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.
Some moments in life present opportunities for events to come full circle, for all the pieces to fall into place and form a whole so much more than the sum of its parts. And sometimes role models really do get to meet the next generation they have inspired. When Garden City High School Class of 2011 Valedictorian Jan Gong stepped into the office of U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Steven Chu in Washington, D.C. on June 21st, both moments became a reality.
It was met with ire by school districts and local villages and commended by residents and businesses. But on June 30, with positives and negatives aside, the bill became law.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.
Landmark legislation to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State was signed into law on June 24, making New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
On June 15, the New York State Assembly voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, 80 to 63, and on June 24, the New York State Senate voted in favor of this bill, 33 to 29. Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law on Friday evening, June 24 and this legislation will go into effect on Sunday, July 24.
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