Next Sunday, June 28, marks the graduation of the Garden City High School Class of 2009. On behalf of the village board of trustees and the residents we extend our very best wishes and congratulations to the Class of 2009. They are an outstanding group of young people who are a credit to our community and I know that they will be ambassadors of Garden City in their “homes away from home” during their college years. We urge them to keep listening, learning and to seek knowledge so that they can make a difference.
The Town of Hempstead proudly takes part in the celebration of our nation’s independence with our Annual Independence Day Celebration and Veterans Salute. The salute will occur Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The New York State Senate unanimously passed a vitally important economic stimulus and community revitalization program: the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Senator Craig Johnson announced.
The bill, (S2960-B), strengthens the state program first launched in 2006 and will make New York State more competitive against the nearly 30 other states with similar programs. The changes will allow the state to target reinvestment to distressed communities, as determined by the U.S. Census, and incorporate cost savings to the administration of the program.
Residents who have in-ground sprinklers are advised that their sprinklers must have certification of their backflow prevention units.
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.
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