What was thought to be an uncontested village election in Garden City turned dramatic when Ronald Tadross and Raymond Rudolph announced their candidacy days before the election on March 16. Despite a last-minute campaign using the Internet and email, all four Community Agreement candidates prevailed. Tadross and Rudolph’s message resonated with the Garden City residents who came to the polls to write the candidates’ names on the ballot.
It was standing room only on Tuesday, March 9, for the Garden City Board of Education work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the fourth and final portion of the budget and recommendations to the board of education. The high school library was filled with residents and parents who came to speak out about the proposed budget cuts during the meeting that lasted more than three hours.
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce invites members of both the business and residential community to hear – for the first time in Garden City, the newly elected County Executive Edward P. Mangano, keynote speaker at the chamber’s luncheon program on Thursday, March 25 at the Garden City Hotel. The county executive’s address will focus on his central campaign promise: to reform the County’s property tax assessment system.
It was a full house on Tuesday, March 2, for the Garden City Board of Education budget work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the continuation of his budget and recommendations to the Board of Education. The 2010-11 budget numbers were clearly influenced by the current state of the economy, with proposed reductions for nearly 11 teachers and 10 percent of middle and high school clubs.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Garden City mother of four has been arrested after agreeing to pay a hitman $20,000 to kill her husband. In reality, the man posing as hitman was actually an undercover Nassau County Police detective.
The Garden City Board of Education held its second budget work session on a rainy Feb. 23 evening. During the presentation, Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and Assistant Superintendent and Treasurer Al Chase presented a continuation of the budget review process, offering a series of recommendations from the administration to the Board of Education.
(Editor’s Note: This statement is written by the Board of Trustees’ Public Information Committee Chairperson Nicholas P. Episcopia.)
Recently, the village’s debt burden has been discussed in Letters to the Editor in the local newspapers as well as on a website created by a village resident. All too often, however, the writers present their comments in a context that would have readers believe that the village is accumulating too much debt that will result in an “unsustainable” future burden on village finances.
Snow removal was the top order of business at the most recent Garden City Board of Trustees meeting held on Feb. 16 at Village Hall.
Trustee Dennis Donnelly reported that the Department of Public Works had a “spectacular January.” The department saved over 1,000 hours of overtime, for a total savings of nearly $40,000 as compared to the same time last year.
Commissoner Ernest J. Cipullo reports the arrest of Long Beach resident Alan Gershberg for eight counts of criminal mischief, which he said resulted in excess of $45,000 in damages to the victims’ vehicles.
On Feb. 6, a presentation of the village’s Five-Year Capital Plan was held at Village Hall. The purpose of this program was to better acquaint those in attendance with the village’s capital needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Additionally, it provided an opportunity to ask the department heads questions in regard to the proposed projects.
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