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Talking Snow, Water Rates

East Williston, Williston Park still dealing with water rate issues

What do you do with a foot of snow?

That was the question the Williston Park village board was asking at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 as trustees discussed the recent snowstorm Nemo. Mayor Paul Ehrbar said the streets were cleaned by 7 a.m. Saturday,  But just a few hours later, they were filled with snow again from people snowblowing or shoveling.  

“I understand people have to get to work and they have a small piece of property where they can put the snow but the purpose of the plowing is not to make it look good but it’s to make the road safe. And we need cooperation,” Ehrbar said. 

Another challenge the village faced was people parking their cars back in the street immediately after the storm, which made it hard for trucks to get through to put salt down. Williston Park issued approximately 50 tickets.

“Our compliance with our ordinance was very good and it was beneficial in getting the roads plowed curb to curb,” Ehrbar said. 

Mud In The Water?

East Williston is still suing Williston Park for the water rates Williston Park is charging. Williston Park has been sued twice by East Williston, and is in the process of appealing the first case.

Two residents inquired about the issue during the meeting, but the board declined to elaborate. 

East Williston is currently searching for new water suppliers. The Anton Newspapers reported on Oct. 26, 2012 that the village was in contact with 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 East Williston’s only provider.

Williston Park raised water rates in April 2011 from $2.99 per thousand gallons to $3.83 per thousand gallons without a public hearing and the New York State Supreme Court ruled in East Williston’s favor in the first round of legal tussles. Williston Park appealed that decision.

As of an August 2012 hearing in Williston Park, the rate has since increased to $4.33, which East Williston has not yet passed on. East Williston and Williston Park hired Guastella Associates to establish a water rate in 2006.

Upcoming Events

March 3: St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Participants are encouraged to meet behind the Garden City Courts at 1 p.m.

March 24: Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Kelleher Field at noon

April 13: Williston Park Opening Day. The event raises money for different groups in the community and Ronald McDonald House. 

News

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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