The Department of Environmental Conservation has placed restrictions on the collection and disposal of e-waste (televisions, computers, computer peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.). Collectors such as the village will be required to separately collect these items and designate them for recycling or reuse. The village has contacted a vendor, which has been designated by the Town of Hempstead for e-waste recycling, and they have agreed to provide a POD, which will be located at the Village Yard for the collection of e-waste, which will be recycled by them.
Beginning on Feb. 7, the village will begin collecting e-waste on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Spot collections will occur on an as-needed basis by the supervisors for anything put out before then as directed by the Yard.
Your village has spent a good deal of time and money to beautify our central business district in order to make it as appealing to residents and businesses. Our local food markets on Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue have also made a significant investment in purchasing high quality shopping carts for our use and convenience while shopping in their stores. Regrettably, these carts are not being returned to the prescribed areas by the shoppers and are being left within the parking fields and in the areas of the apartment houses.
In consideration of your neighbors, merchants and community, I urge residents to return these carts to their respective stores. Please don’t place the village in the position to have to expend manpower and time to impound the shopping carts. The residents’ effort will go a long way to keeping our village the beautiful place that we all want it to be.
I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2012/13 Operating/Capital Budgets on:
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study- Work Session 1
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 2
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 3
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session - Final
These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the boardroom at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This week, visitors to the Village of Garden City’s website got a look at the village’s upgraded website. This was made possible through the efforts of Village Clerk, Brian Ridgway and Tim McGerty of the Village Recreation and Parks Department.
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.
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 2 and on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.
I would like to share with you, the following safety tips, which were written by a police officer:
1.Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide.
If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, do not hand it to him. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Run like mad in the other direction!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. Don’t do this!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head and tell you where to go. As soon as you get into your car, lock the car doors and leave. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, do not drive off! Instead, gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A. Be aware:
Look around you; look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night!
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: Stop. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point:
Someone just told you that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her, “Whatever you do, do not open the door ...” The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, do not open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re alone at night.
10. Water scam! if you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, do not go out to investigate! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy issued the following statement on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is observed every third Monday of January:
“As one who has dedicated my public life to nonviolence and social and economic fairness for all, I cannot overstate the powerful legacy left by Martin Luther King, Jr. and how much of an inspiration he is to me as I fight for what’s right in the halls of Congress.
[Editor’s Note: The following letter was written in response to a letter to the editor written by Tom Lamberti, entitled “Our Executive Staff, ”which was published in the Dec. 29 edition of Garden City Life.]
Former Village Trustee Tom Lamberti’s position on compensation for village employees is a real head-scratcher. Mr. Lamberti vigorously objects to a modest, annual 1.5 percent wage increase for the lowest-paid village employees. Yet, on the other hand, he attacks the current trustees for asking our highest-paid managers to start contributing to the cost of their health insurance.
Please be advised that village offices were closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. There were no garbage or recycling pickups for Monday, Jan. 16 and no rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The holiday collection schedule will be as follows:
Western half of Village (West of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Tuesday and Thursday
Rubbish: Wednesday, January 25
Eastern Half of Village (East of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Wednesday and Friday
Rubbish: Wednesday, January 25
While it is true that the issues related to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” are not simple we should not be influenced by much of the misinformation that has been disseminated and we should base our decisions on the facts and develop a regulatory regime which can assure safety and environmental sensitivity.
It is ironic that natural gas development, which can reduce carbon emissions by a third compared to oil and a half compared to coal, is caught in an emotional debate over environmental impacts. As businessman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, using data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, this abundant new gas source has reduced our oil imports from 60 percent in 2005 to 47 percent today. Recent events in the Middle East should reinforce the need for a U.S. energy policy based on domestic natural gas.
A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the Department of Public Works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the village yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.
Please assist the village by removing tree stands, strands of electric lights and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.
As representatives of many voices in the breast cancer community on Long Island, our coalition urges Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State since 25 percent of chemicals used in the fracking process have been demonstrated to cause cancer or mutations. Hydrofracking companies use products containing 13 different known and suspected carcinogens. Two of those carcinogens, benzene and ethylene oxide are linked with breast cancer as cited recently by a report released by the Institute of Medicine.
Moreover, 37 percent of chemicals in fracking fluids are endocrine disruptors which alter hormonal signaling and in doing so can place cells on the pathway to tumor formation. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has been implicated in cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testicle, and ovary.
The second half of village taxes, which were due and payable on December 1, 2011 are subject to penalty if payment is not made within a 30-day grace period. This year payments received after January 3, 2012, will be subject to penalty. Please return the “second half” bill stub with your payment made payable to the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Please note that Village Hall will be closed on Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. As stated above, tax payments may be placed in the letter slot at the east entrance to Village Hall.
My office has been advised that in keeping their commitment to improving customer service and communication, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has implemented a new outage communication tool which will allow customers to report electrical outages at their home or business via texting from their mobile device.
At this time of year many of us enjoy Christmas songs that convey beautiful thoughts. Joy is the transcending theme, as it should be, celebrating for all regardless of faith or private beliefs a theme of renewal. It is especially appropriate at this time of year that our enduring hope be one of peace, certainly for ourselves here in Garden City, and also for all the people of the earth; that our common goal this special season will be “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
At the Board of Trustees (“Board”) meeting on Dec. 15, 2011, the Board adopted a resolution requiring the executive staff to pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums.
In December 2010, the Board entered into a four-year contract, (June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2013), with the CSEA for 181 village employees. The contract provided wage increases of 1-½ percent each year and did not change their health insurance contributions, which were zero or 10 percent depending on when they were hired. Trustee Cavanaugh said this contract “was based on a reasonable weighting of the fiscal environment with a fair recognition of the efforts of our employees.”
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