The nay votes were submitted by Deputy Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia and Trustee Richard V. Silver, who offered explanations to those assembled that evening.
Deputy Mayor Episcopia explained that the Board's main function is to be the custodian of taxpayers' money.
"Any money that we spend should be spent definitely related to specific needs that are clearly defined," he
"I do not believe that the expenditure of $1.5 million to expand a 2,384-squarefoot center by 3,256 square feet is a specific need that has been defined."
questioned what the center will be used for as some have suggested it will be a "combination" center.
"We're being asked to spend money without knowing what the use is going to be," Episcopia
believes the center should be exclusively for senior citizens.
explained that several months ago, a few Board members visited the Garden City Casino and had a discussion with casino directors.
The general conclusion drawn from their inquiry was that the building could provide meeting space for up to approximately 270 people.
added that another meeting regarding possible casino use never transpired.
"I just simply don't understand what happened to the casino?"
mayor believes that the center should be renovated at a cost slightly more than $800,000.
cited a 2012 Village survey on senior needs which revealed that Garden City seniors do not necessarily want a new center, but desire more local transportation options, day trips, concerts and lower taxes.
They also enjoy the programs offered at The Garden City Public Library
said, as he
proceeded to question why the Board and recreation department did not meet with library administrators regarding senior offerings before moving forward with renovation plans.
According to Episcopia, Library Director Carolyn Voegler had said in 2012 the library offered 91 adult/senior programs.