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POAs Holding Annual Resident Electors' Meetings Tonight

Several residents will be placed into nomination for village, school board seats.

Garden City's four property owners' associations are gearing up for their respective electors' meeting, held annually in January.

Each association will make their nominations official for village and school board trustee positions.

  • The Central Property Owners' Association (CPOA) annual resident electors' meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Wyndham Room at 100 Hilton Avenue. (Note the change in venue, date and time for this meeting.) The CPOA Nominating Committee unanimously re-nominated current village trustee Andrew Cavanaugh for the 2012-2014 term. His name will be officially placed into nomination this evening.
  • The Garden City Estates Property Owners' Association (Estates POA) annual resident electors' meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at Stratford School. The name of current village trustee Brian Daughney will be placed in nomination.
  • The Eastern Property Owners' Association (EPOA) annual resident electors' meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart School auditorium. The names of current village trustee Nick Episcopia, current school board trustee Tom Pinou (position of school trustee at-large) and Robert G. Martin (Board of Education trustee from the East) will be put in nomination.
  • The Western Property Owners' Association (WPOA) annual residents' electors general meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Homestead School. The agenda will include the WPOA's nomination of current deputy mayor John Watras for village trustee in the upcoming March election.

Under Garden City's Community Agreement, which was adopted back in 1919, "the four property owners' associations are the conduits which supply the slate of candidates. At all times each section of the village has two of its residents on the board of trustees, assuring equal representation."

At each association meeting, any 15 or more residents can challenge the person(s) nominated by submitting a petition for an alternate candidate at Tuesday's meeting. The residents need not be POA members but they must be residents of that particular section of the village.

Challenges force a runoff election to be held in February in the section of the village where the challenge took place. The name of the winner of that runoff election will officially appear on the ballot for the village election in March.

Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Is anyone anticipating a challenge at any of the POA meetings this evening?
Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 18, 2012 at 02:33 AM
BREAKING: Former Garden City village trustee Jon Segerdahl is challenging Nick Episcopia in the East
Jack O'Niel January 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Hey look, they're digging up some old-timer now to support their pro-St. Paul's agenda! Awesome! http://www.antonnews.com/gardencitylife/2004/12/24/news/stpaul.html Stop this nonsense and lets have a real vote on this issue. Borrow to fix? Borrow to renovate? Borrow to destroy? Do nothing and let it rot?
GCTaxpayer January 18, 2012 at 03:51 AM
If this challenger gets elected, they don't need a vote to take the bond to restore. They will have the 4 plus Mayoral tie breaker vote and we will have a large bond we will all be paying for years to come.
Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
BREAKING: Michele Harrington is challenging Brian Daughney in the Estates section.
Jack O'Niel January 18, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Yep, another seemingly pro-St. Paul's person who is a director for the Estates. Stacking the deck it looks like. We already know how Brudie and Watros will vote so these new recruits would make saving St. Paul's with millions of dollars fait accompli.
mary beth tully January 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Stacking the deck? Oh-you mean like the current 5-3 stacked deck that refuses to repair a village asset or even accept private funds or in-kind (labor and materials) support the repairs. By refusing to make the repairs it's demolition by neglect. Which is just what this stacked deck of pro developer trustees would like to see.
GCRes1 January 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
It seems to me that these two challenges offer the voters of the Village (at least in the East and the Estates) the opportunity to express their views on St. Paul's. Trustees Daughney and Episcopia have stood up to substantial pressure to move forward with the CSSP's plan because they believe that to do so would be poor stewardship of Village resources. As I have posted here many times, I think that has been the right decision. The CSSP's plan doesn't pass even superficial scrutiny. Anyone who has reviewed the Environmental Impact Study would have to conclude the same. I understand that others disagree. I am looking forward to the debate of the issues.
Betsy January 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I think before you pigeon-hole Michele Harrington you should know that she thinks THE RESIDENTS should decide on St Paul's - NOT the Trustees. She's all about cooperative government, fiscal responsibility and protecting the taxpayer. She will be a welcome voice of reason! I do know she thought it was insane that free "no-strings-attached money" was swiftly refused, that should bother ALL OF US!!!!!! It should be noted that is not part of the CSSP, she's just a resident who is sick and tired of the BS and feels there are many other issues we should be thinking about!
GCRes1 January 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Where money is concerned, there are always strings attached. If the wings of the St. Paul's building are to be torn down, as they are very likely to be even if the building is restored, then the clocktower would come down. The money would have been wasted, and the Village trustees would be accused of having wasted it. Those who oppose the half-measures proposed thus far on St. Paul's have said, repeatedly, that was is required is a COMPLETE solution to the issue, not band-aids.
GCTaxpayer January 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If we look at the proposal by the CSSP to take $8 mil to restore 10,500 sf, that works out to $760.00 per sf. Extrapolate that out to the entire 133,000 sf and you are over $100 mil. The residents need to know the entire cost of what is to be done, what will the end use be, the schedule of the bonding to restore fully and the impact of those bonds to the tax base per household. Only then, can the residents truly decide.
GCRes1 January 18, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I agree, but I would re-order things: FIRST, what is the end use? I've never heard of a proposed public use that justifies anything approaching the likely expense.
Jack O'Niel January 18, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Maybe the Historical Society can move into the building, I mean they are an integral part of the CSSP. Are they unwilling to move and give purpose to this building that nobody else wants?
Carisa Giardino (Editor) January 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Read more about Tuesday night's challengers here: http://patch.com/A-qn5Y
Publius January 19, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Here's a link to an article about a town in Washington State that used bonds to fund a mixed use project. They are now so overleveraged that they have cut the police force by 25%, consolidated their fire department with the county, and laid off 30% of the work force. Their project is new construction and cost $48 million. No lead abatement, water damage, structural issues, etc. to deal with. Also they proposed to offset the cost of the town's use of it by making it part residential and commercial. I have to agree with GCRes1 -- What is the proposed end use of St. Paul's? Will it generate income in the future or at least be self-sustaining?   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203899504577128842133000510.html?mod=WSJ_hps_RIGHTUnderAd#articleTabs%3Darticle
AverageGCResident January 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I have to agree that St Pauls seems to be at the root of these challenges. To me St Pauls should be the picture in the dictionary next to "White Elephant". I dont know about everyone else in the viliage but I dont want to have to shoulder unknown proprty tax increases just to have a nice looking lawn ornament on Stewart Avenue.

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