Summary of Water Dept/BOT Actions

The Garden City Water Department has taken many steps to ensure that the water supply remains safe and meets or exceeds all Federal, State and Local standards. We’ve done this by investing significantly in the operation and infrastructure to ensure we have the most modern equipment available to help us operate the system and remain ahead of the curve. And in addition to meeting the standards we have also taken a pro-active approach in looking for ways to address other issues such as emerging containments and 1,4 Dioxane.

With State and local agencies contemplating how to address this issue, the Garden City Water Department took a measured approach and moved to put an action plan in place. We took the following steps:
1. We formed a committee made up of experts in the field, consultants and legal advisers to form a plan of action

2. We hired experts such as Langdon & Associates, who are the leading experts in the Country on 1,4 Dioxane. In fact Mr. Tom Mohr, an Associate literally wrote the book which is considered the “bible” on 1,4 Dioxane

3. Joined the lawsuit. Most recently the Village joined in a lawsuit brought by other water departments to hold the companies whose products allowed this contaminant to spread in the water supply be held accountable.

4. A plan for treatment: Most recently the committee identified the best plan for moving forward with a treatment method.  Which is the pilot program you see on tonight’s agenda.

We have decided to launch a pilot testing program and based on advice from our water consultants it will be at the Clinton Well site on Clinton Rd. It will be a 30 day program and when completed it will give us the information we need to move forward with a full and complete filtration system. As you can see from the cost of the pilot, $200,000, these treatment methods are going to be costly. If you recall, the Water department on June 1st raised rates 5%, it was done for this reason. With 10 Wells in the Village and at least 6 of them potentially needing new treatment systems it’s going to require a significant investment. But rest assured the Garden City Water Department will do all it can to maintain a safe water supply for all its customers


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Deadline to appeal: April 30






analyze survey results (St Pauls)

  1. Do you want to build a facility that depends on outside revenue to maintain complex

yes, we should target income producing attractions 11

we should consider income but only as one factor 59

no, the facility should not rely on outside revenue for maintenance 40

  1. Do you like the idea of an ice hockey rink?

Strongly agree 9

Agree 13

Neither agree nor disagree 27

Disagree 21

Strongly disagree 39

  1. Do you like the idea of an indoor soccer/lacrosse field?

Strongly agree 11

Agree 19

Neither agree nor disagree 21

Disagree 21

Strongly disagree 38

  1. would you like to see more of an effort saving chapel and interior of St. Pauls?

Strongly agree 43

Agree 14

Neither agree nor disagree14

Disagree 15

Strongly disagree 24

  1. Are you interested in getting the cost of saving the building without add ons?

Strongly agree 31

Agree 27

Neither agree nor disagree 18

Disagree 17

Strongly disagree 13


  1. Please rank these options 1 being top, 6 the lowest priority


theater, arts, music rooms 2nd choice


STEM Classrooms


public event space 1st choice

  1. The cost of the proposed initiative is estimated between $45 and $72 million dollars. Please place the answers in


We should look for partnerships in government and non-profits to lower costs


Sounds like too much money


Lower costs by prioritizing; (Focus on maintaining building and perhaps build one sports arena or a theater with more Public space for events).  1st choice


WPOA Completes St Paul’s survey (FROM PRESS RELEASE)

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) met on Tuesday night and reviewed a survey on St Paul’s conducted over the last three months.  Comments from residents on the survey can be reviewed on our web site at under the category notices or documents.  Survey results will also be posted this week. 

The WPOA used the web site survey monkey and also printed and sent out surveys to all WPOA households. Over 110 residents returned the surveys.  The general consensus from the WPOA was for the Village to save as much of the chapel and building as possible, to focus on public space, arts, theater and  music and not the sports dominated plans.  Tops concerns mentioned  in the survey included impacts on our tax base (taxes are all ready to high), impact of a sports facility on our transportation network ( traffic, parking), and the quality of our architecture.

Residents did not want income producing attractions to be the sole driver of the decision and had negative reactions to the proposed hockey rink and indoor soccer/lax field. The only sports venue which received specific mention was a swimming pool which could be used by all ages including our high school team. Village Trustee Bolebruch and Makrinos updated residents on the path forward and the vital input of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural & Recreational Affairs and all four of the POAs . The recent hiring of a sports group to survey the Village will be completed in two to three months. 

