Talking to Richard Brodsky, you’d never know anything had ever been wrong. At 59 years young, the passionate activist and lifelong marathon runner recently returned from Kisumu, Kenya, to run in the World AIDS marathon for victims of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
For more than 14 years, the Atlantic Beach resident has defied the odds and triumphed over adversity to educate and inspire others to raise awareness and funds for victims of AIDS and HIV through the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation.
The year 2012 is still in its infancy, but an issue that dates back years in New York State and other states, is dominating its first steps into the New Year. Local municipalities and school districts will work to get under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap that was enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June.
La Marmite in Williston Park went from a fine dining restaurant to debating ground on Jan. 10. The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the State Comptroller’s Office hammered out the issues and implications on the property tax cap and its affect on municipalities.
Kate Murray, the first woman elected supervisor of America’s largest township, was inducted for her fifth term during a ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall on Jan. 3, 2012.
Murray focused her remarks at the inauguration on the township she calls home, the unity among neighbors and officials, as well as economic growth. She detailed the initiatives she has undertaken for the future of the township, specifically speaking about the town’s economic and budgetary strength, development, housing, senior citizen programs and efforts to preserve the environment. One of the coming projects to which Murray pointed out with a personal sense of pride, is the construction of a building to house the ANCHOR program for special needs children and adults.
Web-goers are just one mouse click away from finding everything they want or need to know about the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Thanks to the joint efforts of Village Clerk Brian Ridgway and Recreational Department employee Tom McGerty, the village’s upgraded website www.gardencity ny.net is officially ready to go live on Friday, Jan. 13.
On Monday, Jan. 9, Ridgway and McGerty, who has a background in computers, gave members of the press an exclusive preview of the site and talked about the project that has been a year in the making.
The Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) restoration plan for one of Garden City’s few remaining historical treasures was the focal point of the public work session Oct. 6 at Village Hall. According to the CSSP, the Cathedral School of St. Paul’s is an irreplaceable landmark and a world-class asset for the Village of Garden City, which should be enjoyed for generations to come when renovations are completed. The CSSP’s goal is to stabilize the building, preserve its historic features wherever possible, and provide the public with a space that will be an active community activities and events center. CSSP President Peter Negri said that the annual average cost to Garden City residents would be less than $100 and funding for the St. Paul’s Restoration Project will be sought through public and private grant sources, tax credits and private donations. The CSSP’s proposal has yet to be voted on by the board of trustees.
County Executive Mangano, the Nassau County Police Department officials, Nassau Fire Service and Emergency Medical Service, Emergency First Responders and their family and friends were in attendance on Dec. 22 for “Nassau County First Responders Day” at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan to honor those who died that tragic day, 9-11-2001. The Nassau County Police Department Ceremonial Unit, Pipe Band, Color Guard and Buglers participated in a fitting tribute to our heroes.
Christmas came early for this Nelson DeMille fan. In years past, bounding down the stairs behind my children on Christmas morning to find a Nelson DeMille novel on the top of my gift pile, or to see one peeking out from my stocking, was enough to put a smile on my face. But this year, on Dec. 11, I was granted a special wish: to sit down and chat with the man behind such famed characters as John Sutter, John Corey and Kate Mayfield.
I was introduced to DeMille’s novels back in 1991, as I commuted to work aboard the LIRR. As I sat in my seat, I recall seeing several other passengers engrossed in the same book, The Gold Coast. My interest was piqued, so I purchased a copy. Before long, I wasn’t traveling through Woodside, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens to pick up the Hempstead line but was transported to “the Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America.” I was hooked.
In the true spirit of the holiday season, Garden City Mayor Donald Brudie announced at the Dec. 15 board meeting that residents Bob and Pat Kaliban offered a gift to the village of $11,300 to pay for repairs to the roof and clock tower on St. Paul’s main building after it was damaged by Hurricane Irene in August. However, the feeling of “goodwill towards men” soon dissipated as the board trustees became inflamed during arguments over procedural matters and whether or not donation should be accepted by the village for public property.
Holding a cashier’s check in hand, the mayor read a letter from the Kalibans regarding the donation: “We are truly saddened, and at the same time, incensed that out trustees do not see fit to even repair storm damage to the main building of St. Paul’s. It’s difficult to watch an elected group of men dance around the semantics of the situation while allowing water damage to further destroy the interior of so stately an edifice.”
The Garden City Board of Education wrapped up its 2011 school year with a final meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Garden City High School. The Board unanimously approved a contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) for 170 district employees. The Superintendent of Schools also announced that the district could be receiving aid from New York State next year.
At the start of the meeting, Board of Education President Colleen Foley bestowed a certificate of appreciation to John Sullivan for over a decade of “dedicated and devoted” service to the Garden City Union Free School District as a member of the Audit Committee and also welcomed longtime resident Frederick Leuffer as its newest member.
Six months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Lynbrook to sign the 2 percent tax cap legislation, a bill he called a decade-long battle for that legislation in New York State. On Monday, Dec. 12, Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School to sign the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting senators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
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