2016-09-09 / Community

Western resident appointed to Water Authority

John A. Ardito John A. Ardito John A. Ardito, Esq., a 13-year resident of Garden City, was recently appointed to the board of the Water Authority of Western Nassau County by the Garden City Board of Trustees. In 1996, the Water Authority acquired the Nassau County portion of the water supply and distribution system in Western Garden City, previously owned by Jamaica Water Supply Company. John now becomes one of the Authority’s nine non-salaried Board members. His fellow members consist of 2 appointed by the Town of Hempstead, 2 appointed by the Town of North Hempstead, and one member each appointed by the village boards of the remaining villages served by the Authority — Bellerose, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, South Floral Park and Stewart Manor. John succeeds longtime Garden City Water Authority director, Herbert Brown, who also lives in the Western section of Garden City.

John has an impressive background of volunteerism in his beloved community of Garden City. Only about a year after moving to the Village with his wife and children in 2003, John joined the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA), and served as membership director, taking great pride in increasing membership levels during his tenure. He was elected and served the WPOA as secretary, and in December 2008, was appointed by the Garden City Village Board to the Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

As recently as January 2016, John was a guest speaker at a general meeting of the WPOA, and outlined for those in attendance, the types of home improvements that would require a variance and the various aspects of filing a Notice of Appeal for a Variance. He mentioned that prior to the scheduled ZBA meetings the board members often visit the properties on the agenda and speak with the owners regarding their intent for the proposed improvement. When making a final decision regarding an appeal, John stressed that the ZBA members try to balance the impact to the neighbors and neighborhood with the residents’ ability to use and enjoy their property.

During the five years he served on the WPOA Board of Directors, John was active in a number of prominent issues at the time, most notably, his monitoring of the third track project when it was initially proposed in 2005, and on a larger scale, developing and offering a proposal, one of six, in response to the Village’s Request For Proposals for the development of St. Paul’s School. While John’s proposal was not approved by the Board of Trustees, he remains open to an appropriate solution for St. Paul’s.

An attorney with over 24 years of experience handling diverse cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights violations and commercial disputes in both the Federal and New York State Court Systems, John is senior partner and co-founder of the Law Offices of Ardito and Ardito, located in Franklin Square. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University, a Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, and is a member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations.

John is an avid supporter of numerous local civic organizations and charities. He is a former board member of the Community Advisory Board of a local hospital, has coordinated and coached youth travel soccer teams, and is a mentor at a local middle school through the Nassau County Bar Association’s Mentorship Program.

“My family and I enjoy living in the village of Garden City and being part of such a great community,” John remarks, “and as a family, we truly share the village’s spirit of community and volunteerism.”

He adds, “It is apparent that tremendous effort goes into making Garden City such a wonderful place to live, first on behalf of the paid Village staff, and then, by the many volunteers of the Village—not only those serving on Property Owners Associations (POAs) and Village boards and commissions, but also those volunteering in our schools, PTAs, athletic programs, religious programs, our library, scouting programs, charitable benefits and countless resources our village and residents have to offer.”

“I encourage all residents to fully support their POAs, become active in the village form of government and support our Community Agreement,” says John. “Garden City has an incredible heritage, and I believe that with a continued strong spirit of community support and participation, Garden City’s greatest days lie ahead!”

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