I am elated at the wisdom of our residents in preserving not only their very own history, but an iconic treasure that Garden City and no other village on Long Island has. The residents were intelligent enough to realize that demolishing St. Paul’s would not only cause a tax increase to pay the bond, but also their very own homes would suffer a loss in value that would also result in another tax increase to make up any deficit.
I thank the Committee to Save St. Paul’s, the Historical Society, Susan Lucci, Nelson DeMille and everyone who worked so hard on the campaign to save the building. But most importantly, I thank our village residents.
This week work began on the replacement of the Franklin Avenue decorative crosswalks. The work will be done in two phases. Phase #1 consists of night work (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) taking place from Seventh Street to Eleventh Street at the intersections of Franklin Avenue, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility in either direction based on the work scheduled. This phase should last for approximately seven nights.
When Phase #1 is completed, there will be a two week period where the base installed will be allowed to set up. After this time period, Phase #2 will begin. During Phase #2, the actual decorative crosswalks will be installed. The work may be done during the day on the side streets and Franklin Avenue (if this is not possible, it will be done at night). This phase is expected to last approximately 12-15 work days.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, there will be a Village-wide referendum on a bond issue in the sum of $3.75 million for funding to demolish St. Paul’s. Voting will take place at the Fieldhouse at St. Paul’s School, from noon until 9 p.m. Your vote, be it against funding for demolition, or for the funding, is very important.
Please make your voices heard.
[Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Garden City.]
Having grown up on Third Street, and having lived on Fourth Street and Cedar Place for nearly all of my adult life, one always notices the dramatic transformation of the neighborhood as you leave Hempstead and drive into Garden City. One goes from the fully developed Franklin Street in Hempstead to the beautiful greenery of Garden City. Now, it appears there is an initiative on the Planning Commission to change that.
I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veterans booth at Hempstead Town Hall is serving more clients than ever!
After being closed in the summer of 2009 by the Governor and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, the veterans booth was reopened with the assistance of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can continue to come to our counseling center every Wednesday and Thursday at Hempstead Town Hall to discuss veterans benefits and other veterans issues.
On Wednesday, April 27, there will be a village-wide referendum on a bond issue in the sum of $3.75 million for funding to demolish St. Paul’s. Voting will take place at the Fieldhouse at St. Paul’s School from noon until 9 p.m. Your vote, be it against funding for demolition or for the funding is very important.
Please make your voice heard.
I would like to ask you to do your part to support all businesses within Garden City, which includes Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. I would also like to encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2010 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its seventh anniversary season.
This is my last column. My term as mayor comes to an end on Monday, April 4. WOW!!! Two years flies by when you are having so much fun!!! Seriously, it has been my privilege to have served on the board of trustees for the past eight years and the last two as mayor. I congratulate and thank Don Brudie, our mayor-elect, new Estates Trustee John DeMaro and our re-elected Trustees Cavanaugh, Donnelly and Quinn along with incumbent Trustees Daughney, Episcopia and Watras. Trustees are elected to assist village staff in the efficient delivery of services that residents expect and at the same time manage the associated costs and expenses at an acceptable level. Considering the difficult economic time we live in, I think this board has accomplished that. At the same time, we have addressed a number of issues, some more difficult than others. We were directly involved in the village representation at the Town of Hempstead hearings on the Nassau Coliseum HUB site and the LIRR Third Track expansion proposal. We finalized changes to our village zoning law. We initiated a full comprehensive review of all the Village insurance policies for the first time in many years, which we expect to afford us better coverage and premium savings. With collaboration with the POAs, the Citizen Budget Review Advisory Committee is now an invaluable direct contributor to the review of the village budget review process. There was always a difference of opinion of whether we needed the fence along Stewart Avenue at St. Paul’s, but I must say that I have not had ONE negative comment since its installation two years ago. We have created a new committee of Trustees to review the organizational structure of village staff to capture people and monetary efficiencies where possible. After 18 years, we have taken the obsolete St. Paul’s Main Building and Ellis Hall through the last of the iterations for alternative uses. We have fully documented through the Final Environmental Impact Statement the process and cost of demolition. We have adopted a Findings Statement, which confirms there is no viable, acceptable, economical and financially feasible alternative use for this building in its existing configuration and have made the decision to demolish the Main Building and Ellis Hall and create additional recreational open space. It has been the sense of the board that the residents are unwilling to pay to preserve and then continue to pay to maintain this obsolete building, which, if preserved, would have no active use for the majority of residents. On April 27, the residents will be asked if they approve the bond resolution adopted by the board of trustees to issue bonds not to exceed $3,750,000 to finance the demolition of the Main Building and Ellis Hall and create additional open space.
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