During a public hearing and organizational meeting held on April 5, the Garden City Board of Trustees adopted the 2010-11 budget, resulting in an approximate tax increase of $121 to the average assessed single family homeowner. The board of trustees voted 5 to 2 in favor of the budget, the collection of the taxes and the fixing of the 2010 tax rate.
The Garden City Village Board of Trustees held their annual organization meeting on the evening of April 5, at Village Hall. Justice Allen S. Mathers administered the oath of office to incumbents Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras, Nicholas Episcopia and new trustee Brian Daughney.
In Garden City, sunny skies helped draw crowds to the 55th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade on April 4 at 1 p.m., which stepped off from Tenth Street on Franklin Avenue. Throngs of parade-goers came dressed in their Sunday best to watch the procession of more than 300 antique and classic cars roll through the streets.
The Joint Conference Committee (JCC) of the four Property Owners’ Associations (POAs) has released the Citizens Budget Review and Advisory Committee Report and analysis of the proposed 2010/2011 village budget. The report has been delivered to, and discussed with, the Finance Committee of the village board of trustees and the village administration.
Budget talks continued on Tuesday, March 23 at Garden City High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen summarized his recommendations and listened to board members and parents’ pleas to bring class sizes down and to save teachers.
Before presenting an overview of his proposals, Dr. Feirsen told the audience that the proposals are still recommendations and the 2010-11 budget will be adopted by the board of education on April 19. During this public meeting, recommendations or the changes to the recommendations will become finalized as a budget that is being presented to the community.
Congratulations to six Garden City High School students for being named as 2010 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Pictured here with high school Principal Nanine Cuttitta are this year’s finalists (left to right): Michael Abatemarco, Brendan Catalano, Thomas Elustondo, Victoria Seskin, Allison Shen, and Emily Tudisco. Of the 1.5 million entrants taking the PSAT/NMSQT, some 50,000 with the highest selection index scores (critical reading and mathematics and writing skills) qualified for recognition in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. As finalists, these students are part of a group of 15,000 from across the nation honored for their academic scholarship.
The Garden City Village Election was held on Tuesday, March 16. Polls were open from noon until 9 p.m., as residents turned out in record numbers to elect the Community Agreement candidates over two write-in candidates, Ronald Tadross and Raymond Rudolph.
What was thought to be an uncontested village election in Garden City turned dramatic when Ronald Tadross and Raymond Rudolph announced their candidacy days before the election on March 16. Despite a last-minute campaign using the Internet and email, all four Community Agreement candidates prevailed. Tadross and Rudolph’s message resonated with the Garden City residents who came to the polls to write the candidates’ names on the ballot.
It was standing room only on Tuesday, March 9, for the Garden City Board of Education work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the fourth and final portion of the budget and recommendations to the board of education. The high school library was filled with residents and parents who came to speak out about the proposed budget cuts during the meeting that lasted more than three hours.
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce invites members of both the business and residential community to hear – for the first time in Garden City, the newly elected County Executive Edward P. Mangano, keynote speaker at the chamber’s luncheon program on Thursday, March 25 at the Garden City Hotel. The county executive’s address will focus on his central campaign promise: to reform the County’s property tax assessment system.
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