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Mayor’s Report: March 1, 2013

Budget Work Sessions

I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting a work session to review the proposed 2013-14 village budget on Thursday, March 14, 7:30 at 10 p.m. and is the final Budget Study - Work Session. The session is currently scheduled to be held in the Board Room at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Village Election - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The annual village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19, from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. Village residents will be voting for the following candidates:

John J. Watras – Mayor – 2-year term

Dennis C. Donnelly – Trustee – 2-year term

John A. DeMaro – Trustee – 2-year term

Richard V. Silver – Trustee – 2-year term

Robert A. Bolebruch – Trustee – 1-year term

Allen S. Mathers – Justice – 4-year term

Since the incorporation of the village in 1919, members of the board of trustees in Garden City have been elected by a non-partisan vote of residents in accordance with the policies of the Community Agreement.

Absentee Ballot Applications

Absentee ballot applications to be used in conjunction with the general village election on March 19 are available at the Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. Applications must be received by the village clerk by March 12 if the ballot is to be mailed. For personal application, the deadline is March 18.

Board Of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m.


During the weeks after Superstorm Sandy, the village’s primary means of communication with village residents was the village website ( Village staff updated that website on a daily basis.

The village recognizes that after the storm most village residents did not have electrical power for an extended period of time and could not receive telephone calls placed to their home phone numbers. However, many residents had access to cell phones and smart phone devices. Others traveled to locations, (including their workplaces), which had power. Going forward, it is the village’s intention to utilize the Swiftreach (911) emergency notification system to communicate with residents during and after an emergency. This system can send alerts to phone numbers and deliver text messages and e-mails. To achieve the best results with this system, it is vital that residents provide up-to-date contact information. Therefore, we implore you to visit the Village’s website ( and input (at the bottom, right hand side of the home page) your home phone number, cell phone number and provider, work phone number and e-mail address. The village will only use this information to communicate with you in an emergency and will not share this information with third parties.

Followers of the village on Facebook and Twitter will continue to receive updates.

If you have any questions, please call the village clerk, Brian Ridgway at 516-465-4053.