native Cay Fatima has announced she will be returning the “Trailblazer
Award” given to her by the Nassau County Legislature on March 18 after
learning that the county allegedly planned to rename her Environmental
Bond Act Program project.
project called for a garden to be named Roderick Cockerham Botanical
Peace Garden. Cockerham was a Lakeview teenager who was shot and killed
by his neighbor in 1989.
Fatima claims that the county executive’s office has highjacked her
Environmental Bond Act Project by orchestrating a ribbon cutting
ceremony for a “Lakeview Peace Garden” scheduled for May 28.
feel extremely betrayed by the county in their refusal to use the
rightful, legal name of my creation Roderick Cockerham Botanical Peace
Garden,” Fatima said. “Every quarterly report, including the most recent
first 2013 quarter indicates Nassau County Department of Public Works
asked the county legislature to make payments for expenditures for park
improvement project No. 046-The Roderick Cockerham Botanical Peace
who said she has been working on the project for 20 years, recently
called out several members of the Nassau County administration,
including Legis. Robert Troiano, D-Westbury, and County Executive Ed
Mangano, for their alleged role in the incident.
did not submit a proposal for a generic ‘peace’ garden,” Fatima said.
“I specifically was looking for a home for a well thought out creative
design that would provide multi-faceted community purposes and usage.”
to Fatima, county officials at the departments of public works and
parks and recreation began to malign, slander and defame the late
Cockerham, by spreading rumors, innuendo and hearsay that he was a gang
member and involved in criminal activity to justify not using his name.
said she was told by Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey, also a Lakeview
resident and former judge, that the county does not name facilities