Regrettably, all too often our young people are criticized for the negative behavior of a relative few. I am pleased to let you know that this Halloween was virtually free of vandalism demonstrating that our young people do care about their Village. On behalf of the parents, I thank residents for providing delicious but safe “treats” for the children. A good day was had by all!
The five undersigned Trustees have determined it necessary to provide this letter to our residents in light of current discussions regarding the former St Paul’s School building.
We realize that St. Paul’s is an ongoing issue for many village residents, and that some accuse us of having “no vision” if we do not agree with the Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) and the Historical Society. To the contrary, we certainly do have a vision.
The Village of Garden City is a participant in the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) natural gas buying group program. The NCVOA has entered into an agreement with East Coast Power and Gas and will be offering a discount program to village residents and commercial establishments. As an East Coast Power and Gas customer, your natural gas rate each is guaranteed to be 8 percent lower and businesses are guaranteed to save 8.625 percent on the sales tax as well as receiving an 8 percent discount. There is no long-term commitment and you can opt out of the program at any time. Please note that if you sign on to this program, your natural gas bill, gas delivery and emergency services will continue to be provided by NationalGrid.
Special thanks is due to the fire department for their efforts in making Fire Prevention Day/Week the success that it was. Our fire department puts a lot of time, effort and expense into this project, which is designed to make the residents and children aware of the inherent dangers in household fires. If you were not able to attend this past Sunday, Oct. 16, please make an effort for your own safety, and the safety of your children, to attend next year. Chief Charles S. Cavarra and our fire department do an outstanding job protecting our lives and homes and we are grateful for their dedication to the community.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who has been fighting for a “Cost of Living Adjustment” (COLA) increase for senior citizen Social Security beneficiaries since the last one in 2009, welcomed today’s news that seniors will finally be getting one next year. She also noted, however, that the flawed system used to determine the increases needs to be fixed with a proposal that she is co-sponsoring in Congress.
“It’s great that seniors are finally receiving an increase next year,” said Rep. McCarthy, a senior citizen herself, “but we need to reform the system so that the frequency and amount of these increases more accurately reflect the actual costs that seniors face. That’s why I’m cosponsoring the Consumer Price Index for Seniors Act – seniors need Social Security to keep up with the reality of their expenses in this tough economy.”
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Committee to Save St. Paul’s presented “A Comprehensive Plan for the Restoration of St. Paul’s and Community Center Development” to the Board of Trustees. The plan, which includes work proposed at the cost thereof, can be found on the village website.
There was normal garbage and recycling pickup on Monday, Oct.10. Residences west of Rockaway Avenue will have their garbage collected on Monday and Thursday and those east of Rockaway Avenue will be collected on Tuesday and Friday. Rubbish will be collected on Wednesday.
The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending wishes for a very Happy New Year to village residents.
I would like to advise that a Final Notice Reminder for the test of the Backflow Prevention Assembly will be mailed to backflow device owners on or about Oct.15, 2011.
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