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By Margaret Whitely

Mayor Odierna presents the Key to the Village of Williston Park to Nassau County Police Chief Lawrence Mulvey.

At the outset of the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Ludwig Odierna introduced the many prestigious members of the Nassau County Police Department who attended the meeting, who he honored and commended including Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, Detective John Birbiglia and POP (Problem Orientated Police) Officer John Dockswell and Commanding Officer John Capece.

He honored all the police officials for their dedicated work in shutting down the illegal massage parlor on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.

Mayor Odierna presented the Key to Williston Park to Police Chief Lawrence Mulvey and then he presented Citations of Appreciation to both Detective Birbiglia and POP Officer Dockswell.

Odierna then mentioned that all police dignitaries present assisted the village attorney Richard Reers and staff in passing a Public Nuisance Law in the Village of Williston Park, which will effectively enforce regulations in case of repeat defenders.

Commissioner Mulvey said, "I think it's important if you take the time to recognize to your local police then I should be here to support you in that effort, because we really appreciate it.

"I am particulary pleased with this village because you took it a step further. You passed local legislation to make it easier to prevent this kind of thing. I can't tell you how often we repeatedly go back to the same areas, for the same problems to enforce the law, but you took it a step further and that will make it a lot easier on all of us. Thank you again for recognizing me, but more importantly for recognizing these two fine men."

Mayor Odierna announced that the board approved the budget with the lowest increase in years. The mayor said, "The budget increase is a 2.3 percent in the tax. It had previously been proposed as a 3.9 percent increase, but that was a tentative budget and we went back to the table and worked on it and settled on a 2.3 percent increase. I thank the trustees for all the time they spent at meetings so that the residents of Williston Park would pay less. We tried not to have any increase, but because of our structure it is a bare-bones budget. There are people who wanted us to use the fund balance of $1,000, 300,000, but the board decided to take $75,000 of that fund balance and that together with the re-payment of the debt service of the 3. 9 percent was too high, so we dropped that and just those two things dropped our budget to 2.3 percent. So, thank you again and thank you to the financial advisors that attended all of our meetings."

Mayor Odierna then said, "A piece of good news is that the fence that surrounds the sump, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and I put our heads together and he has decided to propose to the legislature, and it's coming to vote on May 4, for a new aluminum fence, a prettier fence than that chain link, in order to improve the looks of the village. So that is in the works and we hope it will be approved."

The board then asked for the various reports from the board.

The library requested the use of the Assembly Room for June 9 at 7 p.m. for an employment workshop. It was approved.

She announced that the Code Enforcers for the month of March issued 419 tickets and snow emergency was included. The Auxiliary Police put in 134 hours for the month of March.

She reported on the success of the Easter Egg Hunt citing it was a beautiful day and that it seemed to get bigger every year.

She also announced that Nassau Pops will have its Annual Concert on July 15 at Cross Street School and the Roger Fay Williston Park Pool will open on June 20. Deputy Mayor Smith announced that all Williston Park residents, whether they are members or not are welcome to come that day. Plus, the Rotary Club will sponsor a Sun-Wise Melanoma Awareness Day and they will be at the pool on that day.

Trustee Dunn reported on the Court Report: Honorable Alan J. Reardon heard 232 cases collecting fines of $17, 923, together with the mandatory New York State surcharge of $430. The Honorable Kevin J. Kiley heard 53 cases, collecting fines of $2. 475 together with the mandatory New York surcharge of $395.

Further, the Historical Society will hold a Spring Historical Exhibit on May 17 in the Assembly Room from noon to 2 p.m. Rita Hesse added, we are calling this "Welcome to Williston Park" and we are looking forward to meeting new folks which we might not have met on Williston Day in September."

Trustee Swendsen-Dowd reported that she is working with Trustee Dunn to continue to work with the DPW on their contracts.

Swendsen-Dowd said, "We will be holding our Senior Citizen bash on June 11 at the Gazebo."

Trustee Darmstadt announced POP Officer John Dockswell has reported that all locations where the illegal business once existed are now vacant. Further, he said that there was two break-ins; one on Amherst Street and one on Campbell in the rear. He added, "Going through the back door seems to be the easiest way to get in. Sometimes they are open and sometimes they just break-through. So, have your neighbors keep an eye on your homes when you are not there and just make sure your doors are all locked."

He also announced that the next meeting of the Library Board would be held on May 12.

Library director Donna McKenna then announced that the library is holding a Medicare Workshop on May 2 from noon to 3 p.m. Two representatives will be present to discuss the various changes that have taken place. On May 19, at l7 p.m., the library will have a Home Staging Workshop instructing residents the best and mosts effective way to fix-up your home to get ready to sell it.

He reported that a few trees have begun to come down in preparation for the road project.

He also reported that the courtroom renovation is progressing nicely and that pretty-much all of the work is completed and he said they are just waiting for the new chairs. He added, "Hopefully, for the next board meeting the residents will be back in the courtroom.

"After that project is finished we will be moving to the pool property and at the same time we have done a lot of work at the ball field regarding all the base pads

Building Inspector Collins reported that from the March 16 meeting until today residential applications -3, commercial permits 1; residential plumbing permits of-5; commercial plumbing permits-2; landscaping license-1; food and drink-1; oil tank pemits-1; sign permits-1; sidewalk sale permits -1; Board of Appeals application 1; street opening-1. Amounts to a total of $8, 250,000.

He continued that his department issued four Certificates of Occupancy for various works; plumbing permit certificates-6; Notice of violations and he added that on the next holiday, if garage is left out they will not issue violations, they will instead issue summons.

The next item on the agenda was to hear the continuation of the application for the Tai restaurant on Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park.

The mayor then turned the meeting over to village attorney Richard Reers.

The restaurant requested permission to construct a six-foot wide Greenhouse addition along the east side of the existing restaurant, formerly known as Café Picasso and prior to that as Your Place or Mine.

The resolution is as follows: "Based on the above findings and after due deliberation that the application of a special exception permit pursuant to the Williston Park zoning code No. 230-8--2-A entitled Business District to permit the addition of a greenhouse addition to an existing restaurant is granted with the following conditions: 1. There shall be no increase in the number of seats in the premises, as the result of the additional space created by the requested greenhouse extension. The maximum number of seats permitted in the restaurant is 70 for dining and 8 seats at the bar. 2. The extension at all times shall be enclosed and there shall be no exterior seating or services provided other than valet parking if the applicant should chose to provide same. 3. The lower wall of the greenhouse extension, on the south and east elevation shall be a minimum of 36" in height. 4. Private carting of garbage will be continued during those times permitted by the village code. 5. This permit is for the use of the premises only as herein provided. Any other contemplated structure changes or additions must proceed by separate application to the appropriate board or officer of the village. 6. The applicant as well as any and all subsequent operators of the premises shall comply with all laws, ordinances, rules and regulations of the federal, state and village government applicable to the premises and the use thereof.

7. The applicant and all subsequent operators of premises shall be subject to the continuing jurisdiction to the board of trustees with respect to this permit and the conditions contained therein. The board reserves the right to modify or rescind this permit and take action as it deems appropriate if the terms of this permit have been violated. 8. This approval by the board of trustees is conditional upon the review and the approval of the Architectual Review Board as provided in Chapter No. 7 in the village code."

Attorney Reers then asked the mayor to call for a vote and Village Clerk Julie Kane polled the board. All but trustee Swenson-Dowd voted to approve the application and she voted no.


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