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Our Candidates

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Judy Courtney

Eastern Mayor Candidate
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Judy Courtney is a lifelong resident of Garden City. As a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years’ experience in organization design, leadership and performance management, Judy has
volunteered in many different Village organizations, including her current position as an at-large
member of the Village Recreation Commission.  She served for nine years as an EPOA director, including
two as president, and as the East representative on the Traffic Commission and the Continuing Education Committee.  Judy is also a founding member of the Mobility Impaired Committee.  She
regularly attends Board of Trustees meetings, budget meetings and other Village events.


Michele Harrington

Estates Trustee Candidate

Raised in Garden City, Michele Beach Harrington, returned to the Village in 1991 to raise her family of 3
children along with her husband. As a Managing Director in credit sales, with more than 25 years’
experience, Michele has been an active member of the community coaching in Centennials soccer,
teaching religious education in St. Joseph’s and participating in many civic organizations including Twigs and the American Cancer Society. Michele is a long-time member of the Estates POA currently serving as President. She is also a member of the Program & Use Analysis Committee on the Mayor’s Committee on St. Paul’s as well as serving on the Village’s Economic Governance Committee. Michele served on the Mayor’s Governance Committee in 2021-2022.

Cosmo Veneziale

West Trustee Candidate
  • A resident since 1993, Cosmo has been an active community member, coaching GC Centennials travel baseball and travel soccer, and joining the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA). As a registered architect for more than 40 years, Cosmo is the principal of Cosmo Veneziale ARCHITECT, an award-winning New York City architectural design firm.

  • In 2000, Cosmo served on the GC Board of Education Ad Hoc Building Committee, which saved residents millions of dollars in much-needed school alterations. He served on the Mayor’s St. Paul’s Committee in 2005, and was appointed to the Village Architectural Design Review Board and Zoning Review Committee.

  • As a member of the WPOA Firehouse Committee (2019), Cosmo provided pro bono architectural services to restore the Edgemere Fire House (Station 2) and preserve a local landmark.

  • As Mayor, Cosmo formed the Fire Safety Committee to provide a Master Plan, resulting in restoration and alteration of Station 2, new standardized apparatus and development of a proposed modular training center. He negotiated with the LIRR for additional landscaping, restoration of the Denton Avenue Bridge, and improvements to the design of the Cherry Valley underpass and train trestle. He also provided architectural oversight for alteration and design improvements in the GC Library project. Cosmo formed the Mayor’s Governance Committee and Business Development Committee to address residents’ concerns, and the Mayor’s St. Paul’s Committee to analyze potential reuse concepts and provide for a referendum to save or demolish this iconic building.

  • Cosmo Veneziale approaches Village governance from a project perspective and not a political one. As Trustee, he will continue to work to improve Village infrastructure and residents’ quality of life.

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