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Mayor's Report: June 7, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The Belmont Festival At Garden City— Friday, June 7

The Belmont Festival Committee is in the process of planning the 16th Annual Belmont Festival at Garden City. Entertainment, live music and plenty of activities for the youngsters are planned and as always, great food. The Festivals five great bands include the Fivestone Rock Band, Jerry & the Newcomers, the New Vintage Orchestra, Nor Easter Band (formerly Speak Easy) and the Village Music Makers, as well as, back by popular demand, young dancers from Garden City’s Broadway Bound Dance. There will also be pony rides, face painters and carnival booths with prizes.

Restaurants will compete for the best wings in the Wing-Off Competition. The proceeds of this contest will directly benefit the Long Island Red Cross for their efforts in the Sandy Recovery. Restaurants interested in participating in the Wing-Off should call Tim Peoples at 917-747-3067.


Editorial: Burning Up The Track

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

The late Steve Prefontaine once said that whenever he wondered why he ran, it always came back to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. At a recent Mitchel Field meet, the Garden City Girls track and field team undoubtedly reaped in both of those feelings in spades after capturing its seventh straight County Championship. Right out of the gate on Day 1, the Lady Trojans set the tone by winning each of the events they ran in. Whatever the event—400-intermediate hurdles, 4x400 relay, 100-meter spring or the 2,000-meter steeplechase—the girls track team came up big, with the most notable finishers being Emma Gallagher (three victories), Stephanie Gerland (two victories), sister Jennifer (one second place finish) and high-jumping freshman Tiana Biscone (second place). With the County Championship under its belt, the Lady Trojans next challenge will be the state qualifiers, where they’ll be competing against the Empire State has to offer. On top of being a significant challenge, it’ll also offer the Garden City Girls track and field squad a chance to recapture that sense of achievement and self-satisfaction.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: May 31, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00
Call To Action: Binding Arbitration

For nearly four decades mayors and members of the village boards of trustees have reported frustration over the fact that within New York State, the Police and Fire Unions are covered under a binding arbitration statute. In the event an impasse is reached in collective bargaining with our police or fire union, the final step in the impasse resolution process is the use of compulsory, or binding, interest arbitration. The three-person arbitration panel has significant power and may issue an award which requires tax increases. The panel is not responsible to the taxpayers nor responsible for its award.

The statute is due to expire on June 30 and your board of trustees has joined with its elected counterparts from throughout New York State in writing to the governor and our legislator urging them to be proactive in allowing the binding arbitration to expire. Please join us by taking the time to contact the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224, Senator Kemp Hannon, 595 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530 and Assembly Member, Edward P. Ra, 1225 Franklin Ave., Suite 465, Garden City, NY 11530, asking for their support.


Mayor's Report: May 24, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Congratulations To Adelphi University’s Class Of 2013

Sunday, May 19, is the graduation of Adelphi University’s Class of 2013. My colleagues on the village board of trustees and I join all of the residents of our village in extending congratulations to these outstanding young people. They have been a credit to our community and I am sure they will continue to reflect well on Garden City as Adelphi University’s alumni. We wish the Class of 2013 the very best and congratulate you on your many accomplishments and contributions.

Upcoming Community Events

With spring here, plans are already underway for various events that are scheduled in Garden City. These events are designed for the entire family, so be sure to mark your calendar. Some of these activities include:


Editorial: Attacking Alzheimer’s

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

According to a 2007 University of California study, Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. Which makes what Denise Silverberg did in creating the Friendship Circle Luncheon (FCL) a decade ago so important. An organization that got its start when Silverberg was trying to find an outlet for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s, the FCL has since raised money for hundreds of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, MS or the aftermath of a stroke. Just as importantly, the FCL recognizes the dedication and efforts put forth by caregivers, who are often overlooked in the process of addressing Alzheimer’s disease. At the tenth annual Friendship Circle Luncheon that was recently held at the Garden City Hotel, Silverberg and more than 500 women raised money for the cause at an event hosted by Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto and featuring a musical performance by singer/actress Megan Hilty. With additional funds raised via a silent auction and a raffle featuring products donated by the business community, the FCL is also helping to sustain one of the few programs in the country that helps out patients afflicted by early-onset Alzheimer’s and is being run at the Sid Jacobson JCC. With all the great work that the FCL does, it’s no wonder that the yellow rose, which signifies joy, happiness and new beginnings, is the symbol for this wonderful organization.

– Dave Gil de Rubio



Editorial: Lockdown Defense

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

The adage that the best offense is a best defense has been taken to heart by the Garden City High School boys and girls lacrosse teams. Both squads have wholeheartedly embraced this philosophy resulting in the kind of long-running success that’s enabled the former to go undefeated last year and the latter to be consistently ranked amongst the top teams nationwide. Coaches Finnell and Chapman have both masterfully overseen the implementation of this approach and as a result, expect both lax outfits to make some hay in the postseason while undoubtedly making a run for the state crown in their respective divisions.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Letter: Garden City Robotics League Wrapup

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

The Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) held its End of Year Celebration on Wednesday evening, April 24 at the Garden City Presbyterian Church. The event was a success. We wanted the children to celebrate their first season and honor their hard work. We also wanted to share what we learned with the greater community, a key Core Value of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program (us We accomplished all of those goals beautifully. It took many dedicated, interested, and generous adults to achieve that success. I would like to thank them. 

Our GCRL Coaches: Ken Ambach, Eileen Ambach, Constantine Stamidis, Emily Arnone, Melissa Jaeger, Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, Patrick Treanor, Martha Yasso, Suzy Dorney, Peter Arianas, James Lynch, Alex Kin, Kim DeMaro, Steve Giammona, and Brian Sanguyu.   


Mayor's Report: May 17, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Garden City 2012 Government Finance Officers Association Award

We were pleased to learn from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada this week that the village’s Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2012 earned a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.  The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the seventeenth consecutive year that the village has received this national recognition.  Special thanks are due to Village Auditor James Olivo and Deputy Village Treasurer Frank Kelly.

Merchants Clean Up

The village has received quite a few complaints over the past few weeks regarding the amount of wrappers, waste, bottles and cans that are on Seventh Street. I would like to remind the merchants to be more careful in how they place their garbage for pickup. I would also like to remind the shoppers to please dispose of their waste in the containers that are located along Seventh Street. There are more than adequate refuse containers for that purpose.


Editorial: Balance Of Power

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Balance. It’s often a key component to success in life and for the Garden City High School baseball team, it’s certainly what was at the heart of a recent 12-game winning streak and an overall record of 13-2 as of press time. Between the fact the Trojans’ batting lineup has been averaging a tick over 8 runs a game while their counterparts in the rotation have been stingily giving up less than 3 runs per seven innings, it’s no surprise that the squad is poised for an eventual showdown with divisional heavyweights the Wantagh Warriors. Full-on credit goes to Manager Rich Smith, whose three-pronged approach of solid defense, shutdown pitching and lethal hitting just might bring another conference championship to Garden City.

–Dave Gil de Rubio



Mayor's Report: May 10, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Water Conservation - Local Law 3-1987

We all want to keep the environment clean and green.  However, I would like to remind village residents that although we want to have beautiful lawns and flowers, we must keep in mind the village’s law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect.

The Restrictions Are: Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation only from April 16 to Nov. 30 of each year and only during the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.


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