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.