The President of the WPOA, Gerry Kelly, thanked all the members for taking the time to fill out the survey and highlighted the web site where the results will be posted ( Kelly said the wide range of opinions on the survey shows the challenges of coming to an agreement on this project.  However, our schools show combining great music, theater, clubs, sports and academics are possible.  The WPOA applauds the trustees on their effort and hopes together we can make this village asset unique. 



As a long time resident of GC who voted many years ago for the original purchase and voted again not to demolish it a few years ago, I was happy to see a potential plan in play. However, I think it is too far reaching. Taxes are a huge concern and of course need to be highly considered, so I am open to the idea of the hockey rink if that will help offset some expense, but definitely not the indoor field. That would be an additional expense to the renovations that I don’t believe will be beneficial. There is a need in this town for an indoor pool, for the HS swim team (instead of them practicing very early in the AM at Adelphi), a junior swim team, year round swim lessons, swim/lap time for residents, and water aerobics (popular at the pool in the summer—personally I’d love that in the winter). Maybe, for income, it could be used by other neighboring teams for practice, as well as a fee to offset the cost for the aerobics, as well as a fee generated for swim lessons that people pay at Adelphi, LI Swim, Gold Fish. I’d very much like to see a theater in St Paul’s. I think we should try to do something like Port Washington did with an unused school, there’s an auditorium, they have shows, they bring in a variety of performers at The Landmark Theater. They have great shows there, take a look, there’s everything from children’s productions, to stand up comedians, to jazz musicians, etc—-take a look. In the summer they have a children’s summer camp there. It is a very active facility—-if this creative use can be used there, why not here? Again, generate income from ticket sales. Finally, have you ever looked at the Great Neck Community Education program at the “Cumberland School”—-it puts the pathetic same old same old few adult ed courses in GC to shame. There are page after pages of classes from art to language to networking to history and everything inbetween. Why not classes like that? The courses they offer vary in price form a couple of hundred dollars for a few weeks to under 100 for a informational class. Take a look at their catalog—it is impressive and a wonderful resource not only for their residents but for non residents as well. I just believe so much can be offered at this amazing iconic part of Garden City that can benefit the residents, in so many ways, with the potential of offsetting some of those costs by benefiting to some extend others. Pool, theater/performance, classrooms for continuing education classes as well as STEM. Let this be a place everyone in this town can be so proud of—not just for children and sports—-something for everyone!!!!

9/14/2018 6:21 PMView respondent’s answers


Yes. The plan is unnecessarily expansive and expensive. An ice rink in a town with no great interest in ice sports doesn’t make any sense. It will bring crowds and security concerns to a field used for the sports kids actually play, lacrosse and soccer, directly across the street from the middle school. The Cathedral Nursery School, a well respected early education center would be demolished. St. Paul’s, an icon in Garden City rich in historical and architectural significance would be turned into a garish arena. All because trustee Minuto wants a pet project. I worry that Mayor Daugney will push this through as he has other town issues, in his disrespectful and aggressive way. I wish the building could be preserved and turned into a performance space which could be rented out for revenue. A project that would not cost anywhere near the current estimates.


  1. I am happy to see St. Paul’s finally addressed. The people of the village need more information/facts when asked to respond to questions. I believe we should definitely preserved the building from the elements first. All groups should be represented not just sports enthusiasts. Saving the facade and clock tower are good ideas but the question was tagged onto just this presentation. This makes it appear that if you want the clock tower and facade preserved then you want this proposal. These are two separate issues and should be two separate questions. Don’t give uo, we need this DONE!


Yes, please with the amount of the building being saved, turf field may extend the build too far north especially when adding needed parking in that area. Need more cost data.

8/31/2018 7:43 AMView respondent’s answers

enough meetings just knock it down re question 7 knock it down should be one of the choices

8/30/2018 10:18 PM





This is a national landmark dedicated to the founder of Garden City. I still cannot understand why the priority is not to preserve the building as close to it’s intended purpose–to educate. The library should be moved here, and the chapel could be a great study room. Extra funding could be provided by the federal and state governments, or even various historical societies. Additionally, many other public functions could be housed here, too. The future must be considered, and the priority must be to educate and promote excellence to our children–all children, not only those interested in soccer or hockey. A new ice skating rink already has been built nearby at Eisenhower Park, and it seems empty on most days. Preserve St. Paul’s and promote excellence.

