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‘No Magic Answers’ in Superintendent’s School Budget

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Garden City Board of Education considers making tough cuts

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.

 

2012-13 Budget Shines On Garden City Seniors

Written by Marilou Giammona: gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Senior Recreation Center to be renovated, senior programs enhanced

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.

 

State of the County: Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Abrahams: Property tax hike is nothing more than a scare tactic

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.

 

Garden City Pathfinder Award Winner Charges Forward

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Taniella Jo Harrison honored for success in business

When Garden City resident Taniella Jo Harrison wakes up every morning, finding new ways to help others is likely on her mind. In 10 short years, the busy executive vice president of Tri-County Home Nursing Services in Westbury has taken her family’s business and increased revenue by nearly 500 percent, quadrupling the size of her company’s work force.

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.

 

Town Bestows Pathfinder Awards to Community Trailblazers

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Long Island publisher inspires women to reach new heights

It’s not easy to shatter a glass ceiling in any industry, but that’s just what nine remarkable women who live and work in the Town of Hempstead were honored for doing at this year’s Hempstead Town Pathfinder Awards ceremony held on Tuesday.

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.

 

Superintendent Presents Fourth Round of Budget Recommendations

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Adjustments in athletics proposed for 2012-13 school year

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.

 

Nassau Residents Voice Outrage Over Upsurge in Air Traffic

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

FAA/Port Authority reps ditch TVASNAC meeting

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.

 

Garden City School District Braces for Impact of Tax Certiorari Settlements

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Superintendent estimates $1.5 million in average annual costs

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 Supports Bill to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Residents encouraged to write local officials to pass legislation

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.

 

Trustees Develop Concept for Rec and Community Facility

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Process includes meetings with all four POAs, architectural firms

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.

 

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