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.
For the seventh consecutive year, pumpkin patch coordinator and UUC member Patsy Kaplan has worked with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers Inc. to enhance the community as well as to raise necessary funds to help offset the operating costs of her congregation. “I feel the pumpkin patch is for the community. … We are benefitting from it, but people come in here and tell us, ‘Thank you so much,’” Kaplan said.
School’s open— drive carefully! That slogan has been around since 1946, when AAA launched a campaign to lower school-related pedestrian fatalities. The true meaning behind that safety message was driven home at Stewart Manor’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when village code officer Sam Sirignano was recognized for a “heroic act” that helped avert a tragedy at the Stewart Manor School on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
According to the CSSP, the Cathedral School of St. Paul’s is an irreplaceable landmark and a world-class asset for the Village of Garden City, which should be enjoyed for generations to come when renovations are completed. The CSSP’s goal is to stabilize the building, preserve its historic features wherever possible, and provide the public with a space that will be an active community activities and events center.
Among the contracts approved by the board were for additional underground wiring and directional drilling to be performed within the village by Island Cable Co. ($30,000). Other contracts approved were for paving work to be done by Valente Contracting Corp. ($24,375); the rental of granular activated carbon filters at Hilton Park by Philip Ross ($30,000); police headquarter renovations by FML Contracting ($59,176); and the acceptance of a maintenance bond for water main improvements on Main and Merillon Avenues performed by Roy Wanser, Inc ($338, 268.67).
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