I am writing in response to the June 4 article entitled, “Nine Story Condo Complex Proposed For 250 Old Country Rd.” This is the site of the former KeySpan building. This building has been off the tax rolls for seven years. Your article quotes several people from Garden City. I attended the hearing and spoke at the hearing. Your article refers to Deputy Mayor Donald Brudie’s statement: “We’re kind of persona non grata with the residents of Mineola.” Mr. Brudie went on to say, “They feel we should keep our noses in Garden City and they’ll keep their noses in Mineola.” This is not the thoughts of the residents of Mineola. He also said, “It’s the residents [of Mineola] who don’t understand the situation…”
(Editor’s Note: This letter was originally sent to Village Administrator Robert Schoelle, Jr. and is being printed here at the request of the executive committee of The Committee to Save St. Paul’s.)
According to the SEQRA regulations, as lead agency, the village board is required to specify “the extent and quality of information needed for the preparer” to adequately address each of the “impacts” to be covered in the Draft Environmental Impact Study. The Draft Scope presented to the community on May 7 is drawn with a broad stroke, and The Committee to Save St. Paul’s believes that the village board needs to strengthen the document in order to adequately protect the Garden City community and truly reflect the people’s wishes.
The Incorporated Village of Garden City, as lead agency, has previously determined that the St. Paul’s demolition for additional open space proposal may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must be prepared. A public meeting will be held Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at 351 Stewart Avenue, Garden City to accept public comments on the contents of the Draft Scope for the preparation of the DEIS.
Written comments will be accepted by the lead agency through Friday, June 16, and should be addressed to Village Administrator Robert L. Schoelle, Jr., 351 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, New York 11530.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) announces the passage of important legislation that protects firefighters from legal liability when operating fire trucks. This commonsense measure, (S.1624-C/A.6024-A), which he co-sponsored, closes a dubious loophole in state law that puts firefighters in legal jeopardy on a consistent basis.
Under this loophole, it is unlawful for anyone to operate a fire truck without a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). While there was an amendment put in place that exempted firefighters when responding to emergency calls, it did not cover firefighters from liability in any other scenarios, including driving the truck back to the firehouse after an emergency, participating in a parade, taking part in training drills.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) is calling for the passage of important legislation that will enable concerned parents and residents to receive instant email alerts every time a sex offender moves into their ZIP code.
“Every parent would want to know if a danger lurks in their neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “This commonsense measure will use existing technology to enhance our current system and proactively alert residents when a dangerous sexual predator moves into their community.”
The Belmont Festival Committee has advised my office that plans have been finalized for the 12th annual Belmont Festival at Garden City - A Salute to America. This year’s event, which will have a red, white and blue theme, will be held on Friday evening June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Seventh Street. The United States Air Force Band, the Afterburners, will be featured along with several other bands. There will be some new special events along with activities for the children including face painters and clowns.
The Town of Hempstead is pleased to announce its 12th Annual Calendar Photograph Contest. Each year the town produces a calendar, which is delivered to every resident.
What makes our calendar unique is that it includes photographs that are all taken by town residents. Friends and neighbors are asked to submit their own original photographs that depict a seasonal Town of Hempstead event, park, neighborhood or other inspiring subject matter. The pictures must be taken within our township.
Judges will choose at least 12 winners (one photograph for each month of the year) and others for the front and back covers as well as other portions of the calendar.
Thursday, May 21, is the graduation of Adelphi University’s Class of 2009. My colleagues on the village board of trustees and I join all of the residents of our village in extending congratulations to these outstanding young people. They have been a credit to our community and I am sure they will continue to reflect well on Garden City as Adelphi University’s alumni. We wish the Class of 2009 the very best and congratulate you on your many accomplishments and contributions.
On Monday, May 25, under the direction of the William Bradford Turner Post - American Legion, the annual Memorial Day observance in our village will commence with the memorial church services at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
The traditional Memorial Day Parade will step off promptly at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Stewart and Cherry Valley avenues. It will proceed north on Cherry Valley Avenue to Tenth Street, east on Tenth to Franklin Avenue, south on Franklin to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street past the Reviewing Stand, which will be located just west of the library, and then on to the middle school where official ceremonies will take place. Residents are urged to honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country by attending these services.
Retail sales will be prohibited in the village on May 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with certain exceptions. The village ordinance, which follows closely to the state statute, provides that all trades, manufacturers, agricultural or technical employments are prohibited as well as all manners of public sale or offering for sale of any property on Memorial Day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Exceptions are: restaurants, catering services, prepared items such as tobacco, bread, milk, eggs and so forth, service station products, medicines, delicatessen items and alcoholic beverages.
Village offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the “Letter” drop slot at the front door.
Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup Monday, May 25. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Friday in the western half and on Wednesday and Saturday in the eastern half of the village. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 1.
Working under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.
The next board of trustees meetings will be held Thursday, May 21, and Thursday, June 4. The meetings will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall and will begin at 8 p.m.
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. One item that is listed on the village’s website under the heading of Village Justice Court is the listing of the court’s hours and court schedule.
With the warmer weather approaching and so many youngsters beginning to spend time out of doors and along Seventh Street, I would like to mention that according to New York State law, no person less than 14 years of age, shall skate, glide or use in-line skates, skateboards or ride a scooter unless they are wearing a helmet. The helmet must be a good fit fastened securely on the head of the wearer with helmet straps securely fastened.
Any person who violates the provisions of the law faces a civil fine of up to $50. But more importantly, the safety of the youngsters and those around them are paramount. Please make sure your child is wearing the proper safety equipment.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt was joined by his colleague, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, as they listened to testimony on crime prevention measures that have been effective in the past and address future needs to protect the community against sexual predators. McKevitt and his colleagues recently held a Sex Offender Watch Task Force forum.
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