’s adopted budget of $2.6 million.

Castoro said the department is forecasting to spend $2.4 million this year, an estimated $49,000 decrease, due to two unexpected retirements this year, and the reason for a reduction in personnel services.


Hearing The Earth Move

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Garden Stage presents the Carole King Songbook

Garden Stage at Garden City’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be hosting the concert, “The Carole King Songbook,” on Friday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m., preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m.  

The next-generation of women singer-songwriters pay homage to one of pop music’s legendary singer-songwriters, performing classic songs from Carole King’s early days as a Brill Building songwriter to the music from her classic ‘70s solo albums such as Tapestry, Music, and Wrap Around Joy.


Bynoe Wins

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

Siela Bynoe is the newest member of the Nassau County legislature, after winning a recent special election for the District 2 seat.

“I want to be a strong voice in the legislature for the district,” said Bynoe, who was the Democratic nominee. “I’m excited that I have an opportunity to serve the community in a different capacity, and I’m looking forward to working on some initiatives that will bring a better quality of life to the community.”


Getting A Female Perspective

Written by Greg Giaconelli, Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:15

Theresa Trouvé to be first female trustee since 2005

The Central Property Owners Association kicked off the calendar year with one of its most crucial meetings: the annual residents electors and school districts electors meetings, where the ballots were cast for village trustee and school board nominee. Both ran unopposed.

Current CPOA President Theresa Trouvé was unanimously nominated for village trustee for the 2014-16 term prior to the meeting. Trouvé will be the first woman on the village board since Garden City’s 40th mayor, Barbara Miller, who served from 2003 to 2005. The trustee-elect was pleased with the evening’s outcome and is ready to take the next step forward for Garden City.  


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