As Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the landmark 2 percent property tax cap legislation on the lawn of a Lynbrook homeowner this summer, many Long Islanders became hopeful for a future without rising property taxes. But what effect will the new legislation have on the village’s budget for the fiscal year June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013?
According to Governor Cuomo, the tax cap essentially limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to just 2 percent, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote or a 60 percent vote by a local legislative body can override it. A school district would be required to submit a tax levy proposition for approval by voters at the district’s annual meeting on the third Tuesday in May.
For some Garden Cityites, the dog days of summer may be spent enjoying outdoor dining or taking long walks in the park. However, resident dog owners should also remember to make a stop at Village Hall to obtain a dog license and register their furry friend.
As of Jan. 1, 2011, the village has assumed the responsibility for dog license issuances and administration of all facts of licensing programs. At the July board of trustees meeting, Village Clerk Brian Ridgway announced the village’s official dog stats: 376 dogs are currently registered in Garden City. Since the change in the law, the village has already issued 176 dog tags; including 140 renewals, and 36 new licenses are in process.
Proposals anyone? Just one day after residents came to the polls and defeated the $400 million bond to fund the Nassau Coliseum Hub project, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he is immediately seeking redevelopment proposals for the 77-acre site surrounding the sports and entertainment arena located in Uniondale.
In order for the county to prepare a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Coliseum site, Mangano is encouraging any interested parties with privately financed proposals to submit them to the county by Aug. 12, 2011. According to Mangano, the RFPs must address job creation, quality of life and revenue. Although the county said all submissions will be considered, Mangano is seeking development proposals that complement existing recreational, sporting and commercial assets at Eisenhower Park, Mitchel Park and Museum Row.
It was a very special night for John C. Donovan, 10-year commander of the William Bradford Turner Post 265 of the American Legion. Garden City Village officials recently honored the longtime resident with a citation in recognition and heartfelt appreciation of his many years of military service to his country.
At the July Garden City Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Donald Brudie announced that Donovan will be relocating to Charlottesville, VA and leaving his hometown. “We cannot allow John to leave without paying him homage for his duty to country, state and the Village of Garden City,” Brudie said.
Town of Hempstead and nearby area residents who are constantly disturbed by airplane noise and low-flying aircraft were given the opportunity to express their concerns Monday at the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) meeting at Lawrence Village Hall.
Most of the discussion focused around the use of Runway 22L at Kennedy Airport, which is supposed to be a last-resort runway for late-night flights. Local towns and villages affected by these low-flying aircraft include Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Island Park, Lawrence, Long Beach, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, East Williston and Woodsburgh.
This past April, Garden City residents voted overwhelmingly against floating a $3.75 million bond to demolish St. Paul’s Boys School, but questions still remain as to what will ultimately be done with the village landmark.
At a July 21 board of trustees meeting, Mayor Donald Brudie announced the appointment of a three-person committee comprising of Chairman Andrew Cavanaugh, Deputy Mayor John Watras and Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia.
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce headquarters can make you feel at home almost instantly with its beige walls, comfortable chairs and carefully organized clutter. It doesn’t hurt that the building was once the home of a toll-keeper, located on the Long Island Motor Parkway; some staff offices are former bedrooms. Its kitchen feels warm with green accents and curtains with some sort of food pattern on them. You can forget you are standing in an office building until you see Althea Robinson, executive director of the Chamber. Dressed in a professional black-and-white shift dress with a perfectly styled blonde bob, she fills out paperwork on the green countertops, trying to squeeze in as much work as she can before her interview.
While it’s no secret that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s practices have been the subject controversy among members of the local animal rescue community, it appears a new episode in the saga has officially begun. At the Hempstead Town Board meeting on Tuesday, July 12, Supervisor Kate Murray announced the hiring of Cynthia Iacopella as the new assistant director for the Shelter.
After an extensive nationwide search conducted by the town, Murray told audience members that Iacopella was chosen from well over 80 candidates who applied for the position. The Town’s Search Committee was comprised of Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and town administrators, and was aided by Last Hope Animal Rescue and the Shelter Services Committee for the Humane Society of United States.
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
On a balmy Wednesday evening of July the 6th, the Garden City Board of Education held its annual Reorganization Meeting for the year 2011 at the Central Administration Building. After board members were officially sworn into office, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen highlighted some of the year’s most impressive student accomplishments, discussed the new 2 percent property tax cap legislation and provided a brief update on the current school bond referendum projects at the Garden City Middle and High Schools.
Feirsen offered congratulations to the Class of 2011 for their accomplishments and expressed appreciation for the recent high school commencement ceremony, which featured the brand new grandstand. He happily announced that Garden City High school was ranked 115 in Newsweek’s publication, entitled America’s Best High Schools.
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