It was a full house on Tuesday, March 2, for the Garden City Board of Education budget work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the continuation of his budget and recommendations to the Board of Education. The 2010-11 budget numbers were clearly influenced by the current state of the economy, with proposed reductions for nearly 11 teachers and 10 percent of middle and high school clubs.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Garden City mother of four has been arrested after agreeing to pay a hitman $20,000 to kill her husband. In reality, the man posing as hitman was actually an undercover Nassau County Police detective.
The Garden City Board of Education held its second budget work session on a rainy Feb. 23 evening. During the presentation, Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and Assistant Superintendent and Treasurer Al Chase presented a continuation of the budget review process, offering a series of recommendations from the administration to the Board of Education.
(Editor’s Note: This statement is written by the Board of Trustees’ Public Information Committee Chairperson Nicholas P. Episcopia.)
Recently, the village’s debt burden has been discussed in Letters to the Editor in the local newspapers as well as on a website created by a village resident. All too often, however, the writers present their comments in a context that would have readers believe that the village is accumulating too much debt that will result in an “unsustainable” future burden on village finances.
Snow removal was the top order of business at the most recent Garden City Board of Trustees meeting held on Feb. 16 at Village Hall.
Trustee Dennis Donnelly reported that the Department of Public Works had a “spectacular January.” The department saved over 1,000 hours of overtime, for a total savings of nearly $40,000 as compared to the same time last year.
Commissoner Ernest J. Cipullo reports the arrest of Long Beach resident Alan Gershberg for eight counts of criminal mischief, which he said resulted in excess of $45,000 in damages to the victims’ vehicles.
On Feb. 6, a presentation of the village’s Five-Year Capital Plan was held at Village Hall. The purpose of this program was to better acquaint those in attendance with the village’s capital needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Additionally, it provided an opportunity to ask the department heads questions in regard to the proposed projects.
The last words from a 20-year-old resident came from a text message sent to his dealer. It read, “i’m diggin’ this — my dude, best I had in a while. 4 real. Save my number, peace.” That was sent before he was found by his mother dead in the bathtub.
During an investigation with the Nassau County Police Department, Garden City Detectives developed information of drug activity in Parking Field 9E. During this investigation, it was determined that three individuals from Suffolk County (a 20-year-old female, a 21-year-old male, and a 23-year-old male) were in possession of numerous glassine bags of alleged heroin.
Angry residents from Mineola showed up at the Garden City Board of Trustees meeting on February 4 to voice their complaints about the neighboring Verizon building that has been under construction. Mineola residents who live on 13th Avenue, which borders the Verizon site, claim that there has been a lot of noise coming from this building, especially late at night.
Mayor Robert Rothschild stated that this Verizon building, which is within the boundaries of Garden City, is being updated and there was an issue during the first week of February about noise emanating from the location. “There are generators being started at obviously the wrong time of day,” Mayor Rothschild said. “We have made contact with Verizon to make sure that they understand that it is unacceptable when they turn on the generator in the middle of night. We have told them that they will not do that again.”
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