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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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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1.28.2022

POAs Anticipate a Healthy and Dynamic 2021 Trustee Nominating Season

During the recent Village election and unprecedented school year, many residents have expressed concerns about transparency, accountability and “being heard” by their elected representatives on the Village and School Boards.

Please be assured that the POAs have a tradition of advocacy and support for residents and their concerns. While the POAs have always had an important role in identifying residents who would volunteer to serve on these boards, the opportunity and ability for other groups or individuals to appear on the village and school ballots have always existed by following the required legal process and obtaining the required number of signatures. 

Garden City has a unique form of government stemming from the Community Agreement put in place at the time of Village incorporation, which is meant to be free from political partisanship. The candidates nominated by the four POAs appear on the village ballot as the “Community Agreement Party” or “CAP” by tradition. Please note that over the past 100 years, CAP has simply been the way the POA candidates are presented on the ballot. 

The POA nominating processes are designed to ensure equal representation from each of the four geographical sections of the Village – 2 Village trustees and 1 School Board trustee each from the West, the Estates, the Central and the East. The Nominating Committees are bound by their applicable POA by-laws, which put forth established rules to be followed by the Committee members. The four POAs’ by-laws are similar but not identical. Over the past six months, each of the POAs has been reviewing its by-laws with the objective to update and refine its Nominating Committee responsibilities. An effort is being made to conform the nominating committee processes among the four POAs.

The POA Nominating Committees will soon start the 2021 process of soliciting candidates for 4 Village Board trustee positions (one from each section) and 2 School Board trustee positions (one each from the Estates and the Western Sections).

This year, the four POAs are introducing changes for their Nominating Committees to enhance the process, which would include:

  • September 2021

–Announce Open Positions and Publish articles in the Garden City News on the process residents should follow in submitting resumes and letters of interest for Village and School Board positions

  • Early October

–Host a joint Information Session for residents who are interested in learning about qualifications and hearing an overview of the nomination process. It is expected that one or more members of the current Village and School Boards will attend to provide insight into the roles and responsibilities of these important positions. A Question-and-Answer period will be included. The session will be held at the Senior Center, 7:30 p.m. in person, and Zoom details will be obtained by emailing gcgetinvolved@gmail.com.

  • November/December

–Town Hall meetings in each Section to provide residents an opportunity to (a) meet the potential candidates who have submitted their names for consideration and (b) give significant input in the nominating process. Residents will be encouraged to ask questions directly to the potential candidates. Candidates will be able to share their skills and abilities, and their vision for the community.

–The POA Nominating Committees will get feedback from the attendees, giving them the benefit of residents’ perspectives regarding the candidates. Each POA Nominating Committee will meet separately to select the candidate(s) to appear on the ballot from its Section. Additional enhancements to this selection process are being refined by each POA.

  • January

–At the annual Resident Elector Meetings held in each Section, residents can (a) ratify selections made by the Nominating Committee, or (b) select final candidates in a run-off election, if there is more than one candidate for any specific position, through a Board of Elections paper or machine setting.

While the Joint Conference Committee (JCC), consisting of the presidents and vice presidents of the four POAs, is the villagewide POA committee that traditionally makes recommendations to the Village Board of Trustees regarding candidates for board and commissions, its main function is to find consensus for various village issues. In this capacity, the JCC has reached out and met with representatives of the newly formed “For A Better Garden City” (FABGC) group to possibly streamline or coordinate events, when possible, to ensure fair and transparent future elections in our community. The POAs hope to continue these discussions.

In addition to the Garden City News, each of the four POAs will post the above information on their websites: West – gcwpoa.com; Estates – gcestates.org; Central – gccpoa.org; East – gcepoa.org. The POAs invite you to follow the Facebook Page “Garden City NY – Community Agreement Party” and bookmark the webpage gardencitycap.org to receive updates on the upcoming nominating process.

As always, the POAs encourage all residents to attend POA meetings (dates can be found on their websites) and volunteer their time and talents, not only on the Village, School and Library Boards, but also on villagewide committees. Residents can be assured they will find this a rewarding experience, and you will come away with the knowledge that you have contributed to the excellent quality of life we all enjoy in Garden City.

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.

WESTERN PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION HIGH SCHOOL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM APPLICATION FORM

About the Program:
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:

  • Be a High School Sophomore or Junior in the Spring Semester
  • 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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, 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.
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The WPOA will contact applicants and set up an interview before the selection of Ambassadors are made.

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).