After months of lengthy work sessions, the Garden City Board of Education officially adopted the 2010-11 budget during a meeting on Monday, April 19. The total budget is $98,275,256, with a budget-to-budget increase of $3,059,669 (or 3.21 percent). The public will go the polls on May 18 to vote on the proposal, which has a projected 4.52 percent tax levy increase (with STAR).
The Verizon Wireless plant is once again the source of dispute for the Villages of Mineola and Garden City. Months after angry residents spoke to Anton Community Newspapers about the loud noise emanating from equipment, the mayor of Mineola announced the possibility of initiating a lawsuit against not only Verizon, but also the Village of Garden City.
John and Ida Ferrieria, longtime members of the Mineola community, who own the “For Birds Only” store on Jericho Turnpike, have lived in their home on 13th Avenue in the Village of Mineola for the last 32 years. They say their quality of life has been disturbed by the noise levels generated from an ongoing construction project at the Verizon facility, which borders the Mineola neighborhood where they live.
During the Traffic Commission’s monthly meeting on April 15, trustee Dennis Donnelly announced that the Village of Garden City would convert 25 permit spots to two-hour spots and begin re-enforcing the parking permits in the Fair Court parking lot. The temporary parking spots would provide a solution to what has been a heated argument for months between the village and the landlord and tenants who utilize the Fair Court parking lot.
On March 25, at the Garden City Hotel, members and guests of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce heard Patrick Foye, deputy county executive, discuss the efforts of the new regime to reform the county’s property tax assessment system.
During a public hearing and organizational meeting held on April 5, the Garden City Board of Trustees adopted the 2010-11 budget, resulting in an approximate tax increase of $121 to the average assessed single family homeowner. The board of trustees voted 5 to 2 in favor of the budget, the collection of the taxes and the fixing of the 2010 tax rate.
The Garden City Village Board of Trustees held their annual organization meeting on the evening of April 5, at Village Hall. Justice Allen S. Mathers administered the oath of office to incumbents Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras, Nicholas Episcopia and new trustee Brian Daughney.
In Garden City, sunny skies helped draw crowds to the 55th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade on April 4 at 1 p.m., which stepped off from Tenth Street on Franklin Avenue. Throngs of parade-goers came dressed in their Sunday best to watch the procession of more than 300 antique and classic cars roll through the streets.
The Joint Conference Committee (JCC) of the four Property Owners’ Associations (POAs) has released the Citizens Budget Review and Advisory Committee Report and analysis of the proposed 2010/2011 village budget. The report has been delivered to, and discussed with, the Finance Committee of the village board of trustees and the village administration.
Budget talks continued on Tuesday, March 23 at Garden City High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen summarized his recommendations and listened to board members and parents’ pleas to bring class sizes down and to save teachers.
Before presenting an overview of his proposals, Dr. Feirsen told the audience that the proposals are still recommendations and the 2010-11 budget will be adopted by the board of education on April 19. During this public meeting, recommendations or the changes to the recommendations will become finalized as a budget that is being presented to the community.
Congratulations to six Garden City High School students for being named as 2010 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Pictured here with high school Principal Nanine Cuttitta are this year’s finalists (left to right): Michael Abatemarco, Brendan Catalano, Thomas Elustondo, Victoria Seskin, Allison Shen, and Emily Tudisco. Of the 1.5 million entrants taking the PSAT/NMSQT, some 50,000 with the highest selection index scores (critical reading and mathematics and writing skills) qualified for recognition in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. As finalists, these students are part of a group of 15,000 from across the nation honored for their academic scholarship.
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