WPOA Seeks Student Ambassadors

Attention high school students who will be juniors or seniors for the 2024 to 2025 School Year!
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is offering the opportunity for high school students to serve as “Student Ambassadors” to the WPOA. The WPOA is a civic organization, whose purpose is to
advocate for the interests of residents in the Western Section of Garden City. The Student Ambassador
Program is designed to introduce high school students to Village Government through attendance at
Village meetings, participation in WPOA meetings, and the development and coordination of a
community service project.

Qualifications for candidates include the following:

  • Be a resident of Garden City whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are members of a POA;
  • Preferred, but not required, resident of the Western section of Garden City;
  • Be available for Village meetings and WPOA meetings and special events, such as the West’s
    annual Tree Lighting;
  • Have an interest in learning about and participating in local government.

Student Ambassador responsibilities are as follows:

  • Attend WPOA meetings (a schedule will be provided);
  • Attend one or two monthly Village government meetings (Village Trustees, Traffic,
    Environmental/Zoning, Recreation, etc.), School Board or Library Board meetings, and report
    back to the WPOA on issues discussed. Dates and agendas for Village government meetings can
    be found on the Village website at http://www.gardencityny.net/
  • Completion of the Ambassador’s agreed service project;
  • Delivery of a report to the WPOA at the end of the Ambassador’s term outlining his/her accomplishments and thoughts on ways to further improve the program.

Interested students may fill out the application online here or email it to WPOA Schools
Director Anna Surrett at anna.mistretta@gmail.com. Following submission of an
application, representatives of the WPOA will contact applicants before the selection of
Ambassadors is made.
The deadline for Student Ambassador applications is Friday, May 31, 2024 so that our
Ambassadors can begin their volunteer service as soon as possible.

2024 Membership Drive Begins

The WPOA has begun its 2024 Membership Drive. Our membership year is from January 1 through
December 31. Membership dues help defray the costs of insurance, mailings, scholarships, the annual
West End Tree Lighting, and other expenses related to the organization’s operation that come up during
the year. Notices of general meeting are mailed to all households in the Western Section.


You can visit our member page, where you can sign up electronically or you can download a
membership form from the Membership page and mail it to the WPOA, PO Box 7976, Garden City NY
11530
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Candidates on the CAP Party Line Announced

2024 Absentee Ballot Information
For over 100 years, the Community Agreement has been the very bedrock of our local government. The Village consists of four sections: East, Central, Estates and West. Traditionally, candidates have run annually for election under the Community Agreement Party (CAP) line, designated by the Board of Elections.


This year, in a non-political and transparent way, the POAs put out a call for residents who wished to run for Village Trustee on the Community Agreement Party (CAP). Four residents sent in their resumes to become candidates.


On January 16, the four Property Owners Associations held a joint meeting to introduce the CAP slate of candidates: Judy Courtney, Vinny Muldoon, Bruce Torino and Jessica Tai. Although these trustee candidates hail from various parts of our village, they are expected to work for the greater welfare of the entire Village, while working closely with their respective POAs and their constituents, regardless of opinion or political affiliation.


Village elections will be held on Tuesday, March 19, noon to 9 p.m. at the Fieldhouse, St. Paul’s Complex. For information on Voting and Absentee Ballots, go to gardencitycap.org and click the “How To Vote” tab.

WPOA Seeks Student Ambassadors

Attention high school students who will be juniors or seniors for the 2023 to 2024 School Year!
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is offering the opportunity for high school students to serve as “Student Ambassadors” to the WPOA. The WPOA is a civic organization, whose purpose is to
advocate for the interests of residents in the Western Section of Garden City. The Student Ambassador
Program is designed to introduce high school students to Village Government through attendance at
Village meetings, participation in WPOA meetings, and the development and coordination of a
community service project.

Qualifications for candidates include the following:

  • Be a resident of Garden City whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are members of a POA;
  • Preferred, but not required, resident of the Western section of Garden City;
  • Be available for Village meetings and WPOA meetings and special events, such as the West’s
    annual Tree Lighting;
  • Have an interest in learning about and participating in local government.

Student Ambassador responsibilities are as follows:

  • Attend WPOA meetings (a schedule will be provided);
  • Attend one or two monthly Village government meetings (Village Trustees, Traffic,
    Environmental/Zoning, Recreation, etc.), School Board or Library Board meetings, and report
    back to the WPOA on issues discussed. Dates and agendas for Village government meetings can
    be found on the Village website at http://www.gardencityny.net/
  • Completion of the Ambassador’s agreed service project;
  • Delivery of a report to the WPOA at the end of the Ambassador’s term outlining his/her accomplishments and thoughts on ways to further improve the program.

Interested students may download the application and mail the completed form to WPOA, P.O. Box 7976, Garden City, NY 11530 or email it to WPOA Schools Director Anna Surrett at anna.mistretta@gmail.com. Following submission of an application, representatives of the WPOA will contact applicants before the selection of Ambassadors is made.

The deadline for Student Ambassador applications is Friday, April 21, so that our Ambassadors can begin
their volunteer service this spring.

Please Take a Few Minutes to Complete This Survey about the Proposed Las Vegas Sands Development Project

An announcement was made recently that Las Vegas Sands would pursue the development of a multi-billion-dollar casino, hospitality and entertainment project at the Nassau Coliseum site (also called the Hub). The company entered into agreements to purchase the long-term lease of the site.

