The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending wishes for a very Happy New Year to village residents.
I would like to advise that a Final Notice Reminder for the test of the Backflow Prevention Assembly will be mailed to backflow device owners on or about Oct.15, 2011.
If you’re like me, you couldn’t be more frustrated with the way things are going in Washington lately, with all the gridlock; the endless bickering and partisanship; the negative, divisive tone; and votes made not in the spirit of doing good for the people but just to score political points and headlines.
We’ve seen this played out over and over again this year, when the most extreme members of House Majority decided that for the first time in American history we should attach massive, job-killing spending cuts to routine matters like paying back money we owe, keeping the government open and delivering disaster relief funding.
The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. Keep in mind that these merchants save you from traveling outside the village for your needs. Consider the harsh reality if we did not have these businesses here to service our needs.
But a lack of transparency on the county’s part clearly exists. The administration complains that Nassau has the second highest taxes in the nation, yet if the county got rid of all 6,000 of its Civil Service Employees Association workers, Nassau would still hold that regrettable status. In fact, in a $10,000 property tax bill, only $300 is for the services provided by CSEA members.
Writing on behalf of the Garden City Community, I wish to thank the Garden City Clergy Fellowship, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Garden City Fire Department for conducting the inspiring Service of Memory and Hope last Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience that assisted many of us to get through that difficult day.
The Village Department of Public Works has done a remarkable job both during and after the storm. However, the cleanup continues and we ask for your patience as we are doing everything possible to return to normal conditions.
Residents can either place their rubbish at the curb for pickup or drop off their yard waste at the Village Municipal Yard, which is located on Cherry Valley Avenue, south of the Community Park entrance. The hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 11:45 a.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A permit, in the amount of $15, can be obtained at Village Hall and is in effect for the life of the car.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Mayor Donald T. Brudie on Sept. 7.)
With a twinkle in my eye, I say that I am not one to be complaining incessantly to our village leaders about failures of management. I am most aware that now and then one may slip accidentally through the door to your office. Now, that ought to be righted!
Two weeks ago, a friendly staff of your maintenance employees spent weeks repairing extensive damage to Fourth Street. Were they nice? Certainly so. Were they competent? Oh, yes. Did they do a good job? We don’t have gaping holes anymore and automobile springs carrying dedicated clerics to church will spring another day. Our village employees did a fine job.
Although Long Island was said to be fortunate that “Hurricane” Irene was downgraded to a “Tropical Storm,” it was still horrendous, heaping major power outages and inordinate tree damage to our village. I commend the residents who exercised extreme caution driving through the village with most of the traffic signals not operating and with downed trees everywhere. Village Administrator Schoelle and I were out on Sunday, Aug. 28 separately and again on Monday, Aug. 29 together surveying and assessing damage throughout the village.
This letter is an answer to a letter published 8/25/11 of the Garden City Life by Thomas P.Brosnan entitled, “Pelosi’s puppet at it again.” He is charging that Carolyn McCarthy (CMC) is a puppet voting as she is told. He alleges that CMC does not read bills before she votes. Specifically he mentions the debt-ceiling bill, Obama Care, Cap and Tax. He says she is going to destroy the health care sector, Cap & Tax, the energy sector, fiscal reform and the financial sector. All without any thought on her part, as a mindless puppet vote. Apparently Mr. Brosnan must spend most of his time in CMC’s offices in Washington and Nassau County to know all that as a fact. He also says CMC along with Obama, Reid and Pelosi are going to destroy something even more. He suggests they will destroy Agriculture, Defense and NASA.
I was recently reviewing a publication by the American Red Cross on the subject of hurricane activity. It was interesting to note that many Long Islanders don’t believe our area is in danger of being hit by a major hurricane. Although there have been other hurricanes as recent as 1991 that have struck Long Island, two stand out as pivotal storms that affected many Long Island communities. The devastation from the 1938 hurricane — dubbed the “Long Island Express” was enormous. The storm reshaped the shoreline of Long Island and created great economic and human loss. In 1985 Hurricane Gloria hit one September day and nearly leveled portions of central and eastern Long Island. The Island’s east end is on the list of the top 10 most vulnerable mainland United States areas prone to hurricanes.
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