The Nassau County Department of Assessment could learn a lot from Macy’s if they handled tax grievances the way the retailer deals with broken blenders. After all, in both instances we’re dealing with unhappy customers (taxpayers) who are frustrated with a defective product and want satisfaction. Unfortunately, the assessment department has never really considered those who have overpaid taxes as a result of assessment errors as aggrieved customers. Indeed, a recent report by the county assessor claimed that the hemorrhaging assessment system was not broken even while a recent Newsday article [“Millions in Refunds in Nassau”] observed that Nassau has paid out half a billion dollars in refunds between 2003 and ’08.
Residents are encouraged to make our business districts both safe and pedestrian friendly.
Early one morning last week while I was seated at one of the alfresco dining tables on Seventh Street I was distressed to observe a number of vehicles fail to stop for pedestrians who were waiting in the crosswalk to cross the street. Please become aware that under the state law motorists are required to stop for pedestrians who are in their side of the crosswalk.
If you have recently had a tree planted in front of your home, please take the time to water it. The proper way to water is to first loosen the soil around the tree if it has become baked hard and then allow a hose to run at the base of the tree at a rate slow enough so that the water will be absorbed into the area around the tree trunk.
Watering hours are from 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.
Thank you for your cooperation.
During August, the board of trustees will meet only once. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. There will be seven public hearings at the Aug. 13 board of trustees meeting on the following proposed local laws:
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Reimbursements and Fees for Emergency Response Actions.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Administrative Fees for Impoundment and Redemption.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Alarm Systems.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Special Sanitation Fees for Excess Accumulation of Waste.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City with regard to Repair and Maintenance of Sidewalks and Curbs.
A local law to amend the code of the Village of Garden City, to Establish Residence R-20C Corner Overlay Districts.
Copies of these proposed local laws are available at Village Hall and are listed on the village’s website, www.gardencityny.net.
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. A topic of interest that is listed on the village’s website within the Recreation Department is information regarding the senior center. Within the senior center is a listing of various groups: the Retired Men’s Club, the Senior Womens’ Club, Grandmother’s Club, Senior Duplicate Bridge Club, Senior Quilter’s Club and Senior Homemaker’s Bridge Club.
As the Nassau County clerk, I am writing to again caution Garden City homeowners about mass mailings that are continually being sent urging them to purchase a “certified copy” of the deed to their home.
Homeowners should be aware that these mailings are solicitations from private companies offering to obtain a deed on the homeowner’s behalf. For their service, these private companies are charging more than 1,000 percent over clerk’s office fees. Also, residents should know that only the county clerk’s office could issue certified copies of deeds.
Please know that it is never necessary to utilize one of these companies to obtain a copy of your deed. Certified copies of deeds can always be obtained from the clerk’s office for a nominal charge. Anyone wishing to request a certified copy of the deed to his or her home can contact my office at 571-2664 for further information.
Maureen O’Connell, RN, JD
Nassau County Clerk
I am pleased to report that restaurant week was a successful week as a result of the Chamber of Commerce’s efforts for the first annual event and the success of their Friday evening program in which “eateries” offered food outside of their establishments. Judging by the crowd, it was evident how much it was enjoyed by all.
It has come to my attention that certain companies are sending out mailings to homeowners offering to file STAR exemption forms on homeowners’ behalf for a fee – as high as 100 percent of the exemption obtained.
Please be aware that homeowners may file applications for STAR exemptions (as well as other property tax exemptions) with the Nassau County Assessor’s Office for free. You do not need to pay a fee or have a company complete the forms for you.
Please visit the county assessor’s website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html to view brochures and print application forms for exemptions. Applications for the STAR exemption are due on or before Jan. 4, 2010.
Please share this information with your friends and family.
Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2009 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.
This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 and will feature Tom Wagner and the Village Music Makers. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please contact the Recreation Department at 465-4075 with questions pertaining to the concert.
“The stalemate in the New York State Senate has ended. With the gridlock over, more than 130 important bills that affected localities across this state and allowed them to hold the line on property taxes have been passed.
Please mark your calendar for the Chamber of Commerce’s First Annual Restaurant Week, which began Monday, July 20. Participating restaurants on Franklin Avenue, Seventh Street and New Hyde Park Road are offering prix fixe menus. As a culmination to Restaurant Week, restaurants and various “eateries” will offer food outside of their establishments Friday evening, July 24, between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. with a rain date of Saturday, July 25.
I hope that you will be able to eat at some of Garden City’s fine restaurants not only on Seventh Street but also along Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road.
In summertime, our libraries swell with children who are doing summer reading and participate in great programs offered to them there. Adults are often eager to find a summer blockbuster to take to the beach for leisure reading. Of course, this is all in addition to the fantastic array of daily activities the library has to offer its residents year round. Therefore, each summer too, legislators like to offer residents an opportunity to also pick up useful booklets from various State agencies and receive free essential information that may answer a question they have a concern about.
I am pleased to report that this year was a safe one for our village. The police department has reported that it was a very quiet one and there were no incidents reported.
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