At the Garden City Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 2, Deputy Mayor John J. Watras administered the oath of office to five new police officers. As reported back in March, the board of trustees voted to authorize the hiring of an additional five sworn patrol officers, which would yield a total of 52 sworn patrol officers in the Garden City Police Department. Separately at the meeting, residents expressed concern during a public hearing to amend a local law that would permit residents to erect fences and shrubs up to the front building line of their property.
A project five years in the making from conception to construction, the new Garden City War Memorial was unveiled at the village’s Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 30. The memorial replaces the village’s existing memorial on Seventh Street, opposite the Garden City Hotel. “It is a magnificent rendering of respect for those from Garden City who have served in the military to guarantee our wonderful way of life and especially for those whose lives were taken from us in moments of personal bravery,” said John C. Donovan, Commander, William Bradford Turner Post 265, who directed the ceremony.
It’s the million-dollar question on the mind of many residents in Garden City: What will become of historic St. Paul’s Main Building? The Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) recently announced that it is prepared to present an updated plan for the building to the board of trustees come this fall.
At the most recent village board meeting, Peter Negri, president of the CSSP, was prepared to provide a possible solution to this looming village issue. Negri prefaced his remarks to the board by reminding the audience that on April 27, more than 4,400 residents voted on whether or not to float a $3.75 million bond to demolish the former boys school. Negri maintained that of those 4,400 voters, 75 percent (3,290 votes) voted against the issuance of a bond to demolish the structure.
Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt decided to mix things up at the special meeting of the Nassau County Legislature on Tuesday, May 24: Instead of adhering to the schedule, he decided to address the redistricting vote—the last item on the legislative calendar for that meeting- first. Angry Democratic legislators pointed out that the residents who had come to speak on the topic of authorizing financing for new projects in the Nassau Hub- the first item on the calendar- would have to wait several hours, and asked that the Hub item be called first, but Schmitt would not budge. As a result, it was nearly four hours before the Hub issue was called, after the legislature passed the redistricting plan 10-8.
It was not business as usual at Thursday night’s Garden City Village Board of Trustees meeting. After nearly an hour of running through the usual agenda, discussions became contentious when Mayor Donald Brudie unleashed several inflammatory accusations directed toward fellow board members indicating that they were trying to “usurp” his mayoral power and “take over” the board using votes.
The meeting began with a brief announcement read by the mayor about the formation of Personnel and Long-Term Planning Board Committee. “I am appointing an advisory committee to the mayor to review and recommend with regard to matters of employee succession, productivity and long-term planning,” Brudie said.
Garden City residents were still entering the high school gym before the polls officially closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. The board of education and school officials waited anxiously as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Albert Chase wrote the official budget vote results on a large green chalkboard with voters approving it with a vote of 1,820 to 1,081.
In the school board elections, incumbent trustee Angela Heineman ran unopposed and received a total of 1,746 votes; and newly appointed interim trustee Tom Pinou, who ran for Laura Brown’s seat, was elected with 1,475 votes.
No matter what village, city or state, school bullies have remained an unwelcome part of the educational landscape for generations. But did you know that in a 2010 survey conducted by Scholastic Administration.com, 21 percent of middle and high school students in the United States have received mean or threatening email messages and 14 percent have received mean or hurtful comments online?
Members of the Garden City School District’s Cyber Bullying Committee addressed the hot-button issue and presented a series of findings and recommendations to the Board of Education at the May 10 work session at Garden City High School.
Susan Lucci has come a long way from her growing up years in Garden City: An Emmy Award-winning actress on the legendary soap opera series, All My Children; a lead role in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun; on tour with her own cabaret act; and the creator of a successful line of products. Now you can add the title of a New York Times best-selling author to that list.
Last Wednesday, May 11, Ms. Lucci traveled to Roslyn to talk about All My Life, a memoir that chronicles her life from a Long Island childhood to international stardom.
It’s the spot that many residents look forward to visiting every summer — the Garden City Community Pool. Swimmers can rejoice knowing the village attraction will receive several much-needed improvements beginning this fall, after the board’s recent approval of a bond resolution to fund Phase 1 of the project at a cost of $2,250,000.
Prior to approving the bond resolution, Nicole Russo, a member of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs Pool Redevelopment Sub-Committee, pool patron and village resident for 20 years, vocalized her support for the rehabilitation to the village board at the May 5th meeting.
Memorial Day is almost here and it is shaping up to be a special time in Garden City. After more than a year of discussions and planning, the village will unveil its upgraded veterans’ memorial to honor the brave men and women who have served our country in wartime. In February, the village board unanimously approved expenditures not to exceed $20,000 for the complete installation of a new and improved monument located at the Village Gazebo on Seventh Street.
At the May 5 village board meeting, Trustee Dennis Donnelly, the chairperson of the Village Board’s War Memorial Committee, announced that construction was currently in progress and almost complete. “The lighting was put in today and the cement pavers have been put in; the first of the marble and the new plaques arrive next week,” Donnelly said.
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