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Letter: Estates POA Election Acknowledgments

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

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.

 

Mayor’s Report: February 7, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Pedestrian Safety

Whether you are a jogger, bicyclist, dog walker or just plain stroller out for a walk, if you elect to do this when it is dark, we urge, for your own safety and the safety of vehicle operators, that you wear some type of reflective vest. Bicyclists are also urged to equip their bicycles with front and rear lights.

We have already experienced a number of accidents that perhaps would not have occurred had some type of reflective protective gear been worn.

 

Mayor’s Report: January 31, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Go Red for Women

Feb. 3, 2012 will mark the seventh annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Unfortunately, most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women. These two diseases kill more than 480,000 women in the United States every year; more than the next five causes of death combined, including all cancers. On Long Island, more than 5,600 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.

One of the components of Go Red for Women will be National “Wear Red Day for Women” on Feb. 3. On Friday, Feb. 3, wear something red — a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women’s lives. Some of the activities planned for this year can be viewed on their websites www.americanheart.org and www.goredforwomen.org.

Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk

Residents are again reminded of the “Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk” signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street between Franklin and Hilton avenues.

State Vehicle and Traffic Law states that motorists must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway within the striped crosswalks. A motorist seeing a pedestrian entering the crosswalk must stop and permit the pedestrian to cross the street. Cars approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear are not permitted to pass.

The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street and Rockaway Avenue near the east entrance to the Middle School will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians.

A word of caution, however, to the pedestrian — do not place undue reliance on the signs or the crosswalks, even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way — they may not do so.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 2, and on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.

Village’s Upgraded Website

Last week visitors to the Village of Garden City’s website got a firsthand preview of the village’s newly upgraded website which I am sure you will find both helpful and informative. Our appreciation to Village Clerk Brian Ridgway and Thomas McGerty of the Village Recreation and Parks Department for this in house upgrade which was performed by them without incurring the need or cost of an outside vendor.

Please be sure to visit this website (www.gardencityny.net) for information with regard to all the various village departments, as well as meeting dates for the various village boards and community events which now includes much more detailed information with regard to the Village of Garden City that I know residents as well as visitors will find helpful.

Well Check Program/ Inclement Weather

Fortunately, the snowfall last weekend was insignificant to what we experienced in the last two years. However, walking and driving were somewhat dicey, which reminds us of the need to look in on our neighbors who would have been housebound due to inclement weather.

We remind everyone that the Garden City Police Department has a Well Check Program, which provides a service for the residents. The Police Department’s Well Check Program is available to any senior citizen, a person with a disability, or to any person suffering a hardship. Police Commissioner Ernest J. Cipullo has advised me that residents can contact the Police Department and be placed on its Well Check Log. Each morning, a person who is placed on the Police Department’s Log can call to check in and let us know if they are okay or in need of assistance. If a person who is on the list does not contact the Police Department, an attempt will be made to contact that person either by phone and/or in person. Any person who wishes to be placed on the Garden City Police Department’s Well Check Log may contact the Desk Officer at (516) 465-4101.

 

Letter: ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave; Do We Still Believe It?’

Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights were written by men well-schooled in the ideas of the French and Scottish Enlightenments. They were men who respected human reason and who despised superstition, prejudice and ignorance. These European intellectuals were in awe of Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Paine, and all Americans whom they had previously mocked as “Yankee Doodles.”

They saw that despite our being in the midst of a war for our very existence, we calmly, humanely and bravely proclaimed, “all men are created equal...with certain unalienable rights...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Is that just ancient history or are we still the awesome people who sing of their land as the “land of the free and the home of the brave?”

 

Mayor’s Report: January 24, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

The Village Begins E-Cycling

The Department of Environmental Conservation has placed restrictions on the collection and disposal of e-waste (televisions, computers, computer peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.). Collectors such as the village will be required to separately collect these items and designate them for recycling or reuse. The village has contacted a vendor, which has been designated by the Town of Hempstead for e-waste recycling, and they have agreed to provide a POD, which will be located at the Village Yard for the collection of e-waste, which will be recycled by them.

Beginning on Feb. 7, the village will begin collecting e-waste on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Spot collections will occur on an as-needed basis by the supervisors for anything put out before then as directed by the Yard.

