When marching orders were given to the Village of Garden City’s various civil service divisions to cut expenses, the fire department complied to the tune of slightly more than a quarter million dollars. During a Tuesday evening village board meeting, Fire Chief William Castoro announced a proposed budget of personnel services of $2.3 million this year, a significant reduction from last year’s adopted budget of $2.6 million.
Castoro said the department is forecasting to spend $2.4 million this year, an estimated $49,000 decrease, due to two unexpected retirements this year, and the reason for a reduction in personnel services.
Garden Stage at Garden City’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be hosting the concert, “The Carole King Songbook,” on Friday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m., preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m.
The next-generation of women singer-songwriters pay homage to one of pop music’s legendary singer-songwriters, performing classic songs from Carole King’s early days as a Brill Building songwriter to the music from her classic ‘70s solo albums such as Tapestry, Music, and Wrap Around Joy.
Siela Bynoe is the newest member of the Nassau County legislature, after winning a recent special election for the District 2 seat.
“I want to be a strong voice in the legislature for the district,” said Bynoe, who was the Democratic nominee. “I’m excited that I have an opportunity to serve the community in a different capacity, and I’m looking forward to working on some initiatives that will bring a better quality of life to the community.”
The Central Property Owners Association kicked off the calendar year with one of its most crucial meetings: the annual residents electors and school districts electors meetings, where the ballots were cast for village trustee and school board nominee. Both ran unopposed.
Current CPOA President Theresa Trouvé was unanimously nominated for village trustee for the 2014-16 term prior to the meeting. Trouvé will be the first woman on the village board since Garden City’s 40th mayor, Barbara Miller, who served from 2003 to 2005. The trustee-elect was pleased with the evening’s outcome and is ready to take the next step forward for Garden City.
The Village of Garden City Board of Trustees held its first budget session for 2014 on Tuesday evening, hearing reports on the Garden City Public Library and the village’s building department.
The library report, given by part time library monitor Steve Ilardi, compared its financial status in 2007-08 and 2009-10 to the current year, and displayed significant decreases in almost every category.
It was a successful rookie year for Garden City’s Crazy Creators, one of several Garden City FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams to snap up awards at the 10th annual Long Island FLL Qualifying Tournament, held on Feb. 1 in Central Islip. The Crazy Creators walked away with two of the 12 awards: First place for ‘Robot Performance,’ which is given to the team with the highest score in the tournament’s robot game, and first place for ‘Programming,’ which is given for innovative programming of the robot used in the competition.
At the Jan. 29 Garden City Chamber of Commerce 2014 kick-off luncheon at the Garden City Hotel, the four extraordinary individuals to be feted at the 12th annual Pineapple Ball gala were named. To be held at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9, the Pineapple Ball is highly regarded as Garden City’s premier business and social event. Guests will celebrate the honorees while enjoying a fabulous repast and dance to the music of the renowned Alex Doner Orchestra.
Garden City Turkey Trot Committee (Race Director Ken Aneser) has been named “Citizen(s) of the Year.” This prestigious award was established in 1970 to recognize outstanding service and efforts which have contributed to the high standards, quality of life and well-being of the Garden City community and beyond. Started in 1978, the Garden City Turkey Trot is Long Island’s largest and oldest Thanksgiving Day road race and grown to more than 5,000 runners. Race Director Ken Aneser serves along with a dedicated race committee which includes Kevin Coffey, Bob Freeman, Chris Giarraputo, Mike Kopcak, Mark Robertson, Charlie Lee, Ian Paisley, Bob Priest, Phil Puccio, Tim Tobin and Rob Votruba.
The Garden City school board has proposed a budget that would increase taxes by 1.67 percent (with STAR) for the 2014-2015 year.
The board presented its first recommendations for the proposed budget, which is $109,329,898, an increase of $1,727,532 from last year. While this is good news on the surface, superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen made his annual cautionary warning about the preliminary nature of this stage of the budget proposal.
On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 8, the Incorporated Village of Garden City officially unveiled the initial draft its initial spending plan for 2014-15 in its 32nd annual public budget overview meeting, and according to village trustee and chairperson of the finance committee Richard Silver, it is a budget that is both economically sound and fiscally responsible.
Silver addressed a recently released Municipality Stress Assessment report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. This report is intended to serve as an financial early-warning system to municipalities and Silver indicated that, of the four ratings available, Garden City had received a rating of “Susceptible to Stress,” which he explained the reasoning for in detail.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Garden City elementary and primary school students were treated to an exciting basketball exhibition between some of their very own teachers and the slamtastic Harlem Wizards. The semi-annual matchup was held in the Garden City High School gymnasium and benefited the Garden City Scholarship Fund.
After a close game filled with everything from slam-dunks to a Harlem Shake video, the Wizards came away with a victory over the teachers with a final score of 95 to 91.
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