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Mayor’s Report: November 1, 2011

Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) — East Coast Power and Gas

The Village of Garden City is a participant in the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) natural gas buying group program. The NCVOA has entered into an agreement with East Coast Power and Gas and will be offering a discount program to village residents and commercial establishments. As an East Coast Power and Gas customer, your natural gas rate each is guaranteed to be 8 percent lower and businesses are guaranteed to save 8.625 percent on the sales tax as well as receiving an 8 percent discount. There is no long-term commitment and you can opt out of the program at any time. Please note that if you sign on to this program, your natural gas bill, gas delivery and emergency services will continue to be provided by NationalGrid.

East Coast Power and Gas recently began mailing information to residents and businesses within Garden City regarding their savings program. You can also obtain additional information about this program on the home page at www. If you are interested in enrolling in the NCVOA’s Natural Gas Program, please call East Coast Power and Gas at (516) 442-0155.

Texting While Driving

According to AAA statistics, texting while driving has even surpassed drinking as the number one perceived threat to personal safety. Please educate yourselves and your teen drivers that texting while driving can kill. Ask your teen drivers: Is a text more important than a life?

Automatic Water Sprinklers

As a reminder, Oct. 31 and Nov.1 result in two consecutive odd days. All residents with automatic sprinklers should remember to reset their clocks at this time to comply with the village lawn watering regulations. Lawn watering is permitted between the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees’ meetings for the month of November are Nov. 3 and 17. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.

Village’s New Website Being Designed

The Village’s official website is under total redesign and will be revealed during the first week in December. The newly added features will include easy to use access bars as well as the ability to pay both tax and water bills online. If you have a suggestion for our new website, please contact our Village Clerk Brian Ridgway at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 465-4053.