- Clinton Road Firehouse unmanned/closing at night. Approved at the 7.30.12 and 12.20.12 BOT meetings by Mr. Donnelly. Importantly, the “Fire Operations and Data Analysis” commissioned by the village that contained the recommendation specifically states a Community Risk Analysis (pg. 15) should be done before any recommendations are implemented, since “the risk contained within the community today, and tomorrow, is the primary driver.” No Risk Analysis was done before the Trustees voted. I’m against this action, since more than half of fires happen at night and a fire doubles in size for every extra minute it takes to respond.
- Taxes. Up nearly 30% in the past 10 years - - including 5.91% in 2009, during Mr. Donnelly’s first term. I have suggested ways to reduce expenses utilizing the excellent recommendations of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (ink available @ Estates POA website), as well as the kind of Green Initiatives (solar, wind, etc.) Kate Murray implemented in the Town of Hempstead. Metered parking in some areas of the village, as with every idea, is an open to resident feedback.
- No Communication from Village during Superstorm Sandy or the Noreaster. Village residents were in the dark and cold, and Mr. Donnelly is on the Public Information Committee! We need to be utilizing 21st century means of effective communications that are available and people are already plugged into.
- Budget: No one would disagree that allocating $22.5 million on police and $9 million on Recreation (the Garden City Submitted 2013 Budget) is smart. Isn’t allocating $6.9 million to the Fire Department as important?
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