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Mayor's Report: March 18, 2011

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00
Thank You for Participating in the Village Blood Drive

I would like to thank the residents and employees who donated blood last Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

I am pleased to report that 22 pints of blood were collected. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support.

Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other members of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.

Again, thank you and we look forward to your participation in our next blood drive, which will take place in October.


Around the Town: March 18, 2011

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

After a cold and snowy winter, we are all looking forward to warmer, sunnier days. With the arrival of spring just around the corner, boating season is fast approaching, and removing the shrink wrap that protects vessels from ice, water and debris is part of a springtime ritual for many boat owners. As the time for boat launching approaches, Hempstead Town is pleased to remind boaters of our boat shrink wrap recycling program.

While shrink wrap serves a vital role during boat storage periods, the non-biodegradable plastic covering can clog landfills and find its way into local waterways when it’s discarded in the spring. The Town of Hempstead’s shrink wrap recycling program is making it easier for boaters to protect the planet and enjoy boating at the same time.


Mayor's Report: March 11, 2011

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00
Emergency Management Radio Tested Weekly

Garden City, along with all villages within Nassau County, each week, performs a “radio-test” with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM) to ensure that their assigned radio is working properly. These radios operate at an 800 MHz frequency and have been in operation for the past several years as a result of funding from former State Senator Michael Balboni. In the event of a major disaster where normal radio communications were disrupted each village would have the ability to communicate with each other directly, as well as with the NCOEM.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: March 11, 2011

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

My Vote for Jobs

I’m in Congress to achieve a few basic but very important things.

I’m in Congress to fight for educational opportunities that prepare Long Islanders to innovate and compete in a tough job market and global economy.

This is why I took a vote last week to protect the small career colleges all over Long Island that give working families and young people access to educational opportunities they can’t get from traditional colleges and universities.


Around the Town: March 4, 2011

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding Program

Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.

The town’s first-ever e-cycle event, held in October 2005, was a resounding success as more than 900 residents dropped off a total of 39 tons of used computers and computer components at the town’s Greenfield Cemetery garage in Uniondale.


From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: March 4, 2011

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Not Making Healthy Choices? Start Now

New York State Senate Health Chair Senator Kemp Hannon is reminding Long Islanders that March is the start of National Nutrition Month. Perhaps you have drifted from healthy habits? It’s not too late to get back on track.

Nutrition is essential at every stage of life to keep our bodies running their best. Understanding the different necessities of nutrition for different age groups is crucial in gaining and maintaining good health.


Mayor’s Report: February 25, 2011

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00
Inspection of National Grid’s Gas Transmission Lines

In response to the village’s request that National Grid inspect all gas transmission lines within the Village of Garden City and certify that gas lines are safe and in acceptable condition, National Grid has advised the village that gas transmission lines are subject to several forms of ongoing inspection which include:

• Visual inspection of the route for third-party activities, missing or damaged markers and any other issues, on an approximate 10-day cycle. This is far in excess of the New York State code requirement.

• Annual leakage survey, using calibrated gas detectors.

• Annual inspection of corrosion control system effectiveness, including anodes and where applicable; rectifier systems.

• Annual inspection of valves for accessibility and operability.


Around the Town: February 25, 2011

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Women’s History Month

March is designated as Women’s History Month and every year during this time, the Town of Hempstead takes the time to reflect upon the many accomplishments that women have achieved. As the first woman to be elected Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, National Women’s History Month is very important to me. Women’s History Month is dedicated to recognizing the advancement and outstanding accomplishments of women. Through the years, women have successfully achieved well-deserved positions of leadership within our community, reaching their fullest potential as they continue to progress professionally. The role of women in our community and the numerous contributions they have made deserve our highest praise.


Letter: Why the “Community Agreement?”

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

“Community Agreement” suggests consensus and harmony.

Why then are the defenders of Garden City’s Community Agreement so militant about any discussion regarding whether it continues to be relevant to governing the affairs of the village?

The population of each of the four sections is not equal, and has not been for decades. How then are two representatives from each section reflective of representative government?

Is it reasonable to expect that in any given year each of the four sections can muster two equally qualified individuals with the capacity to assume without compensation the responsibilities of what are essentially full-time executive roles?


Letter: Civil Discourse

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00
(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to Trustee Daughney’s letter to the editor printed in the Feb. 10 edition of Garden City Life, entitled “King Tom’s Law.”)

I served four years as a trustee and was chair of the Mayor’s Committee on St. Paul’s. I never mocked, ridiculed or insulted a resident who criticized me no matter how they expressed themselves. Personal attacks by trustees on residents who criticize them have no place in our civil discourse. For Trustee Daughney to call me King with “disciples” is beneath the dignity of his office.

Conduct of Our Government: In last week’s letter Trustee Daughney criticized me for objecting to the Board of Trustees (“Board”) going into executive session to consider an opinion of counsel. He is correct that the Board may do that based on the attorney client privilege to preserve confidential information. However the scope of the privilege is limited. Once the attorney’s advice is given the privilege has ended and the Board is required to return to public session to discuss the policy issue. Further, there is no attorney client privilege if there are outside parties in the room when the attorney’s opinion is given. (Opinion from the Committee on Open Government OMI-AO-4622 May 5, 2008).


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