Written by Vilma Sceusa, email@example.com Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Three Garden City Property Owners’ Associations ran run-off elections on Tuesday, Jan. 29 due to unprecedented challenges by two residents and a current trustee.
Garden City operates under a non-political form of government called the Community Agreement, with origins dating back to 1919. The mayor and board of trustees, as well as members of various boards and commissions, are village residents who are nominated by four POAs (Western, Estates, Central and Eastern) and serve without compensation. This is a typically unchallenged process, though the last two years have resulted in challenges and run-off elections.
Village Clerk Brian Ridgway advised that three simultaneous run-off elections and one made by a sitting trustee was unusual. Ridgway is election officer for village elections annually held in March. This year’s election, for the slate of run-off winners, will be held on March 19.
This year residents residing in the West headed to the polls, for a run-off election, to vote for their mayoral candidate while Estates and Eastern residents voted for their trustee.
Resident Greg Blair challenged trustee John DeMaro, the Estates POA’s nominee, while Francine Ryan ran against Dennis Donnelly, the Eastern POA’s candidate. Sitting trustee Larry Quinn challenged John Watras for mayor. Watras was unanimously nominated by the Western POA.
Residents at polling locations had mixed reactions to the run-off elections.
Voter Maureen Moynihan, of the Western section, found the run-offs an opportunity to come together and be supportive.
“It’s a positive sign for residents to have a desire for these positions and the run-offs allow us to make our own decision.”
Western resident Joan Collins described the run-offs as “democracy in action” and conceded that the village’s Community Agreement is unique.
“It’s good to rock the boat,” shared Collins. “I know both of the Western candidates to be of high character. They are good citizens with different approaches who are committed to volunteerism.”
However, fellow resident, Michael O’Conor felt the run-offs went against the spirit of the way the governing process was set up.
“The POA candidates are tremendously well qualified and a challenge is inappropriate,” added O’Conor.
Jonathan Kashimer, co-commissioner of the Western POA, said the overall feeling of the election was quite positive, describing the polling center as a lively atmosphere.
“I’m proud of the community involvement and excited about our residents’ participation in the process.”
Volunteers, including board of education members Tom Pinou and Barbara Trapasso, came out to lend a hand and support the property associations’ efforts.
Estates resident Barbara McElroy relayed that any opportunity for an open election is healthy but decried the “old guard” system.
“It’s time for the Community Agreement to be challenged for the farce that it is,” said McElroy.
Perhaps that comment holds a grain of truth among residents. The facts are that out of 16,000 registered voters in the village, 1,529 voted in the three run-offs resulting in a 9.5 percent turnout.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?
All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the launch of BabysittingBarter.com, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO Brian Mannix, a Garden City Native. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Garden City’s Rosemary Cinquemani will be one of three people honored by The Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital during its 17th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” benefiting the Child Life Program. Cinquemani is being recognized along with Michael Stroud and Frank Catelli, Esq. The event will take place on Thursday, March 20, at The Garden City Hotel. Each honoree is a longtime supporter of Winthrop, a member of the hospital’s board of regents and a co-chair of the Cancer Center for Kids Annual Golf Outing.
This year’s event will feature musical entertainment by The Atlantic City Boys—A Tribute to the Music of Frankie Valli.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:10
Pitching wins championships, and Garden City baseball Head Coach Rich Smith is confident that his team has enough of it to make a run in 2014. He is not deterred by losing 11 seniors, many of which contributed to the team’s 15-7 season. Smith, in his 42nd year with the program, has seen almost everything on the baseball field, but noted that this team is unique in one way.
“On paper we have three lefties in the starting rotation,” said Smith. “And that’s something I’ve never had here,” he added. The trio of southpaws could prove to be nightmarish on the conference, even after its new alignment.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:39
Spring Roller Hockey Divisions
The start of spring roller hockey is just around the corner. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park.
Registration and starting dates will be announced at a later time but you can see when your child will play by checking the divisions below:
Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed.