Hakeem Rahim just wants to help. He wants to use his experience to aid others who may be suffering from what he called “an uncontrollable terror.” That terror was a panic attack and mental break. It’s something Rahim candidly discussed during a recent visit to Garden City High School, where he lectured about these terrifying experiences to the student body. Recently, he shared his story at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which focused on mental illness.
“I had delusions,” he said. “I thought I was Neo from The Matrix. I was jumping off the walls. I had all the classic signs of someone who broke from reality. It’s good to talk about it. It’s not good to hold it in.”
Last month, A. Thomas Levin, a member of Garden City’s Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. law firm and chair of the firm’s Local Government, Land Use Law and Environmental Compliance and the Professional Responsibility practice groups served as a judge for the final three rounds of the 40th Annual New York State Metropolitan Area Civil Law Moot Court Competition. This was Levin’s 9th year as a judge.
A board of trustees job is never done, and that holds true here in Garden City. Mayor John Watras and company held their regular meeting on May 1 at village hall. Here’s a sampling of what went down:
The village gave the go ahead to the law firm Jones Day to proceed with the appeal of the judge’s decision in the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) management anti-discrimination housing lawsuit. The judge had issued his final judgment late last month that the village had violated the federal Fair Housing Act via their zoning ordinance for the Social Services site a decade ago.
Excessive aircraft noise may be the bane of many residents in the area, but apparently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally heard people’s complaints of long being fed up by all the racket. The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees heard a report from the Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) at their regularly scheduled board meeting on May 6. Residents’ ongoing fight against the excess noise caused by congested overhead air traffic is finally eliciting a response from the government.
Cristina O’Keeffe, who represents Stewart Manor on TVASNAC, says that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as the FAA, is stepping up and responding to residents’ complaints after a mandate handed down by Governor Cuomo last November. “It’s baby steps, but there’s actually some change going on,” O’Keeffe says.
Loki is a 4-month-old male American Pit Bull Terrier mix. His sweet and loving personality makes him the perfect pet. He loves to meet and play with new people and dogs.
Sprinkles is an adult male who recently lost his home. He is very affectionate, and he loves to be the center of attention. He is hoping he doesn’t have to wait long for the right person to come adopt him.
Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce Michael P. Furdyna has joined the firm as an associate in its Garden City office. He is a member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Practice Groups. Previously, he was an associate at Morrison Mahoney LLP.
Furdyna represents large insurance companies, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation and general liability matters. He has handled a variety of workers’ compensation claims, including matters involving fraud allegations, World Trade Center claims, claims for death benefits, and subrogation issues at all levels of litigation including appeals to the New York Appellate Division.
Thomas Onorato, office manager for a Garden City-based medical office, and wife, Melissa, are humbled by the overwhelming support shown to them since their son Thomas Kevin Onorato was born. On April 19, the couple hosted a fundraiser for baby Thomas, who is suffering from microvillous inclusion disease. They anticipated 200 or 300 people, but the turnout was far more successful—more than 1,000 attendees flocked to Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant to support the younger Thomas’ fight. Many were family and friends but larger numbers were people who were simply touched and inspired by Thomas’ story. At 7 months old, baby Thomas is unable to eat and absorb nutrients and he has spent nearly half his life in the hospital.
Continuing its popular “Meet the Author” series, The Garden City Historical Society will be hosting an illustrated lecture and book signing on Wednesday, May 21. The presentation features Caroline Rob Zaleski, author of Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 which is published by W.W. Norton and is an essential reference for architecture buffs, historians and everyone who lives on or visits Long Island. The book not only highlights the work within Nassau and Suffolk counties of 25 renowned architects, but also, in a master list, inventories 600 listed buildings and their locations. Zaleski will discuss how she came to work on an architectural field survey for The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) and how she discovered genuine surprises about Long Island’s recent past. She will show striking archival photographs from her critically-acclaimed book, which is as much a social history as an architectural history about world-renowned architects and the aspirations of their clients who built on Long Island.
New Ground, Inc. is a unique not-for-profit agency committed to educating and empowering families as well as individuals who are caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. On Monday, May 19, New Ground will host its 19th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at Garden City’s Cherry Valley Club.
This year’s honoree is Stony Brook resident Mitchell Pally, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI). New Ground will recognize Pally for his ongoing efforts to make Long Island a better place to work and live. The day includes brunch, golf, competitions on the course, cocktail hour, Chinese auction and dinner. Participation is requested to help raise much-needed funds which will benefit the homeless families and veterans in New Ground’s Program.
The Garden City Police Department is one of just three departments across Long Island to receive a crime-fighting grant administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Intended to help reduce, solve and prevent crime, the $30,000 grant will specifically enable the department to fund special patrols and purchase equipment to more effectively target car larcenies and burglaries.
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