February is designated as African American History Month. In the Town of Hempstead we are proud to acknowledge that designation and also to pay tribute to the many African American men and women who make a difference in our township.
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the Town of Hempstead will host our annual African American History Celebration. Sheena Wright, President and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation, will be our guest speaker for this very special event, which this year will be themed “The Start of a New Decade: Believe • Build • Empower.”
The Community Agreement (“Agreement”) was signed on May 15, 1919. It has been amended several times to conform to village law, as well as to increase the number of trustees from five to eight. The trustees and the mayor are elected to serve two-year terms.
Office of Mayor: The mayor is the chief executive officer of the village. The mayor appoints the village administrator, village officers and counsel, among others. The mayor conducts the labor negotiations. The mayor establishes policy and is responsible for the governance of the village.
Two years is too short a time for a mayor to govern. The first year he/she is learning the job and the second year he/she is ending the term. I recommend that the office of mayor be a four-year term as the office of governor, county executive and mayors of other villages.
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.
If you have an artificial Christmas tree for disposal, please call the Sanitation Department for a “Special Pickup” at 465-4031 or 465-4032.
The effects of the recent blizzard presented many challenges to residents and our business community in coping with daily activities. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank the numerous employees of the Incorporated Village of Garden City and many volunteer firefighters who left the comfort and safety of their homes and families for long hours at a time to provide for our safety and to open roads and parking fields to make them accessible for emergency vehicles during the storm and private vehicles immediately after the snowfall.
Special thanks is also due to all of the residents who took the time to shovel snow from around their fire hydrants by their homes in order to make them accessible to our firefighters responding to an emergency where every minute counts.
Garden City is a place of enduring beauty but it’s our people who help others that make it so special. Thanks to all.
I would like to thank everyone who generously donated to my Eagle Scout project benefiting the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center. With your help, I was able to deliver over 1,500 pounds of food and $700 in monetary donations to the Outreach Center. I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Kate Kern, Mrs. Lyn Beck and the Faith Formation program at St. Anne’s for supporting my project by delivering fliers and collecting food. Thanks to all for your generosity.
Rob Adams, Troop 56
Garden City Community Church
In recent days there has been much speculation that the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), a so-called watchdog agency, which sat idle for much of the past decade, will attempt to take control over Nassau’s finances. Yet this watchdog, appointed by Albany politicians, slept silent for the past eight years as the former County Executive mismanaged finances, spent recklessly and gave away indefensible union contracts, which run until 2016 that taxpayers simply cannot afford.
Miraculously NIFA awoke when I, a Republican, became County Executive. I inherited a $286 million deficit – the equivalent of a 43 percent property tax hike - worsened by these labor contracts that promise wage increases which exceed the cost of living standards by hundreds of millions of dollars, guarantee no layoffs, and ensure that employees continue to make no contribution toward health insurance.
The village board of trustees and I extend to all residents of the village a happy new year, one blessed with good health, much happiness and well-being for all of our families.
The Second Half of Village Taxes. which were due and payable on Dec. 1, 2010 are subject to penalty if payment is not made within a thirty day grace period. This year payments received after Jan. 3, 2011, will be subject to penalty. Please return the “second half” bill stub with your payment made payable to the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Please remember that Village Hall will be closed on Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. For your convenience, tax payments may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.
At this time of year, many of us enjoy Christmas songs that convey beautiful thoughts. Joy is the transcending theme, as it should be, celebrating for all regardless of faith or private beliefs a theme of renewal. It is especially appropriate at this time of year that our enduring hope be one of peace, certainly for ourselves here in Garden City, but also for all the people of the earth; that our common goal this special season will be “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
Mayor Robert J. Rothschild
Trustees Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras,
Nicholas P. Episcopia, Andrew J. Cavanaugh,
Laurence J. Quinn, Dennis C. Donnelly
and Brian C. Daughney
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Town of Hempstead residents a happy and healthy New Year.
With every New Year, we often make resolutions. One of the most common goals, especially after the holidays when we all tend to eat more than usual, is to get in shape. In the Town of Hempstead we are very fortunate to have many parks and recreation programs that will help residents do just that, not only during the winter months but also throughout the year.
Newly added to last year’s schedule, Zumba is an international dance party. This exciting fitness class features music from around the globe and dance styles ranging from Latin to hip-hop. Zumba is a cardio class that will sustain your heart rate at a healthy level and endorse weight loss and lean muscle sculpting. This program is held at Echo Park in West Hempstead, Merrick Road Park Golf Clubhouse in Merrick and this year also at Lido Town Park in Lido Beach. In-person registration for Echo Park will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7:30–8:30 p.m.; and registration for Merrick Road Clubhouse is on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Registration for Lido Town Park will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: Village Trustee Dennis Donnelly submitted the following letter.)
In recent months Mr. Ron Tadross and Mr. Ray Rudolph have been critical of our school Superintendent, school board president, the board of education, the mayor, village administrator, director of Public Works, director of Parks and Recreation, village auditor, commissioner of police, fire captain, village counsel, director of buildings, the board of trustees, the POAs, and the last 20 years of trustees.
Both men on occasion attend Board of Trustees meetings, and each sporadically attends POA meetings. Mr. Rudolph has yet to ask a question at any of these meetings.
Neither man serves on ANY village committee/board or commission. Neither has ever applied to be a member of the Zoning, Architectural Review, Planning, Environmental, Traffic or Property Owners Boards. (Mr. Tadross did apply to the Nominating Committee of the Estates POA but was not chosen as a candidate last year.)
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