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.
This week work began on the replacement of the Franklin Avenue decorative crosswalks. The work will be done in two phases. Phase #1 consists of night work (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) taking place from Seventh Street to Eleventh Street at the intersections of Franklin Avenue, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility in either direction based on the work scheduled. This phase should last for approximately seven nights.
When Phase #1 is completed, there will be a two week period where the base installed will be allowed to set up. After this time period, Phase #2 will begin. During Phase #2, the actual decorative crosswalks will be installed. The work may be done during the day on the side streets and Franklin Avenue (if this is not possible, it will be done at night). This phase is expected to last approximately 12-15 work days.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, there will be a Village-wide referendum on a bond issue in the sum of $3.75 million for funding to demolish St. Paul’s. Voting will take place at the Fieldhouse at St. Paul’s School, from noon until 9 p.m. Your vote, be it against funding for demolition, or for the funding, is very important.
Please make your voices heard.
[Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Garden City.]
Having grown up on Third Street, and having lived on Fourth Street and Cedar Place for nearly all of my adult life, one always notices the dramatic transformation of the neighborhood as you leave Hempstead and drive into Garden City. One goes from the fully developed Franklin Street in Hempstead to the beautiful greenery of Garden City. Now, it appears there is an initiative on the Planning Commission to change that.
I have great news for the almost 45,000 Hempstead Town veterans who fought to defend our nation’s freedom. The veterans booth at Hempstead Town Hall is serving more clients than ever!
After being closed in the summer of 2009 by the Governor and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, the veterans booth was reopened with the assistance of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Veterans, as well as their spouses and children, can continue to come to our counseling center every Wednesday and Thursday at Hempstead Town Hall to discuss veterans benefits and other veterans issues.
On Wednesday, April 27, there will be a village-wide referendum on a bond issue in the sum of $3.75 million for funding to demolish St. Paul’s. Voting will take place at the Fieldhouse at St. Paul’s School from noon until 9 p.m. Your vote, be it against funding for demolition or for the funding is very important.
Please make your voice heard.
I would like to ask you to do your part to support all businesses within Garden City, which includes Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. I would also like to encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2010 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its seventh anniversary season.
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