This year the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, formerly held in Garden City for many years, has been relocated to Mineola by the organizers because of the cost imposed by our Village for Police overtime. However, the organizers, the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens, Inc., continue to invite us to march and/or view the parade, which will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 11 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.
Based upon excellent detective work using DNA technology, Garden City Police detectives have been able to solve a burglary and numerous thefts from parked automobiles. On Feb. 12, Garden City detectives arrested a 34-year-old Brooklyn man for 29 thefts that occurred during the past five months within the Village. An alert police detective found evidence at the scene of one of the vehicle thefts, which DNA lab testing confirmed belonged to the subject. The detectives located the subject in Brooklyn and placed him under arrest. The subject was previously arrested by Garden City Police in 2010 for a theft from a vehicle on Arthur Street. Numerous other cases have been closed by this arrest and an investigation is ongoing to determine if the subject arrested was responsible for other similar vehicle larcenies committed within the village and in other communities within Nassau County.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a vocal critic of the partisanship and gridlock that has delayed the passage of a payroll tax cut for middle class workers, voted today for a bipartisan bill to extend the tax cut through the end of 2012 and said that Washington needs to continue to work together to help struggling Americans.
The tax cut is expected to save middle class families over $1,000 – up to about $1,500 on Long Island – over the course of this year, according to McCarthy. Over 1.2 million Long Islanders, including 600,000 residents of Nassau County, are employed and may be eligible for the tax cut, according to information from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Last Friday evening, my wife Barbara and I along with my fellow trustees and their spouses, had the pleasure of attending the kickoff of a new Garden City nonprofit 501c (3) charitable organization entitled “The Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation.” This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting village programs in the arts and parks. Its fundraising will provide alternative funding for village programs and special projects and events so that every resident will benefit from its endowment.
This is an organization of, by, and for village residents of all ages and we are very fortunate to count them as our neighbors.
We wish them success with this worthwhile undertaking.
I would like to thank village residents Robert and Patricia Kaliban for their generous donation of $6,500 to pay to repair the St. Paul’s roof damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene and to Vinny Muldoon of Old World Quality Corp., for agreeing to repair the roof for the amount of the Kaliban donation and further to repair the damage to the clock tower at no cost to the village.
“Amanda’s Law” took effect a year ago in New York State. This law requires all residences, both new and existing to have carbon monoxide alarms installed on any floor where there are sleeping areas. The specific requirements differ for new and existing residences and also on when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups. The following link provides the proposed code text and legislation — http://www.dos.state. ny.us/codeCOAlarm.htm. If you have any questions feel free to call the Garden City Fire Department at 746-1301.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Estates POA ran a runoff election for one of its trustee positions. With only two weeks allowed to prepare for that event, the election posed some very difficult and challenging logistical considerations in order to meet the required deadlines.
Among the range of items required were ordering of four lever voting machines, four ballot boxes, printing of sample ballots and paper ballots, ordering name cards and badges, requesting school permits, ordering a delivery truck for the voting machines, obtaining two notaries, setting up an Estates POA Election Committee, coordinating three shifts of 21 volunteers to serve as poll watchers/inspectors, ordering food for volunteers, selecting an election commissioner and deputy-commissioner, obtaining necessary signatures from both candidates teams on a multitude of required documents, coordinating a police presence to be at the polls and assisting in traffic control, running all legal questions thru the by-laws and compliance committee, overseeing the printing of voting signature forms and binders; not to mention, the endless bits of last minute minutia that seemed to keep increasing right up to the moment the polls opened until the last vote was counted and recorded.
Whether you are a jogger, bicyclist, dog walker or just plain stroller out for a walk, if you elect to do this when it is dark, we urge, for your own safety and the safety of vehicle operators, that you wear some type of reflective vest. Bicyclists are also urged to equip their bicycles with front and rear lights.
We have already experienced a number of accidents that perhaps would not have occurred had some type of reflective protective gear been worn.
Feb. 3, 2012 will mark the seventh annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Unfortunately, most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women. These two diseases kill more than 480,000 women in the United States every year; more than the next five causes of death combined, including all cancers. On Long Island, more than 5,600 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.
One of the components of Go Red for Women will be National “Wear Red Day for Women” on Feb. 3. On Friday, Feb. 3, wear something red — a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women’s lives. Some of the activities planned for this year can be viewed on their websites www.americanheart.org and www.goredforwomen.org.
Residents are again reminded of the “Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk” signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street between Franklin and Hilton avenues.
State Vehicle and Traffic Law states that motorists must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway within the striped crosswalks. A motorist seeing a pedestrian entering the crosswalk must stop and permit the pedestrian to cross the street. Cars approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear are not permitted to pass.
The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street and Rockaway Avenue near the east entrance to the Middle School will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians.
A word of caution, however, to the pedestrian — do not place undue reliance on the signs or the crosswalks, even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way — they may not do so.
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 2, and on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.
Last week visitors to the Village of Garden City’s website got a firsthand preview of the village’s newly upgraded website which I am sure you will find both helpful and informative. Our appreciation to Village Clerk Brian Ridgway and Thomas McGerty of the Village Recreation and Parks Department for this in house upgrade which was performed by them without incurring the need or cost of an outside vendor.
Please be sure to visit this website (www.gardencityny.net) for information with regard to all the various village departments, as well as meeting dates for the various village boards and community events which now includes much more detailed information with regard to the Village of Garden City that I know residents as well as visitors will find helpful.
Fortunately, the snowfall last weekend was insignificant to what we experienced in the last two years. However, walking and driving were somewhat dicey, which reminds us of the need to look in on our neighbors who would have been housebound due to inclement weather.
We remind everyone that the Garden City Police Department has a Well Check Program, which provides a service for the residents. The Police Department’s Well Check Program is available to any senior citizen, a person with a disability, or to any person suffering a hardship. Police Commissioner Ernest J. Cipullo has advised me that residents can contact the Police Department and be placed on its Well Check Log. Each morning, a person who is placed on the Police Department’s Log can call to check in and let us know if they are okay or in need of assistance. If a person who is on the list does not contact the Police Department, an attempt will be made to contact that person either by phone and/or in person. Any person who wishes to be placed on the Garden City Police Department’s Well Check Log may contact the Desk Officer at (516) 465-4101.
Our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights were written by men well-schooled in the ideas of the French and Scottish Enlightenments. They were men who respected human reason and who despised superstition, prejudice and ignorance. These European intellectuals were in awe of Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Paine, and all Americans whom they had previously mocked as “Yankee Doodles.”
They saw that despite our being in the midst of a war for our very existence, we calmly, humanely and bravely proclaimed, “all men are created equal...with certain unalienable rights...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Is that just ancient history or are we still the awesome people who sing of their land as the “land of the free and the home of the brave?”
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