Garden City, along with all villages within Nassau County, each week, performs a “radio-test” with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM) to ensure that their assigned radio is working properly. These radios operate at an 800 MHz frequency and have been in operation for the past several years as a result of funding from former State Senator Michael Balboni. In the event of a major disaster where normal radio communications were disrupted each village would have the ability to communicate with each other directly, as well as with the NCOEM.
I’m in Congress to achieve a few basic but very important things.
I’m in Congress to fight for educational opportunities that prepare Long Islanders to innovate and compete in a tough job market and global economy.
This is why I took a vote last week to protect the small career colleges all over Long Island that give working families and young people access to educational opportunities they can’t get from traditional colleges and universities.
Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.
The town’s first-ever e-cycle event, held in October 2005, was a resounding success as more than 900 residents dropped off a total of 39 tons of used computers and computer components at the town’s Greenfield Cemetery garage in Uniondale.
New York State Senate Health Chair Senator Kemp Hannon is reminding Long Islanders that March is the start of National Nutrition Month. Perhaps you have drifted from healthy habits? It’s not too late to get back on track.
Nutrition is essential at every stage of life to keep our bodies running their best. Understanding the different necessities of nutrition for different age groups is crucial in gaining and maintaining good health.
In response to the village’s request that National Grid inspect all gas transmission lines within the Village of Garden City and certify that gas lines are safe and in acceptable condition, National Grid has advised the village that gas transmission lines are subject to several forms of ongoing inspection which include:
• Visual inspection of the route for third-party activities, missing or damaged markers and any other issues, on an approximate 10-day cycle. This is far in excess of the New York State code requirement.
• Annual leakage survey, using calibrated gas detectors.
• Annual inspection of corrosion control system effectiveness, including anodes and where applicable; rectifier systems.
• Annual inspection of valves for accessibility and operability.
March is designated as Women’s History Month and every year during this time, the Town of Hempstead takes the time to reflect upon the many accomplishments that women have achieved. As the first woman to be elected Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, National Women’s History Month is very important to me. Women’s History Month is dedicated to recognizing the advancement and outstanding accomplishments of women. Through the years, women have successfully achieved well-deserved positions of leadership within our community, reaching their fullest potential as they continue to progress professionally. The role of women in our community and the numerous contributions they have made deserve our highest praise.
“Community Agreement” suggests consensus and harmony.
Why then are the defenders of Garden City’s Community Agreement so militant about any discussion regarding whether it continues to be relevant to governing the affairs of the village?
The population of each of the four sections is not equal, and has not been for decades. How then are two representatives from each section reflective of representative government?
Is it reasonable to expect that in any given year each of the four sections can muster two equally qualified individuals with the capacity to assume without compensation the responsibilities of what are essentially full-time executive roles?
I served four years as a trustee and was chair of the Mayor’s Committee on St. Paul’s. I never mocked, ridiculed or insulted a resident who criticized me no matter how they expressed themselves. Personal attacks by trustees on residents who criticize them have no place in our civil discourse. For Trustee Daughney to call me King with “disciples” is beneath the dignity of his office.
Conduct of Our Government: In last week’s letter Trustee Daughney criticized me for objecting to the Board of Trustees (“Board”) going into executive session to consider an opinion of counsel. He is correct that the Board may do that based on the attorney client privilege to preserve confidential information. However the scope of the privilege is limited. Once the attorney’s advice is given the privilege has ended and the Board is required to return to public session to discuss the policy issue. Further, there is no attorney client privilege if there are outside parties in the room when the attorney’s opinion is given. (Opinion from the Committee on Open Government OMI-AO-4622 May 5, 2008).
A reminder to residents that the following guidelines are to be used in the disposition of refuse in order to protect our employees:
1. Sharp objects, such as broken glass, sharp pieces of metal and knives should not be placed loosely in plastic or paper bags. Proper precaution should be taken, such as placing them in cardboard boxes tied with string or tape.
2. All hypodermic needles should be bent and the point blunted.
3. Dust from vacuum cleaners, barbecue pits and sandings from wooden floors should not be placed loosely in a trash barrel. They should be placed in a paper bag or plastic container for disposal.
4. Dangerous objects, such as acid, gasoline and explosives, should not be placed in garbage or rubbish. If you have any questions concerning the disposal of dangerous items, please call the Sanitation Department.
5. Do not overload containers. The maximum weight per container is 40 lbs. Overloading containers with heavy objects, such as broken concrete, has resulted in back injuries to our personnel.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some winter water facts and tips that were recently sent to me.
-Outside water faucets have a valve inside which can be shut off during winter months. Purchasing an insulated hose faucet cover will also help protect the valve from freezing.
-Frozen pipes can result in damage to your home, and repairs can be costly. If you have experienced freeze-up problems in the past, it is suggested that a faucet be allowed to flow with a steady drip, which will help prevent the recurrence of a freeze-up.
-To prevent pipes from freezing, you can insulate them and keep your thermostat set at no less than 60 degrees.
I would like to advise you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2011/12 Operating/Capital Budgets on:
Thursday, February 10, 7 p.m. (Budget Study Work Session 1)
Saturday, February 12, 8:30 a.m. (Budget Study Work Session 2)
Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m. (Budget Study Work Session 3 — Final)
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m.
I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the Heading of Administration is information listing Village Hall hours and a directory with the telephone numbers of Village Department Heads.
To enhance communication within our community, the Village of Garden City is presently using the Social Media Networks of Twitter and Facebook. A direct link to our new media pages can be found on the Home Page of our website as well as by visiting www.twitter.com/villageofgc and www. facebook.com/villageofgc. We encourage everyone to utilize these networks as we provide reminders of upcoming events, news/event announcements, weather alerts and various photos for your enjoyment.
As the vice chairperson of the Citizens’ Budget Review & Advisory Committee, (CBRAC) I’d like to clarify a few items that have been published lately and equally important, I urge my fellow residents to get informed and make sure they vote on March 15.
The CBRAC is a volunteer committee, members being elected by the four Property Owners’ Associations (POAs) of Garden City. Oversight is provided by the Joint Conference Commission (JCC). The CBRAC, an outgrowth of the POAs, is a way for residents to be involved and informed about our village’s finances and underlying operations since we update our POA membership regularly and make our annual report available. The CBRAC serves as a great vehicle for transparency and grassroots citizen advocacy. Each member proactively applied for a spot to serve and was vetted by the POA and JCC, based on our experience and time commitments. The CBRAC are not elected officials, so we do not set policy, but we use our collective industry experience as financial experts to make observations and recommendations to the village department managers, the village administrator and the BOT on financial and strategic management issues. All of our 2010 recommendations were thoughtfully considered, many were adopted in various forms and we’re off to a great start in 2011. This year’s CBRAC is comprised of six returning members and two new members, who are listed below. To be clear on some claims being made — Ray Rudolph and Ron Tadross were never members of nor involved with CBRAC. Tom Trypuc was last a member of CBRAC in 2008 for the June 2008 thru May 2009 budget year.
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