The Mayor’s Update

Mayor Cosmo Veneziale

Housing Development Near Commuter Railroads

Following Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement to address the states’s “housing crisis” by, among other things, requiring localities with rail stations run by the MTA to undertake a local rezoning or higher density multifamily development within half a mile of the station (unless they already meet the density level), I have directed Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi, Building Superintendent Giuseppe Giovanniello, Village Counsel Gary Fishberg and Village Engineer John Borroni, P.E. to identify sites that may be impacted by this proposal. This is intended to create an inventory of Village open spaces.

New Village Website

The Village is launching a new website this week. The site was designed by CivicPlus, a government website design company that helps governments optimize digital interactions for residents and staff. User-friendly search menus provide faster access to pay your bills, fill out forms, read about the latest Village happenings, review Sanitation schedules and locate Village personnel contact information. A News Flash feature alerts residents of any Village-related emergencies. By creating a free website account, residents can manage email notification subscriptions, save fillable form progress, request service if, for example, a street light is out or a pothole needs fixing, under the “Report a Concern” icon on the homepage, and more.

Optimum’s Fiber Optic Rollout

Optimum’s Fiber to the Home (“FTTH”) fiber optic network rollout has caught the attention of residents. The installation of new wires and fixtures, which is taking place in public rights-of-way throughout the Village, does not require permits from the Village. The area between the sidewalk and curb is part of the public right-of-way. Through its franchise with the Village, Optimum is authorized to construct and deliver this technology through public-rights of-way, and within all easements dedicated for compatible use (such as electric, telephone and gas) within the Village. Village officials, however, have urged Optimum, a brand of Altice USA, to better communicate the ongoing work with residents. Please contact Frank Alleva, Director of Government Affairs at francis.alleva@alticeusa.com with questions and/or concerns.

Grand Larceny Arrest

Upon investigation, Garden City Detectives arrested a contractor who stole designer watches from three Garden City residences while installing wallpaper in the homes. The 43-year-old male subject was charged with three counts of Grand Larceny. The subject was charged with an additional charge of Grand Larceny after it was determined he had committed a similar theft in Old Westbury. Anyone who has experienced similar thefts is asked to call Garden City Detectives at (516) 465-4150.

Senior activities moved to St. Paul’s Cottages

All senior activities normally held at the Senior Center on Golf Club Lane are currently being held at the St. Paul’s cottages due to a burst pipe at the location. With the exception of Billiards, seniors are welcome to stop by the cottages to play cards and Mah-jongg, participate in aerobics or yoga, and enjoy a chat with neighbors. Call the Recreation and Parks Administrative Office at 516-465-4075 with questions and/or concerns.

2022 GCFD Alarm Statistics

Below are the 2022 calendar year alarm statistics for the Garden City Fire Department:

Total alarms: 1184

• Mutual aid responses: 46

• Mutual aid response to working fire: 22

• MVA with overturn: 10

• MVA with occupants trapped: 6

• Working fires: 5

• Working car fires: 5

During the calendar year the department responded to 631 automatic fire alarms, where the disposition of the alarm was either unintentional or malfunction of the alarm. Further the department responded to 150 alarms at Adelphi University, of which 141 were automatic fire alarms. A big tip of the helmet to the families of our firefighters who allow their loved ones to leave in the middle of the night, miss dinners and family events to serve our residents at a moment’s notice.

St. Paul’s Cleanup

The Board has engaged the professional services of Island Wide Building Services to clean the first two floors of the St. Paul’s Main Building to enable the cost estimator, Westerman Construction, Co., to begin their evaluation. Westerman was engaged to to evaluate adaptive reuse, façadism and demolition of the St. Paul’s Main Building. At the request of Building Superintendent Giuseppe Giovanniello, the Board approved $5,000 in additional funding to purchase wood and materials to safeguard certain areas inside the building. Mr. Giovanniello also suggested the Board “in parallel look at liability issues to see if we need to take additional action.”

Fire Department Grant

The Village Clerk has secured $250,000 in state funding through the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program for the replacement of 60 outdated Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for the Fire Department. The Department previously acquired 60 SCBAs for firefighter use. The units were purchased in 2002 and are now obsolete with repair parts discontinued. The Clerk has been advised that  DASNY has audited the grant and the check will be mailed to the Village this week.  Thanks to State Senator Kevin Thomas’ Office for recommending the Village for this grant. 

Preliminary 2022 Police Report Summary

Below is the preliminary 2022 Police Report Summary:

• 19,977   Service Calls

• 763        Case Investigations

• 188        Arrests

• 1,599     Medical Aided Reports

• 1,074     Auto Accidents

• 170        Vehicle Impounds

• 20,453   Parking Tickets

• 11,203   Traffic Tickets

• 90   Quality of Life Appearance Tickets

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