After residents watched several board of trustees take the oath of office last week, many were stunned to also observe the growing public rift that played out between Mayor Donald Brudie and five members of the Garden City Board of Trustees during the 2012 annual organizational meeting at Village Hall.
The tension surfaced on several issues but the true catalyst was the announcement of the mayor’s annual appointments. Brudie read off the list of trustees appointed to various committees: fire commissioner, John Watras; commissioner of public works, Nicholas Episcopia; commissioner of finance, Andrew Cavanaugh; commissioner of building and planning, Brian Daughney; and chairman of the environmental advisory board, Laurence Quinn.
Thousands of spectators came out to enjoy the 57th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade on Sunday, an event hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.
The car show that preceded the parade proved to be entertaining for all ages. Kids danced to the beat of the Banjo Rascals ragtime music, as car enthusiasts shared their passion with the crowds. A colorful array of classic cars - a number of them adorned with decorations from Easter eggs to Easter bunnies - filled the lot this year. Some drivers and passengers along the parade route wore their Easter hats for the celebration.
The 57th annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade will step off this Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. from 10th Street on Franklin Avenue. The procession, led by a line of spectacular antique and classic cars, the Kiwanis Easter Bunnies and Kingsley Bear, will head south on Franklin Avenue, then west on Seventh Street where it will disperse at Hilton Avenue.
At the most recent Garden City School Board meeting, School Board President Colleen Foley announced that with the help of Trustee Angela Heineman, the board drafted a letter that was sent to local legislators Senator Kemp Hannon, and Assemblymen Edward Ra and Thomas McKevitt requesting that Garden City’s state aid be increased to equal that of comparative districts.
Trustee Tom Pinou, read the letter to the audience stating that Garden City schools (like many schools on Long Island) rank among the best in the nation. “In order to preserve and continuously improve the educational programs that are not only valued by the community, but also used as models for other districts, our fellow residents have supported school budget increases to make up for shortfalls in state funding,” said Pinou.
As the Garden City Board of Education considers making reductions in the district’s 2012-13 school budget, there are “no magic answers,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
On Tuesday, March 20 at Garden City High School, Feirsen presented a summary of the proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year to the board and discussed what could possibly be cut.
Garden City seniors stand poised to receive their fair share of budget dollars. At a meeting held at the Garden City Senior Recreation Center on Monday, March 19, Department of Recreation head Kevin E. Ocker announced that $650,000 has been earmarked to renovate and possibly expand the existing Recreation Center building on Gold Club Lane, and $30,000 “in new activity money” has been allocated for senior trips and programs.
Ocker’s announcement comes on the heels of budget planning sessions for fiscal 2012-13. Seniors have intensified their lobbying efforts to obtain proportionately equitable funds over the past five months, according to George Salem, co-president of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club. To aid seniors in their requests, Deputy Mayor John Watras spearheaded the formation of the Senior Liaison Committee last October. The committee serves as a communications link between seniors and village officials.
If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
A Fort Lauderdale, FL native, it seems Harrison’s path to success was destined from childhood. One of her earliest memories was when she and her sister would come to New York every summer to visit their grandmother, Ella Ferguson, owner of Tri-County. “When my grandmother opened her first office on 42nd Street in Manhattan 30 years ago, she introduced us as the president and vice president of Tri-County. Of course, we were 8 and 9 years old. That kind of stuck in mind,” she said.
The first woman supervisor in the Town of Hempstead’s long history, Supervisor Kate Murray praised the women pathfinders for going to great lengths to accomplish their goals.
Technology, Guidance, Pupil Personnel Services and Athletics were among the highlighted expenditures discussed on Wednesday, March 8 at the Garden City School District’s fourth budget review session.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen presented the second part of the instruction components of the budget for the 2012-2013 school year to the Board of Education. The Garden City School District’s proposed 2012-2013 overall budget is $104,976,751, which represents a budget-to-budget increase of $3,859,693 or 3.82 percent. The projected tax levy increase (with STAR) is 4.25 percent and the maximum allowable tax levy is 4.3 percent.
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