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Letter: It’s in the POA’s Hands

We have submitted our names to our respective Property Owners Association (POA) nominating committees, for consideration for the 2011-2013 village trustee positions. We are encouraged by the fact that the POAs and village have adopted some of our ideas, but the village’s debilitating labor contracts continue to drive up Garden City’s debt (second $6.8 million bond of this year is likely coming this month or next) and have made maintaining the village’s infrastructure and history a low priority. We believe Garden City will benefit by having us as village trustees, primarily because our financial and operating experience and successes are unparalleled on the village board. We look forward to sharing the research and rationale behind our village trustee candidacy with the POA nominating committees in December, and summarize some of it below.

We both graduated from Chaminade High School in the 1980s, and have relatively young families that use most of the services and resources that Garden City has to offer. Ron Tadross has been a resident of Garden City for 25 years and Ray Rudolph for 10 years.

Ray is a civil engineer by degree and operates his own construction company, which includes financing and managing NY City projects that employ over 100 management and unionized employees. Ron holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and spent 15 years as an equity analyst researching the heavily unionized and global automotive industry. He currently runs his own financial advisory business. We believe a village board with diversified experience would be the most valuable to residents, and believe our skills are unique relative to the eight current village trustees and other candidates the POA nominating committees are set to evaluate.

As you may know, we have expressed an interest in addressing Garden City’s financial and operating challenges through www.gardencityresidents.org, editorials, and meetings. We have performed a tremendous amount of research on Garden City. It is our view that Garden City’s current labor costs will make it extremely difficult to limit Village tax increases and maintain our infrastructure, at least without further increases in our record debt level. The challenge of maintaining our village’s infrastructure in a cost effective manner is daunting, but we continue to believe that if Garden City cannot do so then America really is in trouble. It is now in the hands of the POAs to decide if that is what Garden City residents want, and we would appreciate your support in helping us work towards such an end.

Ron Tadross

Ray Rudolph