Roughly 55 percent of Garden City resident’s property taxes go to Garden City Schools (32 percent village; 13 percent county). While we believe there is less waste in our schools than our village, the trend of uncapped employee benefits devouring our village infrastructure (i.e. roads, buildings) is also eating our children’s education. Garden City’s roughly 7,500 households are fully responsible for any pension and healthcare cost inflation for Garden City’s roughly 1,500 active and retired unionized employees (school 1,000, village 500). We believe our school and village administrators have to make a public commitment to limit resident exposure to ever higher employee pension and healthcare benefits, or residents should continue to get out and vote otherwise. The next opportunity is the May 19 resident school budget vote, so let us explain.
Beginning on April 1, under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue, have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.
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 2009 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its sixth anniversary season.
More than 1,200 youngsters graduated with honors from the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy last summer. Weeklong clinics at nearby town parks team top flight coaches with aspiring players to improve skill level and enhance enjoyment.
This Saturday, April 10, marks the opening of the 2010 Little League Baseball/Softball season. The annual Little League Parade will step off promptly at 9 a.m. from Village Parking Field 9E onto Tenth Street and proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street to Hilton Avenue, north on Hilton Avenue to Stewart Avenue for ceremonies at the Village Green.
The 2010-11 New York State budget is now officially late. Unfortunately, partisan politics has derailed the budget process once again, resulting in another late budget.
The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending our sincere best wishes for a Happy Passover to village residents.
Residents are reminded that village offices will close at noon next Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday and will reopen on April 5. Correspondence may be dropped in the letter slot at the front of Village Hall.
I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veteran’s booth at Hempstead Town Hall has reopened and is serving more clients than ever.
After being closed this past summer by the governor and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, we are pleased to say that thanks to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can again come to our counseling center every Thursday at Hempstead Town Hall, to discuss veteran benefits and other veteran issues.
Congratulations to Trustees Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras, Nicholas P. Episcopia and Brian C. Daughney on their election last Tuesday. It is gratifying to note that the affairs of our village are in such capable hands. I look forward to continuing working with the board of trustees, and also working with Brian C. Daughney. I believe we can achieve a great deal over the next year.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet. That is why each March we take time to recognize National Nutrition Awareness Month. This month is the perfect opportunity to remember to get five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.
I implore all constituents of the 4th Congressional District to demand our Representative (?) Carolyn “Pelosi’s Pet” McCarthy vote against ObamaCare. She never read the House version and voted for it! Now she’ll be voting for a senate version she hasn’t read. Will she ever hold a town hall meeting? Doubtful.
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