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A Lifetime in Garden City

Written by Rachelle Blidner Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Meet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Althea Robinson

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce headquarters can make you feel at home almost instantly with its beige walls, comfortable chairs and carefully organized clutter. It doesn’t hurt that the building was once the home of a toll-keeper, located on the Long Island Motor Parkway; some staff offices are former bedrooms. Its kitchen feels warm with green accents and curtains with some sort of food pattern on them. You can forget you are standing in an office building until you see Althea Robinson, executive director of the Chamber. Dressed in a professional black-and-white shift dress with a perfectly styled blonde bob, she fills out paperwork on the green countertops, trying to squeeze in as much work as she can before her interview.


Hempstead Town Names New Animal Shelter Assistant Director

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Rescue Community Speaks Out in Support of New Hire

While it’s no secret that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s practices have been the subject controversy among members of the local animal rescue community, it appears a new episode in the saga has officially begun. At the Hempstead Town Board meeting on Tuesday, July 12, Supervisor Kate Murray announced the hiring of Cynthia Iacopella as the new assistant director for the Shelter.

After an extensive nationwide search conducted by the town, Murray told audience members that Iacopella was chosen from well over 80 candidates who applied for the position. The Town’s Search Committee was comprised of Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and town administrators, and was aided by Last Hope Animal Rescue and the Shelter Services Committee for the Humane Society of United States.


NIFA: Nassau County Needs a Real Financial Plan Now

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Rejects County Financial Plan, Comments on Coliseum

This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.

Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.


BOE Holds Reorganization Meeting

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Superintendent Talks Tax Cap, Mandate Relief

On a balmy Wednesday evening of July the 6th, the Garden City Board of Education held its annual Reorganization Meeting for the year 2011 at the Central Administration Building. After board members were officially sworn into office, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen highlighted some of the year’s most impressive student accomplishments, discussed the new 2 percent property tax cap legislation and provided a brief update on the current school bond referendum projects at the Garden City Middle and High Schools.

Feirsen offered congratulations to the Class of 2011 for their accomplishments and expressed appreciation for the recent high school commencement ceremony, which featured the brand new grandstand. He happily announced that Garden City High school was ranked 115 in Newsweek’s publication, entitled America’s Best High Schools.


Coming Full Circle In the Nation’s Capital

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Some moments in life present opportunities for events to come full circle, for all the pieces to fall into place and form a whole so much more than the sum of its parts. And sometimes role models really do get to meet the next generation they have inspired. When Garden City High School Class of 2011 Valedictorian Jan Gong stepped into the office of U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Steven Chu in Washington, D.C. on June 21st, both moments became a reality.


Governor Signs Property Tax Cap Legislation

Written by Rich Forestano and Melissa Argueta Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Cuomo Says Historic Bill Will ‘Make a Difference’ for New Yorkers

It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.


Marriage Equality Act Signed Into New York State Law

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Same-Sex Marriages to Become a Legal Reality on July 24

Landmark legislation to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State was signed into law on June 24, making New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

On June 15, the New York State Assembly voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, 80 to 63, and on June 24, the New York State Senate voted in favor of this bill, 33 to 29. Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law on Friday evening, June 24 and this legislation will go into effect on Sunday, July 24.


Hempstead Town Approves Development For Lighthouse Site

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

New Plan Calls for Traffic Mitigation, Open Park Space, Next Generation Housing Units

With the Lighthouse Project now a distant memory, the Town of Hempstead unanimously passed a new zoning plan that would develop the 77 acres of property surrounding the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the adjacent Marriott Hotel in the Hamlet of Uniondale.

The key aspects of the alternative plan were presented to members of the Hempstead Town Board during a public hearing on Tuesday, June 21 at Town of Hempstead Bennett Pavillion. Town Supervisor Kate Murray stated that the town board will be considering a zone that is “faithful to the heritage of the property surrounding Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.”


Village Drives Effort to Preserve Long Island Motor Parkway

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Mayor Appoints Committee to Restore Land, Study Site’s Historical Significance

If you are heading south on Clinton Road, you may see walkers disappear up a small hill in search of a dirt trail that was once part of the Long Island Motor Parkway. Despite the 100-year-old concrete slabs and rotting wooden side guardrails being the only markers of its previous existence, village trustees are spearheading efforts to preserve the portion of the land that is located within the Village of Garden City.


Village Residents, Trustees Weigh in On Fence Debate

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Board Defers Vote on Zoning Code Amendments Until July 21

For the second time this month, the Garden City Board of Trustees deferred voting on approving amendments to the village’s zoning code at the June 16 village board meeting. Prior to closing a public hearing on the issue, the board of trustees discussed what the appropriate distance of fences from the front of property lines is. Furthermore, residents weighed in on how changes in the zoning code could adversely affect the quality of life and character of the community.


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