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Sumter Avenue Still A Hot Topic

There’s no rest for the East Williston Board of Trustees during the dog days of summer. The business of running the village rolls on, and the Board held its monthly meeting at

Village Hall on Monday, Aug. 12.

 

Not surprisingly, the future of the property at 8 Sumter Avenue was once again the topic of the night.

 

The village planning board is set to vote near the end of the month on whether to approve subdivision of the land. If that goes through, developer BNL would purchase the property from owner John Muzio, and build two houses on the land. If the developer is denied, control of the property would revert back to the village.

 

The village would then have to accept bids after deciding whether to demolish or repair the property. Many residents have been outspoken, saying that Muzio has been an absentee owner, letting the property deteriorate. Vandals and vermin seem to permeate the property, and residents simply want the matter resolved.

 

At the meeting, one resident once again asked why the process is taking so long. Mayor David Tanner said the planning board had put off a vote due to personal matters and summer vacation. All members need to be present for the vote, the planning board has decided.

 

Another resident wondered exactly how much legal authority the planning board has, and believes that only the board of trustees can make changes to the law. Mayor Tanner made it clear that the planning board has been vested with the proper authority to handle this matter, though he is the one who appoints the members in the first place.

 

The point was also raised that all eyes will be on the mayor in this matter, seeing as how he is now the head of the Nassau County Village Officials Association

In Other News

The board says tree trimming around the village continues and anyone who needs it should contact Village Hall. This is a preemptive measure, as it is expected to be a stormy autumn.

 

National Grid continues the process of sleeving old gas lines around the area. This means the resulting street repairs continue as well.

Parking signage will be erected on Sagamore Avenue, as the board has approved a 103 feet strip of parking along the street, to begin around where the existing gate to the ballfield is.

 

The Town of North Hempstead receiver of taxes will be at the library on Sept. 26 to discuss the new STAR registration program. All property owners who currently receive the basic STAR exemption are required to register with the state in order to receive the exemption for the 2014-15 school year.

 

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be at Village Hall on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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