Garden City, NY - April 14. 2015 - U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau have agreed to attend a meeting on May 29th and hear input from Uniondale community leaders and public officials advocating for the repeal of “East Garden City” as a census-designated place. The three-square-mile area has been designated “East Garden City” since the 2000 census, but has historically been part of the unincorporated village of Uniondale. In a letter to the Census Bureau’s New York Regional Director, Jeff Behler, Rep. Rice argued that this designation is unwarranted and divisive, and undermines the identity of the larger Uniondale community. Regional Director Behler welcomed the invitation and confirmed that the designation can be changed through local input from all relevant stakeholders.
Rice’s letter to the Census Bureau is available here.
The meeting will be held on May 29th in Rice’s District Office. More details will be provided in the weeks ahead. A list of the individuals who have been invited to participate can be found below.
“We know there’s no such thing as ‘East Garden City,’” said U.S. Representative Rice. “It’s Uniondale, and calling it by any other name will only divide a community that should remain whole. I appreciate the Census Bureau’s responsiveness and I look forward to getting together with all stakeholders to make our case for why this designation must be changed.”
"The Uniondale Fire Department and Board of Fire Commissioners are greatly appreciative of the Congresswoman's work to make this meeting happen,” said Uniondale Fire Commissioner Richard T. Harris. “We serve the Uniondale community, and that includes the area now formally designated East Garden City. Our trucks say Uniondale and the men and women in our department risk their lives every day for the Uniondale community. It’s troubling to me that part of our community has been taken away from us, and I’m hopeful that through this meeting we can come to a resolution and keep Uniondale united."
"I applaud the Congresswoman's efforts to bring all sides to the table in order to make Uniondale whole again,” said Dr. William Lloyd, Superintendent of the Uniondale School District. “The Uniondale School District relies on the entire tax base of Uniondale, and the possibility that part of that tax base will be taken away has worrisome implications. I look forward to sitting down with the Census Bureau, elected officials, and community leaders in order to ensure that the district can continue to serve all our students for many years to come."
“The Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition deeply appreciates Congresswoman Kathleen Rice’s proactive response to a growing threat to Uniondale’s cohesive identity and financial future,” said Dr. Greg Maney and Ms. Jeannine Maynard, Co-Facilitators of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition. “Through her words and her deeds, Congresswoman Rice has made it clear that she represents her constituents, not developers or realtors. Under her leadership and facilitation of a constructive gathering of major stakeholders, we are confident that the 2020 Census will make Uniondale whole by accurately reflecting our boundaries.”
Invitations to participate in the meeting have been sent to:
· U.S. Census Bureau New York Regional Director Jeff Behler
· County Executive Ed Mangano
· Supervisor Kate Murray
· Senator Kemp Hannon
· Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
· Legislator Kevan Abrahams
· Legislator Siela Bynoe
· Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby
· Nassau County Planning Commission Chairman Jeff Greenfield
· Long Island Regional Planning Council Chairman John Cameron
· Uniondale Fire Department Commissioner Richard T. Harris
· Uniondale School District Superintendent Dr. William Lloyd
· Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition Co-Facilitator Greg Maney
· Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition Co-Facilitator Jeannine Maynard
· Nostrand Gardens Civic Association President Pearl Jacobs
· Bishop Richard Harris, Grace Cathedral of Uniondale
· Melvin Harris, Nassau County Human Rights Commission