9/24/2018 5:15 AMView respondent’s answers

No but this is a very poorly designed survey. Many of the answers don’t have options I agree with. I don’t care what its used for as long its used for something people want. Q7 is terrible

9/24/2018 1:04 AMView respondent’s answers

No. The option of leveling the structure has not been presented.

9/24/2018 1:06 PMView respondent’s answers

yes – i would like for us to consider a 55 and over living facility. i realize that it’s zoned for a park, but we should to change this.

9/25/2018 1:38 PM


Yes. I don’t understand what is taking so long with making a final decision. This has been going on for years!!! Pull the Trigger and do it!!

9/26/2018 10:03 AMView respondent’s answers

Yes. Hockey arena seems like a very parochial choice. Does the village really need another soccer/lacrosse/field hockey field? Indoor pool, not proposed, seems to be a facility that would cater to the largest segment of the GC demographics. It is noted that Echo Park (Hempstead) and Tulley Park (N. Hempstead) are well subscribed but not revenue producing. With regard to Hockey and Soccer field, my general reaction was: “just who is making these bone headed decisions anyway.”

9/25/2018 7:09 PMView respondent’s answers

Sorry. We have not. However, I would like to say it would be tragic to lose this historic sight. It was built and dedicated to the man who created this great town we call home. Why would anyone want to destroy that?

9/25/2018 5:07 PM

by allowing every choice and option to be considered there will never be a consensus- only more costs for consultants to explore an endless ranges of possibilities many of which cater to sports enthusiasts, not to the common benefit of all villagers.

11/9/2018 11:07 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

While I did not attend any presentations and I prioritized the possibilities in the survey, my basic feeling is that the everything except the basketball and senior offices should be torn down. The town did study after study, over many years and at great cost and nearly nothing has happened. Get it over with!

11/8/2018 11:16 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers


I attended one session and was deeply disappointed that the proposals revolved around “sports” than anything else. I would have hoped to have been offered more diverse ideas. Why does everything in GC have to only include “sports”? There are quite a lot of folks who might enjoy a movie theater, arts center, restaurant.

10/26/2018 10:37 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

No. Have read all of the articles in the GC newspaper. Still don’t understand the reason for a hockey rink. As part of this building would really like to see a teen hangout space – break it up by middle school and high school and have couches, video games, ping pong, pool, mini bowling, etc, food/coffee/ice cream to buy. Offer a membership. Our kids wander 7th St looking for something to do. Or they sit home and ply video games. Would love a safe place for them to hang out and socialize before they all forget how.

10/24/2018 10:08 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised that so much of the building would be maintained. I would like to see data that indicates that a hockey rink or turf field would be financially viable.

10/13/2018 2:14 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

No so maybe this is why I don’t understand why a hockey rink was selected. And the questions on this survey are not good at all – people are going to answer based on their personal needs of their family. To be more objective we need to see estimated operating expenses and ROI for each option. The Village can’t even manage the pool to break even, how will they manage something this big?? Whatever it is, it should be flexible to host birthday parties – every family in this town pays other party places to host for their kids – bouncy parties, sports parties, rock climbing, etc – all of this revenue should stay in GC. Also look at the Rockville Centre Rec center – they offer over a dozen classes for kids and adults – not just sports – cooking, art, music. Would love to see this in GC.

10/11/2018 11:55 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

No we have not attended. We would like more information on it but definitely love the idea of fixing St. Paul’s and making it a community treasure.

10/1/2018 8:53 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

I have. There is no need to put a rooftop soccer/lax field with the fancy roof. Stick to the pool/ice rink for revenue, move the nursery school inside to flexible classrooms/meeting areas for added revenue, and focus on addressing parking. The architectural presentation/cost can be scaled down greatly by eliminating the third and fourth floors.

10/1/2018 12:39 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

No, may be too late to save St. Paul. So much deterioration. It’s been too long and will be too costly to fix. Taxes are already so high.

9/30/2018 4:31 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

No. I have lived in this village for 10+ years. Only one idea has been voted on (Avalon). Too much consideration given to a vote many, many years ago (before I moved here)

9/30/2018 3:39 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

We love this idea, the building has been falling apart for the last 20 years, there will be nothing left to save if we let it sit 5 more years. You can’t please everyone, so just move forward with this plan.

