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.
Mineola Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that Garden City and Verizon have finally retained consultants to address the noise issue plaguing Mineola residents on 13th Avenue. Sound tests have begun, according to Garden City officials.
Both consultants will be coordinating with Mineola’s sound abatement consultant, Manhattan-based firm Lally Acoustical Consultants. Martins said that once tests are taken, results would be available at the next board meeting in August.
The Garden City Board of Education recently held their annual Reorganization Meeting for the year 2010 at the Central Administration building. Colleen Foley was sworn in as school board president and Barbara Trapasso was sworn in as school board vice president. During a regularly scheduled meeting that followed, agenda items included updates on the recent bond referendum projects and elimination of the 15-student minimum for low-enrollment classes.
The Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) continued its discussions regarding the low-flying aircraft over the Village of Garden City and the incessant noise that accompanies it. EAB members and village residents told a representative from Congresswoman McCarthy’s office that new legislation is needed to decrease the amount of aircraft flying over the Village of Garden City, as well as harsher penalties for planes that fly below FAA altitude regulations.
It was a full house as residents and the board of trustees listened to the Committee to Save St. Paul’s and Garden City Historical Society present an alternative plan that would save St. Paul’s School from demolition. The proposal calls to establish a conservancy and would require an $8 million preservation and renovation of the building’s exterior and rehabilitation of major rooms on the first floor and chapel, which they say would cost the same or even less than the demolition.
On Monday, June 28, Senator Charles Schumer came to the Long Island Association Small Business Council Executive Breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury to discuss the economy- both on a national level, and to address issues specific to Long Island.
While the Senator expressed concern about the lack of jobs available in the country, calling the May jobs number of 41,000 private sector jobs “the worst number in a long time,” he was optimistic about the future in light of the government’s recent efforts, which he dubbed “targeted measures,” or smart, inexpensive strategies that will produce growth.
Fighting political corruption in Albany is what Republican candidate Daniel M. Donovan Jr. says will be his top priority should he be elected the next New York Attorney General. Vying for the top prosecutor’s seat, along with five Democratic hopefuls, the Staten Island District Attorney spoke candidly with editors of Anton Community Newspapers during a recent visit to Long Island.
For many, the idea of small-town America exists purely in Norman Rockwell paintings and reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. But for residents of Stewart Manor, the wholesomeness and patriotism associated with that notion is alive and well—especially as the Fourth of July draws near.
Plans are well under way for the Stewart Manor Fire Department’s annual Fourth of July parade. The department plans for the event all year long, but the planning starts to heat up toward the end of April. Since its inception in 1998, the parade has taken on a life of its own. The number of surrounding fire departments that participate has grown to nearly 20. In addition to the numerous fire departments—which boast multiple fire and rescue vehicles, as well as eye-catching floats, along the route—the parade includes local elected officials and owners of antique cars, who show off their classics as they celebrate our nation’s birth.
As the clock struck 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, Garden City residents were still coming into the high school library to cast their votes for the school budget. With the largest voter turnout in nearly 10 years, Garden City residents passed the 2010-11 budget by a margin of 3,241 to 1,991.
Residents of Garden City are one step closer to learning the fate of St. Paul’s School. At the last village board meeting, trustees were divided in a 4 to 4 vote on accepting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the demolition of the structure, which was prepared by firms Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and AKRF, Inc. Village Trustees Dennis Donnelly, Nicholas Episcopia and Brian Daughney and Mayor Robert J. Rothschild voted in favor of accepting the DEIS; while Trustees Lawrence Quinn, John Watras and Andrew Cavanaugh and Deputy Mayor Donald Brudie, voted against it. In order to break the tie, Mayor Rothschild voted again, resulting in the board’s official acceptance of the document.
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