For more information, please see Las Vegas Sands Press Release and Newsday Article.

Many residents have concerns and questions regarding the proposal and its potential impact on the Garden City community. The Property Owners Associations (POAs) are working to gather additional information for residents and trying to set-up a series of Town Hall meetings with experts and elected officials, so that we can all hear more about the proposal.

To this end, your WPOA asks residents to complete the following brief survey to help provide feedback on what concerns and questions residents have about the project at the Nassau Coliseum/Hub site: https://s.surveyplanet.com/8flg7jnc

Thank you for your input.

Village Seeks Candidate to Serve on Water Authority

The Village of Garden City is seeking a candidate to serve as a Board Member of the Water Authority of Western Nassau, which services a small section of Garden City, including the streets west of New Hyde Park Road and several streets in the “Haven” section on the Village’s northern border. This is a Village of Garden City appointment; it is a one-year, renewable term.

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. The position is one of the Authority’s nine non-salaried Board members. The Members consist of two appointed by the Town of Hempstead, two 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, Stewart Manor and Garden City.

The Board meets once a month, on the third Monday, at their headquarters in New Hyde Park. Members receive a package mailed to their home approximately one week prior to the meeting. Review of the packet generally takes about 1½ hours depending on content. A basic working knowledge of Public Policy and Finance is helpful. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and generally run an hour or so.

To the extent there is anything significant to report, some interaction with the Western Property Owners’ Association (WPOA) or Garden City Board of Trustees would be expected. However, press releases as to meeting notices and quality testing are sent from the Authority directly to the Village Administrator. Occasionally, the Garden City Board Member will serve as a liaison between residents and the Authority on matters of service, billing, etc.

The Village appointee will succeed David Osborn, who is a resident of the Western Section of Garden City. He served in this position since 2018. Mayor Cosmo Veneziale personally thanks Mr. Osborn for his service.

If you are interested in the Water Authority position, please email Village Clerk Karen Altman at kaltman@gardencityny.net or WPOA Vice President Maureen Dellacona at mtraxler@optonline.net.

Village Meet and Greet

There will be a Village Meet and Greet on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 7:30-9:00p.m. in the Board Room at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Avenue. Village resident and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin will be available to answer questions, including questions regarding the HUB development. Four Village Trustee will also be available at the Meet and Greet.

Change of Location: EPOA Meeting

PLEASE NOTE:

The location of the Eastern Property Owners Association meeting on February 17, at 7:00 pm has been changed to Cluett Hall, due to a conflict with the Environmental Advisory Board meeting.

Residents of the West are welcome to attend and meet the CAP candidates: Judy Courtney (East), Michael Daab (Estates) and Tracey Williams (Central).

WPOA Seeks Applicants for Officers and Directors

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is seeking applicants for the positions as Officers and Directors; these terms begin in April 2022. Any resident of the Western Section of the Village who is interested in seeking office or joining the WPOA Board of Directors is asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume. Applicants can send their interest and contact information to the WPOA, P.O. Box 7976, Garden City, NY 11530, or to President RoseAnn Vernice at ravernice26@gmail.com. The deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 

Any resident who wishes to have further information on these positions is welcome to contact President Vernice at the email address above. To view the duties and responsibilities of the director positions that are open or have terms expiring, please see below. The WPOA Nominating Committee will contact applicants to schedule interviews beginning in mid-March.

Former Mayor Jerry Lundquist recently spoke at a WPOA meeting and said that through volunteerism, residents learn the workings of the Village. “It’s very rewarding,” he added. “The POA is your grassroots organization.” Our WPOA officers and directors get involved in Western section issues, such as safety improvements to the New Hyde Park Road corridor, the annual West End Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Meet and Greets to connect with neighbors, and Villagewide issues.

The Western Section of Garden City is bordered on the north by the main line of the LIRR, on the east by the west side of Tanners Pond and Edgemere Roads, on the south by Cambridge Avenue and on the west by Jefferson Street.

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Officer and Director Positions

In addition to the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (all one-year terms), the WPOA has several Director positions (a three-year term) that are open or have terms expiring in 2022. These positions and their responsibilities are:

Building & Zoning

  • Attend Zoning Board of Appeals meetings when possible
  • Alert WPOA Board of Directors to any changes occurring in the Village
  • Be familiar with zoning within WPOA boundaries
  • Field resident inquiries on building code and zoning

Correspondence, Legislation, Historian

  • Develop and send newsletters
  • Coordinate mailings with printer and Membership Director
  • Chair by-laws committee when needed
  • Handle special correspondence for the WPOA
  • Maintain WPOA historical data

Programs, Publicity and Business Liaison

  • Propose speakers for general meetings
  • Notify newspapers of upcoming meetings and events
  • Submit articles to newspapers following general meetings and events
  • Interact with business community

Public Utilities and Transportation 

  • Interact with Garden City water, Western Nassau Water, LIRR and appropriate others on issues pertinent to the West
  • Field resident inquiries about Stewart Manor and New Hyde Park Road RR stations and general condition of Railroad related properties

Schools Liaison

  • Interact with School Board Trustees
  • Handle resident inquiries concerning Stratford and Homestead Schools
  • Issue statements at School Board meetings from the WPOA when needed
  • Attend School Board meetings when possible

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