As I write this column, work continues on the Franklin Avenue crosswalks. As of today, only a few more nights will be required to complete this project. Again, this is all subject to weather conditions.
We appreciate your continued cooperation during this much-needed improvement and will work to complete the project in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (516) 465-4004 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please use caution when driving/walking past the areas that are under construction.
On Tuesday, June 14 many Americans demonstrate their patriotism by displaying the “Stars and Stripes” for Flag Day.
Americans are proud of our flag, the symbol of this great nation, our constitution and the liberty we enjoy. Many men and women have made enormous sacrifices so that we might live in peace and freedom.
Village offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 8:30 a.m. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the “Letter” drop slot at the front door.
Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, May 30. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Friday for the Western half and Wednesday and Saturday for the Eastern half of the Village. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 6.
Rubbish collection for the entire Village will be on Thursday, June 2nd.
Let’s be clear: a 2 percent tax cap on school districts fails to address the root causes of our ever-increasing tax burden.
Politicians and special interest groups can trumpet the tax cap all they want, but homeowners across New York will find their taxes continuing to rise unless their elected officials get serious about relieving local schools of millions of dollars of costs tied up in state mandates that do nothing to advance student achievement.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter to Mayor Brudie and the Board of Trustees is printed upon the request of the Committee to Save St. Paul’s.)
Dear Mayor Brudie and Village Trustees:
The St. Paul’s Conservancy Corp. (aka The Committee to Save St. Paul’s), in conjunction with The Garden City Historical Society, request that these two local non-profit organizations be given the opportunity to present to the board of trustees an updated, comprehensive proposal for the use of the St. Paul’s main building as a public, community resource. This would be a more detailed proposal based on the presentation made to the board in June 2010.
On May 14, the trustees of the Garden City Public Library voted to severely reduce its service hours. Effective June 1, the library will be open to the public nine fewer hours a week.
The library trustees claim that the reduction in operating hours is in response to budget cuts from the village board of trustees. However, in March, after comparing the Garden City Library to 54 other Nassau County libraries, the Citizens Budget Review and Advisory Committee (CBRAC) issued a unanimous report which stated that our village library is overstaffed and overfunded.
Friday, May 20, 2011, is the graduation of Adelphi University’s Class of 2011. My colleagues on the Village Board of Trustees and I join all of the residents of our Village in extending congratulations to these outstanding young people. They have been a credit to our community and I am sure they will continue to reflect well on Garden City as Adelphi University’s Alumni. We wish the Class of 2011 the very best and congratulate you on your many accomplishments and contributions.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for Hempstead Town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency, such as a severe storm evacuation. Other situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
Garden City residents demonstrated their leadership and example last week by voting down a proposed bond authorization to demolish the venerable St. Paul’s School. Now that the threat of razing has been dashed for the time being, it is important that village officials work with civic, preservation and business leaders to develop a realistic plan to ensure preservation of this iconic and historic structure. Municipal and public/private re-development scenarios should be reasonably assessed and a viable plan selected. The longer the future of this complex remains unresolved, the more uncertain its ultimate preservation. Now is the time to get to work. Based on the collective efforts conducted to defeat this demolition proposal, I am betting on the residents again rising to the top to solve this important challenge. Long Island is rooting for you!
John D. Cameron, Jr.
Chairman, Long Island Regional Planning Council
I am elated at the wisdom of our residents in preserving not only their very own history, but an iconic treasure that Garden City and no other village on Long Island has. The residents were intelligent enough to realize that demolishing St. Paul’s would not only cause a tax increase to pay the bond, but also their very own homes would suffer a loss in value that would also result in another tax increase to make up any deficit.
I thank the Committee to Save St. Paul’s, the Historical Society, Susan Lucci, Nelson DeMille and everyone who worked so hard on the campaign to save the building. But most importantly, I thank our village residents.
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