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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.

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 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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