At the most recent Garden City School Board meeting, School Board President Colleen Foley announced that with the help of Trustee Angela Heineman, the board drafted a letter that was sent to local legislators Senator Kemp Hannon, and Assemblymen Edward Ra and Thomas McKevitt requesting that Garden City’s state aid be increased to equal that of comparative districts.
Trustee Tom Pinou, read the letter to the audience stating that Garden City schools (like many schools on Long Island) rank among the best in the nation. “In order to preserve and continuously improve the educational programs that are not only valued by the community, but also used as models for other districts, our fellow residents have supported school budget increases to make up for shortfalls in state funding,” said Pinou.
As the Garden City Board of Education considers making reductions in the district’s 2012-13 school budget, there are “no magic answers,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
On Tuesday, March 20 at Garden City High School, Feirsen presented a summary of the proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year to the board and discussed what could possibly be cut.
Garden City seniors stand poised to receive their fair share of budget dollars. At a meeting held at the Garden City Senior Recreation Center on Monday, March 19, Department of Recreation head Kevin E. Ocker announced that $650,000 has been earmarked to renovate and possibly expand the existing Recreation Center building on Gold Club Lane, and $30,000 “in new activity money” has been allocated for senior trips and programs.
Ocker’s announcement comes on the heels of budget planning sessions for fiscal 2012-13. Seniors have intensified their lobbying efforts to obtain proportionately equitable funds over the past five months, according to George Salem, co-president of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club. To aid seniors in their requests, Deputy Mayor John Watras spearheaded the formation of the Senior Liaison Committee last October. The committee serves as a communications link between seniors and village officials.
If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
A Fort Lauderdale, FL native, it seems Harrison’s path to success was destined from childhood. One of her earliest memories was when she and her sister would come to New York every summer to visit their grandmother, Ella Ferguson, owner of Tri-County. “When my grandmother opened her first office on 42nd Street in Manhattan 30 years ago, she introduced us as the president and vice president of Tri-County. Of course, we were 8 and 9 years old. That kind of stuck in mind,” she said.
The first woman supervisor in the Town of Hempstead’s long history, Supervisor Kate Murray praised the women pathfinders for going to great lengths to accomplish their goals.
Technology, Guidance, Pupil Personnel Services and Athletics were among the highlighted expenditures discussed on Wednesday, March 8 at the Garden City School District’s fourth budget review session.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen presented the second part of the instruction components of the budget for the 2012-2013 school year to the Board of Education. The Garden City School District’s proposed 2012-2013 overall budget is $104,976,751, which represents a budget-to-budget increase of $3,859,693 or 3.82 percent. The projected tax levy increase (with STAR) is 4.25 percent and the maximum allowable tax levy is 4.3 percent.
The term “ditched” is often used to describe aircrafts that are abandoned before making a crash landing. However, it equally describes the feeling emanating from Nassau County residents after they learned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority would not be attending the last TVASNAC (Town/Village Aircraft Safety Noise & Abatement committee) meeting on Mon., Feb. 27 in Garden City.
For the first time in its 40-year history, TVASNAC’s monthly meeting was held in lower level of the library in the Village of Garden City rather than its traditional location in the Village of Lawrence. “This is one of our first meetings outside [Lawrence] in an effort to outreach to the communities that we serve,” TVASNAC’s Executive Director Kendall Lampkin told a standing-room only crowd.
Adding yet another hurdle to jump in an already complex budget season, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen officially announced that the estimation of Garden City School District’s average annual liability for tax certiorari settlements could be in excess of $1.5 million.
Historically, tax certiorari settlements have been paid by Nassau County. However that all changed last spring when the Nassau County Legislature and the county executive voted to change what had been in place for more than 80 years, which is known as the ‘county guarantee’ of tax certiorari judgments, according to Feirsen.
Mayor Brudie called upon Garden City residents to consider writing their local and state officials to support recently introduced legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax in order to give relief to Long Island taxpayers.
Enacted in 2009, the MTA Payroll Tax requires local businesses, municipalities and school districts to pay 34 cents for every $100 of their payrolls to help dig the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) out of a $1 billion deficit. The tax affects all businesses and municipalities, school districts and nonprofit organizations that have a payroll and hospitals within the areas that are serviced by the MTA, including Nassau County.
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