9/29/2018 1:04 PMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

Very informative, stay on top of these railroad people because the worst is still to come.

9/28/2018 11:24 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

Yes. I don’t understand what is taking so long with making a final decision. This has been going on for years!!! Pull the Trigger and do it!!

9/26/2018 10:03 AMAdd tags –View respondent’s answers

Yes. Too much emphasis on athletics (limited use to athletes only) and none on the arts. (More residents would benefit)

11/13/2018 6:07 PM


From written responses on paper surveys


-100 Percent behind this plan


-My recommendation is to tear down the building and provide area for additional parking. Please eliminate the thought of a sports facility for indoor soccer, hockey etc.…that’s a “pipe dream”


  • More proposals needed ASAP before building deteriorates further


-Most important goal is to save the exterior of the building ……maybe we should consider the Landmark building in Port Washington with shows and events to raise income. Maybe the classrooms can be rented out as artist’s space, for painters, dance studios, music lessons


-Any possibility of fixing the exterior of SP? It is dangerous and unsightly


-Take the building down


-Something must be done soon-no matter what it is!


Any chance of going back to original proposal of assisted living-senior housing.


-Its too late but this building would have been a wonderful high school (less busing, use by the middle school etc.….


Too much money—sell property


-My understanding was that there was supposed to be reports from multiple consultants. Thus far there has been only one proposal


The Presentation was extremely over the top. It did not give us options to start with and just save the building using it without an extensive plan.


-Our taxes are high enough. We have these facilities close by —-you would only the competing for business


Indoor pool –we spend a fortune every year renting pool for our high school teams—in off hours the pool could be rented to other schools for team practice –so many seniors in village are swimmers- it is needed!!


-The only thing I would agree on 100 percent is the demolition of SP. We raised 5 children at this location –all now at other locations. SP could be leveled and replaced with smaller living quarters for GC homeowners who would prefer staying in GC but in much less surroundings.


Taxes are much too high all ready…previous proposals have been voted down by the residents of GC Why doesn’t the Village come up with a proposal for retiring residents that is affordable-bring in outsid1e company to build a facility for retiring residents



overnight parking requests now live, June 2018

Online Application For Overnight Parking Requests Now Live directly at


Online Application For Overnight Parking Requests Now Live

[June 11, 2018 – Garden City, NY]: Effective June 11, 2018, the Village of Garden City instituted an online program for requesting overnight parking authorization. The site, which does not require any prior registration, is available to

the public via a link on the Village website,

You can access the site and complete your authorization on any device with Internet service.

Authorization is restricted to a maximum of five consecutive nights. Overnight permission is not valid during snow emergencies. Please see the Village website for additional restrictions.

The practice of signing in cars at Police Headquarters will continue.

On-street parking without a permit is prohibited between the hours of 2:00AM and

6:00AM. However, permission may be granted to residents for special situations such as house construction, curb/sidewalk construction, medical caretakers, disabled vehicles and guests. Permission will not be granted for commercial, taxi

or livery vehicles.



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 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, 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 1-1/2 hours depending on content. A basic working knowledge of Public Policy and Finance is helpful. Meetings begin at 7PM 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 GC 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 Board is comprised of a great group of folks. John Ryan, Esq. is the Chair and Dominick Minerva, Esq. is counsel to the Board. Both are well qualified and they attend each meeting as does Michael Tierney, Superintendent of the Authority.

The Village appointee will succeed John A. Ardito, Esq. a member of the WPOA, Garden City Board of Zoning Appeals and the Town of Hempstead IDA, and the former longtime Garden City Water Authority director, Herbert Brown, who also lives in the Western section of Garden City.




Building Department sending out Open Permits Letters

Building Department Has Begun Mailing Open Permit Letters
The Department of Buildings has begun mailing “Open Permit” letters as per Local Law 4-2017. These letters are parcel specific and residents whom have an open permit covered under this Local Law will receive a letter.
These letters will identify the permit(s) still showing up as “open” in the system. The Department previously placed two ads in the Garden City News as required by the local law while personnel worked on the actual individualized letters. As permits in each resident’s home are not all the same, residents are asked to contact the Department of Buildings in order to know exactly what is needed or required to close their specific permit(s) out and obtain the final certificates required.
For your reference, click here to read Village Local Law 4-2017.
The Department did have over 3,100 letters with an overall total of close to 6,000 open permits shown as “open” and staff is doing its best to speak to each and every resident when they call. Please be patient as the Department deals with the large call volumes these letters are generating. Steps or information needed to correct these open permits will be provided to each caller. Some require additional time as most permits are not current and are older than 5+ years.
As Department personnel goes through the first wave of calls, and as homeowners provide the required documents or have the required tests needed, Department personnel will perform final inspections to close the permits out as quickly as possible. Once staff has processed a large amount of closeouts, a second notice will be sent out prior to the October 2018 deadline. Second notices will only go out to residents whom still have open permits or ones which have not been resolved.
Department of Buildings personnel will do their best to make sure this process is as smooth as possible.

