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Mayor's Report: October 4, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
Seeking New Members For The Special Police

The Garden City Special Police are comprised of residents who choose to give of their free time and energy by volunteering to help maintain the quality of life in Garden City. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to the community helps to give our village a higher level of safety and security to its residents.

The presence of the special police in uniform, on patrol, in marked police units has proven to reduce vandalism and other crimes in the village. The special police are responsible for crowd control at parades, traffic control at fairs and assisting pedestrians at crossings.


Editorial: A Return To The Mountaintop

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:26

Legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden once said, “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” If that’s the case, I wouldn’t bet against the Garden City High School football team, particularly given the fact that Coach Tom Flatley continues to oversee this gridiron squad. While last year’s state championship was the latest notch on Flatley’s belt, he is no stranger to winning. Recently inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, (say that five times fast), the 73-year-old coach has won five Long Island championships, four Rutgers Cups and 18 conference titles during his 28 years at Garden City High School. And thanks to a 246-40-7 lifetime record, this stern taskmaster’s .852 winning percentage is the highest in Long Island football history. So while the Trojans are dealing with significant turnover from the loss of some key seniors, would it really surprise anyone to see Coach Flatley and his team capture another state championship?

— Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: September 26, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Thank You Garden City Fire Department

Writing on behalf of the Garden City Community, I wish to thank Fire Chief William Castoro and the members of the Garden City Fire Department for conducting the beautiful 12th year anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience and assisted many of us to get through that difficult day.

Police Enforcement Of Speeding In The Village

With the commencement of the new school year, the police department has extended its aggressive driving campaign to include serious traffic violations on roadways in the vicinity of village schools as well as bus stops and walking routes to schools. From Sept. 3 through Sept. 10, the department issued 54 tickets for speeding in a school zone, 12 tickets were issued for other speeding violations, and 148 tickets issued for miscellaneous moving violations, including cell phone violations, stop sign violations, red light violations, suspended license violations, and suspended registration violations.


County Financial Report Card

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The financial condition of the County continues to improve by all fundamental measures, primarily due to the improving economy and cost controls instituted by the Mangano administration. From residents’ point of view, the County’s improved financial state is reflected in the county portion of their property tax bill, which has not increased in the last four years.

The mid-year financial projections for 2013 indicate that the County will end the year with a $5.6 million budgetary surplus. This follows on the heels of 2012’s surplus of $41.5 million, now confirmed by independent auditors. These budget surpluses are due to increased sales tax revenues from the improving economy (up 10.4 percent year to date) and reduced Social Service costs due to lower unemployment (down to 6 percent, one of the lowest rates in New York State and lower than that of Suffolk County and New York City.)


The Real State of Nassau's Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources.

As a Certified Public Accountant and former Nassau County Comptroller, I can see through the blatant attempts by Maragos to cook the books to produce the result he wants instead of the result that is truthful. The problem is that voters are disillusioned by the back-and-fourth of political campaigns where one side makes one claim and the other side counters with the opposite take. If voters don’t know who to believe, they should look at what independent, outside sources have to say about the county’s finances.


Editorial: Planting The Seeds

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Lacrosse has seemingly always been an intrinsic part of Garden City. Events like the Annual Jay Gallagher Tournament, which attracts teams from around the country, has brought a nationwide vibe to the village on an annual basis. In the Garden City Public School District, the Trojans’ excellence between the lines wound up having the boys team win the state championship and get named the nation’s top-ranked team in 2011 while the girls team was also crowned state champions that same year. So it’s reassuring to know that since 2006, Bob Jahelka and Michael Winkoff have taken a vested interest in getting younger kids involved in lacrosse via the duo’s For the Love of the Game (FLG) organization.


Mayor's Report

Written by Mayor John J. Watras Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Please Continue To Shop And Dine Outdoors In Garden City


The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.


Editorial: Neighborliness Is Next To Godliness

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Renaissance English poet Francis Quarles once wrote, “Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.” If a recent Mission Trip to Long Beach is any indication, this is apparently a tenet that the Garden City Community Church has taken to heart. After holding a number of fundraising events to pay for building materials and supplies, 37 students and eight adult leaders from the congregation made a short trek to the South Shore to help out a number of people still trying to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Plenty of sweat equity and considerable man hours and finances were invested in restoring a number of homes and helping to lay the foundation of the church the volunteers stayed at. It’s reaffirming to know that there are people living within the borders of Garden City for whom the proverb “Love thy neighbor” goes beyond just hearing it preached in a sermon.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: September 5, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Rosh Hashanah

The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending wishes for a very Happy New Year to our village residents and friends of the Jewish faith.


Editorial: 100 Years Young

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Ed Palkot was born in 1913 and recently celebrated 100 years of life on this mortal coil. Think about that for a moment. The year he was born, Woodrow Wilson succeeded William Howard Taft as president, Igor Stravinsky’s score for the ballet The Rite of Spring debuted, stainless steel was invented, construction on the Panama Canal was completed and the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line. Over time, Mr. Palkot has seen his share of wars, lived through 17 presidential administrations and seen Garden City retain its charm as a sleepy burg even as it kept up with the technological advances of the times. Best of all, this Pittsburgh native has been fortunate to retain a spry demeanor that’s resulted in his looking two decades younger than his actual age thanks to a combination of genes, a positive outlook and active lifestyle. Ed Palkot is the poster child for what we’d all like to wind up like should we reach that advanced age and proof that growing old doesn’t necessarily have to be such a daunting prospect.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio


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