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.
After years of debates and discussions, the question of what the village will do with the site at St. Paul’s main building still remains a mystery. However, Garden City Village Trustees Brian Daughney and John DeMaro recently updated board members on the feasibility of erecting a new community center on the site or at another spot in the village.
On July 21, Daughney and DeMaro jointly proposed a motion for the village to hire a consultant to evaluate the feasibility of turning the building into a recreation center at the St. Paul’s site. After much discussion, many trustees expressed concern about spending village funds to conduct the study.
This Valentine’s Day, love was a many splendored thing for one Garden City couple who renewed their wedding vows during a romantic ceremony performed by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.
Standing among a collection of vintage American aircrafts and fighter planes, a group of Nassau County GIs with compelling wartime love stories gathered together to renew their commitment to each other in front of a large crowd of friends and family.
On Valentine’s Day evening, the Garden City Board of Education convened for its regular meeting and second budget work session in the high school library. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen presented his second round of budget proposals regarding the non-instructional areas of the school budget.
During his presentation, Feirsen noted that this session was the second step in the budget review process and the expenditures discussed are merely recommendations to the board of education from the administration.
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.
Garden City Police Commissioner Ernest Cipullo asked the Village Board of Trustees at last Thursday’s 2012-13 capital/operating budget session for a significant bump in funding to cover overtime pay due to the erratic and incalculable nature of police work.
“As I said at the last budget session, the police business is very unpredictable,” Cipullo said. “We can’t really tell you what’s going to happen next week. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen in the next five minutes. Accordingly, we were operating most of the last year with six officers out on long-term injury, three vacant positions, and one civilian dispatcher position, so you’re talking about 10 people out of the chart. We had to cover that with overtime on many occasions. I hate to tell you, but the overtime that we budgeted last year- based on those vacancies or injuries — we’re at half-a-year and our overtime budget is pretty much gone.”
Cipullo noted that approximately 94 percent of the police operating budget is comprised of personnel costs, as mandated by an arbitrator’s decision.
If you are one of the many Long Islanders paying property taxes this year, the upcoming school budget season promises to be a challenging one in the era of the tax levy cap. Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen of Garden City School District held the first in a series of presentations of the 2012/2013 school budget at the Board of Education work session on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The proposal includes an overall budget of $104,976,751 with a budget-to-budget increase of $3,859,693 or 3.82 percent. The projected tax levy (with STAR) is 4.25 percent.
Feirsen opened the meeting explaining that Garden city has a tradition of presenting its budget in great detail, “much greater detail and over many more meetings than many other school districts.” He also reminded residents that the evening’s review contains only recommendations to the Garden City Board of Education and is the first step in a multistep process, which will include both comments from the community and board discussions.
Ever since Hurricane Irene wrecked havoc on Garden City last summer, the roof and clock tower of St. Paul’s Boys School’s main building have remained in a state of disrepair. After the village board voted against approving the allocation of funds to pay for damages, it was Garden City residents who intervened and generously offered to perform the labor and donate funds for repair costs.
During the Feb. 2 board meeting, Vincent Muldoon, owner of Old World Quality Corp., announced that he would be willing to perform the repairs on St. Paul’s pro bono. Muldoon wanted to further clarify what he said to residents at a recent Eastern Property Owners’ Association meeting.
“I’m a resident of the village for a long time and I’m willing to help out in any way I can and I would give up all my own time, the overhead and carry the cost of my company but obviously employees and materials has to be paid for,” he explained.
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer was given a warm welcome when he visited the Village of Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 27. Schumer revealed to a small crowd that more than 70 Nassau County fire departments and seven volunteer ambulance corps are facing major budget hikes in order to meet the year-end deadlines to upgrade existing radio equipment due to federal mandates.
Schumer had only the highest of praise for the volunteer firefighters who came from cities across Nassau County, including Stewart Manor, Garden City, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Island Park, Valley Stream, East Williston, Port Washington, Bayville, Freeport, Wantagh, and Oceanside, Lakeview.
“As you know I care a lot about our firefighters; they are great people. Nassau County volunteer fire departments are among the best in the country,” Schumer said, adding, “They risk their lives, they don’t get paid to make us safe. It’s a great thing and everyone here in this county is blessed by the quality of the fire departments.”
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