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Around the Town: December 3, 2010

Written by A Garden City Life Op-Ed Contributor Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

The Annual Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony

I would like to invite all residents of the Town of Hempstead to join us at the annual Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting ceremony.

During the ceremony, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will provide live music, singing festive holiday songs and getting everyone into the holiday spirit. And no holiday ceremony would be complete without a visit from the jolly man himself arriving in a 1947 Mack Pumper truck, courtesy of the Oceanside Fire Department, Columbia Engine Co. Number 1, and handing out special treats to every boy and girl.

 

Letter: EPOA Clarifies the Facts

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 19 edition of Garden City Life.)

Residents Ron Tadross, who lives in Estates, and Ray Rudolph, who lives in the East, have mounted a broad and inaccurate attack on the Garden City Property Owners Association (POA) system and on the Eastern Property Owners Association (EPOA), an attack heavy on innuendo and short on facts.

The following points are facts: The EPOA heavily advertises its October, January and June public meetings, asking residents to attend, listing a complete itinerary, and inviting residents to comment and ask questions. In addition to the three regular public meetings, the EPOA holds additional public meetings during the year devoted to specific topics of importance or of interest to village residents, most recently the HUB meeting on Nov. 16, which was well advertised.

 

Letter: Description of the WPOA as an Organization

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 19 edition of Garden City Life.)

I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the comments in a recent letter to the editor and also mention some facts that might not be known or understood.

By way of a little history, one of our WPOA former presidents, John Traxler, was very clear to point out that every resident in the Western Section is a member of our POA by virtue of their residency in the West, as per the Community Agreement. Keeping in mind that an organization is only as strong as its membership, we can say that the WPOA board of directors continually speaks to residents about volunteer service and has been successful in bringing sincere dedicated people to our board, as well as drawing out Western section members with specific talents. For example, two of our members with expertise in finance are serving on the Citizens Budget Review and Advisory Committee (CBRAC) —Bill Holub and Richard Bankosky. (Richard served as chairman this past budget season.)

 

Village Board Demands State Representatives Change Mandates and Collective Bargaining Process

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

[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.

 

Letter: POA Power Trip Perilous

Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

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.

 

Around the Town: November 19, 2010

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Town to Observe

National Veteran’s Awareness Week

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.

 

Mayor’s Report: November 12, 2010

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00
Our Young People and Halloween

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!

AAA 2010 Community Traffic Safety Awards Program

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.

 

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: November 12, 2010

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Falling Airline Debris

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.

 

Mayor's Report: November 5, 2010

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00
Automatic Water Sprinklers

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

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.

 

Around the Town: November 5, 2010

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

Make a Difference Honorees

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.

 

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