Shopping Carts

Your village has spent a good deal of time and money to beautify our central business district in order to make it as appealing to residents and businesses. Our local food markets on Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue have also made a significant investment in purchasing high quality shopping carts for our use and convenience while shopping in their stores. Regrettably, these carts are not being returned to the prescribed areas by the shoppers and are being left within the parking fields and in the areas of the apartment houses.

In consideration of your neighbors, merchants and community, I urge residents to return these carts to their respective stores. Please don’t place the village in the position to have to expend manpower and time to impound the shopping carts. The residents’ effort will go a long way to keeping our village the beautiful place that we all want it to be.

Budget Work Sessions

 

I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2012/13 Operating/Capital Budgets on:

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study- Work Session 1

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 2

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 3

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session - Final

These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the boardroom at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Village’s Upgraded Website

 

This week, visitors to the Village of Garden City’s website got a look at the village’s upgraded website. This was made possible through the efforts of Village Clerk, Brian Ridgway and Tim McGerty of the Village Recreation and Parks Department.

Please be sure to visit this website (www.gardencityny.net) for information with regard to all the various village departments, as well as meeting dates for the various village boards and community events which now includes much more detailed information with regard to the Village of Garden City that I know residents as well as visitors will find helpful.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

 

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 2 and on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

Safety Tips

 

I would like to share with you, the following safety tips, which were written by a police officer:

1.Tip from Tae Kwon Do:

The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide.

If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, do not hand it to him. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Run like mad in the other direction!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. Don’t do this!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head and tell you where to go. As soon as you get into your car, lock the car doors and leave. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, do not drive off! Instead, gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:

A. Be aware:

Look around you; look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.

B. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night!

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: Stop. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point:

Someone just told you that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her, “Whatever you do, do not open the door ...” The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, do not open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re alone at night.

10. Water scam! if you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, do not go out to investigate! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

 

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: January 24, 2012

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Rep. McCarthy on Dr. King: An Inspiration as I Fight for What’s Right in Congress

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy issued the following statement on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is observed every third Monday of January:

“As one who has dedicated my public life to nonviolence and social and economic fairness for all, I cannot overstate the powerful legacy left by Martin Luther King, Jr. and how much of an inspiration he is to me as I fight for what’s right in the halls of Congress.

 

Letter: Kudos to the Mayor and Trustees

Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

[Editor’s Note: The following letter was written in response to a letter to the editor written by Tom Lamberti, entitled “Our Executive Staff, ”which was published in the Dec. 29 edition of Garden City Life.]

Former Village Trustee Tom Lamberti’s position on compensation for village employees is a real head-scratcher. Mr. Lamberti vigorously objects to a modest, annual 1.5 percent wage increase for the lowest-paid village employees. Yet, on the other hand, he attacks the current trustees for asking our highest-paid managers to start contributing to the cost of their health insurance.

 

Mayor’s Report: January 17, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Holiday Garbage Collection

Please be advised that village offices were closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. There were no garbage or recycling pickups for Monday, Jan. 16 and no rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The holiday collection schedule will be as follows:

Western half of Village (West of Rockaway Avenue)

Garbage: Tuesday and Thursday

Rubbish: Wednesday, January 25

Eastern Half of Village (East of Rockaway Avenue)

Garbage: Wednesday and Friday

Rubbish: Wednesday, January 25

 

Letter: With Care, Fracking Can Work in NY

Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

While it is true that the issues related to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” are not simple we should not be influenced by much of the misinformation that has been disseminated and we should base our decisions on the facts and develop a regulatory regime which can assure safety and environmental sensitivity.

It is ironic that natural gas development, which can reduce carbon emissions by a third compared to oil and a half compared to coal, is caught in an emotional debate over environmental impacts. As businessman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, using data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, this abundant new gas source has reduced our oil imports from 60 percent in 2005 to 47 percent today. Recent events in the Middle East should reinforce the need for a U.S. energy policy based on domestic natural gas.

 

Mayor’s Report: January 10, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

Collection of Christmas Trees and Wreaths for Recycling

A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the Department of Public Works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the village yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.

Please assist the village by removing tree stands, strands of electric lights and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.

 

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