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Mayor’s Report: November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

May all of our residents and their families enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend.

Please remember your neighbors and seniors who may be alone and take a few minutes from your busy schedule to look in on them and to let them know that they are remembered.

Special Thanks to Village Employees

At Thanksgiving, I feel that it is appropriate to pause for a few minutes and to reflect upon those things that we may take for granted and how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful community. In doing so, I quickly acknowledge the many employees of the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments who will work around the clock on Thanksgiving to assure the safety and comfort of our families. I also want to acknowledge the members of the Volunteer Fire Department who remain ready to leave their homes to come to our aid. In addition, I would like to thank the Special Police for their efforts in helping out in the Annual Turkey Trot, thank you to each of these fine people for the sacrifices they make in leaving their families during this holiday time to attend to the welfare of our residents and make Garden City a great place to live.

Village Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Day

Village offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. For your convenience, correspondence for the Village may be placed in the “Letter” drop slot at the front door.

No Sanitation Collection —Thanksgiving Day

Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Those scheduled for recycling on Thursday are asked to put their recyclables out on Thursday, December 1. Garbage collection for the Thanksgiving week will be:

Western Half: Monday and Friday
Eastern Half: Tuesday and Saturday

Rubbish collection for the entire Village will remain on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

LIPA Emergency Work - Washington Avenue and Transverse Road

The Village was informed on Tuesday, Nov. 15 that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be working in the vicinity of Washington Avenue and Transverse Road for approximately six to nine weeks to repair a major underground electrical cable that was determined to be in need of emergency replacement.

The Village’s Director of Public Works, Robert Mangan, superintendent of Water and Sewer Services, Frank Koch and Sgt. Grimes of the Police Department met with representatives of LIPA, Nassau County and Bancker Construction prior to the beginning of the emergency repair work. Bancker Construction will be excavating and shoring two concrete road panels south of Transverse Road and on the east side of Washington Avenue. Every effort will be made to keep traffic delays and interruption to area residents to a minimum.

Nassau County has allowed the emergency contractor, Bancker Construction, to work from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. due to the critical nature of the work. As of this writing, a traffic detour is being set up and the excavation will begin. Bancker will be going door-to-door to alert the residents involved concerning their access to Washington Avenue. As the Village receives more information from LIPA and Bancker, it will be placed on our website —, on the homepage, by clicking on “Village Alert Messages.” I will also include updates in this column as well. If you require any further information, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4004.

Thirty-Fourth Annual Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot Race Committee of Garden City, Inc., will conduct its 34th annual Merrill Lynch Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24. You can register online at You can register the day of the race from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The race will form at the St. Paul’s School with the Challenger Division race beginning at 9 a.m.; the 1.4-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m.; and the 5-mile run is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The route of the 5-mile race will be as follows: Starting on Stewart Avenue in front of St. Paul’s east to Cherry Valley Avenue continuing south on Rockaway Avenue, west onto First Street onto Cambridge Avenue, north on Whitehall Boulevard, continuing east onto South Avenue to Cherry Valley Avenue back to Stewart Avenue, then west onto Stewart Avenue past St. Paul’s and north on Hampton Road — the final lap will be continuing south on Rockaway to the finishing line at St. Paul’s.

Thank You to Boy Scout Troop No. 55 and Venture Crew No. 0

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Village of Garden City, I would like thank the members of Boy Scout Troop No. 55 for setting up the flags along Seventh Street for Election Day and to Venture Crew No. 0 for setting up the flags along Seventh Street for Veteran’s Day.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees’ meetings that will be held in December are on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. 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.