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East Williston Looking For Other Water Suppliers

Neighboring villages among reported choices

The Village of East Williston announced during its Oct. 15 board of trustees meeting that in light of ongoing struggles with Williston Park over water rates, the village is actively looking for another water supplier.

The village has been in contact with the Albertson Water District, Village of Mineola, Old Westbury and Carle Place, holding discussions on each possibly supplying the village with 25 percent of their water. Neither of the alternative municipalities have enough water to be the village’s only provider.

The village has also approached two private water providers.

Mayor David Tanner also addressed a question about the village supplying their own water, which was looked into in 2007 and was declared not feasible for a variety of reasons. Responding to comments by residents who received $1,600 and $3,800 water bills for six months, Tanner brought the village up to speed on where they stand in their battle with Williston Park on water rates.

“We think the price is way too high, and our objective is to lower them as much as we can…we’re pretty much held hostage because we don’t provide our own water,” Mayor Tanner said.

Currently in a legal battle with Williston Park on raising the water rate in April 2011 from $2.99 per thousand gallons to $3.83 per thousand gallons without a public hearing, the New York State Supreme Court ruled in East Williston’s favor in the first round.  Williston Park has appealed that decision.

As of a hearing in August by Williston Park, the rate has since increased to $4.33, which East Williston has not yet passed on. In 2006, East Williston and Williston Park hired Guastella Associates to establish a water rate.

Before the rates were going to be increased in 2011, the village suggested another study be done, which according to Tanner was refused by Williston Park. Dvirka & Bartilucci, hired by Williston Park, then did a newly revised study.

Tanner explained that some of the differences in the two plans included: certain costs designated for Williston Park indicated in the Guastella study were shifted to East Williston, including maintenance of the water mains throughout the Village of Williston Park.

According to Trustee Robert Vella, the amount Williston Park residents pay for their water is costs for their infrastructure, as well as administrative costs.  “Our argument is: folks, we don’t need to maintain the water mains on the west side of Willis Ave.  If they break, it doesn’t affect our water,” Vella said.

Vella also stated that Williston Park is refusing to provide an emergency chlorination plan to East Williston, which they were then notified by the Nassau County Department of Health to implement their own.  Williston Park Paul Ehrbar says approximately six years ago, East Williston was notified their not having such a plan was a violation, and this is not new.

“Williston Park has been seeking a long term agreement for over seven years, and this would have included an emergency chlorination plan for the residents of East Williston,” said Ehrbar.

As of April 1, 2011, the water rates for East Williston are $5.47 per thousand gallons for the first 100,000 gallons used, and $5.72 per thousand gallons over 100,000 gallons used.  As a measure to help prevent unusually high water bills, the board encourages residents to check their meters daily.

News

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


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Budget Vote - April 24

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Senior Lunch - April 27


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