I have been informed by Captain Gil Frank of our fire department that on Feb. 22, 2010, “Amanda’s Law” took effect for New York State. This law requires essentially all residences, both new and existing to have carbon monoxide alarms installed on any floor where there are sleeping areas. The specific requirements differ for new and existing residences and also on when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups.
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” Day on Saturday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all residents, past and current, who volunteer on the Village’s Boards and Commissions, as well as members of our Special Police and Volunteer Fire Department. While there is great personal satisfaction to all volunteers who spend time away from their families — missing birthdays, concerts, etc., it is with this in mind that we extend a special word of gratitude to their spouses and families who share them and demonstrate their own wonderful community spirit. We often take for granted the tremendous time, talent and effort extended by all of those residents who participate as officers and directors in our four Property Owners Associations. It is the result of their tireless efforts that perpetuate our unique Community Agreement form of government.
I offer my congratulations to the incoming Community Agreement Party slate of candidates:
Donald T. Brudie Trustee – two-year term
John J. Watras Trustee – two-year term
Nicholas P. Episcopia Trustee – two-term
Brian C. Daughney Trustee – two-year term
Since the incorporation of the village in 1919, members of the board of trustees in Garden City have been elected by a non-partisan vote of residents in accordance with the policies of the Community Agreement. Our Community Agreement Party has served us well, and I urge residents to support the above slate.
The board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2010/11 Operating/Capital Budgets on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. These sessions will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall. These sessions are conducted in public but will not provide for public participation.
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, March 4 and Thursday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
In last week’s column there was information about groups that have permits for solicitation within the village. The wrong dates were listed for the New York Youth Club. The permitted dates that they have for soliciting within the village are as follows: Saturday, March 13; Saturday, May 1; Saturday, May 8; Saturday, July 3; Saturday, July 10; and Saturday, Aug. 28. I am sorry if this has caused any inconvenience.
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.garden cityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page (under the Heading of Administration) is information listing Village Hall hours and a directory with the telephone numbers of village department heads.
We are all facing trying economic times — particularly our Garden City Merchants. I don’t have to quote national statistics to prove our financial condition — just read the front page of any newspaper.
The village’s solicitation law prohibits all unwanted commercial solicitations and distributions on all private residential property in the village and prohibits non-commercial solicitations and distributions on private property to the extent desired by the resident. This law was designed to protect residents from unwanted invasions of their privacy.
Any resident requesting not to be solicited should complete a “Notice of Objection” form at the Village Hall. Presently, the board has authorized certain groups to solicit door-to-door in the Village. As of this writing, the only groups that have permission to solicit are; the New York Youth Club, Their permit has been issued for the following dates: Saturday, Feb. 20; Saturday, March 13; Saturday, May 1; Saturday, May 8; Saturday, July 3; Saturday, July 10; and Saturday, Aug. 28; Garden City Community Church, soliciting funds or canned goods on Saturday, Feb. 27, between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon, in front of Kings and Key Food supermarkets. The church is donating the funds to the people of Haiti. The board has also renewed the long-standing agreement for the tool grinding services of Messrs. Anthony and Nicholas Sampogna throughout the village for the calendar year 2010.
I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2010/11 Operating/Capital Budgets on:
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (Budget Work Session 1 - Board Review)
Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. (Budget Work Session 2 - Board Review)
Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. (Final Budget Work Session)
These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the Board Room at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City.
Village offices were closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. There were no Regular Garbage and Recycling Pickups on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15 and there was no Rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The schedule for the holiday week will be as follows:
Western half of Village (West of Rockaway Avenue) – Garbage on Tuesday and Thursday and Rubbish on Wednesday, Feb. 24
Eastern Half of Village (East of Rockaway Avenue) – Garbage on Wednesday and Friday and Rubbish on Wednesday, Feb. 24
Residents who were scheduled for recycling on Monday, Feb. 15 are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, Feb. 22. All other recycling days will remain the same. Rubbish collection has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24.
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. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the Heading of Administration is a link to village maps of key areas of interest within the village, including various schools, playgrounds, fire stations, Village Hall, etc.
Senator Kemp Hannon continues to call upon the Obama Administration to move the 9/11 terror trials out of New York.
A reminder to residents that the following guidelines are to be used in the disposition of refuse in order to protect our employees:
• Sharp objects, such as broken glass, sharp pieces of metal and knives should not be placed loosely in plastic or paper bags. Proper precaution should be taken, such as placing them in cardboard boxes tied with string or tape.
If you chatted with someone who recently got swine flu, one thing’s for certain… they wish they didn’t get it. Why take the risk? The restrictions have been removed and you can get the swine flu shot now for free.
Senator Kemp Hannon is partnering with the Nassau County Department of Health and the Nassau University Medical Center to provide the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine at no cost. The vaccine is available to all ages and will be distributed on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Garden City Senior Recreation Building on Golf Club Lane (behind Lord and Taylor).
February 5 will mark the sixth annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Unfortunately, most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women. These two diseases kill more than 480,000 women in the United States every year; more than the next five causes of death combined, including all cancers. On Long Island, more than 5,600 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.
“I would like to inform my constituents that Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red day! This is a special day for Americans across the nation because it not only brings awareness to cardiovascular disease but showcases support and solidarity for women with heart disease,” McKevitt stated.
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