I would like to thank everyone who generously donated to my Eagle Scout project benefiting the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center. With your help, I was able to deliver over 1,500 pounds of food and $700 in monetary donations to the Outreach Center. I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Kate Kern, Mrs. Lyn Beck and the Faith Formation program at St. Anne’s for supporting my project by delivering fliers and collecting food. Thanks to all for your generosity.
Rob Adams, Troop 56
Garden City Community Church
In recent days there has been much speculation that the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), a so-called watchdog agency, which sat idle for much of the past decade, will attempt to take control over Nassau’s finances. Yet this watchdog, appointed by Albany politicians, slept silent for the past eight years as the former County Executive mismanaged finances, spent recklessly and gave away indefensible union contracts, which run until 2016 that taxpayers simply cannot afford.
Miraculously NIFA awoke when I, a Republican, became County Executive. I inherited a $286 million deficit – the equivalent of a 43 percent property tax hike - worsened by these labor contracts that promise wage increases which exceed the cost of living standards by hundreds of millions of dollars, guarantee no layoffs, and ensure that employees continue to make no contribution toward health insurance.
The village board of trustees and I extend to all residents of the village a happy new year, one blessed with good health, much happiness and well-being for all of our families.
The Second Half of Village Taxes. which were due and payable on Dec. 1, 2010 are subject to penalty if payment is not made within a thirty day grace period. This year payments received after Jan. 3, 2011, will be subject to penalty. Please return the “second half” bill stub with your payment made payable to the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Please remember that Village Hall will be closed on Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. For your convenience, tax payments may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.
At this time of year, many of us enjoy Christmas songs that convey beautiful thoughts. Joy is the transcending theme, as it should be, celebrating for all regardless of faith or private beliefs a theme of renewal. It is especially appropriate at this time of year that our enduring hope be one of peace, certainly for ourselves here in Garden City, but also for all the people of the earth; that our common goal this special season will be “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
Mayor Robert J. Rothschild
Trustees Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras,
Nicholas P. Episcopia, Andrew J. Cavanaugh,
Laurence J. Quinn, Dennis C. Donnelly
and Brian C. Daughney
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Town of Hempstead residents a happy and healthy New Year.
With every New Year, we often make resolutions. One of the most common goals, especially after the holidays when we all tend to eat more than usual, is to get in shape. In the Town of Hempstead we are very fortunate to have many parks and recreation programs that will help residents do just that, not only during the winter months but also throughout the year.
Newly added to last year’s schedule, Zumba is an international dance party. This exciting fitness class features music from around the globe and dance styles ranging from Latin to hip-hop. Zumba is a cardio class that will sustain your heart rate at a healthy level and endorse weight loss and lean muscle sculpting. This program is held at Echo Park in West Hempstead, Merrick Road Park Golf Clubhouse in Merrick and this year also at Lido Town Park in Lido Beach. In-person registration for Echo Park will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7:30–8:30 p.m.; and registration for Merrick Road Clubhouse is on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Registration for Lido Town Park will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: Village Trustee Dennis Donnelly submitted the following letter.)
In recent months Mr. Ron Tadross and Mr. Ray Rudolph have been critical of our school Superintendent, school board president, the board of education, the mayor, village administrator, director of Public Works, director of Parks and Recreation, village auditor, commissioner of police, fire captain, village counsel, director of buildings, the board of trustees, the POAs, and the last 20 years of trustees.
Both men on occasion attend Board of Trustees meetings, and each sporadically attends POA meetings. Mr. Rudolph has yet to ask a question at any of these meetings.
Neither man serves on ANY village committee/board or commission. Neither has ever applied to be a member of the Zoning, Architectural Review, Planning, Environmental, Traffic or Property Owners Boards. (Mr. Tadross did apply to the Nominating Committee of the Estates POA but was not chosen as a candidate last year.)
Village offices will be closed, Friday, Dec. 24 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 27.
Village Hall Holiday Schedule. Village Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, in observance of the Christmas holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. Village offices will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. For your convenience, correspondence may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.
We have submitted our names to our respective Property Owners Association (POA) nominating committees, for consideration for the 2011-2013 village trustee positions. We are encouraged by the fact that the POAs and village have adopted some of our ideas, but the village’s debilitating labor contracts continue to drive up Garden City’s debt (second $6.8 million bond of this year is likely coming this month or next) and have made maintaining the village’s infrastructure and history a low priority. We believe Garden City will benefit by having us as village trustees, primarily because our financial and operating experience and successes are unparalleled on the village board. We look forward to sharing the research and rationale behind our village trustee candidacy with the POA nominating committees in December, and summarize some of it below.
Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way to our project of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and those in need on Thanksgiving afternoon. Through the generosity of so many, 240 hot dinners were delivered throughout Nassau County and 19 families were provided with the fixings to make their own Thanksgiving meal.
We are grateful to everyone who contributed in some way – by donating food, beverages, or money; cooking a turkey; and making a dessert or bread. We are grateful to all the children who made cards or baked in their CCD class, Girl Scout Troop, youth group, or classroom. We are grateful to Mrs. White and her art classes at Stewart School in Garden City for the beautiful artwork on the bags in which the meals were delivered. We are grateful to those who gave of their time on Thanksgiving Day to help us pack the meals and to those who helped us deliver them.
As I write this column, the contractors are completing the final phase of the reconstruction of Parking Field 7N. New street light fixtures are currently being installed and should be completed by next week.
The incorporated village and our contractors have attempted to maximize cooperation with area businesses and residents and to mitigate foreseeable problems wherever possible while maintaining a safe work site and keeping sections of the parking field open for use during the construction. Unfortunately, a number of local businesses may have been negatively impacted by the loss of parking due to this project. For that we sincerely apologize. I encourage all residents to continue to shop locally not just during this holiday season, but throughout the year.
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