Nearly one year later after the Nassau County Legislature passed the Commonsense Act of 2010, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen publicly addressed the pending lawsuit filed by the Garden City School District and 40 other districts to challenge the repeal of the ‘county guarantee.’
The County Guarantee dates back to 1948 when the New York State Legislature determined that Nassau County should be responsible for costs and penalties resulting from its errors in property tax assessments. In 2010, the Nassau County Legislature ended the guarantee, which ultimately will shift the burden of expenditures from certiorari suits to school districts beginning in 2013.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board recognized 14 extraordinary community members for contributions to their local neighborhoods at the 15th Annual “Make A Difference” Awards ceremony. In addition, Supervisor Murray posthumously honored a man from Lido Beach who was a dynamic presence in the seaside community.
“The inspirational people being honored this evening are truly the unsung heroes of our communities,” said Murray. “Their selfless acts of volunteerism and leadership are true symbols of Hempstead Town and make our township such a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
To rehabilitate or not to rehabilitate the Garden City water tower, that was the question before the Garden City Board of Trustees at its most recent village board meeting. Richard W. Humann, P.E., vice president of H2M Architects and Engineers, presented an overview of the current tank conditions and costs and offered recommendations to either repair or replace the existing tower.
The water tank, located on Old Country Road, was originally constructed in 1933 and is 79 years of age. A riveted multi-supported steel tank, it was last rehabilitated in 1992. Humann, whose firm has been performing biannual inspections of the tank for the last 10 years, described the structural condition of the tank as “fair.” However, he maintained that the current lead coating system is 20 years of age and is in poor condition.
A golden glow from crystal chandeliers illuminated the elegant grand ballroom of the Old Westbury Gardens Mansion while 70 fans chatted among themselves about their favorite television star. Then she appeared at the doorway flashing a megawatt smile, giving a vampish pose much to the delight and applause of her adoring fans. Susan Lucci, aka Erica Kane of All My Children was in the house. Wearing a skintight shimmering brown cat suit, which outlined her fabulous figure, it was hard to image that this petite and stunningly gorgeous woman was a grandmother of three. Accompanied by two handsome men, Helmut Huber, her husband of 42 years and her 31-year-old son, Andreas, there was also a surprise guest. Her friend of 30 years, NY Times best-selling author, Nelson DeMille, who had just flown in from California to be at this event.
There was palpable tension in the air last week as members of the Garden City Village Board traded several barbs over how to proceed with plans for St. Paul’s main building. Disagreements stemmed from myriad issues, from approving the allocation of funds to hire an architectural and engineering firm to review the Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) most recent proposal to whether or not to fix the building’s damaged clock tower and roof as a result of Hurricane Irene.
On a chilly November evening, 542 people gathered at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City for the ninth annual air and space gala saluting 100 years of naval aviation. Among the honorees were Mark Kelly, space shuttle commander (who was not present); Martin Benante, chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, and David Sterling, chairman and CEO of Sterling& Sterling.
Guests weaved their way past life-size exhibits chronicling Long Island’s contribution to air and space travel, from Lindberg’s historic flight across the Atlantic starting at Roosevelt Field to actual lunar moon rocks from the first landing on the moon. Sushi and pasta stations, along with open bars, were nestled among some of Long Island’s most famous pieces of aviation history while jet fighter planes hovered above some the island’s most prestigious guests, one of those being Congressman Peter King.
Developer Michael Malik presented renderings of a preliminary plan to the Elmont Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, Oct. 20. Malik’s colleagues Michael McKeon, Lance Boldrey and former Hawaii Governor John Waihee accompanied him.
Long Island resident Sherona Weinberg has had enough of the noise and air pollution from the constant flying of planes over her neighborhood home. She expressed her displeasure at the TVASNAC (Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee) meeting on Monday night at the Lawrence High School auditorium to members of the Port Authority and Aviation Development Council.
“I feel like I’m living on a tarmac,” said Weinberg. “From morning till night it is one plane after another flying above my head. My family can’t even spend time in our backyard anymore without constantly being interrupted by the airplane noise.”
St. Paul’s was yet again the hot-button topic of the board meeting held at Village Hall last Thursday. Garden City Mayor Donald Brudie announced that the Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) will resubmit a proposal to preserve the historic village building more than two weeks after presenting its updated plan to the board and requesting trustees sign a letter of support for a $400,000 state grant.
At the Oct. 20 board meeting, the mayor announced that he received a letter from Committee to Save St. Paul’s President Peter Negri stating their intention: “This letter referred to the proposal submitted on September 9, 2011 regarding the Committee to Save St. Paul’s and the Garden City Historical Society’s proposal to preserve St. Paul’s for public use. We are in the process of updating our proposal and will resubmit to the board within 45 days.”
The tone of discourse was serious as Garden City Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen provided some answers and discussed the many questions that remain about the newly passed New York State property tax cap and its effects on the school district’s 2012/2013 budget at a recent board of education work session at Garden City High School.
With only a handful of residents in attendance, Feirsen opened the discussion by stating that the Garden City Board of Education has always supported tax relief for the members of the community. He maintained that the board has consistently sought to develop budgets that reflect an appreciation of the need to limit tax increases on property taxes.
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