The Garden City board of trustees and department heads continue to work diligently to pare down the 2013-2014 budget. “The crux of the problem,” said village auditor James E. Olivo at a budget review session on March 20, is the diminished surplus available for appropriation.
The $759,045 surplus available for appropriation this year compares with $2,964,244 appropriated for the 2012-2013 budget. Superstorm Sandy-related expenses that the village incurred totaled $694,057—total Sandy operations were $5,552,459; FEMA reimbursements totaled $4,858,402—wiping out a big chunk of the surplus.
In the power point presentation for the Garden Public Schools third budget review meeting, the district’s mission statement is defined as “Inspiring minds, empowering achievement and building community.” Buttressing this notion was a trio of student groups, both academic and athletic, recognized for their extraordinary achievements.
First up were valedictorian Shannon Carman and salutatorian Jacquelyn Seskin. Carman’s impressive GPA of 101.16 accrued over seven semesters was just one of her many achievements. She has numerous accomplishments including being named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, placing above the 95th percentile in the National Spanish Exam and being co-captain of the varsity badminton team for the past two years. Seskin is no slouch either as evidenced by the 100.98 seven-semester GPA she wound up with. Other noteworthy parts of her high school transcript include being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an AP Scholar with Honor, a winner of the Stonehill College Book Award for Excellence and Commitment to School and Community. Seskin is also the varsity volleyball captain, having received the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches’ Association Scholar Athlete award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Lawyers and judges are not exactly known for their fashion statements, but at a recent Dressed to a Tea event, they were the stars of the runway.
The Oscar-themed event was hosted by the WE CARE Fund of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and raised money for several local charities. The night was a great way for members of the Nassau County legal community to relax and enjoy a fun evening with their colleagues at the Bar Association building in Mineola.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Matteini of Second Street, Garden City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Teray, to Brandon John McDonough. A June wedding is planned.
Amy is a 2001 graduate of Garden City High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2005 and her masters degree from Harvard University in 2009. Amy is a middle school math teacher at Riverdale Country School in Riverdale, NY. Brandon graduated from Garden City High School in 2000 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Fairfield University in 2004. He is a Vice President in Electronic Brokerage with ITG, Inc (Investment Technology Group).
Village trustee Gerard S. Tangredi was elected mayor of Stewart Manor in an uncontested election. Tangredi received 255 votes last week. Mayor James J. Kelly announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
Trustee John R. Egan, Unity Party candidate, was re-elected for his fourth term, and newcomer Michael Onorato, a Village Party candidate, was elected as trustee. Deputy Mayor and Trustee Robert C. Fabio announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
In stark contrast to run-off elections earlier in the year, Garden City’s general village election turned out to be quite routine and all candidates were elected. Voters trickled in to village hall to support the Community Agreement candidates: John J. Watras running for mayor along with trustees Dennis C. Donnelly (East), John A. DeMaro (Estates), Robert A. Bolebruch (West) and Richard V. Silver (Central). Allen S. Mathers ran for village justice.
The village’s new mayor, John Watras along with the trustees will officially swear in on April 1.
John Watras was elected Garden City’s 45th Mayor on March 19 during the general village election. He will be sworn in on April 1 at village hall. Watras, who won the February run-off election when challenged by fellow trustee Laurence Quinn, was unanimously selected by the Western Property Owners Association’s (POA) nominating committee.
A veteran of village politics, he has18 years of service under his belt with the Western POA having served as a village trustee for the past ten years. As trustee, Watras has held various positions including, Finance Chairman, trustee liaison to the Garden City Historical Society, the Garden City Public Library, Board of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, Zoning Board of Appeals, senior citizens, and the Environmental Advisory Board. Prior to his election to the village board of trustees, Watras served as President and held several director positions.
“Hoest 33” is the next home that needs identification in the Estates Section of Garden City.
The mystery location of “Hoest 35” has been solved by two Garden City residents, William Daly and Joan Kane.
“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”
That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.
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