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Mayor’s Report: November 29, 2011

Update - LIPA Emergency Work Washington Avenue and Transverse Road

As previously advised, 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 (6) to nine (9) weeks to repair a major underground electrical cable that was determined to be in need of emergency replacement.

This work has necessitated the closure of Washington Avenue between Eleventh Street and Supreme Court Drive. Night security personnel from LIPA are at the site from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Residents who have driveways on Washington Avenue can park on the side streets. Once the subsurface facilities are exposed, crews will begin making the necessary repairs and the initial noise of the project will abate. In order to mitigate the use of generators there will be three temporary solar-powered dusk-to-dawn lights. These lights will be directed away from all homes. Additionally, there will be no loss of power to homes as a result of the project.

As the village receives more information from LIPA and Bancker, it will be placed on our website — www.garden cityny.net, 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.

Christmas Tree Lighting - Saturday - December 3

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the west end merchants will sponsor their second tree lighting ceremony at the south end of New Hyde Park Road. The festivities will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring your family to this fun-filled event.

Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting - Sunday, December 4

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 57th Village Tree Lighting Ceremony, beginning promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the Village Green (corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues).

This year’s program once again is sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings and will feature the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Robert Ludwig. This year, providing a medley of holiday tunes will be “Crash & Burn”, specializing in music and vocal hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and beyond. As always, “Kingsley Bear,” King’s Supermarket mascot will be on hand to pose with the little ones. The Garden City Volunteer Fire Department will deliver Santa Claus and hot chocolate will be provided to everyone.

Please bring your entire family to welcome Santa and the Holiday Season.

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.