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Village Rolls Out Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

On Saturday, Jan. 22, various village departments presented their five-year Capital Improvement Plans at Village Hall. The meeting featured a broad overview of the village departments’ capital needs for fiscal years ending 2012 through 2016.

The village’s five-year capital plan has been in place for the last 29 years and is used to help identify essential projects and also equipment acquisitions. To give a historical perspective, capital plans have ranged anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the total village budget. Capital plans include debt service and the proposed plan, if enacted, would represent 5.5 percent of the expected budget. Last fiscal year, this area comprised 5.25 percent of the total $53,641,341.

During the capital plan presentation, Village Auditor Jim Olivo discussed the important aspects of the 2011/12 budget. “We do have a $200,000 increase in debt service for the projects that we’ve put on last year. We’ll also see a debt service increase next year for the same reason. We are not suggesting that any debt be issued for this capital plan. This is very much of a fund-it-as-you-go capital plan,” Olivo said.


Allegations Unleashed at Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

Murray: Independent Rescue Groups Call Shelter ‘Top Notch’

As snow gently fell over the Town of Hempstead, a firestorm of epic proportions erupted during the town board meeting at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion on Tuesday, Jan. 25. In a united front, animal activists appeared in droves to address the board about the alleged poor conditions at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh.

In December of 2010, Anton Newspapers reported shelter volunteers Diane Madden of East Meadow, Lucille DeFina of Merrick, and Frances Lucivero-Pelletier of Levittown alleged that they were banned from the shelter since late October of 2010 after making claims of animal abuse and neglect at the shelter. After the Dec. 7, 2010, town board meeting, the three women filed a lawsuit against the Town of Hempstead, Kate Murray, Bruce Hallbert, Jill Schuster, Patricia Horan, Vincent Napoli, Joanne Miranda, Russel Davis, and Ashley Sheridan.


Sweet Days Ahead for Cupcake Corner Too!

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Community Invited to Grand Opening of Second Location

Things are about to get even sweeter in Garden City at the upcoming grand opening of Cupcake Corner Too! on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 2-5 p.m. Residents can stop in to enjoy a host of giveaways, taste a sampling of six types of new specialty cupcakes, as well as learn about upcoming adult and children’s classes.

Established in October 2009, The Cupcake Corner’s original location has quickly become a hot spot on the West End of Garden City. Village residents and proprietors John and Laura Graney say their idea to open their own business spawned out of a desire to have a shop in the neighborhood where they could enjoy a quick bite and relax.


State Comptroller Teams Up With Stewart Manor Mayor to Help Residents Cash In

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Caplice Plans Visit to Village Hall in an Effort to Dole Out Some of the State’s $10.5 Billion in Unclaimed Funds

Some local residents may be poised to cash in on some of New York State’s $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds. Michael Caplice, the Long Island Representative for New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, recently met with Stewart Manor Mayor James J. Kelly to announce that many Stewart Manor residents are owed money. Caplice will be on site at the Stewart Manor Village Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon until 2 p.m. to help residents determine if they are owed money.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the State Comptroller’s Office in this effort to help our village residents with the process of first determining if they are owed any of the state’s $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds, and then with claiming any funds that they are owed,” said Mayor Kelly.


Village Board Approves Three-Year CSEA Contract

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Residents Question Salary Increases, Rising State Mandates

After nearly a month-long break, the Garden City Board of Trustees reconvened for their first meeting of 2011. After an opening moment of silence to remember victims of the shootings in Arizona, Mayor Robert J. Rothschild announced that the Civil Service Employees Association  (CSEA) contract was unanimously approved and ratified by the board of trustees. The news met with a mixed reaction from citizens, who offered praise, criticism and suggestions.

The mayor stated that on Dec.16, 2010, the board entered into an executive session and, at that time, they reviewed the provisions of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Incorporated Village of Garden City and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) regarding a contract period from June 1, 2010, through and including May 1, 2012.