MEETING NOTES by LIRR April 11, 2018 WPOA and WPOA 5 concerns

LIRR third track goals
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LIRR Third Track Goals:

1—The wall behind the homes on Greenridge. More discussion needed with the railroad. Residents

should have a say in the height of the wall.

2 – Traffic concerns, particularly Clinch and the newly designed intersection with New Hyde Park Road.

3 – Staging. Railroad/construction companies must meet with residents and present the plan for staging

equipment during work from Covert Avenue to New Hyde Park Road.

4 – Communication at all times, particularly prior notice to residents when work is scheduled for their


5 – Plan for emergency vehicle access must be presented to residents.

As discussed at the 4.11.2018 WPOA board of directors meeting. Hector from the railroad, as well as

Kathryn Heaviside and Andy Kraus from Epoch 5 were present.


General Notes

Provided by LIRR Rep

Meeting Notes
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LIRR Third Track

Western Property Owners Associations

Garden City Senior Center

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:30PM


Hector Garcia, Andy Kraus, Katherine Heaveside, Kathleen Ferrari


 Community very concerned about the traffic plans and want to have a chance to review

 NHP road timing and traffic plan – HG confirmed that we will not be shutting down NHP Road

entirely and that one lane for each direction will remain

 Covert – If it takes more than 6 months what happens?

o HG: Explained how Project Community fund, allocation plan, ratings and community

surveys all work and that 3TC will be penalized monetarily if they take longer than


o HG: As part of the Project Community Fund, the village would be allocated $2.5 million

to mitigate impacts of the construction on the community.

o HG: It is up to the village to decide what they want to allocate that money for – has to do

with the project and go back to the village somehow. Ex: Can be used to hire legal teams

or specialists or pay for added landscaping to the community.

 Plans to develop alternate traffic patterns for areas around GC beyond the WPOA community –

how do we get the word out to people from outside this area that there are detours.

o HG: The traffic plan will be made available when the design phase of the project is

complete, and the plans are in place; the town will be allowed to offer input.

 Ambassadors/3TC need to create a community specific page so that residents in Garden City can

go online to find out specific info about the scheduled work, traffic changes, road closures, etc.

Example – how will pedestrians cross NHP road during construction?

o AK: Confirmed that 3TC’s website is in development and would be available soon.

Residents can also sign up for the AModernLI mailing list to receive updates.

 WPOA want a direct line to the ambassadors or contractor to voice their concerns and issues to

get problems taken care of immediately; looking for quick response.

o AK & KH: Provided their contact information and 24/7 hotline and said to call whenever

there is an issue and they will provide quick response.

 Covert will be closed for 6 mths – what is the length of time the work will take at NHP Road. Will

there be an overlap?

o HG: No. The timeline and sequence of various construction activities will be announced in

the coming months.

 Vegetation Clearing – Area residents are concerned with the manner that their trees were

previously removed or trimmed last year. Residents were not given ample warning that the

workers would be on their private property. They request advance notification and workers

should have LIRR or 3TC name tags/vests.

o HG: Confirmed the teams involved will need to wear proper identification and they will

notify residents accordingly of tree trimming.

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 Greenridge – how high will the sound walls be and how high will the tracks be elevated? People

are concerned that if the tracks are raised 3-4 ft higher and if they only have a 10 ft wall the

sound will be a major issue. Can LIRR confirm how high the tracks will be elevated and if there is

room in the MOU to make 20 ft wall instead of 10FT.

o HG: The sound walls block the sound from the wheels on the track – what they are really

asking for are visual walls to block the view of the trains. The height of the sound walls

was determined following the environmental phase.

