You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.
As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.
I have personally noticed and I have received complaints from residents about speeding within village boundaries. I have asked the police department to enhance their vigilance and issuance of tickets to those driving in the village at speeds in excess of the 30 mph village speed limit.
The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief Charles S. Cavarra for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during the past year as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. I am pleased to report that Chief Cavarra, along with First Assistant William Castoro, Second Assistant Chief Joseph Nadolny, and Third Assistant Chief Brian Gallo, have been reelected for a second term. We wish them well and thank them for their continued involvement.
Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.
Ever since our village purchased the St. Paul’s School for boys in 1993, a tension has existed between the residents who feel strongly that the school building must be preserved and those who believe that the building can be restored only if it is done in a fiscally prudent manner. This friction over St. Paul’s is reflected on the village board of trustees. One group of five trustees wants St. Paul’s restored only if it can be done without a heavy burden on taxpayers.
The remaining three trustees—including Mayor Donald Brudie—apparently place more importance on the building’s beauty and historical significance than on the cost of restoration.
Our local law requires dog owners to leash their pets and to clean up after them when they have relieved themselves upon any areas used in common by the public. These areas include median strips, curbs, gutters, park areas, streets, etc. By way of clarification, the village’s local law is very specific as to the prohibition. “No person who owns … any dog shall … permit or allow such dog to urinate, defecate or commit any other nuisance upon any public street, thoroughfare, sidewalk, gutter … or park … [or] any place where people congregate, or upon any private property without permission of the owner thereof. The term “sidewalk” as used herein shall mean the area between the curb, or traveled portion of the street if there be no curb and the property line of the abutting property owner.”
Residents are reminded that village offices will close at noon next Friday, April 6, in observance of Good Friday and will reopen on Monday, April 9. Correspondence may be dropped in the letter slot at the front of Village Hall.
Congratulations to Trustees John J. Watras, Nicholas P. Episcopia, Andrew J. Cavanaugh and Brian C. Daughney on their election last Tuesday. I believe the board can achieve a great deal over the next year working together.
I also want to express gratitude to all of the many residents who made the time to vote in the annual village election and encourage you to become familiar with your property owners’ associations and to become involved with it.
Estates POA congratulates Community Agreement Candidates: Brian Daughney, Nick Episcopia, Andrew Cavanaugh and John Watras on their re-election victory during the General Election that was held this past Tuesday. For nearly 100 years, The Community Agreement, has proven itself to be a very viable form of government that has allowed Garden City to be one of the most special and unique towns in the country. This past election results reconfirmed our town’s overwhelming support for the Community Agreement.
I would like to ask you to do your part to support all businesses within Garden City. I would also like to encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
Many residents consider shopping and dining in our business districts as “experience shopping” because they meet friends and neighbors along the way and have an opportunity to interact with them. This is in stark contrast to frantically dashing through the crowds in the mall or the big box retailers.
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