Residents Still Heated Over NextG Antenna Systems

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

Several riled up residents attended the board of trustees meeting last week to continue initiating discussions regarding NextG Network’s Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) that were installed in the backyards of nine homeowners in Garden City this past summer. Some residents raised questions about additional DAS being installed in other villages across Long Island, while others testified to the negative impact the antennas have on property values.

Last year, the village board responded to the concerns of residents and directed village staff to identify a professional engineering firm and obtain a proposal to perform a series of detailed tests within the rear yards and homes that are adjacent to the nine sites where NextG Networks installed antennas to rear yard utility poles in order to document radio frequency (RF) emissions. On Nov. 4, the board approved engaging VitaTech Engineering, LLC of Fredericksburg, VA, to perform the tests and submit a report of the findings at cost not exceeding $17,000.


GC Residents Donate to Rescue Ink

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Animal rescue organization, Rescue Ink, headquartered at Jo-Mar Dog & Cat Grooming in Floral Park, recently received a $5,000 donation from Dianne and Margaret Fleming, both professional artists and longtime residents of Garden City.

After 55 years, they recently sold their home located on St. Paul’s Place, with the assistance of Daniel Gale/Sotheby’s International Realty in Garden City. The former village residents said they “wished to leave a piece of ourselves behind,” to continue their concern and care for animals and chose Rescue Ink to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their home.

“Besides offering our personal contribution to continue their great work helping homeless or injured animals, we hope this inspires others to consider this charity upon their move or any other opportunity that arises. We were happy to share our good fortune with them,” Diane and Margaret Fleming said.


Jack Martins Sworn In as 7th Senate District Senator

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Briefly Outlines Plans in Speech

It’s official. After launching his campaign in March 2010, standing outside train stations, restaurants and local businesses and after a long and arduous court battle, Jack Martins can take the “-elect” off of the end of his new job title.

Former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was sworn in as the Seventh District senator last Tuesday. Martins was accompanied by his wife Paula and the rest of the Martins family as he took the oath of senator around noon Tuesday.

Before Martins was sworn in, Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) cited “spectacular wins throughout the state,” which garnered applause from the crowd of about 200 people. Skelos was sworn in as Senate majority leader last Wednesday.


Stewart Manor Weathers Post-Holiday Blizzard

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

DPW Goes Above and Beyond, as Residents Enjoy Final ‘Gift’ of Season

In the aftermath of last Sunday’s blizzard, Stewart Manor residents made lemonade out of lemons—or in this case, ice pops out of icicles. The magic of Christmas remained in the air, as residents enjoyed unexpected downtime with friends and family.

“It’s Christmas again?” asked a bewildered 4-year-old, as he peered out the window of his Carlton Terrace home at the fresh-fallen snow. “The kids were happy,” said his mom, Mara Drobinko. “[My son] thought it was a do-over!”

Elton Road resident Kathleen Tubridy shared similar sentiments. “The kids were excited,” she said. Being snowed in was a treat, after the mad scramble leading up to the holidays. “It was nice because we were forced to relax. The kids had some downtime to enjoy their Christmas gifts,” she added.


St. Paul’s Future Still Uncertain

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

Village Counsel Announces FEIS Nearly Complete

As 2010 came to a close, the ultimate fate of St. Paul’s Boys School in Garden City still remained a hot topic of discussion for the Garden City Village Board of Trustees and residents. After the board entertained a period of public hearings and commentary on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement this fall, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on demolition is anticipated to be ready by the next board of trustees meeting in January, according to Village Counsel Gerard Fishberg.

Trustee Laurence Quinn raised the issue of ongoing costs for preparation of the FEIS during the last board meeting of the year. Prior to approving a bill in the amount of $11,206 from Sive, Paget & Riesel, an environmental firm hired to prepare the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the FEIS, Quinn asked when the board anticipated that billings would finally end.


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