 Where is the staging area for Covert? Where is the staging area for NHP Road? When will the

storage facility be taken down and why can’t that area be used as a staging area for covert as

well instead of using the green space that is near Covert? Very upset that contractors have not

made these plans available yet or answered the following questions:

1. Tracks were not elevated in the pre-construction design photos so why the change?

2. Greenridge residents are going to get a lot of traffic in that community and need to

prepare residents, kids, parks and seniors. Will LIRR and 3TC have a dialogue with them

about the traffic plans? (HG: The traffic plans will be available soon.)

3. Will there be a chance to revisit the wall heights? Make amendments to the MOU? (HG

Confirmed that the MOUs have been signed by the town and moving ahead.)

4. Residents are concerned about quality of life during construction and their property

values post-construction

 Many concerned about the traffic situation on westside of town. Hard to drive on that side of

town from 4-7PM currently and that has to do with the grade crossings but while they are being

worked on…and the construction blocks access to some of the main roads/arteries into and out

of the town…the roads are going to be jammed up worse than they are now.

o HG: He explained that all these factors will be considered when the traffic plan is


 When will the 12 th street crossing be eliminated

o HG said the end of the project.

 Tanners Pond residents get to keep narrow bridge to prohibit trucks from passing through…so

why weren’t other community requests acknowledged (20 ft walls).

o HG: The height of the walls was decided based on the EIS study. The 10 ft walls sound

block the sound of wheels on the track (lower 3ft of the wall). Also explained that the

horns (that residents were complaining about) will not take place once the grade

crossings have closed.

 Surveying and boring have already begun and its unfair that there isn’t a solid plan in place for

the residents of Garden City to review. Who’s paying for all the teams involved in the projects?

PR firms, consultants, etc. cost money and couldn’t that money be better spent on the

construction elements?

o KH: She explained that the project team is built up of companies that are leaders in their

industries and every effort is being made to do this project correctly. (People in the

crowd mentioned ESA and how over budget and delayed that project is.)

 What if something happened to my home because of the vibrations and construction work


LIRR 3RD TRACK MEETINGS at Estates POA and Floral Park


At the Estates May 9th POA meeting at the middle school cafeteria the ESTATES POA will be joined by Andy Kraus, the Vice President of Epoch 5 Public Relations who will be giving us an update of the current status of the LIRR Third Track construction, future construction schedule and the impact on the Village. Please be sure to join ESTATES POA to get more information and get your questions regarding the project answered.


May 17 Floral Park has meeting at Rec center in FP. Check schedule at fp web site


Third Track Update – April 19, 2018
Pre-construction activities for the Third Track project to improve the LIRR’s Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville have begun. Actual construction in the Village of Garden City is not expected to take place until late 2018.
LIRR Right-of-Way Access Gates:
This activity will install gates on LIRR property at the end of two streets to create access onto the railroad right-of-way.
During the week of April 28, work is scheduled to take place at the end of Whitehall Boulevard and on Kensington Road where it abuts the LIRR right-of-way.
Surface Surveying:
This activity will make it possible to create accurate maps and measurements for the project design. Surveyors in hard hats and high visibility vests using sighting equipment will be visible on local streets, including near bridges and crossings.
April and May: Scheduled to take place at New Hyde Park Road, to locate test pits, utility pole locations and street elevations and at Merillon Ave. station to locate existing poles, information on platforms and street elevations and geometry.
Subsurface Surveying:
This activity will obtain geological data adjacent to the LIRR right-of-way. Soil sampling for environmental testing will also be scheduled at designated locations. Large machines in the street will take these samples and imagery. Roads will not be closed or significantly obstructed as machinery will be positioned on the side of the road, though machinery will take up parking spaces. A sound similar to an engine operating with frequent hammer strikes can be heard. This may also cause some vibrations which should only be felt for a short distance. Work is scheduled to take place as follows:
  • Week of April 30, 2018: Railroad Avenue at Fifth Avenue, SE corner
  • Week of April 30, 2018: North of Main Avenue, in brush, at Kildare Road
  • Week of April 30, 2018:  Main Avenue, north side, just east of Denton Road
  • Week of April 30, 2018: Greenridge Avenue
  • Week of April 30, 2018: Tanners Pond and Main Avenue
Utility Location Pits:
This activity is designed to accurately document the location of underground infrastructure, such as water, electric, telephone, natural gas and sewer lines. These buried utilities must be fully mapped before future project excavation takes place. Work is scheduled to take place as follows:
Week of April 30 through Week of May 7: locations on New Hyde Park Road, seeking locations of water, Verizon, LIRR cables and pipes
Week of May 7 through Week of May 28: locations at Merillon Ave. Station, seeking locations of electric service and gas service




