2017-03-24 / Mayor Office


By Nicholas P. Episcopia

LIRR Press Conference Friday

Today, the Town of Hempstead along with the villages of Garden City, New Hyde Park and Floral Park will host a press conference beginning at Noon in front of New Hyde Park Village Hall on Jericho Turnpike and New Hyde Park Road. The purpose of the event is to make very clear to the Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that we expect answers to the questions raised in the Vertex review of the LIRR’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement “DEIS.”

Very serious environmental, quality of life, financial and construction issues were raised in this very thorough and professional report. The Main Line villages will bear the brunt of the construction disruption, yet as of now all we are getting is one new rush hour train westbound and one eastbound. I doubt there has ever been an issue that will affect our quality of life and property values as much as this third track. Please come to the press conference and bring all the friends and neighbors you can. The MTA/LIRR must know that we deserve to have answers.


Congratulations to Mayor-elect Brian C. Daughney, Trustees John DeMaro and Stephen Makrinos, Trustee-elect Louis Minuto and Trustee-elect Mark Hyer on their election Tuesday. Also, congratulations to Village Justice Allen S. Mathers on his re-election to another four-year term.

I also want to express gratitude to all of the many residents who took the time to vote in the Annual Village Election and encourage you to become familiar with your property owners’ associations and to become involved with it.

Snow and ice removal

On the off chance we do get hit with more snow, this is a reminder to all owners, lessees or occupants of homes that you are responsible to remove ice or snow from sidewalks and paths within 24 hours of the cessation of the storm.

St. Joseph's School

5K and Fun Run

St. Joseph’s School will hold its School Spirit 5K and Fun Run Saturday, March 25, 2017. Road closures will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Fourth Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues.

At 8:30 a.m. the Fun Run will begin in the vicinity of St Joseph’s School on Fourth Street, west of Franklin Avenue, and proceed westbound Fourth Street, northbound Hilton Avenue, eastbound Fifth Street, make a U-turn by the Rectory, westbound Fifth Street, southbound Hilton Avenue, eastbound Fourth Street, ending in front of St. Joseph’s School.

The 5K Walk/Run will start in the vicinity of St Joseph’s School on Fourth Street, west of Franklin Avenue, and proceed westbound Fourth Street, northbound Hilton Avenue, eastbound Sixth Street, southbound Rockaway Avenue, eastbound First Street, eastbound Atlantic Avenue, northbound Barnes Lane, northbound Hilton Avenue, westbound Third Street, northbound Rockaway Avenue, eastbound Fourth Street, ending in front of St Joseph’s School.

Chamber of Commerce Easter Parade

The Annual Easter Festival and Antique Car Parade, sponsored by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. The parade will step off from Parking Field 9E between Tenth and Eleventh Streets and will proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west to Hilton Avenue. Easter bunnies will be on Seventh Street during the parade.

Please take time from your busy day and bring the family down to see a great Garden City event. I hope to see you all at the parade.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next regular Board of Trustees Meeting will be the Annual Organizational Meeting at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017. On this evening, the elected Mayor and Trustees will begin their terms. Trustees will also be assigned positions on the various Boards and Commissions for the upcoming year. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall. I encourage all residents to attend Board of Trustees meetings so that you can be informed of the many Village issues at hand.

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