Governor David Paterson recently held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
This is a triumph for the advocates of ignition interlocks, including the local Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who have lobbied tirelessly in Albany to remove it from judicial discretion, an optional condition assigned to those convicted of drunken driving.
The sun beamed down brightly over a crowd of spectators who gathered to hear Republican candidate Frank Scaturro address the 4th congressional district at the steps of Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. In an effort to drum up support, Scaturro, who hopes to oust seven-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, outlined his platforms on the most pressing issues facing Long Islanders and citizens across the nation.
The event opened with a few endorsements from some of the candidate’s most ardent supporters. Mary Ellen Devone, a local attorney and treasurer for the campaign, introduced Scaturro as “a wonderful young man who I see as a great public servant and not as a politician. He has a legal background, worked as Counsel to the Constitution on the State Senate Judiciary Committee and has been active in local Republican politics doing grassroots work since he was a teenager,” Devone said.
All seats were taken for the Garden City Board of Education’s final meeting of the summer. After a long and winding budget season, the Garden City School District announced that the school district is lowering the year-to-year tax levy increase from 4.18 percent to 3.95 percent after being reimbursed by the state for the MTA Payroll Tax.
Superintendent for Business and Finance Al Chase explained that the news was unexpected. “We had some concerns certainly about not only our district but all school districts in general, receiving back the money that we paid in the MTA tax. It had been promised to us some time ago, never received. Of course, the state is still having its fiscal woes and we didn’t believe that we would ever see this money,” he said. At the first of July, the school district received a check from the state reimbursing the district for the amount they paid in MTA tax. Chase recommended to the board that the district reduce the tax levy by $200,000.
Nearly two months after several Franklin Avenue businesses experienced a spree of vandalism, it happened again. On Aug. 2, a paving stone was thrown through a front window of Garden City Pizza, causing more than $4,100 in damage.
According to police reports, the Garden City Detective Division commenced an investigation into the matter and developed a possible suspect involved. On Aug. 4, at approximately 11 p.m., based on information supplied by witnesses in the business community and information they had already gathered, the Garden City Detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for this offense on Seventh Street. The youth was charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and issued an appearance ticket to appear at Family Court and released to his parents.
Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that sound engineering consultants from all three parties involved in the Verizon noise issues visited the site recently and conducted noise tests. Martins visited the site briefly during the tests, but had to wait outside until the tests were completed.
According to Martins, although he tried to go there to monitor the tests, Verizon did not want anyone who wasn’t certified to participate or be present during the tests. Only the consultants were allowed inside the building.
It was a sight to behold as a sea of people came out for the Lustgarten Foundation’s annual Walk for pancreatic research at Nassau Community College in Garden City. In its 10-year history, the Walk has grown to more than 4,000 participants, and raised more than $6 million for research initiatives. This year, participants as old as 90 to young infants united in memory of lost loved ones and showed support for those suffering from one of the most deadly forms of cancer there is.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently held a series of meetings to honor a local constituent for his service to the country, as well as meet with others that have been assisted by her office. Congresswoman McCarthy presented Mr. Peter LaMantia with his war medals that he never received. Mr. LaMantia is an 86-year-old World War II Veteran from Garden City. He served in the US Navy from April 1942 to March 1946. Mr. LaMantia is pictured with his wife and children and was awarded the following medals: American Theater Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal two stars and WWII Victory Medal Philippine Liberation Medal.
As many village residents are enjoying summer days outside, one homeowner recently voiced concerns over the foul smell of gas in her neighborhood. Jane Cerny, a resident of Middleton Road, told the board of trustees that her quality of life and that of her neighbors is being adversely affected by what she claims to be an ongoing gas leak that National Grid has yet to repair.
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce provides the opportunity for every member who sells, distributes or manufactures a product or service, to display their products, brochures, giveaways or novelties at all Chamber luncheon programs at the Garden City Hotel. The hotel graciously provides the clothed tables for exhibitors. This innovation, which began in 2003, offers a great opportunity to make new business contacts and to promote exhibitors’ products or services. The Showcase starts at 11:30 a.m. during the reception/networking period before luncheon, served promptly at 12:30 p.m.
After a lengthy debate, the village board of trustees voted in favor of increasing fireworks permit fees from $100 to $500. The fee hike was announced on the very same day that the Cherry Valley Club submitted their fireworks permit for their annual Labor Day Carnival on Monday, Sept. 6. Deputy Mayor Donald Brudie and Trustees Nicholas Episcopia, Lawrence Quinn and John Watras voted against and Mayor Robert J. Rothschild, Trustees Dennis Donnelly, Brian Daughney and Andrew Cavanaugh voted in favor of the increase. The mayor voted twice and broke the tie.
Trustee Dennis Donnelly made the motion to update the fee on permits for fireworks. “I know that the permit fee at the moment is $100 for fireworks. I would like to make a motion to make that $500, which would better equip the village to recoup some of their costs in issuing permits for the fireworks,” Donnelly said.
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