The Western Property Owners Association held three educational meetings on identity theft and reading your credit report in response to one of our Garden City mailman’s arrest on the theft of village resident’s credit cards. Events were held at the Senior Center, Repeal Restaurant and Homestead School. About forty residents took advantage of this opportunity to learn about identity theft and how to order your free credit reports (  Residents now understand the importance of credit freezes, fraud alerts and other defensive strategies to fraud.

At our last session at Homestead School, Detective Sergeant William Grimes reviewed the mailman case and all the work our Police Department and other agencies coordinated to lead to his arrest. The hard work and dedication of our police unit was obvious and we appreciated their efforts. Detective Grimes estimates the Police Department receives 100 cases a year in Garden City on identity theft and in the US over 3 million a year costing businesses billions of dollars. In Garden City, the cases from the mailman were spread out across the village although the Westside had the most concentration.


This site provides consumers with three free credit reports a year, one from each of the major credit reporting agencies.

The Federal Trade Commission has plenty of resources to make consumers better advocates.

New York State’s Consumer Protection Division has plenty of information on the latest scams and the best brochure on the option of establishing a credit freeze on your credit reports. Establishing a credit freeze is free in New York and provides the resident with a code to open the agency account if the need arises for a new credit line to be established.

Federal government’s one stop location for identity theft victims!

New York’s Attorney General’s comprehensive site for identity theft victims

Computer experts from around the world share information on latest scams and try to inform consumers not to fall for Phishing e-mails where criminals pretend to be banks, the IRS or companies. The goal of this fraud is to capture your personal information or bank account numbers.



WPOA Scholarship Application Available for Download

The GC WPOA offers two $500 Scholarships!

  • The Western Property Owners Association Scholarship, and
  • The Western Property Owners Association Scholarship in Memory of Past Presidents
    John F. Traxler, Paul J. Muscarella and Thomas Whalen

Criteria: Student candidates’ must

  • Live in the Western Section of Garden City [this area 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]
  • A parent must be a dues paying member of the WPOA for three years, including the year the student is making the application;
  • Be actively involved in student life at Garden City High School, but not limited to academic accomplishment;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in community service;
  • Be prepared to use the scholarship to further their education.

Download Application


WPOA Nominating Committee Reports Results

The Western Property Owners Association Nominating Committee met on February 26, 2018 and nominated Gerry Kelly for President, RoseAnn Vernice for Vice President, Joe Ra for Secretary, Arnold Finamore for Treasurer, and Nick Vernice and Michael Fonseca for Director positions.

Joe Ra, a resident of the Western Section since 2011, attended St. Anne’s School and St. John’s University, receiving his BA degree in Criminal Justice in 2004, and an M.P.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership in 2008. Mr. Ra works at the Nassau County Board of Elections and also has experience in the Chief Clerk’s Office at the New York State Unified Court System. Joe has also worked part-time for the Franklin Square Water District (2010-15). Joe and his wife, Giovanna, have two young sons and look forward to raising their children in Garden City. Joe has an interest in government, and volunteered to serve as Secretary of the WPOA in 2017.

Mike Fonseca moved to Garden City in 2016 and became immediately involved in their Garden City community when he and his wife, Lauren, saw a need for additional stop signs at Roosevelt Street and Salisbury Drive.   The Fonseca family and their neighbors came to the WPOA for assistance, and the Village Traffic Commission approved the additional stop signs. Joe has a financial background; he attended SUNY Purchase, receiving a BA in Literature with a Minor in Economics, and Columbia University’s post baccalaureate Business Program. He currently works for Virtu Financial in Manhattan, where he is Head of Securities Lending. In addition to finances, Joe, the father of two young daughters, has an interest in libraries and library programming, as well as seeing that the Village of Garden City has safe parks for children.

