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Mayor's Report: March 27, 2014

Village Wide Election: Congratulations

Congratulations to Deputy Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia, Trustee Brian C. Daughney, Trustee Robert A. Bolebruch and Trustee-Elect Theresa A. Trouvé on their election last Tuesday.

I also want to express gratitude to all of the many residents who took the time to vote in the annual village election and encourage you to become familiar with your property owners’ associations and to become involved with it.

The four property owners’ associations, Central, West, Estates and East are organized according to geographic boundaries within the village and are the root of Garden City’s Community Agreement form of government. The Community Agreement was created to provide equal representation within village government and school district boards to each of the aforementioned sections. Participation in the property owners’ associations is the best way residents can learn about village affairs, contribute their point of view and volunteer their services to the community. Through the years, these four sections of the village have been responsible for producing many dedicated and talented volunteers. Every resident is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the community agreement which may be found on the home page of the Village website (www.gardencityny.net)

Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Garden City Bird Sanctuary - Earthfest And Earth Run III

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary will be holding their community-wide Earthfest on Sunday, April 6, celebrating the incredible value volunteers make to the community and the environment. This event will begin at 10 a.m. and be kicked off by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. Come to the Tanners Pond Road entrance for a day-long event featuring music, food, entertainment, live animals and tours of this incredible nature preserve created out of a simple sump. This event features a 5K race through the sanctuary, park and local streets. An additional 1-1.5K race for youth is at 11:30 a.m. Please come and offer your support as the bird sanctuary raises funds to help build a shelter for educational programs. You can register for the races on line at http://earthrun5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=636  Please mark your calendar for this fun-filled event and I hope to see you at the sanctuary that day.

School Budget Meetings

The school district 2014-15 budget meetings are scheduled as follows (all budget meeting are held at 8:15 p.m. at Garden City High School):

April 9: Budget Work Session #5 — Additional budget review (if needed)

April 23: Budget adoption

May 13: Budget hearing

May 20, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Budget vote in high school gymnasium

Calendar Adjustment

Due to the difficult winter weather, four days of school were canceled for Garden City Public Schools. The calendar will be adjusted to make up these days. April 21 and 22 and May 23 will now be full days of school. Additionally, Friday, June 27 will be used as a staff development day for faculty and paraprofessionals.

Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next board of trustees meeting will be the annual organizational meeting on April 7. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at village hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.