Daylight Savings Time began this past Sunday, March 11. Residents are reminded that clocks should have been set one hour ahead.
Each of us is currently serving on the village board of trustees. Although we are not running for election in the upcoming March 20 village election, we urge you to come and vote and support the Community Agreements Candidates.
We have all lived in the village for many years, from 10 years to our whole lives. We, like you, are taxpayers and are concerned with taxes and costs. We all have children who have either been raised in the village or are now watching our children grow up here.
It is my opinion that the quality of life in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and surrounding areas has greatly improved, culturally, with the construction and opening of Molloy College’s $28 million state-of-the-art Madison Theatre, where Broadway-quality performances are being presented on a regular basis, closer to our homes and at a great savings, compared to The Great White Way’s ticket prices.
This year the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, formerly held in Garden City for many years, has been relocated to Mineola by the organizers because of the cost imposed by our Village for Police overtime. However, the organizers, the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens, Inc., continue to invite us to march and/or view the parade, which will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 11 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.
Based upon excellent detective work using DNA technology, Garden City Police detectives have been able to solve a burglary and numerous thefts from parked automobiles. On Feb. 12, Garden City detectives arrested a 34-year-old Brooklyn man for 29 thefts that occurred during the past five months within the Village. An alert police detective found evidence at the scene of one of the vehicle thefts, which DNA lab testing confirmed belonged to the subject. The detectives located the subject in Brooklyn and placed him under arrest. The subject was previously arrested by Garden City Police in 2010 for a theft from a vehicle on Arthur Street. Numerous other cases have been closed by this arrest and an investigation is ongoing to determine if the subject arrested was responsible for other similar vehicle larcenies committed within the village and in other communities within Nassau County.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a vocal critic of the partisanship and gridlock that has delayed the passage of a payroll tax cut for middle class workers, voted today for a bipartisan bill to extend the tax cut through the end of 2012 and said that Washington needs to continue to work together to help struggling Americans.
The tax cut is expected to save middle class families over $1,000 – up to about $1,500 on Long Island – over the course of this year, according to McCarthy. Over 1.2 million Long Islanders, including 600,000 residents of Nassau County, are employed and may be eligible for the tax cut, according to information from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Last Friday evening, my wife Barbara and I along with my fellow trustees and their spouses, had the pleasure of attending the kickoff of a new Garden City nonprofit 501c (3) charitable organization entitled “The Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation.” This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting village programs in the arts and parks. Its fundraising will provide alternative funding for village programs and special projects and events so that every resident will benefit from its endowment.
This is an organization of, by, and for village residents of all ages and we are very fortunate to count them as our neighbors.
We wish them success with this worthwhile undertaking.
I would like to thank village residents Robert and Patricia Kaliban for their generous donation of $6,500 to pay to repair the St. Paul’s roof damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene and to Vinny Muldoon of Old World Quality Corp., for agreeing to repair the roof for the amount of the Kaliban donation and further to repair the damage to the clock tower at no cost to the village.
“Amanda’s Law” took effect a year ago in New York State. This law requires all residences, both new and existing to have carbon monoxide alarms installed on any floor where there are sleeping areas. The specific requirements differ for new and existing residences and also on when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups. The following link provides the proposed code text and legislation — http://www.dos.state. ny.us/codeCOAlarm.htm. If you have any questions feel free to call the Garden City Fire Department at 746-1301.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Estates POA ran a runoff election for one of its trustee positions. With only two weeks allowed to prepare for that event, the election posed some very difficult and challenging logistical considerations in order to meet the required deadlines.
Among the range of items required were ordering of four lever voting machines, four ballot boxes, printing of sample ballots and paper ballots, ordering name cards and badges, requesting school permits, ordering a delivery truck for the voting machines, obtaining two notaries, setting up an Estates POA Election Committee, coordinating three shifts of 21 volunteers to serve as poll watchers/inspectors, ordering food for volunteers, selecting an election commissioner and deputy-commissioner, obtaining necessary signatures from both candidates teams on a multitude of required documents, coordinating a police presence to be at the polls and assisting in traffic control, running all legal questions thru the by-laws and compliance committee, overseeing the printing of voting signature forms and binders; not to mention, the endless bits of last minute minutia that seemed to keep increasing right up to the moment the polls opened until the last vote was counted and recorded.
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