In 2016, the WPOA passed new procedures to cover the nomination and election of Trustees, School Board representatives as well as Officers and Directors. The rules for the WPOA are as follows:

Any​ ​​fifteen​ ​​(15)​ ​Voting​ ​​member​s​ ​​of​ ​the​ ​​Asso​ciation​ ​​m​ay,​ ​​at​ ​any​ ​time​,​ ​​not​ ​late​r​ ​​than​ ​​twenty​​ ​​(20)​ ​​d​ays pr​i​or​ ​t​o​ ​​the​ ​​s​u​cceeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeting,​ ​nominate​ ​any​ ​person​ ​or​ ​perso​n​s​ ​​i​n​ o​​pposition​ ​​to​ ​any​ ​​of​ ​​th​e ca​ndid​a​t​es​ ​nominated​ ​o​n​ ​​the​ ​​regular​ ​ticket​ ​​by​ ​filing​ ​wit​h​ ​the​ ​​Secretary,​ ​a​ ​petition​ ​​over​ ​​their​ ​​signatures, which​ ​notice​ ​shall​ ​include​ ​the​ ​address​ ​of​ ​each​ ​signatory,​ s​​howing​ ​their​ ​nomination​ ​​of​ ​​such​ ​​o​pposition candidate​​ or ​​candidates ​​with ​​a ​​​brief ​​background​. ​​​It ​​​shall ​​​then ​​be ​​the ​​​duty ​​​of ​​​the ​S​​ecretary ​​to ​​mail ​​each resident​,​ ​​at​ ​least​ ​ten​ ​(10)​ ​​days​ ​​prior​ ​to​ ​said​ ​​succeeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeti​ng​ ​​a​ ​​copy​ ​of​ ​th​e​ ​​nominations​ ​​so mad​e​.​ ​No​ ​additional​ ​nominations​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted​ ​at​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​meeting,​ ​at​ ​which​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​vote​ ​for officer​ ​and​ ​directors​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place.

The Annual Meeting for the election of Officers and Directors will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 PM at Homestead School. The WPOA appreciates the work of our nominating committee: Maureen Dellacona, chair; Rich Vallely, Tommy Rivera, Maureen Lyons, Karen Reiter and JoEllen Flannigan. For any additional information please contact Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or


Deadline Monday February 12 for officer and director applications

Because February 10 falls on a Saturday, we are extending applications for director and officer positions to Monday, February 12. Please contact Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or mail resume and cover sheet or list of activities to

General Meeting, Election of Officer and Directors

The April General Meeting includes the official election of Officers and Directors.  Residents of the West interested in applying for Officer and Director positions should follow the procedures passed and implemented in 2017.   Deadlines for applying for officers and directors to be considered by the WPOA Nominating Committee is February 10

Applicants​ ​will​ ​send​ ​letters​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​President​ ​no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​February 10.  By mail: Gerry Kelly 135 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 or email

The Meeting will also include updates from all directors and appointed and elected officials

LIRR Notice – Stewart Manor Platform Replacement

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is pleased to inform you that it will begin Phase 1 of a four-phase platform replacement project at the Stewart Manor Station on the Hempstead Branch on January 16, 2018.
The project scope includes full replacement of both station platforms, new platform shelters featuring artwork displays, new LED lights throughout the station, new signage, security cameras, Wi-Fi accessibility and customer help points where assistance with medical or other emergency situations can be summoned by the push of a button.  New light poles will also be installed, along with new stairs and concrete work, and new speaker systems to improve station announcements and customer communications. During construction, pedestrian traffic will be limited on parts of the platform
To fully replace both platforms, the work is being completed in four consecutive phases. Customers will be able to board and disembark trains in both directions at all times for the duration of all phases of the project, as crews will work on one half of one platform at a time.
The south side west end of Platform B, up to the underpass, will be closed to the public beginning the morning of Tuesday, January 16, 2018 until mid-March 2018.
·         Commuters should be prepared to board the first four designated cars when going eastbound and the rear four cars going westbound.
·         Work is taking place solely on LIRR property and no traffic detours will be required for this effort.
·         This will not impact service and timetables will be available at stations and at
The following three (3) remaining phases are preliminarily scheduled with the completion of the project estimated for August 2018. Further details will be included in upcoming notifications as dates are finalized.
·         Phase 2 – Southside east end of the platform replaced with no ADA accessibility. Other stations with ADA accessibility during this time frame are Nassau Blvd and Garden City.
·         Phase 3 – Northside west end of the platform replaced.
·         Phase 4 – Northside east end of the platform replaced with no ADA accessibility and limited station building availability.
Source: Garden City News (