Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements that will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My associates on the village board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country that will be their temporary homes.
This week will mark the arrival of Adelphi’s Class of 2013 onto the Garden City campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The board of trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff as well as the Class of 2013 and all students a most productive year.
The village wants you to consider Garden City your home away from home during the next four years. Don’t forget to visit our shopping areas and many fine restaurants on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road; bring your friends and family, all are welcome.
Through the kindness of an interested village resident, I am sharing the following information on what is recommended to be done with your unused pharmaceuticals. Most importantly, do not flush them as they re-emerge as trace contaminants in the environment.
According to the most recent federal guidelines issued by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on the proper disposal of prescription drugs, unused, unneeded and expired prescription drugs should be removed from their original containers and placed in the trash.
To prevent accidental poisonings or potential drug abuse the ONDCP recommends mixing the meds with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds, and placing the mixture into a sealable plastic bag prior to placing them into the trash.
These items will be collected by the incorporated village’s sanitation department and transported to the incinerator for disposal.
During September, the board of trustees will meet once. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Correspondence addressed to the mayor and board must be received by Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, to be included with the board’s communications for this meeting.
I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. A topic of interest that is listed on the village’s website within the Administration page is a listing of the various meetings that are scheduled for each board or commission.
On Aug. 4, Trustee Episcopia and Village Administrator Schoelle represented the Village of Garden City at the Town of Hempstead’s public hearing with regard to the Lighthouse Project.
I attended several hours of the “environmental” hearing and saw that the speakers while I was there were mainly people related to construction trades and others with a vested economic interest in the project and with little or no concern for the environmental impact of the project.
The Nassau County Department of Assessment could learn a lot from Macy’s if they handled tax grievances the way the retailer deals with broken blenders. After all, in both instances we’re dealing with unhappy customers (taxpayers) who are frustrated with a defective product and want satisfaction. Unfortunately, the assessment department has never really considered those who have overpaid taxes as a result of assessment errors as aggrieved customers. Indeed, a recent report by the county assessor claimed that the hemorrhaging assessment system was not broken even while a recent Newsday article [“Millions in Refunds in Nassau”] observed that Nassau has paid out half a billion dollars in refunds between 2003 and ’08.
Residents are encouraged to make our business districts both safe and pedestrian friendly.
Early one morning last week while I was seated at one of the alfresco dining tables on Seventh Street I was distressed to observe a number of vehicles fail to stop for pedestrians who were waiting in the crosswalk to cross the street. Please become aware that under the state law motorists are required to stop for pedestrians who are in their side of the crosswalk.
If you have recently had a tree planted in front of your home, please take the time to water it. The proper way to water is to first loosen the soil around the tree if it has become baked hard and then allow a hose to run at the base of the tree at a rate slow enough so that the water will be absorbed into the area around the tree trunk.
Watering hours are from 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.
Thank you for your cooperation.
During August, the board of trustees will meet only once. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. There will be seven public hearings at the Aug. 13 board of trustees meeting on the following proposed local laws:
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Reimbursements and Fees for Emergency Response Actions.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Administrative Fees for Impoundment and Redemption.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Alarm Systems.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Special Sanitation Fees for Excess Accumulation of Waste.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Repair and Maintenance of Sidewalks and Curbs.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City, to Establish Residence R-20C Corner Overlay Districts.
Copies of these proposed local laws are available at Village Hall and are listed on the village’s website, www.gardencityny.net.
I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. A topic of interest that is listed on the village’s website within the Recreation Department is information regarding the senior center. Within the senior center is a listing of various groups: the Retired Men’s Club, the Senior Womens’ Club, Grandmother’s Club, Senior Duplicate Bridge Club, Senior Quilter’s Club and Senior Homemaker’s Bridge Club.
As the Nassau County clerk, I am writing to again caution Garden City homeowners about mass mailings that are continually being sent urging them to purchase a “certified copy” of the deed to their home.
Homeowners should be aware that these mailings are solicitations from private companies offering to obtain a deed on the homeowner’s behalf. For their service, these private companies are charging more than 1,000 percent over clerk’s office fees. Also, residents should know that only the county clerk’s office could issue certified copies of deeds.
Please know that it is never necessary to utilize one of these companies to obtain a copy of your deed. Certified copies of deeds can always be obtained from the clerk’s office for a nominal charge. Anyone wishing to request a certified copy of the deed to his or her home can contact my office at 571-2664 for further information.
Maureen O’Connell, RN, JD
Nassau County Clerk
I am pleased to report that restaurant week was a successful week as a result of the Chamber of Commerce’s efforts for the first annual event and the success of their Friday evening program in which “eateries” offered food outside of their establishments. Judging by the crowd, it was evident how much it was enjoyed by all.
It has come to my attention that certain companies are sending out mailings to homeowners offering to file STAR exemption forms on homeowners’ behalf for a fee – as high as 100 percent of the exemption obtained.
Please be aware that homeowners may file applications for STAR exemptions (as well as other property tax exemptions) with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office for free. You do not need to pay a fee or have a company complete the forms for you.
Please visit the county assessor’s website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html to view brochures and print application forms for exemptions. Applications for the STAR exemption are due on or before Jan. 4, 2010.
Please share this information with your friends and family.
Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2009 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.
This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 and will feature Tom Wagner and the Village Music Makers. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please contact the Recreation Department at 465-4075 with questions pertaining to the concert.
“The stalemate in the New York State Senate has ended. With the gridlock over, more than 130 important bills that affected localities across this state and allowed them to hold the line on property taxes have been passed.
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