[Submitted by the Public Information Committee of the Village Board of Trustees].
The village board of trustees adopted resolutions at its public board meeting held on Thursday, Dec.16, 2010, which resolutions are directed to New York state level representatives, requesting them to make changes to state laws and regulations, as well as the collective bargaining process, which severely impact the village’s financial condition and ability to control local taxes.
The resolutions were passed to coordinate the village’s efforts in this area with the statewide call by the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) and other groups which have recommended ways to provide property tax relief by reducing local government expenses associated with employee pensions, health insurance, and police and firefighter disability benefits.
As you probably know, the four sections of Garden City each have a property owners association (POA). At least in the last few decades, our village and school board representatives have been recommended and promoted by the POAs. Yet, less than one percent of Garden City residents attend POA meetings. We believe this “power” has driven the POA leadership to do the bare minimum in regard to fairly representing Garden City residents. This has left Garden City very vulnerable just as Nassau County finances look increasingly dire. Let us explain.
We believe it is exclusionary for the POAs to charge residents to join. The POAs have thousands of dollars in reserves, never share a detailed financial summary/plan with their “members,” and often need to brainstorm on how to spend the money. Considering the POAs are not-for profit organizations, all residents should automatically be members and donations should be invited.
The military personnel who have served in the past and those who are currently defending our freedom have helped to build and preserve the finest nation in the world.
For over 80 years this country has celebrated a very special holiday in November and the Town of Hempstead is proud to be able to recognize our veterans this November 11.
Our veterans have bravely served this country and fought for our freedom and deserve proper recognition. Whereas Memorial Day is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives protecting our freedom, Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor veterans for their service and to acknowledge their contributions to our national security.
Regrettably, all too often our young people are criticized for the negative behavior of a relative few. I am pleased to let you know that this Halloween was virtually free of vandalism demonstrating that our young people do care about their village. On behalf of the parents, I thank residents for providing delicious but safe “treats” for the children. A good day was had by all!
Last week, I had the honor of representing the village along with Commissioner Cipullo at the AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Program. The Village of Garden City was one of the municipalities statewide to receive a Platinum Award, AAA’s highest Award, for its commitment to traffic safety and for success in addressing local traffic safety issues. In addition, for the third consecutive year, Garden City received the AAA Pedestrian Safety Award. These awards are just one example, which represents how fortunate we are in the village to have such a dedicated and efficient Police Department.
A stone’s throw away from arguably one of the best cities in the world and tremendous beaches, our district is comprised of incredible historic villages with a deep and diverse history and high quality of life. Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked ardently to help preserve this quality of life. Over the years, Long Island has evolved from rural agrarian roots to an area now home to bustling suburbs with its own unique business sectors and culture. Living in the greater New York Metropolitan Area brings great rewards as well as challenges. I have consistently heard from my constituency of concerns they have regarding their respective proximity to both JFK and LaGuardia Airports, including high levels of noise from planes landing and taking off and its effect on their quality of life. As a resident of Mineola, I know first-hand of the tremendous impact airliners flying overhead at low altitudes have on residents. As such, I have made it a priority to have the federal government address this issue.
As a reminder, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 resulted in two consecutive odd days. All residents with automatic sprinklers should remember to reset their clocks at this time to comply with the village’s lawn watering regulations. As a further reminder, the last day for lawn sprinkling is Nov. 30.
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 7. Residents are reminded that clocks should be set back one hour.
This is also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide batteries. In fact, it is recommended that you install new batteries twice a year to be sure they are always working properly. If you do replace your batteries, please be aware that there is a box for recycling batteries in the Business Office at Village Hall.
The untiring work of volunteers makes a difference in the lives of many individuals in our community. The Town of Hempstead is filled with many citizens who dedicate their lives to helping others.
Whether it’s collecting more than 100,000 schoolbooks for needy children in Thailand or donating one’s salary to a foundation supporting pediatric cancer or organizing countless annual Thanksgiving food and Christmas toy drives, these residents are dedicated to the betterment of our community. The untiring work of volunteers has a positive influence on the lives of many individuals in our community, from a teacher who donated her kidney to her student to save his life and a woman who housed and nurtured a young girl from another country while she endured several facial reconstructive surgeries.
On Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, our family will be coordinating a program out of our home delivering turkey dinners to homebound senior citizens living throughout Nassau County. We expect to be preparing and delivering 250 meals that day, so we truly need your help!
We are in need of donations of desserts, individual non-carbonated beverages, mini loaves of bread or dinner rolls, turkeys, and cash in order to complete the meals. These items can be dropped off at our home at 35 Maxwell Road, Garden City. Please call us as soon as possible to coordinate a convenient drop-off time.
I belong to neither the Republican Party, nor the Democratic Party. When I make a selection in the voting booth, I make choices based on a candidate’s credentials rather than a candidate’s party affiliation. This election, I have paid particularly close attention to the Assembly race between Patrick Nicolosi and Ed Ra. I have read all the materials on each candidate, and have watched the debates between the two. I can unequivocally state that Patrick Nicolosi is the right candidate for this Assembly seat.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Mayor Robert J. Rothschild).
I have been watching with interest and anxiety over the past few months the news about your plans to push for a referendum on the demolition of St. Paul’s School.
As someone who has lived in Garden City for 35 years, and who is bringing up a young son – hopefully to understand the value of true beauty, architecture, craftsmanship, tradition, and the meaning of history in shaping our lives – it disturbs me greatly to see you leading the effort to tear down such a remarkable emblem of that beauty and tradition of Garden City.
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