[Editor’s Note: The following was read by William Slatterly at the August 18 Garden City Board of Trustees meeting].
Good evening, My name is William Slattery and I reside at 174 Kilburn Road. I am here tonight to offer my comments on Trustees Daughney’s and Demaro’s recent proposal to convert St. Paul’s into a multiuse recreational center. Although I serve as the President of the Estates POA, I come here tonight as a private citizen to offer up my personal comments since the Estates Board of Directors has not formally reviewed and commented on the proposal. The Daughney/Demaro St. Paul’s Proposal will be a formal agenda item to be discussed at our September POA meeting. The timing and importance of this particular proposal has, however, compelled me to come here tonight to offer my own personal comments.
Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements, which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My colleagues on the Village Board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country, which will be their temporary homes.
Next week will mark the arrival of Adelphi’s Class of 2015 onto the Garden City Campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The board of trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff, as well as the Class of 2015 and all students, a most productive year.
Well Carolyn’s [McCarthy] voted for another bill she hasn’t read: The Debt Ceiling Compromise. She must subscribe to Pelosi’s tagline: “You have to vote for a bill, before you know what’s in it!” You can’t make this stuff up. What do we overpay her for?
Superintendent Robert Mangan, of the Village's Department of Public Works, recently contacted the Nassau County Department of Public Works with the request that they adjust the timing of the traffic signal at Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street. I am pleased to report that Nassau County has made an adjustment to the traffic signal and they have extended the pedestrian timing crossing on Franklin Avenue.
In order for the pedestrian to get the extended timing, the pedestrian must press the pushbutton on the corners of the intersection and then wait for the “Walk” signal to be displayed.
I recently received a letter from the President of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) on the subject of making preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.
The following are several of the tips for residential emergency planning that were listed. Please review them with your family:
• Develop a family plan for survival and property protection. Rehearse the plan so everyone knows what to do.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
In the Incorporated Village’s efforts to provide the most reliable communications with residents and businesses within the village, we have implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc., (Swift 911) as our emergency notification service provider. Swift 911 is a computerized telephone calling system that is used to notify the village’s residents and businesses of an emergency situation such as a severe storm evacuation or a dangerous situation. When the system is activated at Village Hall, each resident and business within the Village of Garden City receives a telephone message with the emergency alert.
Mr. McMillan’s interpretation of The Dream Act is inaccurate. It would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain qualifications, so the first sentence is true in that sense. But it would not in any way give those same immigrants free college tuition. They would simply be eligible for government financial aid in the same way that a citizen would be.
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I would like to thank the residents and employees who took the time out of their busy schedules to donate blood. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other member of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.
Schoolyards, playing fields, gymnasiums, vacant lots, street corners, makeshift clubhouses and stoops were but a few of the special places of my boyhood. These were the platforms upon which the richest of memories, sweet and sour, were built. In later years, it has been the countless hours of my work with groups of boys at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center that have been most evocative of those special places and times. The associated images and scenarios provide me, at each memorable stop, with a visceral reminder of my earliest struggles to belong, to feel special and to be valued.
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